10 Ruidoso Restaurants for Outdoor Dining and Drinking

Ruidoso offers perfect weather for outdoor activities and al fresco dining. Enjoy a first class meal or a casual burger and beer at these Ruidoso restaurants with outdoor dining and drinking.


 The Village Buttery: Whether you try a delicious sandwich and soup combo or just stop in for a slice of homemade pie, this cozy lunch stop, with its sprawling outdoor deck tucked beneath the trees, is a longtime local and tourist favorite. 2107 Sudderth Dr.(575) 257-9251

Grill Caliente: With a grilled salmon dish that is to die for and a southwestern pork chop that is certainly one of the tastiest in town and fried green chili onion rings that'll keep you coming back for more, Grill Caliente is a welcome twist on traditional Mexican fare. Sit on the cozy patio on a warm summer night with a beer or wine and take in all the sights and sounds of Midtown Ruidoso. 2800 Sudderth Dr.(575) 630-0224

Michael J's Italian-American Restaurant: This intimate Italian restaurant with excellent food in a warm inviting atmosphere and a spacious flagstone patio fills up fast almost any night of the week, so play it safe and call ahead for reservations. 601 Mechem Dr. |  (575) 257-9559

Chef Shawn's Eatery: At Chef Shawn's the patio is the restaurant (there's no indoor seating), but summer or winter (when the heaters are cranking) it's the perfect place to take a break from Midtown shopping and enjoy a tasty Cuban, Gyro sandwich and much more. 2415 Sudderth Dr.(575) 257-2433

Casa Blanca Restaurant: Since 1982, Casa Blanca has provided Ruidoso's locals and tourists with authentic Mexican food, famous margaritas, and casual atmosphere. Evolved from a small Spanish-style home to the longtime favorite that it is today, this building is full of rich history, great food, and fun. 501 Mechem Dr. |  (575) 257-2495

Tina's Cafe: Tucked away in Boulder Plaza where Mechem and Sudderth meet, Tina's Cafe is one of those places you'll want to keep to yourself. Well, the word is already out because Tina's huge homestyle meals and baked goods are too delicious not to share. 2825 Sudderth Dr,(575) 257-8930

Pena's Place: Quaint cafe for breakfast staples & Southwestern entrees in a homey, compact space with a patio. Don't miss the popular eggs Benedict, served only on the weekends. 2963 Sudderth Dr.(575) 257-4135

Rio Grande Grill & Tap Room: Enjoy great craft beers, fine wines, favorite appetizers and salads, classic sandwiches, steaks and other delicious faire in a cozy and rustic dining room and bar with an upstairs patio. 441 Mechem Drive(575) 808-8456

Tall Pines Beer and Wine Garden: A recent and welcome addition to the Ruidoso scene, Tall Pines Beer and Wine Garden in Midtown offers an 800 square foot patio complete with two fire pits and heated tables perfect for winter or cool evening people watching. 2213 Sudderth Dr.(575) 630-0327