The Best Outdoor Seating Spots for Sunny Days

With the summer sun in full effect, it’s the perfect time to explore new places while soaking up some rays. Many restaurants around the Puget Sound provide the opportunity to do just that, with outdoor seating options ranging from rooftop to streetside. In celebration of the season, we’ve compiled a list of the area’s most outdoor-friendly restaurants. Break out your sunglasses and get ready to sit back and enjoy the sun.


The outdoor patio and lounge area at Swinomish Casino and Lodge offers expansive views as well as a large outdoor fireplace. Gazing out from this open-air layout, both the bay and the mountains beyond seem within reach. The fine-dining restaurant features a variety of seafood dishes; the Alderwood Grilled Salmon with seasonal Skagit Valley produce is especially popular.

12885 Casino Dr., Anacortes


The views at Fat Pie Pizza are unparalleled, with two tiers of rooftop dining and 180-degree views of surrounding Fairhaven. Enjoy the restaurant’s happy hour as you look out at historic buildings or catch a view of the bay. Choose between the Chicago, Brooklyn, and Detroit-style pizza crusts and other city-themed combos to create your perfect pie. Those wanting something other than pizza can enjoy entree options such as spaghetti, lasagna, or fish and chips.

1015 Harris Ave., Bellingham


In addition to streetside tables, mosey around back of Skylark’s Hidden Cafe to access even more outdoor seating. Hungry customers can follow brick pathways past the red telephone booth to the patios, where swirled wrought iron tables and chairs await. Sunny days mean open-air seating, while the covered area and brick fireplace are a good option on chilly nights. The cafe’s large menu features fresh seafood and blends of classic and contemporary food.

1308 11th St., Bellingham


This spacious, pet-friendly patio stretches between the taproom and neighboring Primal Coffee. Enclosed by a wooden slate fence, the patio features classic picnic tables, longer tables for parties, and plenty of standing room for mingling and movement in between. String lights hang above colorful umbrellas that offer shade on ultra-sunny afternoons. Grab a beer and enjoy the charming outdoor space after one of the taproom’s paint nights, comedy shows, or yoga sessions.

102 Woodworth St., Sedro-Woolley

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"Break out your sunglasses and get ready to sit back and enjoy the sun."