These Are the Best Restaurants for Outdoor Dining Around the Main Line
Photos by Ed Williams
Ready to dine outside around the Main Line? These al fresco eateries offer sunshine-filled views with tempting menus to match.
There’s no better way to enjoy the beautiful weather around the Main Line than with an al fresco meal at one of the region’s top-tier eateries. Whether for a casual lunch or a celebratory dinner, these local restaurants welcome diners for a gourmet meal in a beautiful outdoor setting.
East Branch Brewing
The rooftop view is downright breathtaking at this former firehouse. Though East Branch is known for its award-winning beer, the food is a step above typical pub fare. No-brainers include the house-made pickles, brisket noodles, and a mushroom cake made with the shredded lion’s mane variety, sautéed ramps and roasted tomato vinaigrette.
202 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, (484) 593-0815, eastbranchbrewing.com
Four Dogs Tavern
Tucked away in the quaint historic village of Marshallton, this popular pub-style eatery’s extensive patio is about as dog-friendly as they come. The menu features fondue, shareable plates, rich mushroom and French onion soups, and creative craft cocktails.
1300 W. Strasburg Road, West Chester, (610) 692-4367, thefourdogstavern.com.
The General Warren
This historic inn (with quaint overnight accommodations) is home of the Spring House Terrace, which is perfect for casual cocktail parties and after-work happy hours. There’s also the more intimate Table 1745, a 275-year-old springhouse with seating for up to six guests. Beef Wellington, snapper soup and German wiener schnitzel are among the menu highlights.
9 Old Lancaster Road, Malvern, (610) 296-3637, generalwarren.com
Bistro on Bridge
A vintage Volkswagen bus serves as the centerpiece for the bistro’s second-floor Analog Room and Outdoor Beer Garden, with its funky wall art, retro accents, open roof and oversized windows offering bird’s-eye views of downtown Phoenixville. The menu features handhelds, pizza and wings. Live music is the norm on weekends.
212 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (610) 935-7141, bistroonbridge.com
The Whip Tavern
Built right next to a babbling branch of the Brandywine River, the deck of this authentic British-themed pub offers unspoiled rural tranquility. Classics include bangers and mash, Scotch eggs, Welsh rarebit and sticky toffee pudding. The beer list features both local and hard-to-get international options.
1383 N. Chatham Road, Coatesville, (610) 383-0600, thewhiptavern.com
The lush outdoor space at this Mediterranean BYOB is situated between Chester Creek and the historic Glen Mills train station. Specialties include vegetarian byrsa, crispy-skin duck breast and seafood paella.
128 Glen Mills Road, Glen Mills, (610) 444-3277, glenmills.byrsabistro.com
Lunch, brunch and dinner are served on Firepoint’s state-of-the-art covered patio area. With its floor-to-ceiling fieldstone fireplace, 25-seat bar, high-top tables and cushioned groupings of sofas and chairs, it’s part sophisticated lounge, party cozy living room. Menu highlights include steaks, seafood and wood-fired rotisserie chicken.
3739 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, (484) 428-3093, firepointgrill.com
A large open-to-the-sky ceiling caps a festively lit courtyard with myriad textures and colors at Idlewild, one of five new dining spaces at the dramatically revamped Towne House. Inventive shareable plates include Rhode Island baked quahog clams and seasonal wild-game sliders.
117 Veterans Square, Media, (484) 445-2041, townehousepa.com
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49 St. Georges Road, Ardmore, (484) 412-8011, lolasgardenrestaurant.com
Streetlight Kitchen & Bar
The beautiful outdoor patio at Streetlight serves New-American and wood-fired cuisine with a delightful setting. In addition to local craft, ingredients and flavor, they have a happy hour Monday-Friday 5-7 for an after work hangout.
5400 Ferne Boulevard, Drexel Hill, (484) 461-9823, streetlightdrexelhill.com
Tavola Restaurant + Bar
Sink into soft pillows and enjoy sweeping views of the Springfield Country Club golf course at Tavola. Cozy fire pits, palm trees and shaded hideaways also await. The kitchen specializes in eclectic American cuisine and brick-oven specialties, with live acoustic music most evenings.
400 W. Sproul Road, Springfield, (610) 543-2100, tavolas.com
White Dog Cafe (Glen Mills)
At Fearless Restaurants’ newest creation, the expansive patio offers conversation-friendly groupings accented by “SIT” and “STAY” pillows—a whimsical spin on a sociable vibe. Standout shareables include Maryland crab dip and smoked trout toast.
981 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, (610) 822-2100, whitedog.com
The Farmer’s Daughter
Normandy Farm Hotel & Conference Center’s historic courtyard oasis has a flagstone floor, water features, a fire wall and form-fitting rocking chairs perfect for unwinding with a cocktail in hand. Delicious farm-to-table cuisine, a full bar and an energetic staff combine to make happy hour and brunch well worth the trip.
1401 Morris Road, Blue Bell, (215) 616-8300, farmersdaughterpa.com
The Landing Kitchen
Amid the industrial surroundings of the former Pencoyd Iron Works site overlooking the banks of the Schuylkill River, this cafe patio is a great place to unwind or gear up. Garage doors provide a nice cross-breeze, and menu offers enticing upscale casual fare. Walk or bike off your meal on the nearby Pencoyd Trail to Manayunk.
617 Righters Ferry Road, Bala Cynwyd, (484) 434-8765, thelandingkitchen.com
Draped in white lights and anchored by a converted garage, this unique outdoor space is secluded and intimate. Locally sourced ingredients define a menu that includes signature wings and a hearty vegan ratatouille.
101 E. 7th Ave., Conshohocken, (610) 897-8212, jaspersbackyard.com
On hot summer days, the patio at this Conshy mainstay beckons those looking for outdoor dining with wrought-iron seating and tables, a trickling fountain and plenty of shade. Wash down your quesadillas, enchiladas or tacos with pitcher of margaritas.
800 Spring Mill Ave., Conshohocken, (610) 825-3000, coyotecrossing.com
More Great Options for Outdoor Dining
333 Belrose Lane, Wayne, (610) 293-1000, 333belrose.com
560 Wellington Square, Exton, (484) 341-8886, eatalpastor.com
Aneu Kitchen & Juicery
1556 Lancaster Ave., Paoli, (610) 251-9600, aneucatering.com
At the Table BYOB
11 Louella Court, Wayne, (610) 964-9700, atthetablebyob.com
729 E. Hector St., Conshohocken, (610) 825-2700, barluccarestaurant.com
The Black Cat Cafe
42 Berkley Road, Devon, (610) 688-1930, theblackcatcafe.org
Brick & Brew
2138 Darby Road, Havertown, (484) 455-7250; 26 W. State St., Media, (484) 443-8441; 400 E. King St., Malvern, (484) 320-8688; bricknbrewpub.com
540 Wellington Square, Exton, (610) 321-1600, bricksidegrille.com
Christopher’s a Neighborhood Place
108 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, (484) 568-4127, christophersaneighborhoodplace.com
Cornerstone Bistro & Artisanal Market
1 West Ave., Wayne, (610) 688-1888, cornerstonewayne.com
Crowded Castle Brewing Company
242 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (484) 252-0077, crowdedcastle.com
134 E. Gay St., West Chester, (484) 887-0760, dolcezola.com
570 Simpson Drive, Chester Springs, (610) 615-5189, epicureangarage.com
121 E. King St., Malvern, (610) 578-9208
255 Main St., Suite 180, King of Prussia, (474) 808-4008, wearefoundingfarmers.com
The Goat’s Beard
103 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, (484) 584-4979, thegoatsbeardwayne.com
1149 Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, (610) 525-1851, gulliftys.com
128 Ford St, Conshohocken, (610) 838 8494, gypsysaloon.com
114 State St., Kennett Square, (610) 444-2244, laveronapa.com
9 N. Walnut St., West Chester, (610) 436-6230; 499 E. Uwchlan Ave., Chester Springs, (610) 524-3112; limoncellorestaurant.com
Mercato Ristorante and Bar
33 Market St., West Chester, (610) 701-6326, mercatowc.com
59 St. James Place, Ardmore, (484) 417-6054. oathpizza.com
40 E. Gay St., West Chester, (610) 696-4100, opataverna.com
7 W. King St., Malvern, (610) 644-4009, restaurantalba.com
Round Guys Brewing Company
324 W. Main St., Lansdale, (215) 368-2640. roundguysbrewery.com
Ryan Christopher’s BYOB
245 Woodbine Ave, Narberth, (610) 664-9282, ryanchristophersbyob.com
44 W. Gay St., Suite 1, West Chester, (610) 738-5104; 131 Bridge St., Suite 5, Phoenixville, (484) 302-5714; sedonataphouse.com
30 N. Church St., West Chester, (484) 999-8638, slowhand-wc.com
The Social Lounge
117 E. Gay St., West Chester, (610) 738-3948, thesocialwc.com
4311 Main St., Philadelphia, (267) 297-6668, somohospitality.com
Stolen Sun Brewing & Roasting
342 Pottstown Pike, Exton, (484) 879-4161, stolensun.com
Stove & Tap
329 W. Main St., Lansdale, (215) 393-8277; 245 Lancaster Ave, Malvern, (484) 450-8890; 158 W. Gay Street, West Chester, (484) 999-0922; stoveandtap.com
Suburban Restaurant and Beer Garden
570 Wellington Square, Exton, (610) 458-2337, suburbanbg.com
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