05/03/2011 02:54 pm ET | Updated Jul 03, 2011

Outdoor Dining: Denver's Best Al Fresco Eateries

The weather is turning, and it's time to find a patio to kick back on and call your own. Or better yet, one to kick back on where people serve you delicious things. Here are our picks for Denver's best outdoor dining spots.

Caldonia's: With a large covered patio and beach-side vibe, Caldonia's offers a laid-back, casual ambiance. Award-winning barbecue and beer fill tables as patrons keep an occasional eye on the sand volleyball games taking place nearby.
2252 S Parker Road; 303-752-3829

Tavern: We've sent you there for for the bloody Mary bar, but we're sending you back for the outdoor dining experience. The downtown location is our favorite, with the cityscape -- including a close-up of Coors field -- unmatched, but the landscaping and water feature of the Lowry location and the breezy Tech Center roof also keep us returning.
1949 Market St.; 303-299-0100 (multiple locations)

Bistro Vendôme: Tucked away in a courtyard off Larimer Square and 14th, the patio of this little Parisian bistro offers a secluded and intimate feel. You'll feel far away from the hustle and bustle of the Square and forget the rest of the world is just around the corner.
1420 Larimer Square; 303-852-3232

Lodo's: The roof of this preppy LoDo bar is a staple for the downtown after-work and weekend crowd. The menu offers traditional bar food while the view offers stunning panoramics of downtown Denver.
1946 Market St.; 303-293-8555

Marlowe's: Located at the corner of 16th and Glenarm, this saloon and chophouse is the ideal place for people watching passersby on 16th Street Mall. Expect natural and fresh ingredients in Marlowe's classic menu items.
501 16th St.; 303-595-3700

Hacienda Colorado: Enjoy a sophisticated menu of "Mountan Mex," or sip one of Hacienda's 120 tequilas while sitting near the crackling fire in the spacious courtyard. Enclosed with high walls, the rest of the world is kept out during your south-of-the-border getaway.
10500 Bierstadt Way, Lone Tree; 303-858-8588