10 New Patios Around Boston

All-new alfresco
March 16, 2016
by Scott Kearnan

We've already set the clocks ahead, and next week marks the first week of spring. And you know what that means: patio season. Not to jump the gun, but we're so excited we've gathered up some of the newest, soon-to-open alfresco options. They'll be pulling out the patio furniture very soon. You? Bookmark this page; you'll need to pull it out often. 

Branch Line. Since it's semi-enclosed, the American brasserie's patio (pictured above) has been open intermittently since it the Eastern Standard sibling opened in October. But now that spring is coming the walls will go up and it can expand to its full 65-seat potential as an oasis of craft brews and rotisserie chicken within the office-filled Watertown Arsenal complex. Plus its bocce court is a fine place to spend a lunch break321 Arsenal St., Watertown; 617-420-1900

Coppersmith. The very multifaceted South Boston outfit, housed inside a cavernous former copper foundry, was only able to leave its 60-seat ground-level patio and 80-seat roof deck operational for a short while after it opened in September. But they'll be back in April in full, robust (and fully landscaped) form. The patio will have a separate outdoor bar, and the roof top will now be dubbed "The AirDeck at Coppersmith." There's also an all-new menu, served out of a rehabbed Airstream trailer, and ongoing special events like pig roasts and clam bakes. 40 W. Third St., South Boston; 617-658-3452

Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar. Chef Michael Schlow has such a fantastic location in the middle of Park Square, it would be a shame not to take advantage. Luckily his new Greek restaurant, one of the most important openings of 2015, will debut its 80-seat patio around the end of May. 79 Park Plaza; 617-422-0008

La Motta’s Italian Specialties. When it opened in late October, La Motta's promised to bring the South End a proudly Italian-American haunt that recalled the kind of midcentury joints where grandparents gathered for Sunday supper in the Bronx. If the meatballs alone didn't make good on that promise, the 30-seat patio certainly should. Slated to open in May in the restaurant's rear, it's designed to feel like a back-alley urban escape: the kind of cozy, private brick-lain patio where you'd be tempted to gather the neighborhood crews for a game of stickball — if you weren't so busy downing pitchers of sangria. 1357 Washington St.; 617-338-5300 

Ocean Prime. Would you like your swanky steak and seafood joint with a side of harbor breeze? You're in luck, because the Boston iteration of the high-end chophouse chain is gearing up to open its 24-seat patio in April. Need a reason to swing by even earlier in the spring? The restaurant has a spring music series enlivening its lounge, with live performances every Thursday (6–10 PM), Friday (7–11 PM) and Saturday (8 PM–12 AM) night. 140 Seaport Blvd.; 617-670-1345

Saloniki. Okay, it's not exactly dining on the Aegean, but we'll still gladly pull up a seat at this just-opened (like, yesterday) Greek newcomer from chef Jody Adams (Rialto, Trade). The Beard Award–winning chef's foray into fast-casual features a 45-seat patio just steps from Fenway Park, and it's the perfect spot to cool down with a frappé, pictured, a sweetened, foam-covered iced coffee that is a beloved Greek bevvie — and heat up with some spicy lamb meatballs or spicy whipped feta–filled pita sandwiches, of course. 4 Kilmarnock St.; 617-266-0001

SRV. This just-opened Venetian-style wine bar is about to roll out a cloistered rear courtyard decked out with lengthy banquettes and lush greenery. The 40-seat space is gunning to debut April 1; here's hoping the weather cooperates and that's not an April Fool's joke. (In the meanwhile, check out the chic-looking inside space.) 569 Columbus Ave.; 617-536-9500

State Street Provisions. It already offers one of the hottest bar scenes — maybe this New American newcomer from the Grafton Group (the team behind Russell House Tavern, among others) can add a hopping patio scene to its credits too. The 40-seat patio, slated to open on April 1, sounds like the perfect place to grab a late-night bite when wandering Downtown. 255 State St.; 617-863-8363

Tasty Burger (Back Bay)Patio for burger scarfing, part one: Tasty Burger's new Back Bay Station location has a Dartmouth Street–side patio, and it's the first location to serve breakfast. Take heed, Orange Line commuters. If you want to fuel up with a fried egg–topped patty in the AM sun, you've found your new pre-work noshing spot. 145 Dartmouth St.; 617-425-4444

Wahlburgers (Fenway). Patio for burger scarfing, part two: the famous brothers-founded chain, which we somewhat guiltily enjoy (the same can't always be said of its corresponding reality show) has announced that over 100 locations are going to be sprouting up over the next several years. The newest Hub location by Fenway park has a patio that will be much welcomed once Sox season starts. 132 Brookline Ave.; 617-927-6810