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Denver's Best Hidden Restaurant Patios

Where to dine al fresco and celebrate the rest of summer

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Tucked away from the bustle of the street, noise of cars, and sight of passerbys, hidden patios provide an escape from reality and an extra opportunity to enjoy dining outdoors in Denver. There are some set in a garden, like the stunning Japanese-inspired one at Domo (pictured above) or the quiet charming one at Potager. Others bring back memories of backyards, like the one at the Post and Racca's Pizzeria Napoletana. From old to new, meaty to vegan, these 18 spots tempt you to linger and take advantage of the warm summer evenings with a glass of wine or pint of beer, along with a meal.

The restaurants and bars featured are presented in alphabetical order. If we missed your favorite, leave us a note in the comments or send a message via the tipline.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Potager

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1109 Ogden St
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 832-5788
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With lush vegetation and mood lighting, the intimate outdoor garden located in the back of the Cap Hill restaurant hits the perfect note to transport you to a simpler place and time for a perfect summer dish.

2. Devil's Food

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1020 S Gaylord St
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 733-7448
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Known for its comfort food and great pastries, Devil's Food has a quaint back patio. Designated a cell phone free zone, the patio is full of two-tops, mismatched chairs and tarps to offer perfect solitude.
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3. The Populist

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3163 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 432-3163
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For communal al fresco dining in RiNo, look no further than the Populist. Approachable hipster, the menu is designed to be shared. Stake your claim at one of the highly coveted outdoor picnic tables and pass around the small plates.

4. Racca's Pizzeria Napoletana

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2129 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 296-7000
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If you’re not going to this classic pie spot for the Nutella pizza, then surely you’re going for the back patio. With great music and a casual atmosphere, it’s a great hideaway from Larimer Street.
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5. Domo Japanese Country Foods Restaurant

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1365 Osage St.
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 595-3666
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The beautifully appointed Japanese garden with authentic decor and art makes dinner here a full-on sensory experience. Designed to showcase Japanese culture, the attached museum is sure to open your eyes to life across the pond.

6. TAG Burger Bar

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1222 Madison St
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 736-2260
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Loftily claiming to have put craft burgers and beers on the map, TAG Burger Bar is memorable for more than just their mac and cheese made with Goldfish and Cheez-Its. The patio, dominated by a giant graffiti wall, is a breath of fresh air.

7. Bistro Vendome

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1420 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 825-3232
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A Larimer Square staple, the courtyard at Bistro Vendome is a classic French restaurant in the heart of LoDo. Just sheltered enough from the hustle and bustle, you'll feel like you’re in a quiet neighborhood in Paris.

8. Forest Room 5

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2532 15th St
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 433-7001
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Inspired by nature, Forest Room 5’s decor is outdoor chic and the backyard is no exception. Outfitted with logs, streams, and fire pits, the secret patio defines Colorado and takes you far, far away from the stress of city life.

9. Solera

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5410 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220
(303) 388-8429
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With cuisine characterized as Spanish farmhouse, Solera is a charming restaurant in the heart of Park Hill. With strands of lights, colorful decorations, and trees shielding you from view, you’d never know you’re on bustling Colfax Avenue.

10. Brazen Neighborhood Eatery

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4450 W 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80212
(720) 638-1242
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In an unassuming location, this neighborhood eatery features new American cuisine that is approachable in style and price. The outdoor area is quiet and calm and includes a fire pit.
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11. Blackbelly

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1606 Conestoga St
Boulder, CO 80301
(303) 247-1000
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The restaurant and butcher shoppe (plus amazing deli) helmed by chef Hosea Rosenberg has not one but two patios. Discover both with a cocktail or a glass of wine in hand.
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12. Habit Carbon

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1553 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 428-8565
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Get your bullet coffee, your doughtnuts, or lunch and hide away on this secluded patio in LoHi.
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13. Sera's Ramen Enclave

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3472 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 646-1114
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You would never guess that this place, which has its kitchen right on 32nd, had a sweet covered patio where noodles flow freely.
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14. The Post Brewing Company

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105 W Emma St
Lafayette, CO 80026
(303) 593-2066
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Community tables and an Americana vibe dominate this fried chicken, pie, and beer emporium in Lafayette.
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15. The Way Back

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4132 W 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80212
(720) 728-8156
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The hot bar and eatery at the edge of Berkeley and the Highland recently opened its quiet patio where drinks and food go well with the great Colorado weather.
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16. Vital Root

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3915 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 474-4131
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It's a plant-filled oasis fit for a plant-centric restaurant. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served.
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17. Cuba Cuba

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1173 Delaware St
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 605-2822
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Newly redesigned, the homey covered patio at this Golden Triangle classic is just the right venue for on-point mojitos and Cuban fare.
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18. Finn's Manor

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2927 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
It isn't a traditional restaurant, but with multiple food truck options and a stunning patio, it is hard to skip this cocktail emporium. When you go, be sure to try Owlbear BBQ.
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1. Potager

1109 Ogden St, Denver, CO 80218
With lush vegetation and mood lighting, the intimate outdoor garden located in the back of the Cap Hill restaurant hits the perfect note to transport you to a simpler place and time for a perfect summer dish.
1109 Ogden St
Denver, CO 80218

2. Devil's Food

1020 S Gaylord St, Denver, CO 80209
LovelyDenver
Known for its comfort food and great pastries, Devil's Food has a quaint back patio. Designated a cell phone free zone, the patio is full of two-tops, mismatched chairs and tarps to offer perfect solitude.
1020 S Gaylord St
Denver, CO 80209

3. The Populist

3163 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
For communal al fresco dining in RiNo, look no further than the Populist. Approachable hipster, the menu is designed to be shared. Stake your claim at one of the highly coveted outdoor picnic tables and pass around the small plates.
3163 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

4. Racca's Pizzeria Napoletana

2129 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Blacktie Colorado
If you’re not going to this classic pie spot for the Nutella pizza, then surely you’re going for the back patio. With great music and a casual atmosphere, it’s a great hideaway from Larimer Street.
2129 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

5. Domo Japanese Country Foods Restaurant

1365 Osage St., Denver, CO 80204
The beautifully appointed Japanese garden with authentic decor and art makes dinner here a full-on sensory experience. Designed to showcase Japanese culture, the attached museum is sure to open your eyes to life across the pond.
1365 Osage St.
Denver, CO 80204

6. TAG Burger Bar

1222 Madison St, Denver, CO 80206
Loftily claiming to have put craft burgers and beers on the map, TAG Burger Bar is memorable for more than just their mac and cheese made with Goldfish and Cheez-Its. The patio, dominated by a giant graffiti wall, is a breath of fresh air.
1222 Madison St
Denver, CO 80206

7. Bistro Vendome

1420 Larimer St., Denver, CO 80202
A Larimer Square staple, the courtyard at Bistro Vendome is a classic French restaurant in the heart of LoDo. Just sheltered enough from the hustle and bustle, you'll feel like you’re in a quiet neighborhood in Paris.
1420 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202

8. Forest Room 5

2532 15th St, Denver, CO 80211
Inspired by nature, Forest Room 5’s decor is outdoor chic and the backyard is no exception. Outfitted with logs, streams, and fire pits, the secret patio defines Colorado and takes you far, far away from the stress of city life.
2532 15th St
Denver, CO 80211

9. Solera

5410 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80220
With cuisine characterized as Spanish farmhouse, Solera is a charming restaurant in the heart of Park Hill. With strands of lights, colorful decorations, and trees shielding you from view, you’d never know you’re on bustling Colfax Avenue.
5410 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220

10. Brazen Neighborhood Eatery

4450 W 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80212
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In an unassuming location, this neighborhood eatery features new American cuisine that is approachable in style and price. The outdoor area is quiet and calm and includes a fire pit.
4450 W 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80212

11. Blackbelly

1606 Conestoga St, Boulder, CO 80301
Facebook
The restaurant and butcher shoppe (plus amazing deli) helmed by chef Hosea Rosenberg has not one but two patios. Discover both with a cocktail or a glass of wine in hand.
1606 Conestoga St
Boulder, CO 80301

12. Habit Carbon

1553 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202
Facebook
Get your bullet coffee, your doughtnuts, or lunch and hide away on this secluded patio in LoHi.
1553 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202

13. Sera's Ramen Enclave

3472 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
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You would never guess that this place, which has its kitchen right on 32nd, had a sweet covered patio where noodles flow freely.
3472 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211

14. The Post Brewing Company

105 W Emma St, Lafayette, CO 80026
Facebook
Community tables and an Americana vibe dominate this fried chicken, pie, and beer emporium in Lafayette.
105 W Emma St
Lafayette, CO 80026

15. The Way Back

4132 W 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80212
Facebook
The hot bar and eatery at the edge of Berkeley and the Highland recently opened its quiet patio where drinks and food go well with the great Colorado weather.
4132 W 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80212

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16. Vital Root

3915 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212
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It's a plant-filled oasis fit for a plant-centric restaurant. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served.
3915 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212

17. Cuba Cuba

1173 Delaware St, Denver, CO 80204
Colorado Bites
Newly redesigned, the homey covered patio at this Golden Triangle classic is just the right venue for on-point mojitos and Cuban fare.
1173 Delaware St
Denver, CO 80204

18. Finn's Manor

2927 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Facebook
It isn't a traditional restaurant, but with multiple food truck options and a stunning patio, it is hard to skip this cocktail emporium. When you go, be sure to try Owlbear BBQ.
2927 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

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