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I won't have any nights free next week when the play I'm in comes to Boston for a week. What do Boston Chowhounders think would be a really great lunch spot, that ALSO has either a great space OR view OR outside seating? I'll probably have 5-7 castmates in tow as well. Thanks in advance.

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  1. grab a bag of bahn mi sandwich from chinatown and walk up to boston common

    1. There are a few places in Fanueil Hall with outdoor seating. Beware it is really touristy and can be quite busy. Kinfish Hall would be my choice, good oysters and they usually have a lobster roll on the menu, fish & chips are good as well. From there you close enough to walk through the North End for something sweet. Alternatively, the Oceana at the Marriot Long Wharf has some nice views of the harbor and the food is decent. Don't think the outdoor terrace will be open though.

      1. Grab a lobster roll at J Hook Lobster and enjoy the waterfront. Make your way to the north end and enjoy some gelato.

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        1. re: nasilemak

          dante's with its patio on the charles (sonesta hotel, near museum of science) has reopened for lunch. good food, good view. Yankee lobster on northern pier - little outside tables, good fried clams and lobster rolls, or walk it over to a nicer spot on the waterfront.

          1. re: teezeetoo

            I'd have to second Dante. I think they have one of the best patios in the area and their food is really wonderful too!

        2. The Marliave has some outside umbrella tables on their patio.

          10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

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          1. re: amljml

            Some of the restaurants along Boylston St have outside seating with decent food. Abe & Louie's for steaks (and a good burger at lunch, get it with their sweet potato fies); Atlantic Fish for seafood; Bangkok Blue for Thai; Parish Cafe for gourmet sandwiches. Many places on Newbury have outdor seating but the food doesn't measure up.

            For a view, Bitsro du Midi on Boylston has excellent views of the Public Garden from their second floor dining room if you can get a table near the windows.

            Parish Cafe
            361 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

            Atlantic Fish Co
            761 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

            Abe & Louie's
            793 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

            Bangkok Blue
            651 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

            Bistro du Midi
            272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

            1. re: amljml

              The marliave would be my choice.
              I always feel like I am 100 years out of time.
              Except the food is wonderful.

            2. When I was in town today I noticed that the Woodward at the new Ames Hotel had some nice outdoor seating. Walking through Fanueil Hall, Kingfish, Salty Dog and the Plow were all bustling with people eating outside. Myself, I headed for the North End for mussels in fradiavolo at Antico Forno with a seat by the open window watching all the crowds walk by. From there a glass of wine at Artu to watch the derby and a final stop at Durty Nellies for a night cap. Nellies is normally mobbed on Saturday nights with people drifting in from the market, but it was surprisingly quiet with no problem getting a seat. Oh and the terrace at Long Wharf doesn't look likes its open yet.

              Antico Forno
              93 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113

              1. there are some great options already listed- but I'd add getting burritos or tacos from Villa Mexico and sitting on the Charles. That's one of my favorite "outdoors" lunch places!

                Villa Mexico
                296 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114

                1. Scup's in East Boston. It's a real hidden gem with outdoor picnic tables, and the menu, while limited, has a decent variety of items (BLT, hot dogs, tuna and turkey sandwiches, empanadas, etc.). Plus you can walk 5 minutes down the road to Piers Park, which has maybe the best view of the Boston skyline in the entire metro area.

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                  1. re: hiddenboston

                    I am with you on the views from Piers Park. I have been living in East Boston for about 9 years now and whenever I bring people to the park the just can't believe the views!

                  2. Stephanie's on Newbury has some great outdoor dining in Boston. It is on Newbury Street so a bit trendy but definitely a see and be seen kind of place with really good food and the patio dining is unbeatable.

                    Stephanie's On Newbury
                    190 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

                    1. Blue Room has a great outdoor lunch barbecue on good weather days. For $9, the "Lunch Grill" gives you two sides, a main grilled dish (salmon, chicken, etc) and a soft drinks (lemonade, iced tea.) You also get watermelon. Food is served hot off the grill. No frills (plastic utensils) but great lunch and value.

                      The Blue Room
                      Hampshire and Portland streets, Cambridge, MA 02139