You've been waiting for this all year: long summer nights in your neighborhood restaurant's backyard and brunches where sunglasses don't raise any eyebrows. Summer is finally here, and with it, all the outdoor dining you can fit between picnics in the park and trips to the beach.
In six cities ranging from L.A. to Washington, D.C., we've got you covered with lists of all the places you want to eat out this summer. Here are the spots that are really heating up.
L.A.: Even if you can eat outside most of the year in the City of Angels, summer's a great time to explore the city's finest outdoor spots, like the rooftop at Perch in Downtown L.A. Get the full list.
Photos: Laure Joliet and Eric Wolfinger
Chicago: Over in the Windy City, the patio at Homestead on the Roof, as self-described, offers views of the restaurant's very own rooftop garden. And if it's craft cocktails you're after, Celeste's terrace should be this season's go-to. Get the full list.
New York City: The terrace at Mario Batali's La Sirena just opened for the season. (Insider tip: Get the mascarpone pancakes for brunch.) For a cozier meal, seek out the hidden garden at Hudson Clearwater. Get the full list.
Photos: Courtesy of Hudson Clearwater and Andrew Mead
Miami: Wynwood looks more art gallery than restaurant, which makes it real easy to spend a long afternoon on its grassy patio. It's a view that competes only with Rusty Pelican, a Miami mainstay on the waterfront. Get the full list.
Washington, D.C.: The latest city to get on the Michelin map is full of great outdoor options. If summer means an occasional three-martini lunch, head over to Blue Duck Tavern. But if drinking in views of the Potomac is more your speed, the raw bar at Fiola Mare awaits. Get the full list.
If only there were really 500 days of summer.
Find Perch here, or in our DINE app.
Find Pizzeria Delfina here, or in our DINE app.
Find Homestead on the Roof here, or in our DINE app.
Find Celeste here, or in our DINE app.
Find La Sirena here, or in our DINE app.
Find Hudson Clearwater here, or in our DINE app.
Find Wynwood Kitchen and Bar here, or in our DINE app.
Find Rusty Pelican here, or in our DINE app.
Find Blue Duck Tavern here, or in our DINE app.
Find Fiola Mare here, or in our DINE app.
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