With warmer summer weather, the demand for al fresco dining increases, and New Englanders have many options – several restaurants in the area have just been named the best in the country for al fresco dining.
OpenTable published its list of the top 100 restaurants for outdoor dining on Monday. The list covered establishments from coast to coast and included six New England area restaurants.
Four restaurants in Rhode Island and two in Massachusetts met criteria — which included incredible views, quality of cuisine, and overall dining experience — and all had water in some way. Here’s what made her stand out.
The Coast Guard House in Narragansett made the cut. Praised by OpenTable for its wide variety of dishes, from lobster mac and cheese to grilled swordfish, the waterfront seafood restaurant received an average of 4.7 stars from 4,516 reviews based on food, service, ambience and value. Relationship. Reviewers note that the Coast Guard House is expensive, but it offers “spectacular views,” one reviewer wrote.
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The Boat House Waterfront Dining in Tiverton is “the perfect place for an intimate dinner, casual meal, or family celebration,” said one reviewer. With an average rating of 4.8 stars from 5,645 reviews, the seafood restaurant in Mt. Hope Bay offers beautiful views of the ocean at the bay.
The Providence’s Los Andes restaurant serves tasty Peruvian and Bolivian dishes for lunch and dinner. The outdoor patio area features a waterfall and pond, adding to the tranquility that earned this restaurant a spot on the list.
Newport’s Mooring Restaurant has been around for over 35 years. With an award-winning wine list and a full raw food bar, the restaurant keeps locals coming back and boasts a 4.7-star rating from 7,848 reviews on OpenTable.
The Black Whale in New Bedford is known for its scenic water views overlooking the fishing boats and harbor. Located next to the Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket ferries, the popular restaurant is a tourist attraction, and “the hospitality is second to none,” according to the reservations app.
A rating of 4.7 stars is achieved by Alma Nove in Hingham, a restaurant serving both Mediterranean and Italian cuisine. Its location on the shores of Hingham Bay allows guests to enjoy beautiful views and relax on comfortable patio furniture by a fire pit, according to OpenTable.
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OpenTable said its ranking is based on reviews from 13.6 million diners and includes restaurants from 25 states.
Boston saw a 37 percent increase in requests for outdoor reservations between May and June, an increase that surpassed Portland’s 31 percent and New York’s 15 percent, the company said.