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Dining Out: Seating outdoors, please


Summer has officially arrived and we are heading outdoors for fun and food.

That includes the wide range of outdoor dining opportunities throughout Bucks County with settings from gazing on lovely gardens to watching the river pass by.

Walkable Doylestown is the county seat with plenty of restaurants to choose from. Umbrellas sprout throughout town during warm weather to accommodate diners who prefer to be outside at restaurants including Vela, Hickory Kitchen, Slate Bleu, Genevieve’s Kitchen, Puck, Cross Culture, Honey, Jules Thin Crust, Alessio, Maxwell’s on Main (MOM’s), Lilly’s Gourmet, Penn Tap Room, Pag’s Pub, Villa Capri, Aunt Judy’s Family Restaurant, Mesquito Grille, 86 West, Farm House Tavern and Lobster Claw all have tables outside. Paganini’s Ristorante has the added bonus of a garden setting.

Outside of town the Water Wheel has a full outdoor bar area.

Lahaska is a mecca for shoppers and tourists, with its expansive flower gardens offering a view for those who choose to dine outside. The Buttonwood Grill, Earl’s New American, Saxby’s Coffee and Nancy’s Village Café all have outdoor seating, while Chive Café has picnic tables for dining.

Newtown has Vecchia Osteria, Rocco’s at the Brick, Isaac Newton’s, Sycamore Grill, Jules Thin Crust and the Green Parrot. Outside of town is Grey Stone Fine Food & Spirits, while nearby Washington Crossing has the Washington Crossing Inn.

Arielle’s Country Inn in West Rockhill Township has a garden setting for outdoor diners, while those in search of a meal also can head for the Washington House, Horse and Tavern Grill and Pino’s Pizza in nearby Sellersville. Perkasie has outside dining at Maize, Perkasie Pizza & Pasta and Sapori Italian Restaurant and Pizza.

New Hope is always a popular destination for outdoor dining with new restaurants sprouting up each season. Newcomers that lend themselves to people-watching include River Cat Café and Greenhouse. River Cat has the added bonus of a garden setting for breakfast and lunch, while other Main Street eateries with outdoor seating include Martine’s Riverhouse Restaurant, the Landing, the Logan Inn and Nektar Wine Bar.

The umbrellas also are up at Café Blue Moose, Zoubi, Karla’s, and Villa Vito, and there is casual deck dining at The Deck at Bucks County Playhouse and outdoor dining at Bowman’s Tavern, south of town.

Across the river in Lambertville, N.J., diners regularly flock to outside dining at Lambertville Station, where the seating overlooks the Delaware & Raritan Canal. Hamilton’s Grill Room and It’s Nutts on the Canal also have canal views for outside diners, while Liberty Hall Pizza opens its garage-style doors to the outside. El Tule Mexican and Peruvian Restaurant and the elegant D’floret increase their seating capacity each spring with tables outdoors.

Bucks has plenty of inns along the Delaware River that take advantage of their splendid views. Those include the Black Bass Hotel in Lumberville, Riegelsville Inn in Riegelsville, and the Centre Bridge Inn just north of New Hope. Downriver are the Yardley Inn in Yardley and the King George II Inn in Bristol, which is believed to be the oldest continuously operated inn in the United States.