5 Westchester Restaurants to Visit for Garden Dining Al Fresco

There’s outdoor dining, and then there’s…dinner in the garden. Here are the restaurants to visit for garden dining throughout the 914.

Springtime in Westchester County is synonymous with outdoor dining. Whether you’re opting for waterside dining or garden dining, we have your top picks. Book a reservation at any of the below restaurants for a standout meal in a serene outdoor atmosphere.

Amore Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen

1 Kent Pl, Armonk; 914.273.3535

This Tuscan-farmhouse-style eatery has been a fixture in the well-heeled hamlet for four decades, and its terrazzo is a hot summertime draw for old-school bowls of pasta, scratch-made artisan pizzas, and Italian classics (spicy chicken scarp, veal parm, zuppa de pesce), which somehow taste even better beside a babbling brook and ample greenery.

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721 Main St, New Rochelle; 914.637.3777

Chiseled fountains, sculptures, and stone benches evoke charming garden vibes in New Rochelle. The scene is so serene and civilized, with fine Croatian fare (with an emphasis on fresh, grilled fish and succulent roasts) offering a momentary portal to the loved and longed-for homeland of the proprietors’ youth.

Harvest on Hudson

1 River St, Hastings-on-Hudson; 914.478.2800

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Nestled into the southern portion of the garden, Harvest on Hudson’s newest outdoor-ish addition features a captivating indoor-outdoor bar, a space to grow produce year-round, and a wood-burning stove. Surrounded by fireplaces and lounge space, the greenhouse adds lushness to an already sought-after garden dining experience. In a carved-out miniature forest caressed by cool Hudson breezes and the fragrance of seasonal blooms, al fresco dining occurs on an incomparable scale with an Italo-centric menu — ranging from rabbit scarpariello and a raw bar to simple brick-oven pizza — and inspired, on-trend cocktails to match.


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715 Saw Mill River Rd, Yorktown Heights; 914.962.4298

There are those who believe there’s no garden like a beer garden and, in this case, they’re right. Traditional German specialties, cooked with family pride and infused with a hint of French flair, are complemented by beer (natch), wine, cocktails, and Austrian schnapps and liqueurs. Outdoor seating on pebbled ground is ample and pleasant for families and couples alike.

Scalini Osteria

65 Pondfield Rd (lower level), Bronxville; 914.337.4935

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Secreted away from the village’s log-jammed main thoroughfare and reminiscent of a quaint Tuscan enclave, this exquisite staple boasts both a patio and a secluded courtyard for homemade pastas, local produce and imported specialty ingredients, and regionally inspired fine Italian cuisine.


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