What’s better than beautiful weather? Dining on delicious food while enjoying it. New Jersey has so many amazing outdoor dining opportunities, the following restaurants are wonderful places to start, listed in no particular order.
1. Peter Shields Inn, Cape May
While this beachfront restaurant isn't known for its outdoor dining, it offers a truly unique experience. For a whopping $350, guests can enjoy the "Chef's Table" special. You will be treated to seven spectacular, custom-made courses and scenic views from a private patio.
2. Hamilton's Grill Room, Lambertville
Surround yourself with gorgeous greenery in Hamilton's garden. The garden is located right along the D & R Canal and offers seating for 40. Enjoy flavorful Mediterranean dishes or modern American cuisine and rotating seasonal menus.
3. Highlawn Pavilion, West Orange
Located in the beautiful Eagle Rock Reservation, visitors can enjoy sprawling hilltop views with the New York City skyline in the distance.
4. Shipwreck Grill, Brielle
While the outdoor dining area is lovely, you'll really want to head here for the food. Enjoy mouthwatering seafood and traditional American cuisine along with spectacular service.
5. Varka Estiatorio, Ramsey
This North Jersey gem offers a spacious outdoor eating area and unique Greek dishes like this deconstructed baklava, pictured.
6. Indeblue, Collingswood
This fun BYOB spot offers a fantastic brunch featuring live music and flavorful Indian cuisine. Snatch up an outdoor table and enjoy monthly specials and events including the upcoming Father's Day "Beer & BBQ Brunch."
7. The Sussex Inn, Sussex
Enjoy American favorites in a relaxed atmosphere with a bar, billiards table and seasonal patio. Housed in a historic building, many retro and vintage items are incorporated into the decor.
8. Liberty House, Jersey City
A reader favorite, Liberty House is an outdoor dining haven. Guests can dine on the patio, enjoy the fire pit, rent a private cabana, or grab a drink at the outdoor bar. You'll love the mouthwatering cuisine and NYC views.
9. Harbor View, Cape May
This waterfront favorite offers a deck with exceptional views and special sushi menu along with seafood and comfort food classics. Try the crab cake sandwich or any of the other affordable options.
10. Brielle River House, Brielle
This restaurant, banquet hall and waterfront wedding venue is located on the Manasquan River and Inlet. Enjoy the famous raw bar and delicious desserts.
11. Villari's Lakeside, Sicklerville
Choose from scenic lakefront dining or a festive outdoor tiki bar. Definitely do not miss the Luau party this Sunday, May 29th. $30 will grant you access to an all-you-can-eat buffet, unlimited soft drinks and live entertainment. Tax and tip included! The Mahi Mahi and Maui Teriyaki Ribs are sure to be big hits.
12. Jack Baker's Wharfside, Point Pleasant
Jack Baker's Wharfside has been serving up sublime seafood since 1965. The outdoor patio is incredibly spacious and offers beautiful waterfront views.
13. Top Of The Green At Apple Mountain, Belvidere
Enjoy green, hilly views and specials like "Wine Down Wednesday" and "Prime Rib Thursdays."
14. Sofia Restaurant, Margate
Sofia's has the most magical patio. Dine on an eclectic mix of Mediterranean, Greek and Continental cuisine and don't miss Thursday nights, offering live music and discounts on wine.