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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.

Can't get enough? Check out our Guide to Rooftop Patios and because it is the season, here's where to watch the Olympics.

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Potager

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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.

Devil's Food

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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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The Populist

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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.

Racca's Pizzeria Napoletana

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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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Domo Japanese Country Foods Restaurant

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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.

TAG Burger Bar

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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.

Bistro Vendome

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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.

Forest Room 5

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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.
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.

Brazen Neighborhood Eatery

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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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Blackbelly

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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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Habit Carbon

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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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Sera's Ramen Enclave

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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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The Post Brewing Company

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Community tables and an Americana vibe dominate this fried chicken, pie, and beer emporium in Lafayette.
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The Way Back

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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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Vital Root

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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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Cuba Cuba

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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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Finn's Manor

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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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Potager

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.

Devil's Food

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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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The Populist

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.

Racca's Pizzeria Napoletana

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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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Domo Japanese Country Foods Restaurant

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.

TAG Burger Bar

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.

Bistro Vendome

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.

Forest Room 5

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.

Solera

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.

Brazen Neighborhood Eatery

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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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Blackbelly

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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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Habit Carbon

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Get your bullet coffee, your doughtnuts, or lunch and hide away on this secluded patio in LoHi.