Will Rogers used to say, “If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute and it’ll change.” That means patio weather could be, well, anytime, but we’re fortunate to get almost three seasons’ worth out of the local patios in the greater OKC metro area and lots of great local restaurants to choose from. We asked our Yay Dude Team their favorite local EATS patios and why. Find your next patio and dish to try…

Ashley Buie on Barrios patio in Midtown

Barrios Fine Mexican Dishes. (Midtown) I love the atmosphere of this patio with the colorful fireplace, globe lighting, and succulent wall. It’s great to enjoy on warm days and cooler days, they seem to have the equipment to make you comfortable weather wise! My favorite dish is the chicken quesadilla! >>Ashley Buie, owner of NINE on 33rd boutique in Edmond.

Kindred Spirits, (NE OKC) great bar service with a well trained cocktail staff. Their bar snacks are called ‘soulful tapas’, and compliment the drinks nicely. Here’s a photo from their ‘Sunset Sundays’ inaugural event. >> Jalen Dorsey, DJ Litebrite & Fresh Press Ink

Stuffed Poblano, Red Rock Canyon Grill. Photo credit: Trip Advisor

Red Rock Canyon Grill at Lake Hefner. Gorgeous sunsets and I love their huge Stuffed Poblano. >> Cyndy Hoenig, publicist and owner Ever After OK


Freezing Cow OKC. (NW OKC) My order: Tres Leches with Whipped Cream – sooo good! They have lactose free options and so many flavors to choose from! >> Rachelle Nichols, systems and operations strategist, Rachelle Nichols & Co.

Eddie’s Bar & Grill in Edmond  at Coltrane and 2nd. The lasagna is my go-to and they have a small side patio and keep the garage style doors open on warm days, too. >> Erin Meier, Erin Meier Aesthetics and Primeline OKC

Bourbon St. Cafe in Bricktown at night is my favorite. The lights along the canal and live music make it feel so festive. It’s hard to pick a favorite dish but you can’t beat the Mixed Grill which is lobster, shrimp and beef tenderloin. The Hurricanes are fun to drink on a warm day on the patio, too.  >> Malena Putnam, brand strategist & chief inspiration officer, Yay Dude!

Bourbon St. Cafe memory – (Did you know they’ve been in Bricktown at that location for 20 years?!) When we first opened I remember it was a beautiful evening and a couple was having dinner out on our patio next to the water and they commented “we don’t feel like we are even in Oklahoma City!” It was then that it became clear what potential we had In Oklahoma City. >> David Southard, owner, Bourbon St. Cafe


Thank you for supporting local, OKC! Cheers, OKC Date Planners, Shonda Spencer, Realtor; Jill Castilla, Citizens Bank