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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in Boston

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining in Boston? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Glass House restaurant
4.9 (280)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
About the restaurant
Glass House is a restaurant, bar and event space that serves as a modern day meeting house offering contemporary food and drink inspired by both American and international cuisine.

Glass House is located in Kendall Square, next to Charles River Canoe and Kayak and the Pilgrim Parking Garage.

Once the center of the nation’s glass-making industry, East Cambridge attracted the most accomplished artisans from across the globe and produced patents for the cutting edge glassworks of its day. Glass House is a nod to the neighborhood’s glass architecture, its inventive history, and its contemporary focus on discovery and exploration.

Top review
Dined 2 days ago
Perfect day for eating outdoors. Food was fresh and delicious.
A photo of The Bowery Bar restaurant
4.9 (937)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
The Bowery Bar featuring indoor and patio dining in the heart of Lower Mills. Due to the State Covid Guidelines. Reservations are limited to a 6 guest maximum. To accommodate all of our guests we have set a 90 minute table time per reservation.
Top review
Dined on May 7, 2024
The person who waited on us was great. They have toothpicks that mark if you have an allergy which shows they take it seriously. Good food and lovely patio!
A photo of Fat Baby Sushi and Cocktails restaurant
4.8 (402)
$30 and under
South Boston
About the restaurant
We are serving up sushi and cocktails in South Boston.
Top review
Dined on May 8, 2024
Loved it here!! I was told about the bao buns and the chicken bao did not disappoint. We also ordered the Brussels sprouts (twice), tofu bao buns, sweet potato roll, spicy tuna roll, broccoli, and scallion pancakes. All amazing! The birria was a little tasteless but everything else knocked it out of the park.
A photo of Vivi's Tapas Bar restaurant
4.8 (14)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
About the restaurant
At VIVI’s Tapas Bar, we believe dining should be a shared experience that brings people together. Specializing in both traditional and inventive tapas, our curated menu of globally-inspired dishes has a little something for everyone. Our thoughtfully crafted menu pays homage to the renowned tapas tradition, offering a delightful fusion of classic Spanish flavors and innovative culinary creations. Whether you're enjoying a romantic date, catching up with friends, or celebrating a special occasion, VIVI's is the perfect backdrop for creating lasting memories.
Top review
Dined 2 days ago
Their tapas is great! The entrees… not so much. Paella had no flavor at all and my tuna was supposed to be medium n it was rare. But tapas is fantastic!
A photo of Branch Line restaurant
4.7 (2484)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Hi Friends!

Branch Line is a neighborhood rotisserie and wood fired grill in the Watertown Arsenal built on a foundation of personalized hospitality.

Featuring a year-round patio. Branch Line offers something for everyone. Twenty taps continuously change and offer a great craft beer selection, while a curated wine list features bottles that are value-driven and also ready for any special occasion.

The Crystal Valley Rotisserie Chicken spins and roasts in sight of nearly every table in the dining room while the fire roars under vegetables, fish, and meat. The "Little Chicken" menu is great for kids, too!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 13, 2024
Branch Line was fantastic. The food and drinks were delicious, and we loved the outdoor heated tent; we felt like we were sitting outside but without the chilly wind. Our server was very friendly and great with our kids. We would highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely be back!
A photo of Dovetail - Charlestown restaurant
4.7 (116)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
We are a neighborhood restaurant & wine bar located in the heart of the Charlestown Navy Yard. Little sister to Brewer's Fork, we focus on wine, house-made pasta and local seafood. We have a large, dog-friendly seasonal patio located on a tree-lined cobblestone walking street. We are located just off the Freedom Trail, steps away from the U.S.S. Constitution Museum & Boston Harbor Walk.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Our steak has a big tendon in it. Our server was nice and changed it for us, still has tendon in it.
A photo of YOTEL Roof Bar & Deck 12 restaurant
4.6 (851)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Step out onto our rooftop deck with its amazing view of the city. Perfect for late afternoon snacks and cocktails. This location is the place to be for sunset dinners. The views make it a perfect Instagram post. Dinner, cocktails, and wine are the must when visiting and dining 12 stories above the seaport overlooking the beautiful Boston skyline.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
great place. beautiful view. would recommend to others
A photo of Jake n JOES Sports Grille - Waltham restaurant
4.5 (327)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Welcome to Jake n JOES Sports Grille in Waltham, located at 70 Market Place Drive off of I-95 N Exit 41.

Voted NBC10’s Boston's Best Sports Bar! We proudly serve a classic American Pub menu featuring Wings, Burgers, Seafood, Pasta's, Appetizers and Featured Specials at reasonable prices with great service.

Jake n JOES is known for Hand-Crafted Cocktails, Craft Beer to accompany our Weekday Menu Promotions…perfect for an after work gathering.

A large bar, lots of tables and large outdoor patio help to create a fun atmosphere with a great crowd. Guaranteeing a view from any seat to watch the game with our state-of- the- art HDTV’s and sound system. Never miss your favorite team as NFL Sunday Ticket and most of the major sporting events are always available. Jake n JOES, Always a Good Call!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
2 parents 2 kids on mothers day. Great service not to crowded ( you know how mothers day is ). Great food, reasonable prices. Awesome services. Lots of TVs, clean CLEAN bathrooms. Waitress was super attentive ( I could only leave 10% tip but she should get 30%.. I dont have a job so I need to save money where I can ). Hopefully she can steal a little from the till to offset the lack of tips for a bit. Love it so much we are saving our money ( no more starbucks ever ) and next week we do it all over AGAIN!!! ). Jake and Joes is a hidden Gem. Right next to basket market, in waltham.
A photo of Eva restaurant
4.5 (374)
$31 to $50
Back Bay
About the restaurant
Please note that our patio is seated on a first come first serve basis; all tables are set for a 90 minute reservation limit.

Eva means full of life. It is also the initials to my children, Elias & Vivian Aboujaoude, who are my life. Eva is a space designed to be welcoming and bright, a place for great food, refreshing cocktails and lively conversation. All while sitting back to enjoy and observe the hustle & bustle of beautiful, historic Newbury Street from one of the largest outdoor patios.

Top review
Dined 3 days ago
We love Eva! They have one of the best patios on Newbury St. They have fantastic sangria, both red and white. They have delicious food. The service is excellent. We go there every summer.
A photo of Madre Osteria restaurant
4.4 (336)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Welcome to Madre Osteria & Bar! Located in Milton, MA on the ground level of Milton Landing overlooking the Neponset River. Offering a modern approach to classic, rustic Italian cuisine created by Chef Sam Curtis. Think house-made Foccacia and specialty grande meatballs. Entrees include Truffle Risotto, Braised Short Rib, and Wild Boar Ragú. In addition to Italian and seafood dishes, we also offer gluten-free and vegetarian options.

The interior design of Madre is both elegant and casual. We offer a full bar and wine list. Seating options include tables, high tops, a bar, and a beautiful outdoor patio.

We are right down the road from our sister restaurants Lower Mills Tavern and Yellow Door Taqueria in Dorchester - perfect spots to grab a drink before or after your reservation!

A handful of other places nearby include the Forbes House Museum, Boston Medical Center, Carney Hospital, Dorchester Park, Lower Neponset River Trail, and more!

Top review
Dined on May 11, 2024
Our waitress was fabulous, made our Mother’s Day dinner so enjoyable. Never felt rushed.
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