Best of Boston

Best Al Fresco Restaurant, Affordable

2003 Best Al Fresco Restaurant, Affordable

Armani Cafe

Boston
When it comes to sidewalk repasts, it’s been years since we felt the call of Newbury Street—too much pretense, not enough table space. But something […] read more»
2003 Best Al Fresco Restaurant, Upscale

Oleana

Cambridge
The backyard patio of Oleana puts chef Ana Sortun’s superb North African- and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine into context. Visually, the area is stunning. A weave of […] read more»
2002 Best Al Fresco Restaurant, Affordable

Casa Romero

Boston
If you think outdoor dining in the Back Bay is only about people-watching, take a detour to this hidden enclave off Gloucester Street. The restaurant’s […] read more»
2002 Best Al Fresco Restaurant, Upscale

Oleana

Cambridge
Most outdoor dining in Boston consists of nothing more than a few cramped, wobbly tables set up hastily on the sidewalk along a traffic-choked street. […] read more»
2001 Best Al Fresco Restaurant

Harvest

Cambridge
With the doors at UpStairs at the Pudding closed, we’ve turned to another gem for outside dining. Just sitting in Harvest’s enclosed, shaded garden patio […] read more»
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 […] 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 […] 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, […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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»