Outdoor Dining in the Rain: A Guide to Hoboken + Jersey City

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After the *heavy* rain showers this summer, outdoor dining came to a standstill of sorts. Unless you were one of the lucky ones who happened to be at a restaurant that was shielded from the elements, the rain most certainly soaked your clothing and food {and not to mention your hair that you finally did for the first time in four months — we feel you!} Which is what made us think of rounding up some spots that have safe outdoor dining areas that will also hold up even when the weather is less than gorgeous. The next time it pours, check out this list of Hoboken and Jersey City restaurants and bars that you can still visit outdoors, even when it’s raining.

Hoboken

Bin 14 {1314 Washington Street}

The backyard patio at Bin 14 is perfect for social distancing and staying dry should it rain. The ceilings are covered and shield guests from any rain {or hail…you never know} while dining. The restaurant also has umbrellas over the parklet to keep every diner dry. Bin 14 is open for lunch, brunch, and dinner with a reservation.

Blue Eyes {525 Sinatra Drive}

Waterfront, al fresco dining, and great Italian food — just three of the things  you can expect from this Mile Square gem. This semi-outdoor restaurant is protected from rain and wind thanks to the tent-like shields around the restaurant. That being said, can you enjoy Brick-oven pizza with a view? Yes please!

The Brass Rail {135 Washington Street}

The awning is up and ready to go for any rain the city might be facing. But, thanks to that aforementioned awning, there are no rain delays here. Guests can dine on the front patio under the protection of the awning. And don’t forget to grab a few drinks while you’re at it. We highly recommend the Blue Collins.

Carpe Diem {1405 Grand Street}

Thanks to the perfectly-placed awnings and umbrellas, guests will be safe from any rain that hits in Hoboken at Carpe Diem. Don’t miss out on the succulent American-Irish menu and grab a few drinks while you’re at it.

Read more: Your NEW Ultimate Guide to Outdoor Dining in Hoboken + Jersey City

City Bistro {56 14th Street}

The front patio at City Bistro is very well covered by an awning, making it an ideal spot for dining outdoors when it could potentially rain. Let’s just hope there’s no super winds like Hoboken faced in early July. The rooftop also has some umbrellas but would be better suited for a gorgeous, sunny day. 

The Cuban {333 Washington Street}

This gorgeous Cuban restaurant has a large area with seating under a large awning. Guests can still enjoy eating and drinking even when the weather is less than perfect.

Grimaldi’s {411 Washington Street}

There’s nothing quite as good as coal, brick oven pizza, except coal brick oven pizza outside even when it is raining. Grimaldi’s is a staple in Hoboken and is making accommodations for outdoor dining even when it’s wet and gross outside. 

Karma Kafe {505 Washington Street}

If you’re craving Indian food, then Karma Kafe is the way to go. This bistro has a beautiful outdoor patio covered by an awning out front. Enjoying some chicken tikka masala with the pitter patter of rain {or hopefully sunshine} overhead sounds great.

La Bouche Cafe {207 Washington Street}

This French bistro has a small area close to the restaurant that is covered by awnings and umbrellas, making it an ideal spot to have breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner in any weather. Be sure to indulge in one of La Bouche’s awakening hot drinks as well — trust us, you’ll perk up instantly.

Napoli’s {1118 Washington Street + 133 Clinton Street}

Both locations have some sort of protection from the rain, making it a great spot for Pizza Fridays. No one wants to cook at home when it’s raining anyway, especially when pizza is on the menu.

La Casa {54 Newark Street}

For great Cuban food, head to La Casa, as this outdoor eatery is shielded from bad weather by means of the awning that covers the tables. 

The Madison Bar + Grill {1316 Washington Street}

We’d make a convincing argument that the entire parklet at The Madison is covered by gigantic blue umbrellas, making it a safe choice for dining outdoors in inclement weather. Dinner and drinks at The Madison are always a great idea. 

McSwiggan’s Pub {110 1st Street}

Lucky for this bar and restaurant, McSwiggan’s has an awning covering the outdoor side patio, allowing guests to eat and drink outdoors safely. Too bad there aren’t any Michigan games going on yet, or we would be *almost* back to normal.

Mikie Squared {616 Washington Street}

Another Hoboken eatery that has protection from the elements is Mikie Squared. The front patio is covered and hopefuls can dine even when it seems like it is raining on your parade. Brunch, lunch, dinner, and of course drinks are served.

Northern Soul {700 1st Street}

Covered from above, Northern Soul sits in the Southwest end of Hoboken and is a great spot for food and drinks. Northern Soul is a hidden gem in a quaint and quiet part of the Mile Square — perfect for a cozy night out.

Pilsner Haus + Biergarten {1422 Grand Street}

The grounds at the biergarten are pretty well tented and make for a safe spot to dine even in the rain. Between the drinks, the pretzels, and the brats, there really is no wrong way to order here. 

Texas Arizona {76 River Street}

This local hotspot is always a favorite amongst Hobokenites. The outdoor patio area is covered, which means guests can enjoy food and drinks {and soon, sports} even when the weather isn’t favorable. 

Union Hall {306 Sinatra Drive}

Let’s just say that the waterfront doesn’t always have to be soaking wet. Union Hall has tons of umbrellas to protect patrons from any impending storms that may arise. Food and drinks are always on the menu, even in a rainstorm. 

Jersey City

Corto {507 Palisade Avenue}

This is the perfect spot to dine out no matter the weather. The entire backyard area has been tented and looks gorgeous with all of the hanging lights and decor. Fresh pasta is only a bite away at Corto.

DOMODOMO {200 Greene Street}

This brand new sushi spot is open for alfresco dining and has some great coverage in case of rain. Enjoy some unique Japanese dishes no matter the weather.

Dullboy {364 Grove Street}

A unique spot nestled into Grove Street, Dullboy features an elevated food and drink menu with tons of coverage if the weather is not cooperating. The backyard patio is gorgeous and filled with umbrellas.

Fire + Oak {479 Washington Boulevard}

This gorgeous Newport restaurant has an absolutely stunning food and drink menu, worthy of a trip even in the rain. With umbrellas and awnings covering guests from the elements, this is the perfect date night spot or place to gather with friends. Don’t sleep on Fire + Oak brunch —  it’s truly out of this world.

Frankie Eats {264 Grove Street}

If you’re craving Australian food, Frankie has you covered. Frankie has such a unique menu, filled with delectable dishes. The drinks are one better than the next. With an awning covering a lot of the outdoor space as well as pop up tents, guests can feel safe eating outside if it rains.

Hamilton Pork {247 10th Street}

BBQ is always on the menu at this Jersey City eatery. The backyard area is covered in umbrellas and makes it easy to dine in any weather.

Harry’s Daughter {339 Communipaw Avenue}  

Caribbean food in the middle of Jersey City is the perfect way to pretend you’re on vacation. This local eatery has a tent set up so dining out any day is possible. There’s nothing we love more than the food and vibes at Harry’s Daughter.

Hudson Hall {264 Marin Boulevard}

We would be remiss not to mention this Jersey City staple, which features a collection of picnic tables under large umbrellas. Drinks and dinner can still be served, even in the rain!

Laico’s {67 Terhune Avenue}

This family-owned Italian restaurant set back in a quaint little area of Jersey City is the perfect spot to socially distance, even in the rain. Tents are set up out back and the food is always delicious. 

Latham House {299 Marin Boulevard}

We are always down for Latham House, especially because it is safe to brave the rain thanks to all of the fancy umbrellas that are up around the outdoor patio. Don’t worry, they’ve covered it all.

See more: The Coolest Outdoor Dining Setups in Hoboken + Jersey City Right Now

Luna {279 Grove Street}

We are over la luna that dinner can still happen even if the skies open up. With tons of coverage and umbrellas, the restaurant is still up and running despite the weather. But — remember that Luna is closed on Sundays.

Orale {341 Grove Street + 1426 Willow Avenue}

Both locations offer some coverage if the weather is not ideal, so dining out at Orale is possible even if the weather is trying to rain on your parade — or dinner.

Porta {135 Newark Avenue}

Everyone knows and loves the Porta rooftop and lucky for us, it is open for dining and drinking. Half of the rooftop is enclosed, making it a perfect spot for going out even when the weather isn’t cooperating. Seating is limited to five tables and eight seats at the bar under the enclosure.

Are there any Hoboken or Jersey City spots that are good for outdoor dining in any weather that was not included on this list? Let us know in the comments below!

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Hoboken homeowner and lover of all things local, Danielle made her home in the Mile Square City nearly six years ago. Danielle is a second grade teacher by day; after hours, she can be found in the kitchen whipping up a a new recipe or grabbing a bite to eat with her husband and friends. Danielle is the try-er and buyer of all things beauty and loves finding a good deal. Shopping on Washington, interior decorating, and riding her Peloton are just a few of Danielle's favorite things. Oh, and did we mention her undying love for the New York Yankees?


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