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May 20, 2010 05:09 AM

best outdoor eating/drinking in cambridge/somerville?

The weather is gorgeous again and I want to be eating and drinking outside! Where are the best patios or gardens in Cambridge or Somerville? The Middle East and Tavern on the Square aren't cutting it. I'm open to anyplace with good food, and availability of hefewiesen a huge plus.

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  1. well, I always plug Shay's on JFK in Harvard Square, cute little patio, great beer and wine (only) and decent pub food

    1. What you don't enjoy the lovely view of Central Square and Mass Ave and it's inhabitants when you eat? :)

      Try Cambridge Brewing Company over in Kendall. Choose wisely and their food is good. According to their website they start serving their hefewiezen seasonal tomorrow.

      Cambridge Brewing Company
      1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139

      1. We've got a lot of sidewalk seating in the Ville ... Temple Bar, Christophers, Precinct all have outside tables. That's not my favorite outside scene, being on the sidewalk. Oleana is the best option of all if you are looking for a garden oasis. Dante is best if you are looking for a river view and some killer pasta. Shay's is great if you are just looking to drink.

        134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

        6 Replies
        1. re: yumyum

          Don't forget the smoking! (At Shay's that is.)

          1. re: chickendhansak

            Does Shay's let you smoke on the patio?

            1. re: LeoLioness

              I've seen it, but I can't say I've paid attention recently.

              1. re: LeoLioness

                yes, they do, sometimes with cigars it can get smokey, especially if there is no breeze

                1. re: momoftwo

                  Good to know (saying this as a smoker, sorry!)--very few places to enjoy a drink and a smoke at the same time.

                  1. re: LeoLioness

                    In the summer I've seen the small patio absolutely crammed with smokers. You'll make a lot of friends while you're at it!

          2. Cambridge Common has a few outdoor tables in the sun... Go for the beer list.

            Cambridge Common
            1667 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

            1. what about Charlie's Kitchen? They have a big patio and lot's of beer.

              Charlie's Kitchen
              10 Eliot St, Cambridge, MA 02138