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Alfresco Restaurants & Bars in Philadelphia

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In 1998, Rouge opened the first sidewalk cafe in Philadelphia’s posh Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. Since then, the number of restaurants offering alfresco dining has increased exponentially, as diners rush to hit these spots each year at the first sign of spring.

The region is now home to more than 200 restaurants with outdoor seating, and that number continues to grow. Here’s a look at some of the hottest fresh-air seating in Philadelphia and The Countryside.

For more ideas, check out our articles about the best outdoor dining in Philadelphia and Beer Gardens in Philadelphia.

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  • Frankford Hall

    A little slice of Munich in Fishtown

    Frankford Hall beer garden.

    Stephen Starr’s outdoor oasis in Philadelphia’s neighborhood is a deceptively simple concept; embrace the allure of the German “biergarten” and give it a modern edge.

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  • Standard Tap

    Widely considered “America’s First Gastropub”

    Standard Tap

    A multi-room Northern Liberties gastropub — some say America’s first — that pairs local microbrews with excellent, gourmet pub fare like chicken pies, fried smelts and double burgers.

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  • Morgan’s Pier

    Perfect summer dining and nightlife on the Delaware River Waterfront

    Philadelphia’s newest summer destination, Morgan’s Pier is an oasis of craft beer, delicious food and incredible live music on the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • Rouge

    Rittenhouse Square’s original bistro-cafe

    Rouge

    The Rouge Burger alone will make you an instant devotee.

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  • Silk City

    Part diner, part bar and part dance club, Silk City is one of Philly’s coolest night spots.

    Danceable beats and guilty pleasure songs are staples at Silk City.

    One-third diner, one-third club and one-third beer garden, Silk City’s American fare with flair has helped it become one of Philadelphia’s most popular destinations.

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  • Parc

    Stephen Starr’s popular Rittenhouse Square bistro pays homage to Paris

    Parc on Rittenhouse Square

    With Parc, famed restaurateur Stephen Starr brings a certain je ne sais quoi to Rittenhouse Square. Parc offers an authentic French bistro experience, fully equipped with a chic Parisian ambiance and gorgeous sidewalk seating overlooking the Square.

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  • Water Works Restaurant and Lounge

    A gorgeous restaurant and lounge on the banks of the Schuylkill River

    The Water Works Restaurant and Lounge

    More than 140 years after it closed for business, Fairmount Park’s famed Water Works — onetime home to the engine room for Philadelphia’s cutting-edge water department — reopened as a chic destination lounge and restaurant.

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  • SugarHouse Casino Philadelphia

    Fun and games on the Delaware River

    SugarHouse Casino on the Delaware River

    Opened in September 2010, SugarHouse Casino is the first casino located in the City of Philadelphia. From its home on North Delaware Avenue, the casino will have an unrivaled location on the Delaware River’s waterfront.

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  • Moshulu

    Enjoy a breathtaking view of the Philadelphia skyline with your meal

    Moshulu

    During the warmer weather months, you can enjoy a drink or a meal on the historic ship’s multi-level decks and take in the Philadelphia skyline and the shimmering lights on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

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  • Barbuzzo

    Crowd-pleasing pizzas and Mediterranean dishes on 13th Street

    Barbuzzo on 13th Street in Philadelphia’s Midtown Village neighborhood.

    The Mediterranean-inspired Barbuzzo from Marcy Turney and Valerie Safran has helped transform 13th Street into a major destination since opening in 2010.

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  • Shank’s Original

    Classic Philly cheesesteaks and hoagies on the South Philadelphia waterfront.

    Shank’s Original

    Visit Shank’s Original for a highly reputed cheesesteak and an old-school South Philly experience transplanted to the waterfront. The tradition of Shank’s dates back to 1962 when Shank’s and Evelyn’s (“Shank’s”) opened its doors to the Italian Market near 10th and Catherine Streets. In 2009, Shank’s closed it’s original location and opened a new location on Columbus Boulevard. The new location is right at the base of Pier 40 on the Delaware River.

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  • PHS Pop Up Garden

    Temporary outdoor escape in the city’s vacant spaces

    The 2013 PHS Pop Up Garden.

    The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s annual Pop Up Garden returns for its third year, transforming a forgotten outdoor area into a gorgeous, landscaped community space.

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  • Morgan’s Pier

    Perfect summer dining and nightlife on the Delaware River Waterfront

    Philadelphia’s newest summer destination, Morgan’s Pier is an oasis of craft beer, delicious food and incredible live music on the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • The Porch at 30th Street Station

    Fresh air and fresh fare

    A new initiative spearheaded by the University City District, the Porch at 30th Street Station attracts both travelers and locals with food trucks, farmers markets and live entertainment.

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  • Sang Kee Noodle House

    Delicious dumplings and fantastic noodles

    Dumplings, noodles and more are served inside the sleek dining room or outside on the expansive patio. Those in need of a refreshing snack can try fresh fruit smoothies and bubble tea flavors.

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  • Picnic

    Everyday is a good day for a picnic

    Specializing in gourmet prepared foods, this carryout cafe also offers both indoor and outdoor seating for onsite indulging in decadent desserts, hearty sandwiches and more. Most ingredients are seasonal and sourced locally.

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  • Green Line Cafe

    Organic coffee and locally sourced fare in two Spruce Hill locations

    Owned by an artist and her brother-in-law, all three Green Line and its twosister locations serve only organic, free trade-certified coffee and locally sourced sodas and food.Plus, the artwork on the walls changes frequently and is always for sale.

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  • Copabanana

    Can’t miss Tex-Mex cuisine

    Margaritas, burgers, Spanish fries and Tex-Mex dinners served by friendly waiters make this a popular happy hour spot. The plentiful outside seating makes this a happening place in warm weather months.

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  • City Tap House

    Craft beer lovers’ paradise

    Reclaimed wood, slate and tile create a handsome space for this beer lovers’ haven, boasting 60 taps and 120 seats, plus outside seating. Classic American fare includes brick-oven pizzas, free-range chicken, mussels and plenty of vegetarian-friendly options.

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