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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Brewer's Fork

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7 Moulton St
Charlestown, MA 02129
(617) 337-5703
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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.

2. MAST'

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45 Province St
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 936-3800
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MAST' is already open for the season on any day that weather permits, co-owner John DeSimone confirmed on March 29. The 40-seat patio (which can accommodate larger groups for standing events) has the same hours and menu as the restaurant.

"The patio gets a lot of sun," said DeSimone. "When the wind is not too gusty, we provide umbrella service." He also noted that the patio — "a beautiful private 'terrace' overlooking Province Street" — features "the actual steps to the Province House of the late 1700s, once located at this location."

Attributes: Dollar oysters (on Mondays starting in May); group-friendly (call to make arrangements ahead of time for large groups); heated; reservations accepted (use OpenTable or call); stroller-friendly.

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3. Outlook Kitchen and Bar

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70 Sleeper Street
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 338-3030
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Outlook's 50-seat patio is open for the season on days when it's not raining and the temperature's above 60 degrees. It operates from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily (last seating at 9 p.m.) and offers the same menu as the restaurant.

It tends to be sunny, and umbrellas are available. No patio reservations are taken; it's first come, first served for groups of all sizes.

Attributes: Group-friendly; stroller-friendly.

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4. Besito (Chestnut Hill)

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199 Boylston St
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
(617) 527-1155
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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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5. Branch Line

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321 Arsenal St
Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 420-1900
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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.

6. Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

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1310 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 450-9000
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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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7. Coppersmith

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40 W 3rd St
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 658-3452
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Coppersmith's patio and Airdeck (the rooftop with an Airstream bar and picnic tables) have opened for the season; double-check on social media to make sure they're open on a particular day (when the weather is nice enough). The Airdeck fits 115, while the patio fits 75. Both locations offer a good mix of sun and shade, and there are umbrellas.

While diners are welcome to get food from the cafe and sit outside any time, there are dedicated bartenders on the patio and Airdeck from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The patio menu is the same as inside the restaurant, and later in the spring, there will be a special menu for the Airdeck.

Attributes: Communal tables; group-friendly; reservations accepted; stroller-friendly (and there's an elevator up to the Airdeck)

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8. Dillon's

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955 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 421-1818
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The 80-seat Dillon's patio is open year-round. "We even filled up in December when we hit 60 degrees," said general manager Elizabeth Broyles. The patio closes at midnight nightly and serves the same menu as inside the restaurant. A lattice around the space provides a little bit of shade during the day.

No reservations, but Dillon's is happy to book parties and events for the patio.

Attributes: Group-friendly; heated; stroller-friendly.

9. Five Horses Tavern (South End)

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535 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 936-3930
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Open whenever weather permits, the 24-seat patio at Five Horses Tavern's South End location has the same hours and menu as the restaurant. It's a sunny spot, and a few of the tables have umbrellas. No reservations.

Attributes: Dog-friendly; group-friendly (but no reservations); heated; stroller-friendly.

10. Granary Tavern

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170 Milk St
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 449-7110
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This 60-seat patio is open until midnight (while the restaurant stays open until 2 a.m.). In the event of rain or too much sun, there's umbrella coverage for the majority of the patio. No reservations are taken, and it's not really a good fit for groups — keep it to eight or fewer.

Attributes: None of the specific ones we're listing on this map, but it's a good people-watching spot due to its Greenway location.

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11. Sterling's

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60 State St
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 531-8200
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This is a big one — 180 seats, including a 30-seat full bar with televisions. The patio is uncovered, so you'll find plenty of sun depending on the day and time. You may hear nearby street musicians. The menu is the same as inside the restaurant, but the hours are slightly different — the patio closes at 1 a.m. while the restaurant stays open until 2 a.m.

While patio reservations are not officially taken, the restaurant accommodates requests when possible.

Attributes: Communal tables; games available (cornhole); group-friendly (email krista@irishconnection.com to make large group arrangements).

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12. Tasty Burger (Back Bay)

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145 Dartmouth St
Boston, MA 02116

Tasty Burger Back Bay's 20-seat patio is a new addition this year.

Attributes: Group-friendly (but no reservations); stroller-friendly.

13. Tasty Burger (Dudley Square)

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2200 Washington St
Boston, MA 02119

Tasty Burger's newest location has a tiny patio (six seats). No reservations.

Attributes: Stroller-friendly.

14. Tasty Burger (Fenway)

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1301 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 425-4444
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Tasty Burger's original Fenway location has space for 30 in its parking lot patio. Put your order in at the takeout window — head inside the restaurant if you'd rather have a full-service experience. No patio reservations.

Attributes: Communal tables; group-friendly (but no reservations); stroller-friendly.

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15. Tasty Burger (Harvard Square)

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40 JFK St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 425-4444
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Newly expanded this year, the umbrella-bedecked Tasty Burger Harvard Square patio now fits around 50 — and there's some prime park space diagonally across the street if you'd rather find more greenery.

Attributes: Group-friendly (but no reservations); stroller-friendly.

The patio in 2015/Provided

16. Bistro du Midi

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272 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 426-7878
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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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17. Boston Chops

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1375 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 227-5011
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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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18. Cask 'n Flagon (Fenway)

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62 Brookline Ave
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 536-4840
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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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19. Deuxave

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371 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 517-5915
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Enjoy Deuxave's ritzy full menu on the 20-seat patio.

Attributes: Dog-friendly (if tied up outside the patio).

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20. Legal Crossing

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558 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 692-8888
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This Downtown Crossing offshoot of Legal Sea Foods features a long, narrow sidewalk dining area populated exclusively by two-tops, each with its own umbrella. It's open for the season, as long as weather permits.

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

21. Legal Harborside

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270 Northen Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 477-2900
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The three-story Legal Harborside, considered to be the flagship Legal Sea Foods location, has a different concept and opportunity for outdoor dining on each level. The first floor, which has a patio on the HarborWalk, is a casual oyster bar. The second floor is the spot to go for a more upscale dining experience, and the patio has a fireplace and harbor views. The third floor is a roof deck with sandwiches, sushi, and more, along with cocktails that can be served by the glass, half-pitcher, or full-pitcher. There are also boozy slushies. All floors have opened for the season, weather-permitting.

Attributes: Dog-friendly on the ground level (a reader reports calling ahead to reserve a spot on the perimeter of the HarborWalk patio in order to tie up the dog on the outside of the rope); heated (fireplaces on the second and third floor, and the third floor can be full enclosed).

22. Legal on the Mystic

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301 Great River Rd
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 337-4088
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Located at Somerville's ever-growing Assembly Row development by the Mystic River, this Legal Sea Foods offshoot has a 36-seat patio underneath a 20-foot tulip umbrella.

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

23. Legal Sea Foods (South Shore Place, Braintree)

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30 Forbes Rd
Braintree, MA 02184
(781) 817-1292
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Enjoy Legal Sea Foods classics on this 43-seat, second-story patio.

Attributes: Heated.

24. Legal Test Kitchen

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225 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 330-7430
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At Legal Sea Foods' more boundary-pushing incarnation, the all-weather patio can be covered and enclosed when necessary.

Attributes: Heated (and can be covered or fully enclosed depending on weather).

25. Precinct Kitchen & Bar

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154 Berkeley St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 532-3827
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The two-sided sunken patio at Precinct seats 100 people total. No reservations, but you can request a patio seat, and they'll try to accommodate. There are two 55-inch televisions.

Attributes: Communal tables (one); dollar oysters (4 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily); games available (jumbo Jenga and cornhole); group-friendly (a mix of small and large tables).

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26. River Bar

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661 Assembly Row
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 616-5561
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River Bar's patio is covered and heated in the colder months, but it's now in summer mode, uncovered and with wide-open Mystic River views. Measuring 2,600 square feet, it seats 123 and features an outdoor bar, couches, and fire pits.

Attributes: Heated (two fire pits, and there are heaters around the outdoor bar).

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27. The Palm Restaurant Boston

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1 International Pl
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 867-9292
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Recently renovated, The Palm's enclosed patio is open year-round (and the glass walls retract in warmer weather). It can seat 72 (or up to 100 for a cocktail reception). Views of the Greenway.

Attributes: Group-friendly (call for private rentals); heated; reservations accepted (call).

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28. Hojoko

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1271 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 670-0507
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Located at the Verb Hotel, Hojoko has two patios, each with a 50-person capacity. The year-round front patio is covered but open air, and the sunny poolside patio has retractable awnings. Neither takes normal reservations (the restaurant as a whole only accepts walk-ins), but call or consult the website for information on booking private events for either patio.

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

The poolside patio/Kristin Teig

29. Barcelona Wine Bar (Brookline)

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1700 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 264-8900
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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.

30. Barcelona Wine Bar (South End)

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525 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 266-2600
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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.

31. The Salty Pig

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130 Dartmouth St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-6200
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In the heart of Back Bay — right across from the T, in fact — The Salty Pig has an umbrella-bedecked, 60-seat patio. It closes at 11 p.m. nightly. No patio reservations, but they try to accommodate preferences.

Attributes: Dog-friendly; group-friendly (but no reservations); stroller-friendly.

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32. Russell House Tavern

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14 JFK St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 500-6055
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Decorated with string lights, the narrow Russell House Tavern patio is full of exposed brick and has space for ten tables. It tends to be shady thanks to its position between two buildings.

Attributes: Communal tables; dollar oysters (nightly after 11 p.m.); group-friendly; heated; stroller-friendly.

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33. Naco Taco

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297 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 945-1548
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Currently open on nice enough days. Owner Alex Tannenbaum anticipates that it'll be open daily starting on May 1. The 100-seat patio is open until midnight and features umbrellas, string lights, a fun soundtrack, and a food trailer where you can see some of the kitchen action. New this season, there's an outdoor bar section — and the restaurant recently upgraded from a beer & wine license to full liquor.

Attributes: Communal tables; stroller-friendly.

34. Trade

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540 Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 451-1234
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Located on the Greenway, the 70-seat Trade patio is sunny through most of the afternoon and evening, but there are umbrellas for some shade.

Attributes: Dog-friendly; group-friendly (call on the same day to make arrangements for a large group); heated; stroller-friendly.

35. Moonshine 152

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152 Dorchester Ave
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 752-4191
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Open until midnight every night, the Moonshine 152 patio seats 30. It's got umbrellas, Christmas lights, greenery, and plenty of sun. First come, first served.

Attributes: Dog-friendly; group-friendly (call ahead); stroller-friendly.

36. Firebrand Saints

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1 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02142
(617) 401-3399
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Shaded by umbrellas, this 60-seat Kendall Square patio has dollar oysters every night, plus pitchers of what the restaurant calls a "white trash" margarita (tequila, PBR, Minute Maid limeade).

Attributes: Communal tables; dollar oysters (every day after 9 p.m., inside and outside the restaurant); group-friendly (call first for large groups).

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37. Parish Cafe I

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361 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 247-4777
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Located in the heart of Back Bay, this popular patio has plenty of umbrellas and is constantly packed for weekday lunches. The casual spot is known for its sandwiches, which were created by a variety of notable chefs around town.

Attributes: None of the specifics that we're tracking here.

38. Parish Cafe II

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493 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 391-0501
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Sandwiches in the sun in the South End. This location offers a few sidewalk tables, while its Back Bay sibling has a more extensive patio.

Attributes: None of the specifics that we're tracking here.

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39. Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake

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384 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 859-8555

This casual Back Bay spot has two patios — one on the sidewalk and one on the roof — and it's probably the only place in town where you can eat rooftop antelope tacos. The roof seats 50 and is generally open from April through October.

Attributes: None of the specifics we're tracking.

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40. The Lower Depths

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476 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 266-6662
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This small, sunken patio features a few metal tables and chairs and a wooden bench along the perimeter. Due to its Kenmore Square location, it's a lively spot before and after Sox games. Important: The Lower Depths has six kinds of tater tots.

Attributes: None of the specifics we're tracking.

41. The Sinclair

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52 Church St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 547-5200
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The three-season, 40-seat rooftop deck is accessible from The Sinclair's second level. It includes umbrellas, heat lamps, and a garden of herbs and vegetables that make their way into some of the restaurant's dishes.

A number of events take place on the patio throughout the year; keep an eye on The Sinclair's social media channels for news of events like clambakes and movie nights.

Attributes: Group-friendly (reservations encouraged but not required); heated; reservations accepted.

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42. Café ArtScience

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650 E Kendall St
Cambridge, MA 02142
(857) 999-2193
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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.

43. Row 34

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383 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 553-5900
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Row 34's covered patio seats 50 and offers the full food and drink menu — plus, there are two wine taps outside. (There's also a hop garden.) When the weather is really bad, the patio can be enclosed. The covering provides plenty of shade on hot summer days, and heaters keep things warm on cooler days.

Attributes: Group-friendly (reservations highly encouraged); heated; reservations accepted (call).

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