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The Best Outdoor Dining Restaurants in New Jersey

There is only so much cooking and takeout you can eat before you start clamoring for a restaurant meal. In the wake of COVID-19, many local establishments are beginning to offer outdoor dining. Now, Best of NJ is celebrating the reopening of many eateries by sharing The Best Outdoor Dining Restaurants in NJ.

Below, you’ll find top-rated restaurants throughout NJ that now offer al fresco dining. However, there is one thing to keep in mind; you typically want to call ahead for reservations at restaurants with outdoor dining. This is because outdoor seating venues are often small, and may have seating times or limited hours.

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North Jersey

Haven Outdoor Dining Area


Andre’s Lakeside Dining

Where: 112 Tomahawk Trail, Sparta
Details: This Asian and French fusion sits just 20 feet from Seneca Lake. You’ll find chairs on the patio, grass, and a covered front porch. At Andre’s, you can order from a fixed-price menu with optional add-ons. Keep in mind it’s a BYOB, but they do serve nonalcoholic drinks made with fruit and herbs from their garden.
More info: Visit the website or click here to give them a call.


Battello

Where: 502 Washington Boulevard, Jersey City
Details: At Battelllo, you can eat and drink in a space that offers an industrial and luxurious design. You will also take in views of the Manhattan skyline as you enjoy an Italian and seafood infused menu; thanks to culinary guru Chef Ryan DePersio.
More info: Visit the website or click here to give them a call.


Bloomfield Steak & Seafood House

Where: 409 Franklin St, Bloomfield
Details: This family-owned spot specializes in steak and seafood, as well as burgers. Enjoy a 10-ounce filet mignon or rack of ribs on the patio, or try the angry fish tacos; three flour tortillas they pack with spicy flounder, red onion, shredded lettuce, and red pepper flake aioli.
More info: Visit the website or click here to give them a call.


Cafe Chameleon

Where: 60 Main St, Bloomingdale
Details: Enjoy a summer menu on the patio at Café Chameleon, which locally sources its produce, meat, and seafood. You’ll find menu options such as hanger steak, Barnegat Light scallops, Point Pleasant black bass, and more. They also serve cocktails and wine to pair with that summer breeze.
More info: Visit the website or click here to give them a call.


Haven Riverfront Restaurant

Where: 2 Main Street, Edgewater
Details: Haven sits on the banks of the Hudson River, offering breathtaking views of the skyline. In fact, Haven is “one of the world’s 16 most spectacular waterfront restaurants” according to Architectural Digest. In addition to the view, Haven boasts a large modern patio that’s just 20 feet from the river.
More info: Visit the website or click here to give them a call.


Mattar’s Bistro

Where: 1115 County Rd 517, Allamuchy Township
Details: Open since 1984, this menu features modern American cuisine with an emphasis on fresh and local products. They serve outdoor meals on a pretty veranda that wraps around the building. The wide menu ranges from calamari and sushi (try the spicy salmon roll) to signature salads and brick oven pizza.
More info: Visit the website or click here to give them a call.


Son Cubano

Where: 40-4 Riverwalk Place, West New York
Details: It’s finally time to take off those yoga pants you’ve been wearing daily during quarantine. This restaurant strives to provide excellent service in a glamorous atmosphere. Enjoy the taste, sights and sounds of the Cuban style. Munch on fine Cuban fare as you take in beautiful NYC views from Son Cubano’s expansive patio.
More info: Visit the website or click here to give them a call.


The Windlass

Where: 45 Nolans Point Park Rd, Lake Hopatcong
Details: Take in a sunset on the large patio The Windlass provides. (Half of which offers a cover to protect from rain or heat.) They do require reservations, but the extra effort is well worth the menu. For instance, their Windlass wings come with teriyaki ginger or spicy buffalo sauce. As for the drink choices, summer favorites include sangria, martinis, and margaritas.
More info: Visit the website or click here to give them a call.


Central Jersey

Outdoor Seating overlooking water at The Armory


The Armory

Where: 200 Front Street, Perth Amboy
Details: You’ll find The Armory right on Perth Amboy’s historic waterfront. It offers a beautiful view of the Raritan Bay as well as Staten Island. If the views aren’t enough for you, there’s also a bit of history here, too. The restaurant is inside a completely restored naval ammunition building that was used during World Wars I and II.
More info: Visit the website or click here to give them a call.


The Blue Bottle Cafe

Where: 101 E Broad St, Hopewell
Details: Open since March 2006, the Blue Bottle Café offers seasonal, creative, and tasty options in a little blue house. You can build your own three course prix-fixe meal of appetizer, entrée, and dessert from their makeshift patio. (The price varies by item selection.) Check their website for updates about the a la carte menu.
More info: Visit the website or click here to give them a call.


Frog and the Peach

Where: 29 Dennis Street, New Brunswick
Details: Dine on Chef Bruce Lefebvre’s innovative American cuisine at the Frog and the Peach. They source their food locally, with a menu that mixes seasonal and innovative dishes. But we know what you’re really wondering, so to answer your question: The restaurant’s name comes from a Dudley Moore and Peter Cook 1970s comedy routine about a restaurant that serves only frogs and peaches.
More info: Visit the website or click here to give them a call.


The Irving Inn

Where: 1443 Irving Street, Rahway
Details: At The Irving Inn, seating is first come, first serve out on the patio. Here, you can order the Irving Burger, with thick-cut bacon, smoked Gouda, and roasted shallots. Otherwise, try the Johnny Corn Cake made with shaved corn and served with chipotle mayo, lime, and cotija cheese. Either way, you’ll leave happy (and full).
More info: Visit the website or click here to give them a call.


Lambertville Station Restaurant

Where: 1 Bridge Street, Lambertville
Details: Escape from daily worries at this relaxing retreat. Dishes at Lambertville Station feature locally grown ingredients. Here, you’ll enjoy your outdoor dining al-fresco on the patio along the banks of the Delaware River.
More info: Visit the website or click here to give them a call.


Ninety Acres

Where: 2 Main Street, Peapack
Details: Ninety Acres lets you indulge your passion for great food and wine. They offer appetizers like pea soup, as well as starters like pasta and corn risotto. One popular entrée is their nut and seed crusted salmon. Their spacious outdoor patio offers a gorgeous garden view and string lighting to set the mood.
More info: Visit the website or click here to give them a call.


The Pittstown Inn

Where: 350 Pittstown Rd, Pittstown
Details: The Pittstown Inn has limited outdoor seating, so they ask that guests please call ahead. If you do manage to snag a seat, chances are you’ll get to hear live music with your gourmet dining. Menu delights include tuna tartare and the Pittstown Burger; the latter comes with all the fixings. But don’t forget to save room for the Inn’s cheesecake.
More info: Visit the website or click here to give them a call.


Jersey Shore

Charlie's of Bay Head Outdoor Dining Example


The Blue Pig Tavern

Where: 200 Congress Place, Cape May
Details: You’ll find The Blue Pig Tavern in the corner of the famous Congress Hall. Of course, this spot is known for serving hearty yet classic American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In addition, the farm-to-table menu features fresh produce, herbs and eggs from their own Beach Plum Farm.
More info: Visit the website or click here to give them a call.


Charlie’s of Bay Head

Where: 72 Bridge Ave, Bay Head
Details: Enjoy waterfront outdoor dining on the deck or lakeside patio at this two-story restaurant along Twilight Lake. The award-winning menu and long list of wines from around the globe should delight any palette; just be sure to save room for one (or two!) of their creative, homemade desserts.
More info: Visit the website or click here to give them a call.


Chef Mike’s ABG

Where: 10 24th Ave, Seaside Park
Details: Executive Chef Mike Jurusz is bringing sexy (food) back at Chef Mike’s ABG; a beachfront restaurant with outdoor dining tables that sit on the sand. Seafood lovers will enjoy dishes like fried calamari and pan-seared sea scallops, as well as grilled ahi tuna.
More info: Visit the website or click here to give them a call.


Luna’s Outdoor Bar & Grill at The Savoy

Where: 4940 Landis Avenue, East Vineland
Details: Luna’s is on the west side of Merghi’s Savoy Inn. It’s a fun and casual atmosphere to enjoy either a meal or a sunset (or both). Dine on Key West-inspired foods, sip on interesting signature drinks and of course, take in the outdoors.
More info: Visit the website or click here to give them a call.


Mott’s Creek Inn

Where: North Motts Creek Road, Galloway
Details: The Mott’s Creek kitchen now features the talent of local chef and restauranteur, Carey Hettmannsperger. You’ll find a mix of seafood and comfort food like burgers on the menu, all made with fresh ingredients. In addition, they make their BBQ dishes using a smoker; and doesn’t eating BBQ on a waterfront deck sound great right about now?!
More info: Visit the website or click here to give them a call.


The Rum Runner

Where: 516 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright
Details: Sit on The Rum Runner deck and enjoy the view with a specialty cocktail in your hand. A favorite spot of Bruce Sringsteen, The Boss used to visit this spot daily; in fact, he used the banquet room to rehearse for his Tunnel of Love tour. After the space was sadly destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, it took three years to rebuild.
More info: Visit the website or click here to give them a call.


Waypoint 622

Where: 622 Green Ave, Brielle
Details: If the idea of award-winning chefs preparing New American cuisine appeals to you, check out Waypoint 622. Their outdoor dining lets you relax by the water and take in a stunning view of the Manasquan River and Hoffman’s Marina. After your meal, you can stroll down one of the marina’s docks and watch the boats pass by.
More info: Visit the website or click here to give them a call.


South Jersey

Patio Dining at Carlucci's Waterfront


Braddock’s Tavern

Where: 39 S Main St, Medford
Details: Braddock’s offers casual fine dining at a comfortable pub with a colonial atmosphere. They serve their Braddock’s Burger with Nueske bacon, red dragon cheddar, arugula, crispy onion, twelve-hour tomato, and horseradish spread. In addition, their popular mac and cheese offers add-ons like lobster, bacon, and grilled chicken.
More info: Visit the website or click here to give them a call.


Carlucci’s Waterfront

Where: 876 Centerton Rd, Mount Laurel
Details: As the name implies, Carlucci’s Waterfront offers waterfront dining. But to be more specific, it comes with a view of Rancocas Creek. This Italian spot specializes in serving steaks and seafood, as well as classic fare. However, some of the newest options to the menu include pastas like Gnocchi Paesani, Orecchiette Foggia, and Mushroom Ravioli Granchio.
More info: Visit the website or click here to give them a call.


The Chophouse

Where: 4 Lakeview Dr S, Gibbsboro
Details: Enjoy steak on the lake during the sunset or sip on a specialty cocktail under the stars at The ChopHouse. The menu at this neighborhood spot includes aged and prime steaks as well as fresh seafood options. Of course, their extensive drink selection features martinis, margaritas, beer, wine, and even spiked seltzers.
More info: Visit the website or click here to give them a call.


Filomena Lakeview

Where: 1738 Cooper Street, Deptford Township
Details: The Lakeview Inn was a stage coach stop in the 1700s and now houses this restaurant; which gets its name from the owner’s mother, Filomena. Filomena came from Abruzzi, Italy, and brought her authentic recipes to share with chefs; so you can expect a real homemade meal as you dine on the patio.
More info: Visit the website or click here to give them a call.


Steakouts Sports Bar

Where: 85 Harding Hwy, Pittsgrove Township
Details: Steakouts offers a pavilion area to give customers a backyard island-style place where they can relax. The authentic tavern atmosphere offers a fun menu full of sandwiches, seafood, and dessert; which you can enjoy by their patio on the sand. (Which also has a volleyball net.)
More info: Visit the website or click here to give them a call.


Top (Hero) Photo: © Waypoint 622 / Facebook
Other Photos (in Order) Courtesy:
Haven Riverfront Restaurant & Bar / Facebook
Seabra’s Armory / Facebook
Charlie’s of Bay Head / Facebook
Carlucci’s Waterfront / Website

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