It’s outdoor dining season! Check out where to get those bites in under the stars, in a bustling downtown area, or a cozy café all in Somerset County.  You’ll find Italian inspired café lighting, fire pits to keep you cozy and set the atmosphere, and traditional parklet dining areas.


If you’re looking for atmosphere, AMA is it. With gorgeous café lighting on their patio, this Italian restaurant is super cozy. Oh and that food is amazing too!

Bernards Inn

Al fresco dining is available at Red Horse by David Burke on the lovely, plant-filled, streetside patio at Bernards Inn. Happy Hour – available in the bar/lounge area – is extended to the patio. Happy Hour Tuesday – Friday 4-6 p.m. Saturday Noon – 5 p.m. Sunday Noon – 4 p.m. Your pets are welcome to join you on the patio. 

Read more: Acclaimed chef Burke adds Bernards Inn to NJ portfolio

The Bradford

This upscale rooftop bar experience is like no other in the area. Check the views in this restaurant and bar located at the top of AC Hotel Bridgewater. Reservations highly recommended.


Cozy and romantic outdoor dining. Char‘s fire towers add to the atmosphere while keeping you cozy. What’s better than eating outside on a nice summer evening with a fine steak, wine, and this setting to boot?

Division Cafe

Cute, cozy cafe in the heart of Downtown Somerville. Serving fresh, authentic and delicious Latin-American dishes.

The Grain House offers picturesque seating on their patio.

people eating outside on the patio

The Landing is a farmhouse restaurant and pub located in lovely rural Hillsborough Township, New Jersey, but is accessible by various major roadways. Enjoy cozy outdoor dining and bar seating.

Ninety Acres welcomes those with a passion for great food and wine, featuring a farm to table restaurant supporting local agriculture. This Michelin rated restaurant is a must for any foodie.

Old Man Rafferty’s

Here you can escape from the sun and sit under the tent while enjoying the fresh air.

The best views for outdoor dining! If you’ve just played a game of golf OR if you want to stop by for pleasant outdoor dining views, you’ll find either of these at Red Oak Grille.

Savor is an outdoor dining experience you’ll remember. During the evening, catch their flamed heat lamps for even more atmosphere while you dine at this great BYOB.

Extensive outdoor seating under cafe lighting at Stage House Tavern. Head over in the summer for live entertainment.

drinks on a table outside

Enjoy your food and drinks fireside at Stateside Tap + Tavern. This lounge setup will make your summer happy hours.

Tapastre/Project PUB

A sister restaurant relationship for the ages. Enjoy outdoor dining on the patio at Project PUB or downstairs at Tapastre.


Rated as NJ.com’s Best Bar and it’s not hard to see why. There’s so much to enjoy at Verve!

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