When the weather is warm and pleasant it’s a great time to get out and enjoy Boston’s culinary scene. Plenty of local restaurants have beautiful outdoor seating spaces, in addition to providing some truly amazing food. Here are some true, “don’t miss” spots that you’ll want to explore.
250 Hanover Street, Boston
If you’re craving gourmet Italian food that seems to have come straight out of the old world, then Ristorante Fiore is a great choice. The menu changes constantly to ensure the freshest ingredients, and both the bread and the pasta is made from scratch. The roof deck is the perfect place to drink wine, catch warm summer breezes, and enjoy romance under the stars.
270 Northern Avenue, Liberty Wharf, Boston
Head to the third floor roof deck for cocktails and seafood bites at one of Boston’s hottest spots. This is a four-seasons roof deck with retractable walls and glass, so you’ll be protected even if the weather gets a little bit rough. Seafood favorites run the gamut from classic New England Clam Chowder to sushi.
70 Rowe’s Wharf, Boston
You’ll find classic street-side patio dining here, with views of Boston’s Harbor Walk. A bold seafood menu gives you a full array of gourmet choices, included roasted two and a quarter pound Maine lobster. They’re open for breakfast, too, if you love the idea of sipping on your morning coffee on the patio.
500 Harrison Avenue, Boston
South End’s patio is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, allowing a private and pretty date night location. This contemporary Italian restaurant is modeled after the neighborhood trattorias in Rome, offering a friendly atmosphere and high-end meals that are anything but boring. Try the potato gnocchi with braised rabbit or the rigatoni.
674 Tremont Street, Boston
With its hip atmosphere and high-end American cuisine, Tremont 674 is already a great place to spend an evening hanging out with friends. The patio bar is beautifully landscaped in a way that makes it easy to believe you’re sitting on a friend’s patio instead of at a restaurant’s. The grilled hangar steak is a true don’t miss dish.
1381 Boylston Street, Boston
If you’re in the mood for something a little more casual, you can’t go wrong with Sweet Cheeks Q. Its laid back atmosphere and amazing barbeque makes it a fantastic place to spend an evening. The patio is a bustling place full of friendly people having fun. It’s right outside the restaurant on the street, giving it an attractive urban vibe. All of the meats are hormone-free, antibiotic-free, additive-free and locally, sustainably raised.
528 Commonwealth, Boston
This is fantastic French restaurant is anything but stereotypical. The patio at Eastern Standard often looks like a lively dinner party in full swing rather than the sort of buttoned up, Emily Post kind of place you might typically expect when you go out for French food. A few things have snuck onto the menu that aren’t French at all (you can get a burger, for example), but it hardly seems to matter. Every bite is fantastic, no matter what you get.
1704 Washington St., Boston
Craving Tapas? Toro’s got you covered. Settle down at a gleaming hardwood table on a classic brick back patio while enjoying one of Boston’s “best kept secrets.” The food is straight out of Barcelona, brought to you by a pair of award-winning chefs who love what they do. Bring a date and try a plate for two.
44 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge
It would be a shame to buy a home in Boston only to miss out on a restaurant that Boston Magazine has called “a gem for outdoor dining.” If you ask to enjoy your meal outdoors you’ll be shown to the Garden Terrace, where flower boxes bloom. You can actually enjoy outdoor dining here in the spring and fall as well, because they’ve got heaters ready to go. And the food? Seasonal menus, local food, and phenomenal creativity will ensure that this is a restaurant you’ll want to visit again and again.
310 Canal Street, Somerville
The American Fresh Brewhouse Beer Garden is unique because the entire restaurant is outdoors. During the winter months they just toss a heated tent over the whole thing and keep right on going. Live music, bocce and lots of great events keep the place hopping. While the beer is, rightly, this restaurant’s claim to fame, there’s plenty of great food, too. Grab a fresh pretzel and some cheddar beer soup to go with your German-style ale, or settle in with a sandwich and some Robust Chocolate Porter.
1145 Boston St., South End, Boston
Get ready for something different at this Indie dim sum diner that serves Chinese, Thai, Taiwanese and Vietnamese cuisine. This restaurant has won the “Best Boston Brunch” award and there’s usually a line. As you might imagine, the food is well worth the wait. The patio is a great place to take a date.
256 Marginal Street, Boston or 87 A Street, Boston
This is New England’s first Aussie-inspired eatery. While you can get all sorts of dishes here, the meat and vegetable pies are definitely this restaurant’s claim to fame. It’s also an Australian grocery, and probably one of the only places in town where you can stock up on vegemite. You can even call in for takeout, but then you’d miss out on the outdoor dining. You’ll find a screen patio with charming picnic tables and hanging lights at the East Boston location and an ultra-chill patio where you can just settle into a lounge chair in South Boston.
The tip of the iceberg…
The truth is, I could probably name another 75 amazing locations. Boston takes its patio dining pretty seriously, and restaurants seem to compete to try to outdo one another. That’s good news for you, since it means you’ll probably be close to some amazing offerings no matter where you choose to purchase your next home!