This impressive Kenmore Square institution has some of the best al fresco seating in Boston. The outdoor patio at Eastern Standard is the most contested spot in the city for brunch, giving prime opportunities to people watch on the cobblestone of Commonwealth Ave. Try their Bloody Mary with quiche Florentine for brunch, or their whiskey smash and grilled flat iron steak for dinner.
Eastern Standard, 528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston MA, USA, +1 617-532-9100
There are few places more welcoming than a German-style beer garden. Bronwyn, a new addition to Somerville’s Union Square, is one such place, where wheat beer, pretzels, and delicious tubular meat abound. Head to Bronwyn for an impressive list of central European beer, some of the best schnitzel and kraut in Boston, and an atmosphere no lighter than the food, yet just as fun and inviting.
Bronwyn, 255 Washington St, Somerville MA, USA, +1 617-776-9900
With a recent patio addition facing the Broad Canal, the Commonwealth Market & Restaurant is fast becoming one of the best rest stops in Kendall Square for a bite to eat. Dishing up farm-inspired food from reputable vendors like Maine’s Pineland Farms, Commonwealth Market is known for sourcing some of the best meats and cheeses in the northeast.
For a restaurant just off of Harvard Square, Harvest offers one of the best-hidden outdoor seating areas in Boston. Enjoy the fresh air at this Cambridge institution, where top quality French and American classics have been served for over 40 years. Local favorites include the garlic and lemon crusted tuna and the chicken roulade; and for desert, the taza chocolate cremeux is hard to beat.
Harvest Restaurant, 44 Brattle St, Cambridge MA, USA, +1 617-868-2255
Comfortably set away in an alleyway beset by hanging flowers and overhead festival lights, the outdoor seating at Russell House Tavern offers an intimacy rare in urban restaurants. With a great view of Harvard Square, this restaurant dishes up some of the best contemporary American cuisine in the city. With small plates galore, look to split the steak tartare and pork trio with your carnivore buddy, and watch the world go by from one of the best vantage points in Boston.
Russell House Tavern, 14 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge MA, USA, +1 617-500 3055
Canary Square is Jamaica Plain’s best place for outdoor eats. With both sheltered and unsheltered outdoor seating, this is a great place to come enjoy delicious re-imaginings of classic American food. This restaurant makes fantastic sandwiches and burgers, but be sure to try the mac and cheese with bacon and truffle oil as an essential side dish.
Canary Square, 435 S Huntington Ave, Boston MA, USA, +1 617-524-2500