Massachusetts restaurants have been closed for dine-in service since mid-March in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Reopening day is here — and it comes with a lot of restrictions. Gov. Charlie Baker announced on June 6 that phase two of the state’s reopening plan will begin on June 8. Restaurants will be among the businesses that can reopen, but only outdoor dining will be allowed to start. Indoor dining will resume at a later date within phase two, to be announced. With each phase slated to last for at least three weeks, depending on how the coronavirus numbers are trending, that could mean that indoor dining returns in mid-to-late June.
Note: In addition to restaurants, phase two includes some bars, breweries, wineries, distilleries, and beer gardens — the ones that provide seated food service. The rest will have to wait for phase four, along with nightclubs. (An earlier announcement of the reopening plan included these businesses in phase three, not four.) Phase four will start in late July, at the earliest.
Here is a sampling of local restaurants that have already announced their intention to open outdoor seating areas as soon as possible. Stay tuned for continuing coverage of reopenings as phase two proceeds, and reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any information that should be on our radar.
This story was originally published on June 4; it has been updated several times since then to add additional patios and information on Gov. Charlie Baker’s June 6 announcement. The date of the most recent update appears above. Note that this is not a comprehensive list of every single patio open in the Boston area, and we will be unable to add new updates after June 12, but keep an eye on this page for additional coverage moving forward highlighting some other local reopenings (and new openings).
Boston’s licensing board has introduced an expedited process to help restaurants that are not yet set up for outdoor dining get approved quickly, with the board meeting weekly to make decisions on applications. Before the pandemic, restaurants would have to go through a lengthy process involving public hearings and meetings with neighborhood groups. The city is also looking into blocking cars from certain streets to allow more space for outdoor dining.
Here are some Boston restaurants planning to open their patios as soon as they can.
75 on Liberty Wharf
220 Northern Ave., Seaport District
The restaurant will open its waterfront patio as soon as allowed. Reservations available via OpenTable.
753 South St., Roslindale
The patio is open from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
50 Lovejoy Wharf, West End
Alcove plans to open its patio, with views of the Zakim Bridge, on Tuesday, June 9. Reservations and call-ahead seating are available. The patio is open from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, with takeout also available from noon to 9 p.m. daily. (Takeout weekend picnic baskets are available for preorder by 4 p.m. on Fridays for pickup on Saturday or Sunday.)
215 Charles St., Beacon Hill
Located at the Liberty Hotel, Alibi debuts its patio at 3 p.m. on June 8, serving some snacks, salads, and pizzas, as well as cocktails.
569 Tremont St., South End
Call (617) 424-8577 to make a patio reservation or place a takeout order.
384 Western Ave., Brighton
The Afghan restaurant is planning to resume dine-in service when allowed (including indoor service later in phase two). “We are very lucky to have a large main dining room with a private room that could accommodate several tables that are socially distanced,” says co-owner Baheja Rostami. “We also have an outdoor seating permit from the city of Boston that we were granted last summer. Currently we are working with the landlord to place outdoor seating in the back and also in the front of our restaurant, and we think we have a good chance.” The restaurant is also continuing to offer takeout and delivery. Call (617) 208-8072 for takeout and local delivery orders; delivery is also available via Caviar, DoorDash, and Grubhub.
550 Tremont St., South End
B&G — which reopened for takeout on June 6 (Wednesday through Sunday, lunch and dinner) serving un-shucked oysters, fried oysters, clam chowder, lobster rolls, and other seafood dishes — has reopened its patio as of the week of June 8. Reservations are available starting at 9 a.m. day-of; call (617) 423-0550.
Barcelona Wine Bar
525 Tremont St., South End
The Spanish restaurant is opening the patios at its Boston and Brookline locations as soon as allowed.
The Barking Crab
88 Sleeper St., Seaport District
The Sleeper Street patio will reopen on June 11, with the full waterfront tent reopening at a later date. The Barking Crab is currently open from noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 8 p.m. on weekends, with expanded hours beginning the following week; no reservations. A newly expanded menu of summer seafood dishes will be available for dine-in and takeout. (Takeout continues to be available; order in person or online.)
360 Harrison Ave., South End
The patio is open as of June 11, operating daily from 5 to 11 p.m.; reservations required. Call (617) 530-1770 on the day of your desired reservation (phone lines open at noon.) Takeout also continues to be available from 5 to 10:45 p.m. daily. Thursday through Saturday, the takeout options include an omakase from sister restaurant No Relation.
683 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury
The West Roxbury Bertucci’s — as well as a number of suburban locations; see “farther afield” section below — is reopening its patio at 50% capacity on June 8.
Blackmoor Bar & Kitchen
1 Chelsea St., Charlestown
Blackmoor and its Medford sibling, LongCross, will reopen with outdoor seating as soon as allowed.
The Blarney Stone
1509 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester
The Blarney Stone is reopening its patio on June 8; it will operate from noon to 9 p.m. Call (617) 436-8223 for reservations.
Bostonia Public House
131 State St., downtown Boston
Located in the heart of the Financial District, Bostonia Public House will open its patio as soon as allowed. Reservations available via OpenTable.
Brato Brewhouse & Kitchen
190 N. Beacon St., Brighton
The fairly new Brighton brewery will debut its patio for the first time ever on June 10, using a reservation system with 90-minute time slots. During phase two, hours of operation will be 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends. There will be a brand new menu. Email email@example.com to make a reservations; include number of people in your party and preferred time.
Buttermilk & Bourbon
160 Commonwealth Ave., Back Bay
The New Orleans-inspired restaurant will open its patio as soon as allowed, and it will operate daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations available via OpenTable.
900 Beacon St., Audubon Circle/Fenway; 383 Chestnut Hill Ave., Brighton
Both locations are offering dine-in seating on the patio for parties of up to four people, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Citrus & Salt
142 Berkeley St., Back Bay
The Citrus & Salt patio is open as of June 9, opening at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. for Sunday brunch. Closed Mondays.
50 Northern Ave., Seaport District
Committee’s patio opens on June 13, with weekend brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Reservations encouraged but not required. The full menu will be available on the patio (plus seasonal slushies) as well as for takeout and delivery.
253 Shawmut Ave., South End
The patio opens at 4 p.m. on June 8, and Coppa is accepting reservations online. Note that parties of one or two diners will be limited to an hour, while parties of three to six will have one and a half hours. (Parties larger than six are prohibited by the state.) Coppa expects that all diners keep masks on while not actively eating or drinking.
40 W. Third St., South Boston
The giant South Boston restaurant will reopen its rooftop as well as its ground-level patio on Tuesday, June 9, for the restaurant’s final summer — it’s closing later in the year as the building is slated for redevelopment. Coppersmith has also turned its parking lot into additional outdoor dining space. Reservations available by phone (617-658-3452) or OpenTable. Open daily from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Revolution Hotel, 40 Berkeley St., South End
The recently opened restaurant debuts its new patio on June 13, operating from 4 to 10 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 10 p.m. on weekends, serving an all-day menu. Reservations recommended.
24 Orleans St., East Boston
The Ducali and Lucia sibling plans to open up its roof deck right away, with distanced seating for 24. Cunard Tavern is also in the final stages of approval for sidewalk seating, according to owner Philip Frattaroli. (He has also applied for sidewalk seating for Ducali and Lucia in the North End, as well as Lucia’s Winchester location, so stay tuned for those to open soon. Plus, the restaurant group’s espresso truck, Caffe Pellicano, will be used to support the sidewalk cafes where possible.)
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
888 Boylston St., Back Bay
The Prudential Center location of the steakhouse chain is open for patio seating for lunch and dinner daily. Reservations encouraged via OpenTable or phone (617-259-1568).
955 Boylston St., Back Bay
Dillon’s and its downtown sibling Sterling’s are both opening their patios at 4 p.m. on June 8. Reservations available via OpenTable.
Dorchester Brewing Company and M&M BBQ
1250 Massachusetts Ave., Dorchester
The local brewery (and its in-house barbecue restaurant) is reopening its street-level and rooftop patios on June 10 at 11:30 a.m. for beer, cider, wine, and barbecue. Reservations are accepted for parties of two to six; send date, time, and size of party through this form at least 24 hours in advance but not more than a week in advance. Note that there is a reservation fee ($15/table for two to three customers; $25/table for four to six) and a two-hour time limit. Walk-ins are accepted when there’s space and do not have to pay the reservation fee. No outside food or drink allowed (birthday cakes may be approved on a case-by-case basis.) Takeout and delivery of beer and merch continue to be available.
Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Back Bay
Eataly’s Boylston Plaza patio will open on June 12, operating from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily (when weather cooperates) and serving spritzes, pizza, pasta, and more. More information, including safety guidelines, is available here, and reservations can be made on OpenTable.
1 Marina Park Dr., Seaport District
The patio is open as of June 10, operating from 3 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
700 Harrison Ave., South End
Estragon’s patio is open as of June 12, operating from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
166 Canal St., West End
The West End sports bar is opening its patio on June 8, as are its siblings in Quincy (see below) and Norwell. Takeout continues to be available at all locations, too.
Fox & the Knife
28 West Broadway, South Boston
The South Boston Italian restaurant is opening its eight-seat patio from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday for snacks and drinks. The restaurant’s takeout and delivery options — including fresh pasta offshoot Fox Pasta — will continue to be available.
560 Harrison Ave., South End
Call (617) 422-0224 to make a patio reservation or place a takeout order from Gaslight, which is also serving dishes from its sister spot Cinquecento.
75 Northern Ave., Seaport District
The Gather patio reopens at 11:30 a.m. on June 12, subsequently opening at 11:30 a.m. daily (closing at 8 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday). Reservations highly recommended; book on OpenTable.
225 Newbury St., Back Bay; 200 Pier Four Blvd., Seaport District
Both patios will be open as of June 10, operating daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Seaport location serves beer and wine, including natural Greek wines.
Guy’s Tequila Cocina
110 Causeway St., West End
The patio is opening on June 12 and will operate Tuesday through Saturday from 3 to 10 p.m.
45 Province St., downtown Boston
The intimate wine bar now has a patio. Reservations required; call (617) 208-6000 up to three days in advance.
269 Newbury St., Back Bay
Newbury Street is full of patios, and there will likely be quite a few opening as soon as possible. Japanese izakaya Itadaki plans to open on the first day allowed. “We already have a patio but we are also asking the city to extend it to the sidewalk and onto the parking areas of Newbury Street,” says a representative for the restaurant. “Hopefully the city will allow Newbury Street to be closed off to vehicular traffic so we can use as much space as possible.” The restaurant will also continue to offer takeout and delivery; customers can order takeout directly from the restaurant’s website, and delivery is available via Caviar, DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmates, and Uber Eats. Itadaki also plans to continue offering groceries and bottled beer, wine, and sake with takeout and delivery orders as long as allowed.
261 Newbury St., Back Bay
The French restaurant is opening its patio on June 8 and accepting reservations via OpenTable.
The Lawn on D
420 D St., South Boston
The outdoor event space will turn into an outdoor dining area for the summer, starting on June 12, featuring 700 seats and table service. The Rebel Restaurants group — which includes Temazcal, Jack’s Coal-Fired Pizza, and Tony C’s — is behind the food and drink. Reservations required.
Lola 42 and Lola Burger
22 Liberty Dr. and 11 Fan Pier Blvd., Seaport District
Sibling to Nantucket’s Lola 41, Lola 42 serves a menu with global inspiration — everything from Italian to sushi. Its 48-seat waterfront patio will open as soon as allowed, with reservations recommended but not required. And sibling Lola Burger will be serving its full menu on an outdoor patio that seats 30-50 people, spanning the length of the block in front of the former Babbo space. No reservations. At both restaurants, customers will be instructed to download the Toast app on their phone to view the menu, order, and pay. (Disposable menus and credit card payment are available upon request, but no cash will be accepted.) Each will serve lunch and dinner daily, and curbside takeout and delivery options will remain available.
Lolita Fort Point
253 Summer St., Fort Point
The patio is now open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily.
223 Hanover St., North End
The North End seafood restaurant is planning to open its patio as soon as allowed, with indoor dining following once allowed later in phase two. The patio will be open daily from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Reservations available via OpenTable. Sibling restaurant Trattoria Il Panino (see below) is also reopening its patio right away, while siblings without patios, such as Bricco and Quattro, will continue to offer takeout and delivery options.
The Met Back Bay and Stephanie’s on Newbury
190 Newbury St., Back Bay
The siblings will share the sizable Stephanie’s patio, opening on June 11, with a menu of steaks, pastas, salads, and more. (Sibling restaurant Saltie Girl, located next to the Met, will have its own patio on the corner of Newbury and Dartmouth; see below for more information.) The patio will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, serving an all-day menu, plus brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends, an all-day menu from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and an all-day menu from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Call (617) 236-0990 or reserve online.
584 Tremont St., South End
Call (617) 247-2931 to reserve a seat on the patio or place a takeout order.
782 Tremont St., South End
The South End Italian restaurant will open its patio as soon as allowed, offering bistro-style seating on Tremont Street and space for larger parties (as large as the state’s guidelines allow) on Massachusetts Avenue. An exact reservation policy is to be determined, but the restaurant is leaning towards call-ahead seating (day of) rather than walk-ins. Mida is also considering adding express lunch service on the patio — stay tuned.
211 Hanover St., North End
On the edge of the North End, Mother Anna’s plans to reopen its skyline view patio on June 8.
291 Newbury St., Back Bay
The juice shop’s Newbury Street location is setting up a lemonade stand-style takeout window on its patio. Pre-order on the Mother Juice website, and keep an eye out for new smoothies and smoothie bowls.
251 Massachusetts Ave., Fenway
Mumbai Spice, which serves Indian and Indo-Chinese food, has an open patio as of June 8 at noon.
455 E 1st St., South Boston
The Southie diner will open its patio on June 8; there are four tables available. No reservations for now. Customers can also continue to order delivery or takeout.
1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, downtown Boston
The patio will reopen at 3 p.m. on June 11, opening at 11:30 a.m. daily (closing at 8 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 9 p.m. Thursday, and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday). Reservations highly recommended; book on OpenTable.
1348 Boylston St., Fenway
Oath is opening its patios in Fenway and Chestnut Hill right away with 50% capacity. Customers can order in the restaurant or on Oath’s website or app. Takeout (and curbside pickup) and delivery options are also still available. The menu includes eight pizzas (or build-your-own), salads, sides, and more, with gluten-free and vegan options available. The Boston location will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday to start, while Chestnut Hill will be open daily, but hours may change — check the restaurant’s website for updates.
Paris Seaport Bar & Creperie
60 Seaport Blvd., Seaport District
The boozy Seaport District expansion of Brookline’s Paris Creperie is opening its brand new patio on June 9, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and featuring a new summer menu that includes sweet and savory crepes, small plates, and more, as well as French wines and cocktails.
Petit Robert Bistro
480 Columbus Ave., South End
The Petit Robert patio — newly redecorated — is operating from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, with reservations available via Resy, but walk-ins are also accepted.
1 8th St., Charlestown
Pier 6 is opening up its waterfront patio on June 8, with lunch and dinner reservations available (and strongly recommended) via Resy. Tables will be allotted an hour and a half to two hours to eat, depending on party size.
Ring Rd., Back Bay
The patio is open as of June 9, operating from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with same-day reservations available starting at noon (weather-permitting) and walk-ins accepted when there’s room. (Reservations require a credit card.) Tables are limited to one and a half hours. The full menu is also available for takeout during the same hours.
Rail Stop Restaurant & Bar
96 Guest St., Brighton
The expanded patio is open and featuring a variety of specials, including half-priced appetizers from 4 to 6 p.m. daily and $15 lobster rolls on Thursdays. Reservations required.
6 New St., East Boston
Both Reelhouse locations — East Boston and Quincy’s Marina Bay — are opening up their waterfront patios on June 8, with lunch and dinner reservations available (and strongly recommended) via Resy. Tables will be allotted an hour and a half to two hours to eat, depending on party size.
250 Hanover St., North End
The restaurant will reopen for outdoor dining on June 8, opening at 3 p.m. on weekdays and noon on weekends. No reservations, but you can call ahead (617-371-1176) to ask about availability.
281 Dartmouth St., Back Bay
The Saltie Girl patio will open on June 10 at 5 p.m., spanning the corner of Newbury and Dartmouth and serving a variety of seafood dishes. (Siblings the Met and Stephanie’s are sharing the Stephanie’s patio on Newbury Street; see above for more information.) The patio will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, serving an all-day menu, plus brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends, an all-day menu from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and an all-day menu from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Call (617) 267-0691 or reserve online.
58 Seaport Blvd. #200
The patio will open on June 12 and operate daily, if weather permits, from 3 to 11 p.m.
237 Newbury St., Back Bay
Serafina plans to open the patio at its Newbury Street location for lunch and dinner starting on June 10, featuring a revamped menu of pizza, pasta, and more. (There’s also a Nutella focaccia.) “Outdoor dining will be paramount for us,” says owner Seth Greenberg, via a press release. “The potential for temporary patio expansion through the City of Boston is an exciting opportunity and great way to celebrate Newbury Street.”
Sip Wine Bar & Kitchen
581 Washington St., downtown Boston
Sip’s patio is open as of June 11, operating for lunch and dinner daily with its full menu, as well as items from sister restaurants Burger Dive, Papagayo, Max & Dylan’s, and Aoki Poke. Reservations required; call (617) 956-0888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Two-hour time limit per table.
6 West Broadway, South Boston
Six West, located at the Cambria Hotel, opens its rooftop on June 11, with its ground-floor patio opening in the following weeks. The rooftop will operate daily, starting at 11 a.m. Reservations required.
Smith & Wollensky
294 Congress St., downtown Boston
Smith & Wollensky’s remaining Boston location, which is on Atlantic Wharf, will reopen its patio on June 10, as will its Wellesley location. The Atlantic Wharf location will open at 11:30 a.m. daily, closing at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. This location will also offer online ordering for takeout as of June 15, including the full lunch and dinner menus, grill kits, bottled wine at a 25% discount, and more.
The Smoke Shop BBQ
343 Congress St., Fort Point
The Smoke Shop has a new patio at the Fort Point location (and newly expanded patios at the Cambridge and Somerville locations); all are open as of June 11, operating daily from noon to 10 p.m.
Society on High
99 High St., downtown Boston
As of June 8, the patio is open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays; takeout is available during the same hours.
60 State St., downtown Boston
Sterling’s and its Back Bay sibling Dillon’s are both opening their patios at 4 p.m. on June 8. Reservations available via OpenTable.
120 Kingston St., downtown Boston
Stillwater, which opened last year, will debut its outdoor dining for the first time this year — June 8 if possible — with reservations available via Resy. Stay tuned for food specials and frosé.
135 Market St., Brighton
The Stockyard will open its patio on June 10, operating from 3 to 9 p.m. weekdays and noon to 9 p.m. weekends, reservations required. Call (617) 782-4700. The restaurant will continue to offer contact-free curbside pickup and delivery for the foreseeable future.
1 Marina Park Dr., Seaport District
Strega Waterfront will open its patio at 4 p.m. on June 8, subsequently operating from noon to 9 p.m. daily. To start, reservations will be required. Call (617) 345-3992, reserve on Strega’s website, or use OpenTable.
1301 Boylston St., Fenway
The Fenway location of Tasty Burger has reopened its patio as of June 8, offering full-service dining. The patio is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Friday and Saturday) with the full menu, including wine and beer. First come, first served — for now. Call-ahead seating may be added in the coming days; watch Instagram for updates.
1704 Washington St., South End
Toro’s patio is open as of June 8, operating from 4 to 9 p.m. daily and featuring paella and other classics, as well as cocktails. Reserve on Toro’s website or Resy.
Trattoria Il Panino
11 Parmenter St., North End
Like sibling Mare (see above), this North End Italian restaurant — part of the DePasquale Ventures group — will open its patio right away, followed by indoor dining when allowed. The patio will be open daily from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Reservations available via OpenTable.
Trillium Fort Point
50 Thompson Pl., Seaport District
From June 12 to 14, Trillium will ease back open with hours from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily for outdoor draft pours and packaged snacks on the expanded front patio and roof deck, as well as to-go orders of cans and bottles. Details on capacity, reservations, and more will be posted to the Trillium website on June 11; stay tuned for updates for subsequent weeks.
370 Commonwealth Ave., Back Bay
Uni is reopening for both outdoor dining and takeout on June 11. For outdoor dining, reserve online (or via email — email@example.com) — no walk-ins — and review the safety guidelines on Uni’s website. Note that payments must be cashless and parties of one or two diners are limited to one hour, while parties of three to six will have an hour and a half.
Villa Mexico Cafe
121 Water St., downtown Boston
The popular Financial District burrito joint was able to put a little bit of seating out on the street in front of the restaurant.
Yellow Door Taqueria
354 Harrison Ave., South End
Yellow Door’s second location will open its street-facing patio at 4 p.m. on June 9; only parties of two can currently be accommodated, but the team is exploring options to expand its outdoor seating. Call ahead (857-239-9276) or use OpenTable to make a reservation. The patio menu includes nine tacos, elote, guacamole, and margaritas. This location and the original in Dorchester will continue to offer takeout and delivery service.
BROOKLINE AND NEWTON
In Newton, restaurant owners like Karen Masterson (Johnny’s Luncheonette) are working with the city to create a program called “Newton Al Fresco,” placing picnic tables in parks near restaurants and utilizing more sidewalk space, parking areas, and other spaces for outdoor dining, so stay tuned for more options.
Here are some Brookline and Newton restaurants planning to open their patios as soon as they can.
Barcelona Wine Bar
1700 Beacon St., Brookline
The Spanish restaurant is opening the patios at its Boston and Brookline locations as soon as allowed.
Farm Grill & Rotisserie
40 Needham St., Newton
The Newton Highlands Greek restaurant has limited outdoor seating available, some of which is covered by a tent; first come, first served. Keep a mask on unless eating.
187 North St., Newton
Fiorella’s Newton location has reopened its patio. Reservations recommended; call (617) 969-9990.
344 Watertown St., Newton
The Moldovan restaurant will open sidewalk dining as soon as allowed — and dine-in, too, once that’s allowed later in phase two. The new outdoor seating will be as much of a contact-free experience as possible, with customers viewing menus and placing orders on their own phone or on one of the restaurant’s sanitized tablets. Payment will also be contactless.
The Publick House
1648 Beacon St., Brookline
The popular beer bar and restaurant will open for dine-in patio service at its sidewalk picnic tables on June 10, reservations required (book online). Four seatings each night, 90 minutes per table.
Taberna de Haro
999 Beacon St., Brookline
The Spanish gem will reopen its patio on June 11; reservations are required and can be made on OpenTable. Reservation slots are available from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. nightly (closing at 11 p.m.). Contactless payment preferred; cash only accepted in the exact amount — no change available.
Union Street Restaurant
107R Union St., Newton
The restaurant is opening its “invitingly spacious” patio on the earliest allowable day. Union Street is also offering takeout and delivery for dinner daily; call (617) 964-6684 to order. Delivery is also available via DoorDash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats.
CAMBRIDGE, SOMERVILLE, AND MEDFORD
Here’s a look at Somerville’s restaurant guidelines, some of which go beyond what is required by the state. The city has also introduced an expedited permitting process for restaurants to add outdoor dining and is looking into ways to expand sidewalks and other places for outdoor dining.
Here are some Cambridge, Somerville, and Medford restaurants planning to open their patios as soon as they can.
The Avenue Kitchen & Bar
158 Boston Ave., Ball Square, Somerville
Somerville’s new-ish home for Detroit-style pizza (and more) will open its patio during the week of June 8 as long as Somerville’s mayor gives the green light. Note: The Broadway Bridge has finally reopened after many months of construction.
612 Main St., Central Square, Cambridge
Cafe Luna is opening its patio on June 10.
Cambridge Brewing Company
1 Kendall Sq., Kendall Square, Cambridge
The longtime brewpub reopens its patio at 4 p.m. on June 8, with lunch starting the following day. (Closed Sundays.) Reservations are encouraged but not required, and takeout and delivery will continue to be available.
Flat Top Johnny’s
1 Kendall Sq., Kendall Square, Cambridge
The patio is open as of June 8, operating daily from noon to 10 p.m. Credit cards only. The takeout menu is also still available (order online.)
306 Northern Ave., Seaport
The brewery has opened a space it’s calling “Outdoors @ The Harpoon Beer Hall,” full of picnic tables, tents, converted shipping containers to serve as bars and food stations, and a fence made of kegs. Harpoon and its sister brands (UFO, Clown Shoes, etc.) are available, as well as non-alcoholic beverages, pretzels, and pizza. Local restaurants will also be popping up during the summer with additional food options. The space is open from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 11 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
Lily P’s Fried Chicken & Oysters
50 Binney St., Kendall Square, Cambridge
This will be Lily P’s first patio season; the restaurant opened in late 2019. The plan is to open the patio as soon as allowed, serving fried chicken dinners, cookies, buckets of beer, screw-top wines by the bottle, and mason-jar cocktails, with all items packaged in to-go containers. The seating will be distanced and cafe-style, first come, first served. The restaurant is still figuring out hours and other details; keep an eye on Instagram for up-to-date information.
LongCross Bar & Kitchen
Station Landing, 501 Fellsway, Medford
LongCross and its Charlestown sibling, Blackmoor, are reopening with outdoor dining as soon as possible.
660 Cambridge St., East Cambridge
The patio is open, but Loyal Nine is continuing counter service, not full table service. As of June 11, the patio is open from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, but starting the following week, hours will expand to 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
243 Hampshire St., Inman Square, Cambridge
Moona, an intimate Eastern Mediterranean restaurant in Inman Square, has obtained permission from its landlord and the city to build a new patio that seats up to 20 people. Dubbed the Moona Oasis Patio, it’s a tribute to now-closed neighbor Oasis, a longtime spa that closed earlier this year. Moona’s new plant-bedecked patio will open right on June 8 (if allowed), operating from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily, and it’ll have a bar cart. No reservations in advance, but you can call ahead when you’re already on the way over to hold a table. The eight to 10 tables will be spaced six feet apart, with social distancing decals acting as reminders. Stay tuned for new dishes, especially seafood, as well as new seasonal cocktails. There will also be seasonal ice cream and sorbet flavors from Cambridge’s own Honeycomb Creamery.
297 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge
Naco Taco’s patio reopens on June 9, and reservations are available via Resy. Reservations are limited to 90 minutes.
175 Rivers Edge Dr., Medford
Medford’s fairly new Southern restaurant has reopened its 75-seat patio; it’s operating from 4 to 9 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 9 p.m. on weekends. Call (781) 874-9357, reserve online, or just show up. Takeout, including picnic kits, is still available.
187 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville
The Italian restaurant will reopen its sidewalk dining on June 10 — reservations required (and will be live shortly). Expect a limited menu and modified hours to start. Takeout and delivery options will continue to be available.
Russell House Tavern
14 JFK St., Harvard Square, Cambridge
The patio reopens at 4 p.m. on June 8.
Semolina Kitchen & Bar
572 Boston Ave., Medford
While Dave’s Fresh Pasta sibling Semolina won’t be returning to full table service right away, it will continue to offer takeout — and, when allowed, permit patrons to eat their food at 20 or so distanced tables on the restaurant’s spacious patio. Staff will be stationed on the patio to take drink orders, and Semolina requests that customers keep masks on whenever interacting with staff. The restaurant will likely be open for dinner only, six days a week (closed Sundays). Takeout orders can be placed directly on the Semolina website, and delivery is available via Caviar, Grubhub, and Uber Eats.
1 Broadway, Kendall Square, Cambridge
The younger Branch Line sibling, known for its rotisserie chicken, is now open for patio dining. Reservations available; walk-ins accepted. See Shy Bird’s website for details on takeout and delivery, which are also available.
The Smoke Shop BBQ
1 Kendall Sq., Kendall Square, Cambridge; 325 Assembly Row, Somerville
The Smoke Shop has newly expanded patios at the Cambridge and Somerville locations (and a new patio at the Seaport location); all are open as of June 11, operating daily from noon to 10 p.m. The restaurant hopes to reopen for indoor dine-in service on the first allowable day later in phase two as well, but that will depend on how fast the restaurants are able to make some changes, such as adding plexiglass barriers between booths since the booths can’t be moved to be spaced six feet apart. To start, the restaurants will be using disposable paper menus but plan to switch as soon as possible to Bbot, technology that allows for online ordering and paying. Reservations recommended (but not required) via Resy. The Smoke Shop also plans to continue its weekly pop-up collaboration with Flour Bakery as long as customers remain interested in it.
149 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge
The Cambridge location of Jasper White’s classic seafood joint has opened its parking lot patio area. Call (617) 520-9500 for a reservation.
377 Walden St., Cambridge (patio around the corner at Built, 281 Concord Ave.)
The cozy-but-upscale Cambridge restaurant is creating a summer terrace outside of nearby coworking space Built; it will open on June 11 and will host regular outdoor dining, cooking demos, and other events. Limited seating; reservations required. Book at Resy or on Talulla’s website, or call (617) 714-5584.
502 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge
The patio and “hidden graffiti alley table” are open as of June 10, operating from 4 to 9 p.m. daily. Call (617) 576-1900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve. Takeout and delivery continue to be available daily as well.
350 Third St., Kendall Square, Cambridge
Za isn’t offering full table service right away, but customers can order inside and eat outside on the patio starting on Tuesday, June 9, if allowed (and weather permitting). Takeout is also available via the Ritual app, and delivery is available via Caviar and DoorDash.
Quincy is issuing temporary permits for restaurants to create sidewalk dining areas, patio expansions, dining areas in private parking lots, and such.
Here are some Quincy restaurants planning to open their patios as soon as they can.
Alba Prime Steak & Seafood
1486 Hancock St., Quincy
Alba reopens its giant roof deck at 4 p.m. on June 8, offering a limited menu of pasta, Mediterranean salads, steaks, and seafood. It will be open daily.
Cafe de Paris and Darcy’s Pub
97 Willard St., Quincy
The French-inspired bistro and its sibling/neighbor pub are debuting new patio on June 8. Cafe de Paris’ patio will operate from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Darcy’s Pub’s patio will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.
15 Cottage Ave., Quincy
The Quincy Center sports bar will open its new outdoor dining space June 8 at 11 a.m.; it’s located between a new parking garage and a soon-to-open high rise, Chestnut Place. Takeout continues to be available. The bar’s other locations (Boston and Norwell) are also reopening their outdoor dining spaces on June 8.
The Fowler House Cafe
1049 Hancock St., Quincy
The pub has turned its back parking lot into an outdoor dining area, seating up to 78 people with tables distanced 10 feet apart. On-street parking is available on Hancock St., and takeout is still available via the restaurant’s front entrance. The patio opens at 11 a.m. on June 8, staying open until 9 p.m. on weekdays and 10 p.m. on weekends.
The Pour Yard
210 Washington St., Quincy
The Pour Yard was already a seasonal, outdoor-only space, so it’s ready to reopen on June 8 with expanded hours and menu options, including hot dog flights and margarita flights. It will operate daily from noon to midnight.
552 Victory Rd., Quincy
See details in the Boston section above — the East Boston location is also reopening.
Rozafa Mediterranean Bistro
1089 Hancock St., Quincy
The bistro’s Hancock Street patio will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. the rest of the week.
Many Boston-area cities and towns are trying to find ways to maximize outdoor dining opportunities. Needham has set up picnic tables in several common areas; Brockton is allowing outdoor seating at its restaurants for the first time ever; North Attleboro is considering rerouting traffic during certain hours to make room for outdoor dining on several streets; and Waltham is shutting down traffic on several blocks of restaurant-packed Moody Street to make room for tables.
Here are some Boston-area restaurants planning to open their patios as soon as they can.
Multiple locations around Massachusetts (and beyond)
As of June 8, all Massachusetts locations of the growing local chain — except for Holyoke —have open patios, serving the full menu daily. Reservations recommended.
22 Shipyard Dr., Hingham
The Wahlberg brothers’ waterfront Mediterranean restaurant plans to reopen for outdoor dining — and, later, indoor dining — as soon as the state allows. Alma Nove will resume normal business hours (lunch and dinner daily) and offer a limited menu that includes some of the restaurant’s bestsellers. “We are lucky to have a beautiful patio at Alma Nove that has always been a great spot for dining,” says chef and co-owner Paul Wahlberg. “We hope that we have a perfect summer weather-wise, but if a guest has made a reservation and we experience inclement weather, we’ll always have the option for our guests who have made reservations to pick up or grab delivery so that they can still enjoy a meal from us.”
469 Moody St., Waltham
Sister restaurant Sweet Basil, from Needham, is popping up on Balani’s Moody Street patio daily from 4 to 9:45 p.m.
17 Commerce Way, Woburn; 90 Derby St., Hingham; 90 Main St., Andover; 1777 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington; 6 Plaza Way, Plymouth; 280 School St., Mansfield; 45 Walkers Brook Dr., Reading
A number of Boston-area Bertucci’s locations (as well as one in Boston — West Roxbury — see above) are reopening their patios at 50% capacity on June 8.
321 Arsenal St., Watertown
The Branch Line patio opens June 10, operating Wednesday through Sunday for now. Reservations preferred; call (617) 420-1900 or use OpenTable. Takeout and delivery also continue to be available. Note: There will be 5% fee added to all transactions to support benefits for the Branch Line team and cost of current operations.
Derby Street Shops, 94 Derby St., Suite 279, Hingham
Limited patio seating is available by reservation only. Takeout is also still available, and various seasonal specials are running throughout the summer.
26 Union St., Weymouth
The Cottage Bar is opening its patio on June 10, from noon to 9 p.m.
500 Ocean Ave., Revere
The waterfront restaurant, which opened late last year and serves an Italian and seafood-heavy menu, is reopening at 3 p.m. on June 8, featuring a 100-seat patio with tables spaced at least eight feet apart. Later in the summer, Dryft will add an outdoor bar area, subject to the state’s guidelines.
Faces Brewing Co.
50 Pleasant St., Malden
Malden’s brand new brewpub has debuted its beer garden, offering a number of its own beers on draft (some New England IPAs, a mango blackberry kettle sour, and more) and a menu of pretzels, flatbreads, fried chicken sandwiches, and other beer-friendly food.
112 Rantoul St., Beverly
Chef Frank McClelland’s restaurant opened in late 2019 and is debuting outdoor dining for the first time on June 8.
45 Pleasant St., Malden
Outdoor dining and takeout have resumed as of June 11, with limited hours to start (4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday). The patio currently seats 20. On days when the weather isn’t patio-friendly, takeout will still be available — phone only for now, but online ordering is coming soon.
Jake N Joes
475 Providence Hwy., Norwood; 25 Foxborough Blvd., Foxborough; 70 Market Place Rd., Waltham; 230 Mishawum Rd., Woburn; 551 John Mahar Hwy., Braintree
The local casual chain is opening the patios at all locations on June 10 at 3 p.m. Reservations encouraged but not required. Open daily.
13 Central St., Wellesley
The patio is open from noon to 9 p.m. daily, except for Sunday, when it’s open from 4 to 8 p.m. Reserve online.
89 Pleasant St., South Natick
The farm, which also has brewing and cider-making facilities onsite, is opening for outdoor dining on June 12, allowing customers to sit at picnic tables to drink Lookout’s beverages and eat New England food showcasing the farm’s own produce and other locally sourced goods. Reservations encouraged. More details here.
122 Water St., Plymouth (Waterfront); 3 Village Green North, Plymouth (Pinehills)
Both Plymouth locations of the small local Italian chain have opened their patios as of June 8.
23 Mill Wharf Plaza, Scituate
The waterfront patio is open for lunch and dinner daily; reservations required. Note: The deck can get chilly — wear layers. Takeout is also available.
Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub
65 Massachusetts locations
The casual Northeast chain is reopening outdoor dining areas during the week of June 8 at all Massachusetts locations except for Holyoke (for now). Happy your appetizer specials will be available between 2 and 5 p.m. See the Ninety Nine website for locations, hours, and other info.
556 Adams St., Milton
Novara’s patio opens on the evening on June 8, and the restaurant is also working with the town to expand outdoor dining into an adjacent parking lot.
210 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill
See details in the Boston section above — the Fenway location is also reopening.
19 3rd Ave., Burlington
The patio opens at 4 p.m. on June 8.
Patriot Place Restaurants
2 Patriot Pl., Foxborough
Several restaurants at the Patriot Place shopping and dining complex (and home to Gillette Stadium) are reopening for outdoor dining: Tavolino’s patio is open as of June 8 and will operate on weekdays from 4 to 9 p.m. and weekends from 1 to 9 p.m. CBS Sporting Club, Scorpion Bar, Six String Grill & Stage, and Wormtown Brewery will open patios later in the week of June 8. Skipjack’s will open its patio on June 16, from 3 to 9 p.m.
Smith & Wollensky
583 Washington St., Wellesley
Smith & Wollensky’s Wellesley and Boston locations are reopening their patios on June 10. The Wellesley location has patios in front and back and will operate from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily. This location will also offer online ordering for takeout as of June 10, including the full lunch and dinner menus, grill kits, bottled wine at a 25% discount, and more.
Solea Restaurant & Tapas Bar
388 Moody St., Waltham
Solea is among the Moody Street restaurants able to build an outdoor dining area right on the street, part of which has been temporarily blocked to allow for this. The restaurant is currently operating from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Reservations recommended.
Steel & Rye
95 Eliot St., Milton
The restaurant’s 70-seat patio is open daily at 11 a.m., spreading across part of the parking lot. Bakery items, lunch, and dinner are available. First come, first served.
10 Cordage Park Circle, Plymouth
The patio is open as of June 8 at the Plymouth restaurant, which serves pizzas, entrees such as fish tacos and lasagna Bolognese, and more, as well as cocktails.
2400 District Ave., Burlington
The Burlington location of Tuscan Kitchen will open its patio on Monday, June 8, at 3 p.m., serving its full menu daily. It will be open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 9 p.m. on weekends. The restaurant is also exploring the possibility of expanding its outdoor dining to its front and back lawns. Walk-ins accepted, but diners can also call ahead day-of to be added to the seating list (781-365-2800). (Tuscan Kitchen’s Boston location, which is in the Seaport District, is awaiting approval to create an outdoor dining area along Seaport Boulevard.)
19 Shipyard Dr., Hingham
The original Wahlburgers location will open its patio seating as soon as allowed and is working with the town of Hingham to see if it’s possible to add any additional seating in and around the existing area. A limited menu is available to start. Takeout and delivery continue to be available, too.
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