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Top Ten Places for Outdoor Dining

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. Schatzi's Pub and Bier Garden
    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. Poughkeepsie. (845) 454-1171. www.iloveschatzis.com

  2. BC Kitchen
    This popular cafe close to Vassar College is always cooking up something new, fresh, and delicious. Whether you're there for breakfast, lunch, dinner or brunch, the sidewalk cafe tables are the perfect spot to sit back and enjoy a terrific meal. The only problem will be trying to choose from all the wonderful dishes which include vegan and gluten free options. Oh, and don't forget to save room for a sweet treat from their amazing pastry case! Poughkeepsie. (845) 485-8411. www.bckitchenbar.com

  3. Charlotte's Restaurant
    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. Millbrook. (845) 677-5888. www.charlottesny.com

  4. Crave Restaurant & Lounge
    Foodies everywhere flock to Crave for an incredible dining experience. Located directly under the stairs entrance to the Walkway Over the Hudson, Crave has a reputation for outstanding food, wine, atmosphere and hospitality. You'll be so impressed with the seasonal and regionally inspired menus that you'll be excited to return again and again. Lunch? Try Lola's Cafe right next door! Poughkeepsie. (845) 452-3501. www.craverestaurantandlounge.com

  5. Homespun Foods
    If you're in 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. Beacon. (845) 831-5096. www.homespunfoods.com

  6. River Station
    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. As an added bonus, River Station is now offering free transportation to and from the Walkway Over the Hudson for all its patrons. Poughkeepsie. (845) 452-9507. www.riverstationrest.com

  7. The 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 Jazz Brunch is an especially popular event, which features classic brunch favorites and top regional musicians. The Rhinecliff offers casual fine dining with creative menus that take full advantage of seasonal Hudson Valley ingredients. Open daily for breakfast, evening drinks/snacks and Sunday Jazz brunch. Rhinecliff. (845) 876-0590. www.therhinecliff.com

  8. Poughkeepsie Ice House
    Poughkeepsie Ice House on the Hudson is a historic, exposed brick building with old world charm. Formerly a storage house for ice harvested from the Hudson River, this charming restaurant offers seafood, meats, and pastas along with upscale bar drinks. Enjoy patio dining with a majestic view of the Hudson River. Their delicious Sunday brunch menu offers a fantastic way to start your day! Poughkeepsie (845) 232-5783. www.poughkeepsieicehouse.com

  9. Shadows on the Hudson
    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. 176 Rinaldi Blvd., Poughkeepsie. (845) 486-9500. www.ShadowsontheHudson.com

  10. Smoky Rock BBQ
    Featuring Rhinebeck's largest outdoor patio, check out the mouth-watering barbecue dishes to enjoy. Take it slow! They use all natural meat and poultry sourced locally and regionally, prepared with their signature dry rub. All of their meat is slow smoked in-house for up to 16 hours, using cherry, maple, and hickory wood. Open daily, 11am - 11pm & Sundays, noon – 11pm. Closed Wednesdays. Sunday Brunch Buffet: Noon-4pm. 6367 Mill St./Rte. 9, Rhinebeck. (845)876-5232. www.smokyrockbbq.com

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