The Loveliest Restaurants for Outdoor Dining Around the Main Line

Photos by Ed Williams

Ready to dine outside around the Main Line? These al fresco eateries offer sunshine-filled views with tempting menus to match.

There’s no better way to enjoy the beautiful weather around the Main Line than with an al fresco meal at one of the region’s top-tier eateries. Whether for a casual lunch or a celebratory dinner, these local restaurants welcome diners for a gourmet meal in a beautiful outdoor setting.

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Chester County

East Branch Brewing

The rooftop view is downright breathtaking at this former firehouse. Though East Branch is known for its award-winning beer, the food is a step above typical pub fare. No-brainers include the house-made pickles, brisket noodles, and a mushroom cake made with the shredded lion’s mane variety, sautéed ramps and roasted tomato vinaigrette.

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202 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, (484) 593-0815, eastbranchbrewing.com

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Four Dogs Tavern

Tucked away in the quaint historic village of Marshallton, this popular pub-style eatery’s extensive patio is about as dog-friendly as they come. The menu features fondue, shareable plates, rich mushroom and French onion soups and creative craft cocktails.

1300 W. Strasburg Rd., West Chester, (610) 692-4367, thefourdogstavern.com.

The General Warren

This historic inn (with quaint overnight accommodations) is home of the Spring House Terrace, which is perfect for casual cocktail parties and after-work happy hours. There’s also the more intimate Table 1745, a 275-year-old springhouse with seating for up to six guests. Beef Wellington and snapper soup are among the menu highlights.

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9 Old Lancaster Rd., Malvern, (610) 296-3637, generalwarren.com

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Bistro on Bridge

A vintage Volkswagen bus serves as the centerpiece for the bistro’s second-floor Analog Room and Outdoor Beer Garden, with its funky wall art, retro accents, open roof and oversized windows offering bird’s-eye views of downtown Phoenixville. The menu features handhelds, pizza and wings. Live music is the norm on weekends.

212 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (610) 935-7141, bistroonbridge.com

The Whip Tavern

Built right next to a babbling branch of the Brandywine River, the deck of this authentic British-themed pub offers unspoiled rural tranquility. Classics include bangers and mash, Scotch eggs, Welsh rarebit and sticky toffee pudding. The beer list features both local and hard-to-get international options.

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1383 N. Chatham Rd., Coatesville, (610) 383-0600, thewhiptavern.com

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Delaware County

Autograph Brasserie

Surrounded by lush plants and flowers, the outdoor patio isn’t the only area at Autograph Brasserie that feels like it’s outdoors. The indoor-outdoor Sycamore Room has a tree growing up through the floor and sets of doors that open to the fresh air. Old favorites include the 12oz rib-eye and prime burger.

503 W Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 964-2588, autographbrasserie.com

Byrsa Bistro

The lush outdoor space at this Mediterranean BYOB is situated between Chester Creek and the historic Glen Mills train station. Specialties crispy-skin duck breast and seafood paella.

128 Glen Mills Rd., Glen Mills, (610) 558-4700, glenmills.byrsabistro.com

Firepoint Grill

Lunch, brunch and dinner are served on Firepoint’s state-of-the-art covered patio area. The floor-to-ceiling fieldstone fireplace, 25-seat bar and high-top tables create a welcoming atmosphere. Menu highlights include steaks, seafood and wood-fired rotisserie chicken.

3739 West Chester Pke., Newtown Square, (484) 428-3093, firepointgrill.com

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Idlewild

A large, open-to-the-sky ceiling caps a festively lit courtyard with myriad textures and colors at Idlewild, one of five dining spaces at the dramatically revamped Towne House. Idlewild is planning to launch an exciting new menu this summer, so stay on the lookout for any updates.

117 Veterans Sq., Media, (484) 445-2041, townehousepa.com

Streetlight Kitchen & Bar

The beautiful outdoor patio at Streetlight serves New-American and wood-fired cuisine with a delightful setting. In addition to local, craft ingredients and flavor, the eatery has a happy hour Tuesday-Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for an after-work hangout.

5400 Ferne Blvd., Drexel Hill, (484) 461-9823, streetlightdrexelhill.com

Tavola Restaurant + Bar

Sink into soft pillows and enjoy sweeping views of the Springfield Country Club golf course at Tavola. Cozy fire pits, palm trees and shaded hideaways also await. The kitchen specializes in eclectic American cuisine and brick-oven specialties, with live acoustic music Thursday through Sunday.

400 W. Sproul Rd., Springfield, (610) 543-2100, tavolas.com

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White Dog Cafe (Glen Mills)

White Dog Cafe’s expansive patio offering conversation-friendly groupings recently expanded to include more tables and more space. Standout shareables include Maryland crab dip and Hawaiian rolls.

981 Baltimore Pke., Glen Mills, (610) 822-2100, whitedog.com

Montgomery County

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The Landing Kitchen

Amid the industrial surroundings of the former Pencoyd Iron Works site overlooking the banks of the Schuylkill River, this café patio is a great place to unwind or gear up. Garage doors provide a nice cross-breeze, and the menu offers enticing upscale-casual fare. Walk or bike off your meal on the nearby Pencoyd Trail to Manayunk.

617 Righters Ferry Rd., Bala Cynwyd, (484) 434-8765, thelandingkitchen.com

Not Your Average Joe’s

Inside a converted movie theater, Not Your Average Joe’s serves casual American cuisine and specialty cocktails. Located in Suburban Square, Ardmore, Not Your Average Joe’s is a must for burgers, pizzas, massive salads and cocktails.

49 St. James Pl., Ardmore, (610) 708-1500, notyouraveragejoes.com

Villa Artigiano Ristorante BYOB

A family-owned and -operated business, Villa Artigiano offers classic dishes from across Italy, prepared by a former La Viola chef. Even if you forget to bring your own drinks, Villa Artigiano has wine bottles available for purchase.

53 W Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, (484) 414-4997, villaartigiano.com

Ripplewood Whiskey & Craft

Chiefly, Ripplewood is known for its burger, but the pack patio, lined with plants and windows to the indoor dining area, is a comfortable way to enjoy an exquisite meal. If you’re with a group, lauded shareables include the pretzeled Parker House rolls and wings.

29 E Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, (610) 486-7477, ripplewoodbar.com

Jasper’s Backyard

Draped in white lights and anchored by a converted garage, this unique outdoor space is secluded and intimate. Locally sourced ingredients define a menu that includes signature wings and Conshy crab fries.

101 E. 7th Ave., Conshohocken, (610) 897-8212, jaspersbackyard.com

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Coyote Crossing

On hot summer days, the patio at this Conshy mainstay beckons those looking for outdoor dining with wrought-iron seating and tables, a trickling fountain and plenty of shade. Wash down your quesadillas, enchiladas or tacos with a pitcher of margaritas.

800 Spring Mill Ave., Conshohocken, (610) 825-3000, coyotecrossing.com

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