Summer Dining Al Fresco: Boston’s Best Outdoor Spots

Posted August 4, 2015 by Rosalind Saul in Eat & Drink
Dining Outdoors

Summer in the air means that it’s time to take your dinner game to the next level: outside! That summer breeze is best caught while sipping on a soothing martini and munching on some top-notch grub.  Boston is a city that has some great spots for outdoor dining; here are three of our favorites!


Fresh Mediterranean flavors get a classic American twist at this financial district haunt.  The menu highlights eclectic small plates which are great for sharing if you’re up for a tasting adventure.  Since it’s right on the water, Trade’s patio can get chilly late in the season; but don’t worry! Giant, sleekly elegant heat lamps are right there to warm you back up again. James Beard award-winning chef Jody Adams co-owns the restaurant with restaurateurs Sean Griffings and Eric Papachristos. Executive Sous Chef Cory Seeker rounds out the team, and all are dedicated to culinary creativity. Located at 540 Atlantic Avenue, this is a great spot for after-work snacks. The flatbreads are a signature offering, and definitely shareable; and the restaurant excels in their vegetable dishes.  If you are looking to drop by, better make a reservation! Trade gets (and stays) very busy very early in the evening and the main indoor seating area (a converted warehouse space) gets rather loud.


A family operation, Nebo Cucina & Enoteca is owned and operated by Chefs Carla and Christine Pallotta. Taking inspiration from their Italian roots, family recipes, and their travels through Italy, the sisters created this North End mainstay. During the warm months, Nebo’s 75-seat outdoor patio allows you to take in the culture of neighborhood while sampling its culinary heritage. Located at 520 Atlantic Avenue, Nebo boasts an extensive wine list (and servers who are extremely knowledgeable and can guide you through what might otherwise be an overwhelming experience). Unique to Italian restaurants, Nebo offers an entirely gluten free menu for those who prefer such things; including an award-winning zucchini lasagna and several types of gluten free pasta.  It’s almost like a little vacation to Italy; without leaving Boston behind.

Battery Park Bar & Lounge

An impressive 100-seat patio?  Private outdoor mini bar?  Classic American food with a wide beer selection?  Yes, yes, and yes!  To top off the awesomeness that is Battery Park, between 11 AM and 2 AM servers will bring on-demand board games to your table for you to enjoy including Colossal Connect Four and Giant Jenga!  Make sure to ask what’s available when you arrive. If you get there during “Oyster Hours” (5 PM through 9 PM), you can have $2 Island Creek oysters so long as the stock holds up. Saturdays and Sundays between 11 AM and 8 PM, your party can be served with the “Weekend Warrior” special; a 16-piece appetizer combo washed down with a bucket-o-beer. The entrance to the place is located at 33 Batterymarch Street, but look for the patio in between this building and its neighbor if you’d like to case the joint before taking a seat.

Enjoying all that summer has to offer is just a matter of going out on the town; with an emphasis on “out”!