Best Sidewalk Dining in Philadelphia

November 15, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Throw on your shades and bask in the sun as you dine in some of Philly's best sidewalk seating.

Audrey Claire
American · Rittenhouse Square · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

This "super-cute" Rittenhouse Med BYO is a "go-to" for "wonderful" , "creative" plates served by "friendly" staffers who "know what they're talking about" ; most feel it’s "well worth" putting up with the cash-only policy and no reservations Fridays–Saturdays, and while some complain of "limited elbow room" and "noisy" acoustics, the seasonal outdoor seating is "great for people-watching."
Amada
Spanish · Old City · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.5

Jose Garces’ flagship Spaniard in Old City "never disappoints" with its "fabulous" tapas, "delicious" sangria and a wine list "built to please" , served by a "knowledgeable, courteous" staff; although some report "loud" conditions and caution "your wallet can empty quickly" , most say it’s "worth it for a special occasion."
El Vez
Mexican · Washington Square West · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.1

"Even after all these years" , "high expectations" are "met and then some" at Stephen Starr's "high-energy but relaxing" Mexican in Washington Square West offering "awesome" blood-orange margaritas, an "amazing" guacamole menu and "out-of-this-world ceviches" ; some say you have to "yell across the table" and "prices can add up quickly" , but "responsive" service helps make it "worth it."
a.kitchen+bar
Breakfast · Rittenhouse Square · $$$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

Fans are "excited to see the evolution" of this "intimate" Rittenhouse Square American, where "creative" small plates with "big flavors" are served by a "dependable" staff in a "welcoming" setting; it’s fun to "people-watch" at the adjacent a.bar, where "friendly" bartenders craft "amazing cocktails" and the "oyster happy hour will blow your mind."
Cantina Dos Segundos
Mexican · Northern Liberties · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 3.7

"Unique margaritas" and "tasty" Mexican "classics" are on offer at these "cool" , "hopping" cantinas; a "solid" staff keeps the "generous chips and salsa" flowing, and there’s "nice" outdoor seating, but "be prepared for the hipster crowd."
Parc Restaurant
French · Rittenhouse Square · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.4

Stephen Starr "out-bistros most Parisian bistros" with this "très jolie" "people-watching" perch, where those lucky enough to nab an "outside table facing Rittenhouse Square" feel "transported" to the "Champs-Élysées" (but "without the smoking" ); inside, the "happening scene" can reach "daunting noise levels" , but given the "first-rate" French classics – from "sophisticated brunches and lazy lunches to fancy dinners" – and "polished" service, to most it's a "delightful experience" all the same.
Devon Seafood Grill
Seafood · Rittenhouse Square · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

You can’t go wrong " with the " excellent " seafood and " staple " biscuits served by an " attentive " staff at this Rittenhouse Square stalwart; there’s " great people-watching " at the bar, and while some say it gets " noisy " in the " dark-wood, men’s-club interior ", many report a " consistently delightful experience."
The Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar
American · Old City · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.0

This Old City "hot spot" offers "sophistication with a splash of fun" in the form of an Eclectic menu built around "twists on old favorites" and "innovative" , "seasonal" cocktails; despite what some say are "pricey" tabs, the "Jetsons-style" "retro diner" setting is usually "crowded" with "hipsters" being tended to by "professional" servers.
Cantina Los Caballitos
Mexican · East Passyunk Crossing · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 3.7

"Unique margaritas" and "tasty" Mexican "classics" are on offer at these "cool" , "hopping" cantinas; a "solid" staff keeps the "generous chips and salsa" flowing, and there’s "nice" outdoor seating, but "be prepared for the hipster crowd."
Rouge
Seafood · Rittenhouse Square · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.0

Despite its "petite" setting, this "attractive" Rittenhouse American bistro is "locally popular" for its "huge" , "last meal" –worthy Gruyère-stuffed burgers and sidewalk scene that makes you "feel like you're in Paris" ; some sense a "snob feel" among a crowd eager to "see and be seen" , but the "memorable" "people-watching" makes for many "regulars."