Grand Valley patio season in full swing |

Grand Valley patio season in full swing

Brittany Markert
Hot Tomato Cafe in Fruita has a backyard feel with a stage for musical performances weekly during the summer.
Brittany Markert / | Free Press



225 N. Fifth St., Suite #105

Grand Junction, Colo.



144 S. Kluge Ave., Building #2

Palisade, Colo.



120 N. Seventh St.

Grand Junction, Colo.


The Ale House

2531 N. 12th St.

Grand Junction, Colo.


Patio season is blooming right along with spring in the Grand Valley. With the warmer season upon us, it’s not uncommon to enjoy a meal or brew outside.

With more than 20 dining options featuring outdoor seating in the area, here are some local hotspots.


Since their relocation to 124 N. Mulberry St., in Fruita, the Hot Tomato Cafe hosts parties, musicians, and private events on its back patio. It’s a great place to catch a New Belgium beer on tap (or a glass of wine) while enjoying live music. Did we mention the pizza pie isn’t bad either?

The patio boasts a stage, and relics of bikes hang on the fence. Lighting gives a cozy feeling as the sun sets. Hot Tomato has hosted bands like Hey Marseilles, The Lumineers, Phox, and Chris Pureka.

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Signature drink: New Belgium Fat Tire Draft Beer $4.50


Kannah Creek Brewing Company recently expanded, opening a second location south near the Colorado River (along the Riverfront Trail).

Edgewater Brewery — located at 905 Struthers Ave., in Grand Junction — features a large, grassy lawn and a stage for live music. It also offers a different menu than its mother ship. Order Angus burgers, bratwursts, hot dogs and other staples, along with Kannah Creek Brews on tap. The great lawn hosts games like corn hole, washers, and ladder golf.

Kannah Creek Brewing Company’s original location — 1960 N. 12th St., in Grand Junction — shouldn’t be skipped. Kannah’s famous for its pizza, pasta dishes and desserts. The outdoor seating area is expansive and ready to handle all your friends and family after work or a day on the trails.

For more information, visit

Signature drink: Both Locations — Lands End Amber, $4 Happy Hour $3

Kannah Creek — Bloody Mary $5.25 (Vodka, zing zang bloody Mary mix, Worcestershire sauce, fresh lime and lemon, special blend of seasonings, along with celery stick okra, pepperoncini. On Sundays, fried up jalapeños are put in.)

Edgewater — Boomerang (Rangtang vodka, Sierra Mist, and slapsh of fresh lime juice) $5.25 Happy Hour $4


Want to visit Europe, but don’t have the time? The Winery Restaurant ­­— at 642 Main St., in Grand Junction ­— offers an updated patio area for guests to enjoy. The patio features a natural vine canopy and occasional live music. There’s also exposed brick and a wood wall, which gives a true European feel. It’s tucked down a breezeway away from traffic for an intimate experience.

Menu items include plates of salmon, filet mignon, and Alaskan king crab legs. The patio is open mid-April through mid-November.

For more information, visit

Signature drink: Goat Vodka Boss Martini (Goat Vodka from Palisade Colorado, Vermouth and Bleu Cheese Stuffed Olives) $14


Enjoy the views at Red Canyon Grille after a round of golf. Redlands Mesa Golf Course is located at 2325 W. Ridge Blvd., in Grand Junction. It offers a deck with 180-degree views of the Colorado National Monument and its surrounding golf course. The patio hosts many social and golf-related events yearly.

It’s suggested to come by in the late afternoon and early evening to see the sunset on the monument. It’s also a perfect setting for happy hour. Red Canyon Grille boasts a full menu, including breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with a full bar.

For more information, visit

Signature drink: Colorado Native draft beer $4


The patio at Spoons Bistro & Bakery — located at 3090 N. 12th St., in Grand Junction — is a great place to soak up some sunshine. The patio offers 10 tables with umbrellas. After lunch, enjoy a brisk walk through the Fairmount Health Park — a half-mile loop. There’s also the Tanglewood Gardens and a grassy area for kids to play.

Spoons menu includes made-from-scratch dishes with local produce and meats.

“We rely on Grand Junction’s own Quality Meats for the choicest cuts,” HopeWest spokeswoman Alyssa Hampson said.

All the proceeds from Spoons support HopeWest, a local hospice nonprofit. The patio is open from March until the end of the year, weather permitting.

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Signature drink: Peach smoothie and peach milkshake, $2.99 for 12 oz., $3.99 for 20 oz.

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