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17 Fabulous Restaurants with Outdoor Dining in Central New Jersey

Judith Weiniger

After successfully growing her own brand and team under a national brand’s shingle since 2003, Judy Weiniger knew it was time to step out on her own...

After successfully growing her own brand and team under a national brand’s shingle since 2003, Judy Weiniger knew it was time to step out on her own...

Mar 3 12 minutes read

The weather is finally warming up, which means it’s time to start taking advantage of outdoor dining opportunities. Luckily, Central New Jersey is packed with amazing restaurants with patios that can’t be beat!

Here is our list of 17 fabulous spots for outdoor dining in central New Jersey, organized by town for your convenience:

basking ridge

delicious heights outpost 

at the basking ridge country club

Located at 185 Madisonville Rd. Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Hours: 11:00am-10:00pm Monday-Wednesday; 11:00am-11:00pm 

Thursday-Saturday; 12:00pm-10:00pm Sunday

For a truly exceptional outdoor dining experience, nothing beats the Delicious Heights Outpost. Though it is situated at the Basking Ridge Country Club, it is open to the public and features a diverse menu and full-service bar that will tantalize any taste buds. With a seasonal patio overlooking the club’s gorgeous 18th Green, this is the perfect spot to enjoy the warm weather and delicious food with friends or coworkers.

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washington house restaurant

Located at 55 S. Finley Ave. Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Hours: 11:30am-12:00am Tuesday-Thursday; 11:30am-1:00am Friday; 11:00am-1:00am Saturday; 10:00am-10:30pm Sunday; closed Monday

Fusing historic charm with a modern flair, Washington House provides customers with a unique dining experience. Their food is a mixture of refined elegance and traditional tastes, while their intimate outdoor patio is ideal for date night or a casual Sunday brunch. With weekly specials and live music, Washington House is a local treasure that’s not to be missed.

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focacceria ristorante

Located at 26 Church St. Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Hours: 11:30am-3:00pm & 5:00pm-10:00pm Monday-Saturday; 11:30am-3:00pm & 4:00pm-9:00pm Sunday

Voted one of the top 100 al fresco dining restaurants in the country by OpenTable in 2015, Focacceria Ristorante is dedicated to providing customers with upscale homemade Italian cuisine. All breads, pastas, and desserts are made from scratch every morning using only the freshest ingredients. Enjoy a dish on their colorful outdoor patio and you will see why Focacceria is one of the best spots for a summer meal.

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berkeley heights

trap rock restaurant and brewery

Located at 279 Springfield Ave. Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922

Hours: 11:30am-4:00pm Monday-Saturday (Lunch); 12:00pm-4:00pm Sunday (Lunch); 4:00pm-10:00pm Monday-Thursday (Dinner); 4:00pm-11:00pm Friday-Saturday (Dinner); 4:00pm-9:00pm Sunday (Dinner)

If you’re in the mood for a good brew and some good food to match, check out Trap Rock Restaurant & Brewery. Their microbrewery serves up seasonal craft beers, while their kitchen offers delicious burgers, sandwiches, sides, and more. The spot’s rustic setting carries out onto the patio, with barrels, plants, and wooden accents that create the perfect relaxed, southern vibe for a simple night out.

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bistro seven three

Located at 73 Mine Brook Rd. Bernardsville, NJ 07924

Hours: 11:30am-3:00pm & 3:00pm-10:00pm Tuesday-Saturday; 4:00pm-9:00pm Sunday; closed Monday

With an elegant, yet comfortable atmosphere, Bistro Seven Three is a prime spot for any special occasion. Their seasonal menu items are made from scratch in-house and their experienced chef can create virtually any meal you may have in mind. Their new outdoor patio is open now, so head to Bistro Seven Three and indulge in the beautiful weather and some equally beautiful dishes.

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new providence

providence bar and kitchen

Located at 1288 Springfield Ave. New Providence, NJ 07974

Hours: 11:30am-10:00pm Tuesday-Thursday; 11:30am-11:00pm Friday; 4:00pm-11:00pm Saturday; 4:00pm-9:00pm Sunday; closed Monday

Formerly the New Providence “Bistro Seven Three” location, the Providence Bar & Kitchen mixes the bistro’s elegance with a much more relaxed bar feel, making it ideal for everything from a quiet date to a family dinner. Their staff is warm and welcoming and each dish is gracefully prepared (and almost too pretty to eat!). Dine out on their small, private patio and experience the top-notch service and food that locals cannot get enough of.  

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cafe azzurro

Located at 141 Main St. Peapack, NJ 07977 

Hours: 11:30am-2:30pm & 4:00pm-10:00pm Monday-Friday; 4:00pm-10:00pm Saturday-Sunday

An eclectic atmosphere and fresh seasonal menu offerings make Cafe Azzurro a go-to for local, new northern Italian cuisine. Chicken, veal, steak, pasta, and other dishes are carefully crafted to give you a truly one-of-a-kind dining experience. Their casual seasonal patio features multiple umbrellaed tables, so you can bask in the shade as you partake in a delectable meal at Cafe Azzurro.

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ninety acres

Located at 2 Main St. Peapack, NJ 07977

Hours: 5:30pm-10:00pm Monday-Thursday; 5:30pm-11:00pm Friday; 5:00pm-11:00pm Saturday; 4:00pm-9:00pm Sunday

Instead of a farm-to-table meal, why not enjoy your meal on the farm? Ninety Acres, an extension of the Natirar retreat, features multiple menus fit to whatever your tastes may be with dishes made using ingredients grown at Natirar’s onsite farm. Enjoy an evening by the warm glow of the restaurant patio’s fire pits and experience fine food and wine at its highest level of artistry.

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raritan & red bank

char steakhouse

Located at 777 U.S. 202 Raritan, NJ 08869; 33 Broad St. Red Bank, NJ 07701

Hours: Raritan: 4:30pm-10:00pm Monday-Thursday, 4:30pm-11:00pm Friday-Saturday, 3:00pm-9:00pm Sunday; Red Bank: 4:30pm-10:00pm Monday-Thursday, 4:30pm-11:00pm Friday, 3:00pm-11:00pm Saturday, 2:00pm-9:00pm Sunday  

With a unique modern setting and innovative cuisine, Char Steakhouse is one of the most authentic New York-style steakhouses around. Their menu features family-style sides, decadent appetizers, a raw bar, and more, in addition to tender filets, strips, ribeyes, and a 46 oz. porterhouse. Their fun patio features both tables and lounge areas, with an almost tropical vibe that is perfect for a summer celebration.

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stage house tavern

Located at 1719 Amwell Rd. Somerset, NJ 08873

Hours: 11:30am-10:00pm Monday-Thursday; 11:30am-11:00pm Friday-Saturday; 11:00am-9:00pm Sunday

If you’re looking for some simple, rustic American fare, look no further than the Stage House Tavern. This spot serves up everything from elegant dishes like a braised lamb shank to comfort foods like chicken pot pie. Consider dining al fresco on their quaint floral patio while you’re there (every Thursday in the spring and summer they feature live acoustic music on their outdoor stage).

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kyma greek cuisine

Located at 24 E Main St. Somerville, NJ 08876

Hours: 11:00am-10:00pm Monday-Thursday; 11:00am-11:00pm Friday-Saturday; 12:00pm-10:00pm Sunday

Travel to Greece without ever leaving New Jersey at Kyma Greek Cuisine. Kyma serves fresh, authentic mediterranean dishes made from ingredients shipped directly from Greece and other countries around the world. Their island atmosphere makes you feel miles away and their simple patio is perfect for a relaxed weekend meal.

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the stirling hotel

Located at 227 Main Ave. Stirling, NJ 07980

Hours: 11:30am-10:00pm

For some of the best beer around, check out the Stirling Hotel. This spot features sandwiches, pizzas, and other entrees, as well as a weekend beer garden that serves up domestic and innovative craft brews. Stop by for live music on the patio every Monday night and be sure to check out the local bird sanctuary frokm 2:00pm-8:00pm every Sunday.

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stone house at stirling ridge

Located at 50 Stirling Rd. Warren, NJ 07059

Hours: 5:00pm-10:00pm Tuesday-Thursday; 5:00pm-11:00pm Friday-Saturday; 11:00am-3:00pm & 5:00pm-9:00pm Sunday; closed Monday

Nestled in the serene Watchung Mountains, Stone House at Stirling Ridge brings the aesthetics of a California craftsman-style lodge to central New Jersey. Each ingredient in the dishes on Stone House’s menu is carefully picked from the restaurant’s onsite garden, ensuring that customers receive only the freshest, most delicious food. Whether you enjoy a meal on the warm patio or roast marshmallows with friends at one of the outdoor fire pits, you are guaranteed to have a night to remember at Stone House.

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alfie's ristorante italiano

Located at 101 Town Center Dr. Warren, NJ 07059

Hours: 11:30am-3:00pm & 5:00pm-10:00pm Monday-Friday; 4:00pm-10:00pm Saturday; 4:00pm-9:00pm Sunday

For exquisite Italian fare with a homey feel, there’s no beating Alfie’s Ristorante Italiano. They have an extensive menu of interesting and delicious meal options and a staff that treats everyone like part of the family. Have a meal on their bright, relaxing patio and experience the inviting atmosphere and fabulous food that keeps locals coming back again and again.

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Located at 14 Elm St. Westfield, NJ 07090

Hours: 11:00am-9:30pm Monday-Thursday; 11:00am-10:30pm Friday-Saturday; 11:00am-9:00pm Sunday

Family-run since 1969, Ferraro’s is a true Westfield landmark. They serve up healthy, traditional, and contemporary Italian dishes in a setting that is just as unique and cozy as the food. Dine al fresco on their gorgeous sidewalk patio, where you can enjoy the sights of Westfield while indulging in the full Ferraro’s experience.

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west orange

mcloone's boathouse

Located at 9 Cherry Ln. West Orange, NJ 07052

Hours: 11:30am-11:00pm Monday-Thursday; 11:00am-12:00am Friday-Saturday; 10:00am-3:00pm & 3:00pm-11:00pm Sunday

Sitting on the banks of the reservoir, McLoone’s Boathouse offers an unparalleled scenery in addition to a wide selection of refined and traditional American fare. Their menu includes everything from delicate scallops to BBQ ribs and their seaside atmosphere leaves you in awe. The extensive patio features both tables and lounge chairs, plus a fire pit and breathtaking views of the water, perfect for ending a long day at work or enjoying a family meal while on vacation.

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whitehouse station

the ryland inn

Located at 111 Old Hwy 28 Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889

Hours: 5:00pm-9:00pm Tuesday-Thursday; 5:00pm-10:00pm Friday-Saturday; 11:00am-2:00pm & 4:00pm-8:00pm Sunday; closed Monday

For a meal that is the true definition of elegance, visit the Ryland Inn. This 220-year-old equestrian estate blends modern refinement with an old-world charm to create an atmosphere like never before, while the executive chef creates farm-to-table meals that incorporate only the freshest local ingredients and flavors that change with the seasons. Enjoy a meal or drink on the beautiful back patio, which features a full bar, umbrella seating, and live music; it’s the perfect way to spend a warm summer afternoon.  

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