Best of Boston

Best Al Fresco Restaurant

2015 Best Al Fresco Restaurant

Oleana

Cambridge
Oleana could serve its lush menu from the back of a pickup truck in a parking lot and the place would still draw crowds. Fortunately, […] read more»
2014 Best Al Fresco Restaurant

Commonwealth

Cambridge
Commonwealth already had a lot going for it—Full-service market! Parking!—but this spring, the Kendall Square restaurant upped its game further with a sprawling, Broad Canal—facing […] read more»
2013 Best Al Fresco Restaurant

Hamersley’s Bistro

Boston
Massive decks and skyline views have their charms, but for a truly romantic meal en plein air, nothing beats the secret-garden feel of the lantern-lit […] read more»
2012 Best Al Fresco Restaurant

Sam’s at Louis

Boston
We’ve been known, on those perfect 72-degree days, to work an “emergency” business lunch at Sam’s into our schedule. Neither Newbury Street’s sidewalk cafés nor […] read more»
2011 Best Al Fresco Restaurant

Harvest

Cambridge
Like to eat while on display, with the entire passing world gawking at your menu choices? Pull up a sidewalk seat on Newbury. Prefer to […] read more»
2009 Best Al Fresco Restaurant

B&G Oysters

Boston
When summer finally arrives in Boston, every restaurant with a patch of sidewalk scurries to put out a few wrought iron tables and hang its […] read more»
2009 Best Al Fresco Restaurant, Affordable

Sophia’s Grotto

Roslindale
In a mere four years this precocious trattoria has grown up into an authentic Old World beauty, its cloistered brick courtyard now mature with ornamental […] read more»
2007 Best Al Fresco Restaurant

Oleana

Cambridge
We were worried when we heard they were making over our beloved patio at Oleana. After all, it’s the drooping wisteria, fragrant herbs, and sparkling […] read more»
2007 Best Al Fresco Restaurant, Affordable

Tavern On the Water

Charlestown
The spectacular views and lengthy menu—casual staples like chicken fingers, grownup entrees like ahi tuna—at this dockside cafe easily trump any pretentious, cheek-by-jowl patios elsewhere […] read more»
2006 Best Al Fresco Restaurant, Affordable

Casa Romero

Boston
Not many restaurants are willing to dedicate a chunk of valuable real estate for the few weeks that merit outdoor dining. But chef-owner Leo Romero’s […] read more»
2006 Best Al Fresco Restaurant, Martha's Vineyard

Sweet Life Cafe

Oak Bluffs
Ten bucks says if you were asked to imagine your ideal evening of outdoor island dining, you’d pick something with a water view. Oh, naive […] read more»
2005 Best Al Fresco Restaurant, Affordable

Croma

Boston
Croma’s patio provides the perfect portion of sun to shade—not to mention delectable thin-crust pizza and fruity cocktails—for everyone from hipsters to stroller-toting moms. The […] read more»
2005 Best Al Fresco Restaurant

Oleana

Cambridge
Oleana’s candelit garden feels a world away from the bustle of Cambridge. Tucked at a table under the vine-laden trellis, you could easily be in […] read more»
2004 Best Al Fresco Restaurant

Oleana

Cambridge
Boston has no shortage of outdoor dining options, but for our money, none is as transporting as the backyard terrace at Oleana. It’s a fairyland […] read more»
2004 Best Al Fresco Restaurant, Affordable

Garden of Eden

Boston
Few summertime pleasures are greeted as enthusiastically in this town as the chance to dine outdoors. But even considering the growing abundance of patio cafés, […] read more»