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Prettiest Places to Dine Outdoors in Dutchess

Date Published: May 14, 2024

Warm weather in the Hudson Valley brings patio meals on sunny days! Enjoy Dutchess cuisine al fresco at one of our many restaurants and eateries. Although we are highlighting a few restaurants, Dutchess County has a ton of great options with outdoor dining!

Aroi Thai, Rhinebeck

Aroi features multiple places to dine outdoors in the heart of Rhinebeck. The front porch is a charming spot for a delicious meal, but the garden-side tables are absolutely stunning. Start with a wide variety of Thai drink specials including butterfly pea blossom sangria, sake mojitos, mango margaritas, Thai iced coffee and boba tea. Then, dig into light and flavorful southeast Asian dishes. An assortment of options for pad Thai, pineapple fried rice, pad kee mao and Thai-style curries provide the perfect meal for any visitor. Aroi’s red curry with duck is incredibly popular, as is their seafood and vegetable green curry. (P.S. Check out Terrapin's new outdoor pavilion down the road!)

Charlotte's Restaurant, Millbrook

Charlotte’s Restaurant, Millbrook

Take a stroll through the antique shops and small businesses through Millbrook and end up at Charlotte’s Restaurant for a freshly-made meal! Made from the finest, local seasonal ingredients, Charlotte’s Restaurant utilizes the Hudson Valley's tastiest native offerings. Customers can expect daily specials which capture the essence of the seasons. Enjoy your meal in their beautiful garden with a great view! 

The Roundhouse, Beacon; Photo: @roundhousebeacon

The Roundhouse, Beacon

Soak in waterfall views from this gorgeous outdoor patio! The menu features seasonal ingredients and signature cocktails perfect for making the most of the summer season. The Roundhouse features an upscale menu ranging from seafood and vegetarian fare to decadent desserts. Plus, they offer a stunning Sunday brunch.

Zeus Brewing Co., Poughkeepsie

Zeus Brewing Co., Poughkeepsie

Nothing beats a rooftop bar in the summer! Reserve a seat up top at Zeus Brewing Co. in Poughkeepsie for an unparalleled view of the Mid-Hudson Bridge, and, of course, the river in all its glory. Zeus' menu conists of a plethora of pizzas, pastas, salads, sandwiches, and apps galore. Don't forget to try one of their many beers on tap—and, if you have a Dutchess Tourism Taste Finder passport you can sample a flight for free! Click here to get yours!

Homespun Foods, Beacon

Next time you're visiting the charming city of Beacon, stop by Homespun Foods! Get a taste of fresh, homemade food in an equally warm and welcoming atmosphere! Having created an at-home feeling, Homespun Foods has the perfect bites for a midday pick-me-up. Take a seat in their outdoor patio decorated with string lights and a pergola with vines. While you are there, be sure to check out their specialty selection of wine!

Shadows on the Hudson, Poughkeepsie

Shadows on the Hudson, Poughkeepsie 

Visit one of Dutchess County’s waterfront restaurants, Shadows on the Hudson in Poughkeepsie, NY. Perched on a cliff 40 feet above the Hudson River and just 50 feet from its eastern bank, this prime location has a one-of-a-kind, truly grand view of the Hudson River. Dine-in their covered patio for the best view in the house. Stop by on a Sunday and enjoy their gourmet Brunch buffet! Located near the Poughkeepsie Train Station, Shadows in the Hudson is a great place to start or end a day trip in Dutchess! 

Milea Estate Vineyard, Staatsburg

Culinary Institute of America graduate David Kim curates a small-plates menu perfect for wine pairing. Patio dining overlooks acres of breathtaking vineyards, where Milea Estate Vineyard's innovative winemakers produce exceptional wines showcasing classic Old World vinifera and heritage heirloom grape cultivars grown only in the Hudson Valley region. 

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The Corner at Hotel Tivoli, Tivoli

The Corner at Hotel Tivoli, Tivoli

Hotel Tivoli and its accompanying farm-to-table restaurant The Corner is a century-old building situated in the historic town of Tivoli, New York. Owned by painters Brice and Helen Marden, the property is filled with an eclectic collection of furniture, lighting, and art. The Corner offers a Mediterranean-inspired menu, using local ingredients and imported items. Take in the quaint town charm of Tivoli while having dinner on the porch of Hotel Tivoli. Then, if you wish, take a seat at the bar indoor that celebrates inventive cocktails, highlighting the seasons!

Farmers and Chefs, Poughkeepsie

Take a seat on the expansive patio at Farmers and Chefs, where diners can spy a view of the Hudson River. With ingredients sourced from local farmers, this Poughkeepsie eatery serves up crowd-pleasing American fare.  Plus, they have their own vertical herb garden. The Vertical Field container grows sustainable produce, ranging from arugula and Russian kale to rosemary, Thai basil and more.

The Amsterdam, Rhinebeck

A must-try when in Rhinebeck! The Amsterdam is an award-winning contemporary American restaurant with a world-class fine foods and provisions market! Situated in the heart of historic Rhinebeck, they source the very best from the Hudson Valley and beyond for their globally-inspired farm-to-table menu, wines, and craft cocktails. Enjoy dishes from their seasonal menus in their cozy patio dining area with a fire pit and string lights for optimal ambiance! Be sure to stop by the fine foods and provisions market featuring a curated offering of the finest local and international products.

Heritage Food + Drink, Wappingers Falls

Heritage Food + Drink, Wappingers Falls

This Wappingers Falls eatery garnered tons of attention when it first opened due to its striking interior design. It's no surprise that Heritage Food + Drink also curates a beautiful outdoor dining experience. Dig into upscale New American cuisine, ranging from grilled swordfish and crispy lamb to loaded pastas and "General Tso's" cauliflower. Heritage also has a legendary Sunday brunch!

Schatzi's Pub and Bier Garden, Poughkeepsie

Enjoy craft beers in a German bier garden atmosphere! Located on Main Street between the Poughkeepsie Train Station and the Mid-Hudson Civic Center, this casual dining spot features beer, burgers and brats, in addition to plenty of pub grub specials. Browse their selection of local brews as well as pilsners, Kölschs and other international ales.

Fishkill Farms Hopewell Junction
Fishkill Farms, Hopewell Junction

Treasury Cider Bar at Fishkill Farms, Hopewell Junction

Saturdays and Sundays, grab farm-to-table brunch at the Treasury Cider Bar at Fishkill Farms. A rotating menu keeps foodies on their toes, with plenty of seasonal inspiraiton behind dishes. Expect scenic views of the orchards while sipping specialty ciders. Plus, be sure pick-your-own produce when fresh fruits and veggies are in season.

Buy a Taste Finder Craft Beverage passport to save up to 77% on tastings at local breweries, wineries, distilleries and more. Treasury Cider offers a tasting flight of ciders when visitors present their mobile passport. To get the pass, click here

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