Patio Dining in the Southwest | Restaurants with Patios | Local Restaurants |

After a winter that can only be described as exhausting and uncertain amid a global pandemic working its way into a third year, well, spring is still in the air. That familiar itch to get outside is probably kicking in, and one way to scratch it is to dine outdoors. Here we spotlight fabulous patios in five cities and towns across the region — El Paso, Las Cruces, Mesilla, Silver City, and Truth or Consequences. Keep an eye out for the paw print 🐾, which means the place is dog friendly. This is by no means a comprehensive list of all the great patios of the region, but it will get you pointed in the right direction.


Block Table & Tap
Block is an industrial-chic restaurant serving up craft beer, wine, and cocktails. It has two patios, one in the front and one out back, where guests can enjoy an internationally inspired menu.
4172 N. Mesa St.
Hours: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Monday – Thursday; 11 a.m. – midnight, Friday; 9 a.m. – midnight, Saturday; 9 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Sunday

Park Tavern
Park Tavern is a modern restaurant in downtown El Paso serving “American cuisine in a classic French setting,” according to its website. The patio has a beautiful view of the San Jacinto Plaza. It also offers craft brews and cocktails.
204 E. Mills Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Monday – Thursday; 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Friday; 4 – 11 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday


Amador Patio, Bar & Grill/Broken Spoke Taphouse 🐾
Broken Spoke Taphouse, part of the AmadorLive Entertainment District in downtown Las Cruces, features more than 60 taps, with beers from New Mexico, across the United States, and abroad. Featuring pub-style food, there’s seating inside and out, with garage-style doors that can be raised in good weather to create an open space. The patio overlooks a lawn and stage.
302 S. Main St. Suite C
Hours: 4 – 11 p.m. Tuesday – Wednesday; 4 – midnight Thursday – Saturday; closed Sunday – Monday

Blue Moon Bar & Grill
This bar near Radium Springs was established in 1920 and has been a staple of the Mesilla Valley for 100 years. Its outdoor patio is an entertainment area for live music of all genres. It also has a package store to pick up your favorite liquor, and it offers event booking and catering.
13060 North Valley Drive, Las Cruces
Hours: 4 – 10 p.m. Monday; noon – 10 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday; noon – midnight, Friday – Saturday; 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday; kitchen closes at 9 p.m. every day


Boneyard Cantina🐾
Part of Ice Box Brewing Company, Boneyard Cantina is in downtown Las Cruces. It serves street tacos, nachos, and other eats, as well as a full slate of Icebox craft beer. Its outdoor patio overlooks Plaza de Las Cruces and Main Street.
139 N. Main St.
Hours: 3 – 10 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday; noon – 11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Saturday; closed Sundays

Little Toad Creek 🐾
Little Toad Creek is a New Mexico brewery and distillery with two locations, Silver City and Las Cruces, serving craft beer and pub eats. In Las Cruces, its outdoor patio overlooks Plaza de Las Cruces and Main Street in the front, and it also has a small quiet patio area in the back.
119 N. Main St.
Hours: 3 p.m. – midnight, Monday – Thursday; 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m. Friday – Saturday; noon – 10 p.m. Sunday


arial view of the cafe de mesilla patioCafé de Mesilla 🐾
Café de Mesilla is a quirky, colorful café specializing in coffee, breakfast, and lunch — and of course, brunch. It has art and jewelry for sale in its lobby and throughout the restaurant. Its outdoor dining area is large and decorative.
2190 Highway 28, Avenida de Mesilla
Hours: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday – Monday; closed Tuesdays

Hacienda de Mesilla
Hacienda de Mesilla, created in traditional hacienda style, has an environment that envelops you with warmth and charm as soon as you walk inside. The boutique inn, restaurant, and cantina reflect the local cultural diversity in its food and drink, and outdoor dining areas are plentiful — a traditional patio, a patio by the pool, and one atop the roof overlooking the grounds.
1891 Avenida de Mesilla
Hours: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Monday – Thursday; 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday;
10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday; brunch hours, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sunday

The Bean and The Bean at Josefina’s 🐾
The Bean is an icon of Mesilla for coffee and light brunch fare. Everyone who knows Mesilla knows The Bean and has probably sat on its patio with a fresh cup o’ Joe. The new second location at the former Josefina’s Old Gate Restaurant is now open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and offers breakfast and lunch. The original location will focus on beverages and pastries.
2011 Avenida de Mesilla
Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Saturday; 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday
2261 Calle de Guadalupe


Little Toad Creek
See listing in Las Cruces.
200 N. Bullard St.
Hours: noon – 10 p.m. Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday; 4 – 10 p.m. Tuesday; noon –midnight, Friday – Saturday; the kitchen always closes at 9 p.m.

Q’s Southern Bistro
Q’s offers American comfort food made from scratch and a full bar in the heart of downtown Silver City. Its expansive patio is covered and fenced in, so customers can eat in the open air but be protected from the elements.
101 W. College Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday; 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, but between 9 – 10 p.m., only appetizers are offered; closed Sunday

Revel is only open for four hours, three days of the week, serving made-from-scratch comfort food that emphasizes farm-to-table fresh and seasonal ingredients. Enjoy wine, craft beer, or custom cocktails on a private, covered patio for dining outdoors.
304 N. Bullard St.
Hours: 5 – 9 p.m. Thursday – Saturday


Giddy Up Café
Located in Fire Water Lodge, Giddy Up Café offers Sunday brunch in the courtyard, serving its famous Hatch green chile biscuits and gravy. Brunch seating opens at 9:30 a.m. and food is served at 10 (there’s usually a line, so don’t wait until 10 to arrive!) Owner and singer/songwriter Rooster makes the biscuits from scratch every Sunday. Full menus are available for indoor or outdoor dining, and check out their live music shows.
311 N. Broadway St., Truth or Consequences
Hours: 9 a.m. – noon Monday; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday; closed Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Turtleback Taphouse & Grill
Turtleback Taphouse & Grill is located within Turtleback Mountain Resort inside the clubhouse at the beautiful Sierra del Rio Golf Course. Its elegant patio offers gorgeous views of the resort’s golf course and surrounding mountainous terrain.
101 Clubhouse Drive, Elephant Butte
Hours: Noon – 8 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday; noon – 6 p.m. Sunday – Monday; Drinks served until 9 p.m. on Wednesday – Thursday, until 10 p.m. Friday – Saturday, until 7 p.m. Monday –Tuesday. Restaurant is closed Tuesdays.

Note: Hours of operation are subject to change.


Complied by Tracy Patrick Roy

Courtesy photos

Originally published in Neighbors magazine.

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