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For other uses, see Patio (disambiguation).

A patio (/ˈpæti./,[1] from Spanish: patio [ˈpatjo]; "courtyard", "forecourt", "yard") is an outdoor space generally used for dining or recreation that adjoins a residence and is typically paved.


Patios are most commonly paved with concrete or stone slabs (also known as paving flags). Patios can also be created using bricks, block paving, tiles or cobbles.[2]

Restaurant patio[edit]

Patio is also a general term used for outdoor seating at restaurants, especially in Canadian English. While common in Europe, eating outdoors at restaurants in North America was exotic until the late 20th century. The Hotel St. Moritz in New York in the 1950s advertised itself as having the first true continental cafe with outdoor seating. The Toronto Star welcomed that city's first patio in the 1960s.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Patio in the Oxford Dictionary". 
  2. ^ Fwa 2005, p. 10-.
  3. ^ Chris Bateman. "How Toronto learned to love the patio." Spacing. APRIL 29, 2015


External links[edit]

  • Media related to Patios at Wikimedia Commons
  • The dictionary definition of patio at Wiktionary