‘Tis the season to be outside! Fortunately for you, fellow seeker of warmth and sunshine, Staunton has excellent places for outdoor dining. Places you’ll be able to take a deep breath, nosh a bit, and throw back an ice cold drink for lunch, dinner, or after dinner.
Byers Street Bistro* (18 Byers St) – Head to the Bistro after work or meet friends for an afternoon chill-out beneath the umbrellas on the patio. Happy Hour deals extend from the bar, so watch for those offerings while enjoying a “shareable” like the fried green tomatoes, fried dill pickles, smoked bacon and corn hushpuppies, or chorizo fondue. In fact, get a plate of each and pass it around.
Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery* (7 S New St) – Shopping downtown around lunch time? Waiting for a show at Blackfriars? Cranberry’s is centrally located!
Try the New Street Burrito (also available as a salad) or a classic BLT paired with a freshly squeezed juice concoction, Mexican Coca-Cola, or even coffee. There are many cool options at Cranberry’s, and the patio is an excellent place to hang out and take in the city vibe.
Wright’s Dairy-Rite (346 Greenville Ave) – Recently voted one of the top 10 original Drive-In Restaurants in the Nation, Wright’s Dairy-Rite offers an authentic diner experience right here in Staunton. Their front patio is perfect for enjoying a meal and a cone of delicious ice cream to cool off during the summer season.
The Dirty Bean (711 W Beverley St) – Offering limited seating, The Dirty Bean serves pastries, Mexican cuisine, coffee, and even waffles(!) all out of their truck. Don’t miss out on the chance to enjoy fresh empanadas and beautiful sunny weather this summer at this delightful eatery.
Lewis Creek Market* (300 Church St) – The covered patio is a signature space at Lewis Creek Market, and a table is waiting for you! Try the spicy tuna salad cold plate and fresh fruit salad. It’s a refreshing option on a warm day or evening, especially when you add a local cider, beer, or wine.
Chicano Boy (300 Church St) – This small eatery boasts a newly finished patio that’s perfect for enjoying a meal with family and friends. Already a local favorite after, making it’s debut in September of 2015, Chicano Boy offers a great menu perfect for guests of all ages.
Newtown Baking (960 W Beverley St) – Having been a Staunton staple for years, Newtown Baking provides fresh, delicious breads and pastries daily in addition to lunch. Open Wednesday-Saturday, you can now enjoy dinner, ranging from gyros all the way to wood-fired pizzas from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the bakery.
The Shack (105 S Coalter St) – Chef Ian Boden brings a fresh new menu every day of the week based on whatever is fresh from local producers. The Shack is a busy place and reservations are recommended if you can’t get there early. Having the deck enables more people to enjoy the incredible dishes Chef Boden is slingin’. Popular snacks for your five o’clock wind-down have included pimento cheese with benne biscuit crackers, and Sewansecott oysters on the half shell.
Thai Staunton* (1000 Greenville Ave) – Take your friends straight to the deck at Thai Staunton and order up the Asian sample platter to share while sipping cocktails. The deck overlooks bustling Greenville Avenue, but laughter among friends creates an entirely different atmosphere.
The Pompei Lounge (23 E Beverley St) – The open-air rooftop terrace at The Pompei Lounge is the place to be on a hot summer night. When the sun goes down, the atmosphere becomes electric with live music, plenty of drink offerings, and bar bites that won’t disappoint.
Queen City Brewing (834 Springhill Rd) – Staunton’s first brewery hosts food trucks and musicians each Friday night for an event they call Picks n Pints, and their
deck is an awesome place to hang out and sip one of their 22 tapped options of craft beer. Open Mic Night is Wednesdays, if you need a mid-week evening break.
Bedlam Brewing (2303 N Augusta St) – One of Staunton’s newest breweries, Bedlam Brewing creates the perfect pub environment offering delicious wood-fired pizza and craft brews. Their patio is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the live music that occurs at Bedlam on Fridays and Sundays.
In conclusion, there are plenty of great options for outdoor dining in Staunton. Other choices with limited outdoor seating include: The Pampered Palate, Clocktower Restaurant, and Farmhouse Kitchen and Wares, all serving a wonderful view of Beverley Street. Get out and enjoy!
*These restaurants welcome well-behaved, leashed dogs on their patios.