Field Guide: 12 Hidden Outdoor Dining Spots in Philadelphia

Outdoor garden at Little Nonna's | Photo by Jason Varney

Outdoor garden at Little Nonna’s | Photo by Jason Varney

The Center City District now counts 412 outdoor dining cafes in just Philadelphia’s downtown area. Many a sidewalk has been turned over to eating al fresco. But if you’re looking to dine in the sunshine without the crowds, out of earshot of the SEPTA bus and away from the peering eyes of passersby, you’ve come to the right place. Here, our picks for the 12 best hidden outdoor dining spots in Philadelphia.

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Silk City Adds Every Day Brunch

Get brunch every day, even today, at Silk City.

Get chicken and waffles for brunch every day, even today, at Silk City.

For the first time since Mark Bee took over the Silk City Diner back in 2007, the silver diner is serving brunch every day. In addition to brunch served on weekends, Silk City is back in the breakfast game from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Brunch is served in the diner portion of Silk City and if the weather is nice, in the beer garden as well.

Check out what’s on Silk City’s brunch menu »

Patio Menu at La Peg

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With outdoor dining and drinking season clearly upon us, La Peg has announced its patio menu for the season. The patio is serving up a menu of grilled items like pork chops, salmon and burgers, as well as chilled soups, salads and desserts.

The patio also serves up great views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the Race Street Pier and $3 beers.

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This Weekend: William Street Common Is Opening Their Patio

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We first told you about William Street Common (the indoor beer garden in University City from Avram Hornik) back when it opened–toward the beginning of the year and well outside traditional beer garden season. We talked about it again when it’s tipping policy (and flat 20% service charge on all orders) made MSNBC.

But now the seasons have changed and the weather has officially warmed up (I heard my first person complaining about the heat a few days ago), so William Street has some announcements to make.

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Brittingham Hosts Their Annual Patio Party

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Add this to your list of summer outside venues: Brittingham’s in Lafayette Hill is opening their outdoor patios this Saturday, April 25.

The restaurant is throwing their second annual patio party, with BBQ sandwiches and specially priced drinks. Seamus McGroary is performing live beginning at 6 p.m., followed by the Secret Service.

The party begins at 4 p.m. and there is a $10 cover at the door. The restaurant has two outdoor areas with fire pits and bars.

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Drury Beer Garden Kicks Off The Summer in Style

drury-beer-garden-bottleSaturday, June 22nd from 1 to 5 p.m., Drury Beer Garden is kicking off summer with a sizzling barbecue. The outdoor garden behind Opa will be grilling summer favorites and serving refreshing beers and great drink specials.

The shindig will feature a whole slew of new dishes.

Drury Beer Garden Menu (PDF)

The Terrace Bar Opens at the Philadelphia Art Museum

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Got some free time Wednesday and Friday nights?

Then come on out to The Terrace Bar at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for Pay What You Wish and Art After Five nights all summer long.

In addition to after-hours access to the world-renowned museum’s art collection, the bar will also offer drinks and light bites from culinary partner Stephen STARR Events atop the art museum steps (which you may have seen in a movie or two).

Enjoy dishes like Chicken & Ginger Dumplings (inspired by Buddakan), Spinach & Manchego Empanadas (inspired by Alma De Cuba) and Lobster Mac N’Cheese (The Continental), as well as drinks including The Kir Royale (champagne, cassis, fresh raspberries) and Violent Femmes (smirnoff blueberry, crème de violette, lemon).  The Terrace Bar will be open from 5:00PM-8:45PM Wednesday and Friday evenings through September.

** Beginning June 5th, the Terrace Bar will introduce Happy Hour, available on the first Wednesday of each month this summer from 5:00PM-7:00PM. Happy Hour will feature $4 domestic beers and $1 off all wines by the glass.**

Happy Hour schedule »

Terrain Patio Party at Twilight Farmers Market

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The Garden Cafe at Terrain is having the Terrain Patio Party to celebrate the opening of a new alfresco dining space on Thursday, May 23, with a twilight farmers market, live music, complimentary cocktails, and appetizers from the Styer’s Garden Cafe prepared with farm fresh ingredients from the farmers market. The event will run from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Glen Mills cafe and outdoor living store. A number of local vendors will also be in attendance as part of the farmers market.

Running concurrently with the patio party is the chef’s dinner. The $60 five course dinner begins at 7 p.m. with Chef Keith Rudolf’s English pea soup followed by a local micro green salad, a striped bass, a rhubarb glazed duck breast, and a mixed berry clafoutis.

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New Spring Menu at Bisou

 

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Bisou on Main Street in Manayunk has revamped its menu for the spring. The highlights of the new menu are an asparagus salad, a salt cod croquette, and escargot as appetizers, and an arctic char, pork cheeks, and a barramundi-warm calamari salad. These lighter, more refreshing dishes are sure to please your spring taste buds. Chef Clark Gilbert‘s French Bistro also just got some new outside furniture so that you can enjoy the beautiful spring weather while enjoying the spring food.

You can see Bisou’s new menu here.

Bisou [Official]

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