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By Scott Roberto / May 23, 12:00 AM
10 Top Options for Outdoor Dining

Enjoy a meal along with lovely spring weather at some of the Hub’s best open-air patios, decks and courtyards

Photo: Derek Kouyoumjian


Legal Harborside

Legal Sea Foods’ multi-level flagship overlooking Boston Harbor boasts three seaside dining decks along the Boston Harborwalk where diners can savor the freshest seafood straight off the boats of the nearby Boston Fish Pier.

270 Northern Ave., Liberty Wharf, 617-266-6800, legalseafoods.com


Short for “Serene Republic of Venice,” this Italy-inspired hot spot in the South End has a back deck where visitors can enjoy the bistro’s homemade pasta and more.  

569 Columbus Ave., 617-536-9500, srvboston.com

River Bar

Dine on eclectic, internationally influenced fare while sipping craft cocktails at this expansive patio along the Mystic River, complete with fire pits for cooler nights.  

661 Assembly Row, Somerville, 617-616-5561, river-bar.com


An oasis in the bustling Back Bay, Porto’s outdoor deck—complete with its own bar—is the perfect place to experience the restaurant’s Mediterranean-style seafood.  

Ring Road, 617-536-1234, porto-boston.com

Yankee Lobster Company

Perched on the waterfront of the Seaport District adjacent to the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, this longtime wholesaler and fish market is also home to a restaurant offering classic New England seafood and an outdoor space where you can relax, have a lobster roll and a draft beer while enjoying the sounds of summer.  

300 Northern Ave., 617-345-9799, yankeelobstercompany.com

City Tap House

This newcomer to the Fort Point dining scene has already built a following for its 100 beers, gastropub fare and heated patio.  

10 Boston Wharf Road, 617-904-2748, boston.citytap.com

Eastern Standard

Kenmore Square buzzes with Sox fans every spring, yet Eastern Standard’s charming outdoor space is welcoming to all.  

528 Commonwealth Ave., 617-532-9100, easternstandardboston.com

The Sinclair

Take in a pre-show meal of creative American fare on the elevated deck of this music venue/restaurant in Harvard Square.  

52 Church St., Cambridge, 617-547-5200, sinclaircambridge.com

The Hungry i

The unique, tucked-away courtyard of this Beacon Hill classic is a great spot to stop for fine French cuisine after a day of shopping on renowned Charles Street.  

71½ Charles St., 617-227-3524, hungryiboston.com

Brewer’s Fork 

Just a few blocks from the Bunker Hill Monument, this specialist in wood-fired pizzas and rare craft beers features an enticing patio that is an ideal setting for its popular Sunday brunch.  

7 Moulton St., Charlestown, 617-337-5703, brewersfork.com

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