A good choice if you go to TD Garden, A&B has tacos, ribs, burgers, flatbread and a heated patio. 115 Beverly St., Boston, 857-449-2251, www.anbkitchen.com


With a convenient location near TD Garden and an extensive menu with kids’ portions, Alcove is a foolproof choice (especially now that Chef Charles Draghi of Erbaluce in Bay Village is in the kitchen). 50 Lovejoy Wharf, Boston, 617-248-0050, www.alcoveboston.com


This lively Portuguese-Spanish tapas bar, owned by Michael Serpa (Select), opened its South End terrace last weekend; Ask for availability. 600 Harrison Ave., Boston, 857-233-2898, www.atlanticoboston.com

Bar Enza

Mark Ladner of Manhattan’s acclaimed Del Posto runs the Charles Hotel’s new restaurant, serving up Italian fare (like his rich, famous 100-Layer Lasagna). At the back there is a green covered terrace with heat lamps on the ceiling. 1 Bennett St., Cambridge, 617-661-5050, www.bar-enza.com

The barking crab

The ever-popular downtown seafood party returns for the season with a large outdoor tent. 88 Sleeper St., Boston, 617-426-2722, www.barkingcrab.com


There’s something for everyone here: sushi (Tim and Nancy Cushman also run O Ya downtown), delicious salads, pasta, wood-fired pizza, burgers, and a full kids’ menu with introductory sushi (pie and avocado) and a hi -lo Cheeseburger (Wagyu beef but topped with American cheese). 47 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, 857-576-8300, www.biancachestnuthill.com

Bistro du Midi

Overlooking the Boston Public Gardens, this tranquil bistro has patio seating for 20 and serves sumptuous shellfish towers for up to four. 272 Boylston St., Boston, 617-279-8000, www.bistrodumidi.com

Diners on the patio at Buttermilk & Bourbon in June 2020.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Buttermilk & Bourbon

I have a weakness (or many weaknesses, after too many cookies) for this New Orleans-style restaurant that’s located in Back Bay but is also super easy in Watertown, with ample parking. I was told that their terrace is now open. Beignets, cinnamon butter cookies with honey icing, buttermilk fried chicken… you know. 100 Arsenal Yards Blvd., Watertown, 857-760-7128, www.buttermilkbourbon.com


Jamaica Plain’s family-friendly taqueria plans to unveil its patio this spring with delicious queso dip, nachos, and tacos ranging from yuca and tofu to fried chicken and flavorful grilled shrimp — plus my kids’ favorite food: quesadillas. Drink? Maybe a watermelon bush mocktail. Sister restaurant Tres Gatos (470 Center St.) has a similar alfresco decor. 711 Center St., Jamaica Plain, 617-477-9977, www.casaverdejp.com

town hall

This tavern behind Fenway Park is opening a terrace for the first time this year (partially closed for rainy days). Settle into chili, burgers, meatballs, and even a whole roast pig when dining with a group. 1330 Boylston St., Boston, 617-450-9000, www.citizenpub.com

Davio’s seaport

Get Northern Italian steak and seafood along the waterfront. 26 Fan Pier Blvd., Boston, 617-261-4810, www.davios.com/seaport

The greenhouse and roof terrace of the Dorchester Brewing Company. Erin Clark/Globe Staff

Dorchester Brewing

Beer for adults and BBQ for all ages from M&M: baked mac and cheese, cornbread, loaded fries, brisket, ribs and more. 1250 Massachusetts Ave., Dorchester, 617-307-7674, www.dorchesterbrewing.com

big tour

Michael Serpa’s (Select) Newbury Street Bistro invites diners to dine al fresco with bavette, duck, mussels and plenty of wine. 314 Newbury St., Boston, 857-277-0800, www.grandtourboston.com


This neighborhood staple has a courtyard with a fireplace, as well as a partial canopy in case it rains. 44 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-868-2255, www.harvestcambridge.com.

Place on the main street

Boston’s newest food hall has a little bit of everything: Mamaleh’s for Jewish delicacies; Gorgeous Gelato (for Gorgeous Gelato); Haley Jane Fried Chicken. Sit outside and order from the comfort of your own table – no need to wander from vendor to vendor. 100 High Street, Boston www.highstreetplace.com

The Terrace at the Grand Tour on Newbury Street.handouts

The Lexington

Head to this rooftop terrace in the growing Cambridge Crossing development for simple, people-friendly dishes like fried chicken and steak fries from Will Gilson (Puritan). 100 N. First St., Cambridge, www.thelexingtoncx.com

Lo La 42

The Seaport’s LoLa 42 features 1,000 square feet of outdoor dining so you can spread out with sushi, international fare and cocktails. 22 Liberty Drive, Boston, 617-951-4002, www.lola42.com

LoLa Burger

If you find yourself in the seaport, visit Lola for fried pickles, burgers, hot dogs, and 24-ounce shakes. Treat little gourmets to French fries with foie gras. 11 Fan Pier Blvd., Boston, 617-936-3170, www.lolaburger.com

Loretta’s last call

This country music themed bar in the shadow of Fenway Park, complete with brunch and bluegrass-style dancing, has a 56-seat patio (with four al fresco bar seats). 1 Lansdowne St., Boston, 617-421-9595, www.lorettaslastcall.com

Mare Oyster Bar

Slurp up conch and lobster rolls on this North End patio overlooking the Greenway, equipped with heat lamps and fire pits on cooler evenings. 3 Mechanic St., Boston, 617-723-6273, www.mareoysterbar.com


Douglass Williams runs these outstanding Italian restaurants in the South End and Newton; Both locations will introduce patios this month. 782 Tremont St., Boston, 617-936-3490; 261 Walnut St., Newton, 617-546-8010, www.midarestaurant.com

Crazy about Porter

This family-friendly neighborhood has a kids’ menu, lunch and dinner daily, and $10 pasta on Tuesdays. 107 Porter St., Boston, 617-362-7663, www.pazzaonporter.com

Pier 6

Located in Charlestown’s Navy Yard, this elegant seafood joint features rooftop seating, a patio and a new alfresco bar overlooking Charlestown Marina. 1 8th St., Charlestown, 617-337-0054, www.pier6boston.com


If you want to be smart about getting your kids to eat their veggies, head to Kendall Square for a plant-based menu of cauliflower barbecue wings, wild mushroom truffle pizza and soft serve ice cream from former Harvest chef Mary Dumont. 675 West Kendall St., Cambridge, 617-714-5452, www.plantpub.com


Shop at the Prudential Center, then relax on the 94-seat patio at Michelin-starred chef Jody Adams’ Mediterranean restaurant. Depending on the weather, it is open from Tuesday to Saturday. Ring Road, Boston, 617-536-1234, www.porto-boston.com

Public street bistro

From sliders to grilled cheese to pizza, there’s something for everyone on the street-facing terrace. 11 Dorchester St., Boston, 617-622-5700, www.publicoboston.com

role house

At this East Boston destination from the Pier 6 team, enjoy seafood and cocktails on an expansive patio overlooking the city. 6 New St., Boston, 617-895-4075, www.reelhouseboston.com


This Back Bay brasserie near the Hynes Convention Center offers outdoor seating and all-day dining. 900 Boylston St., Boston, 617-247-0400, www.rochambeauboston.com

Seafood in Rochambeau. handouts

Season to taste

Covered, private patio cabanas are a big draw at this cozy, seasonal American spot in North Cambridge, where former Puritan chef Sam Day now helms the kitchen. 2447 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-871-9468, www.seasoncambridge.com

Sophia’s grotto

This cozy retreat in Roslindale is the ultimate spot in the neighborhood, with a light-filled patio and a family-friendly menu, from thin-crust pies to succulent meatballs. 22r Birch St, Roslindale, 617-323-4595, www.sophiasgrotto.com

sweet cheeks

Tiffani Faison runs this grill shop on the Fenway with buttermilk fried chicken, ribs and mac and cheese. The terrace is large (60 seats) and there is even a TV. It opened last weekend. 1381 Boylston St., 617-266-1300; www.sweetcheeksq.com

still water

Comfort food is the theme here, from myriad variations of macaroni and cheese to shortbread cookies and crème brûlée with peanut butter and jelly. Why not? 120 Kingston St., Boston, 617-936-3079, www.stillwaterboston.com

Stillwater in Boston.still water

Timeout Market Boston

Your patio is now open: Order via app at Union Square Donuts, Taqueria el Barrio, Gelato & Chill and more. However, it fills up quickly; Come by 11am on weekends to secure a good spot. 401 Park Drive, 978-393-8088, www.timeoutmarket.com/boston

Trattoria Il Panino

This North End classic features a fully covered patio, making it a safe option even when it rains. 11 Parmenter St., Boston, 617-720-1336, www.trattoriailpanino.com

Yellow Door Taqueria

Their tacos (scallops with prickly pear molasses; roast pork belly) are creative and delicious. Terraces overlooking the street are available now, with a larger South End to follow later this spring. 2297 Dorchester Avenue, Boston, 857-267-4201; 354 Harrison Ave., Boston, 857-239-9276, www.yellowdoortaqueria.com

Kara Baskin can be reached at kara.baskin@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @kcbaskin.