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Best Boston Outdoor Dining


Enjoy dining al fresco?  Let yourself be romanced by the sidewalk sounds of a big city or pampered by the peacefulness of a patio garden. Flock to the terrace, deck or boulevard table and share a bite, under the sun, an oversized patio umbrella or the stars. Be it a brunch in the breeze, sunset supper or long lunch, all of it tastes best outside. Visit a few of these top airy hot spots for the best outdoor dining in Boston.


 

75 on Liberty Wharf New England
13/20
220 Northern Ave.
Boston, MA 02210

Don’t let looks deceive you: this tiny sibling of Beacon Hill’s 75 Chestnut has one of the best views in the city. More...

Aragosta Bar + Bistro Italian
13/20
Fairmont Battery Wharf
3 Battery Wharf
Boston, MA 02109
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Fairmont Battery Wharf restaurant offers upscale Italian cuisine. More...

B&G Oysters Seafood
13/20
550 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116
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While somewhat overpriced, B&G Oysters is the subterranean South End raw bar gem of Barbara Lynch. More...

The Barking Crab Seafood
Quick Bite
Dining Room at The Barking Crab, Boston, MA 88 Sleeper St.
Boston, MA 02210
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You can’t beat the skyscraper-lined harbor view at this seafood spot located in the up-and-coming Fort Point Channel district. More...

The Beehive Contemporary
13/20
Dining Room at The Beehive, Boston, MA Boston Center for the Arts
541 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116
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Live music lovers come to this Bohemian supperclub for nightly jazz, blues, R&B, reggae, Latin and country. More...

dante Mediterranean
13/20
Dining Room at dante, Cambridge, MA Royal Sonesta Hotel Boston
40 Edwin H. Land Blvd.
Cambridge, MA 02142
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Chef/owner Dante de Magistris' flair for the Mediterranean shines at this waterfront restaurant that overlooks the Charles River. More...

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House Steakhouse
13/20
250 Northern Ave.
Boston, MA 02210
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Liberty Wharf steakhouse offers Prime cuts of beef with a sizzling view. More...

Eastern Standard Brasserie
14/20
Dining Room at Eastern Standard, Boston, MA Hotel Commonwealth
528 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
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This classy neighborhood brasserie in Kenmore Square is a happy mix of old Paris and modern Manhattan. More...

Hamersley's Bistro French
15/20
Dining Room at Hamersley 533 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116
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Gordon Hamersley's South End bistro is practically a neighborhood institution, and with good reason. More...

Harvest Contemporary
14/20
Dining Room at Harvest, Cambridge, MA 44 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Harvard Square’s hidden gem features seasonal contemporary cuisine. More...

Legal Harborside Seafood
13/20
270 Northern Ave.
Boston, MA 02210
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Tri-level Liberty Wharf seafood restaurant with a range of dining milieus. More...

Oleana Mediterranean
15/20
Dining Room at Oleana, Cambridge, MA 134 Hampshire St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
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Ana Sortun's forte, handsomely showcased at her Inman Square eatery, is exotic flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean. More...

Parish Cafe American
13/20
361 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116
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This Back Bay café remains popular thanks to a menu created by Boston chefs and bartenders. More...

Rattlesnake Bar & Grill Tex-Mex
11/20
Dining Room at Rattlesnake Bar & Grill, Boston, MA 384 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116
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While the rooftop deck (aka The Urban Canyon) has always been a hot attraction, the street-level patio seating offers great people-watching. More...

Rowes Wharf Sea Grille Seafood
14/20
Boston Harbor Hotel
70 Rowes Wharf
Boston, MA 02110
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Simply prepared seafood right on the waterfront at the Boston Harbor Hotel. More...

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse
12/20
Dining Room at Smith & Wollensky, Boston, MA 294 Congress St.
Boston, MA 02210
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Atlantic Wharf chophouse with a “wine library” and attentive service. More...

Stella Italian
13/20
Dining Room at Stella, Boston, MA 1525 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02118
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Don't be fooled by the white-on-white showroom look: South Enders are here for snappy modern Italian fare and the brunches. More...

Stephanie's on Newbury Contemporary
12/20
Dining Room at Stephanie 190 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116
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Stephanie's tried-and-true formula---beautiful people eating comfort food---has yet to go wrong. More...

Temazcal Tequila Cantina Mexican
13/20
250 Northern Ave.
Boston, MA 02210
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Boston heats up with Temazcal Tequila Cantina in the Seaport District’s Liberty Wharf. More...

Tremont 647 Contemporary
13/20
647 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02118
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Andy Husbands offers contemporary cuisine with a Southern flair at this South End neighborhood eatery. More...

Via Matta Italian
14/20
79 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116
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Via Matta does “cucina italiana” in its own authentic style at Heritage on the Garden. More...

Yard House American
13/20
126 Brookline Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
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Beer lovers unite at this microbrewery mecca located right outside Fenway Park. More...

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