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Top 10 Places to Dine Outdoors

Whether it's for a quick bite in the middle of a work day, a romantic dinner out, or a leisurely weekend brunch, there are plenty of places in Dutchess County to enjoy fantastic food alfresco!

1. The Amsterdam, Rhinebeck

Named Hudson Valley’s Best New Restaurant in its first year of opening, The Amsterdam has quickly become a local favorite. The modern American menu features elevated farm-to-table fare based in the restaurants relationships with local farmers and a deep appreciation for the rich agricultural region. This beautifully designed space opens their backyard patio seasonally, and it’s the perfect place to escape and enjoy an unforgettable meal.  (845) 516-5033. www.lovetheamsterdam.com

2. 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. Patio open 3pm to close, Monday through Thursday, and 11:30am to close Friday to Sunday. (845) 765-8369 www.rhbeacon.com

3. 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/sausages. Cheers! Open daily until 2am. www.iloveschatzis.com

4. Charlotte's Restaurant, Millbrook

One of the loveliest outdoor dining spots not located along the Hudson River is Charlotte's in Millbrook. The garden patio's beauty is equal to that of the award winning food and wine list. Daily specials are prepared using the finest seasonal ingredients produced right here in the Hudson Valley. A white fence corrals the fine-looking thoroughbred horses at the farm next door. (845) 677-5888. www.charlottesny.com

5. Farmers & Chefs, Poughkeepsie 

What started as a food truck is now one of Poughkeepsie’s favorite restaurants with a view! Located right under the Walkway Over the Hudson, Farmer’s & Chefs lives up to their name by staying committed to preserving boutique agriculture and supporting small local farms. You can always find fresh and seasonal ingredients on their menu, which you can enjoy on their outdoor patio. (845) 337-4949 www.farmersandchefs.com

6. Homespun Foods, Beacon

Treat yourself to a terrific lunch out in the backyard garden patio at Homespun. They serve up hearty sandwiches, salads, homemade soups and generous platters in a warm and welcoming environment. Known for their handcrafted desserts, they also make wonderful European hearth breads to go along with the variety of cheeses in their well-stocked cheese case. (845) 831-5096. www.homespunfoods.com

7. River Station, Poughkeepsie

River Station is one of the oldest eateries in Poughkeepsie and is also known as an affordable waterfront restaurant in the city. Located "between the bridges," it has a large outdoor dining area and tiki bar that overlooks the Hudson River. Enjoy boat and train spotting while trying to make a selection from their extensive menu. (845) 452-9507. www.riverstationrest.com

8. The Rhinecliff, Rhinecliff

Dining at The Rhinecliff is always an event, especially when the weather is warm and you can take advantage of the riverside patio. The Sunday brunch is an especially popular event, which features classic brunch favorites served with Hudson Valley soul. The Rhinecliff offers casual fine dining with creative menus that take full advantage of seasonal Hudson Valley ingredients. (845) 876-0590. www.therhinecliff.com

9. Gigi’s Trattoria, Rhinebeck

Enjoy classic and inventive dishes at this casual spot in the heart of charming Rhinebeck! From their popular thin crust pizzas to homemade pastas, Gigi’s doesn’t disappoint. This casual neighborhood trattoria is open Tuesday through Sundays for lunch and dinner.  (845) 876-1007. www.gigihudsonvalley.com

10. Shadows on the Hudson, Poughkeepsie

Voted as "Best of Hudson Valley" for a "Place to Eat with a View" and for "Romantic Dining," Shadows has it all. Set on a cliff above the shore of the Hudson River, the contemporary restaurant provides diners with a gorgeous view that stretches far to the north and south. The outdoor seating takes advantage of this and provides a spectacular spot to enjoy sumptuous salads, seafood and steaks. (845) 486-9500. www.ShadowsontheHudson.com

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