Summertime Al Fresco – A View From Above

“Al fresco” is an Italian phrase meaning “in the cool.” Summer is the time to shed the extra layers, shake any lingering mud season blues, and emerge into the fresh mountain air for some al fresco dining fun! Whether you’re looking for an after-bike brunch, a hiking and hops happy hour beer bash or even some open-air yoga sun salutations, celebrate the season with a coming-out party and get all decked out at some of these cool outdoor hot spots.

Silver Fork Lodge
Big Cottonwood Canyon’s rustic log Silver Fork Lodge has a rich history, dating back to the 1850’s mining heyday when the lodge served as a general store for the large tent city of miners and sawmill workers. Stop by for a traditional miners’ breakfast or enjoy dinner under the stars.

Drafts Burger Bar
Drafts Burger Bar’s wraparound greenhouse-like deck is open all year long. Work up an appetite on a nearby trail, then relax at this patio pitstop with an amazing burger or sandwich.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
If golf is your favored summer activity, there’s no better deck than Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Overlooking the putting green and the backdrop of Park City Mountain, Ruth’s Chris is the perfect place to gather with a foursome before or after a round of golf or to relax over a gourmet meal.

The Spur Bar & Grill
The Spur Bar & Grill’s deck boasts a fi replace, heaters and heated fl oors, ensuring that guests will be comfortable despite the vagaries of mountain summer weather. Live music is a staple of the Spur Bar & Grill as are tasty menu items.

Midway Mercantile
If you’re in Midway, experience the hospitality and warmth of Midway Mercantile. Gather with friends on the secluded back patio, or opt for a table next to the front dining room’s sliding wall of windows overlooking Main Street and bask in the setting sun with a majestic view of Mt. Timpanogos.

The Brick
Brand new to Park City’s Main Street this summer is The Brick. Taking over the old location of Tupelo this restaurant is classy, yet unpretentious. Their outdoor seating is perfectly situated next to the post offi ce, in the middle of Main Street, where diners can enjoy watching the hustle and bustle while they feast on classic American fare.

Bangkok Thai on Main
Bangkok Thai on Main is a Park City staple when visiting Main Street. Becoming Park City’s fi rst Thai restaurant in 1994, they have become a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Stop by and be prepared to be dazzled by not only the menu, but the five-star service on their gorgeous deck.

The Notch Pub
Located only 20 minutes from downtown Park City, you will fi nd The Notch Pub. Growing increasingly popular in the last few years, this hidden gem is no longer a secret. Nestled in the community of Samak at the Gateway to the Uintas, their patio has the perfect blend of sun, shade and atmosphere to make it an awesome post mountain recreation hangout.

Blue Boar Inn
Escape the heat at Blue Boar Inn’s Hinterhof Patio surrounded by lush gardens and majestic Wasatch Mountain views. The Four-Diamond restaurant is a “Best of State” winner for their fi ve-course brunch featuring Honey Lavender Panna Cotta, crepes, Suzette, Scotch Eggs and Grilled Salmon Omelet.

Fuego Bistro & Pizzeria
Fuego Bistro & Pizzeria, found in the heart of Prospector, is the newest addition to the variety of patio dining options in Park City. Fuego has been a longtime neighborhood favorite, serving wood fi red gourmet pizza and other tasty Italian dishes in an affordable, family friendly setting. Their new patio overlooking the Prospector Square Walkway is the perfect place to wine and dine this summer.