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Best "outdoor Restaurant"?

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What's your take on the place with best outdoor seating experience in/around Central Jersey? Now that the weather has started to look better, we're always on a lookout for a good restaurant (doesn't matter what they serve) with great outdoor experience.

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  1. Not really what you're looking for, but it's hard to top getting a lunch platter at Keyport Fishery and eating it on the dock.

    Keyport Fishery
    150 W Front St, Keyport, NJ

    1. my vote is for blue point grill. on the weekends, they have a live jazz band playing outside, not to mention the food is to die for.

      1. If you like the Lambertville/New Hope area, Inn of the Hawke is nice for an outdoor lunch, assuming the wind is blowing downriver (sewage plant is south of the restaurant) and the Triumph Brewery has a nice patio and a great menu. (Mind you, I really am unimpressed with the Triumph Brewery in Princeton. The two have different chefs and different menus.)

        Inn of the Hawke
        74 S Union St, Lambertville, NJ 08530

        1. Haven't been this year yet, but last summer we really enjoyed the scene at The Boondocks on the water in Red Bank. Live music, good fried fish and beer, and a fun, but not too rowdy crowd. Certainly not gourmet by any means, but a great night out.

          1. Another vote in the Lambertville area goes to the Stockton Inn just a few miles downt he road from Lambertville. May not be the best food in the area, but their outside patio is definitely a great place. -mJ

            Stockton Inn
            Main Street (corner of Bridge), Stockton, NJ 08559

            1. The Peacock Cafe at the Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton serves a surprisingly very good selection of gourmet salads, sandwiches, wraps etc with wine, beer and teas. Outdoor tables in the cafe courtyard under a canopy of leafy trees make for a perfect lunch. Also enjoyable is the terrace at Rat's, enjoying a drink while overlooking the lily pond and sculpture park.


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              1. re: Foody4life

                Tabor Road Tavern, Morris Plains. Beautiful patio with lots of roomy tables.


                Alice's, Lake Hopatcong. Sit right out on the serene lake.