8 Places to Eat Al Fresco in Stockton, California | Visit Stockton

8 Places to Eat Al Fresco in Stockton, California

The perfect guide to outdoor dining at some of our favorite restaurants across the city.

Stockton is one place you can count on for ideal outdoor ambiance. Its mild climate keeps the evenings cool and comfortable, and the breeze off the water keeps the day from getting too hot. Plus, no matter the weather, there’s a patio to fit your mood and food to fit your taste buds and your budget.


Note: due to current California Department of Public Health restrictions, seating will be impacted at these locations. Please call ahead for availability.

Click here for a full list of restaurants offering outdoor dining in Stockton


Midtown Creperie and Cafe

Located in Stockton’s prolific shopping district, the Miracle Mile, there’s no mistaking the patio at Midtown Creperie and Cafe. A large mural depicting a quaint Paris street lines the entire length of this cozy patio.

Midtown Creperie is known for delicious sweet and savory crepes along with breakfast and lunch fare. Inside and out, this French-inspired cafe delights guests with quality and charm.

Garlic Brothers Restaurant and Bar

If you are looking for epic views, delicious drinks, and the best sunsets in Stockton, Garlic Brothers is the place to be.

Situated on the banks of the California Delta, this local favorite features a colorful patio with plenty of umbrellas for shade. You'll find the restaurant off Benjamin Holt Drive at the Village West Marina and Resort. It is the perfect place to stop and eat while boating, or after a long day when you want to get away and enjoy a meal on the water. They serve fresh seafood dishes along with fantastic stone oven pizza. Favorite entrees include seasonal gumbo, baby back ribs with pesto, and The Addiction - crispy pork belly with a soft boiled egg, white rice, served with a spicy citrus dipping sauce.

Papapavlo’s Bistro & Bar

There’s no missing Lincoln Center in Stockton; just look for the digital sign with the large “L” on it and you’re there. Papapavlo’s commands the same attention from within this shopping center, with a lovely patio and two-story building.

Since 1989, this restaurant has been serving traditional European food in Stockton with a Mediterranean twist. Expect hearty portions of steak, lamb and fish, as well as pastas, salads and sandwiches. They’ve also got weekly entrée specials that highlight what’s growing fresh locally.

Their pretty patio is well shaded and the perfect place to enjoy a fancy meal al fresco.

 

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Squeeze Burger & Brew

Squeeze Burger & Brew is the perfect spot to enjoy a delicious burger in a setting no fancier than your own backyard. Plus, they have good beer on tap—a lot of it.

TVs line the inside walls of the stone bar, with more than a dozen tap handles to choose from. And nothing goes with beer quite like burgers, which they’ve done up right here, with 100 percent fresh ground beef, locally baked buns, and their famous cheese skirts that drape over their burgers.

Midgley’s Public House

Also located in Lincoln Center, Midgley’s Public House is one of Stockton’s most beloved and well-known eateries with a patio, made famous by its owner, respected restaurateur and reality TV star, chef Michael Midgley. And if you looking for an eatery that allows you to bring your pup to the patio, Midgley's is your place!

Specializing in small plates, meals to share, and general deliciousness, menu offerings are thoughtfully prepared and made with quality proteins like lobster, rack of lamb and a 48-ounce tomahawk ribeye you can swing around like a hammer.

Whatever you order, make sure to sit out on the patio this summer, where you can enjoy craft cocktails in the summer breeze, and showcase your meal for the world to see.

Sugar Mediterranean Bistro

Located in the Trinity Parkway Shopping Center, Sugar Mediterranean Bistro offers delicious fare with patio views. The bistro is open for lunch and dinner with two rotating happy hours daily with 12 beers on tap.

The Bistro serve pastas, steaks, kabobs, pita wraps, Greek casseroles, and more. Sugar Mediterranean Bistro has a great patio to enjoy outdoor dining throughout the summer. Reservations are not required but are always encouraged.

Valley Brewing Company

Valley Brewing Company is the oldest Stockton microbrewery. The building is unassuming, but a welcoming patio in front of the brewery covered with umbrellas and peppered with green plants is invitation you can't ignore.

The shady patio serves as both a neighborhood hangout and a shady retreat. The food and beer options at Valley Brew include delicious sandwiches and burgers, as well as the largest half-salads you've ever seen. Once the sun sets and the lights come on, you will have a hard time pulling yourself away.

Don Luis Mexican Restaurant

The newly expanded patio at Don Luis Mexican Restaurant is just one reason to make your way across town to this hidden gem. The large outdoor space has plenty of beautiful shade covers and lots fans to keep you cool during warmer days. The string lights and greenery merge with the wood beams to create a great atmosphere.

As amazing as you'll find the ambiance, you'll be overjoyed by the cuisine. Authentic Mexican dishes are served in generous portions and they are packed with flavor. Be sure to keep your phone nearby to capture photos of your signature michelada when it arrives to the table. This place is truly a feast for the senses.

While the above locations have permanent outdoor dining, you will also want to check out those who have established temporary outdoor dining during current restrictions. Cast Iron Trading Co. has created a neat outdoor bistro seating area in Budd Alley, right outside their front door in Downtown Stockton, complete with hanging lights and a small stage for live music. Michael's New York Style Pizza has laid out green carpets and turned the parking spaces on the east side of their building into a fun outdoor dining area with long tables and the high top tables from inside. Market Tavern in Lincoln Center has popped up some large tents to expand their outdoor dining, and protect everyone from the heat of the day.

Click here for a full list of restaurants offering outdoor dining in Stockton.

Check out DineStockton.com for a list of businesses currently open, find a favorite, and call to see if they have temporarily converted some of their outdoor space for dining. This is just another way we can help support local businesses and keep their employees on the job.

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