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.
Grafton Street Pub & Grill
1230 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02138 617-497-0400
If you like to pair your food with great people watching, the patio at Grafton Street will suit your purposes perfectly. Over carefully-crafted comfort food, you can watch the comings and goings along Harvard Square's busy stretch of Massachusetts Avenue.
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).
Snag a table on Groton Station House's brick-lined patio — under the expansive umbrellas or by the blazing firepit, depending on the weather — to enjoy an al fresco meal. Shoulder-high landscaping will add an extra bit of romance to your evening under the stars.
You can get all your 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.
44 Brattle Street Cambridge, MA 02138 617-868-2255
Harvest’s tucked away patio is like an urban garden right in the center of Harvard Square. Lush green trees and full umbrellas offer plenty of shade for al fresco lunching and powerful heat lamps will chase away the chill of an unexpectedly cool summer evening.
Overlooking the plaza at the Charles Hotel, the spacious, pooch-friendly outdoor dining area at Henrietta’s Table is just removed enough from bustling Harvard Square to be a quiet, relaxing spot to enjoy farm fresh honest-to-goodness home cooking.
1271 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02115 617-670-0507
Take a trip beyond the city limits for al fresco Italian on Il Casale’s eight-table patio. Floral installments add a splash of color to the converted firehouse’s brick and glass façade. You can enjoy watching shoppers bustle down this quaint little stretch while sharing a salumi plate or a family-style dinner for the whole crew.
750 Adams Street Dorchester, MA 02122 617-297-9010
Adams Village gets its own al fresco destination right on Adams Street with the opening of The Industry's sidewalk patio. Snag a spot to enjoy all-American fare and tiki cocktails in the sun at this Dorchester hang.