Patio season is finally upon us. But as any Bostonian knows, the weather here can be a little, uh, unpredictable. No one wants to hang out on a patio while an unexpected rainstorm rolls in and soaks their fish and chips. This list zeroes in on patios with rain cover to protect that otherwise pleasant open-air dining experience from the elements. Here are 10 Boston-area restaurants with sheltered patios.Read More
10 Sheltered Patios for Outdoor Dining Around Boston When It Rains
Boston boasts a number of outdoor dining options for inclement weather
Head to Cambridge landmark Harvest for cozy outdoor dining complete with a warm fireplace and a partial roof covering to keep dry.
Tony Susi recently took the reins at this restaurant in Cambridge’s Charles Hotel. Here, you can dig into a plate of squid ink past in an outdoor, heated patio well-protected from the elements.
Trattoria Il Panino
Customers can enjoy lunches and dinners of gnocchi and stuffed zucchini blossoms on the covered patio at Trattoria Il Panino in the North End, even on days featuring the most miserable weather. The heat lamps only bolster the cozy — as does the house special: chicken parmesan topped with creamy, melty mozzarella.
Mare Oyster Bar
At this seafood-centric North End spot, diners can look out at the Rose Kennedy Greenway while they snack on lobster rolls and raw bar delights. The patio has a retractable roof and tables and lounge seating spaced around heat lamps and cozy fire pits. It’s an al fresco diner’s dream.
This Watertown restaurant boasts a gigantic outdoor patio that is covered and ready for diners rain or shine. Don’t miss the popular rotisserie chicken, and be sure to get the chicken drippings on the side for a small extra fee.
The Barking Crab
Long before the gleaming towers and steakhouses rolled into the Seaport, the Barking Crab was dishing out buttery lobster rolls and no-frills fried whole-belly Ipswich clams. Hit up the spot’s tented dining space for seafood, ice cold beers, and other snacks from the sea, which is all served up with some of the best views in the city.
While not entirely protected from the elements, a fair number of the tables that hug the outside wall at Gather are protected by its geometric overhanging roof. The overhang is especially adept at protecting buttermilk pancakes from raindrops.
Order oysters, saucy pastas, and a table full of seafood all while staying warm and dry inside this Back Bay restaurant’s large outdoor patio.
Along with easy parking, Chickadee offers a covered, 30-seat patio at its industrial-chic spot within the Innovation and Design Building. Pop into the Mediterranean-inspired eatery for dinner every night of the week — or savor quick snacks like branzino crudo and smoked trout dip washed down with craft cocktails — even during downpours.
Dorchester Brewing Company
While a large section of Dorchester Brewing Company’s rooftop features a patio with umbrellas, when the rain hits, head through the doors into the adjoining “Hopservatory.” Within the enclosed greenhouse-like space, order up some pulled pork sandwiches, ribs, and loaded fries from the in-house barbecue restaurant M&M BBQ. The glass walls and roof means that even the rain won’t spoil those city views.