Philadelphia may be known for its history, but this city is also fertile ground for some of the country’s best restaurants. From neighborhood gems to celeb chef-helmed standouts, diners find a rich bounty of dining rooms from which to choose. And springtime is a great time to explore all that Philly has to offer. After winter’s chilly temperatures, restaurants re-open patios for dining among much-needed doses of greenery. Here are just a few of our favorite greens-filled patios around town.
During the spring, locals seek out the season’s bounty on the plate and in Pinterest-worthy surroundings. Harper’s Garden satisfies cravings for both with seasonal small plates by Ben Moore (Le Bec Fin) and a flora-filled veranda with trellises and vine-like chandeliers. 31 S. 18th St., 267.886.8552
Aimee Olexy’s culinary urban oasis has a laid-back elegance that elevates the everyday. Against the backdrop of string lights, climbing vines and overflowing plant boxes, brunches with besties and date nights with S.O.s feel a little more magical. Olexy’s lauded menu cultivates this vibe, too, with plates that go along with the seasons, highlighting from-the-farm ingredients and selections from a cheese stash that would make a Frenchman green with envy. 210 W. Washington Square, 215.592.7787
This world-class art museum paints a pretty picture in the leafy patio dining room for chef Anita Hirsch’s American cuisine. The best part? There’s no admission to take in the artwork on the plates. Lunch and brunch only. 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 215.278.7070
Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney’s Midtown Village hot spot is famous for its “Sunday Gravy,” a feast of meats including braised short rib and fennel sausage, served with the day’s pasta topped with a marinara sauce simmered for four hours. While the low-lit dining room with mismatched antique china makes a cozy backdrop for Turney’s elevated classics, when the weather is nice, it’s best to head to the enclosed patio. Here, plants, string lights and the glow of evening create a swoon-worthy romantic glow that’s downright cinematic. 1234 Locust St., 215.546.2100