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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. Get up high and take in the views from these spectacular rooftop dining and drinking options in and around Boston. (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.)

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Felipe's Taqueria

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21 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 354-9944
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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.

2. Pier 6

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1 8th St
Charlestown, MA 02129
(617) 337-0054
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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 serves raw bar items and a variety of other seafood dishes, among other options.

3. The Lexington

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100 N First St
Cambridge, MA 02141
(617) 945-1349
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From the team behind Puritan & Company in Cambridge, 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 comforting menu that includes dishes like steak frites, French onion soup grilled cheese, fried chicken, and more.

4. Daedalus

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45 Mount Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 349-0071
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It’s fitting that a restaurant called Daedalus lets diners eat up in the sky. This Harvard Square mainstay — it celebrates its 20th year in 2021 — is known for its spacious, umbrella-bedecked roof deck, a convenient spot for the area’s professors, students, and visitors to grab a sandwich or salad for lunch.

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

5. Cunard Tavern

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24 Orleans St
Boston, MA 02128
(617) 567-7609
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Cunard’s cozy roof deck (dubbed Top Deck @ Cunard) offers skyline views and can be rented for private events. Keep an eye on Instagram for food and drink specials and other updates.

A restaurant’s roof deck in the middle of a city block is set up for a private event with a long table covered in a white tablecloth, blue runner, and floral arrangements. Letter balloons spelling out “baby” hang on one of the deck’s wooden walls.
Top Deck @ Cunard, set up for a private event.
Cunard Tavern

6. Blue Owl at 907 Main

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907 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 349-2967
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New to Cambridge’s Central Square, Blue Owl sits atop boutique hotel 907 Main, serving the kind of international street food you’d want to eat after some boozy late-night fun — Brazilian-style hot dogs, Korean fried chicken wings, and the like, as well as a big bowl of classic candies in a nod to the neighborhood’s candy-making history.

7. Ristorante Fiore

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250 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 371-1176
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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.
Ristorante Fiore

8. Over the Charles at the DoubleTree Suites

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400 Soldiers Field Rd
Boston, MA 02134
(617) 783-0090
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Located on the 16th floor of the DoubleTree Suites, this rooftop bar features Charles River and skyline views, Jack’s Abby beers, and a light food menu. (Reservations required if you’re going to eat.) Open Thursday through Sunday throughout October; watch for updates on Instagram.

9. Sam Adams Boston Taproom

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60 State St
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 466-6418
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Sam Adams expanded its empire in early 2020, opening a multi-level taproom — complete with roof deck — steps from Faneuil Hall. The bustling downtown spot is family-friendly.

10. Lookout Rooftop at the Envoy Hotel

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70 Sleeper Street
Boston, MA 02210

The Envoy Hotel’s rooftop cocktail bar features stunning water and skyline views. During colder seasons, there are “igloos.”

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

11. Contessa at the Newbury Boston

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3 Newbury St Rooftop
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-5700
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Rooftop restaurant Contessa is all indoors, but the intricately designed Italian newcomer from New York’s Major Food Group offers excellent skyline views through its giant windows.

A round restaurant table features rose-colored booth seating and teal chairs. The floor is marble with a multi-colored diamond pattern, and the table is surrounded by plants. Views of Boston’s Back Bay are clearly visible behind the table.
The view from Contessa.
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12. Deck 12 at Yotel Boston

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65 Seaport Blvd
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 377-4747
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Open year-round in the Seaport District, Yotel’s Deck 12 — up 12 stories — features both indoor and outdoor space, skyline views, and plenty of drinks and snacks. There’s a “smart casual” dress code.

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

13. Trillium Brewing Company

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50 Thomson Pl
Boston, MA 02210
(857) 449-0083
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Trillium’s sprawling Fort Point brewery and restaurant features a large roof deck (as well as ground-level courtyard dining). The full food menu and draft list are available on the deck, not to mention the sunshine.

A brewery’s spacious roof deck in the city, photographed on a sunny day
Trillium’s roof deck in Fort Point.
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14. Legal Harborside Rooftop

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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.

15. Earls Kitchen + Bar

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800 Boylston St Unit 107
Boston, MA 02199
(857) 957-0949
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Tucked inside of the Prudential Center, this location of Canadian chain Earls has a three-season rooftop lounge with a retractable roof.

Covered roof deck at a restaurant
Earls at the Prudential Center.
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16. Lifted Pool Bar at the Omni Boston Hotel

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450 Summer St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 476-6664
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With indoor and outdoor poolside seating available, Lifted Pool Bar — open at the brand new Omni Boston Hotel in the Seaport District — has skyline views, boozy shakes, maple braised pastrami poutine, and a lot of seafood.

17. Six West at the Cambria Hotel

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6 W Broadway
Boston, MA 02127
(857) 496-0245
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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.

18. Coppersmith

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40 W 3rd St
Boston, MA 02127

South Boston’s Coppersmith is a massive restaurant with a ground-level patio, food trucks installed inside the sizable main dining space, a cafe, and a roof deck up above, featuring a bar built into a vintage Airstream. The restaurant’s days are numbered as the building is slated for redevelopment, but the timeline keeps getting moved back, so enjoy Coppersmith and its sunny roof while there’s still time.

A restaurant’s sunny roof deck features turquoise picnic tables and large blue umbrellas, as well as a silver Airstream bar
Coppersmith’s roof deck.
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19. Cityside American Tavern

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1960 Beacon St
Brighton, MA 02135
(617) 566-1002
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The narrow Cityside roof deck is a classic college hangout in Cleveland Circle, over in the Boston College neck of the woods. Sunny day? This is your 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

20. Dorchester Brewing Company

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1250 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02125
(617) 514-0900
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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.

21. Alba Restaurant and Zef Cicchetti & Raw Bar

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1486 Hancock St
Quincy, MA 02169
(617) 376-2522
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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.

1. Felipe's Taqueria

21 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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.

21 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138

2. Pier 6

1 8th St, Charlestown, MA 02129

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 serves raw bar items and a variety of other seafood dishes, among other options.

1 8th St
Charlestown, MA 02129

3. The Lexington

100 N First St, Cambridge, MA 02141

From the team behind Puritan & Company in Cambridge, 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 comforting menu that includes dishes like steak frites, French onion soup grilled cheese, fried chicken, and more.

100 N First St
Cambridge, MA 02141

4. Daedalus

45 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138
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

It’s fitting that a restaurant called Daedalus lets diners eat up in the sky. This Harvard Square mainstay — it celebrates its 20th year in 2021 — is known for its spacious, umbrella-bedecked roof deck, a convenient spot for the area’s professors, students, and visitors to grab a sandwich or salad for lunch.

45 Mount Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138

5. Cunard Tavern

24 Orleans St, Boston, MA 02128
A restaurant’s roof deck in the middle of a city block is set up for a private event with a long table covered in a white tablecloth, blue runner, and floral arrangements. Letter balloons spelling out “baby” hang on one of the deck’s wooden walls.
Top Deck @ Cunard, set up for a private event.
Cunard Tavern

Cunard’s cozy roof deck (dubbed Top Deck @ Cunard) offers skyline views and can be rented for private events. Keep an eye on Instagram for food and drink specials and other updates.

24 Orleans St
Boston, MA 02128

6. Blue Owl at 907 Main

907 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139

New to Cambridge’s Central Square, Blue Owl sits atop boutique hotel 907 Main, serving the kind of international street food you’d want to eat after some boozy late-night fun — Brazilian-style hot dogs, Korean fried chicken wings, and the like, as well as a big bowl of classic candies in a nod to the neighborhood’s candy-making history.

907 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02139

7. Ristorante Fiore

250 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113
A restaurant’s covered roof deck has black metal tables and chairs, a brick wall, and a full bar.
Ristorante Fiore.
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.

250 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02113

8. Over the Charles at the DoubleTree Suites

400 Soldiers Field Rd, Boston, MA 02134

Located on the 16th floor of the DoubleTree Suites, this rooftop bar features Charles River and skyline views, Jack’s Abby beers, and a light food menu. (Reservations required if you’re going to eat.) Open Thursday through Sunday throughout October; watch for updates on Instagram.

400 Soldiers Field Rd
Boston, MA 02134

9. Sam Adams Boston Taproom

60 State St, Boston, MA 02109

Sam Adams expanded its empire in early 2020, opening a multi-level taproom — complete with roof deck — steps from Faneuil Hall. The bustling downtown spot is family-friendly.

60 State St
Boston, MA 02109

10. Lookout Rooftop at the Envoy Hotel

70 Sleeper Street, Boston, MA 02210
People drink and dine on a restaurant rooftop at dusk, overlooking water and a city skyline
Lookout Rooftop and Bar.
Lookout Rooftop and Bar

The Envoy Hotel’s rooftop cocktail bar features stunning water and skyline views. During colder seasons, there are “igloos.”

70 Sleeper Street
Boston, MA 02210

11. Contessa at the Newbury Boston

3 Newbury St Rooftop, Boston, MA 02116
A round restaurant table features rose-colored booth seating and teal chairs. The floor is marble with a multi-colored diamond pattern, and the table is surrounded by plants. Views of Boston’s Back Bay are clearly visible behind the table.
The view from Contessa.
Douglas Friedman

Rooftop restaurant Contessa is all indoors, but the intricately designed Italian newcomer from New York’s Major Food Group offers excellent skyline views through its giant windows.

3 Newbury St Rooftop
Boston, MA 02116

12. Deck 12 at Yotel Boston

65 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210
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

Open year-round in the Seaport District, Yotel’s Deck 12 — up 12 stories — features both indoor and outdoor space, skyline views, and plenty of drinks and snacks. There’s a “smart casual” dress code.

65 Seaport Blvd
Boston, MA 02210

13. Trillium Brewing Company

50 Thomson Pl, Boston, MA 02210
A brewery’s spacious roof deck in the city, photographed on a sunny day
Trillium’s roof deck in Fort Point.
Trillium

Trillium’s sprawling Fort Point brewery and restaurant features a large roof deck (as well as ground-level courtyard dining). The full food menu and draft list are available on the deck, not to mention the sunshine.

50 Thomson Pl
Boston, MA 02210

14. Legal Harborside Rooftop

Boston, MA

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.

15. Earls Kitchen + Bar

800 Boylston St Unit 107, Boston, MA 02199
Covered roof deck at a restaurant
Earls at the Prudential Center.
Galdones Photography

Tucked inside of the Prudential Center, this location of Canadian chain Earls has a three-season rooftop lounge with a retractable roof.

800 Boylston St Unit 107
Boston, MA 02199

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16. Lifted Pool Bar at the Omni Boston Hotel

450 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210

With indoor and outdoor poolside seating available, Lifted Pool Bar — open at the brand new Omni Boston Hotel in the Seaport District — has skyline views, boozy shakes, maple braised pastrami poutine, and a lot of seafood.

450 Summer St
Boston, MA 02210

17. Six West at the Cambria Hotel

6 W Broadway, Boston, MA 02127

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.

6 W Broadway
Boston, MA 02127

18. Coppersmith

40 W 3rd St, Boston, MA 02127
A restaurant’s sunny roof deck features turquoise picnic tables and large blue umbrellas, as well as a silver Airstream bar
Coppersmith’s roof deck.
Coppersmith/Official Site

South Boston’s Coppersmith is a massive restaurant with a ground-level patio, food trucks installed inside the sizable main dining space, a cafe, and a roof deck up above, featuring a bar built into a vintage Airstream. The restaurant’s days are numbered as the building is slated for redevelopment, but the timeline keeps getting moved back, so enjoy Coppersmith and its sunny roof while there’s still time.

40 W 3rd St
Boston, MA 02127

19. Cityside American Tavern

1960 Beacon St, Brighton, MA 02135
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 college hangout in Cleveland Circle, over in the Boston College neck of the woods. Sunny day? This is your 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.

1960 Beacon St
Brighton, MA 02135

20. Dorchester Brewing Company

1250 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02125

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.

1250 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02125

21. Alba Restaurant and Zef Cicchetti & Raw Bar

1486 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02169

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.

1486 Hancock St
Quincy, MA 02169

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