A good meal is a treat no matter where you eat it, but add in a gorgeous outdoor setting and it becomes something else entirely. These 14 Missouri restaurants got the outdoor setting down pat. Check them out before patio weather says goodbye for another year.
1. Thomas – Kansas City, Mo.
Sip a martini and nosh on Thomas' American small plates while you watch the world go by from the sleek rooftop patio.
2. Vin de Set – St. Louis, Mo.
Stargaze from the gorgeous rooftop patio at this popular French bistro situated in a century-old building downtown. Escargot, anyone?
3. Canterbury Hill Winery and Restaurant – Jefferson City, Mo.
Sip on a Missouri wine and nibble on classic American fare at this Jefferson City winery. The best part? The stunning view from its hilltop perch.
4. Springfield Brewing Co. - Springfield, Mo.
Located in Springfield's downtown district, Springfield Brewing Co. offers a cozy-yet-bustling second-floor rooftop patio.Cold brews, pizza and great people-watching … what else do you need?
5. Claverach Farm – Eureka, Mo.
It doesn't get any more farm-to-table than the farm dinners at Claverach Farm in Eureka. Okay, so technically diners eat the four-course meals inside the covered barn, but when the weather's fine, the doors are thrown wide open. Before settling down to the meal, tour the property and learn how the crops go from field to fork.
6. Flat Branch Pub & Brewing – Columbia, Mo.
Arguably one of the best brewpubs in the state, Flat Branch's stellar beers are matched with delicious pub fare. Locals and university students alike flock to the patio for a little afternoon (or morning … or night) buzz.
7. Grünauer– Kansas City, Mo.
Sample authentic German cuisine and guzzle European beers at this KC restaurant's patio. Its vantage point overlooking Union Station means diners can watch trains arrive and depart from the city.
8. The Boathouse – St. Louis, Mo.
Sit beside the calm waters of Post-Dispatch Lake as you dine on casual American fare at this Forest Park mainstay. The restaurant also serves as a boat rental facility, so work up an appetite first with a paddleboat ride.
9. Touch Restaurant – Springfield, Mo.
Indulge in oysters and a cocktail while lounging at this sophisticated Springfield restaurant's patio. (Pssst …. we hear the happy hour specials are to-die-for!)
10. Blue Bell Farm – Fayette, Mo.
Another idyllic farm-to-table outdoor dining option is at Fayette's Blue Bell Farm. Using ingredients grown on the farm, the menu changes according to the season. Prior to eating, diners can meander through the farm's garden.
11. Mount Pleasant Estates – Augusta, Mo.
Enjoy an award-winning vin and nibble on wine-country favorites like chicken salad sandwiches, Bavarian pretzel rolls or gourmet cheese and sausage on the winery's brick terrace overlooking the Missouri River Valley.
12. Green Dirt Farm – Weston, Mo.
Those in the western part of the state looking for the full farm-to-table experience can find it at Green Dirt Farm. Take a seat in the farm's barn (doors open, of course), and enjoy a multi-course meal prepared with farm-grown fare.
13. Les Bourgeois Vineyards – Rocheport, Mo.
Located just off the Katy Trail in central Missouri, Les Bourgeois's A-frame is a popuar spot to sip on wine and enjoy a picnic.
14. Cooper's Landing – Columbia, Mo.
It doesn't get more laid back than Cooper's Landing. The Columbia-area campground and marina offers a variety of smoked meats that you can enjoy on a picnic table overlooking the Missouri River. Diners also can get delicious Thai (yes, really) at Chim's Thai Kitchen, an adjacent food truck open seven days a week.
Did we miss any of your favorites? Where do you love to go that combines good eats and great views? Let us know!