It's Patio Season!

Posted: May 17, 2017

Patio season is upon us, and Central Mass has plenty of spots for you to soak up the sun. Checkout our favorite local options for outdoor dining.

Hardwick Vineyard & Winery

If you are looking to enjoy a picnic and a delicious bottle of wine with a friend, take a drive to Hardwick Vineyard & Winery. Begin your experience by participating in a tasting where you can sample an amazing collection of their award winning locally grown/bottled wines. Once you pick your favorites you can purchase a glass, a flight or a bottle and enjoy it in the barn, out on the deck, or on the grounds. From their beautiful outdoor deck, you can breathe in the fresh air while taking in mountain views and looking over the vineyard. Pack yourself some cheese and crackers, fruit and chocolate to make the experience an unforgettable delight. 

Volturno & Wormtown Brewery

If you want pizza on the patio, look no farther than Volturno. Honoring a 200 year old Neapolitan tradition, Volturno brings you perfect pies cooked in wood burning ovens heated at 900 degrees. Make the most of the two-for-one pizza deal on Mondays and Tuesdays. The Funghi is perfect for springtime, made with wild mushrooms, mozzarella, arugula, truffle crema and goat cheese. And if you are looking to wash it down with an ice-cold beer, get your pizza to go and walk next door to Wormtown Brewery to try their local brews on the outdoor patio. 


For large groups hoping to sit outside, Mezcal in downtown Worcester ensures ample seating and Margaritas served by the pitcher. There’s a guacamole variety to suit every customer; choose from: Mediterranean, Cool Ranch Bacon, Thai Rooster, Tropical, and Buffalo Chicken.

Ceres Bistro at Beechwood Hotel

Located on the corner of Route 9 and Plantation Street, this outdoor oasis is the perfect place to unwind!  Ceres Bistro, the award winning restaurant located inside Worcester's luxurious Beechwood Hotel, offers outdoor dining and live music throughout the summer!  Ceres Bistro is home to Worcester's most vibrant jazz communities, including regular acts such as Niki Luparelli, Dale LePage, Denise Cascione and Dam Chick Singer, Jeff Burke, Jim Downer and many more.

Salem Cross Inn

If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of your everyday life and embrace the beautiful landscapes of the countryside, Salem Cross Inn is the perfect choice. Nestled on 600 acres of farmland/land, this beautiful historic 18th century farmhouse serves an expansive menu, with food that is prepared fresh daily with local herbs and vegetables, many of which are grown on site. A beautiful sunny day is the best time to sit outdoors and soak in Vitamin D and beautiful vistas while enjoying a delicious home-made meal!

Lock 50 

Outdoor dining at Lock 50 on Water Street offers a pristine view of a mural created by noted American painter, Spencer Keeton Cunningham. Lock 50 frequently hosts live music on the patio featuring an impressive raw bar. The eclectic, food friendly beverage selection will satisfy even the most exacting drinker.

Meadowbrook Farm and Orchard

The Farmstore and Bakery is nestled amidst apple trees overlooking the hills of Central Massachusetts. Lunch is served seven days a week. We serve fresh soups and great sandwiches, with daily hot specials. Outdoor and indoor dining available. 

Cedar Street Grille

As the newest addition to the Table 3 Restaurant Group, Cedar Street Cafe focuses on breakfast and lunch. They make everything fresh daily with locally sourced ingredients. Sit out on their beautiful patio and enjoy a fresh cup of coffee or a delicious 100% fruit smoothie with your salad or sandwich. 

Flying Rhino Cafe & Watering Hole

If you find yourself on Shrewsbury Street, stop by the Flying Rhino Cafe & Watering Hole and enjoy your meal outside. Their Spring/Summer menu has old favorites and new creations such as the French Onion Burger, the Swordfish Pocket, the Summer Spinach Salad, and the new best seller, the BBQ Pork Mac & Cheese! Pair these delicious eats with a Peach Mango Mojito, a Hangover on the Beach or a pitcher of Safari Sangria to finish off a great meal! 

Grill on the Hill

After playing a round of golf head to Grill on the Hill to re energize. Start your meal off with the Greek Sampler and finish with either the Chicken Scampi or Open-faced Stripped Sirloin. Enjoy a special cocktail as you watch the sunset over the beautiful Green Hill Park golf course. 

The Civic Kitchen & Drink

The Civic Kitchen & Drink offers guests lush views of the golf course at Westborough Country Club. The Civic boasts a locally driven menu, which means that no one is more excited about Spring’s arrival than Chef Rick Araujo. Order his Spring Raviolo, a Narragansett Feta and ricotta stuffed pasta with parmesan, peas, pea shoots and lemon butter.

The Civic’s innovative cocktail program also relies on local ingredients and small distilleries. Try the Blackberry Sage Margarita made with Chinaco Blanco tequila, fresh blackberries and sage, house-made sour, and local honey. Or, checkout the craft brew selection featuring the likes of Banded Horn and Jack’s Abby.

Nick's Bar

Nick’s Bar and Restaurant was not just the centerpiece of an Oscar nominated film, it is also home to one of Worcester’s most flourishing patios. Nick’s promises live entertainment every night, but in between sets, we recommend that you order a grilled bratwurst served with onion and spicy mustard and find a seat out back.