Ice House Restaurant & Bar, Wildwood, NJ

Rooftops & Patios: New Jersey’s Outdoor Dining Guide

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

NORTH 

Andre’s Lakeside Dining is a highly awarded restaurant in Sparta established over 20 years ago. Take a seat on the expansive deck overlooking Seneca Lake and fill up on modern dishes that evolve monthly to capture the freshest flavors of the season.

In Jersey City, Skinner’s Loft offers a chic rooftop scene with a relaxed vibe, while serving up elegant dishes. Indulge in hearty main dishes or go lighter with a selection of small plates for dinner; or enjoy weekend brunch with classics like Eggs Benedict, steak and egg tostada or a number of other specialties.

With dramatic views of the Hudson River, the outdoor deck at Pier 115 Bar & Grill in Edgewater is an ideal spot to enjoy wood fired pizzas, sushi and an array of entrees from land and sea complemented by 115 beers available (both on tap and in bottles).

CENTRAL 

Located on the banks of the Delaware River, the Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn is housed in a restored 19th century train station, featuring a charming stone building and a picturesque outdoor terrace. Wine and dine alfresco as you indulge in creative American cuisine made from fresh ingredients.

Take in views of the boards and ocean in Point Pleasant Beach when you sit on the rooftop patio at Boardwalk Bar & Grill. Savor handcrafted specialty cocktails and an array of dishes including seafood specialties and favorite boardwalk fare.

Make your way to Ventura’s Greenhouse Bar + Grill for your choice of two outdoor dining venues—including the Tiki Deck and Beach Bar. Located just off the beach in Margate City, you can enjoy sweeping views of the ocean and Lucy the Elephant while sipping cocktails and enjoying casual fare in the fresh air.

SOUTH

Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grille at Montreal Beach Resort in Cape May boasts panoramic views from its oceanfront patio. Order freshly-caught seafood such as mussels with your choice of sauces and peel-and-eat shrimp or satiate your hunger with a selection of sandwiches and salads. Wash it all down with local craft beers as you enjoy the fresh saltwater-scented breezes coming off the water.

Upstairs @ The Waterfront in Wildwood makes the most of the warm weather. Find a table in the outdoor dining area and order from a menu of crowd-pleasing choices or sip a cocktail at the covered bar—both offer sweeping views and breathtaking sunsets over Ottens Harbor.

Hungry for more dining options? Explore additional must-try restaurants throughout New Jersey—and always call ahead to be sure the eatery can accommodate your party, whether you’re dining indoors or out. Care to turn your dinner out into an overnight escape? Get trip ideas and insider tips from our official travel guide and e-newsletter.