With an abundance of ocean and waterfront views, and restaurants with beautiful gardens and patio dining, NJ is an ideal place to enjoy outdoor dining.
These selections have excluded restaurants with sidewalk dining as they tend to be more oriented towards people watching as well as the noise from street traffic that takes away from amenities of mother nature and the ambiance that waterfronts, beaches, oceans, and gardens provide.
Note: Due to the extra special amenities of dining outdoors in a scenic setting, be prepared to pay a little more for this experience.
167 Park Ave
Rutherford, NJ 07070
Dine in the "Secret Garden", a plush outdoor garden with fountains. The garden can also be viewed from the inside through floor-to-ceiling windows.
Clean Plate Kitchen
49 Main Street
Serves healthy food using locally sourced, organic ingredients.---- and with the best view in town, this is the place to be.
In the warmer months try and get a seat on the outdoor patio with a view of the Old Red Mill on the Raritan River.
26 Church St.
Liberty Corner (section of Basking Ridge)
Popular with diners who come to enjoy well prepared homemade Italian food and cozy, outside dining in the warmer months.
Eagle Rock Reservation
Dine on the patio with scenic views of the New York City skyline and Eagle Rock Park. Enjoy lunch or dinner under the stars.
76 Audrey Zapp Drive
The view of the Jersey City skyline is breathtaking!
Maritime Parc Restaurant
84 Audrey Zapp Drive J
Has scenic waterfront views of the Jersey City skyline, and marina. During the warmer months there is outside dining on a large stone patio with awesome waterfront, marina views.
Crystal Springs Resort
1 Wild Turkey Way (Crystal Springs Rd.)
Outdoor dining on the patio looking across the Kittatinny Mtns to the Delaware Water Gap and Pennsylvania. For that special ambiance, arrive for dinner in time to take in the sunset over the mountains.
23 Ocean Ave
Outdoor dining on the Terrace facing the beach and ocean.
600 Ocean Ave
Dining at this restaurant is a great way to experience the Jersey Shore. It's open air outdoor dining on the boardwalk with a view of the beach and ocean, and a nice vantage point for people watching.
Bareli's By The Sea
1505 Ocean Avenue
Grand Victorian Hotel
Spring Lake, NJ
A high end restaurant serving a creative contemporary Italian menu with scenic ocean and beach views.
The Frog and the Peach Restaurant
29 Dennis St.
They offer outdoor dining in The Garden Room with seating for 50 that can be temperature controlled for a winter luncheon or a summer evening. This semi-outdoor space is heated and enclosed in the winter and open in the summer to expose it to the warm weather breezes.
3 Cornwall St.
Dine on the outdoor deck and capture the waterfront ambiance for an authentic Jersey Shore experience. Moderately priced.
Klein's Fish Market & Waterside Café
708 River Rd.
Dine outdoors overlooking the Shark River and the passing fishing boats on the deck under large colorful umbrellas. Moderately priced
Lambertville Station Restaurant
11 Bridge St.
There is scenic outside dining at the Canal Side Bar and patio along side a dormant stretch of track. Great for people watching
Lily's on the Canal
2 Canal Street
Located along the Delaware Canal offering alfresco dining on the patio for the lucky few who are able to land a table outside. Its also a good spot for people watching as they stroll by along the tow path. Moderately priced.
The Shrimp Box
75 Inlet Drive
Point Pleasant Beach
Experience excellent water front views, fresh locally caught seafood, and "not break the bank."
517 Lake Ave.
Outdoor dining on the front porches of the second and third floors. The setting is very attractive overlooking Wesley Lake and the stately homes in Ocean Grove
16 Fairgrounds Rd.
There is patio dining at the edge of a pond, overlooking the gardens.
The Robinson Ale House
1200 Ocean Ave
Awesome ocean views, people watching, and a high energy bar scene
1 S Main St
Dine outside in the beautiful tri-level brick patio with terraced gardens, waterfalls, and a variety of hanging plants.
McGlade's Restaurant On The Pier
722 Beach Avenue
Cape May 609 884-2614
Popular with diners on a limited budget who enjoy affordably priced traditional American food in a casual, beach front, Jersey shore setting
1990 Route 70 East
Cherry Hill, NJ
With an attractive courtyard with Tuscan ambiance complete with overhead grape vines, flowers, and a waterfall. It's one of the top outdoor patio dining restaurants in South Jersey.
Two Mile Landing - The Crab House and 2 Mile Restaurant and Bar
Fish Dock Road At the base of the Wildwood crest bridge
This popular family seafood restaurant with a great waterside dining view and sunset is actually two restaurants in one location: The Crab house and 2 Mile Restaurant and Bar, combines to offer two restaurants and four bars ---- in one facility.
Uries Waterfront Restaurant
588 West Rio Grande Ave.
It's one of the best places in Wildwood for waterfront dining. A great place to experience that "Jersey Shore" feeling by sitting back and watching boats pass by while enjoying a drink at happy hour or staying on for a casual meal.