Who Offers the Main Line's Best Alfresco Dining?

Professional concierge Ken Alan narrows it down to 10 favorites in Philadelphia's western suburbs.

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333 Belrose’s chicken salad, a lunchtime favorite. (Photo by Jared Castaldi)Minnie G. of Devon asks: Now that it’s finally springtime, do you have any outdoor dining suggestions?

Hi Minnie,

The reality of back-to-back harsh winters seems to have made us all crave open spaces like never before, no? Fortunately, the Main Line and its surrounding region have many alfresco options. Here are a few easy-breezy favorites.

333 Belrose
333 Belrose Lane, Radnor; (610) 293-1000, 333belrose.com
“Out” is definitely “in” when referring to 333 Belrose’s jewel of a patio. It’s an umbrella’d affair, with dainty geranium boxes and a canopy of trees. Undoubtedly, 333 is one of the Main Line’s most sought-after alfresco dining experiences.

312 S. High St., West Chester; (610) 436-4100, avalonrestaurant.net
Colorful flowers, lush greenery and burbling fountains are concealed within this Mediterranean-inspired BYO, making it one of the region’s most outstanding outdoor dining venues. Best of all, the garden area has a dreamy covered tent that creates a gentle atmosphere, even when it’s raining—the drippy pitter-patter just beyond only complements the scene.

Azie and Azie on Main
217 W. State St., Media, (610) 566-4750, azie-restaurant.com
789 E. Lancaster Ave., Villanova, (610) 527-5700, azieonmain.com

Few, if any, restaurateurs in the suburbs have the visionary inspiration to create dramatic aesthetics like Win and Sutida Somboonsong. Each of their six popular restaurants offers feng-shui sensibilities to accompany consistent global cuisine. I especially enjoy dining on Azie’s garden-y deck—undeniably, the most spectacular outdoor space in all of Media.

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