5 Valley Eateries in the Top 100 for Outdoor Dining

OpenTable data shows a 54% increase in restaurants listing outdoor dining nationwide

COACHELLA VALLEY — Outdoor dining is heating up, and this year diners will find more patios and streeteries to love across the country — at least five of them in our very own backyard.

The restaurants named in Riverside County were Palm Springs, Palm Desert and La Quinta.

We won’t hold you back. Drum roll please.

Here are the 5 Coachella Valley restaurants that made it to the OpenTable list:

  1. Spencer’s Restaurant – American
  2. Copley’s on Palm Canyon – Contemporary American
  3. CLOSED – French
  4. Arnold Palmer Restaurant (La Quinta) – American
  5. Mitch’s on El Paseo Prime Seafood (Palm Desert) – Californian/Seafood

Data from open table shows that the number of restaurants listing alfresco dining increased by 54% compared to 2019 before the pandemic. And that’s a good thing, because diners can’t wait to dine alfresco: This year, many cities coast-to-coast saw a double-digit increase in alfresco dining reservations from April to May, then from May to June.

To help diners discover a new favorite outdoor dining spot, OpenTable has released its annual Top 100 Restaurants for Outdoor Dining list, curated from 13.6 million verified restaurant reviews. The list identifies restaurants from coast to coast with great views, delicious cuisine and above all, an incredible outdoor dining experience. This year, 25 states feature restaurants on the list, making it easy to find one or more restaurants, whether at home or away. To explore other outdoor dining options, use OpenTable’s Seating Options filter, available on its website and app, and select “Outdoor.”

“Alfresco dining has played a major role in driving the restaurant industry in recent years, and restaurants have taken notice, whether adding, expanding or expanding. ‘improve their offerings,’ said Susan Lee, OpenTable’s chief growth officer. “Offering alfresco dining is now a key part of the restaurant business, and we’re happy to see diners continue to embrace it.”

Restaurants and Diners Revel in Al Fresco Dining
While nationally, the number of restaurants offering outdoor spaces has increased dramatically, at the city level, many have seen double- and even triple-digit increases. Those seeing the biggest increase in the number of restaurants offering outdoor dining spaces compared to 2019 before the pandemic include: New York (141%), San Francisco (126%), Las Vegas (108%), Boston (92%), Beverly Hills (83%), Brooklyn (89%), Philadelphia (74%), Pittsburgh (77%) and Nashville (70%).1

Many cities with cooler climates saw diners flock to patios and streets as soon as the summer season hit its stride. Cities with some of the largest increases in outdoor dining reservations from May 2022 to June 2022 include Pittsburgh (53%), Chicago (49%), Boston (37%), Portland (31%), Cincinnati (28%) ), Baltimore (24%), Brooklyn (21%), Seattle (19%), Denver (19%), New York (15%), Washington DC (9%) and Philadelphia (8%).2

The 100 Best Restaurants for Alfresco Dining
This year’s list saw a greater number of cities compared to the last list, launched in 2019 – whether due to new nationwide culinary prowess or the rise in terrace dining induced by the pandemic. New additions to this year’s list come from Austin, Atlanta, Greensboro, Houston, Louisville, Memphis, New Mexico, Portland, San Antonio and Wilmington. This year, California saw the most restaurants on the list, with 37 restaurants in Los Angeles, Napa, San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, Sonoma, Santa Monica, Carlsbad and more. Florida is second, with 11 restaurants from cities such as Miami Beach, Naples and Key West.

The top 100 restaurants for al fresco dining in the United States can be found here.

Image Sources

  • Spencer’s patio: Stephen Boyd, at Spencer’s

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