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11 Rooftops and Decks for Dining Outdoors in Philly

Where to eat and drink above the city

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During the pandemic, restaurants across Philly are set up for outdoor dining, with tables on patios, along sidewalks, and even in parking spaces. Those looking for dinner with a better view have options too, at Philly’s rooftop bars and restaurants.

Looking for where to go when it rains? Find covered patios here.

For updated information on coronavirus cases in Philly, visit the City of Philadelphia website. 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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Sunset Social

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In University City, Sunset Social at Cira Green serves burgers, hot dogs, and frozen cocktails on a grassy, partially tented rooftop. The venue also hosts guest chefs for pop-ups and a weekly dog-friendly happy hour with part of the proceeds donated to the PSPCA and the Morris Animal Refuge.

Assembly

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Assembly at the Logan Hotel is here to impress with its views of the Ben Franklin Parkway and Philadelphia Museum of Art in one direction and City Hall in the other. Add fire pits, cozy couches strewn with plush pillows, and plenty of bubbly, and it’s easy to see why this is a destination rooftop. Reservations are recommended.

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The Continental Mid-town

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Stephen Starr’s Rittenhouse location of retro restaurant Continental has two big floors inside plus a roomy rooftop with indoor and outdoor spaces for sipping an Astronaut (vodka, peach liqueur, and Tang) above the city. The roof is open Fridays and Saturdays.

Located on top of the Cambria Hotel at Broad and Locust, the indoor/outdoor Attico brings the garden vibes with its hanging greenery and twinkling lights. It’s open for lunch and dinner Wednesday to Sunday. Reservations are recommended.

Stratus

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Rooftop bar Stratus, 11 stories up at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Old City, just reopened after a renovation. It’s still a lounge with DJs, but reservations are now required and social-distancing rules are in effect. It’s open Friday and Saturday evenings; Thursday hours will be added next week.

red cocktail with sugared rim on black surface Stratus [official]

Revolution House

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Revolution House’s second story features an outdoor deck, umbrella-topped tables, and greenery. The Old City restaurant is set in a former Quaker Friends Meetinghouse that dates back to 1798.

Positano Coast

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The second-level terrace at Mediterranean restaurant Positano Coast is a good option in Old City for an outdoor cocktail alongside a plate of oysters or a bowl of seafood risotto. There are sidewalk tables too.

The Deck at the Moshulu

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Does it count as a deck if it’s the deck of a ship? On the Delaware River, the tall ship Moshulu is open daily with cocktails, a seafood-focused menu, and water views.

Emmy Squared

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In Queen Village, Emmy Squared serves burgers and Detroit-style pizza at sidewalk tables and on the roof. The rooftop is open for dinner Wednesday to Sunday.

Bok Bar

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The city’s coolest roof deck is set atop a former public high school in South Philly with panoramic views of the skyline and a lineup of events, from pop-up dinners to guided meditation. Reservations are required.

Irwin's

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Just across the hall from Bok Bar, indoor/outdoor restaurant Irwin’s is currently operating as a pop-up space for guest chefs. Next up is Nok Suntaranon of Thai destination Kalaya. Reservations are required.

Sunset Social

In University City, Sunset Social at Cira Green serves burgers, hot dogs, and frozen cocktails on a grassy, partially tented rooftop. The venue also hosts guest chefs for pop-ups and a weekly dog-friendly happy hour with part of the proceeds donated to the PSPCA and the Morris Animal Refuge.

Assembly

Michael Persico

Assembly at the Logan Hotel is here to impress with its views of the Ben Franklin Parkway and Philadelphia Museum of Art in one direction and City Hall in the other. Add fire pits, cozy couches strewn with plush pillows, and plenty of bubbly, and it’s easy to see why this is a destination rooftop. Reservations are recommended.

Michael Persico

The Continental Mid-town

Stephen Starr’s Rittenhouse location of retro restaurant Continental has two big floors inside plus a roomy rooftop with indoor and outdoor spaces for sipping an Astronaut (vodka, peach liqueur, and Tang) above the city. The roof is open Fridays and Saturdays.

Attico

Located on top of the Cambria Hotel at Broad and Locust, the indoor/outdoor Attico brings the garden vibes with its hanging greenery and twinkling lights. It’s open for lunch and dinner Wednesday to Sunday. Reservations are recommended.

Stratus

red cocktail with sugared rim on black surface Stratus [official]

Rooftop bar Stratus, 11 stories up at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Old City, just reopened after a renovation. It’s still a lounge with DJs, but reservations are now required and social-distancing rules are in effect. It’s open Friday and Saturday evenings; Thursday hours will be added next week.

red cocktail with sugared rim on black surface Stratus [official]

Revolution House

Revolution House’s second story features an outdoor deck, umbrella-topped tables, and greenery. The Old City restaurant is set in a former Quaker Friends Meetinghouse that dates back to 1798.

Positano Coast

The second-level terrace at Mediterranean restaurant Positano Coast is a good option in Old City for an outdoor cocktail alongside a plate of oysters or a bowl of seafood risotto. There are sidewalk tables too.

The Deck at the Moshulu

Does it count as a deck if it’s the deck of a ship? On the Delaware River, the tall ship Moshulu is open daily with cocktails, a seafood-focused menu, and water views.

Emmy Squared

In Queen Village, Emmy Squared serves burgers and Detroit-style pizza at sidewalk tables and on the roof. The rooftop is open for dinner Wednesday to Sunday.

Bok Bar

The city’s coolest roof deck is set atop a former public high school in South Philly with panoramic views of the skyline and a lineup of events, from pop-up dinners to guided meditation. Reservations are required.

Irwin's

Just across the hall from Bok Bar, indoor/outdoor restaurant Irwin’s is currently operating as a pop-up space for guest chefs. Next up is Nok Suntaranon of Thai destination Kalaya. Reservations are required.

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