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Elizabeth Melusky

18 Philly Patios Made for Dining and Drinking Outside

Hidden courtyards, spacious patios, elaborate “streeteries,” and more outdoor dining options at Philly restaurants

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| Elizabeth Melusky

It wasn’t long ago that outdoor dining was a seasonal luxury, reserved for the warmer months when diners could take to the city’s coveted, precious sidewalk seating. After the pandemic disrupted indoor dining availability, significant sums have been spent on tents, heaters, and partitions to encourage guests to take their dining experience out of traditional confines, even when the weather was iffy.

Warmer months are — thankfully — here. Along with Philly restaurants already known for their sidewalk seating, like Parc on Rittenhouse Square, many more restaurants have added sidewalk seats, so dining outside is an option at more spots than ever before. This map highlights the outdoor dining options that have thrived through the winter months and those that are welcoming diners and drinkers for a sunnier season.

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Uzbekistan Restaurant

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Head north on I-95 to a tented patio where guests can dig deep into the world of Eastern European meets Central Asian fare. Green borscht made with sorrel and hand-pinched chicken dumplings are standouts on a menu annotated with plenty of photos to guide those unfamiliar with Uzbeki eats.

Attic Brewing Company

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In Germantown, Attic Brewing Company is the place to get a cold beer and some good barbecue from Deke’s Garage Roadhouse BBQ next door. There is frequently live music, food trucks, and markets on the weekends, just check social media for updates.

The Landing Kitchen

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Nick Elmi’s latest endeavor is a daytime cafe with a sunny patio overlooking the Schuylkill. The kitchen opens early to serve an array of eye openers including fresh pressed juices, artfully topped toasts, and hearty breakfasts like soft scrambles and grain bowls. 

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Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Enjoy Philadelphia Brewing’s flagship Kenzinger and maybe try a Commonwealth Cider in the garden or cobblestone courtyard. On weekends, there are food trucks. Hours on the weekend are 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., which makes an all-day hang very possible.

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Martha, a neighborhood favorite in Kensington for craft beer, creative cocktails, and upscale hoagies, has a fenced-in patio for outdoor drinking and dining. Martha seats straight through until 1:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, beginning at noon. The vegan hoagie is divine.

Kensington Quarters

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The sunny back patio of Kensington Quarters has a seafood-forward menu, optimal for warm weather dining. Offerings include half a dozen oysters for $14 at happy hour with $7 glasses of wine from the restaurant’s natural-leaning list. Reservations can be booked through the restaurant.

Johnny Brenda's

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Johnny Brenda’s is not just a venue to see great live music in a really fun space — it’s home to one of the city’s best burgers, a stretch of outdoor dining for pre-show and post-show drinks, and a general convivial energy that will keep you coming back on weeknights and weekends alike.

On Spring Garden Street, Juno, a colorful, all-outdoor venue from the team behind Morgan’s Pier, seats 80 diners ready to sip margaritas and snack on tacos. Reservations are recommended and it’s open daily.

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Love City Brewing

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Love City Brewing on Hamilton Street is beloved for both its indoor and outdoor space, where sports are projected on big screens and the beer is great. There is usually a tent covering the outdoor space and occasional events like craft fairs. One of the nicest parts? You can bring in your own food.

SALLY Philadelphia

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An excellent restaurant for pizzas, small plates, and a well-stocked bottle shop where natural wine is the focus, Sally also has lovely outdoor seating for dining al fresco. Order the soppressata pie with fermented pepper jelly and the kale Caesar. Reservations can be made online.

Buna Cafe Philly

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The small outdoor patio at Buna Cafe in West Philly is a delightful place to indulge in platters of Ethiopian cuisine, from shiro and misir to fresh juices and coffees. The doro wot is a standout.

The Good King Tavern

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On South 7th Street, the Good King Tavern’s outdoor streetery is a fun place to hang out for date night, a friend gathering, or anything else. That’s because the menu of French staples — think pork terrine, steak tartare, and socca — are all great for sharing. The wine list is especially exciting. Reservations can be made online.

Alma del Mar

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Alma de Mar’s Queer Eye makeover was an attention-grabbing moment for the South Philly restaurant, which serves Mexican and American breakfast, brunch, and lunch dishes on a colorfully decorated patio. The Italian Market restaurant is open for walk-in seating.

American Sardine Bar

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With its lawn chairs and picnic tables, American Sardine Bar’s outdoor space in Point Breeze feels like hanging out in a friend’s backyard — a friend who put together a great beer list for the occasion. It’s open Tuesday through Sunday with a weeknight happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sign up online to reserve a table.

Le Virtù

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Passyunk’s beloved Abruzzese destination is open for patio dining, complete with beloved classics — think maccheroni alla mugnaia and fried olives — and rotating seasonal menu items. Book online or call to reserve a table.

While it may feel like cheating to include both Bok Bar and Irwin’s on this list, each space provides something different for whatever you’re in the mood far. On the Bok Bar rooftop side, the full skyline of Philly is in view while you drink and enjoy monthly pop-ups with local chefs. Reservations can be made online, or walk-ins are welcome. The bar fills up during sunset hours, so come early to grab a table. The bar — closed during the winter — opens again on April 14, 2022.

Irwin's

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Former Res Ispa chef Michael Vincent Ferreri has been making good use of Irwin’s outdoor patio and indoor dining since it reopened. Irwin’s is now a popular spot for premier rooftop dining as well as a menu complete with Southern Italian-inspired dishes. Reserve outdoor, indoor, and bar seats online.

La Llorona Cantina

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The folks at La Llorona have done a lovely job of transforming their ample sidewalk space into a sunny little oasis. La Llorona brings together a lengthy list of agave-based spirits and cocktails with a kitchen turning out some of the best Mexican fare in the city. A daily happy hour — 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays — is prime patio time.

Uzbekistan Restaurant

Head north on I-95 to a tented patio where guests can dig deep into the world of Eastern European meets Central Asian fare. Green borscht made with sorrel and hand-pinched chicken dumplings are standouts on a menu annotated with plenty of photos to guide those unfamiliar with Uzbeki eats.

Attic Brewing Company

In Germantown, Attic Brewing Company is the place to get a cold beer and some good barbecue from Deke’s Garage Roadhouse BBQ next door. There is frequently live music, food trucks, and markets on the weekends, just check social media for updates.

The Landing Kitchen

Nick Elmi’s latest endeavor is a daytime cafe with a sunny patio overlooking the Schuylkill. The kitchen opens early to serve an array of eye openers including fresh pressed juices, artfully topped toasts, and hearty breakfasts like soft scrambles and grain bowls. 

the exterior of the landing kitchen on the riverfront Neal Santos

Philadelphia Brewing Company

Enjoy Philadelphia Brewing’s flagship Kenzinger and maybe try a Commonwealth Cider in the garden or cobblestone courtyard. On weekends, there are food trucks. Hours on the weekend are 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., which makes an all-day hang very possible.

Philadelphia Brewing Company [official]

Martha

Martha, a neighborhood favorite in Kensington for craft beer, creative cocktails, and upscale hoagies, has a fenced-in patio for outdoor drinking and dining. Martha seats straight through until 1:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, beginning at noon. The vegan hoagie is divine.

Kensington Quarters

The sunny back patio of Kensington Quarters has a seafood-forward menu, optimal for warm weather dining. Offerings include half a dozen oysters for $14 at happy hour with $7 glasses of wine from the restaurant’s natural-leaning list. Reservations can be booked through the restaurant.

Johnny Brenda's

Johnny Brenda’s is not just a venue to see great live music in a really fun space — it’s home to one of the city’s best burgers, a stretch of outdoor dining for pre-show and post-show drinks, and a general convivial energy that will keep you coming back on weeknights and weekends alike.

Juno

On Spring Garden Street, Juno, a colorful, all-outdoor venue from the team behind Morgan’s Pier, seats 80 diners ready to sip margaritas and snack on tacos. Reservations are recommended and it’s open daily.

outdoor restaurant at night with string lights, colorful chairs and trees Society Hill Films

Love City Brewing

Love City Brewing on Hamilton Street is beloved for both its indoor and outdoor space, where sports are projected on big screens and the beer is great. There is usually a tent covering the outdoor space and occasional events like craft fairs. One of the nicest parts? You can bring in your own food.

SALLY Philadelphia

An excellent restaurant for pizzas, small plates, and a well-stocked bottle shop where natural wine is the focus, Sally also has lovely outdoor seating for dining al fresco. Order the soppressata pie with fermented pepper jelly and the kale Caesar. Reservations can be made online.

Buna Cafe Philly

The small outdoor patio at Buna Cafe in West Philly is a delightful place to indulge in platters of Ethiopian cuisine, from shiro and misir to fresh juices and coffees. The doro wot is a standout.

The Good King Tavern

On South 7th Street, the Good King Tavern’s outdoor streetery is a fun place to hang out for date night, a friend gathering, or anything else. That’s because the menu of French staples — think pork terrine, steak tartare, and socca — are all great for sharing. The wine list is especially exciting. Reservations can be made online.

Alma del Mar

Alma de Mar’s Queer Eye makeover was an attention-grabbing moment for the South Philly restaurant, which serves Mexican and American breakfast, brunch, and lunch dishes on a colorfully decorated patio. The Italian Market restaurant is open for walk-in seating.

American Sardine Bar

With its lawn chairs and picnic tables, American Sardine Bar’s outdoor space in Point Breeze feels like hanging out in a friend’s backyard — a friend who put together a great beer list for the occasion. It’s open Tuesday through Sunday with a weeknight happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sign up online to reserve a table.

Le Virtù

Passyunk’s beloved Abruzzese destination is open for patio dining, complete with beloved classics — think maccheroni alla mugnaia and fried olives — and rotating seasonal menu items. Book online or call to reserve a table.

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Bok

While it may feel like cheating to include both Bok Bar and Irwin’s on this list, each space provides something different for whatever you’re in the mood far. On the Bok Bar rooftop side, the full skyline of Philly is in view while you drink and enjoy monthly pop-ups with local chefs. Reservations can be made online, or walk-ins are welcome. The bar fills up during sunset hours, so come early to grab a table. The bar — closed during the winter — opens again on April 14, 2022.

Irwin's

Former Res Ispa chef Michael Vincent Ferreri has been making good use of Irwin’s outdoor patio and indoor dining since it reopened. Irwin’s is now a popular spot for premier rooftop dining as well as a menu complete with Southern Italian-inspired dishes. Reserve outdoor, indoor, and bar seats online.

La Llorona Cantina

The folks at La Llorona have done a lovely job of transforming their ample sidewalk space into a sunny little oasis. La Llorona brings together a lengthy list of agave-based spirits and cocktails with a kitchen turning out some of the best Mexican fare in the city. A daily happy hour — 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays — is prime patio time.

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