The Best Redmond Restaurants With Outdoor Seating

Redmond sits in the heart of Central Oregon’s scenic high desert—boasting views of nearby Cascade peaks and sitting a short jaunt from the likes of Smith Rock State Park and Cline Falls on the Deschutes River. With so much natural beauty and sunshine in all four seasons, Redmond has become a regional hotspot for outdoor dining—and options range from casual food-cart pods to family-friendly eateries to romantic nights out.

So to help you find the perfect patio on your next visit, we’ve put together a guide to outdoor dining in Redmond, Oregon. It includes:

Keep reading to learn about al fresco dining when visiting Redmond, Oregon.

Top Outdoor Dining Restaurants

Outdoor dining at One Street Down Cafe in Redmond, Oregon

You’ll find plenty of Redmond restaurants with outdoor seating—including many of the city’s best-loved eateries. 

Diego’s Spirited Kitchen is a Redmond landmark, beloved for a wide-ranging menu that blends Cajun, Mexican, Italian, and traditional American influences; wash it all down with a margarita at a handful of tables on the restaurant’s back patio—which is heated in winter. Nearby, Wild Ride Brewing hosts a handful of food carts and plenty of outdoor seating—with heaters and fire pits for when it gets chilly. A few blocks over, One Street Down Cafe serves its hearty breakfast dishes out of a converted home; its front lawn has been turned into a shady patio that sits under a massive tree. One of the newer additions to the city’s dining scene is Sisters Meat and Smokehouse, where you can kick back with sandwiches and charcuterie (all crafted with house-smoked meats) on a cozy, semi-shaded patio.

Family-Friendly Outdoor Dining

If your next trip is a family outing, you’ll find plenty of outdoor dining in Redmond that’s suited to children of all ages—some with play areas and kid-friendly menus. 

Cascade Lakes at 7th Street, for instance, is the first pub from Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.; in summer, garage doors open up to a spacious patio, which is outfitted with a fire pit and horseshoe pits. Spend a few minutes on the relaxing patio, and it’ll be easy to see why historic craft breweries are one of the top reasons to visit Redmond.

For a taste of what’s new in the city’s culinary scene, stop by Redmond Food Park—home to a handful of food trucks dishing cuisines from around the world; the food-cart pod is alcohol-free and includes a grassy area where children can run around.

Casual Outdoor Eateries

Celebrate your day of adventure, or take a break from strolling Redmond’s historic downtown core, at one of several laid-back eateries around the city.

Just north of downtown, Initiative Brewing pairs scratch-made pub fare with a lineup of stellar ales and lagers—all of which goes down easy on the brewpub’s partially shaded patio. To the south, The Hideaway Tavern in Redmond serves tasty bar food on a small, streetside patio—and shows the day’s big games on several televisions inside. And General Duffy’s Waterhole hosts a full bar and a handful of on-site food carts.

Outdoor dining at General Duffy’s Waterhole in Redmond, Oregon

Romantic Outdoor Dining Spots

The Rooftop at SCP Redmond Hotel in downtown Redmond, Oregon

Planning a date or fun night out? No longer are romantic dinners the domain of dimly lit restaurants; rather, Redmond, Oregon’s food scene hosts several outdoor outposts perfectly suited to celebrating a special occasion.

The Rooftop at SCP Redmond Hotel, for instance, offers a dining experience that’s as innovative as it is romantic. The cozy eatery features downtown’s only rooftop dining, sits surrounded by a garden of native plants, and shows off sweeping views of several Cascade peaks—including Mount Bachelor and the Three Sisters. Its food menu, meanwhile, showcases small plates and creative cocktails, many of which source their ingredients from the rooftop garden. Nearby, E BarGrill sports a friendly atmosphere that offers a stylish mix of upscale elegance and down-home comfort; its offerings include a full bar, a menu of thoughtfully prepared comfort food items, and a mostly shaded redwood deck.

Seasonal Considerations & Tips

What should you know about restaurants in Redmond with outdoor seating? Here’s how to best enjoy the city’s outdoor offerings—whenever you visit:

Seasons: As you can imagine, almost all outdoor dining areas open in summer—largely between May and October—when the weather is most agreeable. Some outdoor patios close between November and April, when chilly temperatures and the threat of rain or snow makes outdoor dining a little less appealing. Temperatures can drop quickly in the high desert, even in summer, so bring a light jacket if your plans involve outdoor lounging after dark. 

Fall and winter: That said, you’ll find plenty of restaurants that wheel out heaters, put up temporary structures, and turn on the fire pits between November and April—making Redmond a year-round destination for outdoor dining. If visiting during this stretch, consider preparing for the elements with hats and a heavier jacket.

Food cart pods: No matter the weather, food-cart pods typically offer outdoor dining at all times—usually with heaters and fire pits to accommodate determined diners.

Getting hungry? Check out some of the best restaurants in Redmond, and start planning your trip today.

Couple enjoying food on the patio at General Duffy’s Waterhole.

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