30 Outdoor Dining Spots Around Birmingham

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On Fridays we dine out. That has been part of the fabric of our family for as long as I can remember. My husband and I both did it with our families growing up, and we do it with our girls now. Unless we have another obligation, we look forward to our Friday nights out and about as a family. 

Our Friday night dinners look a little different these days. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic hit the restaurant industry hard. Not just here in Birmingham but all across the country. We have shied away from anything indoors in the interest of safety and it’s been hard. We want to support our local favorites, and no one wants to cook at home on a Friday night.

At first, we significantly scaled back our Friday dinner options to only those who provide carry-out options. Up until recently, we had yet to venture out into a restaurant as a family. Now we are looking to expand our dinner nights to include restaurants with outdoor seating areas. 

This allows us to still get out in a manner we are comfortable with, keeping our distance and enjoying the fresh air and good food. Many area restaurants provide designated patio dining, and others have only recently made upgrades to their existing locations to offer outdoor seating areas. 

Outdoor dining spots around Birmingham - Tre Luna is among the Birmingham area restaurants to offer patio dining
Image courtesy of Tre Luna in Hoover

Here is a list of 30 different restaurants with designated outdoor seating areas ready to serve you and your family. Please note that this list is accurate at the time of publication; however, refer to the individual restaurants for their hours of operation and most up-to-date health and safety protocols. 

30 Outdoor Dining Spots Around Birmingham

$ :: Quick Service Options

Hattie B’s {Lakeview}

Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint {Cahaba Heights}

Melt {Hoover/Stadium Trace}

Moe’s BBQ {various locations}

Slice Pizza {Lakeview}

Super Chix {Hoover/Stadium Trace}

Taco Mama {various location}

Tazikis {various locations}

Tip Top Grill {Bluff Park}

Zoe’s Kitchen {various locations}

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$$ :: Casual Dining

Back Forty Beer Company

Chuy’s {The Summit}

Filling Station {Crestwood}

Front Porch {Hoover/Ross Bridge}

Moss Rock Tacos + Tequila {Hoover/Preserve}

Pizzeria GM {Homewood}

Rojo {Highlands}

SoHo Social {Homewood}

Tropicaleo {Avondale}

Vecchia Pizzaria + Mercato {Hoover/Preserve}

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$$$ :: Date Night Spots

Automatic Seafood + Oysters {Lakeview}

Cayo Coco {Downtown}

Fancy’s on Fifth {Avondale}

Garden + Galley {Highlands}

Half-shell Oyster House {Lakeview}

Roots + Revelry {Downtown}

Sol Y Luna {Mountain Brook}

The Southern Kitchen{Uptown}

Tre Luna {Hoover}

Vino {English Village}

 

Have I listed your favorite Birmingham area outdoor dining spot? If not, let me know in the comments so I can try it out as well!

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Erin is a transplant, relocating to Birmingham from the midwest just over three years ago. Born and raised in Wisconsin, she met her husband Karl while attending Purdue University. They had no idea when they received the opportunity to move south that the city had so much to offer. Together the couple has two girls: Hadley (7) and Allyson (10). Being a mom to two school-aged girls fills her with equal measures of love and anxiety. Erin spends her days, including weekends and most evenings during the school year, in her role managing the marketing and game day efforts for UAB Athletics. When she isn't working in sports, watching sports, or coaching her daughters in their sports, you can find Erin supporting other working mothers as a career coach and strategist. She believes that there is much to be learned from sharing motherhood stories and experiences because no one truly has it all figured out. Visit ErinKraebber.com to connect.

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