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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Bo's Barbecue BBQ; lunch, dinner, catering; beer and wine. Enjoy Niman Ranch meat and friendly service. Seven tables on a patio. 3422 Mount Diablo Blvd., 925-283-7133.

Chow American; breakfast, lunch, and dinner; beer and wine. Encircling patio with eighteen large tables, shaded by awnings and umbrellas; nestled in the Lafayette hills. 53 Lafayette Circle, 925-962-2469.

El Charro Mexican Dining Mexican; lunch and dinner; full bar. Fourteen patio tables under umbrellas amid wall fountains and flowerbeds. 3339 Mt. Diablo Blvd., 925-283-2345.

La Finestra Ristorante Sicilian/Tuscan; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Two patios seat about ten in quaint gardens of herbs, flowers, and tomatoes. 100 Lafayette Circle, Suite 101, 925-284-5282.

Fish Ranch Restaurant and Bar American/contemporary Californian; lunch and dinner; full bar. Rear patio surrounded by hedge and trees seats twenty under heaters and umbrellas. 3474 Mt. Diablo Blvd., 925-284-9709.

Giardino Italian; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Nine tables with heaters seat 24 on the patio. 3406 Mt. Diablo Blvd., 925-283-3869.

Kaffe Barbara German; breakfast and lunch; beer and wine. Seating for about sixty on a multitiered wood terrace with overarching vine trellises, fountain, and garden.1005 Brown Ave., 925-284-9390.

Peacock Cuisine of India Indian; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Front patio seats thirty with lots of trees and some flowerpots. 3602 Mt. Diablo Blvd., 925-299-1537, PeacockIndia.com

Postino Italian; lunch weekdays, dinner every night; full bar. Thirteen tables with heaters on Tuscan-style patio laced with ivy. 3565 Mt Diablo Blvd., 925-299-8700.

Villagio Italian; dinner; beer and wine. Airy, light indoors opens onto small garden of five tables with umbrellas. 960 Moraga Rd., 925-284-5900.

LIVERMORE

Wente Vineyards Restaurant American/Californian; weekday lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch; beer and sweeping wine list served at dozens of patio tables overlooking vineyard. 5050 Arroyo Rd., 925-456-2450.

MARTINEZ

Haute Stuff Californian; lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Thu. and Fri.; beer and wine. Five tables on a brick patio seat approximately twenty on sleepy one-way street. Sunny and shaded seating available. 521 Main St., 925-229-0521.

MORAGA

Caffe Terzetto Italian; breakfast, lunch, and dinner; beer and wine. Four patio tables. In Moraga Shopping Center, 1419 Moraga Way, 925-376-3832.

Ranch House Cafe American; breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Tables on a patio. 1012 School St., 925-376-5127. NEWARK Fellini O Californian-Italian; lunch and dinner; full bar. Six generous-sized tables with umbrellas. 3900 Newpark Mall #104, 510-792-6600.

OAKLAND

Barclay's Restaurant and Pub Sandwiches and huge brew menu; lunch and dinner; full bar. Sunken patio at entrance with eight tables. 5940 College Ave., 510-654-1650.

Barney's Gourmet Burgers American; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Eight or nine sturdy wood tables in an ivy-laden brick patio, well shaded by trees. 4162 Piedmont Ave., 510-655-7180 & 5819 College Ave., 510-601-0444, BarneysHamburgers.com

Bay Wolf Cafe and Restaurant Californian; lunch and dinner; beer and solid wine list. Eucalyptus-screened, heated veranda with removable windows seats forty. 3853 Piedmont Ave., 510-655-6004.

Bistro Viola French; dinner; beer and wine. Patio seats 25 to 30 people at tables with heaters in a flowery garden setting. 5299 College Ave., 510-655-2869.

Blackberry Bistro Traditionally and globally inspired food from ex-Firefly and Bay Wolf chef; breakfast and lunch; beer and wine. A few awning-shaded sidewalk tables. 4240 Park Blvd., 510-336-1088, BlackberryBistro.com

Caffe 817 Bistro; breakfast and lunch. Seven tables outside restaurant, some shaded. 817 Washington St., 510-271-7965.

Caffé Verbena Italian; lunch and dinner; full bar. Escape work at one of seven tables overlooking a Zen garden and downtown. In the Shorenstein Building atrium, 1111 Broadway, 510-465-9300.

Cafe Colucci Ethiopian; breakfast, lunch, and dinner; beer and wine. Seven patio tables under umbrellas. 6427 Telegraph Ave., 510-601-7999.

Cafe Rustica Italian, pizza; lunch and dinner; full bar. Four sidewalk tables with umbrellas; the upstairs Conga Lounge also has outdoor seating. 5422 College Ave., 510-654-1601, CafeRustica.com

Carrara's Italian; breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., weekend brunch; beer and wine. A few tables on a patio with an awning. 2735 Broadway, 510-663-2905.

Chez Simone French; lunch and dinner; full bar. Second-floor patio with vine trellis and tiny tables. 4125 Piedmont Ave., 510-655-1034.

Citron Californian; dinner; beer and wine. Wooden back patio with redwood beams overhead and trees and flowers about. Heat lamps. 5484 College Ave., 510- 653-5484.

Connie's Cantina Mexican; breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Brilliantly painted back patio with murals and loads of sun with space for 35 people. 3340 Grand Ave., 510-839-4986.

La Costa Mariscos Mexican; lunch and dinner; beer and wine. Nineteen patio tables under palm trees. International Blvd. and 29th St., 510-533-9566.

á Côté Dinner; full bar. Italian-style setting with columns and ironwork fountain. Ten tables and one large community table next to herb garden, grapevines, and lemon and avocado trees. Retractable awnings and velvet curtains plus portable heaters can deal with any kind of weather. 5478 College Ave., 510-655-6469.

Crepevine Crepes and diner food; breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night; beer and wine. A small assortment of tables under a heated, covered roof in the heart of Rockridge, great spot for people-watching. 5600 College Ave., 510-658-2026.

Cuckoo's Nest American/Mediterranean; breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Sunday brunch; beer and wine. Patio can seat sixteen to twenty at attractive concrete tables with umbrellas; near hip loft locale. 247 4th St., 510-452-9414.

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