There are many things to love about Salem. After all, it’s rich in history, full of natural beauty, and there’s plenty to see and do, including enjoying unique dining experiences with a diverse culinary scene. Here to show you to your table when you’re hungry but still want to enjoy everything else the city offers are Salem restaurants serving scenic views with delicious meals in their outdoor dining areas.
Taproot Lounge & Café
356 State Street
You can experience old-world outdoor dining at Taproot Lounge & Café as the restaurant is in an 1800s historic building in downtown Salem. The cozy little café features a small outdoor seating area that provides a nice spot to enjoy rich coffee or cold brews. When they originally opened in 2015, the main focus was serving community members freshly squeezed vegetable and fruit juices from their juice bar. Over the years, Taproot expanded beyond a juice bar to offer their patrons a full espresso bar, brunch, and hefty dinner menu. Serving up delicious grub for vegans, vegetarians, carnivores, gluten-free people, and more, they invite you to take a seat at any of the outdoor tables to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine while you chow down on artisan delicacies.
Archive Coffee & Bar
102 Liberty Street NE, Suite 120
Everything from delightful coffee to specialty cocktails and yummy food can be enjoyed at Salem’s Archive Coffee & Bar. Stop by during the day and enjoy your morning pick-me-up while relaxing along one of the benches in their covered patio area. At night, you can delight in a drink under the stars while experiencing the Golden Age of cocktails with their innovative libation creations made with a library of artisan spirits. Don’t forget to check out Archive’s seasonal menu to pair your cold one with the elevated pub food built fresh and made from scratch.
Venti’s Café + Taphouse
2840 Commercial Street SE
When the weather’s right, and you’re looking for a bite and a cold one to pair it with, you’ll definitely want to stop by Venti’s Café + Taphouse. Both Venti’s Café & Beer Vault location and Venti’s South Café & Taphouse feature a spacious outdoor dining area perfect for pairing the fresh air and sunshine with your meal. Each outdoor dining area is beautifully decorated with plants and flowers, creating a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere. In addition, there is partial shading to keep patrons cool on warmer days and heaters to keep customers warm on cooler days.
The menu features a variety of classic American dishes with a modern twist you won’t want to miss, including red curry fries, Cajun bowls, Thai peanut wraps, and tasty burgers like the guacamole burger. At Venti’s Café & Beer Vault, you’ll even find an underground beer vault, just as the same suggests, that’s curated a top-shelf craft beer selection with over 40 beers on tap to choose from. Cheers!
Ritter’s Housemade Foods
102 Liberty Street NE Ste 100
Stop by Ritter’s Housemade Foods for some homemade Oregon goodness, all while enjoying the beauty of Salem’s great outdoors. Ritter’s welcoming charm, trendy neighborhood vibes, and elevated flavors make it an epic place to stop for lunch or dinner, earning it the title of Salem’s best gathering spot. Whether you’re hopping by for an espresso at the coffee bar or looking to enjoy happy hour at the whiskey bar, the comfy, cozy outdoor patio area is the perfect spot to pull up a seat and dig into whatever you choose from their delectable menu.
Gamberetti’s Italian Restaurant
325 High Street SE
Pasta lovers can enjoy fine dining outside at Gamberetti’s Italian Restaurant. They’ve been serving authentic Italian cuisine to the Salem community for over 20 years, with a menu featuring a variety of classic dishes made from scratch using fresh and locally sourced ingredients. These tasty meals can be enjoyed on their front patio, which they are always more than excited to open when the weather warms again. The storefront’s abundance of trees and greenery aids in creating a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere that is perfect for any dining experience. Umbrellas provide additional shade, and heated outdoor lamps offer extra comfort on those chillier days.
Cafe 22 West
512 Salem Dallas Highway NW
Homecooked comfort and local treats can be appreciated along the beautiful patio of Cafe 22 West. Since its beginnings as a quaint little fruit stand in 1962, Cafe 22 has grown into a charming, vintage-styled establishment, all while becoming a timeless Oregon tradition that keeps locals and visitors returning for more. Patrons here can expect to experience a fast-casual restaurant, a fun family pit-stop, and an ideal outdoor dining restaurant bursting with comfort food and quality family fare. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back to a simpler time, where quality and service genuinely matter, as their friendly staff makes you feel right at home. While seated outside, you’ll be surrounded by lush trees and greenery at tables with large patio umbrellas, perfect for some shade during Salem’s lovely sunny days. Don’t forget to visit in the fall when Cafe 22’s outdoor heaters keep you warm and cozy under the Oregon night sky while you enjoy your home-cooked meal.