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Apr 19, 2008 03:31 PM

Eating outdoors Spfld-Hartford Area

Spring is finally here and I'm ready to dine outdoors. Anyone have some favorite places with outdoor dining that they'd like to share? Can be casual or fancy.

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  1. the cambridge house in granby, ct.. nice outdoor deck and great fresh housemade beer, which IMO is the perfect on-the-deck-in-the-sun accessory.

    Cambridge Brew House
    357 Salmon Brook St, Granby, CT 06035

    1. There's 2 places that stand out in my mind, Braza in Hartford and Elbow Room in West Hartford, both on Farmington Ave. Elbow Room's got seating on the roof and if you sit near the edge you get a pretty nice view of the scurrying yuppies.

      1. Pazzo (BYOB) and Max Amore in Glastonbury both have outdoor dining (not much in the view department though). If you want a fantastic view (but a lesser food experience), try Angelico's in East Hampton. Beautiful view of Lake Pocotapaug!

        1. In downtown Hartford there's Hot Tomatoes at Union Station and Vito's on the Park..

          In West Hartford center at least half of the restaurants have outdoor dining..a few in the center are.. Max's Oyster Bar, Cosi, Elbow Room, Grants, Mediza, Bricco, Simmer, Barcelona.. and a few more ..also at Elizabeth Park is Pond House Cafe...

          1. If you are looking for people watching, the West Hartford choices are good (except Mediza, would starve before I ate there again) Elbow Room's rooftop really rocks. IMO food is best at Briccos/Grants (same owner/chef) You can get a similar experience at numerous spots in Northampton.

            Agree Cambridge House has great beer, decent pub food. Deck is nice, but looks at the parking lot

            For a view, you can't beat Tavern on the Hill in Easthampton Ma. I've only been for apps and cocktails, but what we tried was very good and the locals love it. A little up the road is Seamus O'Reillys with a nice view into Holyoke. Very friendly and casual. Great wings.

            To eat in a real garden setting, New Boston Inn is beautiful. People are nice, decent pub food, and they let the dog sit with us outside.

            On my list to try is the Night Kitchen in Montgue. Heard the setting is at a waterfall and the food is outstanding. Certainly a nice day trip from the area.

            I LOVE dining outdoors. Please let us know if you find any gems with beautiful settings

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            1. re: joaniebaby

              The setting of Night Kitchen at the Montague Book Mill is about as good as it gets. It reminds me of being somewhere in the White Mountains or the Adirondacks, with a moving stream far below the building and heavily wooded hills all around. I have only eaten at The Lady Killigrew Cafe in the Book Mill, but hope to get to Night Kitchen sometime this summer.

              1. re: hiddenboston

                I like the Night Kitchen. The food is very good, the setting is wonderful. It is cooler than the surrounding area so bring a sweater or jacket, just in case. Alternatively, you can sit at the bar and watch the cooks.

                It is in the same building as the The Book Mill--a used bookstore that goes on and on. It's motto is "Books you don't need in a place you can't find." It closes at 5 or 6 so you want to make some time to get there early enough to browse.