Another amazing Richmond summer is in full swing! One of our favorite things about RVA’s to die for food scene is the restaurants’ gorgeous outdoor spaces. Finding the perfect spot can be a little daunting, so we’ve put together a quick guide for you. These are just a few of our favorite places – we’re sure you’ll find a new favorite here too.
While we here at Om On are committed to a healthy lifestyle, treating your body kindly means treating yourself from time to time! Some of these choices are a little indulgent, we admit, but if you can’t let loose and have a little fun in the summertime, when can you?
The Hof Garden – Located on the top floor of a three floor event space, The Hof Garden’s rooftop features freshly baked brick oven pizza and dancing on the weekends. When you’re ready to head indoors, check out their German beer garden and game room.
Quirk Hotel – We know…you’ve already fallen in love with this space at our rooftop yoga classes! After your morning flow, come back later in the day for a craft cocktail and tasty bar snacks.
The Graduate – Bring your swimsuit! The star attraction here is a rooftop pool.
Kabana – Killer views of the James River in the heart of downtown Richmond. They’ve got a pretty strict dress code, so this is a good choice for unwinding after work or a glam night out with the girls.
Postbellum – If you’re looking for something a little cozier than your usual high-rise rooftop bar, this renovated house in the heart of the Fan is what you’re looking for. And it’s more than sips and snacks – Postbellum’s full menu is available on the roof.
Amuse – Sip a cocktail inspired by the VMFA’s current exhibit while you overlook its beautiful Sculpture Garden. Amuse is enclosed and – even more important in the humid Virginia heat – air conditioned.
Havana 59 – Here, you can take your pick between spaces: they’ve got a cute, string light-covered second floor patio or a smaller third floor patio that looks out on Shockoe Bottom If you’re a fan of mojitos, their bartenders mix up over ten different varieties.
Patios/ Decks/ Courtyards:
Portico – Tucked away at a West End cottage, it’s like the best backyard party you’ve ever been to. Perfect for date night or when out-of-town family comes to visit.
The Boathouse @ Rockett’s Landing – This one’s a bit outside of the city proper, but what that means is gorgeous views of the RVA skyline. Nosh on delicious seafood and enjoy a beachy orange crush right next to the James River.
Tazza @ Short Pump – After a day of hitting the shops at Short Pump, relax on Tazza’s patio. Their woodfired pizzas are out of this world. Best of all, they take pride in thoughtfully sourcing nearly all of their ingredients.
Legend Brewery – There’s no shortage of great breweries in RVA, but Legend’s amazing menu makes them our pick. They even offer bites for the little ones, so make it a family outing!
Caturra on Grove – Right around the corner from Om On! Keep your post-class bliss going with a cup of small-batch roasted coffee, a glass of wine, or a toasty panini.
Lamplighter – Lamplighter’s Addison Street and Morris Street locations both have outdoor spaces to sit and enjoy a cup of their responsibly sourced coffee, roasted just up the street in Scott’s Addition. Lots of vegan food options!
Casa Del Barco – Over 130 different tequilas…pace yourself! Take in views of downtown Richmond with a craft margarita in hand, or share fresh, authentic chips and guac with your pals.
Triple Crossing – Both locations have patios, but the downtown location’s is a little smaller. Their extensive grilled cheese menu more than makes up for it, though.
En Su Boca – You might not notice this space from the street, but both inside and on the patio, you’ll find some of the best Mexican food in the city. Their summery cocktails are the perfect compliment to a warm night.
Union Market – Church Hill is the epicenter of RVA’s restaurant explosion. Union Market embraces Church Hill’s gourmet-but-low-key feel with upscale sandwiches and local draft beers.
Blue Bee Cider – Scott’s Addition Cidery with one epic courtyard patio. Pictured below we think this spot is urban chic with a vintage tuscan vibe.