Our Third Annual Guide to Outdoor Dining 

There are few better ways to enjoy the long evenings of summer than with a meal or a drink out under the sun, moon, or stars.

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Ed's Mudville Grill American; lunch and dinner, big appetizers; beer and wine. Holiday-light-strewn trees and a birdhouse surround this seven-table patio, which has heat lamps and a great view. 6200 Center St., 925-673-0333.

La Veranda Cafe Italian; lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch; beer and extensive wine selection. Large front patio holds three to four tables and faces downtown. Creek around back. 6201 Center St., 925-524-0011.

CONCORD

Aroma Cafe and Grill Filipino; breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night; beer and wine. Four front patio tables with planters. 1515 Broadway St., 925-825-2800.

DJ's Bistro Czech and German; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Two sidewalk tables under an awning. 1825 Sutter St., 925-825-3277.

Hot Basil Cafe Indian and Thai; lunch and dinner; wine and beer. A small storefront patio seats twelve under palm trees. 790 Oak Grove Rd., 925-288-0000.

Memo's Cocina Mexicana Mexican; breakfast, lunch, and dinner; beer, wine, and margaritas. Six to seven storefront tables on a garden patio. 2118 Mt. Diablo Blvd., 925-691-6200.

La Tapatia Mexican; breakfast, lunch, and dinner; full bar with more than 125 tequilas. Terra-cotta patio with awning and fifteen tables surrounded by flower-filled planters; awning is closable in cooler weather. Patio fills up quickly at lunchtime. 1802 Willow Pass Rd., 925-685-1985.

CROCKETT

The Dead Fish Seafood, steaks, pasta, salads; lunch and dinner; full bar. Patio on bar side (seat yourself) has nine tables and a commanding vista of the Carquinez Bridge and Strait, restaurant patio has six tables with umbrellas and heaters. 20050 San Pablo Ave., 510-787-3323.

Nantucket Fresh seafood; lunch and dinner; full bar. Twelve to fourteen picnic tables, some open, some shaded with umbrellas and awning. At the foot of Port St. on the marina; waterfront dining, also with a magnificent view of the new bridge. 510-787-2233.

DANVILLE

Danville Prime Rib and Steak Restaurant The name says it all; dinner; full bar. Comfortable enclosed patio seats up to fourteen. 301 Hartz Ave., Ste. 103, 925-820-6996.

Blackhawk Grille California fusion; lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch; full bar. Double-tiered patio with seventeen tables, flowers, waterfalls, and serenity at the edge of a manmade pond inhabited by friendly ducks and koi. 3540 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, 925-736-4295.

Bridges East-West; dinner; full bar. Fourteen grapevine-arbor-trellised tables beside a garden and large stone fountain; quiet, peaceful, and heated. 44 Church St., 925-820-7200.

Don Jose's Mexican; lunch and dinner; full bar. Side garden patio seats sixty. 3168 Danville Blvd., 925-743-8997.

Faz Restaurant and Bar Mediterranean; lunch and dinner; full bar. Patio surrounded by redwoods with a rock waterfall. Tables with umbrellas and heaters seat 37. Flamenco guitar on Wed. and Thu., jazz Fri. & Sat. 600 Hartz Ave., 925-838-1320.

Patrick David's East-West; lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch; full bar. Covered patio with fifteen tables under heat lamps and shaded by roof, umbrellas, and foliage. In Danville Livery Mercantile, 416 Sycamore Valley Rd., 925-838-7611.

Piatti Mediterranean; lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch; full bar. Patio seats sixty under heat lamps, umbrellas, and awning. 100 Sycamore Valley Rd., 925-838-2082.

La Ultima New Mexican Food Mexican; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Fourteen tables on front porch and patio, starting in July. 455 Hartz Ave., 925-838-9705.

EL SOBRANTE

Tandoori Chicken USA Indian fast food; lunch, dinner, and late-night. Seats fifteen to twenty on front patio. 3850 San Pablo Dam Rd., 510-222-4737.

EMERYVILLE

Andronico's Grocery; breakfast, lunch, and dinner; beer and wine. Eat your deli selections at about a dozen cozy tables, some covered. 6529 Hollis St., 510-658-3377.

Asqew Grill Californian; lunch, dinner, and snacks; beer and wine. Seating for fifty to sixty under two giant umbrellas on a front patio. 5614 Bay St., 510-595-7471.

Bucci's Californian-Italian; lunch and dinner; full bar. Nine tables, five with umbrellas, on garden patio. Outdoor dining at lunch and at dinner in warm weather. 6121 Hollis St., 510-547-4725.

Townhouse Bar and Grill American; Lunch and dinner Mon-Fri., dinner only Sat.; full bar. Wooden-walled patio with fountain seats about fifty. 5862 Doyle St., 510-652-6151, TownhouseBarandGrill.com

FREMONT

Chaat Cafe Indian; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Shared patio with Starbucks under umbrellas offers ample seating. 3954 Mowry Ave., 510-796-3408, ChaatCafe.com

Pearl's Cafe Asian/European; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Semienclosed patio, with an overhang and garden area, seats about sixty. 4096 Bay St., 510-490-2190. HAYWARD Neumanali Californian; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Seating for twenty or more on back patio, enclosed by grapevine- and flower-bedecked walls, with a fountain, umbrellas, and heat lamps. 742 B St., 510-583-9744, Neumanali.com

Sam's Super Burger Diner; lunch, dinner, and late-night. Five picnic tables with umbrellas at a drive-through. 18401 Hesperian Blvd., San Lorenzo, 510-278-6339.

KENSINGTON

Kensington Bistro Californian; brunch, lunch, and dinner; beer and wine. Five sidewalk tables under an awning and umbrellas. 1568 Oak View Ave., 510-525-1350.

LAFAYETTE

Bistro at the Park American; lunch and dinner; full bar at ten tables shaded by trees and umbrellas. 3287 Mt. Diablo Blvd., 925-283-7108.

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