tj rockwells02.jpg

Outside deck area at T.J. Rockwell's in Elizabethtown. 

Editor's note: This list was originally published June 3, 2017.

Temperatures have risen and outdoor dining venues are starting to open up. LancasterOnline surveyed its readers to find out their favorite places to dine outside.

The suggested restaurants range from quaint and out of the way to multi-level terraces and bars.

Here is a list of the most-suggested: (If yours is missing from the list, feel free to add it to the comments below.)

Blue Bird Inn

Read reviews: 4.4/5 on Facebook/4/5 on Yelp

Hours: Monday through Thursday: 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

Location: 2387 Cornwall Road, Cornwall

Reservations: By phone, 717-273-3000 

Bulls Head Lititz

Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m to 11:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m to midnight

Location: 14 E. Main St., Lititz

Reservations: No

Flight Deck at Fiorentino's

A view of planes taking off, live music on weekends and a firepit. One reader says, "it's like an escape from reality."

Hours: Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m.

Location: 500 Airport Road, Lititz (at Lancaster Airport)

Reservations: By phone, 717-569-6732, or online

Funcks in Leola

Several readers suggested this restaurants saying "they have a beautiful outdoor seating area complete with live music on the weekends, an awesome draft menu as well as tasty cocktails and wine, and diverse and delicious food selections. The perfect spring/summer dining destination!"

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.; and Sunday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

Location: 365 W. Main St., Leola

Reservations: No

John Wright Restaurant

Hours: Sunday through Tuesday, 11 a.m to 3 p.m.; Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m.; and Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m.

Location: 234 N. Front St., Wrightsville

Reservations: by phone, 717-252-0416

Mt. Gretna Hideaway

Hours: Monday and Tuesday, 3 p.m to midnight; Wednesday and Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.; and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight

Location: 40 Boulevard St., Mount Gretna

Reservations: Yes, 717-675-7987

Lancaster Brewing Company

A reader says, "great outdoor space, and, of course, great beer a great food."

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m; and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

Location: 302 N. Plum St.

Reservations: Yes, 391-6258

Loxleys

 

Beautiful night for enjoying dinner and drinks on the patio or deck at #Loxleys! #sunset #LancasterPa #outdoors

A post shared by Loxleys Restaurant (@loxleysrestaurant) on Jul 24, 2014 at 6:30pm PDT

 

Read reviews: 3.5/5 on Yelp

Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 6:30 a.m. to midnight; Thursday through Saturday, 6:30 to 2 a.m; Sunday, 6:30 to midnight

Location: 500 Centerville Road

Reservations: 717-898-2431

Railroad House, Marietta

Read reviews: 5/5 on Facebook/ 4.5/5 on Yelp

Hours: Monday and Tuesday, closed; Wednesday and Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, 1 p.m to midnight; and Sunday, 11 a.m to 8 p.m. 

Location: 280 W. Front St., Marietta

Reservations: Yes, 717-426-4141

TJ Rockwells, Elizabethtown

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m to 2 a.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m to midnight

Location: 800 Mt. Gretna Road, Elizabethtown

Reservations: No

The Dutchmaid Deck

 

Read reviews: 4.35/5 on Facebook / 3/5 on Yelp

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m to 2 a.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

Location: 222 N. Reading Road, Ephrata

Reservations: No

The Pressroom

Hours: Sunday Brunch, 10:30 a.m to 2 p.m.; Lunch: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner: Sunday, 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 5 to 10:30 p.m.

Location: 26-28 W. King St.

Reservations: Yes. Online

Tobias Frogg

 

Keep Calm and Frogg On

A post shared by Lark McCarley (@birdgal131) on Jul 26, 2016 at 1:40pm PDT

Willie’s deck bar is open mid April through late October each year and offers a full bar, firepit, overstuffed couches and shade for those hot days. According to one reader, "opened April 18, has heaters for cooler days, friendly staff. Best staff consistent food. Good people."

Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m .to 10 p.m. 

Location: 1766 Columbia Ave.

Reservations: No

What to Read Next