RVA Patios for Every Occasion
The Perfect Boss Babe-Owned Patio for Every Occasion
By Megan Marconyak
These patios are where you want to see and be seen this summer. Not to mention, each one is owned by a strong, female entrepreneur. Add them to your must-visit list—there’s one for every mood.
See and Be Seen: Q Rooftop Bar, Quirk Hotel
201 W Broad Street | Richmond
Boss Babe to Know: Katie Ukrop is the co-owner, and not to mention, a woman of style.
Patio Vibe: Day or night, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful city views, beautiful people, and Quirk’s swanky mod décor.
What to Order: The Love and Happiness cocktail combines grapefruit vodka, house-made cassis, lemon, chamomile, and lemongrass syrup for a fruity, herbaceous libation that is perfect for sipping al fresco.
Sweet Treat: Shyndigz
1903 W Cary Street | Richmond
Boss Babe to Know: Nicole Jessee is the co-owner and cake queen.
Patio Vibe: This is the only patio in town that offers the comforts of air conditioning on sweltering summer days and heat in the winter. The patio at this adorable dessert café is enclosed, but it’s still packed with plants and natural light for an outdoor vibe you can enjoy any time of the year.
What to Order: The fresh fruit cake has layers upon layers of classic yellow cake, cream cheese frosting, and seasonal fruit. It’s sweet and indulgent, but light enough for a hot afternoon. Plus it’s layered so high that you’ll be torn about whether to Instagram or dig in first.
Brunch: Little Saint
2901 Park Avenue | Richmond
Boss Babe to Know: Frances Santarella owns Little Saint, along with Tarrant’s Café, Tarrant’s West, and Max’s on Broad. Santarella means “Little Saint” in Italian.
Patio Vibe: This is a cozy neighborhood patio that’s tucked away just enough so that you might not need to wait for a table on Sunday, and you can get brunch any day of the week.
What to Order: Try the gouda-jalapeno waffle topped with a crispy double-fried chicken breast, local honey syrup, and hickory butter. Dietary restrictions? How about a gluten-free rice corn waffle topped with Twin Oaks Tofu Chorizo?
Date Night: Laura Lee’s
3410 Semmes Avenue | Richmond
Boss Babe to Know: Kendra Murden owns Laura Lee’s, The Roosevelt, Ipanema Cafe, and Garnett’s Cafe, and she co-founded WPA Bakery. She doesn’t eat gluten and ensures all her restaurants accommodate dietary restrictions with ease.
Patio Vibe: It’s intimate and romantic with lots of greenery and string lights at night.
What to Order: Don’t miss the steak tartare with green tomato relish, egg yolk, and toast.
Happy Hour: Havana ‘59 West End
8902 W Broad Street Suite D | Henrico
Boss Babe to Know: Sue Lee co-owns both Havana ’59 locations.
Patio Vibe: This patio is spacious with lots of tables for sprawling out and gossiping over drinks.
What to Order: Happy hour runs from 4:30 to 6:30 on weekdays with drink specials continuing through 7:30 on Fridays. Get the classic Havana ’59 Original Mojito, which is the perfect blend of sweet and refreshing, and it’s just five dollars during happy hour. Snack on the Cuban Nachos piled high with plantain chips, chicken or beef, melted cheese, onions, black beans, jalapeños, sour cream, and cilantro, which are also just five dollars during happy hour!
Ladies’ Night Out: Secco Wine Bar
325 N Robinson Street | Richmond
Boss Babe to Know: Julia Battaglini knows her wine, cheese, and sarcastic humor.
Patio Vibe: Tucked away on Robinson, this patio provides ideal tables for gabbing and a perfect corner for people watching.
What to Order: Try the small plates for sharing, such as the cheeses and meats, fried chickpeas, and fried olives stuffed with Gorgonzola cheese. Ask your server what featured wines are on the secret stash board, or go on Monday nights for flight night.
Writer: Meagan Marconyak
Illustration by Emily Herr