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.
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.
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.
il Casale Lexington
1727 Massachusetts Avenue Lexington, MA 02420 781-538-5846
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.
Jack’s Abby Beer Hall & Kitchen
100 Clinton Street Framingham, MA 01702 774-777-5085
Enjoy some suds out in the sun (or find a shady spot in which to sip your pint) in the Jack's Abby beer garden. The Framingham brewery has set up socially distant umbrella-topped tables so you can partake of their wide array of offerings—food and drink—on-site safely.
86 Cambridge Street Burlington, MA 01803 781-270-0100
Ledger is bringing your traditional American dining experience (think: supper plates, raw offerings, and sherry) outdoors with their seasonal patio. This rustic spot, housed in the old Salem Bank Building, pays homage to their heritage with wood-fired eats and intriguing cocktails that take you back to a pub of old.
South Boston diners and dwellers lucked out when Lincoln Tavern got the green light to open their al fresco dining area. Their sidewalk patio has plenty of room for social distancing at lunch and dinner so grab your mask and a few buddies and get over to West Broadway for a bite to eat.
The Local – Waltham
99 Third Avenue, Unit 3 Waltham, MA 02451 781-701-8351
Waltham diners in search of al fresco American fare needn’t go too far. The Local’s got classic eats (think salads, pizzas, burgers and more), all of which can be enjoyed out in the fresh air on their roomy patio.