Dine Al Fresco

February 2, 2023

The warm weather is the perfect time to enjoy outdoor dining in Central Missouri. Sip and savor your favorite drink while lingering over a delicious meal for brunch, lunch, or dinner. Check out a sampling of open-air eateries around Pulaski County. Of course, check individual websites and social media channels to confirm the latest information, hours, and specials.


Burger Hut — Amazing burgers, hot dogs, and chicken. Finish it off with creamy, soft-serve ice cream.


28 Shots Bar & Grill — Delicious, full menu offered for lunch, dinner, and late night. Outdoor dining offers tables under a covered pavilion and tables with umbrellas.

“People enjoy sitting outdoors and listening to bands play and talking to their friends.” — Gwen Miles, Owner

Jackie’s Snackette — Order up, settle in at the picnic tables, and enjoy burgers, shakes, or try the BBQ grilled chicken wrap with fries or tots. Two of four tables provide umbrella shade.

“Our painted tables are very cute. We have also planted flowers. It has made the atmosphere inviting.” — Chelsey Doyle, Owner


The Burger Stand — Order up a delicious shake and huge tenderloin sandwich!

Saint Robert

Agave Azteca Mexican Bar and Grill — Order the amazing Nachos Locos with the house margarita or “Trash Can” and enjoy a cool lunch or an evening under the stars.

Buffalo Wild Wings — Enjoy an amazing array of wings, relaxing under their outdoor covered patio.

Carnivore Meats and Drinks - Offering sidewalk seating to enjoy a selection of dishes that will delight your senses.

Colton’s Steakhouse — Known for their steaks, peanuts, and melt in-your-mouth yeast rolls with honey butter!

“Our outdoor patio is shaded by umbrellas and an overhanging ledge. The experience draws diners outside to enjoy!” — Chris, Owner/Operator

Culver’s — Known for “butterburgers” but offering so much more, including fried chicken, fish, and frozen custard.

“Tables with umbrellas in a secluded atmosphere makes diners enjoy eating outdoors” — Culver’s representative

El Cabrito Mexican Restaurant — Start your dining experience with salsa on our outdoor patio or sidewalk seating. Tables include umbrellas.

“People enjoy the weather and sitting to enjoy drinks and company of those with them.” — Antonio, Owner

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers — Guests love the famous cooked-to-order burgers and freshly-churned frozen custard while dining in or out on the patio. Concrete tables with umbrellas are available.

“The weather is a big draw for customers in deciding to eat outdoors or wanting to enjoy the company of the people they came with.” — Santana, Assistant Manager

Ichiban Japanese Grill — Dine for lunch or dinner at sidewalk seating. Featuring a full menu with sushi, Bento boxes, and made-to-order grill items that are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palate.

JCJ’s Place — Known for their amazing breakfasts, lunch and dinner will also be enjoyed at two outdoor dining areas. Features plenty of room!

“Our outdoor dining area in the front allows customers to see cars cruising Route 66! The back area has cornhole boards and often features music! The ambiance allows people to enjoy their food and drinks — and people!” – JCJ representative

La Familia Mexican Restaurant — Enjoy a wonderful plate of Sour Cream Enchiladas seated at outdoor tables with umbrellas.

Panera Bread — Enjoy their fenced-in outdoor seating with umbrellas, Flat Bread Pizza, delectable salads, or just relax with your coffee and souffle.

“People enjoy the quietness of sitting and visiting with friends/family and/or reading.” — Panera Bread representative

PaPPo’s Pizzeria & Pub — Insider tip: An evening enjoying our Deep Dish Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie with a dash of sea salt and topped with vanilla bean ice cream drizzled with caramel and chocolate sauce is an evening you’ll never forget!

“The ambiance of the outdoor area makes it comfortable for diners to enjoy their meal.” — Rick, General Manager

Sonic Drive-In — Enjoy the traditional Sonic menu under a covered patio or from convenient drive-in stalls.

Starbucks — Order your favorite Starbucks beverage and relax at outdoor tables with umbrellas.

“During family day for soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood, our space allows large groups of family and friends to sit and visit. Also, internet is available outside, so students like to sit outside and do homework.” — Dalen, Manager

Route 66 Taco & Wing Company — Sidewalk dining with crafted tacos and wings made to order.

Uranus Ice Cream Company — Enjoy a variety of ice cream treats or play games under the covered pavilion located next to the playground. The creative artwork on the picnic tables was painted by none other than the First Lady of Uranus.


Amy’s Smoke Shack — Settle down at our picnic tables with umbrellas and enjoy smoked meats served with nachos, tacos, and burritos, or choose traditional BBQ menu items.

“People like having a place to sit and relax when eating!” — Amy Cato, Owner


Drachenfutter — Delicious lattes, bakery items, and a full daily menu to feed your dragon! Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or one of their delicious coffees or pastries at the outdoor patio along Historic Route 66.

“We have several umbrella-covered tables that make sitting outdoors with coffee inviting. An ambiance of rustic and country. Very cute and enjoyable.” — Drachenfutter representative

Piney River Taproom Brewery — Stop by and try a beer flight and their famous sauerkraut pizza! Two sidewalk tables are available.

“The physical location and the ability to sit and watch traffic and people walking around the square is what makes our outdoor seating unique.” — Matt Beatty, Owner

Sister Squared -  Relax with friends and enjoy an amazing breakfast or satisfying lunch at the corner of Route 66 & Benton Street across from the Waynesville Square.

Roubidoux Plaza — A great day is spent relaxing under the trellis at Roubidoux Plaza, on the Square in Waynesville. Enjoying ice cream from Gypsy Sam’s Sweet Treats around the corner or a hearty meal to go from across the street at Paradise Deli this is the best way to enjoy morning, afternoon, or evening!

Food Trucks — Various food trucks are in Waynesville and Saint Robert offering picnic benches. Visit our Dining page and search for Food Trucks for a full list of great options!

For a full list of Pulaski County’s restaurants, eateries, and food trucks, visit our Dining page or download our latest “Savor the Flavor of Pulaski County” brochure at our Digital Download page.


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