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The Wine Cellar restaurant in Old Town, Los Gatos

In Los Gatos, it may be possible to dine out of doors year round, but it is always a particularly popular option between March and October in the scenic town once referred to as “the gem city of the foothills.” And this year, it might be your only option for a while!

I originally wrote this post back in April of 2019, but barely a year later and it’s more relevant than ever. Restaurants who have had their doors closed since mid-March are finally opening – to the outdoors. Today I want to highlight these establishments for diners and give a nod to a number of the Los Gatos restaurants which offer dining al fresco; we are lucky to have so many choices!

Changes are happening quickly, so this is not a 100% comprehensive directory of Los Gatos eateries that are open with patio dining. Many restaurants not formerly offering patio dining have begun to offer outdoor seating to accommodate guests during the pandemic. Similarly, some establishments that regularly offer patio seating have decided not to offer it at this time. The charts below are mostly thanks to the excellent list provided by the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce, in addition to a few Google searches, to update my previous list of restaurants.

Some of the restaurants that were on my 2019 list include Forbes Mill Steakhouse and Lexington House. These are all still open offering either pickup, delivery, or both at this time, and they may open for patio dining in the future. Unfortunately, a few restaurants have shuttered their doors for good. Both I Gatti and Chicago Steak & Fish are permanently closed.

Accommodations vary from permanent to temporary outdoor dining and space may be limited. I am not able to confirm all of the locations on these lists, and many have not updated their information online. Last Sunday I drove through Downtown and saw everything from spacious concrete patios dining with colorful shade installations to folding chairs under pop-up canopies. The Chamber of Commerce announced on their Facebook page that the k-rails and parklets are temporary installations to provide outdoor seating and will be replaced with more appealing planter barricades soon.

Remember that California currently requires face masks in all public places, and establishments may have their own rules for diners, so check ahead of time and come prepared.

Finally, I should mention that these restaurants with outdoor seating offer varied selection and pricing, from super casual (Happy Hound, Classic Burgers and Los Gatos Meats are all low key) to much more costly and formal. (And if you want a unique experience, one is at the local nudist resort – Lupin Lodge!) Not every one of these businesses is in downtown Los Gatos either. Links are provided where available so you can check them out yourself.

Did I miss one that should be mentioned? Feel free to email me any updates!

Bon appetit!

Outdoor Dining with Table Service in Los Gatos, CA

Aldo’s Cafe
Asa Los Gatos South
Billy’s Boston Chowderhouse
Blue Line Pizza
Campo di Bocce
Cin Cin
Coup de Thai
Dio Deka
Double D’s
Golden Triangle
Italian Brothers Restaurant
La Esquina
Loma Brewing Company
Los Gatos Cafe Downtown
Los Gatos Cafe Uptown
Lou’s coffee Shop 408-356-8383
Number One Broadway
Oak & Rye
Sidecar Modern Tavern
Southern Kitchen
Steamers The Grillhouse
Testarossa Winery
The Bywater
The Palms
The Pastaria & Market
Willow Street Pizza
Wine Cellar Restaurant
Yokohama 408-395-1990
Zona Rosa

Outdoor Seating with Counter Service in Los Gatos, CA

American Italian Deli
Andalé (both locations)
Baja Fresh
Baskin -Robbins (both locations)
Blvd Coffee
Cafe Dio
Campo di Bocce
Classic Burger 408-356-6910
Diner of Los Gatos
Dolce Spazio
Dona Maria
Erik’s Deli
Firenze Pizza
Garrett Station
Happy Hound
juice co. LG
Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company
Los Gatos Meats
Main Street Burgers
Mr. Pickles
Mooya Burgers, Fries, Shakes
Nourish at Lupin Lodge
Philz Coffee 681 Blossom Hill Rd., Suite #102 Los Gatos, CA 95032 (408) 356-5046
Pizza My Heart
Purple Onion (both)
Round Table Pizza
Starbucks (multiple locations)
Summit House
Sweet Pea’s Cafe
Tea on the Avenue
Una Mas
Urban Remedy
Viet’s Corner 408-560-9111