Patio season has officially arrived here in Boston and we couldn’t be happier. From roof decks to oceanfront views, if you’re an al fresco dining addict, these are the places for you. Here’s a look at five of the best spots for outdoor dining in Boston.
1 Anthem Bar + Kitchen
Located on the Freedom Trail in Faneuil Hall, Anthem Bar + Kitchen has one of the best patios for people watching. Chef Benjamin Hennemuth is at the helm of The Briar Group’s kitchen churning out hearty dishes with a comfortable twist (think roast pork banh minis, “really good” fried pickles with chipotle aioli and four cheese pork belly fondue). When the patio opens up, it’s all about enjoying fresh seafood al fresco. We recommend the salmon and avocado poke, Faroe Islands salmon and lobster roll served on a buttery brioche roll. The juicy Korean BBQ chicken drumettes, crispy house made chips with spicy onion dip and ribeye steak sandwich are also standouts. Be sure to save room for their infamous fried Twinkie, a warm golden sampling of deliciousness served with mixed berries and whipped cream.
South Market Building Faneuil Hall Boston, MA 02109
2 B&G Oysters
Stone walls surround the intimate patio strung with white lights that illuminate the cozy space at B&G Oysters once dusk rolls in. The South End location is brought to us by famed chef/owner Barbara Lynch where the menu here focuses on fresh seafood dishes (think Maine lobster rolls and fried Ipswich clams) and, of course, a daily selection of more than a dozen East and West Coast oysters. Seasonal dishes include crispy whole branzino, butter poached lobster, Atlantic blue cod and seared salmon steak.
550 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02116
3 Banyan Bar + Refuge
This modern Asian gastropub took over the former Hamersley’s Bistro space in the South End. Scoring a table on the patio here is prime real estate during the summer months where the waits can be long as diners linger sipping on sake, scorpion bowls and spring sangria. From fried chicken buns and roasted cauliflower dumplings to seafood red curry “Bolognese” ramen noodles and spicy beef tartare rice bowls, this latest newcomer to the South End will be one of the hautest spots in town this summer.
553 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02116
Shared plates of Greek fare, a Seaport address and a beautiful patio lined with fresh flowers, Committee has it all. Come for the drinks with fun names like Monkey Business, Jungle Pilot and We Can’t Elope and stay for warm meze of grilled octopus, marinated lamb souvlaki and stuffed Portobello mushroom Kaisarias. For heartier fare, try the selection of dishes that serve two or more like the selection of grilled chicken, lamb and beef or seafood platter of calamari, shrimp, mussels and octopus.
50 Northern Avenue Boston, MA 02210
5 MAST’ Restaurant and Drinkery
MAST’ Restaurant and Drinkery has one of Downtown Crossing’s best kept secrets with a second story terrace that just might make you mistake Boston for Naples. The 40-seat patio is the place to go this summer for some carbo loading on southern European cuisine (one of the best dishes of cacio e pepe in town perhaps?) or Neapolitan wood-fired pizza (try the speck and eggplant or even a dessert pie made with Nutella) while sipping on a glass of bold red from Italy or a refreshing cocktail like the Almalfi Lemonade.
45 Province Street Boston, MA 02108