We North Texans take our food and entertainment seriously, so what better way to enjoy the warm months than with an awesome meal in a great outdoor space? The metroplex has more than enough kid-friendly restaurants with patios in Dallas perfect for families, and we picked a few of our favorites. Scroll down to see them all and make those reservations!
Breadwinners Cafe at Northpark Center
Not only do you get a top-notch shopping experience when visiting Northpark Center, but you can grab a bite at Breadwinners while the kids run around in the center green space. We highly recommend their weekend brunch!
8687 N Central Expy.
Dallas, TX 75225
The Rustic in Dallas
One of the most awesome restaurants with patios in Dallas, this popular Uptown restaurant is huge! While best left to the adults for the evening dining and shows, it’s a great place to take the kids for a weekend lunch.
3656 Howell Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
Standard Service in Heath
Standard Service in Rockwall county has one of the best outdoor spaces in all of DFW. From fire pits to pickleball courts, lawn games, live music and events, this spot has it all. They offer great food, great drinks and plenty of fun for families. Don’t miss their Saturday Staple Goods Market, either!
4240 Ridge Rd.
Heath, TX 75032
Red’s Yard in Denton
With a full yard full of picnic tables, umbrellas and games, Red’s Yard is one of our favorite spots for outdoor dining. They offer BBQ, a full bar and plenty of space for the kids to run around.
410 N. Bell Ave.
Denton, TX 76209
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HGSply Co in Fort Worth
Maybe you're already a fan of the flagship location on Greenville Ave. Well, the Fort Worth location of the popular restaurant not only hugs the Trinity River, but it boasts a huge patio that's ideal for families.
1621 River Run #176,
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Ferris Wheelers in Dallas
A backyard BBQ joint with a Ferris wheel? The wheel isn't moving right now, but this unique restaurant has plenty of outdoor seating and there are also Midway games!!
1950 Market Center Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75207
The Yard in McKinney
Any dining spot that encourages families is going to be on our list! The Yard offers classic backyard food options like burgers, sandwiches, and of course, queso for starters. The kids’ menu is plentiful and there is plenty of space to run around. Be sure to bring your fur baby, too because this place is super pet-friendly!
107 S. Church St.
McKinney, TX 75069
Hat Creek Burger in 11 DFW locations
If you’re looking for a fast-casual restaurant with libations and a playspace, look no further than Hat Creek Burger. We love the laid-back vibe and the quick service, and did we mention their range of yummy sauces?
The Woodshed Smokehouse in Fort Worth
This 14,000-square-foot open-air restaurant sits on the banks of the Trinity River. It features a working garden, backyard games, bike rentals (you can cruise down the Trinity Trails) and live music. There’s a gravel area where dogs are welcome (there’s even a menu for furry friends!) and you can choose between your own plate or family-style meals.
3201 Riverfront Dr.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Toller Patio in Dallas
There aren’t any indoor tables at Toller Patio, but with heaters and fans, you’ll be comfortable no matter the weather. You order food and drink from an app, and then find a spot at one of the colorful picnic tables. Menu items range from sandwiches and salads to french toast sticks and breakfast tacos. Toller Patio is very dog friendly, and with 17 big-screen TVs and swings, so this is a fun spot for the whole family.
3675 Ross Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
Legacy Hall in Plano
We love this food hall for its huge outdoor dining area where you can listen to live music, join in on the themed trivia nights, watch dance performances, play lawn games or just enjoy the outdoor space. We also love the fact that you can pick from tons of different types of food (think ramen, tacos, BBQ, pizza, burgers, sushi and more) depending on your mood.
7800 Windrose Ave.
Plano, TX 75024
Nico's Cocina in Carrollton
This hidden gem is a staple for families in Carrollton. Not only is the food great, but there's a playground located right next to the outdoor patio. What could be better on a warm night than a margarita and kids too busy to ask for anything until it's time to eat?
3065 N Josey Ln.
Carrollton, TX 75007