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
59 John F. Kennedy Street Cambridge, MA 02138 617-714-5954
Nestled below street level in the heart of Harvard Square, the brick-lined patio at Grafton Street will suit your al fresco dining purposes rain or shine. Just snag one of the high tops to enjoy carefully-crafted comfort food sheltered from the elements but not too far from the lively goings-on in the square.
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
Just a few doors down from The Hourly Oyster House's main dining, seafood fans can tuck into their fish and shellfish-laden feasts out on the quaint brick patio. The Harvard Square's cozy outdoor space is lined with shimmering overhead lights, offering an inviting space for al fresco gatherings.
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.
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.
125 Washington Street Salem, MA 01970 978-594-1908
Housed in the former Salem Savings Bank building (circa 1818), Ledger brings all its old timey New England charm outside for an equally elegant outdoor dining experience. Their seasonal patio (open as long as the weather will allow) is a great perch from which to enjoy selections from the raw bar, wood-fired eats and fanciful cocktails in the heart of historic downtown Salem.
100 North First Street Cambridge, MA 02141 617-945-1349
The dining room at The Lexington, one of WIll Gilson's three concepts at Cambridge Crossing, features retractable doors that open up right onto a lovely rooftop terrace. Snag a spot once the weather warms to catch a breeze or soak up some sun over a menu of American comfort foods looking out over Cambridge Common.