Tea Bar & Bites Bakery, Cafe & Catering
621 S. Pickwick Ave., Springfield, 417-866-7500, teabarandbites.com
With its trickling water fountain, strings of lights and snug feel, this quaint spot bursts with charm. Enjoy the Spanish-style courtyard to its fullest at the monthly themed dinners held outside with live musical entertainment.
What to order: Tea Bar sliders
4211 S. Lone Pine Ave., Springfield, 417-882-5300, gallowaygrill.com
A top-notch place to tuck in for a burger and beer, Galloway Grill’s comfy, casual patio is tucked to the side of the restaurant and backs up to the Galloway Creek Greenway.
What to order: the Grilled Cheese Burger
Cantina Laredo (Branson)
1001 Branson Landing Blvd., Branson, 417-334-6062, cantinalaredo.com
Watch the Branson Landing’s water and fire show and enjoy a killer view of Lake Taneycomo from the patio at Cantina Laredo.
What to order: ahi tuna tacos
The fresh oysters at Touch are a must for any occasion.
1620 E. Republic Rd., Springfield, 417-823-8383, touch-restaurant.com
Touch’s luxe patio features sleek black-and-green cushioned sofas and a stylish, upscale atmosphere. If the temperature starts to dip, request a spot near the cozy fire pit.
What to order: fresh oysters
Vino Cellars at the Lake
15038 Business Highway 13, Branson West, 417-739-1985, vcellars.com
Watch the sun dip behind the hills from the spacious deck at Vino Cellars. Table Rock Lake in the distance and the lush surrounding forest make for a scenic backdrop.
What to order: thyme-glazed salmon and some apple cider
Springfield Brewing Company
305 S. Market Ave., Springfield, 417-832-8277, springfieldbrewingco.com
The deck is strung with lights and tucked away on the second floor of Brew Co., giving it a cool urban vibe and setting the scene for a picture-perfect evening out.
What to order: fish and chips and the Mayhem Märzen, Brew Co.’s Oktoberfest beer
3521 S. Lone Pine Ave., Springfield, 417-881-4488
There are pretty potted plants, a thick canopy of trees overhead and the occasional whir of nearby bikes at this sweet patio that’s idyllic for dining alfresco.
What to order: the Peugeot sandwich