With a new state order to shut down indoor dining for the next three weeks, what are Bakersfield restaurants doing? The ones lucky enough to have patio or open-air seating are sending customers outdoors.
Outdoor dining is not new in Bakersfield but it's definitely taken off since COVID-19 has dramatically affected how restaurants are allowed to operate. Local businesses with patios and outdoor seating are hurrying to adjust the shade and get the tables ready for business.
Not every business with outdoor seating is currently serving dine-in customers so call to check offerings and hours.
Below is a roundup of local restaurants serving outdoors. If there are any outdoor dining options we missed, please send the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angry Barnyard BBQ (916 18th St.)
Applebee's Grill and Bar (9000 Ming Ave., Suite M)
Athena's Greek Cafe & Bakery (9612 Flushing Quail Road)
The Barnyard at Match Point Grill (1660 Pine St.): The restaurant at the Bakersfield Racquet Club is using the courtyard for outdoor dining.
BBQ Factory Steakhouse (4215 Rosedale Highway)
Black Angus (3601 Rosedale Highway): Outdoor patio, reservations required. Call 324-0814.
Blue Elephant Thai Cuisine (8200 Stockdale Highway, Suite M-1)
Bocados Sushi Bar (1300 Coffee Road)
BottleShock Wine and Brew (1002 19th St., Suite C): The downtown spot's outdoor space is one of the largest on this list.
Broken Yolk Cafe (3300 Buena Vista Road)
Bull Shed Bar and Grill (2400 Camino Del Rio Court)
Cafe Crepes (1028 Truxtun Ave.)
Cafe Smitten (909 18th St.)
California Pizza Kitchen (10150 Stockdale Highway)
Camino Real Kitchen & Tequila (4501 Stine Road #304)
Champs BBQ & Smokehouse (35315 Merle Haggard Drive, Suite 110)
Chef's Choice Noodle Bar (1534 19th St., Suite 100)
Chuy's Mesquite Broiler (8660 Rosedale Highway)
Crest Bar and Grill (5025 Wible Road)
Dagny's Coffee Co. (1600 20th St.)
Denny's (8710 Rosedale Highway, 2851 White Lane)
Don Perico (4701 White Lane)
Eddy Out Tap House and Grill (13423 Sierra Way, Kernville)
El Capitan Mexican Grill & Cantina (4240 California Ave., Suite C)
El Chilito Bakersfield (2129 Brundage Lane)
El Efectibo Mexican Food (1821 S. Chester Ave.)
El Rinconcito Mexican Bar and Grill (5760 Stine Road)
Eureka! (10520 Stockdale Highway)
Frugatti's (600 Coffee Road)
Garrison's Seafood Express (6509 Panama Lane, Suite 102)
Happy Jack's Pie n' Burger (1800 20th St.)
Hungry Hunter Steakhouse (3580 Rosedale Highway)
Idle Spur Cafe (31911 Highway 46, McFarland)
Jake's Original Tex Mex Cafe (1710 Oak St.)
Jin Sushi (1600 19th St.)
J & M's Cafe (10801 Rosedale Highway)
Just Wing It (9000 Ming Ave. and 4837 Panama Lane, Suite B)
Kan Pai (9500 Brimhall Road)
KC Steakhouse (2515 F St.)
La Costa (10100 Stockdale Highway and 3401 Chester Ave., Suite B)
Lengthwise Brewing Co. (7700 District Blvd.)
Locale Farm to Table (1727 18th St.)
Loma Linda (3611 Mount Vernon Ave.)
Los Molcajetes (2500 Brundage Lane)
Luigi's Restaurant and Delicatessen (725 E. 19th St.)
Maggie's Sunrise Cafe (2665 Fashion Plaza)
Mamma Mia Panini Deli (1418 18th St.)
Mamma Mia Restaurant (1418 18th St.)
Mauricio's Grill & Cantina (10700 Rosedale Highway)
McMurphy's Irish Pub (14 Monterey St.)
McNally's Burger Stand (7300 Kern River Highway, Kernville)
Moo Creamery (4885 Truxtun Ave.)
Mossman's Westchester (1819 30th St.) and Mossman's Southwest (3610 Wible Road)
New Vintage Grill (9901 Hageman Road, Suite 100): In addition to its patio, it also took over the adjacent side parking lot for additional outdoor seating.
Nuestro Mexico (716 21st St.)
Old River Grill (9500 Brimhall Road #301 and 9530 Hageman Road, Suite K)
Outback Steakhouse (5051 Stockdale Highway)
Panchito's Restaurant (2104 O St.)
Panini Kabob Grill (3111 Ming Ave. #470)
Pappy's Coffee Shop (10595 Rosedale Highway)
PorkChop & Bubba's BBQ (1230 H St., Suite A)
Prime Time BBQ, Meats & Deli (1927 20th St.): Front and back patio seating
Que Pasa Mexican Cafe (9000 Ming Ave.)
Rosemary's Family Creamery (2733 F St.)
Sequoia Sandwich Co. (1231 18th St.; 9500 Ming Ave.; and 9160 Rosedale Highway, Suite 100)
Shoyu Sushi (1120 Calloway Drive, Suite 100)
Si Senor Grill (2210 Airport Drive)
Slice of Italy (10524 Hageman Road)
Smitten (1407 Buena Vista Road)
Sno Shack of Bakersfield (11000 Brimhall Road)
Social House Kitchen & Bar (9440 Hageman Road)
Sonder (9500 Brimhall Road, Suite 100): The popular restaurant is set to reopen Sept. 9 for outdoor dining and takeout.
Spencer's Cafe (3401 Mall View Road, 7800 McNair Lane, 10437 Rosedale Highway): Updated to include all three locations, with additional outdoor seating in the works at the Rosedale location
Tacos Las Salsas (10818 Rosedale Highway) and Tacos Las Salsas Express (1415 18th St.)
Tahoe Joe's (9000 Ming Ave.)
Temblor Brewing Co. (3200 Buck Owens Blvd., Suite 200)
Texas Roadhouse (3203 Ming Ave.)
Tina Marie's Cafe (2000 Chester Ave.)
Toro Fusion Grill (9000 Ming Ave., Suite T4)
Two Goats & The Goose (1514 Wall St.)
Uricchio's Trattoria (1400 17th St.)
Vallarta Mexican Grill (1011 Columbus St.)
Vatos Tacos Grill & Cantina (2631 Fashion Plaza)
Victor's Mexican Grill (1901 20th St. and 9500 Brimhall Road): Limited outdoor seating at downtown and Brimhall locations
Vida Vegan Co. (4530 Stine Road)
Village Grill (2805 F St.)
Wiki's Wine Dive & Grill (11350 Ming Ave. #260)
Willow Ranch (27770 Lagoon Drive, Buttonwillow)
Woodstone Pizzeria (5440 California Ave.)
Yard House (10308 Stockdale Highway)
Zingo's Cafe (3201 Buck Owens Blvd.)
1933 (7900 Downing Ave.)
And while it's not offering outdoor dining, Firestone Grill (3501 California Ave.) is currently taking call-in orders, which it had not offered pre-pandemic. Call 779-2059 to order your tri-tip sandwich or other grilled goodies.
Tehachapi: The city added 14 new umbrellas to downtown picnic tables to offer shaded seating to aid area restaurants. The shaded tables are located at Centennial Plaza on Green Street, Railroad Park and Freedom Plaza on Tehachapi Boulevard.
Downtown Tehachapi restaurants include Burger Spot (208 W. Tehachapi Blvd.), Jake's Steakhouse (213 S. Curry St.), Kasagiri Restaurant (128 E. F St., No. 1711), Kelcy's Restaurant (110 W. Tehachapi Blvd.), Kohnen's Country Bakery (125 W. Tehachapi Blvd., Suite D), Las Palmas (9108 S. Green St.), Perfetto's Italian Bistro (108 S. Green St.), Petra Mediterranean Delicatessen and Restaurant (200 S. Green St.), Primo Burgers (118 E. F St.), Red House BBQ (426 E. Tehachapi Blvd.), Taco Samich (211 E. Tehachapi Blvd.), Thai Hachapi (117 E. F St.) and Village Grill (410 E. Tehachapi Blvd.).
Also, a reminder that for anyone uncomfortable dining out, this is a good time to order takeout. For many restaurants, this is a make-or-break time so you can show your support with some food to go.
If you skip the delivery apps, all money goes straight to the restaurant. We're also lucky to have our own locally owned delivery service, Restaurant Runner, which has been in business for 25 years. You can truly support local by ordering delivery from them.