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Best of KC: Best of Alfresco Dining

Best of KC / May 3, 2018

It’s true that Kansas City is no San Diego. Or Naples. We have a winter. And unfortunately, this one was particularly brutal. But the weather’s warming up and as it does, restaurants all around town are opening up their patios! Kansas City is a happening food scene with a dry climate, so during the warmer months, much of that dining happens outside. Here are some of the city’s best alfresco restaurants. 

The Well 

Well known in Waldo, The Well boasts an extensive menu and a rooftop deck that overlooks the trolley trail. If you show up early enough you can have your choice of couches, high-top seating, or standard tables. But you better hurry because it gets crowded fast! 

Char Bar 

One of Westport’s most popular barbecue spots with arguably the city’s best wings, Char Bar features lawn games galore on it’s outdoor patio.  and speaking from experience, the space heaters will keep you warm in those chillier months. Get the wings. Definitely the wings.

Brewery Emperial

The restaurant is flanked by an outdoor patio and the brewery for which it’s named. If you sit inside you can watch the chefs work magic in the open kitchen. But if you’re outside, you get to be outside! Though it’s pretty close to downtown, it’s on a relatively quiet street, and the tables are large enough to accommodate you and a group of your cohorts as you sample from a flight of their craft beers.

Extra Virgin

Extra Virgin is a trendy tapas bar that features unique dishes such as duck tongue tacos and chickpea fries with some pretty incredible happy hour prices. The dishes are small, but it’s fun to poke around in a few of their diverse items.

Sol Cantina

Cheap Mexican food and margaritas! Happy hour runs from 3 to 7 Monday through Friday and from 12 to 6 on Saturdays. There’s always plenty of seating inside and out, with great TV viewing spots if you’re there to watch sports as you munch on chips and salsa.


Whether you’re there for a party or a private dinner, Harry’s little patio and deck nestled in the trees in Westport is the perfect hangout. The outdoor bar facilitates quick and easy drink ordering, but a full meal is too good to pass up, too!

McCoy’s Public House

Just across from Harry’s in Westport is McCoy’s. They brew their own beers and offer a variety of pub food and more eclectic menu items. Try a homemade raspberry beer, a bison burger, chicken and waffles, or even salmon or steak.

Gram and Dun

Gram and Dun is solid option for fine outdoor dining on the west side of the plaza. I mean, the inside is warm and cozy, too, but outside is a great place to people watch! The Asian pig wings are amazing, and if you’re into desserts—who isn’t?—try the Gram and Dun bar or the tres trifle, which features coconut milk cake, lemon cheese cake and frosted raspberry mint whip. Check out the rolling mimosa and Bloody Mary bar during brunch or the bourbon punch!

Bella Napoli

Bella Napoli, in Brookside, is a great place to eat at all times of year. And at all times of day! Feast on some hand-crafted pizza, homemade pasta, or a freshly made salad for lunch or dinner. Or try one of their delectable pastry with your cappuccino. In the spring, summer, and early fall, you can sit outside at one of the sidewalk tables. Quaint, yet sophisticated. Just like a real European bistro.


And there are so many more great outdoor spots—I just don’t have the wallet to check them all out! For more dining tips, happy hour specials, or hiring advice, visit our website at

Blog written by Erin Greenhalgh