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 the season 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.
The folks at Ciao Roma (formerly known as 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.
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.
The patio at The Dial in Central Square is enclosed on all four sides to create a lovely private courtyard, equipped for all your outdoor dining needs—socially-distanced tables, oversized heat lamps (in case there's a chill in the air) and a beautiful outdoor bar made out of a repurposed shipping container painted by a local artist.
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.
Elm Street Taproom extends its convivial vibe outside with its streetside patio right in the heart of Davis Square. Grab a seat in the sun or under the Somervillian stars to enjoy the best of the modern craft beer movement over an eclectic menu of snacks and sandwiches.