Eating Out: Elegant Patio Dining

Ted Scheffler, Dining editor for City Weekly shares some of his favorite outdoor dining locations.

Caffe Molise– Offers Italian cuisine from the Molise region of Italy; Simple, elegant, and from the heart. Caffé Molise is a full service restaurant featuring fresh Italian cuisine inspired by the Molise region of Italy. Enjoy dinner surrounded by local art in the dining room or choose a table on their delightful garden patio.

Caffe Molise

55 West 100 South Salt Lake City

Café Trio– With an open space configuration, large windows and flower-encircled patios, Cafe Trio offers diners with indoor seating in open, blonde-wood-framed and upholstered booths under tall industrial ceilings. From late spring through autumn, ample patio seating is a pure delight. Bright yellow and white retractable awnings, a cooling mist system and heat lamps make it comfortable any time of day. Cafe Trio’s décor is sleek and hip, but the food at Café Trio is simple and almost rustic. It’s also unpretentious. A variety of desserts, prepared in house daily by our Executive Pastry Chef, Lisa Spencer, are sure to please.

Café Trio

680 S. 900 East Salt Lake City

Market Street Grill Cottonwood – The Market Street Grill Cottonwood is known for spectacular fresh seafood – providing customers with exquisitely fresh fish and seafood flown in from around the world. Grill patrons enjoy over 600 pounds of fresh seafood daily. Located in the Cottonwood Corporate Center, The Grill is the restaurant of choice, not only for business people on the go, but for families and tourists alike – where fresh food deliciously prepared is always the focus.

Market Street Grill Cottonwood

2985 East Cottonwood Pkwy

Grappa- Nestled at the top of Historic Main Street, every detail of a rustic, Italian country farmhouse gives Grappa its romantic atmosphere, down to the terrazzo tile, rough sewn wooden beams, and grapevine motif. The menu reflects a more refined and sophisticated approach to food. This gourmet Italian style ristorante serves the likes of Osso Buco Milanese. The wine menu reflects a commitment to Italy and California. Grappa is known for its amazing presentation, attention to detail, and fine service. The glass walls of this restaurant will give you an extraordinary view of the activity on Main Street.


151 Main Street, Park City Utah

Kimi’s Mountainside Bistro– Opening in June 2009, kimi’s actualizes a gathering place for foodies in a bistro savoir – faire combining a tasty, simplistic menu in a relaxed and cozy mountainside setting. Inspired by kimi’s travels throughout Europe, the menu reflects favorites from the Mediterranean, Scandinavia and Western America. The palate of the menu is light and fresh for summer using local produce from farmers markets, mountain berries and other seasonal products to enhance the essence of the mountainside setting. Chef Matt has added his magical touch by creating some of the tastiest treats in Utah!

The outdoor patio will be full of fresh herbs, flowering pots of strawberries, baby sweet peppers, heirloom tomatoes, baby Japanese cukes, mountain inspired flowers and plants. We will also have a wine parties where we feature cooking instruction with recipe cards for the menu items featured during the evenings special wine gathering. We will have lounge chairs and fire pits on the outdoor patio this summer so people can just stop by for an appetizer and a glass of wine or a kimistyle cocktail after a nice hike on the mountain. We will also feature summer picnics including a lift ride up the mountain and a guided tour.

Kimi’s Moutainside Bistro

Solitude Mountain Resort

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