Our favorite places to eat, drink and chill outdoors
By The Howl Street Team
Summer in the city serves up a whole new dining experience that lets us enjoy lunch in the sunshine or dinner and drinks after work when downtown sidewalks are bursting with music, the clinking of glasses and conversation among friends. Here’s a roundup of our favorite spots with outdoor seating.
50 Warren Restaurant & Lounge
50 Warren St.
Arguably the best city views of downtown Lowell, overlooking the Pawtucket Canal and Lower Locks. Take advantage of the sensational Sunday brunch and Bloody Mary Bar.
207 Market St.
When summer heats up, this downtown institution for Greek cuisine and belly dancing opens a fun outdoor patio featuring an acoustic concert series all season long.
15 Kearney Square
Superb cocktails and top-rate sushi with tables along the Eastern Canalway.
Brew’d Awakening Coffeehaus
61 Market St.
Delicious fair trade coffee, free wifi and the best community vibe anywhere.
573 Lawrence St.
Some of the best sangria we’ve ever tried somehow tastes even better when served on a cozy patio. The Steak on a Stone dish is a must-have here.
Center Brickhouse Pizza
1 Central Square, Chelmsford
Grab breakfast, lunch or dinner under the shade of a patio umbrella and a deck fit for warm-weather revelry.
91 Dutton St.
Hands-down the best place in downtown Lowell for fresh oysters and lobster cooked just about every way you can imagine.
48 Monument Sq., Concord
The breezy wrap around porch at this historic (and rumored to be haunted) Inn, is a nice spot for light bites and a refreshing huckleberry lemonade.
Filoh’s Great Road
59 Great Rd. Acton, MA
This downtown Acton restaurant’s traditional Italian comfort food can be enjoyed on its scenic outdoor porch, which has recently been renovated with bright new umbrellas and printed tablecloths.
Friends Restaurant & Pub
350 Market St.
The authentic Portuguese dishes served up in the fenced-in patio, give this downtown pub the serene feel of dining, in an oversized backyard.
45 Palmer St.
Infused cocktails are the specialty here with a nice outdoor patio that wraps around the cobblestoned Palmer and Middle streets — welcome to the heart of downtown.
131 Middlesex St.
This Mexican-Irish hybrid restaurant serves up an amazing Cactus Bowl, a drink meant for sharing with friends.
705 Pawtucket Blvd.
A sunny, umbrella-dotted deck at a laid-back restaurant and bar where you can order a fancy cocktail or a Bud Light without anyone caring which one you choose.
400 Littleton Rd., Westford
Nothing feels as close to summer as Kimball’s Outdoor Grill & Seafood Shack, where rows of picnic tables under the canopy of tents lend the perfect atmosphere for feasting on good barbecue.
194 Middle St.
The best vegetarian café in Greater Lowell also has a few tables outside, great for getting some vitamin D on your lunch break.
Lowell Beer Works
203 Cabot St.
Refreshing microbrews within walking distance to LeLaucheur Park for all those Spinners games.
Mandarin Asian Bistro
24 Market St.
Soak up the action from a Market Street sidewalk while sharing a Scorpion Bowl with friends at this downtown sushi bar.
Michael’s Harborside Restaurant
One Tournament Warf, Newburyport
The casual and spacious waterfront deck makes us feel like we’ve been transported to a vacation destination somewhere far away.
My Place by the Sea
68 Bearskin Neck, Rockport
It’s a little bit of a drive but so worth it for a great date night. This chef-owned restaurant is full of flowers, soft lights and a stunning waterfront deck for watching the sun sink into the sea. Bow chika bow.
Red Raven Pub
3 Nagog Park, Acton, MA
Warm, rustic tavern with a waterfront deck serving pub fare, craft beer and cocktails.
Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar
35 Railroad Square, Nashua, NH
Enjoy this Nashua cafe’s craft cocktails, beer, and coffee outside on railroad square, or head inside to enjoy live music ranging from jazz and funk to progressive rock.
Tewksbury Country Club
1880 Main St.
There’s something about the Tew-Mac Tavern patio, surrounded by ponds, fountains and a manicured golf course, that just makes us want to wear a floppy hat, sip on a Scarlett O’Hara and start speaking in a southern accent.
280 Central St.
Spacious open-air beer garden with several round tables, a great selection of craft beers, pub food, and in our humble opinion, the best burger in the city – The Ward 8.
44 Palmer St.
Stone-fired pizza (we recommend the tasty cheeseburger pie), yummy aps and a lively patio.