The Essential New Jersey Outdoor Dining Guide

Whether you want to bask in the warm sun on a waterfront patio or take in dramatic city views from a rooftop bar, these are 42 of the best restaurants in New Jersey showcasing breathtaking outdoor seating.


Andre’s Lakeside Dining | Sparta
The scene: An expansive deck overlooking Seneca Lake.
The eats: Modern dishes that evolve monthly to capture the freshest flavors of the season.

Angry Dad Draught House | Washington
The scene: Like being at the beach, but not. Covered outdoor pavilion and sandy area with Adirondack chairs.
The eats: Satisfying bar-and-grill fare with impressive domestic and imported draught selections.

Battello | Jersey City
The scene: Stunning Hudson River and Manhattan skyline views.
The eats: Contemporary Italian, seafood-influenced menu by Chef Ryan DePersio.

Café Matisse | Randolph
The scene: Authentic European garden patio.
The eats: Four-course Prix-Fixe dinner menu, BYOB.

Casa Bella Ristorante | Denville
The scene: Lakeside deck with vintage string lights and flowering plants.
The eats: Italian regional cuisine – think: traditional dishes plus new takes on classics.

City Bistro | Hoboken
The scene: Expansive rooftop with panoramic views of uptown Hoboken.
The eats: Eclectic Italian American fare.

Haven | Edgewater
The scene: On the banks of the Hudson River with Manhattan views – named “One of the World’s 16 Most Spectacular Waterfront Restaurants” by Architectural Digest.
The eats: An innovative take on Modern American dishes by Chef Angel Andino.

A porch with outdoor seating at Haven restaurant in Edgewater, New Jersey, on the banks of the Hudson river

Iron Monkey | Jersey City
The scene: Billed as not fine dining, not a local dive, but a Rooftop Craft Draft Beer Bar.
The eats: Modern American cuisine, draft beers and full bar.

NoHu Rooftop Bar & Restaurant | Weehawken
The scene: Trendy rooftop bar with river and Manhattan skyline views.
The eats: Decadent dishes paired with craft cocktails. Bottle service available.

The Patio at The Highlawn | West Orange
The scene: Sweeping NYC skyline views.
The eats: Light bites and bright cocktails.

Pier 115 Bar & Grill | Edgewater
The scene: Dramatic views of the Hudson River from an outdoor deck.
The eats: Wood-fired pizzas, sushi and entrees from land and sea.

Porta | Jersey City
The scene: Expansive rooftop bar and eatery with city vistas.
The eats: You can’t go wrong here – Porta is one of New Jersey’s Must-Try Pizzerias.

Wooden sign with white cursive writing that reads "Porta.", an eatery in Jersey City, New Jersey

Skinner’s Loft | Jersey City
The scene: A chic rooftop with a relaxed vibe and urban views.
The eats: Hearty main dishes and small plates for dinner or weekend brunch.

Son Cubano | West New York
The scene: Bustling patio offering cityscape panoramas.
The eats: Cuban-inspired dishes from David Burke and Executive Chef Brian Morales.

TOWN bar + kitchen | Morristown
The scene: One of Morristown’s only outdoor rooftop dining venues – complete with a cozy fireplace.
The eats: Accessible globally-inspired menu.

VENTANAS Restaurant and Lounge at The Modern | Fort Lee

The scene: Outdoor seating in an Instagram-worthy park-like setting.
The eats: Chef David Burke is the culinary director. Enough said.

The Windlass | Lake Hopatcong
The scene: Relaxed porch overlooking the lake.
The eats: Casual comfort food.


The Armory | Perth Amboy
The scene: Deck on Perth Amboy’s historic waterfront with Raritan Bay views.
The eats: Seafood and steakhouse.

Blue Point Grill | Princeton
The scene: Outdoor seating on lively Nassau Street.
The eats: Zagat-rated BYOB specializing in seafood and boasting the area’s best oyster selection.

Canal House Station | Milford
The scene: Feels like a secret garden nestled beside the Delaware River.
The eats: Delicious enough to warrant multiple James Beard Foundation Semi-Finalist Awards.

Chez Daniel | Frenchtown
The scene: A narrow covered porch places you next to the buzzing sidewalk.
The eats: BYOB dishing up French fusion fare.

Erini | Ewing Township
The scene: Patio transformed into an immersive tropical oasis.
The eats: Mediterranean-inspired, eclectic menu.

A rectangular bar in spacious palm tree lined room with purple lighting highlighting the walls, at Erini Tiki Bar, in Ewing Township, New Jersey

Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn | Lambertville
The scene: A picturesque terrace overlooking the Delaware Canal.
The eats: Creative American cuisine made from fresh ingredients.

Mediterra | Princeton
The scene: Patio in a garden-like setting with views of the Palmer Square fountain.
The eats: Farm-to-fork dining inspired by the Mediterranean Sea’s two dozen coastal cultures.

A courtyard with a fountain in front of a restaurant with a sign that reads "Mediterra", in Princeton, New Jersey

Ninety Acres at Natirar | Peapack
The scene: Seating beneath strung lights and surrounding floral gardens.
The eats: Dishes made from produce cultivated on the grounds.

The Orchard Terrace | East Brunswick
The scene: Covered outdoor terrace with a relaxed atmosphere.
The eats: Modern American Cuisine by David Burke.

Patriot’s Crossing Tavern | Titusville
The scene: Deck seating so close to the canal you can almost touch the water.
The eats: George Washington and his troops wish this tasty tavern fare was around when they made their infamous river crossing at this spot.

Rat’s Restaurant | Hamilton Township
The scene: Nestled into Grounds for Sculpture, surrounded by larger-than-life art.
The eats: Farm-to-table cuisine with a focus on seasonal selections.

Stage Left Steak | New Brunswick
The scene: Feel like you’re part of the beating pulse of the city as you relax in sidewalk seating.
The eats: “Greenmarket-driven and seasonal, celebrating the best of what’s local.”

Witherspoon Grill | Princeton
The scene: Spacious brick patio in the heart of leafy Princeton.
The eats: Local favorite known for its classic American fare and all-natural Prime Angus Beef.


Boardwalk Bar & Grill | Point Pleasant Beach
The scene: Views of the boards and ocean from a rooftop.
The eats: Specialty cocktails, seafood dishes and boardwalk favorites.

Carlucci’s Waterfront | Mount Laurel
The scene: Patio overlooking Rancocas Creek.
The eats: Fine Italian cuisine.

Charlesworth Restaurant | Fortescue
The scene: Outdoor deck on the Delaware Bay.
The eats: Upscale steak & seafood.

An old white building, silhouetted against a cloudy sky, at the Charlesworth Restaurant, in Fortescue, New Jersey

Chef Mike’s ABG | Seaside Park
The scene: Outdoor tables are set up right on the beach for unbeatable ocean views.
The eats: Award-winning dishes by Executive Chef Mike Jurusz billed as “bringing sexy food back.”

Freddy J’s Bar & Kitchen | Mays Landing
The scene: Dog-friendly outdoor patio.
The eats: Gastropub favorites.

Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grille | Cape May
The scene: Panoramic water views from an oceanfront patio.
The eats: Freshly-caught seafood, plus sandwiches and salads.

Luna’s Outdoor Bar & Grille at the Savoy | Vineland
The scene: Vibrant Key West vibe.
The eats: Casual dining with signature drinks.

Parker’s Garage | Beach Haven
The scene: Relaxed in-season dining on Barnegat Bay.
The eats: Seafood, seafood and more seafood.

Proving Ground Waterfront Dining| Highlands
The scene: Expansive deck directly on the Highlands Reach where it flows into Sandy Hook Bay.
The eats: Fresh-caught and local specialties.

Rooney's | Long Branch
The scene: Bi-level outdoor deck overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
The eats: “Carefully crafted coastal cuisine.”

Swine Bar | North Wildwood
The scene: Elevated deck offering panoramic views of Otten’s Basin.
The eats: Fine “coastal cuisine with a twist” offered in-season.

A man and a woman enjoy seating on the patio at Swine Bar, in North Wildwood, New Jersey

Ventura’s Greenhouse Restaurant & Beach Bar | Margate City
The scene: Tiki Deck and Beach Bar with expansive views of the ocean and Lucy the Elephant.
The eats: Cocktails and casual fare in the fresh air.

The Waterfront | Wildwood
The scene: Sweeping views and breathtaking sunsets over Otten’s Harbor.
The eats: Crowd-pleasing dishes and cocktails.

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