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If you’re looking for Charlotte restaurant patios to enjoy this summer you may want to experience some of these.

Dozens of new and exciting restaurants are popping up in Charlotte. In fact, the online magazine Axios Charlotte reports some 126 new restaurants have opened in Charlotte in the last year. These new spots range from sexy lounges to dessert shops to cafes and nightclubs.

But, now that the warmer weather is about to arrive on a more consistent basis, foodies and fans of the outdoors can get ready to sip on a glass of vino or chow down outside. People are looking for the best Charlotte restaurant patios to enjoy a great drink and tasty meal this summer. With that in mind, there are some key elements that create the optimum patio. Ideal Home says a great patio offers a place for visitors to sit back and relax, entertain, or enjoy dining.

What Makes a Great Patio

  • I Another element of a great patio is the lighting. Depending upon the energy you are looking to have, lots of bright lights can set the tone for a fun evening or more dimly lit lighting can set a more mellow tone.
  • Having an abundance of greenery (like tropical plants, and shrubbery) with colored pots adds an element of relaxation
  • You can never go wrong with flowers on a patio. They can set the tone and the mood from free and fun to colorful and cozy
  • Anytime you have a patio with porcelain tiles, it makes for something high-end or fancy. It makes outdoors space more like outdoor living
  • And you can’t have the patio experience without a fire pit. It doesn’t seem to matter the temperature, having a full-fledge flame while outdoors always does the trick

Despite the elements that make the patio work for you, these 7 patios in Charlotte are some of my picks that are truly ‘giving’. They are giving everything from sex appeal to attitude to night on the town. Check them out below for yourself.

7 Best Charlotte Restaurant Patios to Enjoy this Summer

  • Sixty Vines

    If you’re looking for a swanky spot with great scenery, great esthetics and even better food and drink than this is your spot. Located on the edge of South End, this patio includes couches and comfortable cushioned chairs, accented by natural greenery. It’s a great space whether you’re looking for some ‘me’ time or creating a vibe for friends.

  • Dilworth Tasting Room (DTR)

    It’s one of the oldest spots in town, known for it’s cozy atmosphere — full of greenery, cobblestone and bistro tables. It’s the place where I had my first cucumber and mint infused martini. There are plenty of signature drinks here or if you are a little more conservative, you may want to check out one of the wines they have on hand.

  • RH - Rooftop

    After visiting this spot, I’ll have to agree with most of the influencers and bloggers. This has got to be one of the most instagrammable spots in the city. From the breath-taking views to the cozy couches and chandelier lighting, this restaurant patio is a must-see. And of course, the food and drinks match the scenery. I usually get my favorite which is the salmon, cooked medium of course. And accompanied by the truffle fries.

    The service is top-tier. My server kept my wine glass full at my request. I will caution the price tag may throw some off a bit – I easily spent $100 for lunch, but it was well worth it.

  • Goodyear House

    If a fun, friendly atmosphere that makes eating outside the perfect space. My first time here actually brought back delightful memories from my childhood when me and the family would head out to the park as a special treat to have Sunday dinner. This patio is nostalgic, and complete with real picnic tables.

    The greenery and lighting makes this patio space even more warm, cozy and family-friendly. It’s a great space for a family gathering, a night out with the girls or a romantic dinner with that someone special.

  • Hello Sailor

    It doesn’t get much better than this! What a picture perfect view! Nothing like having a nice meal accompanied by the moon bouncing off the waters of Lake Norman. On my visit here, I thought it was simply a slice of heaven. You won’t find very many restaurant patios with this dining experience. It’s about 20-3o minutes north of Charlotte and has ample parking.

    And let’s talk about the food. How about the blackened shrimp tacos, or the seared cauliflower steak or perhaps you’re in the mood for the hushpuppies with jimmy red corn? Whatever your fancy, whether it’s a great view or good food, you’ll find it here.

  • The Novelty House

    This is one of the hot spots in uptown Charlotte. Who wouldn’t want a picture perfect roof top view? That’s what you get and  more at The Novelty House. Other than the view overlooking uptown Charlotte, you have the esthetics on the patio that makes it extra special. There are hundreds of flowers that accent the space — one space that is even an entire wall of flowers. It makes for a great backdrop! They specialize in a number of well-crafted cocktails. Food can be catered ahead of time or if you’d rather order from the sushi restaurant one floor down, you are free to do that as well.

    It makes the perfect spot to show off the city to out-of-town guests or a nice chill spot if you want something a little different.

  • Canopy Cocktails and Garden

    This is a fairly new spot in the South End community. It has tons of character and overall a great vibe. It’s the place to be for an afterwork meet up or a romantic evening. What makes this patio so special is it also serves as a garden. So, if greenery is your thing you’d find this pretty attractive.

    What I like most about this patio, is the sleek patio furniture. It includes really cool contemporary furniture (reminds me of Pottery Barn). The furniture makes the whole vibe sexy. The house cocktails are edgy with names like “Beach Please”, “Spice Gurl”, “Wu-Tang Cran” and more. They also serve classic cocktails, wines and beer. The view and the variety make this patio one of my top picks.

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