Blooming dogwoods, joggers pounding the sidewalks along Monument Ave, and dining outside are all sure signs of spring’s arrival in the Richmond Region!  With tons of dining options abound, we highlight five fantastic restaurant patio options to enjoy a warm spring night with family and friends. Here are 5 Great Restaurant Patios to Ring in Spring in the Richmond Region.

Union Market

This hidden gem nestled in Church Hill provides a quaint neighborhood grocery and dining option in this historic region.  Enjoy a glass of Pinot or a local craft beer at a Tap Takeover event and munch on a delicious sandwich or salad while sitting out on the surprisingly roomy patio in this up and coming neighborhood.

Legend Brewing Company

The famous Southside region brewery and restaurant with an enormous, wooden deck has been a staple of the Richmond Region for over two decades. The 200-seat patio gives patrons amazing views of the James River and the Downtown Richmond skyline that can only be improved with a legend-(wait for it?)-ary Brown Ale.

 

 

Water Coastal Kitchen

This popular Carytown eatery can easily be spotted by the bright red umbrellas that adorn their spacious patio. Enjoy some fresh regional seafood and a cold refreshment after a day of shopping in the famed Richmond Region shopping and dining district.

 

 

Ardent Craft Ales

Okay, okay, it’s not a traditional dining option; however, they do often have food trucks at this Scotts Addition brewery and beer garden. The huge, multi-level patio space has tons of seating and standing space, including picnic tables that allow patrons to socialize with their fellow hops-loving peers. As a cherry on top, Ardent’s patio is also dog friendly, so bring a leashed furry friend and enjoy a flight of craft beer on a beautiful spring afternoon.

 

 

Best Café at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

This delightful cafe, located inside the ground level of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, offers an enormous spacious patio that offers lunch Saturday through Wednesday and Lunch and Dinner Thursday and Friday, as well as a very popular happy hour. Enjoy a savory sandwich or a sweet dessert and coffee while overlooking the calming reflection pool chock full of bright red glass reeds, courtesy of legendary glass maker David Chihuly. Get some culture along with your lunch at this unique experience.

 

 

Michael J. Hippchen is a freelance writer based out of Richmond, VA.  Michael has a passion for good bourbon, a firm cigar, live music, and copious amounts of black coffee.