Where to Eat and Drink on a Patio in Jefferson City, MO

The title says it all, right? There are times, in these adult lives of ours, where we really just need to know the answer to one. simple. question. Where can I have a drink and eat on a patio? 

Can we get an amen!?

Hannah Kiddoo, contributing writer and Pfenny's Trivia night regular, is back for another useful list for you to bookmark. Each location's name is clickable and it will take you to their Facebook page or Google listing for directions, phone number and hours. BONUS: *Indicates they have live music, although it may not be every day. 

We hope you find this list useful and be sure to tag us in your patio photos on Instagram and/or Facebook @jeffcityblog! 


  1. JPfennys - On High St and upper deck with frozen drinks*

  2. Madisons Cafe

  3. The Grand

  4. Love2Nourish

  5. Helmut’s Dungeon

Photo by Lindsey Pantaleo

Photo by Lindsey Pantaleo


You'll feel right at home at this house-turned-lounge on High Street. With shade trees jutting out of the lofted deck, bright umbrellas offering shelter from the elements, and pops of yellow and blue around the building's trim, the patio space is cozy and welcoming to those crossing through the rustic archway. Helmut's hosted its grand opening in April and offers a wide range of wines, liquors, and beers, including German favorites that can be harder to come by at other establishments

West Side

  1. El Espolon (179)

  2. West Main Pizza*

Photo by Lindsey Pantaleo

Photo by Lindsey Pantaleo


West Main offers urban vibes in the heart of one of the city's most beloved neighborhoods. Hoping to switch up your average pizza night? One look at the menu lets you know that you're in for a culinary adventure. Specialty toppings, like taco, offer a twist on classic pies, while gourmet breadsticks (hello, Maui and jalapeño popper!) are always on standby. West Main's outdoor seating includes views of busy Main Street that are perfect for people watching, too.

   3. El Jimador (W. Edgewood)

4. Domenico’s Italian Restaurant

East Side

  1. Prison Brews

  2. The Pizza Company

  3. The Bridge* 

Photo by Lindsey Pantaleo

Photo by Lindsey Pantaleo


This space is all about the music, from live jam sessions to REO Feedwagon, the venue's dedicated food truck. The sunny yellow van dishes out mouthwatering eats, like the B.B. King (pulled pork on a brioche bun) and Eye of the Thai-Ger (lettuce wraps with grilled chicken, peanut sauce, and shredded carrot). Pull up a seat on the patio to hear the evening's tunes and relax in the structure's industrial vibe that pays homage to the area surrounding it.

Mid Town

  1. Theo’s Midtown

Photo by Lindsey Pantaleo

Photo by Lindsey Pantaleo


Despite being one of the newer kids in town, Theo's has quickly made a name for itself. Operated by Alexandro's longtime chef Theodore Mastrogiannis, the restaurant serves up classic Greek fare, including gyros, saganaki, and pizzas. Pop in during the evening to sit under the glow of Theo's neon sign and take in views of the Capitol or a Missouri moon.

      2. Paddy Malones

South Side

  1. Veit’s*

Photo by Lindsey Pantaleo

Photo by Lindsey Pantaleo


Situated on Lorenzo Greene Drive, with creek sounds serving as peaceful background noise, Viet's is one of those Jeff City gems that invites patrons to just chill out with a drink and good people. If the buffet breakfasts and outdoor jams aren't enough to draw you in, lawn games in the beer garden should do the trick. Challenge your buds to jumbo Jenga, Connect Four, and corn hole, or just watch the fun as you kick back. 

North of the River

  1. Canterbury Hill Winery*

Photo by Lindsey Pantaleo

Photo by Lindsey Pantaleo


Wine lovers rejoice! Your perfect escape rests just across the bridge at Canterbury Hill. On the patio, patrons can split a house bottle or sample a wine flight while enjoying sweeping views of the city and cozy fire pits. Craving something icy? Wine slushes can help you beat the heat. Canterbury Hill is known as a gathering space for groups, and a recent patio upgrade means more space for fun with friends.

There's just something extra special about sipping on a Missouri brew, chatting with friends and enjoying good eats when you're doing it al fresco. Fortunately, there are plenty of spots around town that welcome you to kick back and relax, patio style. So, what are you waiting for?

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