Al Fresco Family Dining: Restaurants with Patios

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COVID turned Portland Streets into dining halls. From casual to extravagant, restaurants across the city created outdoor patio dining options that are perfect for families looking to eat out. With the summer weather holding strong, now is the perfect time to enjoy dining al fresco. We’ve put together a list of Portland restaurants with patios that are family-friendly and offer excellent bites! Read on to find out more.

Stormbreaker Brewing

Their two locations, one in St Johns and one on Mississippi, were both approved to take over their local streets, so you’ll be able to enjoy plenty of tables at either spot. Patio dining options include covered and heated seating, so even on the colder evenings your crew will stay comfortable. You’ll find a traditional taproom menu of great burgers, sandwiches, fish’n’chips, and chicken tenders. Award-winning beer included. 

Mississippi Ave.
832 N. Beech St.
Portland, OR

St. Johns
8409 N Lombard St.
Portland, OR

La Buca

This sweet neighborhood cafe on SE 28th and Burnside serves up great Italian food with a friendly staff. Along with excellent service, you can expect outdoor heated seating set apart from the street with wide planter boxes. Kids will enjoy their own menu with pasta and veggie choices, and parents will enjoy the affordability—and the wine!

40 NE 28th Ave.
Portland, OR

Mississippi Pizza Pub

This bastion of kid-friendliness on Mississippi isn’t letting any old pandemic stop them—they’ve actually expanded their outdoor seating both in back by borrowing their neighbor’s, and in front by using the parking plazas. Covered dining is available. Order whole hot pizzas, bread sticks, salads, and drinks, then grab a spot outside to enjoy. 

3552 N. Mississippi Ave 
Portland, OR

Cadillac Cafe

A classic favorite for breakfast in Portland since 1989! They offer outside dining with 6-feet spaced tables on their backyard patio. You might miss out on seeing the still-drivable 1961 pink Cadillac convertible on display inside, but you won’t even miss it with the lush patio and yummy food. You could get lunch and dinner, too, but you’re really there for the French Custard Toast or the Smoked Salmon Benedict. 

1801 NE Broadway St
Portland, OR


Nestled into a corner of NW Portland sits one of the best Jewish deli’s of the Pacific Northwest. With a feel that’s straight from New York in the 60s, you can find bagels, knish, challah, nova lox, blintzes, corned beef hash, pastrami sandwiches, bagel dogs, latkes, pickles, and more! Supremely affordably, the many options make it friendly to even the pickiest of kids. And if you or your kids have never tried an egg cream (not actually eggs or cream, but chocolate, milk, and fizzy water), get them here right away. This spot has outdoor seating available for when your kids are wiggly and hungry at the same time.

628 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 

Level Beer

The founders of this brewery, situated on an impressive 2-acre property, are parents of young children themselves, and their family-friendly outdoor seating area proves it. Grab a burger, tacos, or falafel from the food carts and then choose from a selection of beer brewed onsite. There is a tasting room inside, but you are sure to be truly impressed by the greenhouse beer garden along with plenty of outdoor space, with games and even a hop field.

5211 NE 148th Avenue
Portland, OR

Tamale Boy Dekum

The Northeast branch of this food-truck-turned-restaurant boasts a well-priced kids’ menu and delicious authentic food from Oaxaca and Northern Mexico. Bonus! They have an awesome outdoor patio. Go for brunch on the weekend and enjoy breakfast burritos and chilaquiles over a game of Candyland—families are welcome to bring games. But the tamales are where it’s really at, so be sure to stop by for an easy weekday dinner, too.

1764 NE Dekum St
Portland, OR

¿Por Qué No? Taqueria

Who doesn't love tacos? One of our favorite spots for the best tacos in town is this cool restaurant with two locations on Hawthorn and Mississippi that both offer patio dining. The Hawthorn location is a complete experience with both covered and uncovered seating options. The kids will love the tacos and parents can indulge in incredible ceviche and spectacular margaritas. If you are looking for a combo of awesome atmosphere and great bites, ¿Por Qué No? Taqueria is a must-try!

3524 North Mississippi Avenue
Portland, OR

4635 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR
(503) 954-3138

—Annette Benedetti

Featured image: via Mississippi Studios via yelp


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