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23 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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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. But with indoor dining — at least as it once was — less available, Philadelphia’s intrepid diners have been eating al fresco for the past year. Certain thoroughfares have indefinitely closed to make way for makeshift “streeteries”, and 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 didn’t cooperate.

Warmer months are — thankfully — ahead. 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 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.

Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio and sidewalk dining is contingent on restaurants, and diners, following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. For updated information on coronavirus cases, visit the City of Philadelphia website.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Dahlak

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4708 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19143
(215) 726-6464
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West Philly’s Dahlak can seat 50 diners looking for Eritrean and Ethiopian fare in a roomy backyard beer garden. Reservations can be made online.

2. The Landing Kitchen

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617 Righters Ferry Rd
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
(484) 434-8765
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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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3. American Sardine Bar

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1800 Federal St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 334-2337
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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 Wednesday through Sunday. Sign up online to reserve a table.

4. La Llorona Cantina

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1551 W Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19145
(215) 515-3276
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West Passyunk isn’t exactly as eye pleasing as its eastern counterpart, but the folks at La Llorona have done a lovely job 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 — 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends — is prime patio time.

5. Harper's Garden

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31 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 886-8552
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Harper’s Garden, from the crew behind outdoor destinations Morgan’s Pier and Parks on Tap, offers a plant-filled outdoor dining area in Rittenhouse with American fare and cocktails. The restaurant has expanded beyond its original space to offer more seats and reserved seating.

6. Le Virtù

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1927 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 271-5626
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After taking the winter off, Passyunk’s beloved Abruzzese destination is once again open for patio dining, complete with beloved classics — think maccheroni alla mugnaia and fried olives along with new spring additions such as zucchini and saffron risotto and weekend brunch. Book online or call to reserve a table.

7. Mission Taqueria

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1516 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 383-1200
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Mission Taqueria is calling its outdoor dining area Sansom Street Surf Club. There are seats for 75 on Sansom Street and in a parking garage next to the restaurant, which Klip Collective spruced up with custom lighting. It’s open Tuesday to Saturday. Tables can be booked online.

8. Little Nonna's

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1234 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 546-2100
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The cozy courtyard at Italian restaurant Little Nonna’s in the Gayborhood is entirely hidden from the street, making it a secret outdoor dining destination complete with string lights and greenery. If that’s full, there are tables available out front too. It’s open for dinner daily. Book online.

9. Attic Brewing Company

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137 Berkley St
Philadelphia, PA 19144
(267) 748-2495
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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.

10. 1225Raw Sushi and Sake Lounge

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1225 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 238-1903
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The courtyard at this sushi spot comes complete with outdoor tables, potted plants, fans to keep things cool, cocktails, and a hidden-in-plain-sight vibe. Seating is first come, first served. It’s open daily.

11. Irwin's

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800 Mifflin St
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 693-6206
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Former Res Ispa chef Michael Vincent Ferreri has been making good use of Irwin’s sun drenched digs all winter long, hosting daytime takeout pop-ups. This month he’s making it official, reopening South Philadelphia’s premier rooftop dining destination as a full service dinner spot complete with a menu of Southern Italian inspired dishes complete with stunning city views, and reservable outdoor tables.

12. Alma del Mar

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1007 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 644-8158
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Fresh off of its Queer Eye makeover, Alma del Mar is serving Mexican and American breakfast, brunch, and lunch dishes on a colorfully decorated patio. The Italian Market restaurant is open for walk-in seating.

13. Juno

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1033 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(267) 519-8332
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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 required and it’s open daily.

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14. Talula's Garden

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210 W Washington Sq
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 592-7787
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Aimee Olexy's Washington Square restaurant is a peaceful escape for dinner or weekend brunch. Despite the address, Talula’s Garden feels like leaving the city behind to sip prosecco in a country garden. The garden seats 44 diners, is open daily, and takes reservations online.

15. Independence Beer Garden

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100 S Independence Mall W
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 922-7100
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This ample outside space at Michael Schulson’s Center City East beer garden has made social distanced dining an easy option for the past year. This summer they’re ramping up the menu to include a variety of tacos, burgers and sharable bar snacks designed to be enjoyed in the sun. Tables can be reserved in advance.

16. Amada

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217-219 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 625-2450
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In Old City, Jose Garces’ Spanish restaurant Amada is using plants and latticework to decorate its street seating. It’s closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Reservations are suggested but not required.

17. Cuba Libre

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10 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 627-0666
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This long-running Old City destination for Cuban food has transformed its sidewalk and parking lane into an al fresco dining room. The streetery features a deck-like floor, colorful awnings, and greenery. It’s open daily and tables can be booked online.

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18. Front Street Cafe

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4601, 1253 N Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(215) 515-3073
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Out back at Front Street Cafe in Fishtown, diners will find a roomy patio with wooden tables and plants. The farm-to-table menu includes several vegan and vegetarian dishes. Front Street is open all day everyday, minus Tuesdays, and tables can be booked online.

19. Kensington Quarters

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1310 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(267) 314-5086
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The sunny back patio of Kensington Quarters has recently reopened poised with a seafood-forward menu for optimal for warm weather dining. New offerings include buck-a-shuck oyster happy hour with $6 glasses of wine pulled from the restaurant’s natural-leaning list. Reservations can be booked through the restaurant.

20. Suraya

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1528 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 302-1900
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Fishtown’s Suraya has one of the city’s coolest outdoor spaces. It’s full of greenery and cozy seating areas for enjoying Lebanese fare and cocktails al fresco. Book weekend brunch, lunch or nightly dinner online.

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21. Martha

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2113 E York St
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 867-8881
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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 is seating straight through Wednesday through Sunday beginning at noon. Reservations are available online.

22. Philadelphia Brewing Company

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2440 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 427-2739
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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. For the spring season, hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

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23. Uzbekistan Restaurant

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12012 Bustleton Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19116
(215) 671-1990
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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.

1. Dahlak

4708 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143

West Philly’s Dahlak can seat 50 diners looking for Eritrean and Ethiopian fare in a roomy backyard beer garden. Reservations can be made online.

4708 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19143

2. The Landing Kitchen

617 Righters Ferry Rd, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
the exterior of the landing kitchen on the riverfront Neal Santos

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. 

617 Righters Ferry Rd
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

3. American Sardine Bar

1800 Federal St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

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 Wednesday through Sunday. Sign up online to reserve a table.

1800 Federal St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

4. La Llorona Cantina

1551 W Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145

West Passyunk isn’t exactly as eye pleasing as its eastern counterpart, but the folks at La Llorona have done a lovely job 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 — 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends — is prime patio time.

1551 W Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19145

5. Harper's Garden

31 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Harper’s Garden, from the crew behind outdoor destinations Morgan’s Pier and Parks on Tap, offers a plant-filled outdoor dining area in Rittenhouse with American fare and cocktails. The restaurant has expanded beyond its original space to offer more seats and reserved seating.

31 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

6. Le Virtù

1927 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148

After taking the winter off, Passyunk’s beloved Abruzzese destination is once again open for patio dining, complete with beloved classics — think maccheroni alla mugnaia and fried olives along with new spring additions such as zucchini and saffron risotto and weekend brunch. Book online or call to reserve a table.

1927 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148

7. Mission Taqueria

1516 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Mission Taqueria is calling its outdoor dining area Sansom Street Surf Club. There are seats for 75 on Sansom Street and in a parking garage next to the restaurant, which Klip Collective spruced up with custom lighting. It’s open Tuesday to Saturday. Tables can be booked online.

1516 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

8. Little Nonna's

1234 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

The cozy courtyard at Italian restaurant Little Nonna’s in the Gayborhood is entirely hidden from the street, making it a secret outdoor dining destination complete with string lights and greenery. If that’s full, there are tables available out front too. It’s open for dinner daily. Book online.

1234 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

9. Attic Brewing Company

137 Berkley St, Philadelphia, PA 19144

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.

137 Berkley St
Philadelphia, PA 19144

10. 1225Raw Sushi and Sake Lounge

1225 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

The courtyard at this sushi spot comes complete with outdoor tables, potted plants, fans to keep things cool, cocktails, and a hidden-in-plain-sight vibe. Seating is first come, first served. It’s open daily.

1225 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

11. Irwin's

800 Mifflin St, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Former Res Ispa chef Michael Vincent Ferreri has been making good use of Irwin’s sun drenched digs all winter long, hosting daytime takeout pop-ups. This month he’s making it official, reopening South Philadelphia’s premier rooftop dining destination as a full service dinner spot complete with a menu of Southern Italian inspired dishes complete with stunning city views, and reservable outdoor tables.

800 Mifflin St
Philadelphia, PA 19148

12. Alma del Mar

1007 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Fresh off of its Queer Eye makeover, Alma del Mar is serving Mexican and American breakfast, brunch, and lunch dishes on a colorfully decorated patio. The Italian Market restaurant is open for walk-in seating.

1007 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

13. Juno

1033 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
outdoor restaurant at night with string lights, colorful chairs and trees Society Hill Films

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 required and it’s open daily.

1033 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

14. Talula's Garden

210 W Washington Sq, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Aimee Olexy's Washington Square restaurant is a peaceful escape for dinner or weekend brunch. Despite the address, Talula’s Garden feels like leaving the city behind to sip prosecco in a country garden. The garden seats 44 diners, is open daily, and takes reservations online.

210 W Washington Sq
Philadelphia, PA 19106

15. Independence Beer Garden

100 S Independence Mall W, Philadelphia, PA 19106

This ample outside space at Michael Schulson’s Center City East beer garden has made social distanced dining an easy option for the past year. This summer they’re ramping up the menu to include a variety of tacos, burgers and sharable bar snacks designed to be enjoyed in the sun. Tables can be reserved in advance.

100 S Independence Mall W
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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16. Amada

217-219 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

In Old City, Jose Garces’ Spanish restaurant Amada is using plants and latticework to decorate its street seating. It’s closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Reservations are suggested but not required.

217-219 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

17. Cuba Libre

10 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Mike Prince

This long-running Old City destination for Cuban food has transformed its sidewalk and parking lane into an al fresco dining room. The streetery features a deck-like floor, colorful awnings, and greenery. It’s open daily and tables can be booked online.

10 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

18. Front Street Cafe

4601, 1253 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Out back at Front Street Cafe in Fishtown, diners will find a roomy patio with wooden tables and plants. The farm-to-table menu includes several vegan and vegetarian dishes. Front Street is open all day everyday, minus Tuesdays, and tables can be booked online.

4601, 1253 N Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19122

19. Kensington Quarters

1310 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

The sunny back patio of Kensington Quarters has recently reopened poised with a seafood-forward menu for optimal for warm weather dining. New offerings include buck-a-shuck oyster happy hour with $6 glasses of wine pulled from the restaurant’s natural-leaning list. Reservations can be booked through the restaurant.

1310 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

20. Suraya

1528 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Heidi’s Bridge

Fishtown’s Suraya has one of the city’s coolest outdoor spaces. It’s full of greenery and cozy seating areas for enjoying Lebanese fare and cocktails al fresco. Book weekend brunch, lunch or nightly dinner online.

1528 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

21. Martha

2113 E York St, Philadelphia, PA 19125

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 is seating straight through Wednesday through Sunday beginning at noon. Reservations are available online.

2113 E York St
Philadelphia, PA 19125

22. Philadelphia Brewing Company

2440 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Philadelphia Brewing Company [official]

Enjoy Philadelphia Brewing’s flagship Kenzinger and maybe try a Commonwealth Cider in the garden or cobblestone courtyard. On weekends, there are food trucks. For the spring season, hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

2440 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

23. Uzbekistan Restaurant

12012 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19116

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.

12012 Bustleton Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19116

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