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Boston — By Maria Olia on June 12, 2009 at 3:25 pm

Dining Al Fresco in Boston

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On a fine New England summer day, there are few things nicer than dining outdoors. So when the weather turns warm, Boston- area restaurants open their patios, terraces and sidewalk cafés for outdoor dining.

Here’s a round-up of summer outdoor dining hot spots in the Boston area. All of them make for some prime-people watching too!

Legals’ Sea Food Charles Terrace (20 University Rd., Cambridge, 617-491-9400, Map). Legals is well known as Boston’s favorite local fish restaurant chain. The Legals’ Terrace  at the Charles Hotel is a particulary fun place to have a drink and watch the happenings in Harvard Square. It also has an awesome raw bar. Order a Cranberry Bog Lemon Martini along with a crabmeat roll -it pretty much says New England summer!

Upscale Solea (388 Moody St., Waltham, 781-894-1805) doesn’t have outdoor seating per se, but when the restaurant opens its huge windows, you definitely get that al fresco feel. Solea specializes in tapas, Spanish small plate cuisine. Delectable  morsels include traditional  patatas bravas -spicy potatoes  and  artichoke, mushroom and goat cheese crostini.   Sangria anyone?

You can wile away a Friday evening in style at 606 Congress , part of the Renaissance Boston Waterfront (606 Congress St. Boston, 617-476-5606, Map). Every Friday evening from 5PM-8PM, 606 Congress is offering the choice of a bucket of four Coronitas, their signature Margarita, or a raw bar sampler plate for just $6.06 each.

Located in the South End, the Beehive(541 Tremont St., 617-423-0069, Map) has an outdoor patio  that is one of the sceniest in town. The Beehive’s menu features eclectic, Mediterranean and Middle East cuisine and is a most excellent place to stop for an early evening drink that segues into dinner.

A list of Boston summer outdoor dining spots is incomplete without mentioning a Newbury Street CafĂ©. Stephanie’s on Newbury( 190 NewburySt., 617-236-0990) has one of “the street’s” largest patios and a wonderful menu – salads like red beet and Vermont goat cheese and sandwiches like the open-face turkey sandwich – never fail to please!

Image Credit: Legal Seafoods

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