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Posted by Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

Spring is a perfect opportunity to sit in an outdoor café, sip a brew or nice glass of wine, and order your favorite dishes!

We’d like to share some favorite outdoor cafés, both older and classic, so grab the season with both hands and make some reservations.

We’ll look at seven  lovely and even unusual cafés where you can do just that in six very lively neighborhoods:

Banyan Bar + Refuge

SOUTH END  – In one of the city’s best ‘hoods for dining, a new restaurant, Banyan Bar + Refuge, with Chef Philip Tang at the helm, is in the spot where Hamersley’s  Bistro held sway for many years. Relax in the outdoor patio and enjoy contemporary Asian cuisine.

Bar Mezzana – Satisfy your craving for a coastal Italian vacay right in the South End on Bar Mezzana’s sidewalk patio. Blue skies and bright umbrellas will have to stand in for towering cliffs and water views but Colin Lynch’s deceptively simple regional cuisine (try the crudo) will transport you.

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Barking Crab

FORT POINT CHANNEL  – The Barking Crab celebrates 27 years this year of serving fish and seafood on the Boston waterfront. This year, the vibrant institution has a brand new tent and outdoor café for locals and tourists to enjoy.

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Bar Boulud

BACK BAYCitrus & Salt Now you can have all your Citrus & Salt go-to’s out in the sun (or the shade, if you prefer). Jason Santos’ MexiCali-inspired spot brings its whimsical coastal vibe out onto Berkeley Street by way of its sidewalk patio. Snag a table for dinner or brunch for a taste of Baja right in the Back Bay.

CHARLESTOWN – The Brewer’s Forkon Moulton St. downtown and a few blocks from the Navy Yard, opened this year by industry veterans Mike Cooney and Chef John Paine, quickly became a hot new spot for a regularly changing craft beer list, well-designed wine list, appetizers, small plates and delicious pizzas from a huge wood-burning oven. A new patio this spring adds additional seats, so check it out for weekend brunch as well as daily lunches and dinners.


Josephine Restaurant Parisien

JAMAICA PLAIN – Tres GatosNestled into a shady corner of JP’s Centre Street, Tres Gatos’ garden patio has a homespun feel. Recessed from the sidewalk and enclosed by a brown picket fence, the patio provides welcome distance from the hustle and traffic of the thoroughfare.

SOMERVILLE – River Bara new concept this year from restaurateur Ken Kelly with Patrick Gilmartin as chef, brings a small but worth visiting restaurant and outdoor patio bar to the Mystic River setting at Assembly Row. Fire pits in the outdoor patio lend their charm to the experience. Don’t forget to try the beef brisket sandwich.

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