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.Read More