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Where to Dine on Rooftops in and Around Boston

Don't just get outside — get up high and take in all the views Boston has to offer

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Outdoor dining season isn’t just about secret gardens and sidewalk dining. It’s for taking it high above the city’s sidewalks to soak in spectacular views at rooftop dining and drinking spots in and around Boston.

From breweries with expansive patios to upscale lounges with birds-eye views, the Boston area has a lot on offer.

(Note that rooftop dining areas are typically weather-dependent and may close with little notice; it’s best to check directly with a restaurant for updates before heading over.)

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This map was originally published on May 10, 2016, and is updated periodically. The date of the most recent update appears above.

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The Sinclair

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The multi-use venue combines the best of all worlds — open air, rooftop dining on one side, and live music on the other. The crowd-pleasing menu includes South Shore-style bar pizza, burgers, and a smattering of vegan options.

Felipe's Taqueria

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Get ready to dig into some tacos, burritos, and margaritas on the roof at one of Cambridge’s popular taquerias. Situated in the heart of Harvard Square, the Felipe’s rooftop is a summertime party fueled by tequila. Watch Instagram for scheduling updates; the roof may be closed for private events or weather conditions.

Charlestown’s Pier 6 offers full panoramic views of downtown Boston and plenty of deck space to enjoy a warm afternoon or an evening on the water. The restaurant’s raw bar brings oysters, scallop ceviche, and shrimp cocktail to the table, while bigger dishes like steak frites and seared scallops over butternut squash risotto add heft to the menu.

The Lexington

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From the team behind Cambridge’s smash hit restaurant Puritan & Company, the Lexington — several restaurants under one roof — includes an upper-level greenhouse-like bar and restaurant that spills out onto a roof deck; there’s also a cafe and an Italian restaurant downstairs. Whether you’re indoors or outdoors on the upper level, you can order from a comfort food-filled menu that includes dishes like steak frites, French onion soup grilled cheese, fried chicken, and more.

Daedalus

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This 20-year-old Harvard Square mainstay attracts professors, students, and visitors to dine on its serene perch dotted with umbrellas. The menu has something for everyone — from burrata spaghetti and cauliflower bowls to burgers and seafood risotto.

A restaurant’s outdoor dining area features large wooden tables and a variety of umbrellas, some red and some white. Flowers are blooming in the foreground of the image.
The roof at Daedalus.
Daedalus

TopDeck at Cunard Tavern

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In East Boston, Cunard Tavern’s cozy roof deck offers skyline views and can be rented for private events. Keep an eye on Instagram for food and drink specials and other updates.

Blue Owl at 907 Main

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This stylish cocktail lounge perches atop boutique hotel 907 Main in Cambridge’s Central Square with cushioned sofas and chairs that double as an invitation to stay a while. With international street food hits like beef teriyaki skewers and Korean fried chicken wings, Blue Owl hits the spot after some boozy late-night fun. A big bowl of classic candies tips a cap to the neighborhood’s candy-making history.

Ristorante Fiore

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Rooftop dining is rare in the North End; get a taste of it at Ristorante Fiore, where the rooftop boasts a retractable covering, plenty of seating, and a pleasant mural, not to mention all the Italian food to eat and wine to drink. There’s also a ground-level patio that’s heated and covered.

A restaurant’s covered roof deck has black metal tables and chairs, a brick wall, and a full bar.
Ristorante Fiore’s roof deck.
Ristorante Fiore

Mex Taqueria & Bar

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This raucous taqueria pops with pink neon and rock vibes. The cozy rooftop deck twinkles with strings of lights, and the bar pours an impressive selection of tequilas. The menu covers all the bases — from tacos and ceviches to margaritas and Mexican beers.

Over the Charles at the DoubleTree Suites

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Located on the 16th floor of the DoubleTree Suites, this sky-high rooftop bar offers views of the Charles River. Take it in while sipping Jack’s Abby beers or enjoying light bites from the kitchen. Igloo season lasts through the end of May; reservations required to dine.

Sam Adams Boston Taproom

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Sam Adams expanded its empire a couple years ago, opening a multi-level taproom — complete with roof deck — steps from Faneuil Hall. The bustling downtown spot is family-friendly.

Lookout Rooftop at the Envoy Hotel

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Alongside stunning water and skyline views, the Envoy Hotel’s rooftop cocktail bar serves up chowder fries, crispy artichoke bites, and little burger sliders with aged cheddar and apple butter. During colder months, sit inside an igloo.

People drink and dine on a restaurant rooftop at dusk, overlooking water and a city skyline
Lookout Rooftop and Bar.
Lookout Rooftop and Bar

Deck 12 at Yotel Boston

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This year-round indoor/outdoor bar sits 12 floors above the Seaport District with cocktails with festive names like “Summer in Campania” (gin, basil, cucumber, lemon). The menu is short, but jumbo onion rings or Caribbean nachos topped with jumbo lump crab make good options for the table.

A roof deck bar is pictured on a clear day, with patrons spaced out at sparse tables to abide by social distancing guidelines. String lights are above, and there are city skyline views.
A socially distanced view of Deck 12 at Yotel Boston.
Yotel Boston

Trillium Brewing Company

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Trillium’s sprawling Fort Point brewery and restaurant features a large, sunny roof deck (as well as ground-level courtyard dining). On the roof, open Friday through Sunday when weather permits, enjoy a variety of draft pours.

Legal Sea Foods (Harborside location)

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With expansive waterfront views, Legal Harborside’s third floor offers rooftop dining, featuring sushi and other seafood dishes. Part of the space is open year-round, with glass walls and a fireplace keeping things cozy in the winter. The walls and retractable roof open up in the summer, along with additional patio space.

Earls Kitchen & Bar

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Tucked inside of the Prudential Center in Boston’s Back Bay, this location of Canadian chain Earls is a busy after-work destination thanks to its three-season rooftop lounge with a retractable roof.

A restaurant patio, full of greenery and casual vibes, features large windows looking into a city skyline.
The rooftop lounge at Earls in Back Bay.
Earls Kitchen & Bar

Lifted Pool Bar at the Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport

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With indoor and outdoor poolside seating available, this bar radiates with a space soaked in the warm hues of a sunny summer evening. Diners can soak up skyline views in the Seaport while sipping boozy shakes and snacking on a one-pound salted caramel lobster roll or maple braised pastrami poutine.

Six West

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Located at the Cambria Hotel in South Boston, Six West offers brunch, dinner, and drinks on its ground-floor space as well as a rooftop lounge. Snack on truffle fries and pork belly BLTs while taking in the city sights.

Cityside American Tavern

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The narrow Cityside roof deck is a classic university hangout in Cleveland Circle, over in the Boston College neck of the woods. Sunny day? This is the spot for no-frills bar food, beer, or brunch. Open since 1985, the restaurant was renovated in 2020 and is now part of the group behind Bowery Bar and Lucy’s American Tavern.

a small restaurant roof deck with red umbrellas is pictured at sunset, with a high-rise apartment building visible behind it
Cityside roof deck.
Cityside Restaurant & Bar

Dorchester Brewing Company

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Dorchester Brewing Company completed a big expansion recently, featuring — among other perks — a four-season rooftop greenhouse dubbed the Hopservatory, which has indoor and outdoor space. Drink beer, and grab some barbecue from in-house restaurant M&M BBQ.

Alba Restaurant and Zef Cicchetti & Raw Bar

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For rooftop dining in Quincy, head to the Mediterranean steakhouse Alba or its sibling and neighbor Zef Cicchetti & Raw Bar; they share a huge rooftop decorated with greenery (including a produce and herb garden), plenty of seating, and a bar. The roof can be covered when there’s rain. No reservations.

The Sinclair

The multi-use venue combines the best of all worlds — open air, rooftop dining on one side, and live music on the other. The crowd-pleasing menu includes South Shore-style bar pizza, burgers, and a smattering of vegan options.

Felipe's Taqueria

Get ready to dig into some tacos, burritos, and margaritas on the roof at one of Cambridge’s popular taquerias. Situated in the heart of Harvard Square, the Felipe’s rooftop is a summertime party fueled by tequila. Watch Instagram for scheduling updates; the roof may be closed for private events or weather conditions.

Pier 6

Charlestown’s Pier 6 offers full panoramic views of downtown Boston and plenty of deck space to enjoy a warm afternoon or an evening on the water. The restaurant’s raw bar brings oysters, scallop ceviche, and shrimp cocktail to the table, while bigger dishes like steak frites and seared scallops over butternut squash risotto add heft to the menu.

The Lexington

From the team behind Cambridge’s smash hit restaurant Puritan & Company, the Lexington — several restaurants under one roof — includes an upper-level greenhouse-like bar and restaurant that spills out onto a roof deck; there’s also a cafe and an Italian restaurant downstairs. Whether you’re indoors or outdoors on the upper level, you can order from a comfort food-filled menu that includes dishes like steak frites, French onion soup grilled cheese, fried chicken, and more.

Daedalus

A restaurant’s outdoor dining area features large wooden tables and a variety of umbrellas, some red and some white. Flowers are blooming in the foreground of the image.
The roof at Daedalus.
Daedalus

This 20-year-old Harvard Square mainstay attracts professors, students, and visitors to dine on its serene perch dotted with umbrellas. The menu has something for everyone — from burrata spaghetti and cauliflower bowls to burgers and seafood risotto.

A restaurant’s outdoor dining area features large wooden tables and a variety of umbrellas, some red and some white. Flowers are blooming in the foreground of the image.
The roof at Daedalus.
Daedalus

TopDeck at Cunard Tavern

In East Boston, Cunard Tavern’s cozy roof deck offers skyline views and can be rented for private events. Keep an eye on Instagram for food and drink specials and other updates.

Blue Owl at 907 Main

This stylish cocktail lounge perches atop boutique hotel 907 Main in Cambridge’s Central Square with cushioned sofas and chairs that double as an invitation to stay a while. With international street food hits like beef teriyaki skewers and Korean fried chicken wings, Blue Owl hits the spot after some boozy late-night fun. A big bowl of classic candies tips a cap to the neighborhood’s candy-making history.

Ristorante Fiore

A restaurant’s covered roof deck has black metal tables and chairs, a brick wall, and a full bar.
Ristorante Fiore’s roof deck.
Ristorante Fiore

Rooftop dining is rare in the North End; get a taste of it at Ristorante Fiore, where the rooftop boasts a retractable covering, plenty of seating, and a pleasant mural, not to mention all the Italian food to eat and wine to drink. There’s also a ground-level patio that’s heated and covered.

A restaurant’s covered roof deck has black metal tables and chairs, a brick wall, and a full bar.
Ristorante Fiore’s roof deck.
Ristorante Fiore

Mex Taqueria & Bar

This raucous taqueria pops with pink neon and rock vibes. The cozy rooftop deck twinkles with strings of lights, and the bar pours an impressive selection of tequilas. The menu covers all the bases — from tacos and ceviches to margaritas and Mexican beers.

Over the Charles at the DoubleTree Suites

Located on the 16th floor of the DoubleTree Suites, this sky-high rooftop bar offers views of the Charles River. Take it in while sipping Jack’s Abby beers or enjoying light bites from the kitchen. Igloo season lasts through the end of May; reservations required to dine.

Sam Adams Boston Taproom

Sam Adams expanded its empire a couple years ago, opening a multi-level taproom — complete with roof deck — steps from Faneuil Hall. The bustling downtown spot is family-friendly.

Lookout Rooftop at the Envoy Hotel

People drink and dine on a restaurant rooftop at dusk, overlooking water and a city skyline
Lookout Rooftop and Bar.
Lookout Rooftop and Bar

Alongside stunning water and skyline views, the Envoy Hotel’s rooftop cocktail bar serves up chowder fries, crispy artichoke bites, and little burger sliders with aged cheddar and apple butter. During colder months, sit inside an igloo.

People drink and dine on a restaurant rooftop at dusk, overlooking water and a city skyline
Lookout Rooftop and Bar.
Lookout Rooftop and Bar

Deck 12 at Yotel Boston

A roof deck bar is pictured on a clear day, with patrons spaced out at sparse tables to abide by social distancing guidelines. String lights are above, and there are city skyline views.
A socially distanced view of Deck 12 at Yotel Boston.
Yotel Boston

This year-round indoor/outdoor bar sits 12 floors above the Seaport District with cocktails with festive names like “Summer in Campania” (gin, basil, cucumber, lemon). The menu is short, but jumbo onion rings or Caribbean nachos topped with jumbo lump crab make good options for the table.

A roof deck bar is pictured on a clear day, with patrons spaced out at sparse tables to abide by social distancing guidelines. String lights are above, and there are city skyline views.
A socially distanced view of Deck 12 at Yotel Boston.
Yotel Boston

Trillium Brewing Company

Trillium’s sprawling Fort Point brewery and restaurant features a large, sunny roof deck (as well as ground-level courtyard dining). On the roof, open Friday through Sunday when weather permits, enjoy a variety of draft pours.

Legal Sea Foods (Harborside location)

With expansive waterfront views, Legal Harborside’s third floor offers rooftop dining, featuring sushi and other seafood dishes. Part of the space is open year-round, with glass walls and a fireplace keeping things cozy in the winter. The walls and retractable roof open up in the summer, along with additional patio space.

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Earls Kitchen & Bar

A restaurant patio, full of greenery and casual vibes, features large windows looking into a city skyline.
The rooftop lounge at Earls in Back Bay.
Earls Kitchen & Bar

Tucked inside of the Prudential Center in Boston’s Back Bay, this location of Canadian chain Earls is a busy after-work destination thanks to its three-season rooftop lounge with a retractable roof.

A restaurant patio, full of greenery and casual vibes, features large windows looking into a city skyline.
The rooftop lounge at Earls in Back Bay.
Earls Kitchen & Bar

Lifted Pool Bar at the Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport

With indoor and outdoor poolside seating available, this bar radiates with a space soaked in the warm hues of a sunny summer evening. Diners can soak up skyline views in the Seaport while sipping boozy shakes and snacking on a one-pound salted caramel lobster roll or maple braised pastrami poutine.

Six West

Located at the Cambria Hotel in South Boston, Six West offers brunch, dinner, and drinks on its ground-floor space as well as a rooftop lounge. Snack on truffle fries and pork belly BLTs while taking in the city sights.

Cityside American Tavern

a small restaurant roof deck with red umbrellas is pictured at sunset, with a high-rise apartment building visible behind it
Cityside roof deck.
Cityside Restaurant & Bar

The narrow Cityside roof deck is a classic university hangout in Cleveland Circle, over in the Boston College neck of the woods. Sunny day? This is the spot for no-frills bar food, beer, or brunch. Open since 1985, the restaurant was renovated in 2020 and is now part of the group behind Bowery Bar and Lucy’s American Tavern.

a small restaurant roof deck with red umbrellas is pictured at sunset, with a high-rise apartment building visible behind it
Cityside roof deck.
Cityside Restaurant & Bar

Dorchester Brewing Company

Dorchester Brewing Company completed a big expansion recently, featuring — among other perks — a four-season rooftop greenhouse dubbed the Hopservatory, which has indoor and outdoor space. Drink beer, and grab some barbecue from in-house restaurant M&M BBQ.

Alba Restaurant and Zef Cicchetti & Raw Bar

For rooftop dining in Quincy, head to the Mediterranean steakhouse Alba or its sibling and neighbor Zef Cicchetti & Raw Bar; they share a huge rooftop decorated with greenery (including a produce and herb garden), plenty of seating, and a bar. The roof can be covered when there’s rain. No reservations.

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