The Greenbrier Valley enjoys comfortable weather much of the year, extending the days of outdoor dining well into fall and early spring. Many locally-owned restaurants have fully embraced these more casual spaces, promising a breath of fresh air that easily compliments a sit-down bite to eat or an evening cocktail.
While we've highlighted nine notable al fresco dining venues, there are many more from urban casual to French chic. Be sure to check out the full list!
1. The Humble Tomato takes full advantage of its expansive garden setting to serve Italian fare and refreshing, seasonal beverages. Choose between patio seating under a canopy of umbrellas, or find one of the quiet tables dotted about the tree-shaded lawn.
2. If you want to soak in Lewisburg’s downtown vibe, we suggest an evening at Briergarten. It’s a classic beer garden with indoor-outdoor space—and patio heaters for cooler nights. As for the menu, you’ll find a generous selection of West Virginia and European brews, wines and cocktails, as well as pub food favorites such as bratwurst, soft pretzels and the “Brier Dog.”
3. For old-fashioned car-side service, pull into Jim’s Drive-In. It's been on the cutting edge of outdoor dining since its founding in the 1950s. In addition, Jim’s offers covered picnic tables and benches for motorists who want to stretch their legs.
4. Big Draft Brewing, a White Sulphur Springs hot spot, has made a big impression with its menu and craft brews. Large roll-up doors enhance the taproom’s industrial yet rustic style while extending dining service to the roomy deck and patio area. Fire pits, cornhole and live music on select nights complete your evening downtown.
5. Late spring and into fall, the Del Sol Cantina & Grille patio is wrapped in a botanical profusion of color, while shade sails keep the heat of the day at bay. You’ll regularly see diners fill the cozy space to partake in the restaurant’s signature margaritas, chips and Latin-style dishes.
6. At Stuart’s Smokehouse, the ample-sized deck overlooking the Greenbrier River near Alderson sets the mood for its impressive seafood and smoked meat menu—featuring brisket and ribs, blue crabs (in season), lobster, shrimp, oysters and low country boils.
7. Coming soon, The Rooftop will “top” the list in scenic overlooks. Aptly named, it’s located on the roof of The Schoolhouse Hotel, the original White Sulphur Springs high school-turned-boutique-hotel. The bar will specialize in small plate delicacies and crafty cocktails coupled with a bird’s eye view of downtown White Sulphur Springs and the surrounding mountains.
8. The Historic General Lewis Inn has taken full advantage of its spacious veranda, which commands a view of Washington Street, and the lovely garden behind the inn. Overnight and day visitors are welcome to dine for breakfast (Sat/Sun) and dinner (Fri-Mon). Also worth noting, the inn’s Thistle Lounge is highly regarded for its creative craft cocktails—the perfect accompaniment to an evening porch side.
9. If you’re looking for a dining venue with plenty of space and fresh air for the kids to romp, Castle Kitchen at Hollow Hills Farm fits the bill. Every June, this working farm hosts the West Virginia Renaissance Festival but keeps its rolling kitchen (food truck) open from spring through Halloween. Dining favorites include fried cheese curds and fried green tomatoes (in season), Scotch eggs and pulled pork sandwiches.