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With warmer days ahead, here’s a running list of the Boston area’s best patios

The patio at Grand Tour on Newbury Street.Handout


A good bet if you’re heading to TD Garden, A&B has tacos, ribs, burgers, flatbreads, and a heated patio. 115 Beverly St., Boston, 857-449-2251, www.anbkitchen.com


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


This lively Portuguese-Spanish tapas bar from Michael Serpa (Select) opens its South End patio on April 1. 600 Harrison Ave., Boston, 857-233-2898, www.atlanticoboston.com

Bar Enza

Mark Ladner from Manhattan’s acclaimed Del Posto runs the Charles Hotel’s new restaurant, serving Italian dishes (such as his rich, famous 1,000-layer lasagne). Out back, there’s a verdant covered patio with heat lamps on the ceiling. 1 Bennett St., Cambridge, 617-661-5050, www.bar-enza.com


The Barking Crab

Everyone’s favorite downtown seafood party resurfaces for the season with their large outdoor tent opening by April 1. 88 Sleeper St., Boston, 617-426-2722, www.barkingcrab.com


Get something for everyone: sushi (Tim and Nancy Cushman also run O Ya downtown), delicious salads, pastas, wood-fired pizza, burgers, and a full kids’ menu that includes introductory sushi (cukes 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

This tranquil bistro overlooking the Boston Public Gardens has patio seats for 20, and serves lavish shellfish towers for up to four. 272 Boylston St., Boston, 617-279-8000, www.bistrodumidi.com

Branch Line

This Watertown rotisserie is known for two things: poultry and patios. There’s plenty of outdoor seating, with a heated terrace available year-round. 321 Arsenal St., Watertown, 617-420-1900, www.branchlinearsenal.com


This Jamaica Plain favorite unveils their covered patio Wednesday through Saturday for dinner until 10 p.m. (11 p.m. on weekends), plus weekend brunch. A temporary menu until June is inspired by the border of northern Thailand and China, with fermented drinks and dishes such as yam waffles and pomelo salad. 3710 Washington St., Jamaica Plain, 617-477-4519, www.brassicakitchen.com


Buttermilk & Bourbon

I have a soft spot (or many soft spots, after too many biscuits) for this New Orleans-style restaurant, which has a Back Bay location but also a super-easy one in Watertown, with tons of parking. I’m told their patio is now open. Beignets, honey-glazed biscuits smeared with cinnamon butter, buttermilk fried chicken … You get the idea. 100 Arsenal Yards Blvd., Watertown, 857-760-7128, www.buttermilkbourbon.com

Casa Verde

Jamaica Plain’s family-friendly taqueria plans to open their patio by April 1, with luscious queso dip, nachos, and tacos ranging from yuca and tofu to fried chicken and spicy grilled shrimp — plus my kids’ go-to: quesadillas. To drink? Perhaps a watermelon shrub mocktail. Sister restaurant Tres Gatos (470 Centre St.) opens their patio on April 1, too. 711 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617-477-9977, www.casaverdejp.com

Citizen Public House

This tavern behind Fenway park opens a patio for the first time this year (partially enclosed for rainy days); it should be ready by April 1. Settle in for chili, burgers, meatball sliders, and even a whole roasted pig if you’re dining with a group. 1330 Boylston St., Boston, 617-450-9000, www.citizenpub.com


This lively Mexican spot at the South End’s Revolution Hotel has a light-strewn, flowery patio that feels far removed from the urban bustle (particularly after a margarita). 40 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116 cosmicaboston.com


Davio’s Seaport

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

Dorchester Brewing

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

The Fed

The Fed at The Langham, Boston, launches a new outdoor terrace on May 19; it’s the first time the Financial District hotel has offered al fresco dining. 250 Franklin St., Boston, 617-956-8765, www.thelanghamhotels.com

Garden Patch by the Sea

This new Quincy spot has patio seating for 80 along Wollaston Beach, plus a unique premise: vegan seafood. 895 Quincy Shore Dr., Quincy, 617-404-8900, www.gardenpatchma.com

Grand Tour

The Newbury Street bistro from Michael Serpa (Select) debuts its patio on April 1, 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, plus a partial roof in case of rain. 44 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-868-2255, www.harvestcambridge.com.

High Street Place

Boston’s newest food hall has a little bit of everything: Mamaleh’s for Jewish deli; Gorgeous Gelato (for gorgeous gelato); Haley Jane’s fried chicken. Sit outside beginning on April 1, and order from the comfort of your table — no need to traipse from vendor to vendor. 100 High St., Boston, www.highstreetplace.com

Il Casale

Dante DeMagistris (Dante, The Wellington) and family run this reliable Italian trattoria in Belmont Center, which is approachable enough for families but dressy enough for a nice night out. A heated sidewalk patio offers a nice view of the streetscape, and there are even blankets. 50 Leonard St., Belmont, 617-209-4942, www.ilcasalebelmont.com


Ivory Pearl Bar

Sip complex cocktails paired with high-low treats (caviar, crudo, or a McDonald’s-style fried fish sandwich with shredded iceberg) at mixology master Ran Duan’s seafood sanctuary and raw bar, which has a large patio and heaters (though they weren’t on during a recent visit). Duan is known for Baldwin Bar in Woburn, and Blossom Bar a few blocks away. 1704 Beacon St, Brookline, 617-487-5297, www.ivorypearlbar.com

The Lexington

Visit this rooftop at the growing Cambridge Crossing development for simple, people-pleasing dishes like roast chicken and steak frites from Will Gilson (Puritan). 100 N. First St., Cambridge, www.thelexingtoncx.com

LoLa 42

The Seaport’s LoLa 42 has 1,000 square feet of outdoor dining, so there’s space to spread out with sushi, global plates, and cocktails. 22 Liberty Dr., Boston, 617-951-4002, www.lola42.com

LoLa Burger

If you find yourself in the Seaport, stop into Lola for fried pickles, burgers, hot dogs, and 24-ounce shakes. Maybe even indulge small gourmands with fries topped with foie gras. 11 Fan Pier Blvd., Boston, 617-936-3170, www.lolaburger.com

Lord Hobo Seaport

Local brew, lobster rolls, room for 500 of your closest friends, and service ‘til midnight — what more could you ask for? 2 Drydock Ave., Boston, 857-277-1496, www.lordhobo.com


Loretta’s Last Call

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

Mare Oyster Bar

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


Douglass Williams runs these Italian standouts in the South End and in Newton; both locations will launch patios beginning April 1. 782 Tremont St., Boston, 617-936-3490; 261 Walnut St., Newton, 617-546-8010, www.midarestaurant.com

Pazza on Porter

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

Pier 6

This sleek seafood spot at Charlestown’s Navy Yard features roof-deck seating, a patio, and a new outdoor bar overlooking the Charlestown Marina. 1 8th St., Charlestown, 617-337-0054, www.pier6boston.com


If you need a sly way to get 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 from former Harvest chef Mary Dumont. 675 West Kendall St., Cambridge, 617-714-5452, www.plantpub.com


Do some shopping at the Prudential Center, then relax on the 94-seat patio at star chef Jody Adams’s Mediterranean restaurant. It’s open Tuesday through Saturday, depending on the weather. Ring Road, Boston, 617-536-1234, www.porto-boston.com

Publico Street Bistro

From sliders to grilled cheese to pizza, there’s a little bit of something for everyone here. Their street-facing patio debuts by April 1. 11 Dorchester St., Boston, 617-622-5700, www.publicoboston.com


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


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

Saltie Girl

Glimmering shellfish towers, tinned fish, bubbles: This hedonistic Back Bay hideaway from restaurateur Kathy Sidell is open from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., with 42 outdoor seats. 279 Dartmouth St., Boston, 617-267-0691, www.saltiegirl.com

The Salty Pig

Charcuterie is the star at this first-come, first-served courtyard patio, open daily until 10 p.m. 130 Dartmouth St., 617-536-6200, www.thesaltypig.com

Season to Taste

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

Sophia’s Grotto

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

Sweet Cheeks

Tiffani Faison runs this barbecue parlor in the Fenway, with buttermilk fried chicken, ribs, and mac-and-cheese. The patio is big (60 seats), and there’s even a TV. It’s slated to open by April 1. 1381 Boylston St., 617-266-1300; www.sweetcheeksq.com


Comfort food is the theme here, from countless varieties of macaroni and cheese to buttery biscuits to crème brûlée made with peanut butter and jelly. Why not? 120 Kingston St., Boston, 617-936-3079, www.stillwaterboston.com

Time Out Market Boston

Their patio is open now: Order via app from Union Square Donuts, Taqueria el Barrio, Gelato & Chill, and lots more. Fills up quick, though; on weekends, arrive by 11 a.m. to snag a good seat. 401 Park Drive, 978-393-8088, www.timeoutmarket.com/boston

Trattoria il Panino

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

Yellow Door Taqueria

Their tacos (scallop with prickly-pear molasses; fried pork belly) are creative and tasty. Street-facing patios open on April 1, with a larger one in the South End coming later this spring. 2297 Dorchester Ave., 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.