8 Perfect Spots for Patio Dining in Boston

Dine out—no, really dine out—at these charming local restaurants

In a city where winter hits like an ice hammer, it makes perfect sense to enjoy the warmer months to the max—which is why Boston has no dearth of options when it comes to patio dining. Whether you favor a waterside deck, a brick-lined courtyard or a people-watching street spot, Boston has no end of fantastic alfresco options. Here are some of our favorites.


Mare Oyster Bar is a best-kept secret among North End residents who want to duck off the beaten path and enjoy crudo in a patio-lounge setting. Over in Harvard Square, The Hourly Oyster House supplements its undying charm with a delightful, brick-lined patio that comes into its own on warm, romantic summer evenings.


The Longfellow Bar at Alden & Harlow recently landed as the newest venture from renowned chef and restaurateur Michael Scelfo. The small but perfectly formed rooftop patio overlooks Harvard Square. Ideally placed in the West End, with a view of the iconic Zakim Bridge, the patio at Alcove seats 24 and makes an ideal gathering spot before a game or a gig at TD Garden.


Lolita Fort Point opens up to the water for the summer so that its rock ‘n’ roll clientele can cool off with a frozen margarita or two. Tented shack The Barking Crab, also in Fort Point, is one of those rare joints that started hot, back in 1994, and never cooled off. The restaurant’s ramshackle charm and prime waterside location do the trick every time.

Legal Sea Foods is an iconic name in Boston dining, and Legal Harborside, its flagship restaurant, is a perennial winner that is spread over multiple levels. The dockside views from its A-list Seaport District location are nothing less than stunning. If you head over to Charlestown to check out the historic ship, the USS Constitution, book a table on the roof deck at nearby Pier 6 for priceless views back over the water toward the Downtown skyline.


Mike Hodgkinson
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