The Back Patios of Divisadero

The Back Patios of Divisadero
By Nuala Sawyer - Published on March 18, 2014.
Divisadero may have more sidewalk seating than patio options, but the choices for al fresco dining and drinking are growing.

Though there may only be two (plus one in the works), these patios offer some of the best outdoor dining in the neighborhood if you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the streets.

After Mojo's back garden was closed to customers a couple years ago, Blue Jay Cafe has become one of the only places on Divisadero that offers a secluded refuge from the action. It's a little bit hidden down a narrow hallway, but opens up into a quiet area with five tables, a mural of blue jays, and tall cement walls for privacy. All in all, it's everything one could want for a lazy morning sipping their (often 2-for-1) mimosas.

Ragazza offers perhaps the fanciest back patio experience of Divisadero, with their addition of a heated gazebo. The rainproof and windproof gazebo can seat up to 18, and is available by reservation.

And finally, Divisadero's third (upcoming) back patio will belong to no other than Ziryab, our go-to source of Mediterranean food in the neighborhood (if you'll recall, Ziryab comes from the same family as New Star-ell across the street). They renovated both the space and the menu last year and now are host to an excellent cocktail selection. One could say these guys are "patio pros" with their comfortable front patio warmed by heat lamps, so we're hoping the back will be open in time for summer.

Know of any other back patios we missed, or ones currently in the works? Let us know in the comments.