Summer is almost upon us, igniting diners’ appetites for enjoying a meal outside. Want to know where the best restaurants for outdoor dining in the U.S. are? The national winners of the 2009 Diners’ Choice awards for Best Outdoor Dining are in! Based on 2 million reviews from OpenTable diners of more than 9,000 restaurants across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, you’ve helped create a list of the top 50 restaurants for al fresco dining.
One size or setting doesn’t fit every diner, as evidenced by the array of outdoor dining options on the list, from chic urban rooftops to romantic gardens. Naturally, many of your favorites feature waterside seating and are located in some of the nation’s warmer states, such as California and Florida, but there are also standouts in Arizona, Chicago, and Missouri.
Congratulations to all 50 winners of the 2009 Diners’ Choice awards for Best Outdoor Dining. Find out if your local favorite made the list, and reserve a table under the sun — or stars — today.