Dining Al Fresco in Philly


12 Shady Eateries

Fare in Fairmount where you will dine in the shade of the summer sun

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Ever since I recovered from Covid19, and was able to meet the take out delivery guy in our condo’s lobby, I’ve been making an effort to support local restaurants, especially the many who have supported me and my business for the past decade. These days with out door dining, I’ve been trying to support as many restuants as possible, but I tend to melt in the sun so shade is really important to me if I dine before 730PM. Here are a few shady ones for dayside dining. The list is not in any particular order.

Just dined here Monday night with Kristin Detterline. The company was fantastic, as was the food and the atmosphere. Parking was fairly easy nearby on the street.

I think everyone knows how much I love Pinefish, but to stay cool while dining there sit on the 12th Street side where it’s a shady for most of the afternoon. If you do prefer to sit on the sunny side of the street, you might want to wear SPF 50 and a sombrero.

Aaah one of the newest eating spots in the City, Juno. So delicious, beautifully decorated, shady with beautiful trees and foliage. A real joy of an evening. The only thing that’s going to make you sweat is too many jalapenos.

Another FCM Hospitality hot spot is everyone’s favorite Morgan’s Pier. I ate there shortly after it opened and was not disappointed. Almost every table has an umbrella, and a fantastic view, but remember if you get up to shoot it, wear your mask.

Another beer garden with shade and delicious food is Independence Beer Garden. Unfortunately there’s no bar games as in years gone by, but there’s a fun atmosphere with socially distant picnic tables. They’re not taking reservations, just walk ins, and there needs to be a table available to enter the space. No standing and no ordering at the bar for now.

Order the Meatball Stromboli it looks delicious ! Outdoor seating available, no reservations necessary! Marisa Magnatta recommends the Purple Haze Frozè and ask about All About The Benjamins Baby!

Royal Boucherie doesn’t open til this weekend, but I can already see the secret garden won’t be a secret for too long, wow it looks fantastic.

The Fitler Club, so delicious. I can’t wait to go back and try the burger. My husband Mike had it and he still raves about it.
Welcome to The Garden – a magical garden restaurant tucked into an urban landscape. Join us for lunch, dinner or brunch. Members reserve in the Portal. Non-member walk-ins welcome! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Hours (weather permitting):
Monday – Friday, 11:00a-3:00p
Monday – Thursday, 5p-8p
Friday & Saturday, 5p-9p
Sunday, 11a-3p

I’m fond of Fond all the time, they have beautiful awnings to keep you cool as you dine across the street from the East Passyunk Singing Fountain.

There won’t be an Oktoberfest this year, but you can still sing great German songs while you enjoy your Bavarian feast at Brauhaus Schmitz on South Street in the shade.

Estia, what can I say, the best lamb chops, Estia Chips, tomato salad, delicious, delightful and friendly. I had dinner last week, not only was there a big awning to shade the diners, but Estia had their air condition on full blast with the windows open to cool the curbside diners. OK I lied, this might actually be the winner of the shadiest restaurant in Philly.


12 Eateries To Socially Distant Dine Al Fresco

Pennsylvania started dining outdoors last week, and I was out the door dining at 4 restaurants in our area. It was a great feeling of freedom and relief after months of isolation, especially seeing my friends, completing the night with air hugs. Bring your mask. You must wear it as you enter the restaurant and walk to your table. You can take it off at your table. If you go to the bathroom you must enter the building with your mask on. It’s only polite to wear your mask.

Starting Friday, June 12, restaurants in the yellow phase can offer outdoor seating. Indoor areas, including bar areas must remain closed to customers.
Customers being served must be seated at a table. Tables need to be six feet apart and there can be no reusable menus. Restaurants cannot have self-service food or drink options or condiments on tables. Let’s check out some of our favorite eateries opening on Friday.

So excited to go to Morgan’s Pier. The views, the food, the people watching.
221 N Christopher Columbus Blvd,
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Delivery: seamless.comgrubhub.combit.ly
Open: Outdoor Dining, Curbside Pickup and Delivery
Monday – Sunday
12:00pm – 10:00pm
Seating aiming for 250 seat to start with room for expansion
Morgan’s Pier is already an outdoor seating venue. Large wooden picnic tables with oversized umbrellas are perfect for groups for 6 to 10 guests. Smaller metal tables will be available for single diners to 4 guests.  Opening weekend we will have a DJ Friday 5-9 PM, Saturday 1-5 PM and 5-9 PM as background music. It will be table service. Take Out still available to go. Ample signing will be available throughout the venue to remind diners of social distancing and other rules. A poster will be posted at entry along and all disposable menus will have rules and restrictions.

Harper’s Garden. I stopped by yesterday and the garden is in bloom. In between the tables they’ve installed plexiglass dividers, which wasn’t a distraction. You can still enjoy people watching, but will help in social distancing as well as cut down the noise of an always packed place. Here are the deets:
Harper’s Garden
31 S 18th St,
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Harpers Garden

Reservations: https://harpersgardenphilly.com/reservations
Open? Outdoor Dining – and will offer pick-up/take-out when they re-open this week
Monday – Sunday
11:30am – 10:30pm
Seating for up to 50 to start and then they will expand by July with a new dining section next door. Ample signing will be available throughout the venue to remind diners of social distancing and other rules. A poster will be posted at entry along with a reminder on the menu.  Table service.

Germantown Garden
(next to Vesper Pool)
1029 Germantown Ave,
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Reservations:  Open Table

Delivery: ubereats.comseamless.comgrubhub.comdoordash.com
Open for Takeout and Outdoor Dining
Reservations Only through OpenTable (starts Thursday) or email contact@germantowngarden.com
Seating – looking to get 50 seats to start will maybe add more later
4:00pm to 12:00am
This urban oasis in the heart of Northern Liberties will re-open in time for outdoor dining this weekend – this is an entirely outdoor restaurant with table seats, full bar, full food menu, plants and flowers, beautiful lighting and an escape without leaving the city. They will utilize current space now and they have much room to grow with extra tables later. Menu to start will be appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, wings, bar favorites – and entrees and elevated dishes from “standard” menu will be added closer to July.  

Le Virtú
1927 East Passyunk Ave,
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Reservations:  Open Table

Open? Take-out, Outdoor Dining
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 5:00pm to 10:30pm, Friday 5:00pm to 11:00pm, Saturday 4:00pm to 11:00pm, Sunday 4:00pm to 10:00pm
They don’t know number but will be one of, if not, the largest place on East Passyunk to dine outside. Il Campo (Le Virtu’s outdoor spacious and lush garden and outdoor space) plus Le Virtu’s patio are available on OpenTable NOW for seatings beginning on Friday or you can call  215-271-5626. Dine with the backdrop of Abruzzo on the giant mural behind! Full menu will be offered. ALSO they are restarting Caviar this week and takeout with most of the entire menu – that part starts today June 10th.

Dim Sum House By Jane G’s (I just had lunch there last week. They have the best Hot & Sour Soup and edamame dumplings.)
(Rittenhouse only at this time for outdoor)
1930 Chestnut St,
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Dim Sum House

Delivery: seamless.comgrubhub.com
Open? Outdoor Dining, Takeout and Delivery
Reservations Only by Phone
Time Limit of 75 Minutes During Peak Times
Seats: 20-30 to be determined
Tuesday – Sunday
12:00pm – 9:00pm
Dim Sum House in Rittenhouse will open back up today in preparation for outdoor dining on Friday – they will offer nearly 2 dozen seats socially distanced apart with their entire full menu of Dim Sum favorites plus Chinese specialty dishes.

Brü Craft & Wurst, Tradesman’s and U-Bahn
1316 Chestnut St,
Philadelphia, PA 19107
For all properties one phone is being used:  (267) 457-3994  
Delivery: doordash.comgrubhub.comseamless.comubereats.com
Open? Outdoor Dining, Takeout and Delivery
Monday to Friday, 3:00pm to 2:00am (kitchen stops 1:00am)
Saturday and Sunday, 11:00am to 2:00am (kitchen stops 1:00am)
Outdoor seating will be socially distanced with extra precautions and span from Bru across U-Bahn to Tradesman’s creating a mini-restaurant row with sidewalk dining on Chestnut Street – with up to 20-30 seats pending final arrangement and party sizes. The menu across all three properties will be the same – dishes from BRU, Tradesman’s and some bar favorites from Finn McCool’s – in time for this weekend the BRU and Tradesman’s offerings will greatly expand from the current limited menu to much larger.
Table service. Specials will also begin for weekly food dishes and special drinks.

Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti
212 Walnut St, 2nd Floor,
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Reservations:Open Table

Delivery: ubereats.com
Open? Outdoor Dining, Takeout and Delivery
Monday-Thursday: 11:30am-10:30pm
(Closed Mondays from November thru April)
11:30am – 11:00pm
11:30am – 11:00pm

Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti will offer beautiful outdoor views above the streets of Old City District -with outdoor and cafe/ patio seating with their full menu, bar and wine-beer-cocktail list. Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti offering Italian inspired Cuisine with a seafood-focused menu, and breathtaking open-air dining plans to reopen with outdoor dining this Friday. That will include a sidewalk cafe and back patio seating. Tables will be spread out between 6 feet or more and will be taking safety precautions. Employees will be wearing masks and taking extra steps for sanitation. There will be between 40-50 seats available along the sidewalk cafe while bigger parties will be set up at the back patio.

Sancho Pistolas
19 W Girard Ave,
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Delivery: Caviar

Open? Takeout and Delivery and now Outdoor Dining
Seven days a week Noon to 11:00pm
Pistolas Fishtown location will offer sidewalk cafe seating in the heart of Fishtown with socially distanced tables – aiming to get 12-16 seats. This is a recommendation not requirement – parties will be encouraged during first two weeks and during peak time for 90 estimate minute stays. Full menu. Table service. Specials coming soon.

Pistolas Del Sur
1934 East Passyunk Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Delivery: Caviar

Open? Takeout and Delivery
Seven days a week Noon to 11:00pm  
Dine outside under the shade and on the beautiful seating outside East Passyunk’s Pistolas Del Sur. Take in the Avenue views and sidewalk scene and enjoy tacos, entrees, margaritas, cocktails, wine and beer. This is a recommendation not requirement – parties will be encouraged during first two weeks and during peak time for 90 estimate minute stays. Parties of 4-6 people are strongly encouraged during peak times. Full menu. Table service. Specials coming soon.

 Urban Village Brewing Company
1001 N 2nd St, 
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Reservations: http://urbanvillagebrewing.com/reservations
or call for reservations

Delivery:  Grub Hub
Instagram: instagram.com/urbanvillagebrewing/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/urbanvillagebrewing/

Open? Takeout, Delivery, Outdoor Dining
Monday – Sunday, 12:00pm – 9:00pmThey are aiming 15 tables for seating up to 100 people pending party size – in their beautiful outdoor patio and sidewalk seating in the heart of No Libs on 2nd Street at the Piazza. The tables will of course be socially distanced – full menu – table service – extra cleaning and precautions. They will be using a new app Up N Go to pay by check on phone to be contactless. They will be offering their famous Froze that debuted at the Pod Park last year – which was the most popular drinks of the summer for the entire park in 2019 – this is a big welcome addition! Call for reservations 267-687-1961. 

Jerry’s Bar
129 W Laurel St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 267-273-1632

Reservations: https://www.opentable.com/r/jerrys-bar-philadelphia

Delivery: postmates.com, grubhub.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jerrysbarphilly/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jerrysbarphilly/

Open? Curbside Pickup and Delivery and now Outdoor Dining
Wednesday – Thursday 2:00pm – 9:00pm; Friday 2:00pm – 11:00pm; Saturday 11:00am – 11:00pm; Sunday 11:00am – 9:00pm

El Camino Real Restaurant
1040 N 2nd St, 
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Delivery: ubereats.com, grubhub.com, seamless.com, doordash.com

Open? Takeout and delivery and now outdoor dining

11:00am to 10:00pm kitchen, with bar until 11:00pm – seven days a week

They will open their sidewalk seating in the middle of the open-air picturesque Liberties Walk with beer garden style seating where you order from stations and they will bring food out to the tables. Full menu of food, with lots of frozen cocktails for the hot weekends coming. First come, first served. No reservations. When ordering must wear mask, social distancing and following all guidelines as given by state and city.