Like an alarm that few people asked to be set, the recent chill in the air serves as Mother Nature’s heads up that cool days are coming. But with several restaurants in the city featuring fire pits, heat lamps, and blankets, there are plenty of places to catch the sunset without having to layer up. And since the city extended outdoor dining measures through December 31, you’ll be able to visit your favorite steetery through the holiday season. Here are nine rooftops, open-air courtyards, and patios with that extra warmth we’re all going to need during the upcoming months.
There are several ways to stay toasty at Frankford Hall. From standing heaters to multiple firepits, the beer hall’s massive backyard is a fit for all seasons. The menu also brings the heat (sorry) with several hearty options, like German ravioli with beef, brown butter, and breadcrumbs, along with a variety of wurst and sausage plates.
You can catch every inch of the Center City skyline on The Continental Mid-Town’s rooftop. Whether you stop by for lunch, brunch, or dinner, the huge fire pits and standing lamps will save you from the chill. They take both reservations and walk-ins.
The beautiful outdoor courtyard of Suraya is full of glowing firepits, standing heaters, a range of seating, and gorgeous trees that’ll make garden season a year-long possibility. One of our favorites on their “garden menu” is the kawarma, which features baharat-seasoned, slow-roasted lamb that’s topped with dill yogurt.
We’re not saying you should leave your jacket at home when heading to Talula’s Garden, but you definitely won’t need it when you’re on their patio. Their sizable and heater-filled outdoor space, which features its own bar, is a great place to stay warm and take in the Center City skies. If you catch their brunch, try the buttermilk fried chicken and waffles drizzled with maple sage gravy and hot honey.
Le Virtù in South Philly is doing an awesome job of keeping diners warm on their outdoor patio that’s full of heaters. When you’re there, try the taccozzelle. This fresh pasta dish is topped with a pork sausage ragu that includes mushrooms, black truffle, and saffron.
The spacious glass-enclosed patio at Osteria is the perfect way to enjoy the fall and winter days without breaking out into a shiver dance. In the warm greenhouse-like space, you can enjoy great homemade pasta including a flavorful candele with wild bolognese and cocoa.
The intimate wooden deck at Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen is full of standing heaters and sun-covering umbrellas. It’s also BYOB (bring your own blanket) friendly during the chilly days. Whether you’re sipping on their popular oak-aged Negroni or biting into any selection on their sandwich-heavy menu, just know, it will be at one of the best places to eat outdoors in Fishtown.
Goose Island Brewhouse
On cold days, the idea of leaving the house can be as offensive as those slow cooker cheesesteak recipes. But a visit to the beer garden and patio at Goose Island Brewery, which has a bunch of fire pits and heaters, will make you temporarily forget about those fading temps outside. We know the main attraction here is the wide selection of beers, but we can’t deny the brisket grilled cheese. Made with house-smoked brisket, the spicy and tangy sandwich never fails.
Philadelphians really love eating outdoors. We hit up parks, patios, streeteries, and anywhere else we can think of to enjoy a good view with our meal. At Attico Rooftop, you can satisfy your outdoor fix while being surrounded by greenery, tons of heating, and a rolling view of the historic Bellevue Hotel. When you take a break from skyline-watching, try the porcini celery root risotto made with roasted maitake mushroom and cerignola olives. It’s exactly what you want this time of year.