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Oleana’s patio.
Kristin Teig

Greater Boston’s Most Delightful Hidden Patios

Dine outside in charmingly secluded spots

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Oleana’s patio.
| Kristin Teig

Patio season in Boston is a too-brief but glorious time, and now it’s in full swing for summer 2022. Many restaurants offer charming sidewalk dining or patios out front, right in the thick of all the action in the neighborhood, 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 alfresco. (Looking for rooftop patios? Find those here.)

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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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Daddy Jones

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Eat spanakopita, lamb burgers, gyros, and other Greek favorites on Daddy Jones’s colorful and sunny Magoun Square patio. Walk-ins only.

Overhead view of a restaurant patio with an assortment of colorful metal chairs, round white tables, trees, and umbrellas.
The patio at Daddy Jones.
Daddy Jones

Gran Gusto

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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.

A small restaurant patio has a white wooden trellis overhead and a brick floor, with some greenery surrounding it.
The Gran Gusto patio.
Gran Gusto

Brewer's Fork

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Located in an area without too many dining options, Brewer’s Fork has made itself quite a destination, serving up irresistible pizzas, one of the best beer lists around, and more. The family-friendly patio, too, is a standout. It’s uncovered, so bring sunglasses. (A little less hidden, check out the patio at Brewer’s Fork sibling Dovetail nearby in the Navy Yard for steak frites, pasta, and more.)

A small restaurant patio, set up against a red brick building, features wooden tables, string lights, and trees lining the edge.
The Brewer’s Fork patio.
Brewer’s Fork

Atwood’s Tavern

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East Cambridge restaurant, bar, and music venue Atwood’s Tavern is known for having excellent beer options and a satisfying menu of comfort food, made with lots of locally sourced ingredients. The patio, which is located away from the street and is heated, is an intimate backyard space. Dog-friendly (for “friendly dogs”); no reservations.

A restaurant patio features weathered picnic tables, string lights, and lots of potted plants and small trees.
The Atwood’s Tavern patio.
Atwood’s Tavern

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. Patio seating is in high demand and is first come, first served; good luck.

An outdoor restaurant patio features small wooden tables on a brick surface, heat lamps, and lush greenery.
The Oleana patio.
Kristin Teig/Oleana

Seabiscuit

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Located in an artsy shipyard with stunning views of downtown Boston, East Boston’s Seabiscuit serves excellent Australian meat pies — carrying on the tradition and recipes of the space’s former occupant, KO Catering & Pies — and an enviable year-round patio worth the trek it takes to find it.

Mare Oyster Bar

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Away from the street and the crowds of tourists that pack the North End on a warm day, Mare, a seafood-focused restaurant from local restaurateur Frank DePasquale, is a great option for a lounge-like feel. This outdoor space is complete with fire pits, couches, tables, and a great view of the Financial District skyline.

A restaurant’s outdoor patio with fire pits, white umbrellas, and lounge seating with red cushions
The patio at Mare Oyster Bar.
Mare Oyster Bar

Lone Star Taco Bar

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When beloved Allston bar Deep Ellum closed in 2020 after a 13-year run, its sibling and neighbor, Lone Star Taco Bar, expanded into the space — including the popular patio hidden out back — so all was not lost. Frozen margaritas and beef barbacoa tacos in the great outdoors, tucked away from the busy Allston Street? Yes, please.

Devlin's

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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, and there’s a shipping container bar. Patio seating is first come, first served.

Select Oyster Bar

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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 a big raw bar platter. (There’s also a less hidden, sunny patio out front.)

Porto — the Mediterranean seafood restaurant from the Trade team — 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. Patio-specific reservations are available.

Audubon

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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. Heaters are available in cooler weather.

Bamboo stalks and a high wooden fence surround a casual restaurant patio, with string lights hanging above.
The Audubon patio.
Audubon

B&G Oysters

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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? Reservations are available for the patio, if weather allows.

Light-colored tables and chairs sit on a nice wooden restaurant patio with trees coming over one wall and string lights above.
The B&G Oysters patio.
Susie Cushner/B&G Oysters

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 Venice-inspired small plates, pasta, and other Italian cuisine. Weather-dependent patio reservations are available via Resy and phone.

A wooden restaurant patio is surrounded on two sides by brick buildings, one covered in ivy. There are string lights above.
SRV patio.
SRV

Publico Street Bistro & Garden

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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. In colder months, it’s decorated with a ski lodge theme. Courtyard seating is first come, first served, but you can note your preference with your reservation, and the restaurant will try to accommodate.

A courtyard within a tall building features nice patio furniture, including a table under a vine-covered trellis.
The Publico Street Bistro & Garden courtyard.
Brian Samuels/Publico

Vee Vee

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Vee Vee, a longstanding neighborhood favorite in Jamaica Plain, finally debuted its brick-lined “secret patio” in spring 2022 after extensive renovations to an under-utilized courtyard. Now there’s a six-seat outdoor bar and a mix of covered and uncovered tables under string lights where folks can enjoy the seasonal American cuisine and tasty desserts, like s’mores cake. Limited outdoor dining reservations are accepted, but the bar and a few tables are set aside for walk-ins.

From the outside, you’d never know that Dbar — sibling to Boston Chops and Deuxave, and an essential piece of Boston’s gay nightlife scene — houses a gorgeous patio. The artsy oasis is fairly isolated from the bustle of Dorchester Avenue and contains a mix of covered and uncovered areas, eclectic light fixtures, murals, and greenery. Patio-specific reservations are available.

Ashmont Grill

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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. Reservations, taken by phone, are encouraged but not required.

Blue metal chairs and tables line a pleasant restaurant patio surrounded by wooden fences, lots of greenery, and a sign that says “eat.”
The Ashmont Grill patio.
Ashmont Grill

Daddy Jones

Overhead view of a restaurant patio with an assortment of colorful metal chairs, round white tables, trees, and umbrellas.
The patio at Daddy Jones.
Daddy Jones

Eat spanakopita, lamb burgers, gyros, and other Greek favorites on Daddy Jones’s colorful and sunny Magoun Square patio. Walk-ins only.

Overhead view of a restaurant patio with an assortment of colorful metal chairs, round white tables, trees, and umbrellas.
The patio at Daddy Jones.
Daddy Jones

Gran Gusto

A small restaurant patio has a white wooden trellis overhead and a brick floor, with some greenery surrounding it.
The Gran Gusto patio.
Gran Gusto

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.

A small restaurant patio has a white wooden trellis overhead and a brick floor, with some greenery surrounding it.
The Gran Gusto patio.
Gran Gusto

Brewer's Fork

A small restaurant patio, set up against a red brick building, features wooden tables, string lights, and trees lining the edge.
The Brewer’s Fork patio.
Brewer’s Fork

Located in an area without too many dining options, Brewer’s Fork has made itself quite a destination, serving up irresistible pizzas, one of the best beer lists around, and more. The family-friendly patio, too, is a standout. It’s uncovered, so bring sunglasses. (A little less hidden, check out the patio at Brewer’s Fork sibling Dovetail nearby in the Navy Yard for steak frites, pasta, and more.)

A small restaurant patio, set up against a red brick building, features wooden tables, string lights, and trees lining the edge.
The Brewer’s Fork patio.
Brewer’s Fork

Atwood’s Tavern

A restaurant patio features weathered picnic tables, string lights, and lots of potted plants and small trees.
The Atwood’s Tavern patio.
Atwood’s Tavern

East Cambridge restaurant, bar, and music venue Atwood’s Tavern is known for having excellent beer options and a satisfying menu of comfort food, made with lots of locally sourced ingredients. The patio, which is located away from the street and is heated, is an intimate backyard space. Dog-friendly (for “friendly dogs”); no reservations.

A restaurant patio features weathered picnic tables, string lights, and lots of potted plants and small trees.
The Atwood’s Tavern patio.
Atwood’s Tavern

Oleana

An outdoor restaurant patio features small wooden tables on a brick surface, heat lamps, and lush greenery.
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. Patio seating is in high demand and is first come, first served; good luck.

An outdoor restaurant patio features small wooden tables on a brick surface, heat lamps, and lush greenery.
The Oleana patio.
Kristin Teig/Oleana

Seabiscuit

Located in an artsy shipyard with stunning views of downtown Boston, East Boston’s Seabiscuit serves excellent Australian meat pies — carrying on the tradition and recipes of the space’s former occupant, KO Catering & Pies — and an enviable year-round patio worth the trek it takes to find it.

Mare Oyster Bar

A restaurant’s outdoor patio with fire pits, white umbrellas, and lounge seating with red cushions
The patio at Mare Oyster Bar.
Mare Oyster Bar

Away from the street and the crowds of tourists that pack the North End on a warm day, Mare, a seafood-focused restaurant from local restaurateur Frank DePasquale, is a great option for a lounge-like feel. This outdoor space is complete with fire pits, couches, tables, and a great view of the Financial District skyline.

A restaurant’s outdoor patio with fire pits, white umbrellas, and lounge seating with red cushions
The patio at Mare Oyster Bar.
Mare Oyster Bar

Lone Star Taco Bar

When beloved Allston bar Deep Ellum closed in 2020 after a 13-year run, its sibling and neighbor, Lone Star Taco Bar, expanded into the space — including the popular patio hidden out back — so all was not lost. Frozen margaritas and beef barbacoa tacos in the great outdoors, tucked away from the busy Allston Street? Yes, please.

Devlin's

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, and there’s a shipping container bar. Patio seating is first come, first served.

Select Oyster Bar

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 a big raw bar platter. (There’s also a less hidden, sunny patio out front.)

Porto

Porto — the Mediterranean seafood restaurant from the Trade team — 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. Patio-specific reservations are available.

Audubon

Bamboo stalks and a high wooden fence surround a casual restaurant patio, with string lights hanging above.
The Audubon patio.
Audubon

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. Heaters are available in cooler weather.

Bamboo stalks and a high wooden fence surround a casual restaurant patio, with string lights hanging above.
The Audubon patio.
Audubon

B&G Oysters

Light-colored tables and chairs sit on a nice wooden restaurant patio with trees coming over one wall and string lights above.
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? Reservations are available for the patio, if weather allows.

Light-colored tables and chairs sit on a nice wooden restaurant patio with trees coming over one wall and string lights above.
The B&G Oysters patio.
Susie Cushner/B&G Oysters

SRV

A wooden restaurant patio is surrounded on two sides by brick buildings, one covered in ivy. There are string lights above.
SRV patio.
SRV

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 Venice-inspired small plates, pasta, and other Italian cuisine. Weather-dependent patio reservations are available via Resy and phone.

A wooden restaurant patio is surrounded on two sides by brick buildings, one covered in ivy. There are string lights above.
SRV patio.
SRV

Publico Street Bistro & Garden

A courtyard within a tall building features nice patio furniture, including a table under a vine-covered trellis.
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. In colder months, it’