Best of Philly

Best Outdoor Dining

2017 BEST Outdoor Patio


This institution—revamped last year by Chris D’Ambro and Marina de Oliveira—does it all right, from the tidy menu of casual comfort foods to the elegant cocktail list. Both are best enjoyed on the Secret Garden-like patio, where twinkly lights, soft music, and the aromatics of fresh herbs (grown by the kitchen staff) make for the chillest summer hang in the city.

701 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-930-8538 | Website

2016 BEST Outdoor Dining


1521 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA

Dinner on Russet’s outdoor patio is like a meal in the backyard of a good friend’s brownstone — if that friend happens to be one of the best farm-to-table chefs in the city. Read more »

2014 BEST Family Dinner


618 Collings Avenue, Collingswood, NJ

Every Monday through September, chef Joey Baldino goes outside to Zeppoli’s patio, where he cooks up a Sicilian barbecue worthy of the Corleone family, complete with antipasti, grilled seafood, bowls of pasta and big hunks of grilled meats. The $65 family-style dinner is for groups of six to 10; don’t forget to BYO. Read more »

2014 BEST Outdoor Dining

Little Nonna’s

1234 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA

A cramped alley tunnel leads to a brick-and-twinkle-light-lined patio that feels like a long-kept secret you’ll want to share with your whole family over spaghetti and meatballs and a glass of red, and mussels, and cavatelli, and pork chops, and bruschetta, and cannoli, and Read more »

2013 BEST Outdoor Dining


261 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA

The restaurants tree-lined backyard patio provides the ideal alfresco location to enjoy the summer breeze and former Fish chef Mike Stollenwerks creations. Dont plan on a quick meal here: Youll want to linger over your courses and relax in the garden oasis Branzino has created in the middle of the city. Read more »

2012 BEST Outdoor Dining

Rittenhouse Tavern

251 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA

A patio at the Art Alliance should probably be aesthetically pleasing. The outdoor nook at Rittenhouse Tavern exceeds that expectation, but abjures the pretentious ‘tude that often sneaks into such a place. Go for brunch, but wear your drinking shoes. Read more »

2011 BEST Outdoor Eating

M Restaurant at the Morris House Hotel

231 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA

The brick patio and pink azaleas are straight out of antebellum Savannah, but Michael Caspi’s cooking split-pea tofu with pistachio mousse, roasted barramundi with sweet-and-sour hibiscus foam is an altogether more progressive affair. Read more »

2010 BEST Outdoor Dining (Suburbs)

Styer’s Garden Cafe

914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, PA

Now that Terrain’s greenhouse cafe has expanded to a patio and dinner four nights a week, and Supper alum Keith Rudolf as executive chef we couldn’t be more excited to put our fannies in the Fermob folding chairs, uncork the BYO riesling, and order one of everything (two, when it comes to the cheese plates). Read more »

2010 BEST Outdoor Dining (City)

Silk City Diner

435 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA

Order a fresh limeade margarita, kick back, and marvel that you’re on a tropical island on an otherwise grim stretch of Spring Garden. Read more »

2009 BEST Outdoor Dining (Suburbs)


20 East Lancaster Avenue, Downingtown, PA

A large porch serves up the perfect mix of sophisticated and serene: a polished crowd; stylish furniture and good drinks; situated next to a charming creek in a pretty park; and a view of Downingtown’s picturesque downtown and soaring church steeple. Read more »

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