Restaurants are readying their outdoor dining areas for cooler temps so you can dine out in comfort through the fall…and beyond. Take a peek at this collection of 40+ spots that are cozying up their patios with igloos, heaters, blankets and piping hot cocktails and get ready for an autumn filled with al fresco eats.
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.
The patio at Alcove is ready for fall diners. They've added heaters and a whole menu of hot beverages (including, hot cider, mulled wine and hot cocoa all of which can be made boozy — if they aren't already! They've also got merch in the works so you can bundle up with blankets, winter hats and sweatshirts.
111 Harvard Street Cambridge, MA 02139 617-868-7600
Amelia’s Trattoria, just outside Kendall Square, offers Cantabrigians a perfect spot to get some fresh air and recharge. The piccolo sidewalk patio is lined with glowing heaters so you can stay cozy as you tuck into plates of housemade pasta and classic Italian fare.
25 Edwin H Land Boulevard Cambridge, MA 02141 617-868-4444
Bambara has expanded their outdoor seating area, taking over the Kimpton Marlowe Hotel's courtyard to allow for social distanced seating, in a lovely outdoor setting. They've amped up their offerings (and the coziness factor) with heat lamps, blankets and a slew of toasty cocktails.
Fresh seafood tastes best outside — see for yourself on out on the picturesque little patio at B&G Oysters. They've added heaters to the just-below-grade terrace so oyster lovers and seafood fans can enjoy their favorites well into the fall.
Tucked right in the heart of the bustling Financial District, Bostonia Public House's sidewalk patio is ready for fall. With blazing heaters, it's an ideal spot for any occasion - after-work apps or weekend brunch - no matter what the temp is.
Burro Bar – Brookline
1665 Beacon Street Brookline, MA 02445 617-277-0427
Take shelter from the fall weather on Burro Bar Brookline's Washington Square patio. They've added a tent and toasty cocktails to ward off the chill and, if that doesn't do the trick, they've got a list of 100+ different types of tequila to get you warmed up. Grab a throw - it's BYOB (bring your own blanket) at this Beacon Street fave.
Burro Bar – South End
1357 Washington Street Boston, MA 02118 617-426-9300
The Burro Bar's sidewalk patio in the South End offers diners sectioned off areas, perfect for social-distancing and enjoying toasty beverages. They encourage guests to BYOB (bring your own blanket(s) and get all bundled up to enjoy tacos, enchiladas, fajitas and more.
The Butcher Shop expand its Tremont St. footprint with a sidewalk patio that's suited for all seasons. It's got umbrellas for those sunny summer days and heaters for cool fall evenings. Grab a seat any time of year to tuck in to delicious meaty dishes at this South End mainstay.
Natick's Buttercup has a lovely patio, now with heaters, where you can savor creative dishes from husband and wife team Gabriel Sanchez and Dora Tavel-Sanchez Luz. Their hand-crafted fare, full of locally-sourced ingredients, is a perfect reason (in any season!) to skip the trip into the city.
Cafe du Pays
233 Cardinal Medeiros Avenue Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 314-7297
The patio at Cafe du Pays/Vincent's Corner Grocery Store will be open through the fall for people to enjoy takeout like poutine, bourbon and hot cider. Channeling their Québécois influence tho, they're going to cruise right into autumn with no heaters...just lots of flannel, brown spirits, and their Northeastern stubbornness to keep them warm.
Capo, South Boston’s go-to for hearty Italian eats, has added six roaring heaters to their sidewalk patio so you can tuck in to all your favorites from a safe social distance out in the fresh air. They'll be rolling out a special menu of hot drinks to keep you extra cozy when it gets chilly.
Jamaica Plainers looking for al fresco Mexican fare need look no further than Centre Street. Casa Verde's sidewalk patio is all kitted out for fall with heaters and a tent so you can tuck in to all your favorites — tacos, nachos, margaritas, craft beers and more — even as the temps drop.