In springtime, Tallahassee famously bursts into bloom, festooned with pink azaleas, white dogwoods, purple wisteria and every color of wildflower amid trees bright with new leaves. It’s a spectacle and Tallahassee restaurants set the table outdoors, on patios, porches and terraces around town, knowing patrons love the view, sunshine and fresh air.
Fall, too, is a season of outdoor splendor, as temperatures dip down and breezes kick up, restaurants shift to outdoor offerings that pair well with seasonal festivals, homecomings and tail-gating.
Tallahassee’s newest restaurant with a visit-worthy view is The Edison, where diners overlook the expanse of Cascades Park, 24-acres of rolling hills, waterways and gardens. The restored, century-old former electric utility building is a visual feast itself and the views of the park, sunlit by day and illuminated with color at night, is the main course. With the Capital City Amphitheater a stone’s throw away, offers terrace seating so patrons can even enjoy a live concert while dining. Call early to reserve a table and concert tickets.
Food Glorious Food, a Florida Trend Golden Spoon Hall of Fame restaurant, serves a Southern fusion menu under moss-draped oak trees towering over white-cloth dining tables and planters full of greenery. The setting is as picturesque as the food.
The patio at Paisley Café, framed by a white picket fence and greenery, is quaint and inviting, perfect for brunch or lunch and on sunny days the umbrellas are raised to cast the right amount of shade.
Tallahassee’s memorable dining experiences with a view also include Andrew’s, a downtown landmark with a dining terrace in the shadow of the Florida Capitol, and Z. Bardhi’s, a cottage turned Italian restaurant where tables on the terrace overlook gardens and fountains.
For a fully immersive experience, join Tallahassee’s weekly Food Truck Thursday, spread a blanket, satisfy your taste buds, and feast on the weather.
Fans of craft beer toast the year-round mild temperatures at PROOF Brewing Co., serving hometown brews in an open-air tasting room and beer garden, complete with lawn games and within in an art park. Other places to enjoy craft beer outdoors include Grasslands Brewery, Madison Social and Brass Tap.