If you’re looking to get out and enjoy the sunshine, here are some of our favorite restaurant and bar patios worth visiting.
555 Talbot Ave. Dorchester
Chef-Owner Chris Douglass offers a varied menu of American and Mediterranean favorites, like Train Wreck Fries with melted jack cheese, bacon, jalapenos, sour cream, and scallion or the lamb burger on olive focaccia with cucumber raita, feta cheese, crispy onion strings, and greek salad. Set within a cozy “landscaped urban patio,” the chill of Spring and Summer nights are warmed by a fire pit and heaters.
40 West 3rd Street, South Boston
Chef Jason Heard, formerly of East Coast Grill, serves comfort food influenced by his southern roots and travel in a vast industrial warehouse. This place also has a killer roof deck. The outdoor space features an authentic Airstream trailer bar where guests can order craft beer and house cocktails and sip away at one of the many picnic tables under the sun.
134 Hampshire Street, Cambridge
Chef/Owner Ana Sortun and Chef de Cuisine Cara Chigazola-Tobin serve guests fanciful spins on Middle-Eastern staples as they lounge in Oleana’s idyllic magic garden, that’s tucked away from the busy streets of Cambridge. Try the tuna kibbeh nayeh with radish, mint, and pita chips, or the octopus with potatoes bravas, smoked aioli, and Turkish spices.
321 Arsenal Street, Watertown
This Greek-influenced bistro, is a great neighborhood spot with menu items cooked on a rotisserie and a wood fire grill. Try the grilled whole branzino with fresh herb salad and green chermoula, or the Green Circle rotisserie chicken. The outdoor bocce court and patio seating is heated for extra comfort as guest enjoy selections from Branch Line’s beer and wine lists.
40 Edwin Land Boulevard, Cambridge
Nestled on the banks of the Charles River, the menu offers a little bit of this and a little bit of that, but always utilizes seasonal and local ingredients that are artfully plated. The Fire Pit Menu, served on the patio, features shareable items for guests nibble on as they enjoy the view of Boston’s skyline. Try the s’mores skillet with chocolate ganache, toasted marshmallow, salted bourbon caramel, graham crackers for dipping, or the chilaquiles with pulled duck confit.
10 Eliot Street, Cambridge
An outdoor oasis hidden in the heart of Harvard Square, Charlie’s Kitchen is a must visit for the artsy, musical, intellectual, sporty, and nerdy types – so pretty much everyone. This beer garden offers a full bar, 18 draft beers, as well as the full menu which includes their famous double cheeseburger.
25 Rogers Street, Gloucester
The website boasts that this fish-forward, comfort food eatery, “is more than a restaurant, it’s a destination,” and I have to agree. Watching the ships roll in as you dine on the dock is both exciting and serene. It also provides confidence that every piece of fish on the wide-ranging menu, including the sushi offerings, is extremely fresh.