One of the great things about Worcester restaurants in the summertime is the outdoor dining experience. What better way to spend a night than to sit under the stars, sipping your favorite libation and eating great food.
There are plenty of places in Central Massachusetts that give you the opportunity to eat under the moonlight. Take Shrewsbury Street in Worcester for example. There are at least half a dozen places with outdoor dining. Flying Rhino has several tables outdoors and they are in the process of opening a patio. Further down the street, Piccolo’s has a few tables outside as does Brew City and Tribeca. If dessert is your thing, pop over to Café Dolce, which now has an expanded outdoor area. It’s a great place to enjoy your cannoli or gelato. Of course, you’ll want to watch those calories, if you have beach plans this summer.
But there are plenty of other places around the Worcester dining scene to enjoy the fresh air. Block 5 in the Canal District has a great outdoor patio on Green Street. If food’s not your thing, but a drink is, the Blackstone Tap on Water Street has an enclosed drinking area, where you can sit and enjoy the nighttime sky.
Unfortunately, outside of the Canal District and Shrewsbury Street restaurants, few neighborhoods have embraced the outdoor dining vibe. Just over Lake Quinsigamond Bridge is Vinny T’s which may have the premier dining location ~ a large deck set right on the lake. You can even drive your boat up to the dock. Further a field, but still waterside is Giuseppe’s in Northborough and Allora in Marlboro. Both offer great patios overlooking the lake.
North County is not without its outdoor dining venues. Lidio’s on Route 12 and the Monument Grille in downtown Leominster are particular favorites. Lidio’s offers Italian food, while the Monument Grill can best be described as modern American.
If your idea of a great night out is a warm summer breeze, a cool drink and great food, you’re in luck if you live in Central Massachusetts.