Romantic Dining Patios in KC


Article by Cate Marian

Photography by Provided

Whether it's people watching at a sidewalk cafe, getting cozy by a firepit, talking casually over pizza, or sipping wine in a secluded garden beneath twinkling lights, dining al fresco is sure to set the mood.

We asked you to weigh in on an Instagram survey @CLKansasCity with your favorite romantic patio picks, and received a ton of great options with different types of atmospheres. Read on to create the perfect evening out with the one you love.

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Chez Elle Crêperie and Coffeehouse

Whisk your date a cute Parisian cafe in the heart of Kansas City, located in the converted historic Summit theater building. Treat yourselves to sweet and savory crepes, made with fresh, hand selected fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses. Grab a robust coffee or a bottle of red, and snag a bistro table on the cute sidewalk patio. It’s the perfect spot for a cozy evening out to engage in deep conversations and enjoy some people watching.

"This Parisian atmosphere is cultivated by owner Ellen Trakas, who first became enamored of crepes when she lived in France. She pours that passion not only into the food, but also the eco-conscious business practices at Chez Elle. "

Gram & Dun

Enjoy a swanky but warm setting some of the best patio seating in town that serves traditional dishes that change with the seasons.

"Gram & Dun brings culinarily-driven fare, while paying special attention to pairing food with libations. It's a place “for the people” where we can relax and enjoy the neighborhood vibe while we test theories of food, drink and the evolution of good times."

Le Fou Frog

Welcome to a bit of France and New York City tucked away on the corner of 5th and Oak in Kansas City's River Market.

"Chef/Proprietor Mano Rafael and wife, Barbara, invite you to experience fresh and elegant food, soft lighting, cozy tables, charming servers and an atmosphere that is relaxing, fun and totally unpretentious. We invite you to 'be our guest!'"

La Bodega

Enjoy Spanish tapas for two on the patio at either the the Crossroads District on Southwest Boulevard or in Leawood at the Shops at One Nineteen. Both locations are great options for sharing small plates with the one you love.

"The environment of La Bodega is as unique as the food. From the fresco paintings on the walls to the authentic Spanish tiles, La Bodega is a restaurant like no other. Join us in the celebration delicious Spanish food, lifestyle and the traditions of Northern Spain. Enjoy two great locations, both with patios, easy parking and a friendly staff."

North Italia

A rustic farmhouse aesthetic and a bustling scene welcomes you with crave-worthy pizzas and fresh pasta made from scratch daily. The patio is a casual setting for noshing on comfort food with that special someone.

"To us, nothing is quite as satisfying as sharing a dish of handmade pasta and savoring every bite, sip, and moment with the people who matter most. From the warmth that draws you in, to the vibrant energy letting you know you’re in for something special, the North experience invites you to indulge in not just what you taste, but what you feel."

Stock Hill

Nested in the historic neighborhood in south Country Club Plaza, this contemporary steakhouse features wooden tables with sleek white tablecloths and classy umbrellas for an upscale date that's perfect for a special occasion.

"[Stock Hill] combines the time-honored heritage of grace, expertise, and polished service with impeccable precision, craftsmanship, and imaginative interpretations of the finest steakhouse selections. This rare merger of both nostalgic and novel luxury offers guests a strikingly seductive ambiance and revolutionary culinary excellence, meant to carefully craft moments of an authentic new breed of Midwestern hospitality."

Fox & Pearl

Ideal for warm and lazy summer days, the wisteria-covered trellis and established trees create an aurora of secluded privacy. It's a great spot for an evening out under the twinkling lights.

"Chef Good utilizes traditional preservation techniques, a smoker and live fire hearth to create his rustic and soulful cuisine ... The mission of Fox and Pearl is to create high quality food with integrity. Chef Good works directly with the farmers to bring the best ingredients to his restaurant.  He sources produce and meat locally and butchered whole animals in–house.  Fox and Pearl has a local, seasonal, handcrafted menu."

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