Now that the weather’s finally warmer, heading to one of Philadelphia’s great rooftop restaurants should be on top of your to-do-list. The restaurants listed below come with fantastic rooftops where you’re able to enjoy city views, great meals, and good company.
City Tap House
3925 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
City Tap House’s roof deck offers grassy terrain, fire pits to keep you warm on those breezy nights, and plenty of room to mingle around with your friends. This University City spot also boasts one of of the biggest tap lists in the city, with more than 60 beers on draft, making it the place for beer lovers. The kitchen serves upscale American pub fare, including brick oven pizzas, mussels and “craftwiches,” a fancy name for burgers.
200 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Sitting on the rooftop at Revolution House is very similar to sitting outside on the patio at your own home, only here, you’ll be able to enjoy the view of Old City, classic comfort food and great drinks. Award-winning tater-tots, mac & cheese topped with chips and lobster pot pie are just a few of the food options at this joint, which plays homage to Philadelphia’s deep history through its décor and use of the Quaker Friends Meetinghouse’s original 1798 brick. On a hot day, cool down with a cold brew from one of its eight rotating drafts or sip on a glass of wine.
901 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Standard Tap is a charming farmhouse that will take you away from your busy city life and into a quiet retreat with a peaceful upper deck patio and rustic décor. While here, you’ll enjoy local flavors, as this restaurant only uses locally-sourced ingredients to create its seasonally-fresh food, meaning that the ever-changing menu is updated daily on its chalkboard. The same goes for its beverages. In fact, don’t expect to come here and order a Budweiser – the only brews and liquors served are from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
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2624 Brown St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Trio is a Thai restaurant located in the Fairmount area of Philadelphia. Although it has two floors for dining, patrons looking to enjoy a pleasant day will want to head out onto its second floor deck. This place is a BYOB, so if you want to have an alcoholic beverage, make sure to bring your own. Trio even offers recommendations of its personal favorites on its website. This is the perfect spot to enjoy a quiet brunch before heading over to the Art Museum or to rest your feet with a filling dinner after you explored the exhibits all day.
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200 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19102
XIX sits on the top floor of the Hyatt at the Bellevue and is the most high-end option on this list. At Philadelphia’s self-proclaimed highest restaurant, you’ll be presented with spectacular views of the city skyline, especially if you’re able to score one of the tables on its outdoor deck. XIX is known for its raw bar and seafood options, but don’t worry if seafood isn’t your thing, as the steak frites and braised short rib with potato gnocchi are to die for. XIX also offers a selection of more than 300 wines, so you can be certain you’ll be in good hands while you dine.
Kelly Neilson is a freelance writer living and working in Philadelphia. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.