Popular patio dining restaurants in Northwest Arkansas

We all know that the back-to-school season often brings a fresh round of viruses that kids can pick up and bring home, including Covid. We’ve heard of several people who are getting Covid for the first time lately. So if you’re trying to minimize your risk of catching Covid or flu or anything else, here’s a list we put together two years ago when we were missing the opportunity to go out to eat. It’s a list of Northwest Arkansas restaurants that offer outdoor dining.

You may have heard various experts on the news say that the risk of contracting Covid-19 is only about 1 percent when you are outside. So if you’re dining out with unvaccinated kids or other family members, these options might be good to consider.

We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite restaurants in Northwest Arkansas which have patios and/or outdoor dining areas. We’re grouping the restaurants by city, for your convenience.

If we’ve missed any restaurants that you know have outdoor dining available, please let us know by posting a comment or by emailing us at gwen@nwaMotherlode.com. 


Natural State Brewery

Red Robin

Angus Grill & Cantina

Big Orange

PF Chang’s

Tacos 4 Life

Fish City Grill

Grub’s Bar & Grill

Newk’s Eatery

Torchy’s Tacos

Top Golf

Midici – Neopolitan Pizza Company

Ruth’s Chris Steak House


Fuzzy’s Taco Shop


Onyx Coffee Lab


Pedaler’s Pub


Azul Tequila

Preacher’s Son (rooftop bar)

Oven & Tap

McAlister’s Deli


Yeyo’s Mexican Grill

Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe

The Hub


Leverett Lounge

Big Box Karaoke

Sassy’s Red House


Red Robin

Newk’s Eatery

McAlister’s Deli

Hammontree’s Grilled Cheese

Tacos 4 Life

Grub’s Bar & Grille

Onyx Coffee Lab


Fossil Cove

Loafin’ Joe’s

Mellow Mushroom

Feed and Folly

Puritan Coffee and Beer



Torchy’s Tacos

El Matador


Pizzeria Ruby


La Huerta

Las Fajitas


Azul Tequila

Big Sexy Food


Buttered Biscuit (has a few outdoor tables)

DQ Grill and Chill

Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers

Jimmy John’s

King Burrito

Las Margaritas

Las Palmas

MJ’s Pizzeria

Red Kite Coffee Company

Slim Chickens

Tacos 4 Life

The Flying Burrito Company

Trailside Coffee inside Phat Tire Bike Shop

Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Bella Vista

Lake Pointe

Bella Vista Bar & Grille

Highlands Pub

Papa Mike’s


B List Burger Bar

Picnic tables in Springdale:

Taqueria Don Guero

Black Apple

Bike Rack Brewing (has a coffee shop that serves pastries, etc.)

The Pits Meatery (food truck, but has picnic table seating)