Yakima Valley locals’ favorite summertime dining destinations
The Yakima Valley’s signature, sunny, summertime days are finally here and outdoor dining is calling. Where should you head for warm-weather afternoons and evenings with fantastic foods? Check out our line-up of outdoor dining destinations around the Yakima Valley.
COURTYARDS & PATIOS
Provisions Restaurant + Market –This charming Terrace Heights restaurant now has TWO outdoor spaces for your warm-weather dining. Just off the main dining room and open to the indoors (weather permitting), enjoy the enclosed, contemporary courtyard with shade covers and strands of lights. Brand new this summer, The Coop is a new, expansive outdoor space surrounded by fruit bins as a nod to the Yakima Valley’s ag roots. Umbrellas and shade sails are much welcome on hot days. The Coop is graced with a dedicated bar for your summer pleasures. Check Resy for reservations.
What to Try: Sample summer flavors on the fresh sheet, creative, ice-cold cocktails and new watermelon-lemonade slushies.
The Kiln –This taproom is born of the inspiration from a group of family and friends with roots in the Valley’s ag and hop industries. Relax by the indoor/outdoor fireplace and covered patio or enjoy the half-acre yard and unique “beer berm.”
What to Try: Share artisan pizzas and unique small bites, along with specialty sandwiches and an array of regional craft beer options.
Public House of Yakima –How about 120 craft beverage taps at two locations? Both west and east locations boast outstanding patio spaces with a variety of seating and outdoor games and activities.
What to Try: The fabulous flatbreads are delicious, but the giant Bavarian pretzel with beer mustard and beer cheese is a must. Did we mention the 120 taps?
WaterFire Restaurant & Bar – Take in glimpses of the hills surrounding Yakima from this large, private courtyard. Dine under the pergola or bright umbrellas with lush flowerpots and a fire feature. Call 509-853-1057 to reserve your table on the patio.
What to Try: This is your spot for premium seafood in the Yakima Valley, so enjoy a refreshing ahi tower or ahi tataki on a hot day, along with specialties from the grill and a cool Blueberry-Mint Kamikaze or Just Peachy Sangria.
McGuire’s Irish Pub –Settle in on the secluded outdoor patio under the shade of an umbrella by the water fountain, surrounded by greenery, at this iconic, multi-generational, family-owned restaurant and bar.
What to Try: Order one of the made-from-scratch specials offered daily, along with homemade clam chowder or 10 -ounce prime rib on Fridays. Don’t skip the authentic, homemade Irish soda bread, available by the slice, basket or loaf to take home.
WIDE OPEN SPACES
HopTown Wood-Fired Pizza –Just a few minutes down I-82, stake your spot in the Hop Yard. The recently expanded dining space outside the lovingly restored 1911 mercantile country store building make for a perfect summer afternoon and evening. Enhanced with vintage wagon wheels and wine barrels, along with lawn activities and games, this is an ideal summertime stop.
What to Try: Any of the hand-tossed, wood-fired pizzas finished with a sprinkle of Cascade hops are a win, but don’t skip the seasonal specials or the elote corn dip! Sample your favorite Yakima Valley craft beverages from the self-serve taps built into an Airsteam trailer.
Bron Yr Aur Brewing –In addition to being an award-winning brewery, Bron Yr Aur also serves up fantastic pizza and other house-made specialties to be savored on their patio and sweeping green space nestled against the Cascade foothills just before two scenic byways.
What to Try: You can’t miss with pizza on hop-infused crust, house-made pulled pork sandwiches on hop-infused buns and hop-infused brownie desserts are all local favorites with a nod to being in the heart of hop country and on the Hop Country Craft Beer Trail.
Cowiche Creek Brewing Co. –Tucked into the Naches Heights hillside, the expansive outdoor space affords views of the surrounding canyons. In summertime, the indoor dining space opens onto a lovely patio and you’ll find abundant seating under shade structures on the lawn.
What to Try: Signature chuck and brisket burgers can’t be missed. In addition, they regularly roll out house-made specialties ranging from freshly shucked oysters and handcrafted pasta to house-smoked prime rib.
DINING WITH A VIEW
Apple Tree Grill –Whether you golf or not, dine at the Apple Tree Resort. Who doesn’t love a great view? Take in the iconic view of the hills, the golf course, the apple-shaped 17th hole and the century-old apple orchards.
What to Try: Whether you choose the deck the Slice Outdoor Lounge, the daily breakfast is a must before hitting the green. Casual favorites abound on afternoon and evening menus.
Canyon River Grill –Dine at the only restaurant in the Yakima River Canyon, just feet from the Yakima River. The large wooden deck, covered with shade sails, is on the second story of the building. Take in picturesque views of the Yakima River, the boat launch and dramatic, basalt canyon walls.
What to Try: The crab cakes or crab cake sandwich are musts, along with other seasonal specialities.
WATCHING THE WORLD GO BY
2nd Street Grill offers sidewalk dining under umbrellas in Downtown Yakima. This restaurant is a local favorite for its happy hour and menu of American favorites.
Bob’s Burgers & Brews has an elevated patio with a fire feature for chilly evenings to enjoy signature cocktails or a frosty cold premium beer on tap.
Cowiche Canyon Kitchen & Ice House Bar in Downtown Yakima is a place for people watching from the vantage point of their patio with a beautiful, architectural fire feature. Dine on modern tavern fare.
Norm’s of Yakima brings the outside in with the addition of the glass, roll up garage door, added during their recent remodel of one of the oldest buildings in Yakima. Enjoy elevated “comfort pub” fare.
Yakima Steak Company welcomes guests for shady sidewalk dining at a local steak house. Zesta Cucina is located in a beautifully refurbished fruit warehouse built in 1910, complete with original brick walls, hardwood floors and rough timber beams. Sit on the outside wooden deck under beautiful flowering hanging baskets.
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