Not only is patio time a luxury all southerners must indulge in, it also provides a safe culinary experience for those itching to enjoy local restaurants. Increased safety precautions including masks, limited contact, and socially-distant outdoor seating free you to soak up every moment of summer. With a variety of places to choose from, Ruston provides many outdoor and patio dining options for its hungry visitors and locals!
This downtown landmark is a go-to spot for those who want to enjoy outdoor dining. Sundown’s large and breezy patio is downright charming with its fun and assorted décor that creates an eclectic atmosphere. The menu boasts southern favorites and their bartenders are skilled at mixing up a refreshing summer cocktail. An added bonus: Sundown’s spacious patio is pet friendly.
Another downtown patio dining favorite is Utility Brewing. Ruston’s local brewery offers more than just amazing craft beers. Enjoy homemade wood-fired pizzas and fresh salads, all of which incorporate local ingredients. Plenty of fans and umbrellas make their patio a great pick for summertime. Not to mention their fun and cozy atmosphere complete with string lights and a colorful mural.
Portico’s easily-convertible patio makes this outdoor space great year-round, but we especially love a cold sangria on the patio during summer. The menu features delicious southern staples with a twist, and their happy hour is one you do not want to miss. You can still catch live music on the Portico patio, with local musicians making weekly appearances.
Located in the heart of Downtown Ruston, this food truck has quickly become a local favorite for its breakfast items and burgers. Utilizing local ingredients, Grown and Grazed always has a special on the menu that’s packed with unique flavors. Take your meal to-go or enjoy it at one of the many picnic tables in the Heard Freighthouse Food Truck Park. There are plenty of umbrellas to provide shade in the warmer summer months.
Other outdoor dining spots to check out
While these local spots don’t have full-blown patio spaces, they offer outdoor dining with great atmosphere.
Brister’s Smokehouse BBQ – Arguably one of the best BBQ spots in North Louisiana, Brister’s offers lunch and dinner daily in a friendly and relaxed environment. Their new deck makes for a perfect casual outdoor dining spot.
Champs Sports Restaurant – Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, or drinks at one of Champs’ outdoor tables on the corner of Trenton St. and W. Park Ave. in downtown. Be sure to check out their daily specials and happy hour!
Roma Italian Bistro – Perfect for a cozy date night, Roma offers sidewalk dining on a quiet corner in Downtown Ruston. Enjoy pasta, pizza, and more of their signature favorites with a glass of wine or specialty cocktail.
Uptown Downtown – Looking for a quick lunch or a sweet treat? Uptown Downtown offers sandwiches, wraps, cupcakes, cookies, and more delicious items daily. Grab your food and head to their cozy outdoor dining area.
Tori is a Shreveport native, but has claimed Ruston as home since 2015. A lover of the outdoors, great food, and discovering new places, she quickly found a passion for the travel and tourism industry. As Marketing Director, Tori leads the CVB's content creation, brand management, communication, and strategic marketing efforts.