10 Great Kid-Friendly Outdoor Restaurants in Philly
One of the best indulgences as a parent is finding a spot to enjoy a night out that pleases the whole family—and as a bonus, no one has to cook or clean! When the weather is nice, Philly's outdoor restaurants are an ideal way to go. The kids can be as loud as they want (or nearly so), and parents are more likely to enjoy the entire meal without having to explain about inside voices and not running around the table.
Since COVID-19, many restaurants have adapted by offering more outdoor seating to accommodate customers while adhering to safety regulations. Now more than ever, eating outside is in high demand so it is important to check directly with the restaurant to reserve a table. Read on for a roundup of the most family-friendly restaurants with outdoor seating in the city of Philadelphia.
If you're in the mood for a beer garden dining experience, we've got a roundup for that, too. Meanwhile, see our Philly Guide to Family Restaurants for a host of other dining options in the city and beyond.
As COVID circumstances unfold, check directly with a venue website for updates before heading out. If a restaurant appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our events calendar to find other exciting options. Note: Some photos in this post are from prior to the pandemic.
Family-Friendly Outdoor Dining Options in Philly
Front Street is back to normal business hours, but remains closed on Tuesdays. Normal hours are Sunday-Thursday from 8am to 9pm and Friday-Saturday from 8am-10pm.
This all-day dining destination has a large outdoor eating area on the garden patio with a covered bar and plenty of space to enjoy the weather. The menu has great options for kids, including fresh pressed juices and smoothies, chicken tenders, grilled cheese, and burgers.
2. Fette Sau
Open for outdoor dining and takeout, Fette Sau is open Monday-Friday from 4pm to 10pm; Saturday from noon to 10pm; and Sunday from noon to 10 pm. As of May 2021, visitors must wear masks while on the premises when not seated.
Boasting one of the best happy hours in town, this Brooklyn original has a delicious selection of dry-rub meats and kid-friendly sides, inlcuding mac and cheese and BBQ baked beans. Eat at picnic benches outdoor year-round at this laid back, serve-yourself destination.
Enjoy family comfort food at Fette Sau. Photo courtesy of Fette Sau Philadelphia
While the Northern Liberties location offers outdoor dining and is open from 8am to 8pm, the Center City spot is currently closed. Honey's Sit 'N Eat requires online reservations prior to arrival.
Head to Northern Liberties and enjoy some good old-fashioned home cooking courtesy of Honey's Sit 'N Eat. Serving brunch from morning until night, there are breakfast burritos, kids' breakfast plates, short stacks, sandwiches, and lots of coffee for mom and dad. The restaurants offer Bassett's ice cream, too.
Visitors are encouraged to reserve a table online before visiting. The restaurant is open Sunday-Wednesday from 11am-11pm; and Thursday-Saturday from 11am- 12am.
More than a decade ago, northeast Philadelphia got a great waterfront cafe right on the Delaware River. The atmosphere is casual and friendly, and the menu includes lots of basic favorites, including chicken tenders and fried pickles, as well as a slate of burgers, wraps, and sandwiches that are sure to please anyone in the family.
There's a bocce court and much more outdoors at Martha. Photo courtesy of Martha
Martha is open for patio seating only and visitors are asked to check in on the restaurant's website first. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday from noon-11 pm; and Sunday from noon-9 pm. The restaurant anticipates opening on Mondays soon.
A real-deal bocce court graces this outdoor space. Light fare is kid-friendly, but it also offers a secret kids plate if you ask for it (a great assortment of kid-friendly snacks that hit all the right nutritional notes).
Outdoor seating and takeout are available at Pizzeria Stella. Masks must be worn by guests when not seated. Pizzeria Stella is open Sunday-Thursday from noon-9 pm; and Friday-Saturday from noon-10pm.
Enjoy pizza classics, like pepperoni or margherita, as well as elevated combinations, such as pistachio, red onion, rosemary, and fontina, at Pizzeria Stella, a neighborhood restaurant with a Neapolitan flair in Society Hill's Headhouse Square. With its casual atmosphere and delicious eats (who doesn't like pizza?), the whole family will like Pizzeria Stella. And don't forget to end the meal on a sweet note with a scoop of gelato or sorbet.
The Bourse is right next to Independence Hall. Photo courtesy of The Bourse
7. The Bourse
As of May 2021, a limited number of people can wait in line at a time to order food from The Bourse. Visitors must wear masks when not seated. The food hall asks that visitors adhere to social distancing protocols and floor markings, and all food items must be taken to go. Hours vary by individual vendor.
Ok, so this is a bit of a cheat, but go to The Bourse to pick the dining option your heart desires in this diverse food hall, then take it out and picnic on Independence Mall. There are so many choices from burgers and pizza to pastas and cheesesteaks. It is easy to please everyone in the family here.
Situated in Franklin Square, Square Burger is open daily from noon-8 pm.
Here's another one too perfect to leave off the list. Square Burger offers items such as the Betsy Ross Veggie Burger and Big Ben Burger as well as its specialty milkshake featuring TastyKake Butterscotch Krimpet. Yum! Kids can play in the square, watch the fountain, take a ride on the carousel, and play a round of mini-golf.
Urban Village is open for outdoor seating or takeout, but also offers indoor seating. Although walk-in seating is available on a first-come basis, guests can make reservations online. Reservations are assumed to be for outdoor seating. Hours are daily from noon-11pm.
This brewery on the corner of Schmidt's Commons has pizza, crayons, and colored paper for kids, plus all the outdoor amenities that Schmidt's Commons has to offer.
Indulge outdoors with the family at Standard Tap. Photo courtesy of Standard Tap
10. Standard Tap
Standard Tap is open Wednesday-Friday from 4pm to 11pm; Saturday from 11am-midnight; and Sunday from 11am-10pm. Outdoor dining is available on the covered porch. Takeout and delivery are also offered.
This gastropub features some seriously delicious eats, including breakfast food such as French toast and breakfast sandwiches; and lunch and dinner items such as chicken pot pie, habanero grilled shrimp, burgers, and Kentucky BBQ chicken. Not to mention a solid rotating draft list and a wait staff that is friendly and helpful when you have little kids along.
This post was originally published 2017. Writer Kristen Sullivan contributed to this 2021 update.
Places featured in this article:
Front Street Cafe
Maggie's Waterfront Cafe
Honey's Sit and Eat
Honey's Sit and Eat