Rooftop restaurants in Boston

Explore the best spots for some elevated Boston dining. From charming waterfront terraces to elegant downtown restaurants with sweeping city views.

January 25, 2024
Rooftop restaurants in Boston

From Back Bay and Cambridge to the buzzing Waterfront, we take you to the prime venues to wine and dine above Boston.

Known for its incredible seafood-filled dining scene, you can expect elevated restaurants that offers delicacies from the ocean, but also the best of Italian cuisine and seasonal American fare.

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Enjoy our list of the 5 best rooftop restaurants in Boston. A list made by rooftop experts.

1.Terra at Eataly Boston

Cuisine
Italian
Price
Grill: ~$40
Open for
Lunch / Brunch / Dinner
Rooftop restaurants Boston - Terra at Eataly Boston
Rooftop restaurant Boston at Terra | Photocredit: www.eataly.com/

Inspired by earth and fire, Terra is a wood-burning grill restaurant, located on the third floor of the upscale Italian food destination Eataly Boston.

Truly an urban garden oasis, the rooftop features a beautiful and vibrant interior greenhouse, where lush plants and a glass roof creates a bright and airy feel.

During the warmer months, Terra also moves out to the 2,000-square-feet outdoor terrace, a secret oasis where you are surrounded with terracotta planters, abundant greenery, twinkling string lights and the Boston skyline.

Rooftop restaurants Boston - Terra at Eataly Boston
Rooftop restaurant Boston at Terra | Photocredit: www.eataly.com/

The Terra menu centers around a wood-burning Italian grill, where seasonal and playful plates made perfect to share are created over open flames, allowing the simple flavors to shine.

Served daily as lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, Terra always take you on a unique journey to Italy. Dishes range from 'Spiedi sul Ceppo' (skewers on a log) and housmade pastas, to 'Whole-Grilled Locally Caught Fish' and 'Bistecca Alla Fiorentina'.

The earthy and plentiful dishes pair perfectly with a great selection of artisanal and herb-infused cocktails, rare wines, and barrel-aged beers.

TERRA

  • 800 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199
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2.Pier 6

Cuisine
New England / Seafood
Price
Large plates: ~$26
Open for
Lunch / Brunch / Dinner
Rooftop restaurants Boston - Pier 6
Rooftop restaurant Boston at Pier 6 | Photocredit: www.pier6boston.com/

Located on Pier 6 in Charlestown, steps from the oldest commissioned naval ship in the world, this is one of Boston's premier waterfront dining destinations.

Set ove two levels, both the interor dining room and and the outdoor terraces offer amazing and panoramic views of the city skyline and harbor.

Rooftop restaurants Boston - Pier 6
Rooftop restaurant Boston at Pier 6 | Photocredit: www.pier6boston.com/

Serving lunch, brunch and dinner, the Pier 6 menu highlights exciting flavors in some of the most classic New England dishes, with a focus on fresh seafood and local ingredients.

Enjoy something from the raw bar, small plates like 'Steamed Mussels' and 'Blackened Swordfish Tacos', or larger options like 'Pier 6 Cheeseburger' and 'New England Lobster Roll'.

There is also a wide selection of drinks, ranging from crafted signature cocktails and frozen creations, to a good selection of beers on draft and wine/champagne both by the glass and by the bottle.

All you need for some elevated, relaxed and friendly waterfront vibes.

PIER 6

3.Contessa

Cuisine
Italian
Price
Main: ~$40
Open for
Breakfast / Lunch / Brunch / Dinner
Rooftop restaurants Boston - Contessa
Rooftop restaurant Boston at Contessa | Photocredit: https://contessaristorante.com/

The crown jewel of the glamorous hotel The Newbury Boston is Contessa, bringing the elegance of Northern Italy to Boston.

Floating 17 floors above the heart of the city, the stylish rooftop is inspired by the old-world resorts of Europe and northern Italian estates, and boasts sweeping views of Back Bay and the Boston Public Garden.

Rooftop restaurants Boston - Contessa
Rooftop restaurant Boston at Contessa | Photocredit: https://contessaristorante.com/

Offering grand and creative Italian trattoria-style menu's, here you can indulge in everything from 'Meatballs Aldo', 'Spicy Lobster Capellini', 'Classic Veal Milanese' and a selection of pizza.

Pair dishes with something from the impressive wine cellar, that holds 749 unique wines.

Visit the sun-soaked and luxurious Contessa for breakfast, lunch and brunch, or under the stars for signature cocktails and dinner.

CONTESSA

  • 3 Newbury St Rooftop, Boston, MA 02116
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4.Deck 12

Cuisine
Locally inspired
Price
Large plates: ~$23
Open for
Dinner / Brunch
Rooftop restaurants Boston - Deck 12
Rooftop restaurant Boston at Deck 12 | Photocredit: www.deck12bos.com/

Perched on the 12th floor of the modern YOTEL Boston, the aptly named Deck 12 is a year-round indoor/outdoor rooftop.

The rooftop holds a sleek interior lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows, leading out to a spacious open-air terrace, surrounded with impressive panoramics over the Boston skyline and waterfront.

Rooftop restaurants Boston - Deck 12
Rooftop restaurant Boston at Deck 12 | Photocredit: www.deck12bos.com/

High above it all, the rooftop offers a rotating series of seasonal and locally inspired dishes. Served daily as dinner, and during weekend also as brunch, there are hot & cold small plates, more filling large plates, and tasty sweets.

While Deck 12 is a prime spot for elevated bites and house cocktails in the summer sun, the winter experience is not limited to the indoor lounge. Turning into 'Aprés… @ Deck 12', the rooftop offers a cosy alfresco setting, with gondolas, chair lifts and ski-themed Adirondack chairs, and a warming menu filled with fondue favorites and themed cocktails.

DECK 12

  • YOTEL Boston, 65 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210
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5. The Lexington

Cuisine
Comfort food
Price
Main: ~$30
Open for
Dinner / Brunch
Rooftop restaurants Boston - The Lexington
Rooftop restaurant Boston at The Lexington | Photocredit: www.thelexingtoncx.com/

Located at Cambridge Crossing, The Lexington offers several restaurants under one roof, including a rooftop restaurant, bar and terrace.

Downstairs, you find a cafe and the Italian inspired eatery Geppetto, while the upper floor houses The Lexington Restaurant, Roof Deck & Bar.

Designed with an open greenhouse layout, the bright and urban interior leads out to one of the only roof decks in the area, all surrounded with views of The Common.

Rooftop restaurants Boston - The Lexington
Rooftop restaurant Boston at The Lexington | Photocredit: www.thelexingtoncx.com/

Serving both dinner and weekend brunch, The Lexington menu features a tasty selection of comfort food, including dishes like 'Steak Frites', 'Beer Battered Fish Tacos', 'Beef Tartare' and 'Ricotta Gnocchi'.

Complemented with signature cocktails, local brews & cider and a nice selection of wine, The Lexington is a prime spot for both after work drinks, fun dinners, or early weekend get-togethers.

Visit during the warmer season if you want to be sure that the outdoor terrace is in full swing.

THE LEXINGTON

  • 100 N First St Fl 2, Cambridge, MA 02141
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Rikard Fredricson
Rikard Fredricson

Rikard has spent the last 10 years exploring, enjoying, researching and working with rooftop venues. During these years he has visited more than 700 rooftops across the globe. The experience he has gained is used to create helpful, in-depth and accessible content, and to share his knowledge and rooftop expertise with fellow rooftop-lovers.

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