Is it just us, or has the pandemic made winter feel extra long this year? With vaccine distribution ramping up and warmer weather right around the corner, though, all signs point to a return to some normalcy. But while indoor dining is open again in Philly — capped at 25 percent capacity, for now — you may still feel more comfortable booking a table outside.
The good news is that there’s never been a better time to dine al fresco. Even with the city’s famously narrow (ahem, historic) streets, restaurant owners continue to get creative this year, welcoming guests to yurts, covered bungalows, and soon, tables in the sun.
From a sidewalk cafe with a Roman vibe to secluded leafy gardens with Middle Eastern brunch, here are 10 of the best spots in Philadelphia where you can dine outside. And if you want more inspiration, don’t miss our full roster of outdoor options.