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.
Make the most of the season on the sidewalk patio at MIDA at the corner of Tremont St. and Mass Ave in the South End. Chef-owner Douglass Williams' menu features specialties like arancini, porchetta and housemade pastas so you can mangia on the sun-baked bricks and pretend you’re on a piazza in Italia.
Whether you’re looking for a shady spot or to catch some sun on your lunch break, the Fort Point Channel-facing terrace at Miel Brasserie Provencal will suit your purposes. With water views and lush foliage, it’s an idyllic spot to find a little bit of nature within an easy walk of the Financial District.
Gather with friends or family over exquisite French fare at la Terrasse du Mistral. The award-winning Back Bay bistro has just unveiled their elegant outdoor dining — book a table and transport yourself to Paris — without boarding a plane.
243 Hampshire Street Cambridge, MA 02139 617-945-7448
There’s even more to love – and more space in which to do it – at Moona. The Inman Square restaurant adds a handful of tables outside so you can enjoy their eastern Mediterranean eats right on Hampshire Street or under twinkling string lights on the plant-lined patio that runs alongside the restaurant.
Here's what you need to know about the outdoor dining area at Mooncusser's Fish House: this sandwich awaits you there. Make a beeline for Stuart Street to enjoy goodies like this and more from the Cusser's Roast Beef pop-up, currently in residence at the Back Bay seafood spot (there are hot and cold lobster rolls and fish tacos, too).
Myers + Chang
1145 Washington Street Boston, MA 02118 617-542-5200
Given that the menu at Myers + Chang is inspired by the street foods of Southeast Asia, it seems only appropriate to enjoy your meal outside. Secure one of the tables on the petit patio overlooking the action at Peters Park.
When the warm weather hits, head for the Seaport and snag a spot on the seasonal patio at Nautilus Pier 4. With its harbor views and coastal-leaning menu of Asian and Latin American fare, it'll make you'll feel like you're living the island life without leaving the city.
Whether you're seeking respite from a busy day the bustling Financial District or walking from the waterfront, NEBO's sidewalk patio offers a lovely perch from which to take in the greenery on the Rose Kennedy Greenway - paired with a bottle of wine and authentic Italian fare, of course.
Take your cone (or cup, as the case may be) out onto the sidewalk patio at New City Microcreamery. The sleek perch is flanked by wooden planters bursting with summer blooms and, best of all, it’s covered so you can linger outside whether you’re cooling down with your favorite naturally-made flavor or enjoying a rainy day treat.
Noir, the stylish cocktail lounge located on the ground floor of the Charles Hotel, lets its whole chic Parisian vibe extend out onto the adjacent terrace throughout the year. Diners can chill out with craft cocktails during the summer months or bundle up next to toasty heat lamps when the temps drop.
Nestled comfortably at the center of the larger Paul Revere Heritage site, the sprawling garden patio at Northern Spy is a perfect perch from which to enjoy chef Marc Sheehan’s locally-sourced regional specialties. Snag an umbrella-topped table on the flagstone terrace and catch an afternoon (or evening) breeze with your meal.
Experience the gastropub vibe of Nosh & Grog both inside and outside with their dog friendly outdoor patio. Equipped with corn hole and an open lawn, Nosh & Grog's patio is great for stretching on summer nights and enjoying one of their delicious wagyu burgers or food truck tacos.