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.
Island Creek Oyster Bar – Burlington
300 District Avenue Burlington, MA 01803 781-761-6500
Eat all the oysters (and lobster rolls, and fried clams and crab cakes...you get the idea) out on the expanded, socially-distanced patio at Island Creek Oyster Bar's Burlington outpost. You can indulge all your seafood-y cravings out in the open air at the first-come, first served tables.
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.
505 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139 617-945-1008
You've got two patios to choose from at Little Donkey. The Central Square spot is serving its menu of globally-inspired fare on a new sidewalk patio on Mass Ave and a tented area in the parking lot behind the restaurant. Take your pick and tuck in.
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.
The Local – Wayland
4oo Boston Post Road Wayland, MA 01778 508-276-8263
The Local - Wayland boasts a lovely and spacious patio. Surrounded by manicured grass, tasteful planters and shade-casting umbrellas, it's a no brainer the next time you're in he mood for al fresco eats (so you can save your mental energy for picking from the lengthy array of tasty options).
If your outdoor dining routine has been lacking in waffle fries and wing flats, don't fret just get over to Harvard Square and plunk down on the patio at The Longfellow Bar where you can order your craveable faves from the curated a la carte menu.
Lower Mills Tavern
2269 Dorchester Avenue Boston, MA 02124 857-267-4461
Dorchester’s Lower Mills Tavern has just unveiled its weekend beer garden. Find your way down Dot Ave on an upcoming Friday, Saturday or Sunday to grab a seat outside and enjoy selections from their new summer menu.
660 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 617-945-2576
Loyal Nine's pooch-friendly patio, which they made themselves with a little help from Jason Hoynash at Blue Barn, is open all day long and well into the evening. Enjoy baked goods, coffee and sandwiches by day and dinner by twinkling garden light; beer and wine available throughout (with Bloody Marys on the weekend). There's even cornhole should the mood strike.