Arts & Entertainment

Outdoor dining in the South Sound

There are still plenty of local places to eat in Tacoma under Phase 2 restrictions.

On Nov. 18, Inslee ordered restriction modifications to Phase 2 due to the upsurge of COVID-19 cases. Among these restrictions included the closure of indoor dining for all restaurants and bars. However, restaurants can continue to seat outdoors if following the state’s policies. While operations of many dining locations have temporarily been put on hold, there are still quite a few local bites to eat that offer this service.

Down below, readers can find a list of local restaurants with outdoor seating arrangements. Multiple locations offer covered or heated settings as well. Each restaurant has been categorized then alphabetized. 


Indochine Asian Dining Lounge
Tues-Sun, noon until 9 p.m. 
1924 Pacific Ave Tacoma, WA


Azteca Mexican Lounge
Sun-Thurs, 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Fri-Sat 11 a.m. until  9 p.m. 
4801 Tacoma Mall Blvd. Tacoma, WA 

Mon-Thurs, 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. 
Friday, 3 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Sat, 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Sun, 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.
2506 Proctor S Tacoma, WA

Moctezuma’s Tacoma 
Every day, 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.
4102 S. 56th Tacoma, WA.

Grills, Bars and Pubs

7 Seas Brewing Co.
Every day, 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. 
3006 Judson St #110 Gig Harbor, WA.

Alleycat Lounge and Patio
Wed and Thurs, 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. 
Friday and Sat, 2 p.m. until 11.p.m. 
2708 6th Ave Tacoma, WA.

Chambers Bay Grill
Wed-Sun, 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. 

Heritage Distilling Company
Every day, 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. 
3118 Harborview Dr Gig Harbor, WA.

O’Malley’s Irish Pub
Every day, noon until 10 p.m.
2403 6th Ave Tacoma, WA.

Pint & Pie
Sun-Wed, 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. 
Thurs-Sat, 12 p.m. until 10 p.m.

The Hub Gig Harbor
Every day, noon until 7 p.m.
1208 26th Ave NW Gig Harbor, WA.

The Mule Tavern
Every day, 3 p.m. until 10 p.m.
5227 S Tacoma Way Tacoma, WA.

Mon-Thurs, 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Fri & Sat 1 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Sun 1 p.m. until 8 p.m.
518 6th Ave Fi Fox Island, WA.


Costella’s Italian Restaurant and Market
Tues-Sat, noon until 8 p.m. 
214 39th Ave SW Puyallup, WA

Crudo & Cotto
Tues-Thurs, 4:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. 
Fri & Sat, 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. 
2717 N Proctor St Tacoma, WA.

Farelli’s at Point Ruston
Every day, 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. 
5104 Grand Loop A Ruston, WA.

Pizzeria Fondi
Sun-Thurs, 11 a.m. until 8 p.m
Fri & Sat, 11 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.
4621 Point Fosdick Dr #200 Gig Harbor, WA.


Anthony’s At Point Defiance
Every day, 1 p.m. until 7 p.m.
5910 N Waterfront Dr Tacoma, WA.

Duke’s Seafood
Mon-Thurs, 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Fri-Sat, 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. 
3227 Ruston Way Tacoma, WA.

Fish Peddler
Wed-Sun, 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. 
119 Dock St Tacoma, WA.

Steamer’s Seafood Cafe 
Every day, noon until 7 p.m. 
8802 6th Ave Tacoma, WA.

On Jan. 14, it was announced that the Department of Labor and Industries had relaxed dining regulations after a Burlington pub owner argued that some establishments can maintain just as much airflow inside their restaurant as an outdoor arrangement by opening multiple doors and windows. 

This new model of “Open-Air Dining” requires restaurants to monitor carbon dioxide levels thoroughly to ensure that there is adequate air-flow in the open-air dining room. This should allow more restaurants to reopen in the next upcoming weeks.