St. Louis has an abundance of culinary destinations that offer al fresco seating options in addition to their fine food and drink. Here’s a list of some of our favorite fresh-air dining spots:
131 Carondelet Plaza, 725-6777, araka.com
The sunken outdoor dining area at Araka is the perfect place to enjoy a fi ne meal and take in the inimitable Carondelet Plaza atmosphere. CIELO 999 N. 2nd St., 881-5759, cielostlouis.com The Sky Terrace at Cielo offers stunning views of downtown and plenty of seating, whether you want to dine al fresco or just sip a cocktail.
BRASSERIE BY NICHE
4580 Laclede Ave., 454-0600, brasseriebyniche.com
Reminiscent of a classic sidewalk cafe, eating outside at Brasserie is like experiencing Paris in the confi nes of the Central West End.
VIN DE SET
2017 Chouteau Ave., 241-8989, vindeset.com
Dining on the rooftop bar and bistro at Vin de Set offers spectacular city vistas as well as a refreshing change from the usual dining room scene.
BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE
1601 S. Lindbergh Blvd., 432-4410, brioitalian.com
The covered patio at Brio recently underwent a multi-million-dollar upgrade and now features some 50 seats and built-in heaters, so there's no excuse to keep your pasta indoors.
COPIA URBAN WINERY
1122 Washington Ave., 241-9463, copiaurbanwinery.com
The retractable roof over this spacious dining and drinking area ensures that the weather is always perfect.
4590 Laclede Ave., 361-8282, wildflowerdining.com
Taking up the corner at Euclid and Laclede avenues, this patio provides great CWE peoplewatching opportunities.
OLYMPIA KEBOB HOUSE & TAVERNA
1543 McCausland Ave., 781-1299
Perched on the line between City and County, this spacious Hi Pointe patio has been a neighborhood landmark for years.
IL BEL LAGO
11631 Olive Blvd., 994-1080, ilbellagosaintlouis.com
A gorgeous fountain serves as a centerpiece, making the experience of eating outside at Il Bel Lago like dining in an Italian courtyard.
SCAPE AMERICAN BISTRO
48 Maryland Plaza, 361-7227, scapestl.com
Step into the back bar area at Scape and you feel miles away from the outside world. The lush ivy-covered walls and strings of lights evoke the feel of a private garden party.