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.
The Quarry's al fresco space overlooks, well, an actual quarry. The stone-built restaurant boasts a rustic charm that adds to the relaxing and welcoming ambiance. Settle in outdoors for fine dining (and the comforting sounds of nature).
Rail Stop Restaurant & Bar
Boston Landing, 96 Guest Street Boston, MA 02135 617-254-0044
Brighton dwellers are only a hop, skip, and a jump from Rail Stop's new outdoor patio, which features plenty of room to stretch out, grab some New England eats, and relax in the shade of large umbrellas adorning the space.
The expanded patio at Hudson's beloved Rail Trail Flatbread is the perfect spot for tucking into their award-winning pizzas. Heaters will keep it, and you (and your pie!) warm, even when the weather cools. So pop over whenever you're in the mood for some 'za (or a burger or a salad or a bowl - there's lots to choose from).
Reelhouse has a surefire cure for springtime fever - their patio. Situated in East Boston, the restaurant's outside seating arrangement boasts breathtaking views of the city skyline. Soak in the glory of the sunset while enjoying fabulous bites and refreshing cocktails.
Seafood lovers, head to Quincy to grab a seat at Reelhouse Marina Bay for a night out on their waterfront patio. It's first come, first served so you can pop in anytime to satisfy all hankerings for fish and shellfish as you watch the boats cruise by.
Collaborating with their friends and neighbors at St. Stephens Church, Lucia Ristorante & Bar has annexed the little patio space right across the street for your al fresco dining pleasure. They've also got a sidewalk patio right on Hanover Street, too so you've got lots space in which to enjoy the flavors of Abruzzo in the heart of the North End.
Rochambeau, the Back Bay's go-to for French fare has added a sidewalk patio right on Boylston Street. Grab a spot and pretend you've been transported to Paris over classics like steak frites, french onion soup and crème brûlée.
Somerville joint, Rosebud, brings their down-to-earth comfort food outside in honor of summer. Tucked behind the dining car anterior, their alley-style patio provides a bit of privacy while maintaining a charming urban flair, offering the perfect spot to enjoy one of their decadent pies.
Row 34 – Boston
383 Congress Street Fort Point, MA 02210 617-553-5900
With iron beams and a corrugated roof, Row 34’s Fort Point patio provides shade on sunny days and protection from the elements on the gloomier ones, allowing for maximal al fresco oyster enjoyment no matter the weather.
Row 34 – 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 Row 34 Burlington. You can indulge all your seafood-y cravings out in the open air at the first-come, first served tables.
Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch or dinner, pop down to the Boston Harbor Hotel to enjoy your meal accompanied by a refreshing ocean breeze. The Rowes Wharf Sea Grille has plenty of patio seating overlooking the harbor so you can enjoy seaside dining in the heart of the city.
Even when the students are off for the summer – Harvard Square is humming. Lucky diners looking for a restful respite from the commotion can snag one of the tables on Russell House Tavern’s bricked patio – just off the well-traveled thoroughfare that is JFK Street – to enjoy a dinner at one of a handful of wrought iron tables.