Outdoor Dining

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The Backyard

  • A Waco hot spot for their concerts, 40-foot tall outdoor screen so you can watch your favorite sports team break your heart, cornhole and washer pits, The Backyard features a full bar & grill, and is kid- and pet-friendly, as well. You can get everything from mozzarella sticks to BBQ sliders to the Texas Cheesesteak from the grill.

  • 511 South 8th Street

  • 11am-12am Sun-Mon

Buzzard Billy's

  • Featuring a wide selection of cajun and seafood as well as standard American food - and drinks, lots of drinks - Buzzard Billy's is situated right on the Brazos River so you can feed the ducks that stroll past. It's a great place to take the kids while you kick back and enjoy downtown Waco at its finest.

  • 100 South Interstate 35 (be careful as you take that frontage road going south from University Parks Drive - you'll pass it and your significant other will hate you for it.)

  • 11am-10pm Sun-Thu; 11am-11pm Fri-Sat

Clay Pot

  • You should definitely head to the back of the restaurant and into the sublime slice of outdoor downtown Waco to enjoy your spring rolls, Pho, and Hai Phong.

  • 416 Franklin Avenue

  • 11am-10pm Tue-Sun; Closed Mon


  • How do you even categorize The OG Waco spot aka George's aka Home of the Big O? What category could possibly contain George's? Have you even been to Waco if you don't go to George's? That's right, we ask the Hard Questions here at Waco Wise. Good for breakfast, lunch, dinner, as well as pre- and post-gaming, you absolutely have to head out to the Big O Deck and enjoy one of their many bar options. Bar snacks are a must here, as well, from the wings to the cheese fries to the fried jalapenos.

  • 1925 Speight Avenue

  • 6:30am-12am Mon-Sat; Closed Sun

  • Staff Pick: The cheesesteak. The one that's so big you can't actually pick it up and have to use a fork & knife like some daggum Yankee. Fried jalapenos, too.

Milo All Day

  • One of the newest additions to the food scene in downtown Waco, Milo All Day brings classic Southern comfort food, but with all the ingredients provided by local farmers. The outdoor patio space is fantastic, especially at night.

  • 1020 Franklin Avenue

  • 8am-10pm Mon, Wed-Fri; 9am-10pm Sat-Sun; Closed Tue

Oakley’s Texas Bar & Grill

  • Now featuring a fantastic outdoor patio area, Oakley’s serves up burgers, sandwiches, chili, etc. to go along with an extensive beer and wine selection. Oakley’s is country rustic at its best.

  • 816 North Valley Mills Drive

  • 11am-2am Mon-Sat; 12pm-2am Sun

The Raleigh at the Hippodrome

  • Connected to the Hippodrome Theatre, the Raleigh offers a wonderful dining atmosphere on their rooftop patio. Serving everything from burgers and steaks to tacos and salads, the Raleigh is a great spot to impress your date with you Waco knowledge.

  • 724 Austin Avenue

  • 11am-9pm Mon-Thu; 11am-11pm Fri; 9am-11pm Sat; 9am-9pm Sun