The warm weather is finally here, and with it comes a whole new dining option: al fresco. Eating outside is such a fun, freeing activity. Many restaurants in Pennsylvania have beautiful outdoor areas where you can spend time with family and friends while enjoying your delicious meal. Here are ten of the best.
1. The Waterfront, Lancaster
Located along the Conestoga River, The Waterfront is one of the premier dining destinations in historic Lancaster. The patio is a peaceful, quiet place to enjoy your meal along the water. The Waterfront only uses the freshest local ingredients, and changes their menu three times a year to keep up with the changing seasons.
2. M Restaurant, Philadelphia
M Restaurant is a perfectly romantic place to enjoy al fresco dining. You can find it in downtown Philadelphia. The outdoor space is the only formal garden in the city that offers outdoor dining. Often, a live jazz band will play in the garden to entertain guests.
3. Judy's On Cherry, Reading
Judy's On Cherry used to be a farmer's market, and now it is a popular restaurant in downtown Reading. Specializing in Mediterranean-inspired fare, the food here will keep you coming back for more.
4. The General Warren Inne, Malvern
The General Warren Inne is a historic country in dating back to 1745. It has eight guest suits, but what most people come here for is the delicious food. Their outdoor space is called the Spring House Terrace and is open year-round (heated and enclosed in the winter). It is a popular space both for casual dining and also more formal events such as wedding rehearsal dinners and receptions.
5. Cork Bar & Restaurant, Wilkes-Barre
Cork Bar & Restaurant is the top restaurant in Wilkes-Barre, according to Trip Advisor. Its outdoor space is a jovial place where family and friends gather to eat, drink, and be merry in an intimate backyard-like space.
6. The Harmony Inn, Harmony
The Harmony Inn is a rustic American tavern. Its beautiful outdoor tavern includes fountains. Here you will enjoy the place's historical background with your freshly made meals and locally made beer.
7. Tapas On Main, Bethlehem
Tapas On Main offers authentic Spanish tapas in the most scenic part of downtown Bethlehem. Open since 2011, its proprietor, Juan Carlos Paredes, also owns Mesa Modern Mexican in Easton.
8. Home 231, Harrisburg
Home 231 serves classic American comfort food in a fun, modern style. Located only a block from the capitol building, it is a must-visit landmark in Harrisburg; not only for its award-winning cuisine, but also it's fantastic location and decor.
9. Union Jack's Inn on the Manatawny, Boyertown
Enjoy live music on Thursday or Sunday nights, or mouthwatering food any day of the week at Union Jack's Inn on the Manatawny. The menu consists of traditional English pub fare, and you can also select from an extensive list of craft beers, wines, and liquors.
10. Harris Grill, Pittsburgh
Located in one of Pittsburgh's trendiest neighborhoods, Shadyside, Harris Grill has the best atmosphere with the best food. Offering a wide range of American food and an impressive array of beer and cocktails, you won't leave hungry.
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