Ice House Restaurant & Bar, Wildwood, NJ

The Essential New Jersey Outdoor Dining Guide

Whether you’re basking in the warm sun on the patio of an eatery or taking in dramatic views from a rooftop bar, these 35 outdoor hotspots all around New Jersey are perfect for alfresco dining.


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.

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: BYOB and four-course Prix-Fixe dinner menu.

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 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.

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.

No Hu 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 10 Must-Try Pizzerias.

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.

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.

Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten | Asbury Park
The scene: 9,000-square-foot rooftop Biergarten for a Bavarian-inspired bird’s-eye view.
The eats: German fare and American comfort classics paired with draft or bottled beer and selections from the full bar.

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.

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 fare.

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.”

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

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 picturesque Palmer Square fountain.
The eats: Farm-to-fork dining inspired by the Mediterranean Sea’s two dozen coastal cultures.

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

Proving Ground Waterfront Dining| Highlands
The scene: Expansive deck directly on the Highlands Reach where that waterway connects with Sandy Hook Bay.
The eats: Local favorites.

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 fare.

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

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.


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.

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.

The Surfing Pig | North Wildwood
The scene: Laid-back deck overlooking Otten’s Basin.
The eats: “BBQ with a view.”

Swine Bar | North Wildwood
The scene: More upscale space above The Surfing Pig offering an elevated view of Otten’s Basin.
The eats: Fine “coastal cuisine with a twist” offered in-season.

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

Ventura’s Greenhouse Bar + Grill | 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.

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