Best of Boston

BEST Al Fresco Restaurant

2001 BEST Al Fresco Restaurant, Affordable

Ben’s Café

Boston

The meal deal at Maison Robert is the prix fixe menu in Ben’s Café, which is most enjoyable eaten outside. Three courses of French classics are available for $18 or, with more options per course, for $25. of all, you… read more »

2000 BEST Al Fresco Restaurant, Affordable

Casa Romero

Boston

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2000 BEST Al Fresco Restaurant, Gourmet

Up Stairs at the Pudding

Cambridge

Cantabrigians had another reason to delight in the annual opening of the patio at Up Stairs at the Pudding this year: a makeover. But don’t worry, this Hall of Famer has done nothing with the lush green patio more drastic… read more »

1999 BEST Al Fresco Restaurant

Up-Stairs at the Pudding

Cambridge

Every springtime, Cantabrigians count the days until the Pudding’s gorgeous terrace opens, decked out as it is with pink table linens and fabulous flowers. Tiny, recessed Christmas lights add to the ambience, creating the perfect setting for chef Deborah Hughes’… read more »

1998 BEST Al Fresco Restaurant

Casa Romera

Boston

Sure, there are sunnier sidewalks, lusher rooftops, more serene patios. But the courtyard of this legendary Mexican restaurant takes the prize for casting a magical spell over the evening. For 27 years, Senor Leo Romero has been welcoming patrons into… read more »

1997 BEST Al Fresco Restaurant

Upstairs at the Pudding

Cambridge

The minute you step out of the high-ceilinged dining hall and onto the lush green patio, you will be transported to another world. Sip a cappuccino amid roses and bougainvillea; enchant your mate under starlight. Rumor has it that the… read more »

1996 BEST Al Fresco Restaurant

Upstairs at the Pudding

Cambridge

What could be more romantic, on a soft summer evening in Cambridge, than dining under the stars in a lovely rooftop garden, with flowers and herbs blooming all around? Of course, the food should be as great as the atmosphere,… read more »

1994 BEST Al Fresco Restaurant, Chic

Emporio Armani Express

Boston

Armani has refined the alfresco lunch to high art. Simple but very good food served with panache, at prices that are astonishingly reasonable. So grab your Armani sunglasses (they’re de reguteur), and get yourself there. This spot is too good… read more »

1984 BEST Al Fresco Restaurant

Tigerlilies

Boston

The food here may not be the greatest, but the setting is so charming, you’ll think it is. read more »

1979 BEST Al Fresco Restaurant

Le Beau Geste

Cambridge

Enjoy the most elegant gourmet lunch around on the cozy outdoor terrace. Less than five dollars. Only in operation for a few months, Beau Geste offers nouvelle cuisine from Madeleine Kamman grad Robert Platner’s kitchen. read more »