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The Eater Boston Patio Database for 2017

Search Boston patios by a number of variables, including whether they’re heated, if dogs are welcome, and more

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Updated frequently throughout the 2017 outdoor dining season, this table tracks the pertinent details of patios throughout the Boston area — whether they’re dog-friendly, if they have games, if they take reservations, if there are televisions, and more. (For best results, view this on a laptop or other screen larger than a mobile phone.)

Each column is alphabetically sortable, so you can quickly bring to the top just the patios that allow dogs, just the patios that are heated, etc. To get more specific, type a search term into the search bar right above the table (“cornhole,” for example).

(Want to see some photos and consider only patios that have officially opened for the 2017? We’ve mapped those here.)

Originally published on April 10, 2017. Date of most recent update appears above. Something missing? Email boston@eater.com; we’ll be updating this database regularly throughout spring, summer, and early fall 2017.


Boston Patio Database, 2017

Restaurant Neighborhood Address Open for 2017 Reservations Dog-Friendly Room for Strollers Heated Televisions Games to Play $1 Oysters Other Notes
Restaurant Neighborhood Address Open for 2017 Reservations Dog-Friendly Room for Strollers Heated Televisions Games to Play $1 Oysters Other Notes
Alba Restaurant Quincy (Quincy Center) 1486 Hancock St. Yes No No Yes; at the bar Yes; 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays Roof deck patio with bar and music.
American Fresh Beer Garden Somerville (Assembly Row) 301 Canal St. Yes Yes; groups may contact reservations@slumbrew.com Yes; three leashed dogs are allowed on the pavilion at a time Yes Yes; propane heaters throughout the pavilion Yes; one TV is on for major sporting events Yes; over three dozen board games, including Catan, Connect Four, Jenga, and Giant Jenga No Large beer garden (1,800 square feet). Very family-friendly during the day. Only closes for downpours; check Facebook for weather updates.
Anthem Kitchen & Bar Boston (Downtown Boston) 101 S. Market St., Faneuil Hall Yes No No No Yes; heating lamps No No No
Area Four Cambridge (Kendall Sq.) 500 Technology Sq. Yes No Yes Yes No No No No; except for special events Located adjacent to the Technology Square courtyard. Large lawn area with Adirondack chairs and space for kids to run around. Plenty of sun, but there's a portion shaded by the restaurant's overhang roof. Check Instagram or Twitter for updates.
ArtBar Cambridge (East Cambridge) 40 Edwin H. Land Blvd. (Royal Sonesta) No; soon No; you can call ahead to request, but it's not guaranteed Yes; tied up outside (with easy access to the Charles River banks) Yes Yes; heated lamps and fire pits Yes; at the outside bar No; not currently, but TBD Yes; details coming soon, but there will be a variety of specials this summer, including dollar oysters Charles River views. Table, bar, and lounge seating. Special fire pit menu (including s'mores). Live music on Sunday and Monday nights from May through September. Private patio dining available. Check for updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Ashmont Grill Boston (Dorchester) 555 Talbot Ave. Yes Yes; from 5 p.m. on Thursday until they run out (along with dollar littlenecks and shrimp cocktail)
Audubon Boston (Kenmore Sq.) 838 Beacon St. Yes No; but can be rented for private events No No No No; but they'll be installed in May No; nothing regularly planned, but there are occasional weekend pop-ups that involve games Yes; not on a regular basis but announced a few days in advance (follow on Instagram for updates) Uncovered patio hidden behind the restaurant. Keep an eye on Instagram for patio events that happen throughout the season, such as dollar oyster deals, beer garden pop-ups, wine tastings, brunches with patio games, and more.
B&G Oysters Boston (South End) 550 Tremont St. Yes No; but they'll try to accommodate requests No Yes; but there is a flight of stairs to the patio Yes; heat lamps when needed No No No A sunken patio behind the restaurant, featuring lots of greenery. Has sunny and shady spots.
Bar Mezzana Boston (South End) 360 Harrison Ave. Yes No; but they'll try to accommodate requests Yes; they must remain on the outer boundary of the patio Yes Yes; heat lamps No No No In addition to the front patio for dining, there's a small side patio on Traveler Street just for drinks (the "Spritz Corral"). Check social media for weather updates.
Barcelona Wine Bar (South End) Boston (South End) 525 Tremont St. Yes No No No; but strollers can be stored inside Yes; new this year No No No Covered patio, so it's an option even in the rain.
Barcelona Wine Bar Brookline Brookline (Washington Sq.) 1700 Beacon St. Yes No No No; but they can be stored inside Yes; patio heaters No No No Wide open and sunny, located in front of the restaurant.
Barlow's Boston (Fort Point) 241 A St. Yes No No Yes No No No Yes; Mondays from 3 p.m. until they run out and Tuesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Battery Park Boston (Financial District) 33 Batterymarch St. Yes Yes; for groups (email events@prestigewwhg.com) Yes Yes No No; but they can be rented for events Yes; Jenga, checkers, and other table games, as well as cornhole No When weather permits, Sunday reggae brunch takes place on the patio, and it includes a big build-your-own bloody mary bar.
Beat Brasserie Cambridge (Harvard Sq.) 13 Brattle St. Yes Yes; online or by phone No Yes No No No No Small patio (eight seats) that fills quickly.
Belly Wine Bar Cambridge (Kendall Sq.) 1 Kendall Sq. Yes No Yes Yes Yes; live fire No Yes; "3 Blind Wines" every Monday (guess the country of origin of three wines, and the wines are on the house next time) No Sunken brick patio that gets sunny during the day and shady in the early evenings. Retractable awnings. Check Instagram for updates.
Ben & Jerry's Boston (Back Bay) 174 Newbury St. Yes No No No No
Bistro du Midi Boston (Back Bay) 272 Boylston St. Yes No No; except for service animals Yes No No No No Covered sidewalk patio that looks onto the Common.
Blackmoor Bar + Kitchen Boston (Charlestown) 1 Chelsea St. Yes Yes; call Yes; ask the manager upon arrival Yes No No No No
Bloc Cafe Somerville (Union Sq.) 11 Bow St. Yes No Yes; only tied outside barrier of patio on the front sidewalk Yes No No No No Spacious patio adjacent to the cafe, set back from the sidewalk. A mix of picnic tables and smaller tables.
Boston Chops Boston (South End) 1375 Washington St. Yes No Yes; as long as the dog is kept on the outside of the gated area Yes Yes; permanent heating fixtures below awning No No Yes; from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays
Boston Public Market Boston (North End) 100 Hanover St. Yes No; first come, first served communal seating Yes Yes No No No Yes; market vendor Red's Best has dollar oysters on the first Sunday of every month from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and guests are welcome to enjoy them outdoors Sunny, open patio on "The Plaza" outside of BPM's Siena Farms and Bon Me entrance, across from the Greenway. Features 10 communal, colorful picnic tables that seat about eight people each.
Branch Line Watertown 321 Arsenal St. Yes Yes; request when making a reservations, and they'll try to accommodate Yes; only tied to the outer edge of patio Yes Yes; overhead heaters No Yes; regulation bocce court No Most of the patio is covered with a ceiling and can have sides, depending on the weather. The rest includes a perennial garden, outdoor seating, and the bocce court. Since it's heated, it ends up being open most of the year.
Brasserie Jo Boston (Back Bay) 120 Huntington Ave. Yes Yes; specify patio when making reservation Yes; must be tied on the outer edge of patio Yes Yes; heat lamps No No No Sunny patio on the front sidewalk of the restaurant.
Brewer's Fork Boston (Charlestown) 7 Moulton St. Yes No No Yes No; but it will be soon No No No Very sunny patio in an enclosed space set back from the street.
Brine Newburyport 25 State St. Yes No Yes Yes No No No Yes
Burro Bar Brookline (Washington Sq.) 1165 Beacon St. Yes No; but will accommodate when possible (call) Yes Yes No No No No 25-seat patio. It will soon be covered with an awning and surrounded by sidewalk partitions.
Cafe ArtScience Cambridge (Kendall Sq.) 650 E Kendall St. No; stay tuned No; but they'll try to accommodate requests No Yes No No No No Open patio on the front sidewalk. Note: Cafe ArtScience will be on hiatus in mid-to-late June; check social media for updates.
Cafe Fixe Brookline (Washington Sq.) 1642 Beacon St. Yes No Yes Yes No No No No A couple of small sidewalk tables right in front of the cafe.
Cambridge Brewing Company Cambridge (Kendall Sq.) 1 Kendall Sq., Bldg. 100 Yes No Yes Yes Yes; heat lamps No No Yes; Tuesdays starting at 4 p.m. Sunny patio tucked away in a corner of the One Kendall Square complex, surrounded by planters and bedecked with garden string lights. New this year, there's a beer garden separate from the regular patio tables for those who just want to have a drink. The patio can be covered in poor weather conditions. Check Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for any changes due to weather.
Cambridge Common Cambridge (Harvard Sq.) 1667 Massachusetts Ave. Yes No Yes No No No No No Sunny, front sidewalk patio. Check Twitter for weather updates.
Canary Square Boston (Jamaica Plain) 435 S Huntington Ave. Yes Surrounded by greenery.
Captain Fishbones Quincy (Marina Bay) 332 Victory Rd. Yes No Large deck (with a bar) with umbrellas and water views. Groups larger than eight can't be seated outside.
Cask 'n Flagon Boston (Fenway) 62 Brookline Ave. Yes No No Yes No No No No Located on the corner of Brookline Avenue and Lansdowne Street, looking onto all of the activity surrounding Fenway Park.
Cask 'n Flagon Marshfield 804 Plain St. Yes Yes; request when you make your reservation No Yes Yes; a fire pit Yes; two TVs on the patio No No Large patio with lounge and table seating.
Ceia Newburyport 38 State St. Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
Charlie's Kitchen Cambridge (Harvard Sq.) 10 Eliot St. Yes No Yes Yes No There's a sidewalk patio out front as well as a beer garden nestled in the back; the latter opens throughout the year whenever weather permits and has a beer stand and 18 beers on draft. The full menu is available.
Cheers Faneuil Hall Boston (Downtown Boston) 1 Faneuil Hall Market Pl. Yes No Yes; tied on the outer edge No; but they'll store them for you. They have high chairs. Yes; heat lamps Yes; not outside but you can see the ones inside from the patio No No Most of the patio is covered, but there's a section that isn't. Large, moveable umbrellas are available for shade. Faneuil Hall people-watching. Check Facebook for updates.
Chiara Westwood 569 High St. Yes No; but mention it when making a reservation, and they'll do their best No Yes Yes No No No Occasional wine tasting events. Check Facebook, Twitter, and the Chiara app for updates.
Christopher's Restaraurant Cambridge (Porter Sq.) 1920 Massachusetts Ave. Yes No Yes No No No No No Sunny, front sidewalk patio with umbrellas for shade. Check Twitter for weather updates.
Cinquecento Boston (South End) 500 Harrison Ave. Yes Yes; book online or call Yes Yes Yes; heat lamps No No Yes; daily from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The patio includes a 12-seat bar built into a repurposed shipping container.
Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar Boston (Fenway) 1310 Boylston St. Yes No No No Yes; standing heaters No No No Covered patio. Popular during Sox games. Opens 5 p.m. daily (11 a.m. for Sunday brunch). Weather updates on Facebook and Twitter. Call ahead for availability.
City Tap House Boston (Fort Point) 10 Boston Wharf Rd. Yes No No Yes Yes; four fire pits as well as free-standing heaters that can be moved around No Yes; only during special events No Very sunny with oversized umbrellas for shade. More than 60 seats. Decorated with twinkling lights.
Common Ground Bar & Grill Arlington 319 Broadway Yes No Yes Yes No No No No Located in the heart of Arlington.
Common Ground Bar & Grill Boston (Allston) 85 Harvard Ave. Yes No No Yes No No No No Hidden patio fenced in behind the building.
Copper House Tavern Waltham 380 Winter St. Yes No No; except for service animals Yes No No No No
Coppersmith Boston (South Boston) 40 W 3rd St. Yes Yes; only by pre-ordering a Radio Flyer wagon platter on the Air Deck. (Front porch is first come, first served.) No Yes No Yes; on the Air Deck Yes; cornhole on the Air Deck No Two patios: the Air Deck and the front porch. Both feature new furniture for 2017. The Air Deck features a bar made from a vintage Airstream trailer. Look for Cheerwine slushies and new seasonal cocktails. Both spaces open at 5 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. on weekends.
Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen Boston (Back Bay) 604 Columbus Ave. Yes Yes; call No Yes; accessible but narrow No No No No
Dbar Boston (Dorchester) 1236 Dorchester Ave. Yes No No Yes No No No No
Deep Ellum Boston (Allston) 477 Cambridge St. Yes No No No No No No No Private back deck behind the restaurant, surrounded by plenty of greenery.
Deuxave Boston (Back Bay) 371 Commonwealth Ave. Yes No Yes; as long as the dog is kept on the outside of the gated area Yes Yes; portable heaters No No No
Devlin's Restaurant Boston (Brighton) 332 Washington St. Yes No No Yes Yes; occasionally Yes; three televisions at the bar only (showing sports). No Yes; Tuesday from 4 p.m. until the kitchen closes Hidden down an alleyway next to the restaurant. Some covered seating available, and the uncovered section has scattered umbrellas.
Dillon's Boston (Back Bay) 955 Boylston St. Yes Yes; OpenTable No Yes Yes; electric heaters No; hopefully soon No No Wide open and sunny patio.
Dorchester Brewing Company Boston (Dorchester) 1250 Massachusetts Ave. Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes; cornhole, Giant Jenga, Operation, Cards Against Humanity, Scrabble, Battleship, more board games No; unless a visiting food truck is offering them Drink beer and bring the kids, dogs, and/or your laptop. There are typically food trucks onsite Friday through Sunday; check the website for the schedule and Facebook or Twitter for weather updates.
Eastern Standard Boston (Kenmore Sq.) 528 Commonwealth Ave. Yes No; but they'll try to accommodate requests Yes; only on the adjacent sidewalk, outside dining area Yes; to a limited extent Yes; overhead heaters No No No Covered patio. Can be completely enclosed.
El Pelon Taqueria Boston (Fenway) 92 Peterborough St. Yes No No Sunny patio with some umbrellas for shade. Picnic tables.
Ester Boston (Dorchester, Lower Mills) 2261 Dorchester Ave. Yes; limited seating on nice days for now and officially fully open on Mother's Day weekend Yes; call (617) 698-2261 No; except for specific "Yappy Hour" events Yes Yes; standing heaters Yes; at the bar No No Large patio enclosed behind the restaurant with lounge and dining areas as well as its own bar.
Fairsted Kitchen Brookline (Washington Sq.) 1704 Beacon St. Yes No Yes Yes No No No No Sunny, open patio set back from Beacon Street in front of the restaurant. Call (617) 396-8752 to confirm availability.
Firebrand Saints Cambridge (Kendall Sq.) 1 Broadway Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes; cornhole Yes; daily from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Fireside Lounge on Rowes Wharf Boston (Downtown Boston) 70 Rowes Wharf Yes No No No Yes; six fire pits No No No Located at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Harbor views. Open 2:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Five Horses Tavern Somerville (Davis Sq.) 400 Highland Ave. Yes No Yes; water bowls provided Yes No No No No Located on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant (which has large windows that open up onto the patio).
Five Horses Tavern Boston (South End) 535 Columbus Ave. Yes No Yes; water bowls provided Yes Yes; heat lamps No No No Located on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant (which has large windows that open up onto the patio).
Flat Top Johnny's Cambridge (Kendall Sq.) 1 Kendall Sq. Yes No Yes No No No No No Located in the One Kendall Square complex. Check for updates on social media.
Gaslight Brasserie Lynnfield (Market Street) 1100 Market St. Yes No Yes Yes Yes; heat lamps and fire pit No No Yes; 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily (bar only) Spacious patio with outdoor bar.
Gaslight Brasserie Boston (South End) 560 Harrison Ave. Yes Yes; online or by phone Yes Yes Yes; heat lamps No No Yes; details to come Located right by SoWa Open Market.
Gather Boston (Seaport District) 75 Northern Ave. Yes No; except for private events No Yes Yes; heating lamps No No No
Glass House Cambridge (Kendall Sq.) 450 Kendall St. Yes No No Yes Yes; fire pit No Yes; ping pong (cornhole and Giant Jenga coming soon) Yes; Saturday and Monday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and all day Sunday
Grafton Street Pub Cambridge (Harvard Sq.) 1230 Massachusetts Ave. Yes No; but will accommodate requests when possible Yes No No No No Yes; daily after 11 p.m. Located in front of the restaurant with Harvard Square views. Check for updates on Instagram or call.
Gran Gusto Cambridge (Porter Sq./Fresh Pond) 90 Sherman St. Yes No Part of the patio is under cover, and the rest has umbrellas. Located in a quiet, mostly residential section of Cambridge.
Granary Tavern Boston (Financial District) 170 Milk St. Yes No; request via OpenTable, but it's not guaranteed Yes Yes No No No No Sunny patio with Greenway views.
Grendel's Den Cambridge (Harvard Sq.) 89 Winthrop St. Yes; open 4/1 through 11/30 yearly No Yes Grendel's half-priced food deal is not available on the patio. As required by law, you have to order food, not just drinks. The patio overlooks Winthrop Park.
Henrietta's Table Cambridge (Harvard Sq.) 1 Bennett St. Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No; unless part of daily specials Large courtyard patio serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Not covered.
Hojoko Boston (Fenway) 1271 Boylston St. Yes; front patio is open year-round, and back/poolside patio will open 4/17 No No; except for service animals Yes Yes; front porch is heated No Yes; Giant Jenga (and more to come) No Opens at 4 p.m. on home game and concert days (along with the full restaurant). Try frozen and large-format cocktails.
Island Creek Oyster Bar Burlington Burlington (The District) 300 District Ave. Yes Yes; call No Yes No No No No Sunny 40-seat patio with tables and lounge space.
Joe's American Bar & Grill Boston (Waterfront) 100 Atlantic Ave. Yes No Yes; must be tied to outer edge of patio Yes No No No No Views of the harbor, skyline, and Christopher Columbus Park. Seating in front and next to the restaurant. Wide open, sunny patio with umbrellas available for shade.
Kava Neo-Taverna Boston (South End) 315 Shawmut Ave. Yes Small sidewalk patio with two-top tables.
Kings Bowl Dedham (Legacy Place) 600 Legacy Pl. Yes No; but will accommodate when possible (call) Yes Yes No No Yes; Giant Jenga, Giant Connect Four, and more No Open sidewalk patio.
KO Pies at the Shipyard Boston (East Boston) 256 Marginal St. Yes; stays open year-round, for the most part Yes; for groups of 10+. Yes; they must be tied to the outer edge Yes No Yes; there's a TV on the patio for major events Yes; cornhole, giant Jenga, board games No Covered patio. Full buyouts available. Signature Eastie views of downtown Boston.
La Brasa Somerville (East Somerville) 124 Broadway Yes No; no guarantees, but they'll do their best to accommodate requests. Yes; well-behaved dogs are welcome but must be tied outside of the enclosure Yes; it's a small space, but they'll make accommodations No; looking into options, though No No Yes; every day except Monday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunny patio with new umbrellas.
La Motta's Boston (South End) 1357 Washington St. Yes Yes; call or book online No No; but they can be kept by the front of the restaurant No No No No Located in a back alley.
La Voile (Brookline) Brookline (Washington Sq.) 1627 Beacon St. Yes Narrow strip of sidewalk dining (two-tops).
Latitude 43 Gloucester 25 Rogers St. Yes Large deck with colorful umbrellas and harbor views.
Legal Crossing (LX) Boston (Downtown Crossing) 558 Washington St. Yes Yes; request when you make your reservation No No No No No No Located on Avenue de Lafayette. Features two-top tables with umbrellas.
Legal Harborside Boston (Seaport District) 270 Northern Ave. Yes Yes; request when making a reservation for the first or second level. No rooftop reservations available. No Yes Yes; rooftop level is heated and second level has an outdoor fireplace Yes; on the rooftop No No Three outdoor spaces: The casual first floor includes a large patio on the Boston HarborWalk, while the fancier second floor has a patio with an outdoor fireplace and harbor views. The roofdeck serves sandwiches, sushi, and more, along with half-pitcher and pitcher cocktail options.
Legal on the Mystic Somerville (Assembly Row) 301 Great River Rd. Yes Yes; request when you make your reservation No Yes No No No No 36-seat patio overlooking the Mystic River. Covered by a 20-foot tulip umbrella.
Legal Sea Foods Braintree 30 Forbes Rd. Yes Yes; request when you make your reservation No Yes No No No No Located on the second floor, accessible by a sliding glass wall. Seating for 43.
Legal Sea Foods Boston (Long Wharf) 255 State St. Yes Yes; request when you make your reservation No Yes No No No No
Legal Sea Foods Cambridge (Charles Sq.) 20 University Rd. Yes No No Yes No No No No Large patio (with a bar) in the Charles Hotel courtyard.
Lion's Tail Boston (South End) 354 Harrison Ave. Yes Sidewalk dining surrounded by flower-filled planters.
Local 02045 Hull 2 A St. Yes Two decks with harbor views (located on levels two and three of the restaurant).
Lone Star Cambridge (East Cambridge) 635 Cambridge St. Yes No Yes No No No No No Cozy, sunny patio on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant.
Loyal Nine Cambridge (East Cambridge) 660 Cambridge St. Yes; but limited for now No; but requests may be made via OpenTable, and weather dictates availability Yes Yes No No Yes; cornhole No 3,000 square feet of open, sunny seating within a flower and vegetable garden, plus shaded patio seating and covered open-air seating. Check Instagram and Twitter for updates.
Mamaleh's (The Bar by the Elevator) Cambridge (Kendall Sq.) 1 Kendall Sq. Yes No No "The Bar by the Elevator" is "inspired by and dedicated to the places in the world where the shadows are long and the ground is warm," per a newsletter from Mamaleh's. "Ice cold beer, pink wine, tropical refreshments, and probably hot dogs." Open most days, when weather permits. Find it by the elevator outside of Mamaleh's.
Mare Boston (North End) 3 Mechanic St. Yes No; but will accommodate when possible (call) No No Yes; fire pits and retractable roof with heating No No No Lounge-like setting with couches and skyline views.
Marliave Boston (Downtown Crossing) 10 Bosworth St. Yes Yes; call Yes Yes No No No Yes; daily from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. (dollar clams too)
Mast' Boston (Downtown Crossing) 45 Province St. Yes Yes; call No Yes No No No Yes; all day every Monday
MET Back Bay Boston (Back Bay) 279 Dartmouth St. Yes Yes; online or by phone No Yes Yes; heat lamps No No No Newbury Street people-watching.
Mija Cantina & Tequila Bar Boston (Downtown) 1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace Yes Yes; online or by phone No Yes Yes; heat lamps (only on the front patio) No No No 66 seats total (54 in front of the restaurant and 12 high-top seats in back). Both can be booked for private parties. Flaps come down to keep the heat in when necessary.
MJ O'Connor's Back Bay Boston (Back Bay) 27 Columbus Ave. Yes No Yes No No No No No
MJ O'Connor's Westin Boston (Seaport District) 425 Summer St. Yes No; except for private events No Yes Yes; heating lamps No No No
Myers+Chang Boston (South End) 1145 Washington St. Yes No Yes; dogs may sit on the sidewalk that runs on two sides, and water is provided Yes No No No No Sunny patio along Peter's Park, with an awning for shade. Check Instagram for updates.
Naco Taco Cambridge (Central Sq.) 297 Massachusetts Ave. Yes No Yes; not on the patio itself but there are spots to tie up dogs by the entrance Yes No No No No Wide open, sunny, colorful patio on Mass. Ave. with 80 seats and a full liquor license. Additional standing room. Check on social media for weather updates and special events.
Navy Yard Bistro Boston (Charlestown) 1 6th St. Yes Yes; for groups of six or more Yes Yes No No No No
Nebo Cucina and Enoteca Boston (Atlantic Wharf) 520 Atlantic Ave. Yes No; but will accommodate when possible (call) Yes Yes Yes; torches No No No Wide open, sunny, 75-seat patio on the restaurant's front sidewalk. Greenway views. Umbrellas for shade.
Ned Devine's Boston (Downtown Boston) 1 Faneuil Hall Yes No No Yes No Yes; two No No
New Rod Dee Brookline (Washington Sq.) 1671 Beacon St. Yes No No No No No Sidewalk patio surrounded by planters.
Noir Cambridge (Harvard Sq.) 1 Bennett St. Yes Yes Yes Yes No No; televisions are only inside No No; but there are $1.50 oysters at various times Intimate patio with umbrellas. Open until 2 a.m. daily.
Ocean Prime Boston (Seaport District) 140 Seaport Blvd. No; aiming for early June No; but they'll try to accommodate requests No; except for service animals Yes No No No No; but might be coming soon Uncovered patio (umbrellas available for sunny days.) Located in front of the restaurant. Call to see if it's closed due to weather conditions.
Orleans Somerville (Davis Sq.) 65 Holland St. Yes No No; except for service animals Yes No No No Yes; Monday from 3 p.m. until they run out and Tuesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Osteria Posto Waltham 99 Third Ave. Yes No; but will accommodate when possible (call) No Yes No No Yes; cornhole and other yard games coming very soon No Covered patio with freestanding tables and lounge seating. Can accommodate 80 seated and 100 standing.
Parish Cafe Boston (Back Bay) 361 Boylston St. Yes No No No No No No No
Parish Cafe Boston (South End) 493 Massachusetts Ave. Yes No No No No No No No
Park Cambridge (Harvard Sq.) 59 JFK St. Yes No; but will accommodate requests when possible No No No No No No Located just outside the restaurant, set below sidewalk level. Check for updates on Instagram or call.
Pier 6 Boston (Charlestown) 1 8th St. Yes Yes; request when booking online or calling No Yes No Yes No No Two outdoor dining areas: a roof deck and a downstairs bar and seating area. Harbor views. You can take a water taxi to get there.
Porto Boston (Back Bay) Ring Road Yes No; unless you book a private event Yes Yes No Yes; for special events such as Marathon Monday No No The patio is wide open with an optional awning that moves in and out depending on the strength of the sun. The patio is in front of the restaurant, right on Ring Road. Check social media channels for updates.
Posto Somerville (Davis Sq.) 187 Elm St. Yes No Yes Yes No No No No 40-seat open sidewalk patio.
Precinct Kitchen + Bar Boston (Back Bay) 154 Berkeley St. Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes; Jenga and cornhole No Sunken patio.
Publico Street Bistro & Garden Boston (South Boston) 11 Dorchester St. Yes Yes; heated floors and fire pits Yes No Interior courtyard with an outdoor bar, covered lounge areas, and an ivy-covered trellis.
ReelHouse Boston (East Boston) 6 New St. Yes Yes; online or by phone No Yes No No; not yet No No 130-seat patio, including a 15-seat outdoor bar. Boston skyline views.
Restaurant Dante Cambridge (East Cambridge) 40 Edwin H. Land Blvd. Yes Yes; call (617) 497-4200 or reserve on OpenTable Yes Yes No Yes; one at the bar Yes; Giant Jenga and Connect Four No
River Bar Somerville (Assembly Row) 661 Assembly Row Yes; mostly open now and completely open by 5/1 No No No Yes; fire pits Yes; bar televisions visible from front patio No No Wide open patio. The front portion is sunnier than the side portion.
Rosebud American Kitchen and Bar Somerville (Davis Sq.) 381 Summer St. Yes No No Yes No No No No 35-seat courtyard patio nestled between Rosebud and its sister, The Painted Burro.
Row 34 Boston (Fort Point) 383 Congress St. Yes No; but they'll try to accommodate requests No Yes Yes; heat lamps No No No Covered patio curtained in with hops trellises.
Row 34 Boston (Fort Point) 383 Congress St. Yes Yes; call to request a patio-specific reservation No Yes No No No No Covered patio surrounded by greenery and growing hop gardens. Wine and beer on tap.
Rowes Wharf Sea Grille Boston (Downtown Boston) 70 Rowes Wharf Yes Yes; reserve on OpenTable or call (617) 856-7744 No No No No No No Harbor views. Open daily from 2:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Russell House Tavern Cambridge (Harvard Sq.) 14 JFK St. Yes No; but will accommodate requests when possible No No No No No Yes; weekdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and daily after 11 p.m. Small alleyway with romantic vibes. Check for updates on Instagram or call.
Scampo Boston (Beacon Hill) 215 Charles St. Yes Yes; request when you make a reservation No Yes No No No No 60-seat patio with garden views and a large umbrella. The full restaurant menu is available on the patio.
Shake Shack Cambridge (Harvard Sq.) 92 Winthrop St. Yes No No; except for service animals Yes No No No No Open, sunny patio located next to a park. Evening shade.
Shake Shack Dedham 950 Providence Hwy. (Legacy Place) Yes No Yes; must be tied outside patio. Water bowls provided. Yes No No No No Open, sunny patio that is fenced in on two sides and has open access from one side.
Shake Shack Chestnut Hill 49 Boylston St. (The Street Chestnut Hill) Yes No No; except for service animals Yes No No No No Open patio located in front of the restaurant, near the entrance
Shake Shack Boston (Back Bay) 234 Newbury St. Yes No Yes; must be on leash. Water bowls provided. Yes Yes; heaters on underside of umbrella No No No Open, sunny patio with umbrellas available for shade.
Smith & Wollensky Boston (Atlantic Wharf) 294 Congress St. Yes Yes; online or by phone (tables can be reserved, but lounge seating is first come, first served) No; except for service animals Yes Yes; bar/lounge section has heat lamps that are turned on as needed Yes; two TVs that show Boston and national sports games No; but the adjacent Atlantic Wharf lawn (not affiliated with the restaurant) often has activities, such as live music and public art No Waterfront views. Check Facebook for updates.
Solas Boston (Back Bay) 710 Boylston St. Yes No No No No No No No
SRV Boston (South End) 569 Columbus Ave. Yes No; but will accommodate when possible (call) No Yes No No No No 40-seat courtyard patio in rear of restaurant, covered in café lights.
State Park Cambridge (Kendall Sq.) 1 Kendall Sq. Yes No; but they'll try to accommodate requests Yes; well-behaved dogs welcome Yes No No No No Open, sunny patio on the upper level of the One Kendall Square Plaza. Check Instagram or call (617) 848-4355 for updates.
State Street Provisions Boston (Waterfront) 255 State St. Yes No; but will accommodate requests when possible Yes No No No No Yes; daily from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and after 11 p.m. Harbor views. Check for updates on Instagram or call. Both the Atlantic Avenue and State Street patio areas are currently undergoing renovations and will be end up larger.
Stephanie's on Newbury Boston (Back Bay) 190 Newbury St. Yes No Yes Yes No No No No This 80-seat patio opens at 7:30 a.m. during the week and 9 a.m. on weekends. Newbury Street people-watching.
Stephi's on Tremont Boston (South End) 571 Tremont St. Yes No Yes Yes No No No No This 26-seat patio opens at 11:30 a.m. during the week and 10 a.m. on weekends.
Sterling's Boston (Downtown Boston) 60 State St. Yes Yes; OpenTable Yes Yes No Yes Yes; Giant Jenga and Giant Connect Four on Sundays Yes; from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays Hidden away from the street behind 60 State St.
Stoked Pizza Brookline (Washington Sq.) 1632 Beacon St. Yes A few uncovered sidewalk tables.
Sweet Cheeks Q Boston (Fenway) 1381 Boylston St. Yes No Yes; water bowls provided Yes No; request blankets and hot water for tea Yes; in beer garden (but not in front sidewalk patio) Yes; board games (Guess Who, Jenga) in the beer garden and cornhole for special events No Open, sunny patio in the front, plus a beer garden on the side with a small bar (features four draft lines of beer).
Sweetgreen Chestnut Hill 10 New St. Yes No No Yes No No No No
Sweetgreen Boston (Back Bay) 659 Boylston St. Yes No No Yes No No No No
Taberna de Haro Brookline 999 Beacon St. Yes; open May to late September when temperature is above 70 degrees Yes; 10 tables can be reserved, and the other four are reserved for walk-ins Yes; well-behaved dogs allowed if other diners don't mind Yes; as long as they are not enormous No No No No Sunny 14-seat patio, decorated with herbs and flowers, located on a wide sidewalk along Beacon Street.
Tapestry Boston (Fenway) 69 Kilmarnock St. Yes Yes Yes; overhead heat lamps Covered patio.
Tasty Burger Boston (Back Bay) 145 Dartmouth St. Yes No Yes; water bowls provided Yes No No No No
Tasty Burger Boston (Fenway) 1301 Boylston St. Yes No Yes Yes No No No No Spacious patio with picnic tables; suitable for large groups. Order from the takeout window and grab a spot.
Tasty Burger Cambridge (Harvard Sq.) 40 JFK St. Yes No Yes Yes No No No No Seating provided by the city of Cambridge along Mt. Auburn Street.
Temple Bar Cambridge (Harvard Sq./Porter Sq.) 1688 Massachusetts Ave. Yes No; but will accommodate requests when possible Yes No No No No No Covered by a large awning from the front of the restaurant. On warm days, the restaurant's large windows open right up onto the patio. Check for updates on Instagram or call.
The Abbey (Porter Sq.) Cambridge (Porter Sq.) 1755 Massachusetts Ave. Yes
The Abbey (Washington Sq.) Brookline (Washington Sq.) 1657 Beacon St. Yes Yes Small sidewalk patio with umbrella-bedecked tables.
The Barking Crab Boston (Fort Point/Seaport District) 88 Sleeper St. Yes Yes; call or book online No Yes No Yes; televisions in the bar area are visible Yes; depends on the time No Located in a massive tent. Group-friendly.
The Beehive Boston (South End) 541 Tremont St. Yes Yes; online or by phone No Yes No No No No Check social media for updates.
The Blue Room Cambridge (Kendall Sq.) 1 Kendall Sq. Yes No Yes Yes No No No No Sunken, gardeny brick patio shaded by retractable awnings.
The Clam Box Quincy (Wollaston) 789 Quincy Shore Dr. Yes No Yes Waterfront clam shack with a beachside patio. Beer and wine. Boston skyline and harbor views.
The Fireplace Brookline (Washington Sq.) 1634 Beacon St. Yes A few sidewalk tables covered with umbrellas.
The Fours Quincy (Quincy Center) 15 College Ave. Yes No No Yes Umbrella-bedecked sidewalk patio.
The Frogmore Boston (Jamaica Plain — Hyde Square) 365 Centre St. Yes No Yes Yes No No No No Wide open and sunny, in front of the restaurant on the sidewalk.
The Green Briar Boston (Brighton) 304 Washington St. Yes No No No No Yes; two No No
The Hawthorne Boston (Kenmore Sq.) 500A Commonwealth Ave. Yes Yes; call (617) 532-9150 No; except for service animals Yes No No No No Adjacent to the Hotel Commonwealth entrance and the Commonwealth Avenue sidewalk. Check Facebook for updates.
The Hourly Cambridge (Harvard Sq.) 15 Dunster St. Yes 18-seat patio located between Mike's Pastry and Cambridge Savings Bank, decorated with string lights.
The Lower Depths Boston (Kenmore Sq.) 476 Commonwealth Ave. Yes No No No No No No No
The Paddle Inn Newburyport 27 State St. Yes No No Yes; there's not much space, but they're welcome No No No No Sunny eight-seat patio.
The Palm Boston (Financial District) One International Pl. Yes Yes; call (617) 867-9292 No No Yes; heaters in the enclosed area of the patio Yes; on during big games No No Overlooks the Rose Kennedy Greenway and features covered and non-covered sections. The covered part is open year-round.
The Publick House Brookline (Washington Sq.) 1648 Beacon St. Yes No; the restaurant doesn't accept any reservations, patio or otherwise Yes Picnic tables on the sidewalk.
The Range Hingham 306 Whiting St. Yes No No Yes Yes; heat lamps and fire pit Yes Yes; golf (the driving range is right there) No Sunny, open patio with live music Thursday through Sunday and golf views. Check Facebook for updates.
The Salty Pig Boston (Back Bay) 130 Dartmouth St. Yes No Large patio across from Back Bay Station. Open for lunch and dinner.
The Sinclair Cambridge (Harvard Sq.) 52 Church St. Yes No; but they'll try to accommodate requests No No Yes; heat lamps No Yes; cornhole No Roof deck overlooking Harvard Square.
The Sinclair Cambridge (Harvard Sq.) 52 Church St. Yes Yes; call to request a patio-specific reservation No Yes; stairs to the second floor make it tricky, but guests are welcome to bring strollers up if they are able Yes; permanent heaters are in place and used when the temperature drops in the early spring and early fall No No No Second-floor rooftop patio overlooking Church Street. Open three seasons. Covered table and bench seating. Features a garden that supplies some of the restaurant's herbs and produce.
The Smoke Shop Cambridge (Kendall Sq.) 1 Kendall Sq. Yes Yes; call or use Reserve No Yes Yes No No No Located in front of the restaurant.
The Table at Season to Taste Cambridge (North Cambridge) 2447 Mass Ave. Yes No No No No No No No Eight-seat patio, new for 2017. Unlike the dining room inside, the patio has an a la carte menu and is open to walk-ins only. Look for patio-only drink specials.
Tiger Mama Boston (Fenway) 1363 Boylston St. Yes No; but they'll try to accommodate requests Yes; only tied outside barrier of patio Yes No No No No Open, sunny patio located right outside the restaurant's front doors.
Tom's BaoBao Cambridge (Harvard Sq.) 84 Winthrop St. Yes No Yes Yes No No No No
Tony's Clam Shop Quincy (Wollaston) 861 Quincy Shore Dr. Yes No Yes Ocean views.
Trade Boston (Financial District) 540 Atlantic Ave. Yes No; unless you book a private event Yes Yes Yes; stand-up heaters No No No Located on the Atlantic side of the restaurant. Always open. Check social media for updates.
Trattoria il Panino Boston (North End) 280 Hanover St./11 Parmenter St. (two entrances) Yes No; but will accommodate when possible (call) No Yes Yes; heated and has retractable awning that can close space entirely No No No 50-seat patio on the Parmenter Street side. The retractable awning opens depending on the weather.
Tremont 647 Boston (South End) 647 Tremont St. Yes; open 4/1 through 10/31 yearly No Yes; tied outside of the patio, not on it Yes No No No No Open patio with plenty of greenery. Nightly dinner and weekend brunch.
Tres Gatos Boston (Jamaica Plain) 470 Centre St. Yes No Yes; tied to the outside of the fence Yes No No No No Umbrellas available for shade; the patio is in front of the restaurant on Centre Street and can get quite sunny. Check Instagram and Facebook for weather-related updates.
Tuscan Kitchen Burlington 2400 District Ave. Yes Yes; call No Yes Yes; heat lamps and fireplace No No No This patio features lounge seating with couches. The full restaurant menu is available. Check Facebook for weather updates.
Washington Square Tavern Brookline (Washington Sq.) 714 Washington St. Yes Yes Sidewalk dining.
Winter Hill Brewing Company Somerville (Winter Hill) 328 Broadway Yes No No Yes No No Yes; cards No Sunny patio with large umbrellas for shade.
Worden Hall Boston (South Boston) 22 W Broadway Yes No Yes; water bowls provided Yes No; but gets very sunny during the day No No No Very sunny throughout the day. Restaurant has windows that open up onto the patio.

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