Food & Drink

The 16 newest patios you need to check out immediately

Published On 06/04/2014 Published On 06/04/2014
Gustave Hoiland
Sebastien Roumeau | Commonwealth
il Casale
Merrill and Co.
Centre Street Sanctuary
Precinct Kitchen & Bar
Dave Baldwin
Shake Shack
Spoke Wine Bar
Belly Wine Bar
West Bridge
Brass Union
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1. Nebo 520 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02210

A bustling Italian eatery on the Waterfront, Nebo has everything from pizzas and sandwiches to lasagnas and cocktails like their Gin Ginger, an elixir of gin, Lillet, and ginger beer poured over an oversized grapefruit of an ice cube.

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2. Legal Crossing 558 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111

Brought to you by the folks from Legal Sea Foods, LX incorporates both old favorites and new dishes unique to the one-off institution. Original cocktails with local inspiration add flair to the DX neighborhood resto.

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3. Audubon Boston 838 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02215

Audubon Boston has a standout cocktail menu, including the A.B.’retto Sour with Lazzaroni amaretto, Overproof Plantation rum, lemon, and sugar egg white. Or try the Mis Suenos, boosted by Dulce Vida reposado, Punt e Mes, and smoked ginger syrup. For brew-hounds, they also dispense eight craft drafts that'll help wash down their honey jalapeño wings. The Pork Muffaletta and Corn Husk Flounder are also standouts.

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4. Commonwealth 11 Broad Canal Way, Cambridge, MA 02142

Part market, part restaurant, Commonwealth is a huge, 500sqft space including a dining area, bar/lounge, a raw bar, and a 10-seat chef's table (plus the aforementioned market section) -- they are focused on utilizing the products of nearby farmers, fisherman, and other local providers.

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5. Il Casale Lexington 1727 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 02420

Campania is the inspiration behind the old-world recipes served at this rustic restaurant in Lexington. Paying homage to their family's home, Chef Dante de Magistris and his brothers Damian and Filippo tour the Southwestern region of Italy with dishes ranging from lasagna with meat ragu to pan-roasted salmon with a horseradish-pistachio crust. You'll want to pair your plate with cocktails like the refreshing and tart Campari martini, which mixes blood orangecello with house-infused fig-apricot-citrus vodka.

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6. Ribelle 1665 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445

This elegant spot from Strip T's and Momofuku Ssam Bar alum Tim Maslow is slinging gorgeously plated, Italian-inspired dishes -- lamb tartare with sunchokes and egg, for example -- and refreshing 'tails.

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7. Ester 2261 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02124

Featuring fresh produce from their rooftop garden, Ester also offers some pretty sweet seating on their 60-seat outdoor dining area. Everything from a meatloaf burger, to sauteed baby bok choy, to beef tongue tacos will entertain your palate.

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8. Merrill & Co. 1 Appleton St, Boston, MA 02116

Come to Merril for something between comfort food and fine dining -- you might grab some of their delicious catfish, you might grab some of their tender BBQ ribs, you might just grab something from their craft cocktail menu -- but you will definitely not regret stopping by.

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9. Centre Street Sanctuary 365 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02131

Step inside this old church for service -- the food & drink kind, that is. Inside, you'll find grub like Muenster-topped burgers, tasty craft cocktails, and a total of 51 beers on the menu.

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10. Precinct Kitchen & Bar 350 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116

Located in the Loews Hotel in the Back Bay, Precinct offers up fresh, reasonably priced cuisine that you can even enjoy outdoors. Some of their creative cocktails include the Nor’Easter (gin, lemon, simple syrup, ‘Gansett) and an Old Fashioned made with peach liqueur.

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11. Pier 6 Boston Waterfront 1 8th St, Charlestown, MA 02129

If you're looking for a restaurant with panoramic views of Boston Harbor, Pier 6 in Charlestown is for you. The three-floor restaurant focuses on New England fare and features a raw bar, a private dining room, and a roof deck.

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12. Shake Shack Harvard Square 92 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Get the delicious burgers, dogs, and Concretes you crave in Harvard Square in Cambridge.

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13. Spoke Wine Bar 89 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144

Eager to once again strike out on her own, the wine buyer at Davis Square's Dave's Fresh Pasta and former college hoops coach AND former owner of Mobile, Alabama's most popular martini bar has turned the adjoining Black & Blues clothing store into a sophisticated stable of small plates, craft cocktails, and wines so Old World, Wally Szczerbiak's grandfather's grandfather drinks them.

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14. Belly Wine Bar One Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139

Tucked inside the lower level of a 19th-century mill sporting wood-beamed ceilings and porcelain-tiled floors, Kendall Square's Belly Wine Bar is a gorgeous, Italian-inspired gem with a small but expertly curated wine list and a food menu that's as comforting as the space itself. Belly offers seasonally inspired plates including charcuterie, duck confit legs, and roasted chicken with polenta. Best of all, in colder months you can order s'mores for dessert and roast your marshmallows over an outdoor fire as snow falls gently onto the twinkle-lit patio. It's as romantic as it sounds.

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15. West Bridge One Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139

Housed in the historic former Boston Woven Hose & Rubber Factory and sporting the original name of the Longfellow Bridge, WB's the inaugural eat/drinkery from a couple of Aquitaine alums who wanted to sling tasty 'tails alongside a lineup of modern French sustenance with "a New England perspective" -- so be prepared for your food to grumble suspiciously about this year's unseasonably mild Winter.