Outdoor Patios for Cafés: How to Create an Enjoyable Dining Experience


Do you want to give your customers a more enjoyable outdoor dining experience? If so, then it’s time to create the perfect patio space for your café. There are many different ways that you can go about doing this, and Mesa Awning is here to help. With our simple suggestions, you will not only be giving your customers what they want, but you will also be increasing the value of your business. Just don’t forget about the shade, and you can’t go wrong!

Choose Your Patio Space

When it comes to the location of your patio dining, you might have several options, depending on your building. You can have a front porch, backyard, rooftop, or even sidewalk dining area. With front porch dining, your guests may walk right through it on the way to the inside. Backyard café patios are similar to residential ones, and rooftops are just what they sound like. Sidewalk outdoor patios offer “bistro” style dining and are perfect for cafés that want to attract people from the street. No matter what style you choose, make sure it fits with the flow of traffic in your establishment and that you create a space that’s inviting for all your guests.

Ensure the Ground is Level

One of the most important factors in creating an enjoyable outdoor dining experience for customers is ensuring that the ground is level. Uneven surfaces can make it difficult to set down plates and glasses and can also trip up waiters and guests alike. In addition, a level surface is essential for outdoor furniture that can easily tip over on uneven ground. By ensuring that the outdoor patio or deck is level, you can create a smoother, safer dining experience for all. Additionally, level ground can help to prevent pooling water which can create hazardous conditions and attract mosquitoes. By taking the time to level the outdoor dining area, you can create a more enjoyable experience for all.

Provide Comfortable Seating

The patio furniture you use for your outdoor diners will largely depend on what’s best for your restaurant. Some cafés incorporate lounge areas, while others stick to tables and chairs. No matter what you decide to go with, just make sure you have a variety of table sizes available. Not all of your outdoor dining guests will want to sit two to a table, especially if they’re a part of a larger group. So, by accommodating guest parties of all sizes, you can better serve them. Additionally, planning for such accommodations can make it easier on your staff to wait on tables.

Provide Enough Shade

If your café is lucky enough to have an outdoor patio, you know that one of the keys to enjoying dining outdoors is having enough shade. The sun can be brutally hot, even in the early evening, and can quickly ruin a pleasant outdoor dining experience. Not only will your guests be uncomfortable, but they’ll also be at risk for sunburn. While umbrellas are a popular choice for providing shade, they can be difficult to keep in place on a windy day. A better option is to install a pergola or patio drop shade.

Let Mesa Awning Hook You Up

Finding the right way to shield your diners from the blazing Arizona sun isn’t always easy. Thankfully, Mesa Awning offers some of the best solutions in pergolas, awnings, patio covers, and shades. We proudly serve businesses throughout Mesa, AZ, including cafés of all sizes. So, let’s create the perfect outdoor dining experience. Get your free quote at (480) 969-4064.

Like this post?