Dining Al Fresco 6

Parker eateries offer a wide variety of outdoor dining options

When people think about dining al fresco, their imaginations often envision quaint cafes on the streets of France or Italy–not Parker.

And although it may not be the Champs-Élysées in Paris, Parker has a growing number of restaurants with outdoor seating that offer everything from fabulous views to fun people-watching opportunities.

If you want a more European al fresco feel, where there’s a good chance of enjoying the hustle and bustle of downtown, good options include Parker Garage and Tailgate Tavern & Grill.

Across the way at Parker Station, establishments provide items to satisfy everyone’s palate-whether it’s cupcakes from Nomelie, frozen yogurt from Swirls, coffee and muffins from Fika, a lighter fare at Vines Wine Bar & Bistro, a real meal at Elev. 5900 Kitchen & Bar or Thai food at Indochine Cuisine.

Regardless of your restaurant choice in downtown Parker, the outdoor ambiance can provide a memorable experience on a beautiful day.

For those seeking fabulous views, the Takoda Tavern, 20 Mile Tap House and The Rock Wood Fired Pizza top the list. Also offering a similar, bar-type environment are FuNuGyz and the Brick House Tavern + Tap, which both have huge garage doors that open up wide to let the fresh air in.

And then, of course, there are all the types of cuisine to consider – from the Mexican food at Tequila Joes to the sandwiches at Firehouse Subs and Panera Bread.

The list could go on and on for wonderful ways to get out of the house and enjoy the fresh, open air while dining.

Of course, it’s not just the setting that makes people head outdoors this time of year. For Coloradans, it’s also the chance to enjoy the precious sunshine before the colder weather hits.

So enjoy the sunshine and a good meal. Parker’s got it all–and without traveling to Europe.