Rooftops & Patios: New Jersey’s Outdoor Dining Guide
The warm weather is a great time to enjoy dining outdoors. Whether you’re basking in the sun on a patio or taking in the dramatic views from a rooftop bar, these outdoor dining hotspots all around New Jersey are perfect for an alfresco meal.
Overlooking Lake Hopatcong, Alice’s Restaurant is a breezy, open-air restaurant on historic Nolan’s Point. Take a seat on the expansive deck, and fill up on coastal comfort food classics like crab cakes, fish and chips, and PEI mussels.
In Jersey City, Skinner’s Loft offers a charming rooftop scene with a casual vibe, while serving up elegant dishes. For dinner, indulge in bacon wrapped meatloaf and gourmet salads; or for weekend brunch, fill up on classics like Eggs Benedict, Red Velvet pancakes, or steak and egg tostada.
With dramatic views of the Hudson River, The Crab House in Edgewater is an ideal spot to nosh on fresh East Coast-style seafood, from lobster bake and king crab legs to mahi mahi and salmon.
Located on the banks of the Delaware River, the Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn is housed in a restored 19th century train station, featuring a charming stone building and a picturesque outdoor dining area: the Canal Side at the Station. Wine and dine al fresco as you indulge in elegant American cuisine made from fresh ingredients, which are topped with herbs grown in the onsite garden.
Take in views of the bustling Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant when you sit up on the rooftop patio at Boardwalk Bar & Grill. Imbibe handcrafted specialty cocktails, and an array of dishes including seafood quesadilla and the “Best of Jersey Shore” seafood.
Meander to the upstairs deck at Ventura’s Greenhouse Bar + Grill, located just off the beach in Margate City. Enjoy views of the ocean and Lucy the Elephant while sipping cocktails in the fresh air and enjoying the clam bar and numerous white pizza options.
Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grille at Montreal Beach Resort in Cape May boasts panoramic views from its oceanfront patio. Order freshly-caught seafood such as mussels, peel-and-eat shrimp, seafood pot pie, stuffed scallops, and enjoy the fresh breeze coming in off the ocean.
Open only mid-May through mid-October, The Ice House in Wildwood makes the most of the warm Jersey Shore weather. Ride the elevator up to the rooftop deck for sweeping views and breathtaking sunsets overlooking Otten's Harbor, and enjoy casual fare such as Cajun shrimp spring rolls, fish tacos, and black n’bleu burgers.