With the cold days of winter quickly approaching, now is the time to make the most of the many al fresco dining options that Boston has to offer. From the incredible harbor views of Pier 6 to the sophistication and intimacy of Bistro du Midi, these are some of the very tastiest outdoor dining spots in Boston.
Pier 6, Charlestown
A lively Charlestown waterfront restaurant, Pier 6 offers panoramic harbor views that simply cannot be beaten. With a focus on the freshest of seafood served up in classic New England dishes, the best outdoor spot at Pier 6 is on the roof deck, although if it does start to turn quite chilly, you can easily move inside and enjoy the view through the floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors. One aspect of this restaurant that is always popular is its raw bar, which features everything from fresh local oysters to the most refreshing ceviche.
Banyan Bar and Refuge, South End
The Banyan Bar and Refuge went under new ownership just last year, and its outdoor space has now been turned into quite the tranquil haven. The brick patio is surrounded by strings of twinkling fairy lights, with lush greenery thoughtfully placed throughout to provide an extra level of privacy for diners. When it comes to the food, Asian fusion is on the menu here, with everything from a Korean Barbecue Rice Bowl to the Scallop Rangoon Dip to the Grilled Octopus Salad served upon a delicate bed of glass noodles.
Mare Oyster Bar, North End
While North End may often find itself submerged in a sea of tourists, the Mare Oyster Bar’s outdoor dining area is hidden away from all of this, providing a peaceful oasis in the heart of the bustle. Complete with comfortable couches, this lounge-style patio enjoys stunning skyline views of the Financial District, and even has fire pits for any colder days. Needless to say, seafood is the focus of the menu here, with everything from caviar to a raw bar to the ever-popular Maine Baked Stuffed Lobster. For those that are not seafood fans, there are still some fantastic options, such as the Seven Spice Brick Oven Chicken, and the Wild Boar Pappardelle.
Bistro du Midi, Back Bay
With just 20 seats on their patio, which overlooks the gorgeous Public Garden, Bistro du Midi offers quite the intimate al fresco dining experience. The prime views of the park make for a lush green backdrop to the patio, and the refined French dishes work hand-in-hand with this. For those that want to taste the very best of this Provencal cuisine, the Chef’s Tasting Menu is worth ordering, and each dish can also be paired with a fine wine from the restaurant’s extensive wine cellar.
With everything lush landscaped gardens to magnificent waterfront views, it definitely makes sense to enjoy a meal al fresco in Boston every once in a while. Whether you opt for Asian fusion or classic New England fare, these restaurants combine delicious food with a memorable outdoor dining experience.