Frederick County's outdoor dining options are hard to beat. It's perfect to enjoy some early evening weather, comfortably casual atmosphere, and the lovely sounds of summer while you dine.
Although there is no shortage of great options, a few locations stand out as Frederick favorites. These are the places to go for a unique and distinctly Frederick County view while you eat and drink!
Perhaps an obvious choice for a meal with lovely scenery is Downtown Frederick. Any outdoor seating with a view of Carroll Creek Park is going to be pleasant, but standouts include The Wine Kitchen, with its live floral umbrellas, and Truth and Beauty, with its perfect spot overlooking one of the park's famous fountains.
In the heart of Downtown Frederick, there are a wide variety of restaurants offering views of Market and Patrick Streets. Grab a seat on the rooftop patio at historic Brewer's Alley. This rooftop terrace offers views over Market Street and includes a lighted sail-boat that once participated in the city's famous "Sailing Through the Winter Solstice" boat parade. Brewer's also offers a street-level patio right off Market Street.
Enjoy a meal outside at Up on Market at the corner of 3rd and Market streets. This European-style bistro offers outdoor seating adjacent to their lovingly-restored 1700s building that now houses an inn as well as the restaurant.
Enjoy the many delicious options you'll find at The Orchard at the corner of Market and Church streets. Specializing in bright, fresh, colorful food, you'll find plenty of vegan/vegetarian options and delightful street-side seating that offers an outdoor dining experience amid the entertaining buzz of Downtown Frederick.
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If your idea of a scenic view involves more of a vast countryside, there are great options for a stunning landscape too. Catoctin Breeze Vineyards looks out over Catoctin Mountain, home to Catoctin Mountain Park and Cunningham Falls State Park.
If you prefer beer over wine, Milkhouse Farm Brewery also boasts an ideal spot to relax and take in the farmland. If you can’t decide what you want to drink, the patio at Springfield Manor Winery Brewery and Distillery has a little bit of everything. This renovated farm property is guaranteed to visually impress. Most Frederick County wineries, breweries, and distilleries are working with Frederick-based food trucks - so be sure to check in on social media accounts for your favorite spots.
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Looking for more options? You can always take a picnic! Frederick County is full of great parks and trails, many of which have picnic tables and restrooms.
Ice cream lovers can visit the drive through at Rocky Point Creamery and bring their treats to Point of Rocks Community Park to watch the trains roll past the historic station. Hikers can carry a picnic lunch from Catoctin Mountain Orchard to nearby Cunningham Falls State Park to eat on the sandy beach.
A highly recommended option for outdoor dining is to pair a visit to one of Frederick's breweries and enjoy Frederick's food truck scene. Learn more by visiting our Frederick Food Trucks page.