For the Fall 2020 list of spots that have outfitted their outdoor dining areas for cooler temps with igloos, heaters, hot beverages and more, consult theYEAR-ROUND OUTDOOR DINING GUIDE.
Read on for a curated list of some of the best decks, patios, rooftops and sidewalk spots where you can enjoy a good meal while maintaining your distance from fellow diners.
You can sort by neighborhood if you’re looking for something nearby or just scroll to see if your regular hang is on the list — we’ll be adding restaurants as they open for so stay tuned and definitely check back for updates.
Word to the wise: we’ll be adjusting the info below as needed so it’s still probably your best bet to give the restaurant a ring to make sure they can accommodate you.
Located on Lovejoy Wharf, Alcove has a delightful patio right on the harbor walk and boasts a stunning view of the Zakim Bridge AND it's dog friendly! The flowery but sleek patio is perfect for enjoying Alcove's Mediterranean cuisine with friends (two- or four-legged).
Aquitaine, the grande dame of the South End’s French restaurants, invites diners to enjoy their meals en plein air on their sidewalk patio. The elegant little Tremont Street perch is lined with planters and shaded by striped umbrellas (très chic, as the French would say).
In the summer months, oyster lovers and seafood fans spill out onto the picturesque little patio at B&G Oysters. Fresh seafood tastes best outside, so seats on the shaded, just-below-grade terrace fill up quickly.
Satisfy your craving for a coastal Italian vacay right in the South End on Bar Mezzana’s sidewalk patio. Blue skies and bright umbrellas will have to stand in for towering cliffs and water views but Colin Lynch deceptively simple regional cuisine (try the crudo) will transport you.
Black Lamb, the stylish South End restaurant from chef-owner Colin Lynch (his third), expanded their pastio onto Union Park this season so there's plenty of room whether you're looking for al fresco lunch, dinner or weekend brunch.
Post up on Bodega Canal's brand new sidewalk patio the next time you've got a hankering for tacos and margaritas (which, be honest, is pretty much always). The West End Mexican spot is open for dinner Monday through Saturday so they've got you covered whenever the mood strikes.
Champions of industry, ladies who lunch and tourists all vie for spots on Bostonia Public House's sidewalk patio. Tucked right in the heart of the bustling Financial District, it's well-suited for an occasion - snacking on after-work apps or sipping one of their 70 premium wines.
Burro Bar – South End
1357 Washington Street Boston, MA 02118 617-426-9300
The Burro Bar's picturesque patio may be the South End's best kept al fresco secret. Tucked down a rustic walkway surrounded by brick buildings and adorned with flowering window boxes, it has a whole secret garden vibe - just with more tacos.
Buttermilk & Bourbon
160 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02116 617-266-1122
Back Bay's New Orleans-inspired Buttermilk & Bourbon gets outdoorsy during Boston's warmer months. Tucked below street level, their patio provides the best of both worlds, offering a cozy spot to cool off in the shade on hot summer days, or to warm up by fire pits on chilly nights.
South Boston’s mainstay for hearty Italian eats has set up shop outside this summer. Head down to West Broadway to post up on the sidewalk patio at Capo where you can tuck in to all your favorites from a safe social distance.
Jamaica Plainers looking for al fresco Mexican fare need look no further than Centre Street. Casa Verde has unveiled a seasonal sidewalk patio that's perfectly suited for tucking in to all your favorite tacos, nachos, margaritas, craft beers and more.
The folks at Ciao Bella have annexed the outdoor space on North Square (the oldest public square in America) so you can enjoy the flavors and feel of Italy a little closer to home. Grab a table, adorned with red and green umbrellas and white tablecloths, and you'll feel like you've just landed in Rome.