As Spring sets in, take advantage of outdoor dining and drinking options throughout Ballard – from charming patios and pergolas along historic Ballard Ave NW to charming sidewalk cafes along Market Street! Peruse our list below to plan your next al fresco outing! The Ballard Alliance worked with SDOT, Ballard Restauranteurs, and the Ballard Farmers Market to implement outdoor seating along Ballard Ave NW. See for yourself! 👇🏼

Anchored Ship Coffee

A cute and cozy coffee shop serving java drinks, sandwiches & pastries in a hip space with nautical accents. Anchored is excellent if you want a chill place to hang out to get some work done in the midst of Ballard Ave’s historic bustling shopping and dining district.

Ballard Hall

Ballard Beer Hall’s spacious, industrial-style venue boasts a rotating selection of 22 local and regional beers on tap, as well as an extensive list of bottled and canned beers from around the world. The atmosphere is lively and welcoming, with plenty of communal tables for large groups and a cozy fireplace for colder days.

Bapshim by WeRo

Bapshim by Wero is a lunch concept by the folks behind Wero, led by chef/owner Wes Yoo. Bapshim by Wero is located in the backroom of Wero with a street-facing door on 20th Ave NW.

Bar Sabine / Sabine Cafe

The cocktails are complicated and well-balanced, featuring fun ingredients like sandalwood, rhubarb Aperol, pistachio, strawberry red wine foam, and glitter. Enjoy a tasty Mediterranean mezze, like smoked eggplant dip with homemade spiced potato chips.

Bitterroot BBQ / Mammoth

Bitterroot is perfect for when you need some smoked brisket in your life! Always start with the jalapeño hushpuppies (covered with mustard sauce), make sure some hot links hit the table, and note that the mac and cheese could easily serve a group of four.

Caffe Umbria

Their café in the historic Ballard neighborhood of Seattle is designed to bring the urban European café experience to the neighborhood level where people live and relax.

Cookie’s Country Chicken

Cookie’s Country Chicken is a beloved restaurant serving up some of Seattle’s best fried chicken. This restaurant has become a go-to spot for locals and tourists alike looking for a delicious, home-style meal.


Within the stuccolike and tiled and brick walls is a noisy crowd enjoying Mexican tapas, or antojitos, along with vivid tacos topped with locally sourced pork and duck and lamb, and made from the house-ground masa of imported Mexican heirloom corn varieties. 

Hattie’s Hat

Hattie’s Hat is a beloved neighborhood bar and restaurant in Ballard’s heart. Established in 1904, this historic establishment has been a local favorite for over a century. Hattie’s Hat is known for its laid-back, friendly atmosphere and classic American pub fare.

Hot Cakes

Rustic-chic shop for homemade molten cakes, caramel sauces, creative cookies & ice cream.

Kangaroo & Kiwi

Kangaroo & Kiwi is a popular Australian and New Zealand-themed bar and restaurant. This lively establishment offers a unique and authentic experience for locals and visitors alike, with a menu that features classic dishes from Down Under, such as meat pies, fish and chips, and lamb burgers.

King’s Hardware

King’s Hardware is a fun, dimly-lit bar in Ballard with taxidermy, huge baskets of buffalo wings, alcoholic slushies with rotating flavors (hope for mango lemonade), and two Skee-Ball machines.

La Carta de Oaxaca

Old Ballard brick walls meet the terra-cotta tiles of old Mexico in this teeming sensation that’s been plying an appreciative public with lush and complex mole negro since 2003.

Lil Woody’s

Burgers in many combos plus housemade shakes served in an energetic local-chain outpost.

Little Tin Apothecary

Even if you’re not bowled over by the cutesy name you’ll want to drop in for a unique and – most importantly – tasty cocktail at this Ballard hideaway. The interior is tastefully whimsical and feels like a secret garden miles away from the city outside.

Lock & Keel

A corner oasis on Ballard Avenue for those in the mood for a little funk, it has a well-worn bar, a nautical motif, a tiny back patio, and an on-site smoker and serves nearly a dozen microbrews on tap and satisfying cheap eats.

Lockspot Cafe

The Lockspot Cafe dates back almost 100 years. Over its time near the Ballard Locks, it has been known for its delightful fish and chips, and gained some acclaim after it appeared on the popular Discovery Channel show “The Deadliest Catch” as a sea captain favorite (it’s also hosted local luminaries, such as Seahawks coach Pete Carroll).


If you’re considering a trip to Scotland, but spent all your money on plaid kilts instead of a plane ticket, Macleod’s Fish & Chips is a less expensive way to feel like you’re abroad. The inside feels authentically British, right down to the puffy fried fish and perfectly thick fries. Come for a group dinner before going out, or make it your final stop at the end of a bar crawl.


Enjoying a truly great sandwich and a cold beer is a basic human right – it’s up there with voting, freedom of speech, and being able to pet at least three puppies quarterly. But there aren’t a lot of places in Ballard where you can get both. Except for Mammoth, a fun beer bar that has incredible sandwiches. As a heads up, they’re operating out of the same space as Bitterroot BBQ.

Matador | Ballard

Head to the Ballard outpost of this Tex-Mex mini-chain for gourmet fusion eats — chipotle-mayo burgers, ancho chile wings — fancified margaritas (cucumber-jalapeno!), and a legit rustic setting featuring tabletops that the owner built by hand.

Mighty-O Donuts

Cheerful bakery & cafe specializing in organic, vegan donuts & coffee in bright environs.

Miro Tea

A spare, polished teahouse serving many varieties of tea plus American & French snacks.

Mox Boarding House

Mox Boarding House is a place to gather and share with friends, new and old. They are a one-of-a-kind board game café experience, a place for the gaming community to grow, and they invite you to join them in their beautifully designed, custom-decorated store in Ballard.


Ocho feels like a tapas bar should: a crowded, informal neighborhood place, stuffed onto a street corner and easy to miss. Get the garlicky gambas, warm plates of octopus with white beans and chorizo, and pan con chocolate.


Bright, simply decorated street-front pizzeria with thin-crust pies plus pasta & calzones.

Parish NW

Parish NW brings Southern favorites to the PNW, using local farm-to-table ingredients. The space offers two outdoor patios in addition to indoor dining. The vibe inside is low-key, which is perfect for the end of summer.

Patxi’s Pizza

Patxi’s embodies what your favorite neighborhood restaurant should be: a warm, welcoming place where you can share a delicious meal with friends and family and feel right at home.


Hip hangout offering artisanal drinks & New American small plates in vintage-inspired surroundings.

Pestle Rock

A stylish eatery featuring Thai food from the Isan Peninsula where guests can eat by hand.

Pike Taproom Ballard

Pike Taproom in Ballard is a casual and lively joint. Serving up handmade burgers, handhelds, shareable appetizers, and of course, their famous Pike Pretzel. they offer a full bar with a tap list focusing on our Pike brews, showing love to Ballard breweries with a rotating handle just for them and another one for local cideries.

Ray’s Boathouse

You’ll find yourself on Ray’s balcony deck every spring & summer due to the abundant waterfront views, cool breezes, and stunning sunsets. It’s also because of the irrationally good (and free) bread basket. Ordering a bottle of ice-cold sauvignon blanc and suddenly having a table full of crab cakes and panko-crusted fish and chips is your right as a PNW resident.


Root is a full-fledged indoor plant shop + specialty coffee bar. They strive to provide a thoughtfully curated selection of indoor tropicals paired with beautifully simple handmade ceramics. They serve coffee from all over the world and offer an ever-changing selection of exciting roasters.


Located on the corner of Ballard Avenue and Market Street, Sailfish is a locally sourced and globally inspired seafood and small plates restaurant. Inspired by family camping trips to Blake Island and utilizing the bounty of the Pacific Northwest.

San Fermo

San Fermo is an excellent spot for fresh pasta and antipasti, and it happens to be located inside one of the oldest historic homes in Ballard. That also means this Italian restaurant has a fantastic porch, covered in leafy shade ideal for forking some rigatoni carbonara and slurping coupes of sparkling wine on a hot night.

Secret Savory

San Fermo is an excellent spot for fresh pasta and antipasti, and it happens to be located inside one of the oldest historic homes in Ballard. That also means this Italian restaurant has a fantastic porch, covered in leafy shade ideal for forking some rigatoni carbonara and slurping coupes of sparkling wine on a hot night.

Sen Noodle Bar

A cheerful stop for customizable noodle dishes & soups alongside Southeast Asian street-food bites. Sen feels a little like Southeast Asia here: Lush plants line bright walls; scents thick with curry, spice, and kaffir lime waft from the kitchen.

Shingletown Saloon

Featuring tables with repurposed saw blades and walls adorned with authentic shingles and logos from the old Ballard mills that used to occupy the area, Shingletown Saloon is Ballard’s neighborhood bar and restaurant.

Sip & Ship

Enjoy coffee, tea & snack spot with packaging, shipping & printing services, plus cards & gifts at this local staple of the neighborhood.

Skal Beer Hall

The full kitchen is inspired by the idea of a Viking butcher shop. With a rotating selection of local and Scandinavian craft beer, cider, mead, wine, & aquavit cocktails, you can help carry on the Nordic tradition in Ballard when you stop by their beautiful space.


Stoneburner is a Ballard restaurant with Neapolitan pizzas and pasta on the menu—which makes it unlike a lot of great Italian places in Seattle. Their impressive, dimly-lit space works well for a bunch of situations, especially if you want to have a big night out. You could plan your next birthday party here – just order a bunch of drinks and small plates, and force everybody you’re inviting to dress up.

The Ballard Cut

The Ballard Cut is a great Japanese whiskey bar and farm-to-table restaurant in the heart of Ballard with wonderful cocktails, wines, and dinners.

The Old Pequliar

Casual Irish tavern serving hearty pub grub, pints & cocktails in cheery digs with outdoor seating.


The restaurant’s goal is to show Seattle the different types of Korean cuisine, authentically reflecting the diversity of delicacies available on the peninsula. Some of the menu items you can enjoy include YookHweh (Korean-style beef tartare with prime tenderloin), Salmon Jorim (king salmon seared and poached in a spicy and sweet broth with daikon served with rice), and much more.

Not listed? No worries! If you’re a member of the Ballard Alliance and/or your business is located within the Ballard Improvement Area (BIA), email Colton Davis at so we can add your business to our growing list!