By Liz Johnson

Since entering the “green phase,” Montco can now offer limited indoor seating at restaurants. But with the restrictions in place, people’s personal comfort levels, and just a general fondness for dining al fresco, outdoor options still remain a popular choice. We’re sharing just some of the many wonderful local spots with outdoor seating that goes beyond just eating in the fresh air.

Live Music

If you’re looking for some entertainment to go with your meal, there are plenty of outdoor venues in Montgomery County to choose from, including Montco Happening List Finalist for Best Outdoor Dining, Creekside Sports Bar in Limerick.

Enjoy the View

Surround yourself in history at the Joseph Ambler Inn in North Wales, a Montco Happening List Finalist for Best Outdoor Dining. What started as a bed and breakfast in 1983 is now  52-room luxury hotel with a highly acclaimed restaurant spread across five historic buildings, including iconic stone lodges, a clapboard guest house and a large barn.

Waterfront Dining

Enjoy riverside dining at Puddler’s Kitchen & Tap beer garden in Bridgeport – part of the Conshohocken Brew Co. – an outdoor oasis along the Schuylkill River that includes food trucks, street tacos and other snacks as well as oversized Jenga and Connect-Four games. Plus, it’s  dog friendly.

Romantic Ambiance

Great food in an historic setting set the stage for romantic ambiance. Check out the Montco Happening List Winner for Most Romantic Dining The Blue Bell Inn or Finalist William Penn Inn in Gwynned.

Picnic fare

With parks and trails aplenty in Montco, including Hunterdon Happening List Winner for Most Scenic View Perkiomen Trail, they make for great picnic sites. All you need to bring is the basket full of food. If you need inspiration or don’t have the time to prepare, check out the offerings at the Collegeville Italian Bakery, a Montco Happening List Finalist for Best Caterer which has prepared foods and made-to-order sandwiches.

People watch

Food isn’t the only draw to outdoor dining. Watching the antics of people who aren’t your family is just as entertaining.  For the best in show, take a stroll down Ambler’s Butler Avenue, Montco Happening List Winner for Best People Watching. Stop in to Dettera Restaurant and Wine Bar, a list finalist for most romantic ambiance.

Host your own Happy Hour with cocktails-to-go

You don’t have to go out to enjoy Happy Hour. You could celebrate it with your own endeavor on your patio or porch. If you’re looking for drink inspiration, check out Montco Happening List Winner for Best Outdoor Dinning The Trappe Tavern which has a robust list of  cocktails-to-go. (They also have a beach area if you prefer to drink there!)

Spend the day on the wine trail

Montco County is home to several vineyards including Montco Happening List Winner for Best Winery Country Creek Winery in Telford and finalists Stone & Key Cellars in Montgomeryville and Cardinal Hollow Winery in North Wales.


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