The Walla Walla Valley is blessed with many months of sunshine – and we’ve got the patios to prove it! A stroll through downtown (which is frequently voted one of the best in America) is a perfectly charming way to spend a morning or afternoon, and there are plenty of places to stop for a cocktail or meal and people-watch while soaking in the sun. If you’re looking to dine al fresco, this guide has you covered!
AK’s Mercado: Come for the tacos, and stay for the boozy slushies (trust us). This downtown favorite offers an extensive mezcal collection, handmade tortillas, and a great plate of nachos. AK’s Mercado does not take reservations.
Bacon & Eggs: A homestyle breakfast place that’s loved by locals just as much as tourists, Bacon & Eggs cannot be missed and offers a great sidewalk patio for outdoor dining. The breakfast cocktails are a major hit, but don’t let that fool you – it’s also very family friendly. Make a reservation by calling 509-876-4553.
Big House Brew Pub: Here’s one for the beer lovers! Big House Brew Pub has a sprawling patio to relax on while you enjoy their brews and one of their delicious burgers. Make a reservation by calling 509-522-2440.
Brasserie Four: Sip champagne and slurp oysters on the patio at Brasserie Four while you soak up downtown Walla Walla. This charming French bistro will steal your heart (and delight your tastebuds). Reservations are highly recommended and can be made here.
Bright’s Candies: Bright’s Candies is a Walla Walla institution. This family-owned shop has been operating since 1934 and specializes in fine chocolates and confections. It’s the perfect place to take the little ones – and they also have ice cream you can enjoy on the patio. No reservations.
Colville Patisserie: Another great spot for a sweet treat, the Colville Patisserie offers incredible pastries, gelato, and locally roasted coffee. There’s usually a line, but it’s worth it. No reservations.
Crossbuck Brewing: No beer drinker shall go thirsty here! Downtown Walla Walla is also home to Crossbuck Brewing, which shares a kitchen with sister restaurant, Walla Walla Steak Company. This family-friendly tap room has a large patio with misters to keep you cool in the summertime! Reservations can be made here.
Graze + Pine Cone Creamery: Some of the best street art in Walla Walla is the mural on the wall of the patio that Graze and Pine Cone Creamery share. Both businesses are casual, family-owned, and absolutely delicious. Graze is your go-to for bomb sandwiches and fresh salads, and Pine Cone has you covered for dessert with one of their delicious small-batch, hand-made ice creams. No reservations.
Hattaway’s on Alder: If you’re looking for a little southern comfort, you’ll find it at Hattaway’s. The pimento cheese has been a favorite since they opened their doors in 2018 (we also highly recommend the fried chicken). Reservations are highly recommended and can be made here.
Maple Counter: Maple Counter is the place to be for stacks of fluffy pancakes and delicious, oversized omelets. They serve breakfast and lunch, and everything is made from scratch. They also have a darling waffle food truck next door, should the mood strike you. No reservations.
Marcy’s Bar & Lounge: Sip a cocktail and snack on some spicy nachos on the oasis of a patio at Marcy’s. This is a locals’ spot with a neighborhood feel. They also have a great happy hour, see the menu here. Reservations can be made by calling 509-525-7482.
Passatempo Taverna: You will die and think you went to Italy when you dine at the lovely Passatempo. A sprawling patio awaits you, with a charming mustard awning and olive trees. Enjoy an Aperol spritz and a bowl of one of their outstanding handmade pastas. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made here.
Public House 124: This spot is the perfect place to sit and sip a beer on a Saturday afternoon. Public House offers thoughtful seasonal cocktails, a great selection of beers on tap, and a fantastic burger. No reservations.
Red Monkey: Burgers, flatbreads, pizzas, and lots of yummy apps – Red Monkey has a great menu for watching the game, or for a night out with the family. Their Walla Walla Sweet Onion Rings are a fan favorite not to be missed! Please call the restaurant to make a reservation at 509-522-3865.
Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen: Bold, Mediterranean flavors and fresh Pacific Northwest ingredients come together in a beautiful setting at Saffron. The cocktails are fresh and unique, and the patio is just fabulous. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling the restaurant at 509-525-2112, beginning at 2pm Tuesday – Saturday.
Sweet Basil: A great spot for the whole family in the First Avenue Plaza, it’s the perfect place to people watch or take in live music in the summer. They offer full pizzas, and by the slice, as well as calzones, salads, and gluten free options. No reservations.
The Pasta Factory: Dine in the very heart of downtown at The Pasta Factory! They offer freshly made pastas, sauces, flatbreads and more. Enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail from their full bar. No reservations.
TMACS: TMACS boasts a beautiful patio for outdoor dining and a fantastic menu that changes seasonally. Their cocktail program is one of the best in the city, and they also have a fantastic happy hour. Reservations are recommended and can be made here.
Walla Walla Bread Co: An overflowing pastry case, fresh pressed juices, and incredible sandwiches and breakfast items await at Walla Walla Bread Co. There’s often a line when they open at 8am, so come early. No reservations.
Walla Walla Steak Company: If you’re looking for a juicy steak, look no further than the Walla Walla Steak Company! Dine outside on their patio which is complete with misters to keep you cool in the warmer months. Reservations are recommended and can be made here.
Wingman Birdz & Brewz: On the edge of the Whitman College campus, this restaurant is a terrific spot to watch the game or bring the family for wings! With a great selection of craft brews, local wines, and 20 (!) different sauces, you’re sure to have the perfect accompaniment for your chicken wings, wrap, sandwich, or salad! No reservations.
Yama’s Greek Eatery: A spacious patio and delectable Greek menu make Yamas a local favorite. Expect huge gyros, yummy spreads of tzatziki and hummus, and fresh salads. We also highly recommend the garlic fries! No reservations.
By: Stephanie Forrer
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