Alfresco dining (and imbibing) in Carson City

 As summer weather continues in northern Nevada, Carson City offers a variety of places to eat, drink and enjoy gatherings with friends outdoors. Surrounded by mountains, the views available for foodies looking for alfresco options won’t disappoint. Grab your sunglasses and hats, bring your appetite and get ready to dine – and enjoy a craft beer or cocktail – outside in Carson City!

 Cucina Lupo

Enjoy meals crafted with locally-sourced ingredients and flavors at Cucina Lupo. Opt for a table outside and enjoy Italian dishes with a perfectly paired glass of wine or a cocktail. You can’t go wrong with the spaghetti aglio e olio pasta; this dish is made with extra virgin olive oil, garlic, chili flakes, herbs, and breadcrumbs (it’s a crowd-pleaser.) Tucked just one block away from Carson Street and the downtown area, Cucina Lupo is central to many attractions, yet offers a quiet and relaxed atmosphere.

Great Basin Brewing Co.’s Carson City location

A recent addition to the Carson City food scene, Great Basin Brewing Co. – Carson City boasts a large patio with shaded tables for you to enjoy lunch and dinner outdoors. Great Basin offers over 15 of its own craft beers on tap, a variety of pub fare favorites and an atmosphere that makes everyone feel like a native Nevadan. Try the ‘Chilebeso’ brew for a beer with a little kick and the Sonoran-style fish tacos or any of their homemade burgers. (If you’re feeling extra indulgent, get your side of fries with their beer cheese sauce.)


Located across the street from the Nevada Capitol, Piazza offers visitors a range of shareable dishes, salads, pizzas, and desserts to enjoy. The patio space makes choosing a glass from the vast wine selection a decision you won’t want to rush. Order one of the charcuterie boards to share (or don’t share, we won’t tell!) Plus, you can purchase a bottle to enjoy later from Piazza’s market store.

 Red’s Old 395 Grill

The red, white and blue windmill makes Red’s Old 395 Grill a spot you can’t miss. The mouthwatering scent of barbecue ribs and chicken draws quite the crowd. Share a barbecue platter with friends and order a cold draft beer or cocktail to enjoy in the covered patio area. Put your elbows on the table and don’t be shy about getting sauce on your face – Red’s Old 395 is a Carson City favorite!

Shoe Tree Brewing

For craft beer enthusiasts, Shoe Tree Brewing Co. is a must-try in Carson City. Get a flight to experience beer you won’t find anywhere else; ‘Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly’ sour ale, ‘Früt Snax’ beer, award-winning ‘Coco Burrito’ porter, and a variety of seasonal beers. Next to the historic Carson Hot Springs, its location includes a small tasting room and a large outdoor space. Enjoy craft brews outside with a view of the Sierra Nevada while catching live music. Plus, this is where you wrap up the Carson City Triathlon – all skill levels welcome (for people 21 and over, of course.) Your furry four-legged companions are also welcome to join you at Shoe Tree.

The Fox Brewpub

In the heart of Carson City, The Fox Brewpub offers a variety of craft beers on tap, British pub food, and more. Enjoy your beer with the classic fish and chips at The Fox with a side of history, too; it’s located within the Historic St. Charles Hotel, which was built in 1862. The large patio invites you to enjoy their meals alfresco style while enjoying the sights and sounds of downtown.

 With an average of 251 days of sunshine a year, Carson City has no shortage of opportunities for you to enjoy a meal and handcrafted drink or craft brew outdoors. Come visit us to find your favorite alfresco spot and more!


Standout cocktails can be enjoyed alfresco style on Bank Saloon patio with live music and a cozy firepit, if the hunger pangs set in and the patio is just too good to leave, order delivery to the Bank from Mangia Tutto, a menu consisting of Italian cuisine found in Pizzerias and Italian Restaurants throughout the Chicagoland area. Mangia Tutto’s patio is also open and ready to be enjoyed Monday-Saturday.

Check out the variety of eateries, breweries, bars, and more to enjoy in Carson City year-round.