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.
Evoo is still closed for the moment but you can still make use of their patio...for pizza eating. Za, their sister restaurant/neighbor, is up and running, tossing pies to be enjoyed outside. Just make your way over to Kendall Square next time you're in need of some al fresco artisanal pizza - you can place your order inside and then take your food and drink out onto the socially-distanced patio.
970 Great Plain Avenue Needham, MA 02492 781-449-6200
Needham diners needn’t head into the city for al fresco dining – The Farmhouse has added an outdoor seating area to their footprint. The collection of tables, shaded by umbrellas and surrounded by greenery, is a charming perch from which to enjoy their farm-to-table fare.
Fat Baby Sushi & Cocktails
118 Dorchester Street Boston, MA 02127 617-766-3450
You can have your fill of super fresh and whimsical sushi, tasty dumplings and craft cocktails out on Fat Baby's brand new sidewalk patio. Or find yourself a spot in at a picnic table in The Garden, their even brand newer al fresco dining area adjacent to the restaurant.
The Field & Vine folks take their pandemic prep as seriously as they do their food and drink. The award-winning Union Square has added a "socially-distanced-seriously-sanitized-masked-up" patio to their footprint so you can enjoy their farm-fresh fare al fresco.
Five Horses Tavern – Somerville
400 Highland Avenue Somerville, MA 02155 617-764-1655
Visit the original Five Horses in Davis Square once the warm weather arrives to enjoy some hearty home cooking and craft brews out on their patio. This neighborhood favorite provides a sidewalk perch where you can catch some rays and maybe a breeze or chill out in the shade.
Located in the heart of the South End, Five Horses Tavern's large patio is the perfect outdoor destination for catching up with friends over craft brews and pub grub favorites like wings, tacos, burgers and pizza.
Fox & the Knife's sidewalk patio allows you to take in the comings and goings on West Broadway while enjoying Karen Akunowicz award-winning Italian fare. Akunowicz and co. make the most of the outdoor space which is open for dinner as well as afternoon-long Aperitivo Hours with spritzes, frosé and lots of snacks.
Chef-owner Frank McClelland's eponymous Beverly restaurant, FRANK, brings its farm-to-table sensibilities right out onto its covered, brick-lined patio. Snap up one of the tables (rain or shine) to have your fill of his delicious, award-winning fare out of doors.
Great Road Kitchen
812 Constitution Avenue Littleton, MA 01460 978-952-7333
Great Road Kitchen brings all the comforts of home right out on to their outdoor dining area: there’s plenty of food and drink, a fully-stocked bar, a big screen TV and even a roaring fire for those chilly nights in May and September (or even October).
You can get all you go-to Italian favorites out on Grotto's sidewalk patio. Chef Scott Herritt's menu includes all the classics you've been craving so book a table and book it to Beacon Hill and pretend you're eating on a piazza in Bologna or Rome
Gustazo Cuban Kitchen & Bar – Cambridge
2067 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02140 855-487-8296
The Cambridge location of Gustazo, just outside Porter Square, has added a brand new patio on the back of the building. Find your way to this hidden, plant-lined oasis to enjoy authentic Cuban fare at safely spaced tables out in the open air.
You can have a little taste of Havana out on the open and airy patio at Gustazo's Waltham location. With its umbrella-capped tables and bubbling fountain, the patio is open for both lunch and dinner which makes it an idyllic spot for a bite to eat pretty much any time of day.