Plus, Sonny Dykes will be this year's Grand Marshal for the Parade of Lights.
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Enjoy dinner with a view at The Lakehouse. | Photo by @thelakehousefw
Is it just us, or does eating outside make food taste better?

Whether it be for live music, views, aesthetics and decor, cocktails, or just enjoying the nice weather, there’s a patio for every occasion. Here are 45 of our favorite places for outdoor dining in Fort Worth.

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Atíco is one of many concepts created by chef Tim Love. | Photo by Atíco Fort Worth


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Rooftop restaurants

Atíco Fort Worth | 2315 N. Main St.
Head up to the 6th floor of the SpringHill Suites by Marriott for Barcelona vibes and delicious tapas. Sit in a comfy lounge chair or at the open bar + kitchen to enjoy delicious cocktails, and dishes like salami flatbread, Ibérico ham, and grilled fish.

Brix Barbecue | 1012 S. Main St.
One of the city’s most popular food trucks is now operating out of its first brick-and-mortar with delicious barbecue and cold drinks. Located in the Near Southside, the restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating, a large patio, and a rooftop dining space with a couple of picnic tables.

By the water

Quince | Trinity River
The restaurant features indoor and outdoor seating with a large patio by the river. Stop by at sunset for views of the city and a wide range of menu items like salad, sushi, and burgers.

Sammy’s on the Lake | 6680 E. Peden Rd.
The bar and grill offers nachos, street tacos, chips, salsa, and other grilled items near the Lakeview Marina.


Do some plant shopping then grab a bite to eat at Heirloom. | Photo by FTWtoday

Casual dining

Heirloom | 6700 Z Boaz Pl.
The food truck and patio recently opened at Archie’s Gardenland using garden-fresh ingredients to create weekly menus. Note: The restaurant is currently open for lunch only, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Courtside Kitchen | 1615 Rogers Rd.
Known as Fort Worth’s first restaurant and pickleball facility, guests can expect delicious food, craft cocktails, covered and uncovered pickleball courts, and live music.

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Should outdoor dining areas be pet-friendly?

A. Yes, it’s better to dine with fur-iends
B. No, pets should not be allowed while dining
Monday, Sept. 18
  • Fort Worth ISD College Night 2023 | Monday, Sept. 18 | 6-8 p.m. | Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth | Free | Parents and students can meet with representatives from colleges and universities to learn more about higher education opportunities.
  • ¡Celebramos! A Celebration of Latin American Culture & Heritage | Monday, Sept.18-Sunday, Oct. 15 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth | $12-$25 | ¡Celebramos! A Celebration of Latin American Culture & Heritage, at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, will feature a variety of performances, art, and new experiences.*
Tuesday, Sept. 19
  • National Voter Registration Day | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | Fort Worth Public Library | Free | US citizens aged 18+ can stop by any library location to apply for a voter registration card.
Wednesday, Sept. 20
  • Fall Lunchtime Music Series | Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 12-1 p.m. | Burnett Park, 501 W. 7th St., Fort Worth | Free | Bring your lunch outside and enjoy live music in the park.
Thursday, Sept. 21
  • Oktoberfest | Thursday, Sept. 21-Saturday, Sept. 23 | Times vary | Trinity Park, 2933 Farmhouse Way, Fort Worth | $0-$20 | Celebrate German culture during this three-day festival with German beer, Bavarian food, shopping, family-friendly entertainment, and the Dachshund Dash.
  • Beyoncé: “Renaissance World Tour” | Thursday, Sept. 21 | 8 p.m. | AT&T Stadium, 1 AT&T Way, Arlington | $151-$2,586 | This is the Texas native’s first tour since her 2018 co-headlining “On the Run II” tour with rapper Jay-Z.
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News Notes
Coming Soon
  • Sweet Paris Creperie & Café — a French café specializing in sweet and savory crêpes — plans to expand to Fort Worth. It’s unclear where the Cowtown location will be and when it will open, but guests can expect cold and hot coffee, breakfast treats, and a bar. (Nation’s Restaurant News)
  • Head coach Sonny Dykes will be the Grand Marshal for the 2023 Parade of Lights. In his first year as head coach at TCU, Dykes led the Horned Frogs to the College Football Playoff and CFP National Championship. Grab Street Seat tickets to the parade on Sunday, Nov. 19.
  • Teachers and their families can celebrate Educator Day this Saturday, Sept. 23 in the Cultural District. Several museums will offer free admission, resources, and activities from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Check out the participating museums.
  • Governor Greg Abbott announced $3.2 million in funding to nine Fort Worth-area organizations as part of the Texas Veterans Commission’s Big Check Tour. The funding will provide services to more than 6,300 veterans in 30 North Texas counties. Read about the organizations that received funding.
  • It’s back to the regularly scheduled programming for the Fort Worth Herd. The daily 4 p.m. cattle drive is back after a two-month-long break due to the extreme summer heat. That means fans can see The Herd at both 11 a.m. + 4 p.m. every day.
  • Country duo Dan + Shay will stop by Dickies Arena during their “Heartbreak On The Map Tour” next spring. The Nashville group just released their fifth studio album called “Bigger Houses” last week. Watch them perform their best hits on Friday, March 8. Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 22.
  • Finding a birthday gift for your dad is an impossible task. Idea: Skip the cuff links and growlers of craft beer and grab him something from Marksmen instead. You know, something he’ll actually use.*
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⭐ Dine with the stars
Joe T. Garcias
Joe T. Garcia’s patio is an oasis of waterfalls + lush plants. | Photo via Joe T. Garcia’s
Between movie productions, sporting events, and concerts — celebrity sightings in North Texas are becoming a more frequent occurrence.

“Friends” icon Matt LeBlanc, actor Mark Wahlberg, the Spice Girls’ Victoria Beckham, and soccer champion David Beckham are just a few of the Hollywood stars who have dined in North Texas this summer.

And, that’s not all — here are some of the biggest stars that will grace the stage at Dickies Arena this year:
  • Luke Bryan | September 29
  • Shania Twain | October 13
  • Jason Aldean | October 14
  • Ms. Lauryn Hill | October 30
  • George Strait | November 17-18
  • Kirk Franklin | November 24
Now that we know who’s going to be in town, we want to help them find a local restaurant to enjoy. We’re leaving it to the locals we trust most, our readers.

Tell us where you want to see the celebrities dine when they’re in town.
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