It’s that time of year — we’re ready to savor the sunny days with outdoor meals at our favorite family-friendly restaurants! If you’re in the city, we have you covered with the best Boston restaurants for outdoor dining. Here, though, we’re diving into the delights beyond city limits! Here are some of our favorite kid-friendly outdoor dining spots in Boston’s suburbs.

Dairy Joy

331 North Avenue, Weston

A cherished family tradition, Dairy Joy is where memories are made. Treat your taste buds to mouthwatering sandwiches, some of the best crispy chicken tenders, and indulgent lobster rolls. Don’t miss their refreshing fountain drinks and creamy ice cream! (And bring cash — this spot is cash only.)

Craft Food Halls

3 Maguire Road, Lexington

History meets flavor at Craft Food Halls in historic Lexington. Situated right next to the Minuteman Bikeway, this food hall has space for kids to roam and is the perfect setting for enjoying everything from fresh salads to tacos to mouthwatering sous vide burgers.

Trillium Brewing Company

100 Royall Street, Canton

Nestled in Canton, Trillium Brewing delights with its distinctive beers and delectable pizzas. It’s a must-visit for beer aficionados and foodies alike.

Lookout Farm

89 Pleasant Street, South Natick

From winter warmth in the greenhouse eatery to summer vibes in the outdoor dining area, Lookout Farm serves up locally sourced fare and their very own brews. Located in the super-convenient Boston suburb of Natick, this spot often has live music at dinner time and during brunch on Sundays.

outdoor dining at Trillium Brewery in Boston's suburbs

Shake Shack

49 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill

One of the most iconic burger joints is a food playground for young and old alike, with juicy patties, crispy chicken fingers, golden fries, and vegetarian options like their ‘shroom burger. And don’t forget the shakes, floats, and frozen custard! The Chestnut Hill Shake Shack boasts an outdoor patio conveniently adjacent to The Street’s play area, perfect for the little ones who want to be on the move!

Chestnut Hill Shake Shack

Wachusett Brewing Company

175 State Road E, Westminster

Embark on a flavor adventure in Westminster, where Wachusett Brewing serves up mouthwatering pizzas, juicy burgers, and their renowned selection of beers. Tucked away in a woodland oasis, it’s an extra treat for the kids.


211 Moody Street, Waltham

Transport yourself to the heart of Mexico — in Waltham! Margaritas offers a vibrant atmosphere with colorful decor and a menu bursting with authentic Mexican flavors. From sizzling fajitas to cheesy quesadillas, there’s no shortage of tasty options for even the picky eaters. The outdoor patio here has lots of tables (with umbrellas!), and the views of the Charles River can’t be beat!

Mighty Squirrel

411 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham

Looking for a spot where you can enjoy great food and craft beer while the kids have fun? Look no further than Mighty Squirrel in Waltham. This brewery and taproom not only serves up delicious bites, it also provides ample space for little ones to roam around while you sip on your favorite brew. Their patio is perfect for those warmer months! This spot is conveniently located next to Beaver Brook Reservation, so make a day of it playing by the stream or at the playground and splash pad.

Buttermilk and Bourbon

100 Arsenal Yard Blvd., Watertown

Craving some Southern comfort food? Head over to Buttermilk and Bourbon in Watertown for a taste of the South — and on an outdoor patio, no less. From crispy fried chicken and pork belly cracklings to melt-in-your-mouth house-made biscuits, every dish leaves us feeling satisfied.

Buttermilk & Bourbon outdoor patio (outdoor restaurants Boston suburbs)

Shopper’s Cafe

731 Moody Street, Waltham

Step up to the plate at Shopper’s Cafe in Waltham and enjoy classic American fare in a fun and lively atmosphere. With their Red Sox patio theme, you’ll feel like you’re cheering at the green monster while you dine!

Sunset Tiki Bar

79 Powers Road, Westford

Treat yourself to a mini vacation at the Sunset Tiki Bar at Nashoba Valley Ski Area. This tropical oasis offers delicious cocktails and mouthwatering bites against the backdrop of beautiful mountain views. It’s the perfect spot to unwind and soak up some sunshine with the family.

The Dudley Chateau

20 Crest Road, Wayland

Nestled in the charming town of Wayland, The Dudley Chateau is a local favorite known for its hearty pub grub and cozy ambiance. Bring the whole family along for a laid-back dining experience filled with comfort food classics and friendly faces.


5 Strawberry Hill Road, Acton

Embrace the laid-back vibes of Rapscallion in Acton with its delicious farm-to-table fare in a relaxed setting. From juicy burgers to fresh salads, there’s something on the menu for everyone to enjoy.

Rapscallion outdoor dining in Acton, MA (outdoor restaurants in Boston suburbs)


730 Boston Post Road, Sudbury

Settle in for a delightful meal at Bullfinchs in Sudbury, where you’ll find a diverse menu featuring everything from seafood to steak. With its warm and inviting patio atmosphere, it’s the perfect spot for a family dinner any night of the week.


755 Beacon Street, Newton

Treat your taste buds to a culinary adventure at Sycamore in Newton. This upscale eatery offers a seasonal menu filled with creative dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. Plus, their cozy atmosphere makes it a great spot for a special family celebration.

Sophia’s Grotto

22R Birch Street, Roslindale

Experience the flavors of the Mediterranean in Roslindale. This charming restaurant offers a menu inspired by classic Italian and Greek dishes, along with plenty of options for the little ones. And with the outdoor patio ambiance, you might just feel like you’re tucked away on a street in Europe! Sophia’s Grotto is the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely meal with the whole family.


1482 East Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford

If you find yourself down in New Bedford, be sure to check out Cisco for some fresh seafood and coastal vibes. The casual atmosphere and mouthwatering dishes make it the perfect spot for a family seafood feast.

Michael’s Harborside

1 Tournament Wharf, Newburyport

Michael’s Harborside in Newburyport offers stunning views of the waterfront and a menu featuring fresh seafood and American classics. The outdoor seating here allows guests to dine while enjoying the picturesque scenery by the harbor. If you have kids like mine who love boats, this spot will keep them busy for hours.


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