…and Maybe a Bite to Eat
Brunch at this Kenmore Square gem means duck confit hash, scarfed down at a very Parislike patio table and washed down with a mimosa. There’s no better way to start a Sunday. 528 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-532-9100, easternstandardboston.com.
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A new petite patio makes this Provencal restaurant across from the Public Garden a favorite with ladies who lunch. The daytime menu’s light fare – quiches, nicoise salads, and roasted salmon – pairs perfectly with a carafe of rose. 272 Boylston St., Boston, 617-426-7878, bistrodumidi.com.
With a backdrop of twinkling white lights, the sound of Vespas buzzing down Tremont Street, and some of the most reliable New England bistro fare in town, this date-night staple is high on charm. If the evening goes well, you’re just steps from the Beehive, where super cocktails and late-night jazz await. 553 Tremont St., Boston, 617-423-2700, hamersleysbistro.com.
Lydia Shire’s Italian spot in the Liberty Hotel is hot year-round, but doubly so when the 60-seat patio is open. It’s at its best once the early birds clear out and it takes on a more loungey, cocktail-y vibe. Order crisp pizzas, shareable "mozzarella bar" plates, and drinks; the full menu is available till 11 p.m. on weekends, with pizzas served till midnight. 215 Charles St., Boston, 857-241-1150, scampoboston.com.
The first time we spied this 80-seat patio at the Royal Sonesta hotel, we thought: This would’ve made an awesome pool deck. Where can you find better sun, breezes, and views of the river and skyline? Then dinner arrived, and between mouthfuls of handmade pasta and grilled lamb chops with smoked eggplant, we thanked our lucky stars that Dante came along instead. 40 Edwin H. Land Blvd., Cambridge, 617-497-4200, restaurantdante.com.