Warming Up to Dining Al Fresco

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Warm Summer weather in Tri-Valley, California is the perfect excuse for residents and visitors  to leave their kitchens and enjoy a meal al fresco.   Diners are sure to find what satisfies them, whether it be a romantic meal among the vineyards or a sidewalk café in a quaint downtown. Tri-Valley, California boasts over 80 restaurants in all price ranges that feature outdoor dining.

Tri-Valley, California restaurants have seen a rise in popularity for outdoor dining, and have expanded their offerings to include complimentary entertainment, a spot for the family pet, and more.  Café Garré has expanded its cafe to include seating for 100 on the patio, and boasts a lawn and fountain area for pets and children.  They also host Vineyard Nights Summer Music on the Patio every Friday night, as well as Bocce Ball and Italian Dinner nights every Wednesday.
"With the summer heat guests tend to dine later and want to be outside," said Lillian Steinle, general manager of Campo di Bocce Livermore.  "Guests are more likely to wait for a patio table then any other type of table in a restaurant."  Campo di Bocce offers fireside dining, outdoor bar service, and recreation with four outdoor bocce courts.  

Pair a day of wine tasting in Livermore Valley with a view of the vineyards, or enjoy a meal in downtown Livermore.  The award-winning Restaurant at Wente Vineyards is truly a feast for the senses.  The air is alive with rich, savory aromas and the lush vineyards and gardens set the mood for a leisurely lunch on the patio.  The restaurant features an extensive wine list and their signature pork chop, which is not to be missed.  For a premier downtown destination visit Zephyr Grill & Bar.  Zephyr offers a vibrant atmosphere that is uniquely inviting with a creative  'Americana' menu.

blueagave.jpgVisitors can spend the day strolling the boutiques and galleries in the  our historic downtowns of , Danville and Pleasanton and Livermore, then have a leisurely meal al fresco at one of the many restaurants that line streets of the downtowns. Blue Agave Club specializes in traditional and California-style Mexican fare, and premium "sipping" tequilas, offering over 200 different varieties.  The extensive menu, tree-hung lanterns and a view of Pleasanton's Main Street, make this is a favorite among locals and visitors alike.  Main Street Pleasanton is also home to street-side favorites including Alberto's Cantina and Gay Nineties Pizza Co..   

For those seeking a garden retreat, a trip to Bridges Restaurant, or FAZ Restaurant is where guests will find a true respite.  These award-winning restaurants, located in Danville, offer great food, drinks, and service in a casually elegant atmosphere.  If a serene water setting wets your appetite, make your way Blackhawk Grille. Located in Blackhawk Plaza, this extraordinary dining destination features innovative California cuisine, an extensive wine list, and creative cocktails.  Dine al fresco and relax to the sounds of the babbling brook located at the patio's edge.  

cafe-outroor.jpegFor a decidedly casual atmosphere with San Ramon charm visit the Hop Yard Alehouse & Grill.  This neighborhood brew pub that offers over 30 beers on tap.  Another neighborhood favorite for the carefree diner is Pleasanton's own Stacey's Cafe. Stacey's offers a variety of seafood, pasta, meat, wood-fired pizzas, and vegetarian dishes.
   
For a complete list of outdoor dining options in Tri-Valley visit www.visittrivalleyca.com.

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