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10 Great Outdoor Dining Spots in Dutchess County

April 13, 2023

Friends eating at outdoor restaurant in Dutchess County, Hudson Valley
It’s that time! Longer days. Warmer weather. Flowers blooming, trees filling out…and restaurants setting up their outdoor dining spaces. Dutchess County is filled with gorgeous al fresco spots to enjoy local bounty and your favorite people. Here are just a handful of our favorite places to eat outside in the Poughkeepsie area:
Cosimo’s Trattoria and Bar

120 Delafield Street, Poughkeepsie
Cosimo’s offers traditional and refreshed Italian recipes, with a focus on farm-to-table ingredients. The picture-perfect outdoor seating at this Poughkeepsie location right off Route 9 includes a Bocce court and firepit.
The RoundHouse Beacon
2 East Main Street, Beacon
The Roundhouse is known for serving up innovative American cuisine that highlights the bounty of Hudson Valley farms, wineries, and distilleries. Dine outside (or inside by floor-to-ceiling windows) overlooking a rushing creek and picturesque waterfall.
Shadows On the Hudson
176 Rinaldi Boulevard, Poughkeepsie
Outdoor riverfront dining doesn’t get much better than Shadows On the Hudson. True to its name, this waterfront award-winning restaurant sits on a cliff 40 feet above the Hudson River and provides sweeping views from north to south. A customer favorite is the gourmet brunch buffet every Sunday.
Zeus Brewing Company
178 Main Street
Zeus Brewing Company is relatively new to the Poughkeepsie restaurant scene, but has quickly become popular, thanks in part to its outdoor rooftop bar. Enjoy craft beers and cocktails, hand-tossed pizzas, pressed sandwiches, and hand-tossed pizza alongside majestic Hudson Valley views.
Heritage Food and Drink
1379 U.S. 9, Wappingers Falls
Heritage Food and Drink aims to celebrate local flavor of all kinds, with modern twists on traditional favorites and an atmospheric outdoor patio.
Le Chambord at Curry Estate
2737 Route 52, Hopewell Junction
Le Chambord, the restaurant at the Colonial-style Curry Estate hotel, balances casual and fine dining in a blend of continental cuisine and old-world ambiance. A meal outside on their veranda, accompanied by regular live music, makes for a memorable experience.
River Station
1 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie
True to its name, River Station is located on the banks of the Hudson and steps from the Poughkeepsie Train Station. The specialties here are steaks and fresh seafood, along with fabulous views of the water, mountains, Walkway Over The Hudson, and Mid-Hudson Bridge.
Dutchess Biercafe
1097 Main Street, Fishkill
Here’s a slice of Europe right here in Dutchess! Sample old-school Belgian food and beer at cozy tavern with sidewalk and patio tables.
4258 US-44, Millbrook
When it comes to outdoor garden dining in Dutchess County, it’s hard to do better than Charlotte’s. This former 19th century church offers European cuisine on a veranda overlooking picturesque gardens.
Mill House Brewing Company
289 Mill Street, Poughkeepsie
Experience updated “pub dining” with local ingredients and house-brewed beer in a renovated mill with outdoor patio seating.
We hope you get a chance to sample what these wonderful local eateries have to offer. Cheers!

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