Spring is ushering in warmer weather and sunny skies. As businesses reopen, many Topekans are looking for outdoor dining opportunities to catch up with friends, grab a bite to eat, throw back a beer or sip a glass of wine.
We’ve compiled a list of some of Topeka’s restaurants that offer outdoor dining. Whether you are looking for a place to safely gather with friends or just hoping to enjoy the fresh air, these patios are a must.
Iron Rail Brewing
Situated just outside of the restaurant’s front doors, this patio offers an intimate, but lively setting that allows patrons views of downtown Topeka and Evergy Plaza. Grab one of the Iron Rail’s house-brewed beers or a barbecue sandwich while you’re here.
Location: 705 S. Kansas Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday- Saturday;11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday.
Whether you are searching for a restaurant to enjoy a pizza and cold beer or a cocktail and some appetizers, this patio is spacious and can accommodate large groups.
Location: 2821 S.W. Fairlawn Road.
Hours: 11 a.m.-midnight Sunday-Thursday;11 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday.
The Wheel Barrel
This patio and beer garden is the perfect place to enjoy one of the restaurant’s infamous gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches paired with a cold drink.
With umbrellas covering the tables, The Wheel Barrel’s outdoor dining space offers patrons a cool area to unwind after walking through the NOTO Arts and Entertainment District.
Location: 925 N. Kansas Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday.
Los Mandiles Rojos
Grab a margarita or indulge in some of the restaurant’s most unique dishes like chilaquiles, birria tacos and pambazos.
Location: 1003 S.E. Quincy Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.
Head over to this pizzeria, order a pie and enjoy this spacious patio. The restaurant frequently schedules live music. For a truly unique and flavorful pizza,try the Trailer Park or Spicy Chickle.
Location: 1319 N. Kansas Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Norsemen Brewing Co.
Sit back, relax and order a one-of-a-kind dish or cocktail while lounging on this restaurant’s back patio. If you are looking to step outside your comfort zone, try ordering the Norse-inspired Rueben bites for an appetizer and a Trencher sandwich.
Location: 830 N. Kansas Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
The Blind Tiger Brewery and Restaurant
Grab one of this restaurant’s award-winning beers and one of its specialty dishes and take a seat on this covered patio. Order the Tiger Bite IPA and a portion of the sales will go toward supporting the Topeka Zoo’s Sumatran tigers.
Location: 417 S.W. 37th St.
Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday.
Blue Moose Bar and Grill
Catch this restaurant’s happy hour from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and grab a seat on the patio. Pair your drink with one of the happy hour specials including hummus, spinach artichoke dip or wings. You might even catch some live music.
Location: 3030 S.W. Wanamaker Road.
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8:30-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Pizagel’s Pizza and Bakery
While small, this patio is the perfect place to share a pizza with friends or family or an early morning bagel and coffee.
Location: 2830 S.W. Fairlawn Road.
Hours: 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.
Kickback on this quaint patio while you munch on one of the restaurant’s burgers or an order of wings.
Location: 1521 S.W. 21st St.
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The Celtic Fox
With a view of the Kansas Capitol, this patio is the perfect place to order a Guinness beer. Round out the experience by ordering an authentic Irish dish like Bangers and Mashed or Shepard’s Pie.
Location: 118 S.W. 8th Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday; noon-2 a.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.
The Weather Room
This downtown Topeka restaurant has a couple options for outdoor dining and patio seating. Located to the south of The Weather Room and accessible through the restaurant is a patio with lounge chairs and firepits. It’s the ideal spot to kick back and sip on a cocktail.
On the north side of the building and accessible through The Cyrus Hotel’s lobby is a small patio that sits between the buildings. It’s a great place to gather for a day drink and chat with friends.
Location: 920 S. Kansas Ave.
Hours: 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Sunday.
This spacious and covered patio is a great place to munch on some toasted ravioli, bruschetta or calamari fritti. Enjoy one of the restaurant’s many specials including half-priced wine bottles and half-priced appetizers.
Location: 4043 S.W. 10th Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday;11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The Shack Bar and Grill
Located off the road and surrounded by trees, this patio is the perfect place to spend those summer nights with friends and family.
Location: 2842 S.E. 29th St.
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday; 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday.
Contact: 785-266-4571; Facebook.
Grab a Vikings Burger, like the Barbarian Burger, and a signature cocktail, like the Berserker, while you are sitting on this patio.
Location: 4721 N.W. Hunters Ridge Circle.
Hours: 11 a.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday; 8 a.m.-midnight Sunday.
Happy Basset Brewing Co.
With two locations, there’s plenty of patio seating to accommodate everyone. Happy Basset Brewing Co., located in southwest Topeka, and its Barrel House, also in southwest Topeka, offers different atmospheres. Those with dogs would be better suited for the Barrel House with its spacious patio and land to run. If you are searching for a quieter setting, visit the brewing company.
Location: Brewing company, 6044 S.W. 29th St; Barrel house, 510 S.W. 49th St.
Hours: Brewing Company, 2-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-midnight, Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday; Barrel house, 1 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday.
Senor Bur-rito’s Taco Shop
This casual patio is a great place grab a quick bite to eat and devour some tacos, nachos or tostadas.
Location: 2841 S.E. Croco Road.
Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Sunday.
Contact: 785-408-1886; Facebook.
This patio offers the perfect place to sit after finishing off one of the restaurant’s famous 3-pound burgers.
Location: 2105 S.W. Mission Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Sunday.
Contact: 785-272-9749; Facebook.
This patio offers the ideal location to sip on a margarita. Located across the street from Washburn University, it’s a perfect spot for students to visit or a game-day pitstop.
Location: 1616 S.W. 17th St.
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday- Thursday; 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.
This spacious patio gives its patrons the perfect location to dine on chips and salsa, margaritas, tacos and enchiladas.
Location: 511 S.W. Topeka Blvd.
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Sunday.
Contact: 785-357-0956; elmezcaltopeka.com.
This patio is a great place to gather with friends and family on a game day. With a television located on the covered patio, order a few drinks and dine on some appetizers while rooting on your favorite team.
Location: 2827 S.W. Wanamaker Road.
Hours: 11 a.m.-midnight Monday-Sunday.
Contact: 785-272-3764; Facebook.
Bar N’ Grill
This restaurant boasts warm hospitality and a sunny patio. See it for yourself. While you’re there, order the Barn Yard sandwich or try your hand at The Pounder burger.
Location: 2121 S.W. Belle Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Saturday; 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday.
Contact: 785-438-2020; Facebook.
Looking for a restaurant to spend Taco Tuesday? Try out El Ranchito and dine on its patio while eating your favorite tacos.
Location: 2800 S.W. Fairlawn Road.
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Sunday.
If you are making a visit to this new restaurant, you might as well check out its patio while you are there. Order The Fat Shack sandwich and thank us later.
Location: 1418 S.W. Lane St.
Hours: 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday-Wednesday; 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Thursday-Saturday.
The Lazy Toad
This restaurant might be the perfect place to lazily sit in a chair all day and have a drink or two. While visiting, order one of the restaurant’s signature pizzas or wings.
Location: 5331 S.W. 22nd Place.
Hours: 3 p.m.-midnight Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-midnight 11 a.m.-midnight.