Let’s Take This Outside: Your 2023 Hartford Outdoor Dining Guide

We love eating out in Hartford, obviously. And what do we like more than that? Dining out outside. Maybe it’s just us, but food and drinks just taste better when you can enjoy them in the great outdoors during the spring and summer months! 

In a city like Hartford, sometimes it’s tough to find really good spots with ideal outdoor dining spaces. That’s why we are, of course, compiling a comprehensive list of our favorites so you don’t have to go searching far and wide for your next outdoor dinner date or happy hour (wait, did someone say happy hour? Check out our guide on that, too.)

Read on, friends, there’s some good stuff ahead. 



Three espresso martinis on outdoor patio of Salute in Hartford
Photo via @ctespressomartini

Incredibly tasty Italian comfort food, an extensive wine list, espresso martinis and a decent amount of sidewalk seating with views of Bushnell Park nearby make Salute on Trumbull one of our favorite spots to grab a bite outside on warm summer evenings.

Trumbull Kitchen

Man with a dog on his lap sitting outside at Trumbull Kitchen
Photo via @rich_caldo

Continuing down Trumbull, you won’t want to skip Trumbull Kitchen. In the warmer months, they put out a bunch of patio tables with umbrellas so guests can dine right on the sidewalk. We love Trumbull Kitchen for its varied and eclectic menu plus its newly revamped and very extensive tequila and mezcal offerings. 

Republic at the Linden

Outdoor covered patio at Republic at the Linden on a summer night
Photo via @republicatthelinden

A gastropub with a lot of character, we’ll give Republic at the Linden an honorable mention for having hybrid outdoor dining. Its covered patio has large, screen-less windows that let in tons of natural light and a breeze with enough coverage that makes it a great spot to dine in even on rainy days. In terms of definitions, this one fits our outdoor dining requirement pretty loosely but we’ll keep it on the list anyway.

Arch Street Tavern

Live musical performance at arch street tavern with multi colored lights and large crowd dancing in front of stage
Photo via @archstreettavern

Okay, hear us out on this one. Yes, you can come to Arch Street Tavern for dinner and drinks but we’d recommend waiting until after 9:00pm when the live music starts to get the full Arch experience. Catch live music almost any night of the week (and notably Wednesdays for funk night). It’s a great vibe all year long, but in the summertime, the doors are open and the live music spills onto the patio, making the outdoor area a perfect vibe.

On Pratt Street 

Pratt Street on a summer afternoon with crowds of people hanging about on the street

We consider Pratt Street one big outdoor patio! The brick-lined street features a bunch of great restaurants with tables scattered throughout during spring, summer, and early fall. Visit Sorella for crispy, brick oven pizza and handmade pastas, Vaughan’s for some of the best Irish pub fare around (their reuben is SERIOUSLY unmatched), and the recently renovated and revamped Sunberry Bar & Restaurant, which has a completely new menu of Korean and Japanese-style dishes and craft cocktails. 

And we’ll let you in on a little secret: there’s a lot more where that came from, so stay tuned for all the new spots opening on Pratt Street this year!

Frog Hollow

Red Rock Tavern

Four women enjoying cocktails on the Red Rock Tavern patio
Photo via @redrocktavern

A staple in Frog Hollow, Red Rock Tavern has been in Hartford for over 80 years. Right on Capitol Ave, its outdoor seating is perfect for happy hour drinks and sharing apps with friends. For all of the brunch-lovers out there, Red Rock Tavern is one of our fave spots for boozy outdoor weekend brunches all summer long. 

South Green

J Restaurant and Bar

Outdoor tables, patio furniture and gazebo on the J Restaurant Bar outdoor patio
Photo via @jrestaurantbar

J Restaurant and Bar might just have one the largest outdoor patio spaces in the entire city of Hartford. This patio is totally worth checking out and also features an outdoor bar (in shipping containers, no less!) Happy hour deals make this spot one of our favorite post-work digs.  

West End 


Cosmopolitan cocktail held outside in front of Wood-n-tap sign
Photo via @cheatmealfoodz

With an outdoor space that’s small but mighty, Wood-n-Tap’s Hartford location overlooks the busy Sisson Ave. We love it for its “Tappy Hour,” (which is always best enjoyed outside in our opinion), featuring discounted bar bites like $3 fries and $5 spinach artichoke dip, plus $7 specialty cocktails, $6 glasses of wine and $5 draft pours. 

Tisane Euro-Asian Cafe

For our outdoor dining lovers who enjoy Asian-European fusion—Tisane is the perfect outdoor dining spot in the summer. There’s also a little bit for everyone at Tisane. Enjoy strong drinks and DJ sets on Friday nights? Tisane. Sunday Funday brunch more your style? Tisane has that too. 

South End

Matty D’s 

It may be coined #HartfordsBestKeptSecret, but don’t worry, it’s a secret we’re willing to share with you! Matty D’s is a sports bar and restaurant with a decent-sized patio. Perfect for casual dining and if you’re in the mood for simple yet delicious pub fare. We’re talking loaded fries, jumbo pretzels, ballpark nachos, fried Brussels sprouts, and more. 


Parkville Market

Overhead photo of outdoor dining space at Parkville Market
Photo via @parkvillemarket

Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the always wonderful Parkville Market. While it’s great all year long, it especially shines in the warmer months with a huge outdoor dining area that also hosts tons of events like Salsa nights, live music, outdoor yoga, and so much more. 


The Tavern at Keney Park

Burger held in front of Keney Park golf course
Photo via @chefmcnamara

The Tavern at Keney Park is a destination for golfers and non-golfers alike. With sweeping views of the park’s 18-hole golf course, this outdoor dining destination is one of our favorites. Fun fact: did you know Keney Park is one of the largest parks in New England? The Tavern at Keney Park sits upon almost 700 acres of land. You’ll soon forget you’re even in the city when dining here. The food menu is also pretty superb: buttered pretzel bites, pierogies, and hot dogs, to name a few. And while it’s great any time of day, you know we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention it’s happy hour: Sunday through Friday, noon to 5:00pm. 

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