A Bite of Fresh Air in Outdoor Dining Spaces

We’re all looking for a reason to spend more time outside now that warmer temperatures and longer days are on their way.

We’re all looking for a reason to spend more time outside now that warmer temperatures and longer days are on their way. Whether you’re shaking off the winter blues or finally able to plan a safe get-together with friends and family, it’s better with good food and a great view. A tasty cocktail or frosty beer wouldn’t hurt, either!

Casual to upscale, rooftop to waterfront–these Southern restaurants guarantee fresh air and a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. You might even want to plan a scenic road trip just to try them all.

Photo / Steven Visneau

The Lost Square at The Alida  

Known for specialty cocktails and a sophisticated atmosphere.

If it’s Southern hospitality and generosity you’re after, look no further than The Alida. You’ll experience familiar flavors given a fresh face at each of their four restaurants and bars. Whether you’re enjoying a light snack and refreshing cocktail at the Pool Bar or savoring a delicious tartine under the open sky at one of The Lost Square’s rooftop tables, you won’t leave hungry.

Savannah, GA | thealidahotel.com

Photo / Emeline and Lindsey Shorter Photography

Frannie & The Fox 

Not your typical pizza thanks to unexpected ingredients kicking things up a notch.

What could be homier than sitting fireside in a courtyard next to a greenhouse? Eating wood-fired Italian food while you do it! Frannie & The Fox offers small bites and full plates crafted with ingredients sourced from local purveyors and a drink menu that will make even a simple night out feel like a party. Just be sure to leave plenty of room for dessert.

Charleston, SC | hotelemeline.com/frannie-and-the-fox 

Photos / Andrew Cebulka


Mexican cuisine with coastal flair awaits in the upper King Street district.

The choice seafood you’d expect from Charleston takes on a new twist at Maya. Take a seat in the intimate walled garden patio and try one of their reimagined Mexican dishes. With tacos ranging from the classic pork in adobo to the modern roasted cauliflower with gooseberry salsa, there’s no wrong choice.

Charleston, SC | mayachs.com

Photo / Perry Lane


Premium cocktails paired with posh plates.

Modern sophistication meets its match at the open-air Peregrin atop Perry Lane Hotel. You don’t need a reason to treat yourself to a glass of the Chatham Artillery Punch and an artisanal charcuterie board. But if you bring a few friends, why not order the punch bowl for the whole table and take in the Savannah Skyline.

Photo / D. Paul Graham

Savannah, GA | peregrinsavannah.com

Photo / Andrew Cebulka


Known for only using locally sourced, native ingredients.

Southern fare means something different at Husk. Everything on your plate comes from whatever is in season and indigenous to the South. There’s always something new and exciting, guaranteeing you’ll have an adventure every time you visit. Paired with a cocktail out on the piazza, you won’t find a more genuine taste of the easy-going Charleston way of life.

Charleston, SC | huskrestaurant.com 

Photo /Jeffery Green

Plant Riverside District

Dozens of eateries, bars, and lounges, each with a completely unique experience.

No matter what you’re in the mood for, you can find it at Plant Riverside. A quick bite at a casual riverside cafe? Check. Gelato or cookies to satisfy that sweet tooth? Check. Tequila and tacos, or Bavarian bites in a biergarten? Check and check. The only question you need to ask yourself is which one you can’t wait to try first.

Savannah, GA | plantriverside.com

Photo / Chris Rogers Photography, Inc.

Skull Creek Dockside

Features adult games and kids’ playground to entertain you while waiting for your table.

Barbecue at a seafood joint? You better believe it! Skull Creek Dockside boasts one of the best barbecue menus in the Lowcountry. If you’re angling for more turf than surf on your plate, be sure to order the smoked chicken with their super secret spice blend. It pairs great with a seat on the patio overlooking Skull Creek, listening to live music, and playing games with the family.

Hilton Head Island, SC | docksidehhi.com


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