Dining Al Fresco in Frederick County

With the start of summer quickly approaching, it’s all about getting outside and enjoying the weather. Whether it’s on a shady patio, at a picnic table in the sun, or up on a rooftop with a great view, outdoor dining is a great way to enjoy beautiful weather. Frederick County certainly has no shortage of outdoor dining options.  

If you’re looking for a patio to unwind on, Downtown Frederick boasts La Paz Mexican Restaurant with an ever-bustling side patio, and right next door, newcomer Hometown Harvest Kitchen. Just a few blocks away in Everedy Square, the tables in front of Pistarro’s are always a popular spot, and the beautiful patio area at Ayse Meze Lounge is the perfect place for bigger groups or events. Below the restaurant Dutch’s Daughter, Dutch’s Dungeon opens up to a patio made for enjoying a cold beverage.  Just outside of Frederick City, Monocacy Crossing offers patio dining, while the pet-friendly patio at Barley and Hops even features a special menu for your dog.

Down the road in Middletown, The Main Cup features outdoor seating, while The Valley Sports Grill features a large patio perfect for live music. If a more secluded space is your style, Nidos, Bella and Volt in downtown Frederick all have hidden patios full of ambiance.

During the summer months, you’ll often find people outside enjoying Frederick’s Blue Side Tavern, Rocky’s in Thurmont, and The Derby in New Market. And of course, The Little Red Barn Ice Cream & Café in Jefferson is a summertime staple.

If you are looking for outdoor dining with a view, Potomac Street Grill overlooks downtown Brunswick, while the rooftop bar at Brewer’s Alley comes with a view of downtown Frederick. Speaking of downtown Frederick, Carroll Creek is lined with outdoor seating including restaurants like Döner Bistro, RoRo’s Mexican Grill and The Wine Kitchen, and all include relaxing creek views.

With the ever-growing popularity of breweries in Frederick County, food trucks have become a local staple in recent years. Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, along with Attaboy Beer and Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick all provide outdoor seating for enjoying a locally-made brew along with street food from a rotating selection of food trucks.

No matter what your tastebuds are craving, you can find the perfect spot to dine al fresco in Frederick County. Bring on the sunshine!