Summer is almost upon us, although it may not quite feel like it yet, and that means the outdoor dining season is about get fully underway. Traditionally, outdoor restaurants in Boston have had a rough time operating on the cramped sidewalks and limited patio area the city affords them, but luckily some have persevered. The historic Back Bay is one area where space has always been an issue for restaurants, however a few have found novel approaches to the issue and have worked out ways to let diners enjoy great meals under the stars (or sun, as the case may be).
Poe’s Kitchen at The Rattlesnake
The Rattlesnake Bar and Grille has long been a staple of Boston nightlife, located centrally on Boylston Street, minutes from Boston Common. It’s a great afterwork hangout spot and during the summer it gets even better. From April to October Poe’s Kitchen, a rooftop eatery, opens its doors to the public seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s a novelty in the Back Bay, being one of the only rooftop restaurants in the area. You can enjoy tasty and inventive cuisine from the Americas courtesy of renowned chef Brian Poe, which mixes both North and South American flavors with North American ingredients.
MET Back Bay
The MET Back Bay capitalizes on its fabulous location to the fullest extent possible. Although the inside is elegant and great for dining at any time of the year, the patio is exceptional as well. It sits below the sidewalk on one of the busiest blocks of Boston’s famous shopping destination, Newbury Street. You can stop by here for a drink and bar snack, or spend some serious time people watching on the comfortable patio. The MET’s cuisine is a blend of new and old American and New England style dishes, and features fresh salads, seafood, and burgers.
Precinct Kitchen and Bar
The Precinct Kitchen and Bar is located in the bottom of the Loews Hotel on Berkeley Street, less than ten minutes walk from the Boston Common. It also features a sunken patio, perfect for relaxing after work or a long day of sightseeing. The Precinct is located in the old headquarters of the Boston Police Force, and serves upscale food that pays homage to the vibrant culinary scene that Boston has cultivated over the years. It serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a suave and professional atmosphere with a menu that offers salads, many seafood choices, and lots of great entrees.
Sonsie, much like Poe’s, saw the dilemma of outdoor space and went in a very non-traditional direction. Instead of cramped sidewalk seating, this innovative eatery opted instead to make an indoor-outdoor restaurant by adding floor to ceiling windows that look out on the busy Newbury Street, and in the summer they stand wide open. This makes for a great effect, almost as though you’re the audience to an avant-garde play. It’s a must-go for avid people watchers, and highly recommended for anyone else that loves good food and full bar in an upscale, laid back environment.
Located centrally by Back Bay’s Copley square, Tico features a blend of American ingredients and South American styles. While it features a large indoor space and bar, guests can also relax on the hedge-protected patio while enjoying their meals and cocktails. Tico’s is renowned for its mouthwatering ceviche and eclectic but delicious line of cocktails, but features a menu that encompasses the cuisines of both continents, while not forgetting about its Boston heritage.