Where to Go in Saratoga for Prime Patio Dining
The Saratoga area is rife with legendary and lesser-known patio dining restaurants, offering everything from rooftop views to a lakeside ambience. And of course, there's the food and drinks! Check out some of our favorite outdoor dining spots below.
Enjoy People Watching & Pleasant Weather on Broadway
Be close to the action when you choose one of these patio dining restaurants on Saratoga Springs' main street.
Salt & Char
The patio at Salt and Char overlooks the center of Broadway so you have an expansive view while you dine, but it's set back enough from the road so you can enjoy an intimate meal. Look forward to a succulent porterhouse, Kansas City Strip, or any of the many high quality cuts of beef at this renowned steakhouse.
If you're looking for a happy hour cocktail before your meal on the patio head to Wheatfields, which has BOGO on all bar drinks from 3pm to 7pm on every day except Saturday. And, they have a slew of seasonal and classic cocktail options.
Ask your server which drink goes well with pasta, because that's what you'll likely want to order! This Saratoga restaurant makes close to 20 shapes of their own fresh pasta every day with local ingredients, and they also offer a variety of scrumptious chicken dishes and traditional pizzas.
Cantina is an excellent outdoor dining choice, as you'll need a minute to peruse the extensive menu, so why not do so while sipping a cold beverage in the hot sun? Choose from their delicious varieties of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and fajitas, but whatever you do, make sure to order the cactus fries.
Get Off Broadway & Explore Other Parts of Saratoga Springs
Other patio dining places in Saratoga Springs offer everything from rooftop decks to backyard barbecue vibes.
Saratoga City Tavern
Stunning views of the city and a bar just for the rooftop is what you'll get when you dine at Saratoga City Tavern. This five-floor bar and restaurant has over 100 different types of beer from all over the country. Food options include burgers, quesadillas, tacos, pizza, and hand-crafted sandwiches.
The unique patio at 15 Church has a open-terrace feel with flanked woodbeams covering the area. Exceptional flavors and exquisite presentations come together for meals at this reputable restaurant. The patio has its own menu with a raw bar, small plates, soups and salads, and large plates like Chilean sea bass and lobster fra diavolo.
Harvey's Restaurant and Bar is a lively Irish pub that makes a mean Shepherd's Pie, although they offer everything from pub-style fare to sandwiches overflowing with delicious meat. While there is a quaint outdoor dining spot by the entrance guests can also check out their rooftop bar, that typically has a DJ on Friday nights.
Bailey's Cafe is known for their long-time signature lobster bisque and to-die-for lobster roll, although they cook a range of American fare like burgers, paninis, and sandwiches. Enjoy a warm weather dish like the lobster roll on their patio, which has a chill summertime feel and they often have live music.
Cold craft beer and some of the best sandwiches in the Spa City can be enjoyed outdoors at The Barrelhouse. Guests love the raspberry beret sandwich, the pork barrel sandwich, and their whopping half-pound burgers. Pair a sandwich or burger with one of their 20+ beers on tap for a perfect patio dining experience.
Discover Stunning Sights You Didn't Know You Needed in Your Dining Experience
Often, the simplicity of enjoying a satisfying meal outdoors with loved ones fulfills your patio dining desires. But, if you'd like to switch it up with an exhilarating view as you wine and dine, check out the following outdoor dining options.
Dock Brown's Lakeside Tavern
Editor's Note 12/7/20: Dock Brown's is temporarily closed and plans to re-open in the spring of 2021.
Make sure to stick around for an after-dinner drink when you dine at Dock Brown's Lakeside Tavern, which offers a full view of the sunset over Saratoga Lake. They specialize in upscale comfort foods like a tuna melt, turkey BLT, and pulled pork sandwich, but they also have fresh seafood from the Baja fish tacos to the deep south crab cake.
Did you know there's a restaurant at Saratoga Lake Golf Club? The Hideaway offers panoramic views of the golf course. Entrees here include build-your-own-burgers and tons of sandwiches: Reuben, California chicken, the veggie, and more. The portions are substantial and the beer list has local and regional favorites.
Prime at Saratoga National
Prime at Saratoga National is rumored to have one of the best patio dining experiences, and looking at the above picture it's easy to see why! The expansive porch. The gorgeous infinity pool. The incomparable food. Make plans to cross Prime's patio off your bucket list and see for yourself a top example of how Saratoga does patio dining right.
Branch Out of Saratoga Proper - Find More Top Notch Outdoor Dining
Clifton Park, Round Lake, Galway, and other areas in Saratoga County offer further outdoor dining options for fabulous food and fresh air.
Peddlers Bistro & Bar
Peddlers Bistro & Bar in Clifton Park has a spacious deck they use for outdoor dining, DJ's, and live entertainment. Quesadillas appear to be the most popular dish to to order here, although they also have different types of burgers, bone-in and boneless chicken wings, and creative salads.
The Mill on Round Lake
Editor's Note 11/24/20: The Mill on Round Lake is temporarily closed and plans to re-open in mid-March 2021.
Check out Google reviews of The Mill on Round Lake and you'll see the most talked-about aspect of the restaurant is the patio. This relaxed, casual atmosphere is an ideal place to be on a summer afternoon when you're in the mood for some live music. They even have a "Warm Weather Favorites" section of the menu with mini chili dogs, sliders, fish tacos, pork carnita tacos, and a fried chicken bowl.
Cock N Bull Restaurant
Prime rib, steak, and the open air await on the patio at rustic and inviting Cock 'n Bull Restaurant in Galway. Enjoy traditional American steak or seafood at this unique location that was once a dairy barn. Their outdoor dining experience offers not only the patio, but a fire pit as well.
The next time you're craving a superb meal or cold drink to enjoy outdoors, consider one of the above Saratoga restaurants and make those summertime patio dining memories.
This article is sponsored by Saratoga County Tourism. Note: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions or view of Saratoga County Tourism or its members.