Take a Seat: 9 Spots for Outdoor Dining in Chestnut Hill

As the weather begins to warm, anticipation starts to build for dining outdoors at local Chestnut Hill restaurants. Whether your seating is on a lovely street-level brick-paver patio or perched high on a wooden deck, outdoor dining is an enticing option for the warm weather months. Ready to start planning which outdoor dining spots in Chestnut Hill you’ll be visiting? Here’s the rundown of Chestnut Hill restaurants and bars where you’ll be hanging out this spring and summer:

Campbell’s Place

Campbell's Place Chestnut Hill

When the temperature starts to climb, Campbell’s Place offers an ideal spot to sit along Germantown Avenue to take in the sights. Indulge in craft beer and specialty cocktails while grabbing a fabulously filling sandwich, such as the black angus cheesesteak, or settle in for drinks and appetizers along with a filling pub fare meal at this iconic Chestnut Hill locale. 8337 Germantown Ave., (215) 242-1818

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Iron Hill is more than just fabulous brews. The extensive menu features American pub-fare favorites and then some. When the summer months, or even warmer springtime days, set in, you’ll also find that Iron Hill is the perfect spot for alfresco dining. With their large, sliding windows in the front, you can sit at the bar, people-watch along Germantown Avenue and grab a filling meal and some spectacular beers, such as the ever-so-popular Pig Iron Porter and Ore House IPA. 8400 Germantown Ave., (215) 948-5600


If you’re seeking out a more secluded, even romantic setting, the deck at Mica is ideal. Sip wine and sample cuisine from a creative menu prepared by Chef Chip Roman while the sun sets and the evening sky takes over. Mica’s specialty tasting menus are even more exquisite when you dine outdoors. 8609 Germantown Ave., (267) 335-3912

Chestnut Grill and Sidewalk Cafe

Chestnut Grill and Sidewalk Cafe Outdoor Dining

Set within the historic nineteenth-century Chestnut Hill Hotel, Chestnut Grill and Sidewalk Cafe exudes ambience and charm. It’s also a great spot to dine outdoors once the weather turns warm. Sit on the wraparound porch, along the courtyard area or around the main entryway on Germantown Avenue, and enjoy American bistro fare and specialty cocktails while embracing the character of the location and socializing with friends. 8229 Germantown Ave., (215) 247-7570

Paris Bistro & Jazz Cafe

Looking for a spot in Chestnut Hill where you will feel as if you are dining at a quaint bistro in France? Paris Bistro & Jazz Cafe is the place to be. With authentic French cuisine, sinfully delicious cocktails and an ambience that has a French vibe through and through, Paris Bistro will capture your heart. Settle into one of the inviting outdoor seats and let your French culinary adventure begin. 8229 Germantown Ave., (215) 242-6200

Thai Kuu

Thai Kuu offers authentic Thai cuisine and outdoor dining. Relax on the outdoor patio and feel the warm air on your skin as decadent dishes, such as the shrimp pad thai and red curry chicken, cater to your taste buds. Be sure to BYO a bottle of your favorite red or white varietal to go along with the exceptional Thai fare. 35 Bethlehem Pike, (267) 297-5715

El Poquito

El Poquito

Craving Mexican fare and want to enjoy it in an outdoor setting? El Poquito is the place to go in Chestnut Hill. Whether you crave happy hour drinks and light bites like queso fundido or want to indulge in tacos, burritos, fajitas and more with a margarita or two, El Poquito delivers. What’s even better is that you don’t have to leave the lovely sunshine-filled day to do so. Enjoy these culinary and libation favorites on the expansive patio, with heat lamps for those chilly evenings and umbrellas for those sun-laden days. 8201 Germantown Ave., (267) 766-5372

Top of the Hill Cafe

If a quick bite to eat in the lovely outdoors is what you are searching for in Chestnut Hill, Top of the Hill Cafe answers the call. Check out the daily specials list while dining in the Top of the Hill Cafe courtyard, which is also the perfect spot to sip coffee and indulge in one of the cafe’s popular breakfast sandwiches or meet up with friends for an alfresco lunch. Best of all, when you dine outdoors at Top of the Hill Cafe, you can even bring your faithful pup along with you! 184 E. Evergreen Ave., (215) 248-6009

Market at the Fareway

Market at the Fareway offers numerous cuisine choices in one set location and an outdoor dining area that is sure to please. Pick up a healthy and delicious sandwich from Green Soul or shop at one of the many vendors’ areas within the Market at the Fareway to put together the perfect alfresco dining meal. Hours of operation are Thursday–Friday from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. 8229 Germantown Ave., (570) 726-7030

  • Campbell's Place photo: Kristen Kwiatkowski
  • Chestnut Grill and Sidewalk Cafe and El Poquito photos: Credited to the individual restaurants