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Where to find Philadelphia’s best outdoor dining

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by Maddy Sweitzer-Lamme
Updated May 11, 2023

Despite tighter city regulations, outdoor dining options continue to mushroom across the City of Brotherly Love. Plentiful patios, streetside perches, and rooftop escapes distinguish Philadelphia’s thriving alfresco restaurant scene.

The city’s most adored French restaurant draws crowds for its sidewalk tables and Rittenhouse Square Park views. A Mexican spot in Fishtown stands out for a spacious outdoor lounge, ideal for sipping an Oaxacan old fashioned. In West Philly, a Southern American icon is known for a patio that channels a greenhouse.

There’s no better way to take a bite out of Philadelphia’s irrepressible food culture now that the warmer weather is here. Read on for a guide to 8 restaurants that nail outdoor dining.

A photo of Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti restaurant
4.6 (3723)
$30 and under
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 adorned 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 after a buzzier vibe, come on the weekends when DJs set a party scene.

Top review
Dined 1 day ago
I love Positano Coast..... but last night did not really enjoy what I ordered as much as usual. Maybe my fault. Exception was octopus artichoke app which was excellent. The bronzino was a small portion with skin on and loads of mushrooms. I saw someone else getting a large whole bronzino looked much better. Didn't see that on menu. The pasta with meat red sauce featured dense rod like pasta very heavy. Dessert was great. Ambience and service excellent.
A photo of Parc restaurant
4.8 (16036)
$31 to $50
Rittenhouse Square
About the restaurant

Philadelphia’s most adored French restaurant is also home to one of the city’s most sought-after outdoor dining perches. Parc reaches its atmospheric peak in the spring and summer, with the dining room windows flung open and the corner teeming with people hopeful for a table. The bustling sidewalk tables sit across the street from Rittenhouse Square Park, and the restaurant takes full advantage of its setting. There’s no better place to enjoy a flawlessly cooked cheese Gruyère omelet or steak frites while people watching.

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Dined 3 days ago
I went for my favorite salad. The warm shrimp salad it’s sooooo good! It was my birthday and they gave me a complimentary dessert. The server was very friendly and attentive. This was actually my first time dining inside and I felt like I was back in Paris. Love it!
A photo of Booker's Restaurant and Bar restaurant
4.5 (1459)
$30 and under
University City
About the restaurant

Booker’s lush patio has a one-of-a-kind greenhouse vibe, thanks to a sturdy pergola that’s crisscrossed with ample flowers, vines, and greenery. Comfortable outdoor tables and chairs make it the type of place city dwellers want to linger—as does the homey food. Consider the beef andouille sausage and shrimp with grits for brunch or get a plate of fried fish sliders and soak in the sunshine. And learn about the restaurant’s storied past while you’re here: The iconic Cedar Park spot is named for Booker Wright, a server at a whites-only restaurant in 1960s Mississippi (the subject of a 2012 documentary).

Top review
Dined 4 days ago
This was our second time and it just was as wonderful this time as the first. And the food was fantastic!!
A photo of La Llorona Cantina restaurant
4.7 (143)
$30 and under
South Philly
About the restaurant

La Llorona has an extra-wide pavement for a dining area bedecked with lights, and there are enough plants to make it feel like a green haven in concrete-heavy South 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. Spirits aficionados, take note: the bar offers a few tequilas you won’t easily find elsewhere.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Food was excellent- we shared Tacos - al pastor and carne asada. And the passion fruit Margaritas were delicious too. Service was very good and decor was fun.
A photo of Le Virtu restaurant
4.8 (1954)
$31 to $50
East Passyunk Avenue
About the restaurant

You’ll find Le Virtù on the quieter end of East Passyunk Avenue, and its sprawling patio is among the best al fresco options in Philadelphia. Tables are well spaced, plants abound, and there are plenty of shaded and sheltered sections so diners can find a spot for their needs. The Abruzzo-focused menu, with its housemade pasta, is another reason to visit Le Virtù at any time of year. Try the maccheroni alla mugnaia—a single, impossibly long strand of pasta tangled in hot peppers, garlic, olive oil, and pecorino.

Top review
Dined 2 days ago
First time here- can’t say enough nice things. Food was top notch delicious, waitress was engaging and helpful, (all the staff, but especially our waitress).
A photo of Talula’s Garden restaurant
4.9 (12280)
$50 and over
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 bountiful twinkly lights. Local ingredients feature heavily on the menu, so look for the most seasonal treats, such as ricotta and goat cheese ravioli with arugula, Kennett Square mushrooms, and sage-scented breadcrumbs.

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Dined on Jan 1, 2023
Amazing as always. I took my husband here for his birthday. The staff was kind and thoughtful. The food was great. I had the workaholic drink - it was incredible. We love this place!
A photo of Estia - Philadelphia restaurant
4.8 (8199)
$50 and over
Center City
About the restaurant

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

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jan 2, 2023
Amazing! Phil our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and made great recommendations. We had Estia chips as an appetizer, delicious and unique. We had six oysters as well. My husband had a white fish and I had the lamb chops overall very delicious and great service would highly recommend.
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