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7 Spots to Wine and Dine Outdoors in Philly This Spring

By Sarah Wolak | April 1, 2021 | Food & Drink

As warming weather nears, al fresco dining is taking the reins once again. From heated outdoor patios to lush terraces, this round-up offers various places to grab a refreshing drink and escape the city hubbub.


The Landing Kitchen
Enjoy bright and breezy Philadelphia sunshine at this all-day cafe in Bala Cynwyd. The menu items are brunch-inspired, providing an assortment of hearty breakfast entrees, like sweet ricotta toast and heavenly egg sandwiches. The best part of this dining experience is the Schuykill riverside view at Landing’s garden bar. 617 Righters Ferry Rd, Bala Cynwyd, 484.434.8765,

Talula’s Garden
A patio teeming with aromatic greenery and delicate iron fencing awaits at this farm-to-table brunch and dinner eatery. Talula’s is designed to transport guests from their center city location to a countryside garden atmosphere. Specialty cocktails, an artisan cheese bar and savory entrees like the goat cheese ravioli make this city spot feel like an upscale, intimate dining experience. 210 W. Washington Sq., 215.592.7787,

Alma Del Mar
Known for its appearance on the popular television series, Queer Eye, Alma Del Mar serves up Mexican brunch and dinner cuisine. Opt for a sweet treat with the strawberry-stuffed french toast, or order the seafood grits, and Alma’s take on eggs benedict topped with lobster for a burst of savory flavors. A vibrant outdoor seating area is perfect for munching on homemade tamales or huevos rancheros. 1007 S. 9th St., 215.644.8158,

This old city tapas restaurant serves up Chef Jose Garces’ takes on Spanish and Latin dishes. Whether enjoying shakshuka at brunch or pato con pochas at dinner, this rustic-chic dining experience is packed with authentic flavors. Amada offers street seating designed with private lattices and greenery, perfect for enjoying Amada’s sangria or truffle-filled albondigas while people-watching. 217-219 Chestnut St., 215.625.2450,

Kensington Quarters
Kensington’s new springtime menu is brimming with seafood galore; we’re talking freshly-shucked oysters and smoked mussels from the raw bar. Entrees, such as the yellowfin tuna or monkfish with leek fondue, add to Kensington’s grandeur. After enjoying a meal on Kensington’s patio, save room for a creamy, cold Thai sundae made with lime ice cream, cardamom pancake and candied peanuts. 1310 Frankford Ave., 267.314.5086,

This East Kensington neighborhood eatery specializes in hoagies, charcuterie and signature cocktails—all of which can be enjoyed on the secluded and welcoming outdoor patio. Shareable appetizers like the eggplant dip, composed of dill, garlic, capers, and cherry pepper relish spread over toasted bread, make for a scrumptious outdoor snack with friends. 2113 E. York St., 215.867.8881,

Suraya serves as a specialty foods market, restaurant and garden dining in the middle of Fishtown’s Frankford Avenue. Curated Middle Eastern-inspired ingredients and heritage recipes make up the restaurant’s menu items, like the tabbouleh and steak kebab. Suraya’s relaxing, outdoor oasis sits just outside, complete with fire pits and classical, ambient Arabian music. 1528 Frankford Ave., 215.302.1900,

Photography by: Photo by Gabriella Clare Martino