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As the Weather Warms up, Here are the Best Outdoor Restaurants to Enjoy in Franklin, TN!

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As the Weather Warms up, Here are the Best Outdoor Restaurants to Enjoy in Franklin, TN!

As we begin to see warmer temperatures in the South, Franklin, Tennessee has some great outdoor restaurants to start off the season right! If you haven’t gotten your COVID-19 vaccine yet, or you’re still just trying to play it safe amidst the pandemic, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy the springtime weather with a lovely bite to eat. 

From heated patio seating to dimly lit outdoor experiences, these outdoor restaurants in Brentwood and Franklin, TN have just what you’re looking for. Perfect for a date night or a lunch with friends, these are the outdoor restaurants you won’t want to miss this spring and summer season.

Here are some of the best outdoor restaurants:

  1. Frothy Monkey
  2. Burger Up
  3. Sopapilla’s
  4. The Local Taco
  5. Americana Taphouse
  6. Arrington Vineyards
  7. Wild Ginger
  8. Izzy’s Feel Good Food
  9. Ruby Sunshine
  10. Franklin Burger Co
  11. Herban Market
  12. JJ’s Wine Bar

Frothy Monkey

Whether you’re looking for a cute and quirky coffee spot for brunch or a spunky craft-inspired late night drink, Frothy Monkey is the place to be. With locations ranging from Franklin to downtown Nashville, Frothy Monkey is a local favorite. Debuting an extensive, sunny wraparound porch, this outdoor restaurant has it all. From daily breakfast, lunch and dinner specials to delicious beverages, this indoor and outdoor space is unmatched. Each element of the Franklin Frothy Monkey contributes beautifully to an atmosphere well suited for any occasion. 

Burger Up

Another local favorite with locations spread throughout the area, Burger Up Cool Springs offers a variety of unique, mouth watering burgers. Decked out with a wood siding patio, Burger Up’s outdoor space contains beautiful, aesthetic springtime string lights where you can enjoy a Bison Burger topped with romaine, tomato, fried red onion and jalapenos, white cheddar and honey Dijon aioli. With choices for the whole family, if you have some pesky vegetarians in your dining group, opt for the spinach salad with fried goat cheese and candied walnuts.


Are you looking for a prime dinner and drinks spot? Well, Sopapilla’s has the outdoor restaurant space for you and your gang! An ideal spot for some springtime outdoor dining, located near Moores Lane, Sopapilla’s patio seating helps you to feel as though you’re on a mini vacation. Their delicious menu boasts intricate flavors of New Mexico, such as the tableside guacamole and house made margaritas! A perfect spring or summer time destination for you and your family or friends, Sopapilla’s provides all the flavors you need.

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The Local Taco

The Local Taco has a cult following of Tex-Mex devotees, who crave its casual cuisine and host of tequila-spiked drinks. Whether you’re dining in Nashville, East Nashville or Brentwood, a patio awaits. At the Brentwood location’s outdoor setup, chow down on some addictive queso and chips then go for their Southern-inspired Local BBQ taco and Southern Fried taco. Craving a little heat? Order your taco “bang-bang” and get a helping of fresh Habanero Lime Sauce.

Americana Taphouse

As a landlocked area, Franklin, Tennessee isn’t typically the hot spot for local seafood options. However, Americana Taphouse, located at the always-bustling corner of East Main Street and First Avenue, provides a laid-back and inviting atmosphere as you dine on yummy seafood selections, burgers and even a house-made cocktail or two. Their decked out outdoor space offers the perfect ambience for your crew to enjoy a glass or wine while playing a round or two of cornhole. 

Arrington Vineyards

If you’re in the mood for a space that provides drinks with a view, Arrington Vineyards is the place to be this spring season. A wine tasting lodge, adorned with picnic tables, Arrington overlooks rolling, vineyard-covered hills that provide complementary spaces to have a picnic and drink wine purchased from the vineyard. 

While there is no formal eatery at Arrington Vineyards, you can pack your favorite treats ahead of time. When it comes to wine tastings, don’t forget to sign up early as the wait can be long on pretty, sunny days. However, with a vineyard as your party’s waiting room, the time will fly by!

Wild Ginger

Are you a fan of Pan-Asian, South American and Western cultures? If so, Wild Ginger is the spot for you! Enjoy a variety of everything from brisket tacos to colorful maki on the Wild Ginger menu. Offering a true dining experience, this Franklin outdoor restaurant provides a patio space with a dreamy water installation and live music every Friday and Saturday evening.

Izzy’s Feel Good Food

A restaurant you won’t want to miss out on this spring season is Izzy’s Feel Good Food! Izzy’s is serious about good food and everyone seems to love it. A bbq, burger joint that offers your favorite delicious home cooked style comfort foods, Izzy’s Feel Good Food is the perfect spot to satiate your warm weather taste buds. Offering mouth watering lemon ricotta donuts and other desserts, along with Sunday Brunch options as well, this hotspot plans to regularly host local talent, young and old…and everyone in-between. Bring your favorite family and friends to experience unique comfort style foods and enjoy some open mic nights outside in the setting sun!

Ruby Sunshine

A newer addition to the outdoor restaurant landscape in Franklin, Tennessee is the delicious breakfast and brunch joint, Ruby Sunshine! Located in the 231 Building in downtown Franklin, this New Orleans inspired menu offers tasty options you won’t want to miss out on this spring season. With outdoor dining options that will leave you feeling connected to the downtown area, pt for brioche-based french toast bites or a mouthwatering crawfish benedict! Ruby Sunshine has delicious breakfast options that everyone in your family or friend group will love.

Franklin Burger Co.

Created by the owners of Sopapillas, Franklin Burger Co. offers a wide range of burgers and fry options! From a classic farm burger to a brisket burger and truffle fries, Franklin Burger Co. is all about bringing people together. This perfect, laid back outdoor stop proudly sources their beef from a local Greenhill Farm TN. If you’re looking for an outdoor restaurant in Franklin that supports local farmers, musicians, and artisans in a way that brings the greater Franklin community together, then Franklin Burger Co. is the place for you!  

Herban Market

A recent addition to the outdoor restaurant game, Herban Market began as a market to purchase olive oil and vinegars. Having recently expanded to offer a full menu of healthy, organic items from breakfast to dinner, Herban Market is the perfect spot for a light bite to eat with friends this spring! With a focus on wholesome, healthy, and happy living, this adorable outdoor eatery offers quality organic and local foods that help you invest in your overall wellness and health. 

JJ’s Wine Bar

Whether you’re looking for the perfect outdoor dining spot to unwind after work, take that special someone for a night out, meet up with a group of friends, or just sit on the wrap-around porch or courtyard, JJ’s Wine Bar is the place to be! Offering over 25 bottles of wine by the glass, JJ’s Wine Bar also has a full bar and selection of food offerings that pair perfectly with their wine options. Located on the corner of Main Street and 2nd Avenue, JJ’s provides a fun, relaxed, and comfortable atmosphere for your gang to enjoy the warmth of this spring season. 

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