When the warm weather settles into Boston, there are suddenly people everywhere. What we notice most are that these people are at least one similar thing outside: eating! While there are far too many outdoor patios to mention, we have a few for this time of year.
Our favorite for mid-range pricing and comfortable atmosphere is Harvard Square’s Daedalus. With an enormous upstairs patio seating dozens under rafter-secured slow spinning ceiling fans and umbrellas on the deck, the restaurant has something for everyone. Daily risotto and fresh fish specials are always a treat, and a huge drink list rounds out the breezy experience.
Closer to downtown and known as the place to see and be seen, Stephanie’s on Newbury is also known for their “sophisticated comfort food.” Open year round, the sidewalk patio begins filling up the moment the chairs are put out, and dishes like their lobster salad roll keep even the ladies on the most difficult diets coming back for more. Get a reservation for this one.
And down the road but feeling miles away is our favorite almost-dive, the The Otherside Cafe. Known for catering to the bike messenger crews, OtherSide has over 80 beers, a raw food and vegan menu (as well as a variety of meat-oriented dishes), loud music, relaxed service, and a patio that’s first come, first serve. In other words, get there.