Chris DellaPace
Petit & Keet is known for its spacious outdoor patio and farm-to-table menu options.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, these restaurants had the most coveted spots for outdoor dining in Little Rock. Friendly locals, creative cocktails, delicious fare — and don’t forget the metro’s mild year-round weather — make these the best spots to savor the city.

1. Petit & Keet
Neighborhood: West Little Rock
Known for: Farm-to-table fare, fun whiskey and wine flight nights and spacious outdoor patio, of course

2. Buenos Aires Grill & Cafe
Neighborhood: Downtown
Known for: Amazing, authentic Argentinian food (try the empanadas!) and a big brick patio with plenty of room to spread out

3. U.S. Pizza
Neighborhood: Hillcrest, The Heights, West Little Rock and Chenal Valley
Known for: Good pizza (try Dave’s Favorite), its Supreme Salad and lively patio, casual spot as fun as the pizza is delicious

4. The Fold: Botanas & Bar
Neighborhood: Riverdale
Known for: Creative tacos and cocktails, the habanero queso, its dog-friendly atmosphere and hip vibes

5. Raduno Brick Oven & Barroom
Neighborhood: SoMa
Known for: Brunch and bloody mary’s on the street-side wood deck, creative brick oven pizzas and lucious desserts, people watch in SoMa

6. La Terraza Rum & Lounge
Neighborhood: Hillcrest
Known for: Tapas, cocktails, a big terrace (hence the name), covered patio, ample fire pits and heaters to lure locals even on colder days

Honorable Mentions!

Cheers in The Heights — run into neighbors, fireplace, wine
Ciao Baci in Hillcrest – fine wine and charcuterie, s’mores, date night, people watching
Lost Forty Brewing & Taproom in East Village – craft microbrews, beer brunch, ample outdoor seating
YaYa’s Euro Bistro in Chenal Valley – live music, lounge seating, great wine and cocktails, brunch
Fassler Hall in Downtown – German-inspired beer hall, locally farmed sausages, warm pretzels
Hill Station in Hillcrest – Former auto garage, spacious, casual, trendy