Feasting Alfresco: Six Stylish Outdoor Dining Areas

Cookbook author Claudia Roden’s assertion that “everything tastes better outdoors” is certainly true in these six alfresco dining spaces, where meals come with a side of wine country vineyards, majestic mountains, and striking city skylines.

The Robléon Estate

Designed to take maximum advantage of its enviable setting, this bold contemporary home boasts walls of glass that reveal dramatic vistas of its sun-drenched Southern California setting. Architect Jan Hochhauser—whose designs focus on integration with the natural surroundings—combined a bold silhouette with ecologically responsible building materials and a gracefully glowing floor plan. In addition to flourishing grape vines and thoughtfully chosen drought-tolerant landscaping, the home is enveloped by patios and verandas ideal for alfresco meals with a breathtaking backdrop.

Offered at: $2,495,000
Location: 1270 Poppy Valley Road, Buellton, CA 93427


Southern California Luxury

Stylish indoor-outdoor living is effortless at this inviting Westlake Village home, which features a living room with a bar, a dining room, an office or study, a spacious family room, a chef’s kitchen, and two luxurious bedroom suites. Encouraging year-round alfresco relaxation and entertaining is a magnificent patio that boasts a full kitchen with Viking appliances and a grill, a lounging area with a fire pit, a hot tub, and an elegant space for dining beneath a retractable roof.

Offered at: $1,645,000
Location: 894 Hartglen Avenue, Westlake Village, CA 91361


Wine Country Living and Entertaining

On 15.81 acres in the Santa Ynez Valley—renowned for its award-winning vineyards, Mediterranean climate, and sophisticated living and entertaining—this open and inviting two-bedroom home and its guesthouse offer a getaway perfect for living the wine country lifestyle while enjoying panoramic vistas of multiple mountain ranges. Beside a majestic California oak trees, a spacious deck includes an elegant arbored dining area with a view of the rolling hills and the estate’s Bordeaux-cloned vineyards.

Offered at: $3,195,000
Location: 2840 Montecielo Drive, Santa Ynez, CA 93460


Chic SoHo Penthouse

Crowning a desirable building in the heart of Soho, this exceptional three-level residence has a fluid interior floor plan designed for sophisticated modern living and entertaining. The pièce de résistance is the 2,618-square-foot terrace. Occupying the entire rooftop, it features an open-air kitchen with generous counter space, a built-in grill, three beverage refrigerators, and an ice maker; a bar area; and a sitting and dining area with a dramatic fireplace. This is the perfect sunlight-flooded spot to enjoy a meal while appreciating the surrounding skyline.

Offered at: $27,900,000
Location: 25 Mercer Street Penthouse, New York, NY 10013


Wine Country Retreat

This enchanting two-story cabin epitomizes the rustic beauty of Sonoma, with wood floors and doors, colorful wall finishes, distinctively stylish fixtures, and spaces indoors and out for relaxation and celebration in the heart of wine country. The property offers abundant spaces for alfresco living and entertaining, including a fire pit for cozy evenings and a flagstone patio that allows for a dining table to be nestled beneath a dramatic candle chandelier and a canopy of leaves.

Offered at: $3,500,000
Location: 10440 White Fang Glen, Kenwood, CA 95452


Elegant Southwestern Oasis

Surrounded by trees in the rugged terrain northwest of Santa Fe, this 6,885-square-foot residence is filled with exquisite Southwestern details and luxurious amenities and offers space for guests and room to breathe. With its outdoor kitchen, breezy living area, and alluring alfresco dining area, the spacious traditional portal is a captivating oasis with views of mature landscaping and the majestic Sangre de Cristos in the distance. The five-acre estate feels worlds away yet is only minutes from the historic Santa Fe Plaza.

Offered at: $2,250,000
Location: 62-B Calle San Martin, Santa Fe, NM 87506



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