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. View Profile »

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

2016 Best Outdoor Dining


1521 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2014 Best Outdoor Dining

Little Nonna’s

1234 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2014 Best Family Dinner


618 Collings Avenue, Collingswood, NJ Website

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 […] Read more »

2013 Best Outdoor Dining


261 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2012 Best Outdoor Dining

Rittenhouse Tavern

251 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2011 Best Outdoor Eating

M Restaurant at the Morris House Hotel

231 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2010 Best Outdoor Dining (City)

Silk City Diner

435 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 »

2010 Best Outdoor Dining (Suburbs)

Styer’s Garden Cafe

914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2009 Best Outdoor Dining (City)

Bistrot La Minette

623 South 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

Bistrot La Minette has a secret sanctuary. Invisible from the street and the main dining room, its newly opened bricked-in patio is the prettiest in […] Read more »

2009 Best Outdoor Dining (Suburbs)


20 East Lancaster Avenue, Downingtown, PA Website

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 […] Read more »