Warm weather means that it’s time to get off the couch and out into the fresh air. Spring also heralds one of my favorite things…patio dining. There’s nothing like enjoying a meal surrounded by Utah’s beautiful scenery, right? Take a look at these 12 restaurants that provide some gorgeous patio dining.
1. Bearclaw Supper Club, Sundance
You'll want to get your tickets early for Bearclaw Supper Club, a special event held a few times during the summer at Sundance. The food is spectacular, and the views from the top of the mountain are unparalleled.
2. Cafe Diablo, Torrey
Enjoy a sunset unlike any other on the patio of Cafe Diablo. The food here is good, too...and you'll want to try to rattlesnake cakes. 599 W. Main Sreet, State Road 24, Torrey.
3. Cliffside Restaurant, Saint George
One of the nicest restaurants in Saint George, Cliffside also offers a stunning view of the city. 511 S. Airport Road, Saint George.
4. Cowboy Grill at Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab
The next time you're in Moab, you need to enjoy dinner at Cowboy Grill. The sunset over the river is just gorgeous. Milepost 14, Highway 128, Moab.
5. Em's Restaurant, Salt Lake City
Em's is a longtime favorite with Salt Lake residents (and anyone who finds themselves on Capitol Hill). The building is a century-old charmer, and the patio couldn't be more adorable. And the food? Locally-sourced and fresh as can be. 271 N. Center Street, Salt Lake City
6. Log Haven, Millcreek
Log Haven wins the prize for Most Romantic Restaurant, and the patio dining won't disappoint, either. You'll be surrounded by the beauty of Millcreek Canyon, and the food is just divine. 6451 E Millcreek Canyon Road, Salt Lake City.
7. The Oaks, Ogden
Patio dining at The Oaks means a fabulous view of the Ogden river. This casual dining spot is always popular, but in the warm months, it's epic. 750 Ogden Canyon, Ogden.
8. Oasis Cafe, Salt Lake City
Oasis Cafe is the place to go if you want to be surrounded by pretty flowers and the sounds of water fountains. The awning keeps things shady and cool, and the food is fresh and delicious. 151 S. 500 E., Salt Lake City.
9. Ruth's Diner, Salt Lake City
Ruth's Diner is located in Emigration Canyon, and its patio makes you feel like you're in the heart of the mountains. It's nice and shady and has plenty of seating, though you'll definitely wait for a table here on the weekends. It's well worth the wait! 4160 E Emigration Canyon Road, Salt Lake City.
10. Silver Fork Lodge, Brighton
Head for Big Cottonwood Canyon to enjoy a delicious meal on the deck at Silver Fork Lodge. Breathe in that clean, mountain air and enjoy the views. Watch the hummingbird feeders for some entertainment. 11332 E Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, Brighton.
11. Silver Star Cafe, Park City
Park City has dozens of great patio dining options, but a great choice is Silver Star Cafe. It's a quiet, tranquil place for lunch or dinner, and it offers a great view. 1825 Three Kings Drive, Park City.
12. Taggart's Grill, Morgan
This adorable restaurant is nestled right next to the mountain. Dine on the patio for some fresh air, and watch the peacocks strut around. 1105 N. Taggart Lane, Morgan.
These are just a few of the many Utah restaurants that offer pretty patios. Want to add one to our list? Tell us about it in the comments!