Al Fresco Restaurants in Boston: ‘Tis the Season to Dine and Drink Outdoors


If you live in Boston, you know all too well that having a back yard, patio, deck or any private outdoor space whatsoever is typically a rarity. Though outdoor space may be hard to come by in Boston condos, lucky for us, Boston’s restaurants have plenty of space to stretch your legs, enjoy the fresh air and have a meal al fresco.

During warm weather, I take every opportunity to enjoy patio season at Boston’s restaurants, whether a quick lunch with clients, connecting with colleagues or friends, or joining my husband at one of our favorite outdoor spots that we can savor for only a few short months in New England.

Whether in the Back Bay, South End, North End, Seaport District or Cambridge and Brookline too, the Boston area offers hundreds of fantastic restaurants where you can dine and drink al fresco. The options include hip rooftop bars, brick-lined sidewalk cafes and beautifully landscaped patios that invite you to join them outdoors for a relaxing dinner after work, a post-workout brunch on the weekend, or the ultimate date night complete with charming ambiance under the stars. In fact, for those exploring Boston’s neighborhoods in the process of searching for a new home here, outdoor dining provides a great opportunity to people watch and get a vibe for the different neighborhoods of the city.


A couple of my go-to spots are Stella on Washington Street in the South End – it’s always hopping and the Italian cuisine is consistently good – and Stephanie’s on Newbury for enjoying great food, a glass of wine and people watching.  For more recommendations on where to dine al fresco in Boston, I’ve turned to the Outdoor Dining Guide.  Give it a read and I’m sure you’ll find yourself making plans to hit one of the city’s outdoor dining spots, either a favorite stand-by or someplace new to Boston’s restaurant scene, while you still have a chance this summer.

What’s your favorite spot for great food and drink with a side of fresh air?