As Massachusetts continues to reemerge from the shutdown, restaurants are getting their al fresco areas up and running for dine-in patrons. 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 social 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 on-site dining so stay tuned and definitely check back for updates.
Word to the wise: we’ll be adjusting the info below as the situation continues to evolve and restaurants figure out what works for them (and you!) so it’s still probably your best bet to give the restaurant a ring to make sure they can accommodate you.
300 Technology Square Cambridge, MA 02139 617-576-3000
Cambridge diners can get in on outdoor dining at Catalyst, where the beautifully landscaped patio is both covered and heated. Fans of al fresco eats can enjoy dinner or lunch overlooking the greenery of Technology Square well into the fall.
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.
1310 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02215 617-450-9000
The outdoor dining area at Citizen is one of the Fenway’s best spots for an al fresco bite to eat. The sidewalk patio provides an out-of-the-way spot from which to enjoy the bustle of Boylston Street and maybe even the crack of the bat from the ballpark, which is just a couple blocks away.
Now you can have all your Citrus & Salt go-to's out in the sun (or the shade, if you prefer). Jason Santos' MexiCali-inspired spot brings its whimsical coastal vibe out onto Berkeley Street by way of its sidewalk patio. Snag a table for dinner or brunch for a taste of Baja right in the Back Bay.
The sidewalk patio at Coppa, which now includes an additional row of two-tops running down Milford Street, pretty much doubles the restaurant’s seating capacity – which might make it a touch easier to get a table. Score one and you can spend the afternoon or evening – whichever you prefer – snacking on Italian small plates, handmade pastas, charcuterie and wood-oven pizzas.
In addition to their already bountiful patio and roof deck space, Coppersmith has turned their parking lot into an al fresco dining oasis so guests can spread out while they dine-in. They've even consulted with architects to ensure that their outdoor areas are safely set up for everyone so you can breathe easy even as you tuck into your favorite comfort foods and specialty cocktails from the Coppersmith menu.
If you happen to find yourself on Nantucket looking for an al fresco meal, get yourself to CRU. Perched on the end of Straight Wharf, the stylish and sophisticated restaurant overlooks the harbor so you can take in all the nautical comings and goings while you enjoy elevated versions of classics like lobster rolls, fried clams and freshly shucked oysters.
Davio’s – Braintree
250 Granite Street Braintree, MA 02184 781-843-4810
Don't forget your sunglasses and hat next time you head to the South Shore Plaza - the patio at Davio's Braintree awaits. Whenever you get tired of strolling the mall, recharge with some Northern Italian eats out on the elegant terrace where there are both sunny spots and strategically covered seats for shade-seekers.
Davio’s – Foxborough
236 Patriot Place Foxborough, MA 02035 508-339-4810
If you prefer rib eyes and Barolo over hotdogs and lager, skip the tailgating, leave your grill at home and find a spot on the patio at Davio's Foxborough. The Patriot Place outpost of the Northern Italian steakhouse has ample seating so there's plenty of room to keep your social distance as you tuck in to your meal.
Davio’s – Lynnfield
1250 Market Street Lynnfield, MA 01940 781-944-4810
The al fresco vibe at Davio's Lynnfield is a little more casual than the indoor version – the tables are a little smaller and there are no white tablecloths – but you can expect the same level of food and service no matter where you sit at the North Shore location of this award-winning Northern Italian steakhouse.
Davio's Seaport, the most recent local addition to Steve DiFillippo's growing family of Northern Italian steakhouses, has opened up its sprawling outdoor dining area for the season so you can stretch out over plates of pasta and prime cuts of meat.
Make like an Italian and dine all'aperto this summer. The Eataly peeps are bringing all the coastal Italian vibes right into the heart of the Back Bay with Il Patio di Eataly, their colorful and breezy outdoor dining area. Grab your best amici and enjoy a mini excursion without going any further than Boylston Street.