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Alfresco Restaurants & Bars in Philadelphia

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

    Morgan’s Pier is named after George C. Morgan, the first person to cross the Ben Franklin Bridge.

    One of Philadelphia’s most popular summer hotspots, 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, the first casino in the City of Philadelphia, is conveniently located on the picturesque Delaware River waterfront.

    SugarHouse Casino, the first casino in Philadelphia, is located on the picturesque Delaware River waterfront. This premier gaming and entertainment destination, open 24/7, offers a complimentary mix of table games, slots, restaurants and a VIP Lounge.

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  • Moshulu

    Enjoy a breathtaking view of the Philadelphia skyline with your meal

    Moshulu

    Docked permanently at Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River Waterfront, the Moshulu is a restaurant that deserves a spot on your must-visit list. A Philadelphia landmark, the Moshulu is world’s oldest and largest four-masted Tall Ship.

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  • PHS Pop Up Garden

    A temporary outdoor escape, at 15th and South Streets, with food, beer and more

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

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

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  • Night Market Philadelphia

    Philadelphia’s favorite street food festival coming to a neighborhood near you

    Sample great food from local eateries at Night Market.

    October 1, 2015
    A popular series of outdoor street festivals, Night Market Philadelphia is a seasonal celebration of food, music and community held in the city’s vibrant neighborhoods.

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  • Spruce Street Harbor Park

    Summertime haven, presented by Univest/Valley Green Bank, returns

    Spruce Street Harbor Park is back with hammocks, dining, outdoor fun and more all summer long!

    Open through September 27, 2015
    Good things come to those who wait. Last year’s blockbuster summer attraction on the Delaware River Waterfront, Spruce Street Harbor Park, is making its grand return on Memorial Day weekend.

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  • Made In America Music Festival

    Labor Day weekend festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway returns for its fourth year

    The crowd at Made In America.

    September 5-6, 2015
    Beyonce is coming back to Philadelphia for the 2015 Budweiser Made In America Festival, a massive musical celebration that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend.

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  • PECO Multicultural Series
    at Penn’s Landing

    Lively festivals that celebrate the city’s diversity all summer long

    The Hispanic Fiesta at Penn’s Landing is one of Philadelphia’s premier Latino events, drawing upwards of 15,000 people each day.

    September 13
    The PECO Multicultural Series is a popular series of diverse and free events at Penn’s Landing throughout the summer.

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  • Dining Under the Stars

    Stroll, shop and dine every Wednesday in Media

    Stroll, shop and dine on State Street in Media during Dining Under the Stars.

    Every Wednesday beginning May 6
    Enjoy an alfresco evening on State Street in Media throughout the summer during Dining Under the Stars.

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  • Independence Beer Garden

    Cold beer and tasty food return to Independence Mall

    Independence Beer Garden is a massive new outdoor retreat in Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhood.

    Independence Beer Garden is an outdoor retreat overlooking the Liberty Bell Center and Independence National Historical Park that supplies America’s most historic square mile with a destination for casual alfresco eating, drinking and playing.

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  • Morgan’s Pier

    Perfect summer dining and nightlife on the Delaware River Waterfront

    Morgan’s Pier is named after George C. Morgan, the first person to cross the Ben Franklin Bridge.

    One of Philadelphia’s most popular summer hotspots, 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

    The Porch at 30th Street Station attracts both travelers and locals with food trucks, farmers markets and live entertainment.

    The just-renovated Porch at 30th Street Station has debuted the first round of its new-and-improved features. Located at 30th Street Station, the popular outdoor space is now offering better-than-ever permanent elements that will make the Porch a go-to hangout all year round.

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  • Clover Market

    An upscale vintage and antiques bazaar

    Shoppers at the Clover Market can browse and buy from more than 100 high-end vendors peddling art, antiques, vintage and handmade goods.

    January 24-25
    The Clover Market attracts shoppers from all over to its beautifully displayed tents of vintage goods and artisan wares.

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  • Yardley Inn Restaurant and Bar

    Bucks County dining on the Delaware River

    With a contemporary play on comfort food, the Yardley Inn is sure to be on your list of countryside dining destinations.

    In beautiful Bucks County, the Yardley Inn Restaurant & Bar offers a new perspective on our beloved Delaware River with its romantic porch seating. With a contemporary play on comfort food, the Yardley Inn is sure to be on your list of countryside dining destinations.

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  • Night Market – Lancaster Avenue

    Popular street food festival returns to West Philly

    Last year’s Night Market in Fairmount drew tens of thousands of people for food, drinks, music and more.

    August 6
    Night Market, Philadelphia’s favorite street food festival with food trucks, live music, beer and art, hits Lancaster Avenue in West Philadelphia on Thursday, August 6.

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  • 9th Street Italian Market Festival

    Enjoy a weekend of authentic Italian American culture in South Philadelphia

    Dining outside at the Italian Market

    May 16-17
    South Philadelphia’s Italian Market celebrates 100 years in 2015, and its annual 9th Street Italian Market Festival looks to be bigger and better than ever

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  • Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

    Most affordable festival returns to West Philadelphia

    Crowds pack the streets during the Baltimore Avenue  for cheap eats and entertainment.

    June 25
    The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll is returning this year for an evening of live music and $1 deals.

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  • Night Market — South Street West

    Philly’s favorite street food festival returns for 2015

    The first Night Market of 2015 heads to South Street West on May 14.

    May 14
    For the first Night Market of the year, join tens of thousands of attendees and dozens of vendors dishing excellent edibles to gather on South Street West to take in local restaurants and food trucks, regional musicians and dynamic artists.

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