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By Scott Roberto / June 20, 12:00 AM
10 Standouts for Outdoor Dining


Enjoy prime patio season at some of Boston’s best spots for al fresco fare

Strega Waterfront
This North End transplant has been a popular Seaport District haunt since 2010, particularly for its fine Italian cuisine and spectacular view of Boston Harbor.
One Marina Park Dr., 617-345-3992, stregawaterfront.com

The Courtyard Restaurant
Adjacent to the Boston Public Library’s courtyard, this eatery offers lunch and afternoon tea in one of the city’s most unique settings.
230 Dartmouth St., 617-859-2251, thecateredaffair.com/bpl/restaurant-cafe/the-courtyard-restaurant

Dine on the roof deck (pictured) of this South Boston hot spot, which features an Airstream trailer that has been converted into a bar. Diners can also sup on Coppersmith’s internationally influenced comfort food on a street-level patio.
40 W. 3rd St., 617-658-3452,

One of Boston’s oldest restaurants is also an ideal spot to park yourself at an outdoor table for prime Faneuil Hall Marketplace people-watching. And the menu of classic New England fare is a crowd-pleaser as well.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 340 S. Market St., 617-227-2038,

Brasserie JO
Authentic French fare like coq au vin and duck confit on a charming and intimate Back Bay patio space? We say oui.
The Colonnade Boston Hotel, 120 Huntington Ave., 617-425-3240, colonnadehotel.com/brasserie-jo

Outlook Kitchen + Bar
Enjoy views of the downtown skyline and modern, regionally inspired food on the 50-seat patio of this waterfront newcomer.
The Envoy Hotel, 70 Sleeper St., 617-338-3030, theenvoyhotel.com/fooddrink

Get away from the hustle and bustle of Harvard Square at the garden terrace of this acclaimed culinary gem that has been delighting Cambridge diners for more than four decades with its farm-fresh, seasonal New England offerings.
44 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-868-2255, harvestcambridge.com

The Hungry i
The vine-covered atrium of this Beacon Hill bastion of provincial French cooking is the perfect spot for a relaxing dinner or a romantic rendezvous.
71½ Charles St., 617-227-3524, hungryiboston.com

Photo: Derek Kouyoumjian

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