Top 11 Outdoor Dining Restaurants in downtown West Chester
by Ronna Dewey, Dish Works
August 11, 2014
West Chester, PA – Summer turning to Autumn is a favorite time in downtown West Chester. As the weather becomes perfect, grab a coveted seat on the sidewalk at one of our fantastic restaurants and take in the tastes, sights and sounds of the town. Not only will you enjoy a world-class meal, but you will have the best seat in the house to people-watch. Ready for some alfresco dining? We’re running down the top spots to dine outdoors.
For the Early Bird. . .
100 W. Gay St., West Chester
Serving breakfast from 7 a.m.–3 p.m. daily and lunch after 11 a.m., Penn’s Table prides itself on preparing casual American fare in a comfortable setting. Situated on the corner of Church and Gay Streets, Penn’s Table is one of the best spots to view all the happenings in West Chester. Whether you are a craving eggs Benedict, French toast, Belgian waffles or soups, salads and sandwiches, the hospitable staff will ensure your meal is memorable.
Three Little Pigs
131 N. High St., West Chester
This upscale gourmet deli has featured homemade soups, breads and desserts in the heart of downtown West Chester for over 10 years. The menu focuses on fresh, seasonal ingredients served in a relaxed setting. Sandwiches like the Matlack Street (turkey, New York cheddar and herb mayo on sourdough) are named after streets in the borough. Open for lunch Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Three Little Pigs has a secluded, peaceful patio for outdoor dining.
Drinks and Dinner. . .
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
3 W. Gay St., West Chester
Fans of fine handcrafted beers paired with creative yet informal cuisine should make a beeline to Iron Hill and snag one of their outside tables. Enjoy fresh, from-scratch New American cuisine and distinctive beers on one of the busiest corners downtown. Not into craft beer? That’s OK, Iron Hill also serves local wines and creative cocktails.
38 E. Gay St., West Chester
Teca is known for their lite fare and Italian tapas-style cuisine accompanied by an award-winning wine list. Not only does Teca have a 60-seat patio, but in the warmer weather the doors in the front of the restaurant are opened, creating an atmosphere reminiscent of a street cafe in Rome or Venice.
Kildare’s Irish Pub
18-22 W. Gay St., West Chester
Kildare’s is a decidedly Irish experience in the heart of downtown West Chester. From the state-of-the-art beer and bar system to the hundreds of Irish artifacts that adorn the walls of the restaurant, Kildare’s will transport you to the Emerald Isle. Even if you dine outside on the sidewalk or on their back patio, Kildare’s dishes like the fish and chips or the shepherd's pie are distinctly and authentically Irish. So order up a pint of Guinness, toast your friends and relax under the stars.
116 E. Gay St., West Chester
Since moving to new digs this spring, Avalon now features a full bar in addition to their stellar seasonal menu. Avalon boasts a sophisticated cheese and charcuterie program that pairs wonderfully with their exciting cocktails and wine list. Their outdoor patio seats 45 and is the perfect place to dine alfresco in the warmer months. Formerly a BYOB, Avalon still allows you to bring your own beverages on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.
9 N. Walnut St., West Chester
Specializing in authentic southern Italian cuisine, Limoncello has been a popular gathering place in West Chester since it opened in 2006. Nibble on appetizers like calamari fritti served with a trio of dipping sauces or indulge in one of their regional antipasto plates featuring an array of fine meats and cheeses. Limoncello’s full service bar serves a sophisticated selection of wines, cocktails, craft beers and after-dinner cordials. Their sidewalk seating offers a great view of the downtown West Chester action.
Side Bar & Restaurant
10 E. Gay St., West Chester
Side Bar is a gathering spot for locals (and visitors!) who are interested in dining at a restaurant with a casual, neighborhood vibe. With its Cheers-like atmosphere paired with globally-inspired cuisine, Side Bar makes everyone feel like a regular. Side Bar has one of the largest craft draft and bottle lists in Chester County making this a must-visit destination for beer geeks. Check out the Tuesday night mac and cheese specials that rotate weekly while enjoying the hustle and bustle of Gay Street on their outside patio.
Green Eating. . .
133 E. Gay St., West Chester
Discerning diners who want a menu featuring local, organic and sustainable food should pay Roots Cafe’s quaint backyard patio a visit. Roots serves breakfast and lunch Tuesdays through Sundays starting at 8 a.m. and dinner on Thursdays through Saturdays from 6–10 p.m. With dishes that will please both meat-eaters and vegetarians, Roots Cafe’s dinner menu changes weekly based on what is available locally.
Late Night Fun. . .
Más Mexicali Cantina
102 E. Market St., West Chester
Más’ menu showcases unparalleled Mexican cuisine with a flavor profile that is sure to grab your attention. The menu, packed with fresh traditional dishes and signature Más creations, offers favorites such as spicy tacos, bandito burritos, sizzling fajitas, and endless chips and fresh salsa. There are also a variety of vegetarian dishes available. For an unparalleled, bird’s eye view of West Chester, secure a spot at Más on the Roof and sip one of their signature margaritas.
Sweet Endings. . .
132 E. Gay St., West Chester
Owners Glenn and Kristin D’Ascenzo bring a taste of Italy to the east end of West Chester. After enjoying a meal in the borough, take a stroll to the gelateria to enjoy a sweet treat. Each pan of gelato is crafted daily in small, individual batches using local, seasonal fruits and berries along with the highest quality nuts, chocolate, vanilla, and coffees available. The D’Ascenzos work with a West Chester dairy farm, Bailys of Pocopson Meadow Farm, to deliver 100% natural milk from grass-fed, hormone-free cows. Little tables line the side walkway to the store creating a quiet area away from the busy street.