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The 11 best restaurants to dine outdoors in Philadelphia

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by Maddy Sweitzer-Lamme
Updated May 30, 2024

Outdoor dining options are popping up everywhere across the City of Brotherly Love: Philadelphia’s thriving open-air dining scene include massive patios, streetside setups, and rooftop escapes.

A beloved French restaurant draws crowds for its sidewalk tables and Rittenhouse Square Park views. The spacious outdoor lounge at a festive cantina was made for sipping Oaxacan old fashioneds. A historic ship doubles as a riverside restaurant, known for upscale seafood and steaks.

There’s not a more refreshing way to take a bite out of Philadelphia’s food culture. Read on for a guide to 11 restaurants that nail outdoor dining.

A photo of Trattoria Carina restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1037)
$31 to $50
Italian
Center City
About the restaurant

Trattoria Carina might be the most idyllic place in Philadelphia for an Aperol spritz. For starters, it’s perched on a sunny corner of Fitler Square—one of Philly’s prettiest neighborhoods. In good weather, the Parisian bistro-style tables and chairs are packed with happy people (and their dogs) sipping spritzes and digging into housemade pastas and chopped salads topped with caciocavallo cheese.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Great meal as always. Excellent service and ambiance
A photo of Parc restaurant
4.8
4.8 (16757)
$31 to $50
French
Rittenhouse Square
About the restaurant

One of Philadelphia’s most adored French restaurants is also home to one of its most sought-after outdoor dining spaces. Parc reaches its atmospheric peak in the spring and summer, with the dining room windows flung open. The bustling sidewalk setup sits across Rittenhouse Square Park, and the restaurant takes full advantage of its setting. Book a seat here to enjoy a flawlessly cooked cheese Gruyère omelet or steak frites while people watching.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
The food here is always on point, but the real star is the service. The wait staff here are just absolutely lovely. I always enjoy a meal at Parc.
A photo of La Llorona Cantina Mexicana restaurant
4.7
4.7 (167)
$30 and under
Mexican
South Philly
About the restaurant

La Llorona has an extra-wide pavement for a dining area adorned with lights, and there are enough plants to make it feel like a green escape in concrete-heavy Philly. The cantina-style menu offers standout tacos, nachos, and ceviche. Try the pollo en su mole (chicken breast with frito beans, red rice, and tortillas) for a taste of the housemade mole sauce, layered with complex flavors. Spirit fans, take note: The bar offers a few tequilas you won’t easily find elsewhere.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
Great restaurant that served great food and drinks.
A photo of Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3876)
$30 and under
Italian
Old City
About the restaurant

Take a mini-break to the Amalfi Coast at this Old City gem, where the front and back patios are umbrella-shaded and decked out with tropical plants, flowers, and palm trees. The southern Italian food tastes even better when devoured outdoors, including spicy fried calamari, smoked salmon flatbread, and tuna tartare. If you’re looking for a buzzier vibe, come on the weekends when DJs set a party scene.

Top review
LeeP
Dined 2 days ago
Always excellent service food and atmosphere. Positano Coast is our "go to" when we have friends visiting or celebrating a special occasion.
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4.9
4.9 (12774)
$50 and over
American
Washington Square
About the restaurant

Semi-hidden behind a vine-tangled wrought iron fence across from Washington Square Park, the patio at Talula’s Garden feels like a secret garden. The atmosphere is particularly enchanting, lit by paper lanterns and many twinkly lights. Local ingredients feature heavily on the menu, so look for seriously seasonal treats like ricotta and goat cheese ravioli with arugula, Kennett Square mushrooms, and sage-scented breadcrumbs.

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Lynnnvip
Dined 3 days ago
Beautiful restaurant The best food Great service Excellent!
A photo of Moshulu restaurant
4.5
4.5 (8505)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Penn's Landing
About the restaurant

Nothing says “outdoor dining” quite like a meal on the river, and Moshulu is the only restaurant in the city that’s fully set in a boat. The historic ship was built in 1906 and has operated as a restaurant for more than two decades. On hot summer days, its waterside location makes it cooler and breezier than other outdoor spots, making for a transportive setting for seafood platters, rock shrimp Thai noodles, and more.

Top review
BobRvip
Dined 4 days ago
Best meal we have had as a family in a long time. Our server made all the difference and should be acknowledged. She is a huge asset to your company. Her name was Patricia...
A photo of Estia - Philadelphia restaurant
4.8
4.8 (8543)
$50 and over
Greek
Center City
About the restaurant

If there’s a cuisine that is best eaten outside, it’s island-inspired Greek food. Locust Street and Philadelphia’s bustling theater district are a long way from the Aegean Sea, but Estia takes you there with a glass of cold white wine, a platter of dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), and charcoal-grilled octopus. The restaurant’s spacious sidewalk tables are shaded by an inviting overhang that offers shade on sunny days, and colorful flower boxes give it a quaint and garden-like ambience.

Top review
StephenK
Dined 4 days ago
Great experience and the food and drinks were very good as well!
A photo of Sor Ynez restaurant
4.6
4.6 (132)
$30 and under
Mexican
Northern Liberties
About the restaurant

Sor Ynez is an outdoor dining unicorn in Philadelphia, with a massive patio and roomy parking lot. In addition to lots of standard seating outside, there’s a lounge-like area for grabbing a drink or waiting for a table. Philadelphians come here for an excellent pan-Mexican menu with many tasty plant-based options. Don’t miss the sikil pak—a rich, spiced puree of pumpkin seeds served with raw vegetables.

Top review
Dayton
Dined on Dec 1, 2022
O my! Fabulous food, drinks, and service!! Authentic experience in every way! Will be returning again and again and again!
A photo of Tria Rittenhouse restaurant
4.8
4.8 (405)
$30 and under
Wine Bar
Rittenhouse Square
About the restaurant

Just a block from idyllic Rittenhouse Square, Tria is the kind of welcoming place you go for happy hour—and accidentally stay all night. Large windows open onto the street, and cafe tables line the bustling sidewalk. Local author and cheese expert Madame Fromage curates an ever-changing wine list, which comes with generous descriptions like “textured island vibes” or “deliciously classy and unfussy."

Top review
DuncanE
Dined 2 days ago
Booked in advance as knew this is a popular venue and it did not disappoint. Delicious food including a cheese board and wine, with superb service. If I lived locally, I’d be visiting here often.
A photo of Louie Louie Bistro Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1704)
$30 and under
French American
University City
About the restaurant

When you’re under the striped awning at Louie Louie, surrounded by greenery and sipping a hibiscus-flavored French 75, you’ll feel about as close to Paris as you can get. The restaurant’s front-facing windows can be thrown open on nice days to allow a breeze into the restaurant, but the best seats are on the outdoor patio. Here, you’ll be protected from the sun and can enjoy some quality people-watching while you feast on oysters, wedge salads, and Parisienne dumplings.

Top review
DanaB
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
The food was good food. The service was excellent!
A photo of Continental Midtown restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2475)
$30 and under
American
Center City
About the restaurant

Set on busy Chestnut Street, it’s not obvious that Continental Midtown has an impressive outdoor space. But the top floor of the building is home to a spacious rooftop that’s sometimes protected by windows, but breezy and open in good weather. The restaurant’s mid-century vibes extend to its open-air space, decorated with freestanding fireplaces and sleek furniture. Go for the tapas-style dishes and martini lineup, which includes a frozen appletini and a version made with olive-oil washed vodka.

Top review
JimmydelSol1vip
Dined 3 days ago
Got a salad that I have had before and it was overloaded with enormous pieces of some white ? cabbage that had to be cut at least twice to fit in mouth. Never aware of it before but overtook salad and so big. Did not eat a large amount of oversized pieces. Disappointed in a salad I have enjoyed previously.
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