The name ‘In Riva’ means ‘along the banks’ in Italian, and this beautiful Italian restaurant sits along the Schuylkill River. Guests have the option of sitting on the outside patio during warmer months, with its bright red chairs and outdoor bar and umbrellas to keep cool. In Riva provides a menu that specializes in made-to-share foods as well as Napoletana-style pizzas, making this restaurant a lovely spot to go with extended family for a dinner out and to watch the sun set over the river.
In Riva, 4116 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19129 (215) 438-4848
Talula’s Garden has gorgeous outdoor seating, complete with rustic wooden tables and chairs, trees growing from the middle of the garden and plants along the walls. In the spring everything is a mix of colors while in the colder months, heaters and lights provide warmth and comfort. The restaurant specializes in farm-to-table meals with a small menu offering options that change with the seasons. For appetizers, they provide a thorough cheese plate, complete with multiple types of cheese, dried fruits, honey and jams.
Talula’s Garden, 210 W Washington Square, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (215) 592-7787
This Italian-American restaurant has a cute, homey atmosphere: the indoor section of the restaurant has an open kitchen and bar with stools, so that guests can watch the food being prepared while relaxing after a long day. The back patio is strung up with lights and wooden benches, and the ‘laundry’ hanging overhead makes guests feel like they could be in their Italian grandmother’s backyard. The open and intimate space makes Little Nonna’s the perfect spot for romantic night out.
Little Nonna’s, 1234 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 546-2100
Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant
This restaurant has beautiful outdoor seating overlooking the Schuylkill River where guests can sit and enjoy cool summer nights while enjoying Manayunk Brewery’s house beers.The Brewery has several year-round beer on tap, as well as a rotating list of seasonal brews that can be found either on tap or canned. The restaurant features a varied menu of fish tacos, fried chicken, burgers, stone-oven pizzas and sushi.
Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant, 4120 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127 (215) 482-8220
American Sardine Bar
American Sardine Bar provides a small outdoor patio with comfy light blue lawn chairs for guests to sit and enjoy their meals. The restaurant offers a unique menu that specializes in sardines, served four different ways depending on your preference; sauteed, grilled, plancha or fried. For those who may not like sardines, there is also a sandwich menu that changes frequently with past options such as Asian pulled pork or four cheese grilled cheese. At the bar, guests can choose from 16 different craft beers on tap.
American Sardine Bar, 1800 Federal St, Philadelphia, PA 19146 (215) 334-2337