The sun is shining and the evening air is warm. Outside dining in the Yakima Valley means lots of laughs, leisurely conversations, wholesome recipes made with Yakima Valley produce and, of course, sips of the Valley’s famous wines. Define your mood and appetite and enjoy choosing from delicious cheese flights, appetizers or desserts at wineries to fine dining Alfresco style at the many outdoor venues.
Gilbert Cellars Winery offers cheese flights (the Cougar Gold cheese tray is a favorite) and assorted appetizers complement their fine wines. One can also enjoy a selection of micro-brews on the sidewalk cafe’ seating or in the tasting room and wine bar.
Track 29, just over the railroad tracks from the Historic District, is a great place to enjoy a stroll back in time on the authentic wooden boardwalk. Relax and watch the trains go by while enjoying hand-thrown pizza and gelato on the deck outside of Russillo’s Pizza & Gelato.
2nd Street Grill (new!), the 1915 building with roll up glass garage doors, lets the outside in and offers outside seating on the shady side of the street in the evening. Their menu is inspired contemporary American favorites with an Asian flair. Enjoy their impressive center island bar with one of their 11 TV’s tuned to your favorite sporting event, a variety of specialty drinks, martinis, local and regional wines or choose your favorite local and world-renowned micro-brew.
8th Street Bistro at the new Holiday Inn Downtown – Outside dining with plans for Summer BBQ on the patio. Great Happy Hour.Around the city of Yakima are dining gems like Gasperettis Courtyard Dining Room! Italian alfresco dining under the stars. With the sounds of an Italian fountain and smooth jazz music in the background, surrounded with flowering pots and cascading landscape transcend you to a ristorante in Firenze, where all the Gasperetti culinary magic began. A point of pride in the Yakima Valley for over 40 years! Hint -Try the Salmon Cheesecake with the Green Goddess Dressing. It’s The Best!
Bob’s Burgers and Brew, (new!) to the Yakima Valley, offers over 20 gourmet beef and chicken burgers and favorite micro-brews. Outside patio seating with restful waterfall and an amazing fire feature for dining enjoyment. Check out the Happy Hour specials.
Creekside West (new!) on 40th Avenue. Contemporary restaurant offering an outdoor pavilion, great views of rolling desert hills and spectacular sunsets from the dining room and friendly bar.
Apple Tree Grill, at the Apple Tree Premier golf course, features a nostalgic theme that brings to life Apple Tree’s homegrown heritage in farming the orchards surrounding the golf course in rural Yakima. Signature items include their famous Applewood Smoked Prime Rib. If it is a spectacular view you desire, Apple Tree will not disappoint.
River Ridge, a nine hole golf course in nearby Selah offers outside dining on their “19th hole” restaurant deck. Enjoy the course view, and review your round of golf.
Reservations are appreciated, especially for larger groups, but are generally not required to be seated quickly for your Alfresco experience in the Yakima Valley. For more information, call the Visitor Information Center at 800-221-0751.
See also Yakima Valley Blog: Enjoy Lunch at Yakima Valley Wineries For Information on outside dining at Yakima Valley Wineries.
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