Locals’ favorite summertime dining destinations
The Yakima Valley’s signature, sunny, summertime days are in full force. With cooler temps on the way, evenings are made for lingering outdoors. Where should you head for warm-weather afternoons and cooler evenings with fantastic foods? Check out our line-up of outdoor dining destinations around the Yakima Valley.
COURTYARDS & PATIOS
This taproom is born of inspiration between a group of family and friends with roots in the Valley’s ag and hop industries. Relax by the indoor/outdoor fireplace on the 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 local and regional craft beer, cider and wine options.
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 and the authentic Reuben sandwich.
In the little town of Naches, this has become a locals’ favorite spot. Their patio is thoughtfully surrounded by fruit bins filled with seasonal flowers.
What to Try: The signature Nook Burger, Mountain Mac & Cheese and Colombian empanadas are all can’t-miss favorites.
This is Yakima’s newest addition to the Hop Country Craft Beer Trail. They feature a full-service restaurant inside and a smaller menu for dining on the expansive patio overlooking a large green space, outdoor stage and creek.
What to Try: Enjoy house bratwursts and burger, truffle fries and house favorite arancini (crisp, breaded parmesan risotto balls stuffed with mozzarella and served with marinara). Of course, don’t miss the craft brews and cocktails! Outskirts just debuted their first house-brewed beer, Canyon Crusher.
This charming Terrace Heights restaurant 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 large umbrellas and strands of lights. The Coop is an 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 featuring seasonal ingredients on the fresh sheet, creative, ice-cold cocktails and rotating seasonal slushies.
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. Enjoy covered seating or shade umbrellas at both locations for plenty of shade.
What to Try: The monthly flatbread specials never disappoint, but the giant Bavarian pretzel with beer mustard and beer cheese is a must. At the east location, sample grilled sandwiches. Keep an eye on their social channels for outdoor grilling days at both locations during the summer. Did we mention the 120 taps?
Take in glimpses of the hills surrounding Yakima from this large, private, enclosed courtyard. Dine under bright umbrellas and new shade sails, with lush flowerpots. Call 509-853-1057 to reserve your table on the patio or reserve online.
What to Try: This is your spot for premium seafood in the Yakima Valley, so enjoy a refreshing ahi tataki on a hot day, along with WaterFire Calamari, specialties from the grill and a cool Roasted Pineapple Mai Tai or a WaterFire Paloma.
WIDE OPEN SPACES
In addition to being an award-winning brewery, Bron Yr Aur also serves up fantastic wood-fired pizza and other house-made specialties to be savored on their covered patio and sweeping green space nestled against the Cascade foothills just before two scenic byways. There’s plenty of room for family fun.
What to Try: Woodfired pizza on beer-infused crust, house-made pretzels with beer-infused cheese and beer-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.
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 small, lovely patio and you’ll find abundant seating under large shade structures on the sweeping 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, lobster rolls to birria specialties, and house-smoked prime rib dips. Tiny Dog Session IPA is a favorite, named after the brewery owners’ pint-sized black lab.
Just a few minutes down I-82 in Donald, WA, stake your spot in the Hop Yard. The dining space outside the lovingly restored 1911 mercantile country store building makes for a perfect summer afternoon and evening. Enhanced with lush hops, vintage wagon wheels and wine barrels, along with lawn activities and games, this is an ideal summertime stop. NEWS: Watch their social channels for news about their new Sunnyside location opening this August with another great outdoor space.
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! Enjoy your favorite Yakima Valley craft beverages from the taps built into an Airsteam trailer, along with their house ciders.
DINING WITH A VIEW
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 or the Slice Outdoor Lounge, the daily breakfast is a must before hitting the green. Casual favorites abound on afternoon and evening menus.
Dine at the only restaurant in the Yakima River Canyon, just feet from the Yakima River. The large wooden deck, boasting a new shade structure and enclosure, 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 menu changes often, but premium seafood from regional waterways and beyond is a specialty, along with casual favorites and dishes highlighting local, seasonal produce. Be sure to enjoy the rotating wine selection.
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.
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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