Ah, patio dining — a quintessential warm weather treat akin to baseball in the park, outdoor concerts, and lazy days at the beach. When restaurantgoers take to the streets, opting to enjoy the sunshine along with their meals, a whole new dining experience emerges. We’ve rounded up a list of Boston-area spots that are offering outdoor eating this season as the weather permits.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Patio space might be weather dependent, so it’s best to call establishments ahead of time to check availability.
55 Huntington Ave.
Tucked between the Prudential Center and Copley Place, this chic sushi joint is a great pitstop after a long day of shopping. Haru offers a variety of Japenese cuisine, including Japanese sushi, sashimi, salads, and signature dishes like carpaccios, ceviches, tartares and specialty rolls.
130 Dartmouth St.
This beer garden in Back Bay has all kinds of house-cured pork delicacies, small-batch cheeses, and wood-grilled pizzas to pair with their extensive cocktail and craft beer menu. Enjoy a customizable charcuterie board packed with items like smoked chorizo, bacon-wrapped pate, and creamy Vermont butter and cheese.
One Faneuil Hall Market Place
Let the breeze blow through your hair as you slurp noodles at UK transplant Wagamama. The Faneuil Hall location is the nation’s first of the worldwide chain.
528 Commonwealth Ave.
Stake out a place in the shade at Eastern Standard while sipping on one of their uber-creative cocktails. Chill in the air? The patio also offers overhead heating lamps for those not-so-sunny days.
More in the area: Lower Depths.
62 Brookline Ave.
Dining at Cask ’n Flagon’s outdoor patio may be the next best thing after being at the game. Stay alert, though — you never know when a fly ball will make it over the Green Monster and into your “Batter Up Onion Rings.’’
Newbury Street – Lower
190 Newbury St.
Stephanie’s sidewalk cafe is located in the heart of Newbury Street, Boston’s most well-known shopping area. Stop here to refuel (and maybe do some people watching).
Newbury Street – Upper
30 Gloucester St.
You may forget you’re still in Boston when you walk through the restaurant decorated with bright Talavera tiles straight from Mexico and step onto the enclosed outdoor patio at Casa Romero.
900 Boylston St.
Dine underneath the illuminated solarium on Towne’s newly renovated patio.
More in the area: Abe & Louie’s, Atlantic Fish Co., Max Brenner Restaurant, Back Bay Social Club, Bangkok Blue, Bistro du Midi, Cactus Club, Dillon’s, Globe Bar and Cafe, Parish Cafe, The Rattlesnake, Solas, Typhoon Asian Bistro, and Vlora.
1 B Charles St. – Boston Common
This outdoor cafe tucked alongside the Boston Commons offers hot and cold sandwiches, wraps, salads, breakfast foods, and desserts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.
79 Park Plaza
If you’re craving Italian served outside, but want to avoid the North End crowds, why not try Via Matta at the Park Plaza. Choose from items such as grilled octopus, crispy pork belly, and chicken Milanese while dining alfresco.
112 Canal St.
With nearly 15 house made brews on tap to choose from at Boston Beer Works, the patio at the Canal Street location offers the perfect excuse to sit outside and try them all.
More in the area: The Fours.
101 Atlantic Ave.
The Living Room is located across the street from Christopher Columbus Park, Boston’s first waterfront park. Enjoy the views while relaxing on the 45-seat patio.
One Marina Drive at Fan Pier
Strega Waterfront boasts an over-sized patio overlooking Boston Harbor.
513 Tremont St.
If it’s pizza and ice cream you crave, look no further than the Pizza and Ice Cream Co., or Picco for short.
1236 Dorchester Ave.
Take in the stars along with your dinner and drinks during a meal at dbar in Dorchester. Menu items include scallops, pink peppercorn crusted tuna, and braised pork shoulder mini tacos.
40 Edward H. Land Blvd.
Enjoy a view of the Charles River while dining on items such as cauliflower ravioli, beef carpacio, and chicken scaloppini at Dante in Cambridge.
One Kendall Sq.
Their egg in a jar grabs all the attention, but chef and co-owner Matthew Gaudet’s entire menu is filled with exciting cuisine. Plates like his cauliflower with pumpernickel and the crispy pigs head with fried egg puree recently fetched him a nod for one of GQ’s Most Outstanding Restaurants in 2013.
20 University Road, Cambridge
Located in the heart of Harvard Square in the courtyard of the Charles Hotel, the Terrace Bar offers a raw bar, classic fare and a wet bar.
52 Church St.
This gatropub located in the heart of Harvard Square doubles as an indie music venue. So enjoy the BBQ sliders or catfish sticks and then head next door to listen to the some of the most up-and-coming bands.
89 Winthrop St.
Emerge from the depths of this subterranean pub and take your meal outside instead. Grendel’s offers dishes like buffalo wings, nachos, spinach pie, and burgers as well as wheat-free, vegan, and vegetarian-friendly options.
1634 Beacon St.
Munch amidst the bustling atmosphere of Washington Square at this Brookline eatery and take your meal to the streets in The Fireplace’s outdoor patio dining section.
435 South Huntington Ave.
This relaxed neighborhood spot in Jamaica Plain specializes in locally grown, seasonal ingredients that are utilized in classic American dishes like deviled eggs, mac and cheese, and sweet chili wings. The eco-conscious architecture of reclaimed wood and recycled materials lends a leisurely atmosphere perfect for a quick bite and a cool beer.
21 Beacon St.
Revisit simpler times at this American bistro in historic Beacon Hill. The menu at Scollay Square features new takes on traditional comfort foods.
More in the area: The Hungry I
65 Holland St.
Take a seat outside and order up some sliders at Davis Square favorite Orleans.