Wichita’s Best Patios

One of the gifts Kansas gives us in exchange for the bitter cold winters and blistering hot summers is the perfect weather days that can show up any month of the year. If the mercury is between fifty and ninety you are solidly in ideal patio weather. Not only is patio dining an especially delightful way to enjoy the outdoors, but most patios are also inherently kid friendly {a.k.a. you can be a little louder, a little rowdier, a little messier}.

And Wichita has some great offerings when the conditions are right.

Stearman Bar & Grill

Best “Air Capital” Patio : Stearman Bar & Grill

Stearman boasts a mega-sized patio on an active airport runway. On a good day you’ll see planes flying in and out and maybe even a sky-diver while you enjoy your meal. If that’s not enough, there’s also a play set for the kids. The fare is quality standard bar food, but my top pick is the weekend breakfast buffet for a perfect start to your Saturday.

Bramble Cafe at Elderslie Farm

Bramble Cafe at Elderslie Farm

The Seasonal Treasure Patio: The Cafe at Elderslie Farm

During blackberry season, the cafe serves up breakfast on the patio next to the bramble. After you’ve gotten a taste you’ll spend the next three seasons patiently waiting for another slice of farm fresh frittata. It has it all: charming ambiance, wide open spaces, farm animals and amazing fresh food. Even if you don’t get a coveted u-pick appointment you can enjoy a morning on the farm. I’ll be there, the woman in the sunshine, one eye on my grass stained boys, one eye on my bowl of granola.

The “All In” Patio: The Brickyard

The Brickyard has totally committed to the patio lifestyle. This open air bar in the heart of Old Town is perfect for springtime happy hour or late night live music.  It isn’t kid friendly, but a great destination for girls night or date night.  Wear your dancing shoes!



The “Front and Center” Patio: Monarch

Monarch’s giant doors (leftover from its past life as Garage Bar), central location and patio games make it a fantastic place to enjoy a perfect weather day. This Delano gem boasts to-die-for sandwiches and craft brews and spirits. It’s kid friendly during the day or the perfect stop adults for before downtown concerts or shows.

The “Twice as Nice” Patio: Newport Grill

This double decker patio is an ideal date night splurge or happy hour destination. You’ll find both traditional dining and comfortable lounge seating on the Bradley Fair pond. Come for the food and drink, stay for the people watching. Don’t forget the banana bread pudding.

The Best “Pizza Al Fresco” Patios:

We have an embarrassment of top notch pizzas paired with dreamy patios throughout town. You can’t go wrong with any of these slices of heaven!

Ziggy's Pizza {East Location}

Ziggy’s Pizza {East Location}

Ziggy’s Pizza: This neighborhood favorite is a fantastic spot for a family meal at either location.  The pizza is a delight; the tree strung lights and super sized-patio in Clifton Square are awesome.

Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza: Both Il Vicino locations are solid pint-sized patio options, this time with pre-meal dough balls. Pro-tip: order just the dough rolled out to-go and grill up delicious pizza on your own private patio.

Oak & Pie: This newcomer to the pizza scene boasts a large, shady patio beside an outdoor fireplace. It’s a perfect place to enjoy a wood-fired pizza and glass bottle of wine. 

Piatto Neapolitan Pizzeria: Another new, local pizza place serves up authentic pizza that will transport you to Naples, Italy. But, the restaurant is unmistakably Wichita with a lovely skyline mural on the back patio.

 Where’s your favorite place to dine when the weather’s nice?

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2 Responses to Wichita’s Best Patios

  1. Nicole Beard March 25, 2015 at 7:04 am #

    Oh I can’t wait to try some of these out. What a great list.


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