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Best Northern New Jersey Outdoor Dining

Enjoy dining al fresco?  Let yourself be romanced by the sidewalk sounds of a big city or pampered by the peacefulness of a patio garden. Flock to the terrace, deck or boulevard table and share a bite, under the sun, an oversized patio umbrella or the stars. Be it a brunch in the breeze, sunset supper or long lunch, all of it tastes best outside. Visit a few of these top airy hot spots for the best outdoor dining in Northern New Jersey.


View the Top 10 Outdoor Dining Restaurants in Northern New Jersey

The Bernards Inn Contemporary
Dining Room at The Bernards Inn, Bernardsville, NJ The Bernards Inn
27 Mine Brook Rd.
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
Time and again, The Bernards Inn offers comfort and sophistication. More...

Cafe Matisse Eclectic
Dining Room at Cafe Matisse, Rutherford, NJ 167 Park Ave.
Rutherford, NJ 07070
Eclectic cuisine in an artful setting. More...

Chart House Seafood
Dining Room at Chart House, Weehawken, NJ Lincoln Harbor, Pier D-T
Weehawken, NJ 07086
The perfect lure: a scenic view and seafood on the waterfront. More...

David Todd’s City Tavern American
150 South St.
Morristown, NJ 07960

An innovative kitchen dishes up stylish, eclectic fare. More...

Due Mari Italian
Dining Room at Due Mari, New Brunswick, NJ 78 Albany St.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Italian cuisine in downtown New Brunswick. More...

The Frog & the Peach Contemporary
Dining Room at The Frog & the Peach, New Brunswick, NJ 29 Dennis St.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Inventive, memorable New American cuisine. More...

Highlawn Pavilion American
Eagle Rock Reservation
West Orange, NJ 07052
Fine dining that will set the heart strings aflutter. More...

Liberty House Seafood
Liberty St. Park
76 Audrey Zapp Dr.
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Here's what you'll tell your friends the day after dining at Liberty House: "That view! It's breathtaking." More...

Maritime Parc Seafood
Liberty State Park
84 Audrey Zapp Dr.
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Sleek and modern fish house at Liberty Landing Marina. More...

Ninety Acres Modern American
Dining Room at Ninety Acres, Peapack-Gladstone, NJ 2 Main St.
Peapack-Gladstone, NJ 07977

"From farm to table" is this restaurant’s mantra. More...

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