It’s a strange time to be dining out, to put it mildly. Some vestiges of patio season will persist throughout the winter, and some indoor dining rooms are opening back up, but not all restaurants — and not all customers — are ready to go inside.
The Eater Boston team has been using the last nine months to hone our home-cooking skills and to explore the best of what the Boston area has to offer via takeout and delivery. Here’s a growing collection of our pandemic-era favorites so far, with details on each restaurant’s current status in terms of takeout and delivery availability, outdoor seating, and indoor seating. Note that this should not be taken as endorsement for dining indoors, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in the area, please visit the Massachusetts coronavirus website.
Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.
See also: For some of our pre-COVID takeout and delivery favorites, check out our end-of-2019 roundup — lots of great choices we just haven’t had a chance to revisit lately. For current roundups of takeout and delivery staples in a variety of neighborhoods and categories, check out this landing page. Join our Facebook group to discuss your own takeout and delivery staples with Eater staff and readers.
This map was originally published on July 16, 2020; we’re occasionally adding updates during the pandemic, and the date of the most recent update can be found above.