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By Erica Jackson Curran / April 24, 12:00 AM
Dine Out: Ten Patios in the Hub
When warmer weather hits, it’s hard to keep Bostonians indoors—especially when they’re eating. Here are 10 places where you can soak up the sun while feeding your appetite.

Nebo. With views of the Boston skyline and the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Nebo’s 76-seat patio is a popular place to nosh on expertly prepared Italian food and cocktails. Sister chefs Carla and Christine Pallotta channel their Italian ancestors with dishes like burrata with tomato jam and speck and award-winning zucchini lasagna.

Towne. Tucked between the Prudential Center and Hynes Convention Center on busy Boylston Street, Towne’s patio manages to feel like an urban oasis thanks to plenty of greenery, café lighting and tables shades with bright orange umbrellas. The sunny solarium offers a slightly more protected experience for those in-between spring days.

Sinclair. Known as a trendy music venue, this Cambridge spot also turns out some good grub—and the breezy patio is a great place to enjoy it. With sleek black umbrellas and industrial steel stools, the focus is on fun, creative pub fare like “disco tots” with chorizo gravy and cheese sauce and “Kimcheesesteak.”

Belly Wine Bar. Located a few steps below street level in Cambridge’s Kendall Square, Belly’s cheery patio has bright red tables and glowing strings of globe lights. Stop by anytime for some wine and charcuterie, or plan ahead for fondue night.

Strega Waterfront. Situated on Fan Pier in the Seaport District, Strega’s sleek and spacious patio has views of Boston Harbor and the city skyline. Grab a shady spot under a yellow umbrella and enjoy your meal with a side of sea breeze.

Legal Harborside. Legal’s 20,000-square-foot flagship property on the waterfront is arguably one of the city’s most unique restaurants. Besides having three different dining concepts on three different floors, the third-floor promenade deck has a retractable glass roof and unbeatable views.

Miel. It’s hard to miss the massive InterContinental Hotel looming over Fort Point Channel, and its Five-10 Waterfront Bar and Miel brasserie dominate the grassy front lawn. The 360 degree full bar offers lounge and cocktail seating, while Miel offers Provencal-style cuisine and a jazzy Sunday brunch.

South End Buttery. The outdoor tables are scarce at this South End bakery and café, but if you’re lucky enough to snag one, you’ll enjoy a view of one of Boston’s prettiest residential streets.

Hungry i. Hidden among the brownstones of Beacon Hill, this restaurant’s cozy little courtyard feels like a secret garden. Order a bottle of wine, some frogs legs and venison au poivre prepared by Chef Peter Ballarin, and soak up the romance.
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