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Stella's massive patio is the perfect place to enjoy a few happy hour bites. Photo by Lucy Beaugard

Don’t Miss: The Patio at Stella’s on 16th

The Union Station area eatery has enough outdoor seating for you and 119 of your friends.


All anyone wants to do right now is find a seat on a sunny patio and soak up the warm weather. Look no further than the just-opened, utterly massive patio—the largest in the city—at Stella’s on 16th. Located one block west of Union Station at the triangular junction of Wewatta, 15th, and 16th streets, the all-day restaurant has outfitted a stunning area for al fresco drinking and dining. With a view of the big swings at Tail Tracks Plaza, the 120-seat, 3,000-square-foot space is decked out with a fire pit, lounge seating, dining tables, and café lights that twinkle come sundown.

Don’t miss the berry-topped lemon bar at Stella’s. Photo by Denise Mickelsen

We suggest grabbing your officemates, friends, or family (or all of the above!) and making a meal of it: Stella’s fried Brussels sprouts come in salad form—a welcome twist on the ubiquitous appetizer—with tangy golden raisins, a preserved lemon vinaigrette, and peanuts for extra crunch. Pair it with the juicy fried chicken sandwich and excellent, not-at-all-soggy sweet potato fries. And, if so inclined, a little something boozy to wash it all down, like the sweet-and-spicy Peppered Whiskey cocktail (bourbon, elderflower, black pepper simple syrup, and fresh lemon). Stella’s has also rolled out a new happy hour menu (available from 3 – 7 p.m.), complete with affordable bites like the delightfully spiced $6 chicken satay skewers. Or, skip the savory offerings altogether and go straight for one of pastry chef MJ Szymanski’s gorgeous treats; the berry-topped lemon bars, in particular, are out of this world and deserve to be enjoyed al fresco.


1550 Wewatta Street, 303-578-5900

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