Story by Jenny Paulson
From upscale restaurants on the Riverwalk and hip downtown cafes, to secret gardens and hidden alleyways, there are more than 30 options for outdoor dining and drinking in Pueblo. I’ve compiled a list of places to hang out outdoors at patios, narrowed down by locally owned eats that includes our newest places and old standbys Here are about 20 great options for the next time you want to sit outside and enjoy the summer weather:
1129 SPIRITS & EATERY – Pueblo’s newest eatery opened in early June on Pueblo’s historic RIverwalk by a group of siblings, who are offering unique food items and custom drinks. Enjoy a cold one with one of their unique waffle sandwiches appetizers and desserts. 115 E. Riverwalk.
ANGELO’S PIZZA PARLOR – Although Anglo’s is most known for their New York-style pizza (with Musso grown Pueblo chiles being the top selling topping), you can also order healthy salads, pasta dishes, and enjoy a cold out outside at European-style covered patio tables within ten feet of Pueblo’s historic Riverwalk. 105 E. Riverwalk.
B STREET CAFE – Enjoy custom sandwiches and meals at this cafe that faces one of Pueblo’s most iconic buildings, the Union Depot building on B Street in Pueblo’s historic district downtown. 121 West B Street.
BINGO BURGERS – Enjoy outdoor the large, sunny patio downtown at Pueblo’s favorite gourmet burger joint, which has a great selection of all-natural local meat or veggie burgers (local beef with green chile, salmon, lamb), with a side of sweet potato fries with a wide selection of dipping sauces, and a Colorado microbrew. 101 Central Plaza.
BISTORO – Enjoy the new patio at the Bistoro, a European style restaurant located in Downtown Pueblo that serves great coffee, smoothies, wine, appetizers, sandwiches, rustic salads, lunches and dinners. They are located at 109 Central Plaza.
BRUES ALEHOUSE BREWING COMPANY – Enjoy sitting inside, on the rooftop or out on Brues patio and enjoy the beauty of the picturesque Riverwalk, at on of Pueblo’s hottest spots that sometimes serves over 500 occupants at a time – a combined restaurant, bakery, espresso bar, brewery and music hall. Located in an old police station the owners spent over two years preparing, 120 Riverwalk Place.
CARNITAS – Formerly Shorty’s Bar & Grill, this authentic Mexican restaurant has great food and cold drinks. Outside, you can sit at tables near an adult sandbox where locals play volleyball, horse shoes and listen to music, with some live bands. Located in the Count at 29701 East Highway 50.
CASABELLAS – Enjoy authentic Pueblo-style Mexican food at this little cafe hidden in a court yard, with a few outdoor tables, in a peaceful setting downtown. Isabelle Ramos and her husband, start early cooking from scratch $5-6 meals, selling over 100 breakfast burritos a day. Open from about 8:30 am until 2 pm Monday through Friday. 200 S. Victoria Street (see J’s catering sign on fence).
DAIRY QUEEN ON LAKE AVENUE – This locally owned little iconic old school restaurant on Lake Avenue has several old fashioned round metal outdoor tables, where you can enjoy what DQ does best – ice cream, cold treats and deserts. 1001 Lake Avenue.
DC’S ON B STREET – From outdoor seating at this fine dining establishment, you’ll be able to view Pueblo’s historic Union Depot building, surrounded by fresh flowers, in a romantic old world decor setting enjoying fine wine and meals. Located downtown at 115 West B Street.
GOLD DUST SALOON – You can choose to sit outdoors in a covered patio facing Pueblo’s historic Union Avenue or in back, facing Pueblo’s Neon Alley. Try one of their freshly prepared burgers or sloppers with curly fries and a cold one from their full bar. 217 South Union Avenue.
GRAY’S COORS TAVERN – Enjoy outdoor seating at this old school restaurant and tavern, where the famous Pueblo Slopper is said to have originated. 515 W 4th Street, downtown.
HANGAR – Breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks are served at this iconic Pueblo restaurant on the North Side that has some of the best food in town. They have an outdoor patio, weather permitting. 100 23rd Street, tucked away on the North Side.
HANGING TREE CAFE – Hang out at this casual eatery beneath huge downtown trees and enjoy designer coffee and tea drinks, healthy breakfast choices, amazing sandwiches and veggie meals at this hip cafe downtown on Union Avenue in historic downtown Pueblo. 209 S Union Avenue.
MR TANDORI URBAN BAR & GRILL – Mr Tandori’s is a downtown restaurant with outdoor seating in back of their colorful restaurant which offers outstanding Indian classics, a popular lunch buffet, excellent service and a friendly staff. 310 S. Victoria Avenue.
ROCCO’S RIVERSIDE DELI – Sandwiches at this cafe are are served with the highest quality ingredients and buns. Enjoy sitting outside with a view of the river from this delicious sandwich shop at 1300 W 4th Street.
ROCKEE’S – Enjoy Pueblo-style Mexican food at this tasty place that has outdoor seating on Main Street in downtown Pueblo. Many of their menu items are very unique. They serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and coffee, and run some great specials. 123 N Main Street.
SHAMROCK BREWERY – Equal parts Irish pub, craft brewery, and restaurant make Shamrock Brewing Company a truly unique Pueblo restaurant experience. The Shamrock, that many locals still call the “Irish Pub,” has a front and back patio, where you can enjoy burgers, fish & chips and a locally crafted beer. Located downtown at 108 West 3rd Street.
SOLAR ROAST COFFEE – Solar Roast Coffee is a casual European style coffee shop that serves up delicious coffee concoctions, roasted in-house using solar power. At their downtown location, you can enjoy your coffeee, tea and breakfast or lunch at wrought-iron tables (they also now have a location on Northern Avenue). Two brothers launchWed this only company in the world to brew coffee with the power of the sun. Located downtown at 226 North Main Street and on the South Side at 3206 W Northern Avenue.
SQUACK COFFEE – Dave and Vic, the owners of Squawk Coffee, are passionate about the quality coffee and food they serve in comfy cafe environment, which they say is an oasis to get away from the hustle and bustle of the day. Enjoy your coffee, espresso, smoothies, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, salads and pastries outdoors at their patio during the warm months. 517 W. 5th Street.
SUNSET INN – The Sunset Inn, an old iconic establishment off Thatcher in Central Pueblo, has a small outside eating deck to enjoy when the weather allows. 2808 Thatcher Avenue.
TWENTY ONE STEAK – Enjoy views of the Riverwalk and live music on weekends from the patio of Pueblo’s most upscale dining establishment. Here’s they pair local produce with top quality steak, sea bass, calamari, lamb, burgers and oysters. 101 South Main Street.
WALTER’S BREWERY – The owners of Walters installed a pleasant patio and game area in the back of their remodeled historic building, where customers can enjoy craft beer and meals served by local food truck, and watch the trains passing by. 126 Oneida Street. Photos of Brues Alehouse, B Street Cafe, Twenty One Steak (with Coopersonics playing live on the patio) and Mr Tandori’s. If a locally owned dining venue with outdoor seating was missed please message me.
Story by Jenny Paulson / Independent Journalist
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