With Philadelphia now in the Yellow Phase, many establishments are making the first step to reopening their doors to in-person service with the launch of outdoor dining. This step has been a long-awaited advancement for many Philadelphians in the face of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the effect it’s been having on local restaurants and bars. It’s no secret that the service industry has suffered immensely during this time, and the announcement of outdoor dining is one that we can all celebrate with a drink or two.
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Pistola Del Sur
The East Passyunk hotspot is currently open seven days a week from noon to 7 p.m. for takeout and delivery, but as of this weekend, Pistola will also be offering outdoor dining. Philadelphians can enjoy all of the eatery’s favorite menu items including a variety of tacos (think spicy pork, chicken tinga and more), burritos (think veggie, ground Kobe beef and more), nachos, papas fritas, fried plantains and other options. Drink wise, there is plenty of tequila, mezcal and beer to go around, as well as a variation of margarita options to pair with your meal. For the time being, the eatery is recommending no parties larger than four people and visits that last around 90 minutes.
1934 East Passyunk Ave., pistoladelsur.com
Germantown Garden from GLU Hospitality will be opening its doors this weekend to welcome guests to enjoy their outdoor dining area. The ‘urban oasis’ located in Northern Liberties is entirely outdoors and will be offering their full menu with options including wonchos (wonton nachos), eggplant lettuce wraps, kimchi fried rice, bang bang shrimp, teriyaki salmon, ahi tuna and more on the drink side including their Hop Sing pitchers by Le for just $30. Philadelphians can score a table through reservation only on OpenTable or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brü Craft & Wurst, Tradesman’s and U-Bahn
The three hotspots will be combining into one driving force for their outdoor dining offerings starting this weekend. According to a release, outdoor seating will be socially distanced with extra precautions and span from Bru across U-Bahn to Tradesman’s creating a mini-restaurant row with sidewalk dining on Chestnut Street, which includes up to 20-30 seats pending final arrangement and party sizes. The menu across all three properties will be the same and will include dishes from BRU, Tradesman’s and some bar favorites from Finn McCool’s as well. Just in time for this weekend, the BRU and Tradesman’s offerings will be expanding their current limited menu to include more fan favorites from each establishment as well. Outdoor dining will be offered Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (kitchen closes each night at 1 p.m.) One phone is being used for all three properties as well. For questions, call 267-457-3994.
1316 Chestnut St., bruphilly.com
This Old City eatery offers perfect views of the most historical and picturesque section of the city, making outdoor dining ideal. Positano will have both cafe and patio seating while serving up their full menu of Italian inspired cuisine with a seafood-focused menu, bar and wine-beer-cocktail list. There will be 40 to 50 seats available along the sidewalk cafe while bigger parties will be set up on the back patio. There will also be a few safety precautions in place as well, tables will be spread out 6 feet or more and employees will be wearing masks and taking extra steps for sanitation as well.
212 Walnut St. 2nd floor, positanocoast.net
The outdoor hotspot has always been a vied after destination for outdoor dining with its view of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and location right next to the Delaware River Waterfront—and that hasn’t changed for the 2020 season. Philadelphians can enjoy all of Morgan’s Pier’s favorites including sour cream and onion dip, a boneless pork rib sandwich, a fried eggplant sandwich, crispy chicken wings and on the libation side a frozen margarita, twisted frozen tea, a cherry Italian ice cocktail, blueberry lemonade cocktail, American mule and much more. Dining-wise, large wooden picnic tables with oversized umbrellas can hold 6 to 10 guests, while the smaller metal tables will be available for single diners to 4 guests. The establishment will have safety regulations in place, which will be listed on the disposable menus and signage will also be throughout the restaurant for other guidelines. As an extra special treat, this opening weekend, Morgan’s Pier will feature a DJ on Friday from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday from 1-5 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. as background music. Reservations can be made through Resy as well.
221 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd., morganspier.com
Starting this weekend, on Fridays and Saturdays, Tuna Bar will kick off outdoor dining through reservation only and will be offering a limited but enticing menu filled with sushi, sashimi and other options. There will be safety regulations taking place with each table being cleaned and sanitized between seatings, hand sanitizer available and masks as a requirement. Soon, Philadelphians can also look out for Outdoor Sushi Making Classes led by Chef Ken Sze himself later this month (weather permitting)—details will be available on Instagram @tunabarphl. Take out orders will also continue to be available in addition to outdoor seating Thursday through Saturday from 4 -9 p.m.
205 Race St., tunabar.com
If there was ever a place to enjoy outdoor dining, Talula’s Garden atmosphere has everything you need. The ‘garden oasis’ will be serving up some fan-favorite menu items including their spaghetti and lump crab, New England scallops and succotash, Bellini’s, butterscotch pudding and more. Talula’s is completely open air and will have seating available for up to 44 seats for groups of up to 6.Outdoor dining hours are Monday through Friday from 5 -9 p.m., Saturday from 4 -10 p.m. and Sunday from 4 -9 p.m. Reservations are being taken on a first-call, first-served basis as well.
210 W. Washington Sq., talulasgarden.com
Philly hotspot Sunset Social has dubbed their establishment ‘Sunset Socially Distanced’ for the time being and will be offering outdoor dining starting this weekend. The eatery will be serving up their typical burgers, bowls, chicken sandwiches, fries and other side options as well as plenty of wine, beer and other spirited choices. There will be safety measures in place as well including mask-wearing, having trained security onsite, markers on the floor that are 6 feet apart, buzzers in ziplock bags to let you know when your table is ready, hand sanitizing stations and more. Sunset will not be taking reservations, just walk-ins only for their outdoor dining offerings.
129 S. 30th St., sunsetsocialphl.com
High Street on Market
High Street Hospitality’s High Street on Market will be opening up for outdoor dining starting this weekend with future hours being Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. The popular hotspot will be serving up a variety of dishes including a plethora of sandwiches, pasta options, salads, pizza, soups and dinner specials as well. Reservations are not required but will be available. Safety precautions including mask-wearing and sanitizing between seatings will be in place, among other regulations.
308 Market St., highstreetonmarket.com