Spring is the ideal time to eat outside, enjoy great food and great views. Here are our top 5 patio restaurant picks:

Elements in Paradise Valley        

Visit this chic and sleek restaurant of a popular resort hotel, Sanctuary, in the heart of Paradise Valley—an exclusive Arizona residential community. Sit on the patio for drinks, lunch or dinner and take in the view of twinkling lights at night.

Slo Foods Café in Scottsdale          

Recently opened in the elegant Borgata Shopping Plaza in Scottsdale, this new eatery focuses on organic cuisine. Sit by the stone fountain to hear the soothing sounds among flowering trees and potted flowers. After lunch or dinner, stroll the upscale shops, and visit Scottsdale Fashion Square, the Southwest’s largest shopping mall, nearby.

Herb Box in Scottsdale   

Relax at the north Scottsdale Herb Box at DC Ranch, sit under the large red umbrellas, and enjoy fresh salads, juicy burgers, and other first-rate continental cuisine. This place gets busy for lunch and dinner, so reservations are suggested.

House of Tricks in Tempe

One of Tempe’s most elegant restaurants, this former residence boasts a wrap-around porch, tall trees, brick patio and vivid potted flowers. Charm is the operative word at Tricks, known for their large portions and excellent salads.

Quiessence in Phoenix

Located at the Farm at South Mountain, this stylish restaurant uses only organic ingredients from their large, on-site organic farm. Sit in the shade among tall trees and flowers and then stroll the property’s gardens, art gallery and gift shop.