Summertime in San Francisco is prime time for outdoor eating and drinking – plus, food just tastes better when enjoyed outside. Mask up, practice social distancing and enjoy your chance to slow down and unwind outdoors. Here are six spots you’ll want to pull up a chair on the patio and dine al fresco.

Charmaine's at SF Proper, 0.5 miles from NEMA. SF’s hottest rooftop bar & lounge located 120 feet above Market Street. Here, the energetic chic of a European terrace meets the laid-back vibes of “California cool.” Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Reservations are highly recommended. Attire: Proper Chic. Try the Pork Bahn Mi Sandwich with a Proper Cup.

54 Mint, 0.8 miles from NEMA. This modern Italian trattoria is tucked into San Francisco's historic Mint Plaza with alfresco patio dining on the plaza for the best Roman experience outside of Rome! Open for patio dining from 5-9pm daily. Start with supplì croquettes, followed by Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe + wine. Make your reservation through OpenTable.

Montesacro Pinseria SF, 0.6 miles from NEMA. They have a cozy little rooftop terrace above the restaurant for outdoor dining. Try the Lunch Prix Fixe with Arugula Salad, Margherita Pinsa + Espresso. Open for weekday dinner M-F 5-9pm, lunch F-SA 11:30-2:30pm & Sundays from 11:30am to 8 pm. Reserve your spot on OpenTable.

Little Gem on Grove, 0.5 miles from NEMA. Grab a seat in the sun and dig into some Fried Chicken, Crispy Potatoes, or an Asian-Style Beef Short Ribs bowl. Don't forget about the weekend brunch with mimosas and quinoa/almond pancakes. Open for patio service, daily 11am - 3pm. Reserve your spot on RESY.

Stevenson Alley at The Market, steps from NEMA. The outdoor dining space dubbed Stevenson Alley is a place where you can be together/apart safely while enjoying good food and drink. Step away from the screen and stroll over to The Market for lunch to stretch your legs and grub on the many offerings they have.

a Mano, 0.4 miles from NEMA. This Hayes Valley favorite has an expansive outdoor patio featuring impermeable barriers between tables, and parklet offering semi-private booth seating that give you plenty of space to feel safe while you share a meal with a friend. Open for lunch or dinner seven days a week. Try the agnolotti, salsiccia, and of course the fontina arancini.

Please note: It's best to contact these establishments directly to confirm their hours and offerings, as things can change quickly and without notice.

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