Patio season in Boston is a too-brief but glorious time, so start prepping now. 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.)Read More
15 Delightful Hidden Patios Around Boston
Dine outside in charmingly secluded spots
Eat spanakopita, lamb burgers, gyros, and other Greek favorites on Daddy Jones’s colorful and sunny Magoun Square patio. Walk-ins only.
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. Patio seating is in high demand and is first come, first served; good luck.
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.
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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.
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 street? Yes, please.
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 — 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. (Plus, it’s heated in colder weather.)
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.
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.
Publico Street Bistro & Garden
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. Courtyard seating is first come, first served, but you can note your preference with your reservation, and the restaurant will try to accommodate.
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. As the weather warms up, find a seat at covered and uncovered tables under string lights where folks can enjoy the seasonal American cuisine and tasty desserts, like coconut cake.
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.