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Outdoor Dining Guide

The Best Places for Outdoor Summer Dining and Fun

There are a lot of great places to dine outdoors in our area, in town, and out of town. From coffee shops to bars, and restaurants. I’ve put together a list of my favorites and what makes them special from Millburn to Morristown, they are a short drive away! Enjoy!

La Pergola in Millburn, NJ:

La Pergola has the most adorable and largest outdoor garden dining area, hidden behind the restaurant, away from the noise of cars and people walking by. It is like you are dining in a garden in Tuscany, Italy! You are surrounded by shade and greenery, where you can feel the soft breeze and listen to the sound of nature while listening to Botticelli’s music. The food is to die for, freshly made to order, offering delicious seasonal menus from farm to table, using the freshest ingredients available for the season. It’s a great place to dine during the week and on weekends. Be sure to bring your favorite wine or spirit and say hello to the owners, Driola and Agron Kaloshi. La Pergola is BYOB.

Casa Das Natas in Millburn, NJ:

I love this place! You can experience a traditional Portuguese café serving classic pastries and savory Portuguese delights, coffee, and Portuguese beverages in Millburn. The owner has a farm, with over 35+ chickens, and she uses these fresh eggs to make the popular Portuguese custard cups called “pasties de nata”. You can also enjoy a warm savory “rissois”, it’s like a Portuguese empanada, except the dough, is very different and the filling as well. You can have shrimp, chicken or beef rissois with Portuguese coffee or cold Portuguese drink. Candida’s outdoor dining in front of her café, where you can enjoy the fresh air while listening to Portuguese music and bring your dog. Casa Das Natas is pet friendly!

Calabria’s in Livingston, NJ:

Calabria’s is the largest pizzeria in the area and has the bragging rights of having their famous thin crust “crunchy thin pizza”, has an 8.9 Barstool rating, making it top 3 in NJ and top 1% in the country! They also have a full bar and extensive Italian menu, so whatever you’re in the mood for, they have it here. Family-owned for over 40 years, these kind entrepreneurs have donated over 10,000+ family meals that feed a family of four, to needy families and first responders impacted by the pandemic during the past two years. Their outdoor dining area reminds me of a Palladian Villa in Italy. So, if you’re in the mood for an “out of this world pizza” and beer or wine, while dining outdoors, feeling like you’re in Italy, stop by Calabria’s.

Delikositas in Madison:

Be adventurous and try Colombian cuisine at Delikositas where you can enjoy authentic Colombian empanadas, made from “Yucca” dough, savory “Pan de Queso” cheese bread, or “Buñuelos” and if you are really hungry, ask for the signature meal “Bandeja Paisa” which offers steak, with beans and white rice, eggs, “chicharron” and avocado. Enjoy cold beverages, like Mango or imported soda pop drinks, all while dining outdoors under umbrellas that will keep you cool, while you people watch and enjoy the vibe Madison has to offer. Owned and operated by two Madison residents, Delikositas brings Colombian flavors to you.

Millie’s Old-World Meatballs & Pizza in Morristown:

Millie’s has the broadest meatball selection in our area, with a choice of sauces and stuffing, you will be sure to find something that you will like. The size of a serving is two, fairly large, about the size of a baseball. Millie’s has two outdoor dining spaces, one that is covered within the restaurant footprint, so you can enjoy the outdoors and dine on a rainy day. The other is on the sidewalk under beautiful rust orange-colored umbrellas, so you can enjoy their full menu, including wood fire oven roasted oysters and pizza fully outdoors. Millie’s is also BYOB.

Town Bar + Kitchen in Morristown:

Secluded from the street, is a wonderful rooftop outdoor dining area away from the crowds. It was the first place I dined for lunch with a friend during the pandemic, with outdoor heaters in the colder months. No heaters needed in the summer! You will be embraced by the original brick of the building, anchored with a beautiful outdoor fireplace that makes it feel cozy anywhere you sit. Enjoy the evening sunset while you sip on a signature cocktail. Their creative chef-prepared menu and full bar will leave you wanting to come back! They offer seasonal drinks and treats which include for the summer, a “Kiwi Cocktail” and their famous “Cookie Monster” dessert.

  • Town Bar + Kitchen
  • Millie’s Old-World Meatballs
  • Delikositas
  • Calabria's
  • Casa Das Natas
  • La Pergola