Great Virginia Patio Dining

by Casey Higgins | Posted: May 17, 2013 | Updated: May 16, 2016

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Warm Virginia evenings are perfect for a number of things, but patio dining is one of the best. Find a place that has just what you want to eat along with a good view, and you’ve got a pretty nice thing going. Check out these hot spots, then comment below with a few recommendations of your own.


A favorite of my colleagues and myself is Bubba’s Marina and Seafood Restaurant on Shore Drive in Virginia Beach. It’s a 20-something-year mainstay that promises and delivers the freshest seafood in Virginia Beach. Besides that, you’ll love their double-decker on-the-water patios, and the sunsets are unreal.


Bubba’s. Courtesy Photo.

If you’ve never been to Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm in Ashburn, you’re not only missing out on great dining, but a very interesting attraction, too. Clyde’s is an amazing collection of Americana housed in four 1700s-1800s buildings from Vermont and Virginia. After you’ve glanced around, head to the garden where your seat will be just as amazing. The pond and waterfall are super relaxing.

The pastoral countryside of Neersville in Loudoun County is your scenic beauty for outdoor dining at Grandale Farm Restaurant. Twice this special place has been mentioned in Travel + Leisure, so there’s pretty much all you need to know. Just go.

>> See more great outdoor dining in Loudoun.

Dine outside 365 days a year at Tysons Corner’s hottest new restaurant, Härth, which features cozy fireside dining. Traditional American comfort foods are prepared with the farm-to-table philosophy top-of-mind.



You’ll find Cafe Deluxe in McLean to be a charming neighborhood tavern atmosphere that bustles with the energy of a European bistro. Check out the eclectic menu that includes items like Grilled Meatloaf with Creole sauce.

The Local Chop & Grill House in Harrisonburg is a farm-to-table restaurant situated in the old City Produce Exchange building. You’ll find the covered patio a delightful place to dine on locally sourced foods.

Also in Harrisonburg is the Joshua Wilton House, an upscale experience in a beautiful Victorian. Dinner on the patio is quite fitting, given the in-season menu.

Hank’s Oyster Bar consistently receives rave reviews and press. Try the Old Town Alexandria location to enjoy $1.25 oysters from 5 to 7 p.m. weeknights on the patio.

>> See more great oudoor dining in Alexandria.

Hanks Oyster Bar

Hanks Oyster Bar

Waterfront view? Try oceanfront. Waterman’s Surfside Grille in Virginia Beach is a family owned restaurant with oceanfront patio dining and a boardwalk bar. Choose a nice lunch or dinner of seafood, salads, steak, ribs, chicken, burgers or pasta.

The Boathouse in Midlothian overlooks a 1,700-acre lake in a quiet residential community. Terraced decks provide ample seating and the sunset on the lake is something to see. The menu includes raw bar items, flame-kissed meats, Wood Stone fired pizzas and fresh seafood.

Graze on Main is a new addition to Wytheville, as is the Bolling Wilson Hotel in which it resides. Ask for the patio and settle in with chef’s daily menu of seasonal specialties. You won’t be disappointed in the view or the dinner.

If you’re dining with kids and those kids happen to love railroads, head to Depot Grille in Lynchburg. The large patio overlooks the train track and the James River is just beyond that. The American menu will suit any eater and Amazement Square is just a block away – perfect for a family day out.

In Downtown Richmond’s Shockoe Slip sitting perfectly on one-half block is Sine Irish Pub & Restaurant. The outdoor seating area is every bit as big as the first floor inside. Descend from the deck to market umbrella seating for some sunshine.

An incredibly extensive list of Richmond area patio dining can be found at

The Shanty sits waterside in Cape Charles and prides itself on locally sourced food and drink. You’re welcome to arrive by car, bike, golf cart, or boat, of course. Live entertainment goes perfectly with an evening on the deck.

The Shanty

The Shanty

A few seats are available in front of Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery in Staunton. Enjoy a world-class espresso or fresh-squeezed juice with your choice of entree off their very accommodating menu (vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and meats served here!).

Charlottesville‘s downtown mall is one grand strip of patio spaces just waiting for you to saunter up and sit down. The people watching is great! Try Commonwealth Restaurant and Skybar (a view from on high) or Bashir’s Taverna.

Speaking of downtown malls, check out Old Town Winchester and their restaurants. Give the 1949 Snow White Grill, Brewbaker’s, Village Square Restaurant or Union Jack Pub & Restaurant.



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Gail Pockey says:

You forgot to mention my NEW FAVORITE, Blu 1681 on the water in Occoquan, VA. Outside overlooking the marina – it’s very, very nice.

Jennifer Grover says:

You forgot Blacksburg!
Boudreaux’s rooftop dining is Cajun/ Creole
In the tree tops over looking Main St.
Sunday brunch, signature drinks, fried oysters and wonderful crawfish etouffee stand out.

The Cellar has been a Blacksburg staple in the heart of Downtown at the juncture of town and campus.
Italian food , craft beers, wine and full bar.
The spinach artichoke dip crowns the appetizer list, various spaghetti and meatballs, crab cakes, lasagne and specials like home made mushroom ravioli are dinner options, though many favor the signature custom pizzas and calzones. The patio out front allows dogs, service is good, bright umbrellas protect from sun or drizzle and offer a lively street view of student life. Live music includes Blue Monday jams, featuring a large number of very talented blues musicians from across the region ( and sometimes from across the pond!) Tuesday is Jazz jam, Thursday often brings a popular area rock band with world music or country/ old time flavor. There is a nice six pack store next door featuring a nice selection of local and craft brews.

Patio dining is also a feature at Lefty’s on Main St.,
Social House, Sake House ( sushi and Japanese cuisine) and more .

Glade Road Growers and Rising Silo Brewery area happy local surprise just outside town on Glade Road. The farm features organic local vegetables and free range chickens and pasture raised pork. The brewery has several very tasty craft beers , including a good stout, on tap. A wood fired brick pizza oven cooks up your choice of custom ingredients. The building is three sides, open air and patio seating, a stage for local live music, a bonfire pit with log seating in a fire circle. The venue is child and pet friendly with a stunning view of farms and mointains. If you fancy a good walk before supper, the Heritage Nature Park is right across the street.
Dinners are Tues and Fri evenings, live music varies, check the website or the local events calendar, Next three days calendar.

Don Tartoni says:

Rudee’s on the Inlet Cabana & Raw Bar on the waterfront in Virginia Beach–Great setting and venue. A favorite. Boat up, walk drive or ride your bike.

Don Tartoni says:

Rudee’s on the Inlet Cabana & Raw Bar on the waterfront in Virginia Beach–Great setting and venue. A favorite.