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Kristin Teig

15 Delightful Hidden Patios Around Boston

Dine outside in charmingly secluded spots

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Oleana’s patio
| Kristin Teig

Patio season in Boston is a glorious time — and it’s here, sort of. Boston just resumed the outdoor dining program it created last year to make it easier for restaurants to create outdoor dining spaces, which is great, but this post focuses on dedicated patios.

Many restaurants offer sidewalk dining or patios out front, right in the thick of all the action in the neighborhood (especially now that the city has made it easier for restaurants to do so). But sometimes when the patio mood strikes, you're looking for a bit of seclusion in a quiet garden hidden from the busy street, or in a pleasant alleyway, or in an enclosed courtyard.

Here are some lovely Boston-area patios that are off the beaten path, worth seeking out when you want to peacefully dine al fresco. (Looking for rooftop patios? Find those here.)

See also: The Eater Boston Outdoor Dining Guide for 2021

Please note that a number of Massachusetts restaurants have resumed dine-in service. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, 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. At the moment, restaurants in Massachusetts must place all tables six feet apart. All that said, there are still risks involved with outdoor dining. Masks still have to come off for eating and drinking; small outdoor tables and patios often don’t allow for proper social distancing, especially while meeting with friends or family from another household; and if alcohol is involved, people tend to let their guards down.

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This map was originally published on May 11, 2016; it is updated periodically, and the date of the most recent update appears above.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Daddy Jones

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525 Medford St
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 690-9095
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Eat spanakopita, saganaki, loukoumades, and other Greek favorites on this colorful and sunny Magoun Square patio. And don’t miss Daddy Jones’ several burger options — they’re among the best in town.

The Daddy Jones patio isn’t up and running just yet, but should be as of April 1.

2. Gran Gusto

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90 Sherman St
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 441-0400
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Located in a quiet, mostly residential section of Cambridge, Gran Gusto makes some of the best Neapolitan pizza in the area, and it also has a nice patio out front — one small section is a bit enclosed by trellises while a larger section is uncovered aside from some umbrellas.

The patio at Gran Gusto is currently open, weather permitting. Diners are encouraged to make reservations.

The Gran Gusto patio
The Gran Gusto patio
Gran Gusto/Official Site

3. Bow Market

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1 Bow Market Way
Somerville, MA 02143

There is so so so much to eat and drink at Bow Market in Somerville’s Union Square neighborhood. It’s less of a patio and more of a courtyard, but that’s great because it means there is more space to remain socially distant while enjoying a beer from Remnant Brewing or a South Shore-style bar pizza from Hot Box. Bonus: there are tables with miniature fire pits in the middle to keep you warm on cold spring nights.

The courtyard at Bow Market is currently open.

4. Brewer's Fork

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7 Moulton St
Charlestown, MA 02129
(617) 337-5703
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Located in an area without too many dining options (although that is changing), Brewer’s Fork has made itself quite a destination, serving up irresistible pizzas, one of the best beer lists around, and more. The patio, too, is a standout. It seats around 40, it has some heating, and it’s uncovered, so bring sunglasses.

The Brewer’s Fork patio is currently open.

The Brewer's Fork patio
The Brewer's Fork patio
The Brewer’s Fork/Facebook

5. Atwood’s Tavern

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877 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02141
(617) 864-2792
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East Cambridge hideaway Atwood’s Tavern is known for having excellent beer options and a satisfying menu of comfort food. The patio, which is located away from the street and is heated, is an intimate backyard space.

The patio is currently open, and is primarily first come, first served, but reservations for the so-called “VIP Spot” can be made here.

The Atwood’s Tavern patio
The Atwood’s Tavern patio
Atwood’s Tavern/Facebook

6. Oleana

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134 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 661-0505
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One of the most beautiful patios in the area can be found at Oleana in Cambridge, where diners can enjoy chef Ana Sortun’s award-winning Mediterranean cuisine in a garden-like setting behind the restaurant. Save room for dessert: the baked Alaska with coconut ice cream — an iconic local dish — is not to be missed.

The Oleana patio is currently open, and reservations can be made here.

The Oleana patio
The Oleana patio
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7. KO Catering & Pies

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16, 256 Marginal Street
East Boston, MA 02128
(617) 418-5234
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Located in an artsy shipyard with stunning views of downtown Boston, the East Boston location of Australian meat pie joint KO Catering & Pies has an enviable patio worth the trek it takes to find it.

The patio at KO is currently open, but get there ASAP: the restaurant is up for sale, and will be closing at the end of 2021.

The KO Pies patio in East Boston
The KO Pies patio in East Boston
KO Pies [Official Photo]

8. Devlin's

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332 Washington St
Brighton, MA 02135
(617) 779-8822
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This one’s quite sizable for a hidden patio, but it’s away from the street, set back down an alleyway next to the restaurant. The Devlin’s patio features a mix of covered and uncovered sections. Patio seating is first come, first served.

The Devlin’s patio is currently open.

9. Select Oyster Bar

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50 Gloucester St
Boston, MA 02115
(857) 239-8064
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Tucked behind the restaurant, the Select Oyster Bar patio has a dark and moody feel with a covering and sparse lighting. Bright artwork adorns the nearby brick wall. Bring a date and share caviar service or a big raw bar platter.

Select plans to reopen its patio on April 1.

The Select Oyster Bar patio
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10. Porto

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Ring Rd
Boston, MA 02199
(617) 536-1234
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Porto — the Mediterranean seafood restaurant from the Trade team (Jody Adams, Eric Papachristos, and Sean Griffing) — features an oasis of a patio in Back Bay, up above street level and full of cozy lounge furniture and bar. A retractable awning provides sun protection when needed, and a television comes out for special events.

Porto has been closed for the winter, but plans to resume operations on April 1, including patio service. Reservations can be made here.

11. Audubon

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838 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 421-1910
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Right near Fenway, Trina’s Starlite sibling Audubon is an energy-packed spot on game days or any time. The uncovered, bamboo-filled patio behind the restaurant is enclosed by a tall fence, giving it a secluded feel.

Audubon plans to reopen its patio on April 1.

The Audubon patio
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12. B&G Oysters

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550 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 423-0550
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The pretty sunken patio at B&G Oysters has lots of greenery, a mix of sunny and shady spots, and heat lamps when needed. Why not indulge in one of the best lobster rolls in town on it?

The patio at B&G is currently open, and reservations can be made here. Note: patio availability is weather dependent.

The B&G Oysters patio
The B&G Oysters patio
Susie Cushner/B&G Oysters

13. SRV

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569 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 536-9500
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The pleasant string light-bedecked, 40-seat patio behind the restaurant is surrounded by brick walls and ivy — the perfect place to enjoy SRV’s outstanding Italian small plates and pasta.

SRV’s back patio is currently open.

SRV patio
SRV patio
SRV [Official Photo]

14. Publico Street Bistro & Garden

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11 Dorchester St
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 622-5700
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Publico Street Bistro & Garden is one of the only places in town to find a European-style courtyard fully surrounded by a building. It features covered lounge areas, its own bar, and televisions.

The courtyard at Publico is currently open.

The Publico Street Bistro & Garden courtyard
The Publico Street Bistro & Garden courtyard
Brian Samuels/Publico

15. Ashmont Grill

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555 Talbot Ave
Boston, MA 02124
(617) 825-4300
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Dorchester mainstay Ashmont Grill features a lively, fenced-in patio with plenty of greenery, colorful decorations, and a great beer list.

The patio at Ashmont Grill is currently open, and reservations are encouraged. Call (617) 825-4300 to book your spot.

The Ashmont Grill patio
The Ashmont Grill patio
Ashmont Grill/Facebook

1. Daddy Jones

525 Medford St, Somerville, MA 02145

Eat spanakopita, saganaki, loukoumades, and other Greek favorites on this colorful and sunny Magoun Square patio. And don’t miss Daddy Jones’ several burger options — they’re among the best in town.

The Daddy Jones patio isn’t up and running just yet, but should be as of April 1.

525 Medford St
Somerville, MA 02145

2. Gran Gusto

90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140
The Gran Gusto patio
The Gran Gusto patio
Gran Gusto/Official Site

Located in a quiet, mostly residential section of Cambridge, Gran Gusto makes some of the best Neapolitan pizza in the area, and it also has a nice patio out front — one small section is a bit enclosed by trellises while a larger section is uncovered aside from some umbrellas.

The patio at Gran Gusto is currently open, weather permitting. Diners are encouraged to make reservations.

90 Sherman St
Cambridge, MA 02140

3. Bow Market

1 Bow Market Way, Somerville, MA 02143

There is so so so much to eat and drink at Bow Market in Somerville’s Union Square neighborhood. It’s less of a patio and more of a courtyard, but that’s great because it means there is more space to remain socially distant while enjoying a beer from Remnant Brewing or a South Shore-style bar pizza from Hot Box. Bonus: there are tables with miniature fire pits in the middle to keep you warm on cold spring nights.

The courtyard at Bow Market is currently open.

1 Bow Market Way
Somerville, MA 02143

4. Brewer's Fork

7 Moulton St, Charlestown, MA 02129
The Brewer's Fork patio
The Brewer's Fork patio
The Brewer’s Fork/Facebook

Located in an area without too many dining options (although that is changing), Brewer’s Fork has made itself quite a destination, serving up irresistible pizzas, one of the best beer lists around, and more. The patio, too, is a standout. It seats around 40, it has some heating, and it’s uncovered, so bring sunglasses.

The Brewer’s Fork patio is currently open.

7 Moulton St
Charlestown, MA 02129

5. Atwood’s Tavern

877 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141
The Atwood’s Tavern patio
The Atwood’s Tavern patio
Atwood’s Tavern/Facebook

East Cambridge hideaway Atwood’s Tavern is known for having excellent beer options and a satisfying menu of comfort food. The patio, which is located away from the street and is heated, is an intimate backyard space.

The patio is currently open, and is primarily first come, first served, but reservations for the so-called “VIP Spot” can be made here.

877 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02141

6. Oleana

134 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139
The Oleana patio
The Oleana patio
Kristin Teig/Oleana

One of the most beautiful patios in the area can be found at Oleana in Cambridge, where diners can enjoy chef Ana Sortun’s award-winning Mediterranean cuisine in a garden-like setting behind the restaurant. Save room for dessert: the baked Alaska with coconut ice cream — an iconic local dish — is not to be missed.

The Oleana patio is currently open, and reservations can be made here.

134 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA 02139

7. KO Catering & Pies

16, 256 Marginal Street, East Boston, MA 02128
The KO Pies patio in East Boston
The KO Pies patio in East Boston
KO Pies [Official Photo]

Located in an artsy shipyard with stunning views of downtown Boston, the East Boston location of Australian meat pie joint KO Catering & Pies has an enviable patio worth the trek it takes to find it.

The patio at KO is currently open, but get there ASAP: the restaurant is up for sale, and will be closing at the end of 2021.

16, 256 Marginal Street
East Boston, MA 02128

8. Devlin's

332 Washington St, Brighton, MA 02135

This one’s quite sizable for a hidden patio, but it’s away from the street, set back down an alleyway next to the restaurant. The Devlin’s patio features a mix of covered and uncovered sections. Patio seating is first come, first served.

The Devlin’s patio is currently open.

332 Washington St
Brighton, MA 02135

9. Select Oyster Bar

50 Gloucester St, Boston, MA 02115
The Select Oyster Bar patio
Select Oyster Bar/Facebook

Tucked behind the restaurant, the Select Oyster Bar patio has a dark and moody feel with a covering and sparse lighting. Bright artwork adorns the nearby brick wall. Bring a date and share caviar service or a big raw bar platter.

Select plans to reopen its patio on April 1.

50 Gloucester St
Boston, MA 02115

10. Porto

Ring Rd, Boston, MA 02199

Porto — the Mediterranean seafood restaurant from the Trade team (Jody Adams, Eric Papachristos, and Sean Griffing) — features an oasis of a patio in Back Bay, up above street level and full of cozy lounge furniture and bar. A retractable awning provides sun protection when needed, and a television comes out for special events.

Porto has been closed for the winter, but plans to resume operations on April 1, including patio service. Reservations can be made here.

Ring Rd
Boston, MA 02199

11. Audubon

838 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02215
The Audubon patio
Audubon/Instagram

Right near Fenway, Trina’s Starlite sibling Audubon is an energy-packed spot on game days or any time. The uncovered, bamboo-filled patio behind the restaurant is enclosed by a tall fence, giving it a secluded feel.

Audubon plans to reopen its patio on April 1.

838 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02215

12. B&G Oysters

550 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116
The B&G Oysters patio
The B&G Oysters patio
Susie Cushner/B&G Oysters

The pretty sunken patio at B&G Oysters has lots of greenery, a mix of sunny and shady spots, and heat lamps when needed. Why not indulge in one of the best lobster rolls in town on it?

The patio at B&G is currently open, and reservations can be made here. Note: patio availability is weather dependent.

550 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116

13. SRV

569 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118
SRV patio
SRV patio
SRV [Official Photo]

The pleasant string light-bedecked, 40-seat patio behind the restaurant is surrounded by brick walls and ivy — the perfect place to enjoy SRV’s outstanding Italian small plates and pasta.

SRV’s back patio is currently open.

569 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02118

14. Publico Street Bistro & Garden

11 Dorchester St, Boston, MA 02127
The Publico Street Bistro & Garden courtyard
The Publico Street Bistro & Garden courtyard
Brian Samuels/Publico

Publico Street Bistro & Garden is one of the only places in town to find a European-style courtyard fully surrounded by a building. It features covered lounge areas, its own bar, and televisions.

The courtyard at Publico is currently open.

11 Dorchester St
Boston, MA 02127

15. Ashmont Grill

555 Talbot Ave, Boston, MA 02124
The Ashmont Grill patio
The Ashmont Grill patio
Ashmont Grill/Facebook

Dorchester mainstay Ashmont Grill features a lively, fenced-in patio with plenty of greenery, colorful decorations, and a great beer list.

The patio at Ashmont Grill is currently open, and reservations are encouraged. Call (617) 825-4300 to book your spot.

555 Talbot Ave
Boston, MA 02124

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