Downtown York’s food scene is booming, and there is no better way to enjoy it than under the sun.
Whether you want to enjoy a bite to eat in a Mexican cantina, find a table on historic Continental Square or relax as you listen to live music over lunch from the market, there are plenty of places to dine al fresco in Downtown York.
Check out this list, then visit one of the stops for yourself!
One of the newest places to dine al fresco in the city is Fig & Barrel, located on West Market Street. If you love pizza and whiskey, this is the place for you. Enjoy your food and drinks on their beautiful new curb-side patio. One smell of their delicious wood-fired pie will have you sold. Try one of their signature pizzas-like the Fig & Pig, topped with mascarpone,prosciutto,fig, fresh arugula and balsamic reduction, and pair it with a smoky and sweet whiskey based cocktail.
The Cantina in the Royal Square District offers a colorful and cozy space to enjoy a drink and a bite to eat. With beautiful murals as a backdrop and an outdoor bar for your convenience, it is the perfect spot to gather with friends over margaritas or beers. In addition to The Cantina’s courtyard, sidewalk seating is also available.
How about this for a unique pairing: delicious fresh Thai food followed by decadent Italian gelato. You’ll find both at Esaan Thai in the heart of Downtown York. Thailand native Jai runs the kitchen, where everything from pineapple curry to a peanut noodle stir fry to fresh spring rolls are made to order. Sam is the master gelato maker, creating traditional flavors such as chocolate, as well as Thai-inspired Coconut and Pandan – a tropical herb. You can enjoy both your dinner and your dessert al fresco on Beaver Street, a prime location for some after dinner shopping!
One of Downtown York’s iconic restaurants, White Rose offers open-air dining when weather permits, letting guests enjoy a warm breeze with lunch. It’s also in one of the city’s best shopping spots, where boutique shops offer everything from all-natural handmade shop to the trendiest fashion.
Situated on historic Continental Square, Iron Horse offers the perfect place to view bustling Downtown York while enjoying a great meal on a warm day. The menu offers the unexpected – like the popular grilled octopus starter – as well as tasty burgers, refreshing salads, brick-oven pizza and entrees like a pan seared salmon in a honey ginger sauce. Inside, the restaurant pays homage to York’s industrial past.
Connected to Central Market, Mudhook Brewing Company offers up excellent craft beer and plenty of grub to go along with it. Sit outside as you dig into the Crankbait Crab Dip, Muddy Hog Wings, a wide selection of burgers and more. Plus, every summer Mudhook transforms its patio and parking lot into a city beach with 12 tons of sand.
On the ground floor of the former National House Hotel – which hosted Charles Dickens and President Martin Van Buren during its heyday – Holy Hound Taproom features a rotating menu of 30 craft beers on tap, plus a menu of fresh, made-to-order eats that pair perfectly with a hoppy IPA or refreshing summer wheat. Eclectic burgers such as the Forest Floor – porcini-crusted venison with mushrooms, Swiss cheese and aioli on a brioche bun – will surprise and delight you. Plus, the Holy Hound’s outdoor seating area will give you a great view of the hustle and bustle of Beaver Street.
A former cigar store that served as a front for a speakeasy during the days of Prohibition, The Roosevelt Tavern sits on the outskirts of Downtown York. These days, with its intimate patio, it’s a great place to enjoy a summer evening and farm-to-table inspired fare, including a dry-aged prime steak, pan-roasted chicken and vegetable risotto.
With 24 taps pouring beer brewed on-site, you’re sure to find a summer beer you love at Collusion Tap Works in the Downtown York’s Royal Square District. Grab a spot on the outdoor patio, with picnic tables and biergarten-style seating, then pair your brew with fare including a pretzel with beer cheese, spicy garlic roasted cauliflower or a short rib panini. Collusion also offers cornhole boards for a little friendly competition.
Central Market doesn’t technically have outdoor seating, but it is next to Cherry Lane Park. Tucked between the beautiful buildings of Downtown York, the park is one of the best places to enjoy lunch on a sunny summer day. Grab a bite to eat from Market – open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday – and then find a spot in Cherry Lane to nosh. Better yet, come during one of the Box Lunch Revue shows and enjoy live music with your food.
During the warmer months, you’ll find a few tables outside Tutoni’s on North George Street. Watch the hustle and bustle of the city, while enjoying some traditional Italian favorites like housemade Potato Gnocchi, Baked Rigatoni, Shrimp Pomodoro and more!
Sophisticated and stylish, The Handsome Cab offers an extensive wine menu and shareable plates including Crab Cake Sliders, Hummus and Grilled Lamb Lollipops. In the summertime, a few spots can be found on the sidewalk.
Take a seat on The Left Bank’s curb-side patio while enjoying some of their signature seasonal food and drinks. On their current menu, you can find a refreshing mango cocktail, made with mango and vanilla vodka, mango nectar and champagne, and a tasty spinach and fried eggplant salad,with cherry tomatoes, pickled veggies, toasted pine nuts and carrot vinaigrette. Both are perfect choices for a relaxing summer night out.
If you find yourself at the intersection of George and Philadelphia Street., you can’t miss the new outdoor beer garden at Gift Horse Brewing Co. Check out what Gift Horse has on tap, order a bite to eat, and relax at one of their picnic tables before you have yourself a cornhole match with some friends.
One of George Street’s excellent dining options, Revival Social Club serves up globally inspired fare and cool cocktails. The menu changes seasonally, with Pork Bell Tacos, a Shrimp Arepas and Pan Seared Tuna among the current highlights. Like other nearby spots, outdoor seating is limited, so come early to claim a spot.
You’ll enjoy summer evenings on the deck at Granfalloons Tavern, just a short two-block walk from Downtown York’s Continental Square. Located in a beautiful two-story building, Granfalloons is a great place to gather with friends, share a crispy crust pizza and shoot a game of pool. You’ll also find nachos, burgers and more on the menu.
Get the friends together for a night along the water. With views of the Codorus Creek, Waterway Bar & Grill is a popular late-night hangout spot. Enjoy burgers, craft beer and some friendly competition. The restaurant offers darts, pool and video games. You’ll also be right next to Foundry Park, where Rosie the Cat makes for a great introduction into Downtown York’s public art.
The Stage Deli is a popular lunch spot thanks to its proximity to the York County Courthouse, so get there early for lunch if you want the coveted seats outside under the umbrella. Outside or inside, you’ll enjoy the classic deli sandwiches, flatbreads, paninis and more.
Experience the newest addition to the York City Six, Old Forge Brewery. Grab yourself one of Old Forge's brew on tap, like the blood orange gose, and some food to share with your friends, like the hush puppies, served with honey butter, and enjoy your tasty treats outside on one of their curb-side seats.
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