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The patio at Brewer's Fork in Charlestown
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These 120+ Patios Are Officially Open for 2016

As Boston-area patios debut for the season, we'll be tracking them right here, along with all the pertinent details. It's time to dine al fresco.

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As patios debut for the season, we'll be tracking them right here, so let us know if something's missing. In each patio's description, we're noting a variety of attributes — dog-friendly, dollar oysters, reservations accepted, stroller-friendly, group-friendly, heated, games available, communal tables — so depending on your computer, you should be able to control-F or command-F your way to glory to find each patio with the attribute that interests you. Just search for any of those phrases.

We're also including pertinent details about hours and menu if different from inside the restaurant, notes on how shady or sunny each patio is, and more.

Go forth and dine al fresco.

Map points are listed alphabetically, not ranked.

This map was originally published on April 15, 2016. Date of most recent update appears above. For more patio dining information, check the Outdoor Dining Week archive.

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Located near the Quincy Center T, this steakhouse features a rooftop with its own bar and plenty of greenery.

Attributes: Dollar oysters (every Tuesday, while supplies last); group-friendly.

Alibi Bar and Lounge

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This patio is officially open for the season; stay tuned for more info.

Anthem Kitchen & Bar

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Located right by Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, Anthem's 40-seat patio is open for lunch and dinner daily, as long as weather permits. There are some umbrellas to help with shade. First come, first served.

Attributes: Stroller-friendly.

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This 48-seat patio has umbrellas. And pizza, of course.

Attributes: Communal tables; dog-friendly; stroller-friendly.

ArtBar's 67-seat outdoor bar and patio features Charles River and Boston skyline views. There's also the 20-seat Fire Pit Riverside Terrace, new this year. Weather-permitting, ArtBar's outdoor dining space is available at breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner — the same hours as the restaurant. The full menu is available inside out, and there's also a special fire pit menu with shared plates served in campfire skillets. (Fire pit dishes include chilaquiles with pulled duck confit, loaded fries, and a s'mores skiller.) There are optional umbrellas when shade is needed.

Attributes: Communal tables; dollar oysters (weekdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., along with dollar shrimp and dollar sliders); group-friendly (call ahead); heated (fire pit); reservations accepted; stroller-friendly.

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Ashmont Grill

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This patio is officially open for the season; stay tuned for more info.

B&G Oysters

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B&G Oyster's sunken patio is one of the prettiest patios in town with string lights above and greenery peeking over the wall. The partially covered patio seats 25-30 and is open daily for lunch and dinner, as long as weather permits.

Attributes: Group-friendly (email events@bandgoysters.com to book a private event); reservations accepted; stroller-friendly.

Bar Boulud

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This 30-seat patio — or "terrace," if you're feeling French — resides on the Boylston Street sidewalk and is open from noon to 10 p.m., with the last seating at 9 p.m. It tends to get sunny in the afternoon, and umbrellas are available. First come, first served.

Attributes: Communal tables; dog-friendly; group-friendly (contact Samantha Harrison at sharrison@mohg.com or (617) 603-2939 to book a private event); heated; stroller-friendly.

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Barcelona Wine Bar (Brookline)

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The Brookline location of Barcelona Wine Bar has a 70-seat patio, plus a side cocktail patio. Outdoor seating is available on days when the temperature is at least 55 degrees, and blankets are available. Awnings cover part of the patio. No patio reservations, but if you request it, they'll try to accommodate.

Attributes: Group-friendly (call first); heated; stroller-friendly.

Barcelona Wine Bar (South End)

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As of early April 2016, the South End location of Barcelona Wine Bar has opened its 54-seat patio for the season; seating is available on days that are sufficiently warm. (There are blankets available, though, if you do get a little chilly.) There's a partial roof and umbrellas available for shade. No patio reservations, but if you request it, they'll try to accommodate.

Attributes: Group-friendly (call first); stroller-friendly.

Barlow's Restaurant

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Attributes: Dollar oysters (Mondays).

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Battery Park Bar & Lounge

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Besito (Chestnut Hill)

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This comfortable 34-seat patio is fully covered and includes fans and a fireplace. It's also enclosed by foliage. Patio perks include the use of sunglass cleaner on sunny days and sarapes on cool nights.

Attributes: Dog-friendly; group-friendly (it's recommended to call ahead for larger groups); stroller-friendly.

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Bistro du Midi

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The 20-seat patio, which has an awning, has great views of the Public Garden. For those attending a show (nearby theatres include the Colonial Theatre, Boston Opera House, and Charles Playhouse), there's a special deal: $49 prix fixe (per person) and half-off valet. You must present your ticket for the show.

Attributes: Dog-friendly.

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Boston Burger Company

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Boston Chops

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This 28-seat patio is open from April 1 to October 31, and an awning provides shade.

Attributes: None of the specific ones that we're tracking, but if you're looking for a classy steak dinner with South End views, this is your patio.

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Branch Line

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Branch Line's 60-seat, year-round patio is heated and covered; in warmer weather, the sides roll up, revealing an open terrace. Its adjacent bocce court is open when there's no rain or snow. Aside from the uncovered tables around the bocce court, the patio is shady thanks to the covering.

Attributes: Communal tables; games available (bocce); group-friendly (reservations recommended, especially for groups of five or more, and full buyouts are available for events); heated; reservations accepted (call); stroller-friendly.

Brasserie Jo

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Brasserie Jo's 14-seat patio is shaded with umbrellas and features new custom furniture this year.

Attributes: Group-friendly (call ahead); reservations accepted (call ahead); stroller-friendly.

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Brewer's Fork

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"Our patio is open and ready to rock," said co-owner Michael Cooney on March 29. "We have had some great days and nights already. It really is up to our customers whether they want to throw on a sweatshirt or wait for a really warm day/night."

The 40-seat patio, which has plenty of umbrellas available, has the same hours and menu as inside the restaurant. As for ambiance: "When sitting on our patio, people tell us they feel like they could be anywhere," said Cooney. "Maine, Oregon, Europe. You are totally surrounded by greens and vegetables in the garden. It is a great getaway from the city (except in the city)."

Reservations are not accepted for any size party, but it's a good idea to call ahead of time if you're bringing over a large group.

Attributes: Communal tables; group-friendly; stroller-friendly.

Bronwyn

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This pretty Union Square biergarten is cozy, full of greenery and string lights. Make new friends at your communal table, and make sure to save room for plenty of beer and a pretzel.

Attributes: Communal tables; dog-friendly.

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Burger Dive

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This fast-casual burger joint at Somerville's Assembly Row offers first come, first served patio seating with a capacity of 80. The patio is mostly sunny throughout the day, and there are some umbrellas available for shade. Water views and proximity to shopping. There's beer, wine, and spiked milkshakes.

Attributes: Group-friendly (call ahead — accommodations can be made for large groups); heated; stroller-friendly.

Café ArtScience

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Cafe ArtScience's sunny 18-seat patio is open for lunch, midday service, and dinner, as long as the weather is nice enough.

Attributes: Group-friendly (reservations encouraged); reservations accepted; stroller-friendly.

Cambridge Brewing Company

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This patio is officially open for the season; stay tuned for more info.

Cambridge Common

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This patio is open for the season; stay tuned for more info.

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Canary Square

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This patio is officially open for the season; stay tuned for more info.

Cask 'n Flagon (Fenway)

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Open since 1969, Cask 'n Flagon is right in the heart of the Fenway action. The patio is open for the season on days that the weather permits. All food is nut-free, and a large part of the menu can be made gluten-free.

Attributes: None of the specific ones that we're tracking.

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Cask 'n Flagon (Marshfield)

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The Marshfield location of Cask 'n Flagon features a patio with lounge seating and a pair of televisions. All food is nut-free, and many items can be made gluten-free.

Attributes: Heated (partially — there's a fireplace).

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Christopher's Restaurant & Bar

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This 24-seat, umbrella-bedecked patio is located right in the heart of Cambridge's Porter Square.

Attributes: Stroller-friendly (for parties of four or fewer).

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Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

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This 36-seat patio, open on days when the weather is nice enough, offers the full restaurant menu. No reservations available, but call ahead if you're coming with a big group. The restaurant's roof hangs over the patio, providing some shade.

Attributes: Group-friendly.

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Common Ground (Allston)

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This patio is officially open for the season; stay tuned for more info.

Common Ground (Arlington)

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This patio is officially open for the season; stay tuned for more info.