Our Take on the Best Outdoor Dining in Boston

Without exception (arguably), everything takes better outside. And with such a vibrant neighborhood, limiting yourself to inside dining — especially when Boston’s al fresco season is so brief — would be a shame. These five spots nearby the Kensington rank among our favorites. We suggest you try them all.

Mexican: Telavera-tiled tables in vibrant colors add fun and flair at Casa Romero, but it’s what’s served on those tables — especially the fish tacos — that make this place a favorite. And you can’t beat the margaritas. (Off Newbury Street)

Sushi: Fresh, sumptuous sushi awaits you at Haru. This popular spot is known for generous portions and a very affordable happy hour. Be sure to sample the ceviche and king crab dumplings. (Back Bay)

American: Come to Sonsie on a first date and guarantee yourself a second. The food and atmosphere are equally delicious, especially on a beautiful summer evening. Try the PEI mussels or pork belly tacos. (Newbury Street)

Pork (and more): The concept of the beer garden has never been more fitting than at The Salty Pig. Craft brews are the perfect complement to dishes like bacon-wrapped pate. Try the broccoli rabe and, of course, the pork tasting. (Back Bay)

International/American: Towne Stove and Spirits is the place to be for meaty steak or seafood. There’s even a gluten-free menu. We’re partial to the steak frites and skirt steak. (Boylston Street)

With all these great options, the only question is whether you’ll indulge in dessert onsite or walk to one of our favorite ice cream shops. We’ll leave that decision to you.