Al Fresco Dining Options to Satisfy Any Palate
Tallahassee’s outdoor dining scene’s eclectic mix of options continues to grow as patrons seek to relax and connect with friends and family while enjoying a safe dining experience. Tallahassee restaurants set the table outdoors, on patios, porches and terraces around town, knowing patrons are looking for outdoor places to dine while enjoying the view, sunshine and fresh air.
Andrew’s Downtown is located in the heart of Downtown Tallahassee with a spacious outdoor patio shaded by a pergola and a 50-year-old Magnolia on historic Adams Street. The menu features locally sourced produce, seafood, and meats, healthy and vegetarian choices, and environmentally conscious service standards.
Dine under the gazebo at Backwoods Crossing where farm-to-table cuisine is redefined with locally sourced food from its own backyard and regional farmers. Owners, Jesse and Tyler Rice, create modern dishes with a twist of Southern flair, made from fresh, farm-grown produce found on Backwoods’ three-and-a-half-acre farm.
Open Air Brass Tap pours from more than 60 taps and serves more than 300 craft beers from around the world in a neighborhood atmosphere that includes live music, televised sports, and expansive deck. The light menu offers shareables, tacos, pizza, sandwiches, salads and flatbreads. Events include trivia nights and “Brewery of the Month.” Brass Tap has two Tallahassee locations, Midtown and CollegeTown.
The Edison provides an expansive patio overlooking the the 24-acre rolling hills, waterways and gardens found at Cascades Park. The restored, century-old former electric utility building is a visual feast itself and the views of the park, sunlit by day and illuminated with color at night, compliment the main course. Patrons who enjoy picnics in the park order from the take-out menu that includes a fabulous meal with wrapped cutlery, covered drinks, packaged and sealed product only.
Fans of Leola’s Crab Shack regulars love the snow crabs, blue crabs, fried fish and shrimp, wings and garlic sauce. Comfortable and casual indoor and outdoor seating is available while Leola’s food truck makes the rounds across north Florida.
The patio at Jeri’s Midtown Café, framed by a white picket fence and patio garden, is quaint and inviting, perfect for brunch or lunch and on sunny days the umbrellas are raised to cast the right amount of shade.
Kool Beanz Café serves a menu that changes daily featuring fresh, seasonal food and encourages guests to “Eat, Drink & Talk Loud – You’re Among Friends.” Inspired by their world travels, the chef and owner offer tastes from around the globe in an eclectic art-filled atmosphere. Patio seating options available.
Madison Social on the edge of FSU campus delivers classic pub fare with a twist on the patio overlooking FSU sports fields and College Ave. On weekends, the menu highlights gourmet brunch items, Blood Marys, mimosas and sangria. Patrons from Seminole fans to happy-hour professionals rave about the hand-crafted cocktails and craft beer offerings.
Fans of craft beer toast the year-round mild temperatures at PROOF Brewing Co., Tallahassee’s largest brewery serving innovative hometown brews and fabulous fare from Proper – The Brewpub at Proof. The modern open-air tasting room and beer garden is popular every day of the week and complete with outdoor seating.
Table 23, a “Southern porch, table, and bar” is cozied up among oak trees on one of Tallahassee’s favorite street corners. Serving lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch, fabulous cocktails and craft beers. Luck Goat coffee-rubbed rib-eye and Schermer pecan-crusted chicken are among the regional-produce offerings.
Located on the north side of Tallahassee, family owned Z. Bardhi’s offers authentic Italian fare, a full-service bar, and a wide selection of wines. Under the Italian style patio, meals are served on white linen covered tables set under the lighted terrace that overlooks gardens and fountains. Buon appetito!