Governor Murphy announced that New Jersey bars and restaurants will be allowed to reopen for outdoor dining beginning June 15.
This doesn’t mean every restaurant with a patio will open with smiling (masked) waiters ready to take your drink order, but many restaurants with some capacity for outdoor seating are using the opportunity to slowly begin the on-site reopening process. Of course, even partial on-location reopening isn’t a full fix for many struggling restaurants. Prior to the relaxing of restrictions, some restaurants had even adopted a “car hop” style.
All restaurants are still subject to basic rules of social distancing, meaning staff must wear masks, and tables must be at least six feet apart (so space is limited). Groups of diners can be no larger than eight people. That said, here is a list of restaurants NJ restaurants open for outdoor dining. We’ll be updating it on an ongoing basis.
*Hours for restaurants opening up June 15 might very well change or differ from what’s posted for delivery and curbside pick-up, so check with a restaurant before you book; most restaurants will continue serving takeout/curbside pick-up and delivery menus as they reopen.
Jersey Shore Restaurants Offering Takeout and Delivery This Summer
These NJ Restaurants Are Offering Takeout and Delivery
Andre’s Lakeside Dining in Sparta is taking reservations for Monday, June 15 (and beyond). They’ll also be hosting “Casual Lunch” soon, so stay tuned to their website and social media. 112 Tomahawk Trail, Sparta; 973-726-6000
The Harborside Ani Express location of the Ani Ramen in Jersey City is open with outdoor seating. It’s not table service, FYI; you go in and pick up your food and take it outside to sit and bask in the steam bun and noodle-slurping goodness. 201 Hudson Street, Harborside, Jersey City; 201-915-1717
A Toute Heure in Cranford will offer its American menu at tables on the extended sidewalk on two sides of its corner location.
Not only is Battello in Jersey City doing outdoor service (with stunning Manhattan skyline views, ahem), they’re doing live music Saturdays from 6pm to 9pm. In addition to regular hours Tuesday through Sunday, they’re doing Brunch from 11am to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday. The 2020 Summer Dinner Menu doesn’t shirk on luxury—you’ll find dishes like Pignoli Crusted Halibut with Pancetta Broth and Roasted Summer Vegetables, Charred Asparagus and Mascarpone Francobolli (a pasta that looks like this) with a Sweet Onion Brown Butter, and a gluten-free Chocolate Torta. Battello, 502 Washington Boulevard, Jersey City; 201-798-1798
Get your hands ready for some oversize stein-cheersing: as of June 15, the Biergarten at Alementary in Hackensack is open for business. Unlike more relaxed days of suds-sipping, however, they have to take reservations now—so make your calls ASAP, as we’re guessing people are going to be lining up to actually relax in beer garden territory. They do have some rules, including said reservations are for groups of six or fewer, “family friendly” hours are from noon to 4pm (and kids have to adhere to all social distancing practices, including masks), and reservations have an end point—they last two hours (a necessary corollary considering how long we’d all like to linger with a cold one, or two, or three. The Alementary Brewing Co., 58 Voorhis Lane, Hackensack; 201-968-1290
Bistro D’Azur Al Fresco is operating Wednesday through Sunday, 4pm through 9pm. Chef Richard Krug is putting together a sophisticated summery menu, with two- and three-course options for $65 and $79, respectively—think Watermelon and Feta Salad with Pickled Red Onion, Grilled Octopus with Chick Peas, Nicoise Olives, and Celery, and Pan-seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras with Strawberry, Rhubarb, and a Brioche Crouton, even a Shakshuka with Summer Vegetables, Feta, a Fresh Egg, Foraged Mushroom, and Truffle. They’re still doing Bistro d’Go (takeout) and local area delivery. Bistro D’Azur, 14 Academy Street, South Orange; 973-327-9725
Chef Bryan Gregg is doing outdoor dining in style at Café Chameleon: spring flavors mingle with (and into) summer with menu items like Pea Soup with Brown Butter, Citrus Crema, and Crab, Chili Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Greens and Spiced Maple Syrup, Local Fish Crudo, and Wood-roasted Pork Belly. They’re also doing Sunday Brunch from 11am to 3pm, though there’s no table service you’re welcome to eat things like Jersey Strawberry White Chocolate French Toast and the Burger with Bacon Jam and Cheddar at the patio. Café Chameleon, 60 Main Street, Bloomingdale; 973-870-6969
Il Vecchio Café, Cucina Calandra, and Calandra Mediterranean Grill all have lovely outdoor dining settings already in play, putting them at a logistical advantage when it comes to adapting to the new normal with outdoor dining starting June 15. Reservations are strongly encouraged all around, and should be done by phone. They’ll continue delivery and curbside pick-up, but if you’re able to get to Fairfield or Caldwell areas and want to bask in a nice sunlight courtyard with some summery Italian food, here are three excellent options. FYI dads: Calandra’s Meditteranean Grill is even hosting a socially-distanced outdoor Father’s Dar Barbecue, and yes it’s all you can eat. Call each restaurant for more information or to make a reservation, as they’ll likely fill up. Locations vary.
Chez Catherine in Westfield opened up for outdoor dining on June 17. They’re starting with a dinners-only menu, though lunch may very well be to come soon. One nice advantage of Chez Catherine is it’s outdoor dining, yes, but the area is covered, meaning they are subject to weather issues like many places doing improvised outdoor dining. And the set-up looks elegant, of course, so you can enjoy a summery French supper al fresco and feel (finally) just a bit pampered. They ask that you call to reserve. Chez Catherine, 431 North Avenue West, Westfield; 908-654-4011
Yes, “Lawn” is technically in the name, but David Burke at Orange Lawn in South Orange isn’t all outdoor dining. That said, as of the week of June 15 they’ve opened up the Garden Terrace for reservation-dining only from 5pm to 9pm (takeout and delivery options continue). The Terrace even has its own menu, with Burke-proportion broad-shouldered summer dishes like Summer Style BBQ Short Ribs with Snap Peas and Confit Garlic, Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho with Basil, Avocado, and Chilled Shrimp, and Mediterranean-style Roasted Branzino with Crispy Artichoke Leaves and Pepperonata. David Burke at Orange Lawn, 305 N. Ridgewood Road, South Orange; 973-552-2280
The Grand Café in Morristown has a long sidewalk outdoor dining area, aka “The Grand Café Courtyard,” and it’s fully planning on being operational as phase two allows, meaning elegant French café fare with (ideally) a nice breeze is soon to be yours. 42 Washington Street, Morristown; 973-540-9444
Hat Tavern, located inside the Grand Summit Hotel in Summit, is offering patio dining, Happy Hour drink specials and discounted appetizers. 570 Springfield Ave, Summit; 908-273-7656
Not only does Molos in Weehawken have a decent amount of outdoor seating—they’ve got a pretty darn good view (of a certain nearby major metropolis, ahem). And on Tuesday, June 16, they’re opening that area up for some al fresco waterside Greek dining. At the moment it’s “first come, first serve,” FYI, so no need to make a reservation. Open Tuesday through Friday, 3pm to 10pm, and Sunday from Noon to 10pm (all of it “weather permitting”). Molos, 1 Pershing Road, Weehakwen; 201-223-1200
The Office Tavern Grill locations in Morristown, Ridgewood, Summit and East Hanover are serving modern pub food classics. Reservations through Resy (linked in town names) recommended. Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday, 11am–2pm.
Sammy’s Steakhouse in Mendham has been doing takeout, and now will add dining outdoors to the options. 353 Mendham Road West, Mendham; 973-543-7675
The Shannon Rose Irish Pub locations in Ramsey and Clifton are open for outdoor dining and operating daily from noon–9pm. The limited menu offers some of the pub’s classic dishes.
David Burke has recently taken over as culinary director of Son Cubano in West New York. Like Ventanas in Fort Lee, Son Cubano is co-owned by Alexander Duran (as well as Ed Duran). Along with David Burke at Orange Lawn, Son Cubano is open for outdoor dining—with New York City as your backdrop—doing both lunch and dinner menus (though not both every day of the week; hours and menus can be found here). Son Cubano, 201-399-2020
South + Pine in Morristown aptly uses summer’s loveliest gustatory temptress—fresh, ripe tomatoes in this Tomato, Stone Fruit, and Burrata Salad—to alert guests to the fact that they can enjoy dishes like that on the restaurant’s outdoor patio. 90 South Street, Morristown; 862-260-9700
Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas in Clifton, known for its chef-driven, scratch-made, tapas-style menu and extensive wine selection, is open for outdoor dining and will be operating daily from noon to 9pm.
Stern and Bow in Closter is opening for outdoor dining. Call for a reservation or make one online. Contactless pick-up and delivery are also still available. 171 Schraalenburgh Road, Closter; 201-750-3350
Montclair’s Vanillamore is doing outdoor dining from Thursday through Sunday in June and July (you can see the exact times and make your reservation here). They’re doing specific seatings—Dinners, Brunch, and even Dessert-Only seatings (and “dessert only” sounds like exactly what we need right now). All the meals are prix fixe and bought in advance ($50 per person, with refunds in the event of bad weather). Vanillamore, 349 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair; 973-707-5373
The modern vibe of David Burke’s Ventanas in Fort Lee is more pronounced by its luxe, sleek interior, but the outdoor patio is where all the action will be starting June 15. No exact plans have been announced yet, but the space is ample and Ventanas is fairly active on social media, so follow along for updates. 200 Park Avenue, Fort Lee; 201-583-4777
Vesta Wood-Fired in East Rutherford is doing improvisational outdoor dining: the ample parking lot has become a tented outdoor dining space, with room at any given time for 30 diners. (They’ve also incorporated a lounge area, because lounging eases the soul in times like these.) The outdoor dining menu is ample, with beer, wine, and cocktails, plus lots of soul-satisfying Italian and global flavors at play: Arancini Saffron Risotto Fritters, NY Strip with a Red Chimichurri, and of course pizza, like the Piccante with Calabrese Chiles, Smoked Mozzarella, and Roasted Tomatoes. Call to reserve. Vesta Wood-Fired, 64 Hoboken Road, East Rutherford; 201-939-6012
Vitales Restaurant in Teaneck will be serving Italian classics outdoors. You can also still get curbside pick-up and delivery. 201-836-1195
The Blue Bottle Café is a mainstay in Hopewell, and has been for nearly 15 years now. Red Bank local and chef Aaron Philipson has patio dining menu up and running, with refined bistro fare that still manages to comfort. A recent prix fixe three-course menu for $72 had dishes like a Saffron Risotto with Shrimp and Scallops and a Blue Bottle Salad with Hazelnuts, Red Grapes, and Manchego; another for $75 had a Prime Rib for two and a Chocolate Mousse Bombe. Make a reservation up to 10 days in advance on opentable of by phone. The Blue Bottle Café, 110 East Broad Street, Hopewell; 609-333-1710
New Brunswick-area residents have a couple decent options for (actually) going out: Catherine Lombardi (aka “Brooklyn-style Italian”) and Stage Left Steak are reopening with limited menus and seating. Both restaurants will be doing ad hoc seating, a few tables outside, from 4:30pm to 9pm. Reservations are required (those looking for the Stage Left Steak Burger should aim for a weekend reservation). Menu, and seating, options are likely to expand as the weeks go on. Stage Left Steak, 5 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick; 732-828-4444; Catherine Lombardi, 3 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick; 732-296-9463
Chef Andrew Pantano’s been at the helm of Culinary Creations Eatery in Hillsborough since 1995—to say he’s in it for the long haul is fairly accurate. The venue (which also does caterings and weddings, in normal times) is open with extended outdoor dining options in their Garden Area, with umbrella tables and a front patio. They’re open every day from 8am to 3pm for Breakfast, Brunch, and Lunch, with refined café options (think Tuscan Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Balsamic and French Market Eggs with Herb Pesto on a Croissant). Reservations are recommended. Culinary Creations Eatery, 434 U.S. Highway 206, Hillsborough; 908-281-3894
Finnagel’s in Clinton will be open from noon–9pm for Finnagel’s will be open for outside dining. Seating is first come first served, and customers must wait in their cars until their table is ready. Takeout will continue. 1531 NJ-31, Clinton; 908-735-0300
The Frog and the Peach in New Brunswick is doing limited seating outdoor dining in their Garden Patio. Reservations, inevitably, are limited so call in advance—but call, because the menu is all kinds of summery seasonal fun (think Black Truffle Ricotta Gnocchi, Duck and Foie Gras Rillettes with Blueberry Compote, and a House-ground Ribeye Burger with Mushroom Confit and Cheddar; vegans don’t despair—they’ve just perfected a behemoth vegan version, too). The Frog and the Peach, 29 Dennis Street, New Brunswick; 732-846-3216
Mediterra is open for outdoor dining on its patio from 11:30am to 9pm, Tuesday through Sunday—and it’s a spacious patio, though we expect demand to be high. The menu is summery and lushly Mediterranean, with dishes like Papas Bravas with Manchego Aioli, Shrimp Ceviche with Avocado and Cilantro, Branzino a la Plancha with Blistered Shishito Peppers and Sweet Corn Puree, and Local Peach Crisp with Tahitian Vanilla. They also just announced they’re staying open late Thursday through Saturday for Late Night Tapas and Happy Hour Cocktails (starting at 9pm). Call or book a reservation on their website. Mediterra Restaurant and Taverna, 29 Hulfish Street, Princeton; 609-252-9680
Old Man Rafferty’s—home of the Elvis car-hop dining experience—is doing outdoor dining in both locations. Per owner Mark Jakubowski, the New Brunswick location “has a tropical courtyard as well as a massive sidewalk, and we will be serving with other [New] Brunswick restaurants in Kilmer Park, just next door.” The Hillsborough location will also be doing outdoor dining with its own “massive courtyard and outside bar,” says Jakubowski. Both locations are open from noon to 9pm. “Tailgating in our parking lot is encouraged with carhop service,” Jakubowski adds (no word whether Elvis will show up with a song or two). Old Man Rafferty’s, 106 Albany Street, New Brunswick; 732-846-6153 and 284 Route 206, Hillsborough; 908-904-9731
Red Rock Tap & Grill in Red Bank is following appropriate safety measures, and has ample outdoor seating for dining, including a rooftop deck with views of the Navesink River. No reservations required. 732-747-2999
Asbury Festhalle Biergarten has been closed this long and lonely and suds-less while, but per this cheeky Facebook post, they’re reopening the week of June 15. Details are scant so far, but the basic ingredients—rooftop dining, expansive eclectic beer menu, summer sunshine—are all there. The post emphasizes they’re reopening for “dining only,” meaning you’re not meant to show up with a crew of 10 best friends for an afternoon of day drinking (some day). Stay tuned to their social media for more details. Asbury Festhalle Biergarten, 527 Lake Avenue, Asbury Park; 732-997-8767
Bar Anticipation in Lake Como was already in decent shape for outdoor dining, what with its cabanas and volley ball courts, so you can expect sleek adjustments and service in general (that volley ball area, FYI, was converted into more outdoor dining space). They’re open every day from 10am to 2am (and it looks like they’re having no trouble filling seats). Call ahead to check on any restrictions in seating capacity. Bar Anticipation, 703 16th Avenue, Lake Como; 732-681-7422
In Asbury Park, Barrio Costero, Reyla, and Laylow are all open for some aspect of outdoor dining. You can get your seasonal (summer-perfect) Mexican fix at Barrio with outdoor dining starting Tuesday, June 16, from 4pm to 9pm on Bangs Avenue. They’ll do the same on the weekend, from 4 to 10pm on Friday and 12 to 10pm and 9pm respectively on Saturday and Sunday. Reyla will be serving its modern, shareable Mediterranean outside starting Thursday, June 18, until 9pm on Mattison Avenue (10pm on Friday and Saturday). Maybe the most exciting—you can actually just go out for a drink, in this case at Laylow’s outdoor cocktail lounge, which opens June 19 from 4 to 10pm on Mattison Avenue. They’ll still be doing takeout and delivery as usual with all the locations and the Culture Market will keep on operation for the foreseeable future.
Both outlets from Atlantic City real estate developer Pat Fasano, the New Orleans-themed Bourre and Mexican-style Loteria are both open for outdoor dining. Bourre’s got wide open space for outdoor dining (not to mention a DJ and occasional—we assume regularly sanitized?—cornhole); Loteria’s right on the boardwalk, doing low-key tacos and fresh fruit Margaritas (they’ll have extra seating in the back entrance at street level). Call ahead but reservations not required. Bourre, 201 South New York Avenue, Atlantic City; 609-246-6670; Loteria, 1523 Boardwalk, Atlantic City; 609-727-0457
Boasting itself as Long Branch’s “only beachfront Mexican restaurant and bar,” Branch Cantina actually opened (as in for the first time ever) on June 22. The agave spirits list alone might be reason to visit: they have over 100 tequilas and mezcals on offer. They’re also doing an emphasis on house-made and traditional (comingling a few creative flavors, too). They’re open Sunday through Thursday from 4pm to 10pm, Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 11pm (and they’re doing weekend lunch from 11:30am to 4pm). Make your reservations online. Branch Cantina, 110 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch; 732-795-6619
Cardinal Provisions in Asbury Park will begin outdoor dining on Monday, June 15. No reservations are required. 513 Bangs Ave, Asbury Park; 732-898-7194
Drifthouse by David Burke is starting outdoor dining on Tuesday, June 16, with the restaurant running from 4pm to 9pm seven days a week. Considering the food—Burke’s own eclectic take on top-tier ingredients done up with refined technique and a solid dose of fun—and considering the ocean view from the outdoor patio, you’ll want to call or email ([email protected]) for reservations well in advance. 1485 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright; 732-530-9760
Girasole is doing Italian Riviera by way of AC from 5pm to 10pm Sunday through Thursday and 5pm to 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. The garden and outdoor patio can comfortable seat 40 guests at a time (reservations are required) and the 2020 Summer Menu looks spot-on to soothe your stressed soul, e.g. an order of Frittura Mista (fried seafood) with a glass of crisp Italian white wine, maybe? Girasole, 3108 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City; 609-345-5554
Wildwood locals looking for some SoCal beach vibes can try the North End American Grill in Wildwood. They’ve just reopened for outdoor dining with a 64-seat capacity patio space extending to include added seating at the front sidewalk area. And there’s plenty of stuff you’ll want to eat al fresco: Oysters on the Half-Shell, Roasted Veggie Flatbread with mozzarella and fresh rosemary, Grilled Fish Tacos with Mango-Pineapple Salsa, etc., all available outdoors from 4pm to 9pm. North End American Grill, 207 Olde Avenue, North Wildwood; 609-435-5691
Asbury Park’s Pascal & Sabine will be reopening for outdoor dining on Thursday, June 18. Reservations required. 601 Bangs Avenue, Asbury Park; 732-774-3395
River Rock Restaurant & Marina Bar has ample room outdoors and they’re reopening with (cautious) gusto on June 15th. It’s deck and beach table only, and all high-touch areas will be re-sanitized every 20 minutes. 1600, Route 70, Brick Township; 732-840-1110
The Salty Whale in Manasquan even put some sand in the parking lot—that’s how dedicated Jersey restaurants are to making space under these strange new provisions. They’re open weekdays from 3pm to 10pm, Friday from noon to 11pm, Saturday from 10am to 11pm and Sunday from 10am to 10pm. Call for reservations, and don’t forget to bring your (beachy) mask. The Salty Whale, 390 East Main Street, Manasquan; 732-592-3344
They have plenty of romantic indoor space we all hope to see (and/or get married in) sometime soon, but Scarborough Fair in Sea Girt actually has a new outdoor garden seating area to accommodate diners in Phase 2 (it’s tented; you can get a sense of the space here). They’re taking reservations from Tuesday through Sunday, from 4pm to 10pm. 1414 Meetinghouse Road, Sea Girt; 732-223-6658
The Shipwreck Grill in Brielle will have their outside deck open for outdoor dining Sunday, Monday, and Thursday from 5pm to 9pm and Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 10pm. They’re asking you limit your party to seven guests (which should make splitting the check simpler). And while the name might make it sound like a semi typical shore seafood pub-grub spot, the menu is elegant and seasonal: think Burrata and Olive Oil-poached Vine Ripe Tomato, Prince Edward Island Mussels in a Harissa Coconut Broth with Toasted Marcona Almonds, and Day Boat Sea Scallops with Cauliflower Puree, Wheat Berries, and Truffle Oil. They’re still doing takeout (and to-go cocktails, from a fairly interesting list no less). The Shipwreck Grill, 720 Ashley Avenue, Brielle; 732-292-9380
Willow Creek Winery is opening up Sunday through Thursday, from noon to 6pm, and Friday and Saturday from noon to 9pm, with a full grill menu to go with your wine. (It’s summer eating: Jersey peaches, Bavarian pretzels, peel-and-eat shrimp, the menu goes luxuriously on.) Not only are they going to be doing live music with their seasonal “Firepit Fridays” starting June 19, they’re also going to be adding a Firepit Saturday to the seasonal roster. Based on this pic, the firepit and the set-up look really nice (just be sure to call and make a reservation if you’re over six people). Willow Creek Winery, 168 Stevens Street, West Cape May; 609-770-8782
Caffe Aldo Lamberti is taking reservations for outdoor dining on its lovely, gently shaded patio. They’re only able to do reservations by phone at the moment, and demand is high, so patience is appreciated. They’re also asking guests to respect the time limit for each reservation (unspecified) and to download a QR reader onto their phones in order to be able to “view our digital menus in a contact free manner.” Caffe Aldo Lamberti, 2011 Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill; 856-663-1747
Central Taco and Tequila in Haddon Township has ample outdoor seating. Reservations not required.
Denim BYOB has undergone a few changes in the past year, but maybe none more so than in the last several weeks and months. As of the week of June 15, however, they’re open daily for outdoor dining until 8pm. If you were looking for your relaxed modern seasonal cuisine fix, here you go: Fried Green Tomatoes with Pimento Cheese and Bone-in Heritage Pork Chop with Carolina Yam and Brussels Sprouts Hash and a Fig Mostarda. It’s seasonal summer eating minus beach body Puritanism plus the lush seasonal relief we all need. Denim BYOB, 116 Kings Highway E., Haddonfield; 856-520-8114
Iron Hill Brewery’s Voorhees and Maple Shade locations will also have their patios open for outdoor dining starting Monday, June 15 and will adhere to required table distancing. The limited menu will continue as is—takeout and delivery options, which include craft kits and to-go cocktails. Reservations are not required but encouraged to be made by phone.
Two Fish BYOB announced they’ll remain closed “until we are able to allow dining inside the restaurant,” but The Little Hen, the year-plus-old sister restaurant from chef Mike Stollenwerk and his partner Felice Leibowitz is going to be open for limited outdoor dining as Phase 2 begins. It’s a smaller restaurant, so make your reservations ASAP through Opentable; hours are 5pm to 9pm Wednesday through Saturday and 4:30pm through 8:30pm on Sunday. The Little Hen, 220 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield; 856-528-2282
All five South Jersey P.J. Whelihan’s locations will be open for outdoor dining. Reservations are not required. Cherry Hill, Maple Shade, Haddon Township, Medford Lakes and Sewell.
The Pour House in Haddon Township is opening for outdoor dining, with burgers, beers and more. Reservations not required.
Tacos Al Carbon food truck out of Hammonton has always been doing outdoor dining, but especially if/as reservations fill up at area cafes and restaurants, it’s good to know you can get the kind of soul-satisfying Mexican food they’re putting out. It’s definitely taco season and it’s most definitely Horchata, Agua Fresca, and Ceviche season. They just ask that you call ahead to place your order (and wear a mask!). Tacos Al Carbon, 107 Peach Street, Hammonton; 609-457-7859
Treno Pizza Bar in Haddon Township is opening June 15 for outdoor dining. Reservations are not required, but suggested. Call 856-833- 9233.
Villari’s Lakeside Restaurant & Bar in Sicklerville is offering patio dining with 85 seats, plus 150 seats at their Tiki Bay bar—both following social distancing guidelines. 856-228-5244Click here to leave a comment