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May 9, 2007 06:58 PM

Alfresco Dining

It's that time of year again - was wearing shorts today, have the windows open in the house and fans in the windows. Wooo hooo!

Apart from a couple of spots on Newbury St (and I see the other thread about that) - where are the best spots for alfresco dining in the area?

I'm into *comfortable* places to eat outside. Generally that means not being too cramped, not a lot of heavy road or pedestrian traffic going by inches from my table, maybe a place with some shade in case it's too sunny (wouldn't that be a nice problem to have).

Some thoughts off the top of my head -

Oleana's back garden
Outside tables at La Verdad (go during the game and you can feel like you're in the park?)
Cambridge Brewing Company (not the best food, but the courtyard is pretty nice)


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  1. Il Panino in the NE added a nice patio last year.

    Via Matta

    Kingfish Hall in Quincy Market

    Barking Crab..I know it's contoversial here..but I like the place if you stick to simple foods like steamers and beer..:)

    Ruth's Chris has a nice patio...again, has it's detractors.

    1. Off the top of my head;

      North End eateries.
      South End - I love Dish.
      Newbury - just remembered Piattinis. Also, i like 209 Boston. I've been going since they were Club Cafe and i really like the food and the ambiance (just don't use the restrooms).
      Davis Square - Orleans.

      1. Hamersley's has a lovely patio which I was told tonight won't be open until June 1. Another nice patio is Sibling Rivalry though I also noticed tonight, it's not set up yet.

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        1. re: lissy

          I've noticed a few places that have yet to get their outdoor seating set up for the season. I would have thought it would be easy, but I guess staffing, etc plays into it.

          Fiore's in the North End has great roof top dining.

        2. It's too bad more places don't have outdoor eating, maybe this will change. Harvest has an outdoor patio, and Grendle's. Bukowski's in Inman Square opens their entire sounthern wall in nice weather, it's great for sitting in the sun (Miracle of Science also has great sun but it gets hot in the summer). I actually like sitting outside at the Salty Dog and McCormick and Smick's. Eastern Standard isn't bad despite the busy location, there are a number of places with outdoor seating on Peterborough St in the Fenway. Beacon Street Tavern has a big patio, is there outside seating at Taberna de Haro? In Newton Centre Sol Azteca, Sapporo, and Union Street Bar and Grill have outdoor patios (Union Street is just redone, inside and out, and is quite nice for late afternoon sun - the food is typically bad pub stuff).

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          1. re: steinpilz

            Ate outside at Eastern Standard last night - nice patio that's closed off from the street, but slightly miserable view of construction not to mention unmanageable tables. A girl can't cross her legs underneath them and the legs just get in the way when you try to sit anyway other than sideways. Otherwise, it was a perfectly enjoyable dinner.

            1. re: gini

              The construction is frustrating but the Sox crowds make for good people watching! Hadn't noticed that about the tables - sitting sideways at tables is one of my favorite ways to relax, in informal restaurants.

            2. re: steinpilz

              There is indeed an ourdoor seating area at Taberna de Haro. Beacon Street is a bit busy, but it is fairly well set back from the street.

            3. Petit Robert in Kenmore also has a small patio. It's set below street level so you aren't staring at the madness of the traffic.