Outdoor Dining / Outdoor Spaces / Rittenhouse Square

Outdoor Spaces: Lou Bird’s Sidewalk Pavilion

As of May 3, Philadelphia restaurant and bar Lou Bird’s (500 S. 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19146) introduces new menu items featuring delicious shareable plates and entrees (more about that soon) perfect for spring and summer dining. The restaurant’s permanent outdoor sidewalk pavilion offers a spacious dining area to enjoy the warm weather and appetizing meals.

The pavilion, built during the pandemic, is now a permanent addition to the restaurant, allowing diners to enjoy the fresh air, beautiful weather, and Rittenhouse ambiance. With space for up to 40 people in the pavilion and an additional 20 seats on the sidewalk, there’s plenty of room for guests to dine outside or inside the restaurant. The out-facing TV allows patrons to catch their favorite sports team while enjoying the delicious fare.

Lou Bird’s serves delectable, ingredient-driven American cuisine in an elevated atmosphere. Located in the Graduate Hospital and Rittenhouse neighborhoods, Lou Bird’s kitchen is complemented by a full bar that offers a seasonal selection of drinks and original cocktails.

The restaurant’s chef, Eli Fields, has brought his culinary expertise to the table since December 2022, adding a unique touch to classic American cuisine. Lou Bird’s is open seven days a week, offering food service from 4 to 9 p.m., with brunch on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 11 a.m.

Owned and operated by Norris and Debbie Jordan, Lou Bird’s opened in August 2016 on the corner of 20th and Lombard Streets in the location formerly known as Meritage. The restaurant and bar, named after the Jordans’ 17-year-old daughter Lexi, followed up on the success of the couple’s first restaurant, The Happy Rooster, located at 16th and Sansom Streets in Philadelphia. For their second restaurant, the Jordans wanted to offer an affordable dining experience tailored to the chic setting of its Rittenhouse neighborhood.

Prior to opening Lou Bird’s, the Jordans worked to gut and redesign the building’s interior from scratch. The restaurant was completely refitted with a new kitchen and updated dining space, in addition to removing the drywall to expose the building’s beautiful original brick, which dates back to 1915.

Lou Bird’s can accommodate up to 115 patrons for dining from Sunday to Saturday between the bar, dining space, and outdoor seating. At the bar, guests can watch live TV on multiple screens and enjoy marquee matchups with friends, with Happy Hour running from 4 to 6 p.m. on weekdays. Lou Bird’s also serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Guests can make reservations or place take-out orders through Lou Bird’s website.

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