Best of Boston

1998 Best Al Fresco Restaurant

Casa Romera

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 his atmospheric restaurant, with its tile walls and dark wood. But when the warm weather comes, the pleasure is intensified in the hidden courtyard, where you forget Newbury Street, the office, the world. Of course that pitcher of sangria could have something to do with it.

30 Glouster St., Boston, 617-536-4341,