Here's Where to Go for Delicious Outdoor Dining in Philadelphia

When warmer weather finally sneaks into the City of Brotherly Love, it's nice to be able to stay outside and enjoy it. Philadelphia has many great venues where outside seating is available, and its restaurants are no exception. Whether you're looking for a great French dining experience such as Bistrot La Minette in Queen Village, or a more relaxed and interesting venue such as Jack's Firehouse in Fairmount, the city's got plenty of offerings. Cozy up to a table for two, gather the family at a larger setting where all can enjoy, or simply sit by yourself, enjoy a cold beverage and watch the people walking by. From patios to courtyards to sidewalk seating to awning-covered sections tucked in flower-decorated nooks, the city does what it can to take advantage of the warm weather while it can. Grab a quick bite for lunch, take the time to linger over brunch or take that special someone out for a special dinner, all while happily enjoying the crisp air and gentle breeze. Many times a meal eaten outdoors on a beautiful day can be an incredibly satisfying and uplifting experience, whether it be morning, noon or night. Even a quick cocktail hour outside may reward you and your party many times over. So step outside and enjoy.



What could be cooler than dining in an old firehouse while enjoying mouth-watering BBQ and southern-inspired food? Doing all that while also enjoying the extra benefit of relaxing in their attractive, private courtyard setting. The inside of...  Read More



Snug but chic, this bistro is especially popular in the spring and summer, when patrons sit outside and watch as Rittenhouse Square buzzes with activity. The venue is a prime place for people-watching. In addition, Rouge draws a beautiful...  Read More



Gracing the East Passayunk neighborhood is Le Virtu, a restaurant inspired by all of the best qualities of Abruzzo, Italy. From farm-fresh ingredients obtained from nearby Lancaster, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the way they serve their dishes...  Read More



Elegant yet unpretentious, this traditional neighborhood bistro offers fresh, flavorful fare that takes patrons on a sensory stroll through the French countryside. In a quiet candlelit garden, the superb staff delivers ceramic wine pitchers,...  Read More

Fairmount/Art Museum area
Water Works Restaurant & Lounge
Photo courtesy of Water Works


One of Philadelphia's only waterfront restaurants is one of its most romantic. This is thanks to the sweeping porch that provides for a drink or a meal full of breathtaking views of the Schuylkill River and of Boathouse Row. The restaurant was...  Read More

University City


Located on The Radian Balcony, just steps from the campuses of University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, City Tap House boasts one of Philadelphia's most extensive draft beer lists- 60 taps, including many rare and sought-after craft...  Read More

Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti


Enjoy the luxuries and pleasures of the Amalfi Coast in Italy right in Old City Philadelphia. From the cobalt blue floor, to the spectacular life-sized postcards to the contemporary menu, when you step into Positano Coast, you will need to catch...  Read More



Whether it's over weekend brunch or daily breakfast, the best spot in the city for people watching and a caf� au lait is on the sidewalk or by the floor-to-ceiling windows at Stephen Starr's Rittenhouse Square paean to Parisian...  Read More



The wrought iron gates at this restaurant open up to offer guests one of the best outdoor dining venues in the city. Take a seat under twinkling lights in the evening, and enjoy the greenery and fragrant flowers that make this place seem...  Read More



Talula's Garden is a an apty-named establishment featuring local garden-sourced ingredients. These ingredients are combined into contemporary American dishes designed to nourish and please. Set in a lovely garden patio, the well-known city...  Read More