Two weeks after Boston moved into the second phase of reopening, Woods Hill Pier 4 - the farm-to-table spot in Seaport - opened up its patio for its inaugural summer season. They’re accepting reservations for parties of up to six people from 11:30am-11pm, Tuesday through Saturday.
We would call it one of our favorite patios in the city, though that would be a lie since we haven’t been there yet. But based on the photos we’ve seen, it looks like a great spot to sip on one (or four) of their excellent cocktails.
As far as we know, there’s no other place that pairs unobstructed views of the harbor with a large patch of intentionally placed and perfectly manicured grass so well. The whole place looks like a modern architect’s fantasyland, which may be the best setting for Woods Hill’s lobster popovers with crème fraîche anyway.
If you’re looking for other patios in Boston, we’ve picked five of our favorites below. And you can always check out our running list of spots that have reopened for outdoor dining.
Five Other Great Patios To Check Out
Alcove at Lovejoy Wharf is a place we forget about sometimes. Not because it’s bad, but because it’s tucked away in a warehouse building right next to the Zakim Bridge, in the shadow of the Garden. Now that their patio is open again, however, we’re thinking about their house focaccia, great cocktail list, and when we should make a reservation. They’re open from 5pm onwards during the week, and 12pm onwards on the weekends. As an added bonus, you can head nextdoor to Night Shift Brewing afterward so you can tell your friends you spent a whole day staring at the Charles River docks.
The patio at Loyal Nine is a repurposed driveway filled with custom benches and market lights - which, believe it or not, is an ideal spot for the seafood-centric menu here. Some currently available items include salt-and-pepper calamari and whole-fried redfish. And since the patio is open from 9am onwards Tues-Sun, it means it’s also an ideal spot for coffee and breakfast sandwiches in the morning, and brunch on Sundays. Spots are available for walk-in only at this time.
The Bowery Bar has a back patio that’s fully hidden from street view - and it’s complete with colorful stools, umbrellas, and an impressive amount of greenery (seriously, look at those trees). For 90 minutes of your day - since that’s the maximum time allowed for each seating - you can feel like you’re somewhere other than Boston. The menu is filled with a variety of things ranging from banana foster pancakes to fish tacos and short rib arancini. Reservations can be made here.
There’s no bocce court at Branch Line this summer, but their covered patio is still one of the most impressive we’ve been to. It’s got a nice industrial aesthetic, and (more importantly) plenty of seating to have the stellar rotisserie chicken and rosemary fries. A glass of rosé doesn’t hurt either. You can make a reservation here - please note there’s an additional 5% fee added to all tabs.
ReelHouse has the best views of any restaurant in the city. It’s the kind that you would normally pay a high price to ride an elevator for, except here your dollars go toward heavy-handed drinks and mediocre food. But as you watch the sunset over the city’s skyline, mojito slushie in hand, you’ll probably just be glad to be out of the house. Reservations can be made online.