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Outdoor Dining Restaurants in Portland, Maine: 15 Great Spots

Don't waste Maine's few days of sunshine eating indoors.

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The al fresco dining season in Portland is short, so take advantage with this guide to some of the best decks and patios downtown. Where else do you go for fresh food and fresh air in the area? Note: map points are listed alphabetically.

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Amato's

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Enjoy some real fresh air with your "Real Italian" at the India Street location's surprisingly swanky, underutilized patio.

Boone's Fish House & Oyster Room

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Boone's has plenty of outdoor seating and, like most of the Rooms restaurants, a solid happy hour during the week.

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Caiola's

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This West End classic has a hidden courtyard in the back, perfect if you arrive early for brunch.

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Gilbert's Chowder House

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Smell the briny sea breeze as you enjoy a bowl of hearty chowder with a view.

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Novare Res Bier Cafe

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Novare's large patio is an oasis, and while the bar is known for its beer, its concise food menu is worthy of your attention as well.

[Photo: Courtesy of Allagash Brewing Company]

Silly's Restaurant

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This East End favorite's outdoor dining area is as sprawling as its menu.

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Slab Sicilian Street Food

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With authentic German biergarten tables and a stage for live music, the huge patio at Slab is hard to beat in the summer.

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The Porthole Restaurant and Pub

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Enjoy your Lobsterman's Breakfast with a view of the local lobstermen.

[Photo: Courtesy of The Porthole]

The Thirsty Pig

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The Thirsty Pig will meet your needs for beer, house-made sausages, and summer breezes.

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This Asian-inspired patio will transport you for the length of your meal, despite the restaurant's location at a five-way intersection.

[Photo: Courtesy of Yosaku]

Elevation Burger

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Whether you prefer the burgers here or at nearby competitors Five Guys or b. Good, it's hard to argue with Elevation Burger's second floor deck overlooking Commercial Street.

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Enjoy this new bistro's eclectic menu on a cozy patio hidden alongside the building.

[Photo: Courtesy of Isa]

Portland Lobster Company

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Portland Lobster Company makes the most of its short season with lobster rolls and daily live music directly on the working waterfront.

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The Treehouse

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The interior of this off-peninsula spot is dreamy, but the two-tiered deck is the place to be in summer. With any luck, the owner will build the rooftop treehouse he's hinted at, too.

[Photo: Courtesy of The Treehouse]

The pan-Mediterranean cuisine here was designed to be eaten in the sun — now a possibility, thanks to TIQA's patio alongside the Marriott Courtyard Hotel.

[Photo: Courtesy of TIQA]

Amato's

Enjoy some real fresh air with your "Real Italian" at the India Street location's surprisingly swanky, underutilized patio.

Boone's Fish House & Oyster Room

Boone's has plenty of outdoor seating and, like most of the Rooms restaurants, a solid happy hour during the week.

[Photo: Courtesy of Boone's]

Caiola's

This West End classic has a hidden courtyard in the back, perfect if you arrive early for brunch.

[Photo: dogeared/Flickr]

Gilbert's Chowder House

Smell the briny sea breeze as you enjoy a bowl of hearty chowder with a view.

[Photo: Courtesy of Gilbert's Chowder House]

Novare Res Bier Cafe

Novare's large patio is an oasis, and while the bar is known for its beer, its concise food menu is worthy of your attention as well.

[Photo: Courtesy of Allagash Brewing Company]

Silly's Restaurant

This East End favorite's outdoor dining area is as sprawling as its menu.

[Photo: Courtesy of Silly's]

Slab Sicilian Street Food

With authentic German biergarten tables and a stage for live music, the huge patio at Slab is hard to beat in the summer.

[Photo: Courtesy of Slab]

The Porthole Restaurant and Pub

Enjoy your Lobsterman's Breakfast with a view of the local lobstermen.

[Photo: Courtesy of The Porthole]

The Thirsty Pig

The Thirsty Pig will meet your needs for beer, house-made sausages, and summer breezes.

[Photo: Courtesy of The Thirsty Pig]

Yosaku

This Asian-inspired patio will transport you for the length of your meal, despite the restaurant's location at a five-way intersection.

[Photo: Courtesy of Yosaku]

Elevation Burger

Whether you prefer the burgers here or at nearby competitors Five Guys or b. Good, it's hard to argue with Elevation Burger's second floor deck overlooking Commercial Street.

[Photo: Courtesy of Elevation Burger]

Isa

Enjoy this new bistro's eclectic menu on a cozy patio hidden alongside the building.

[Photo: Courtesy of Isa]

Portland Lobster Company

Portland Lobster Company makes the most of its short season with lobster rolls and daily live music directly on the working waterfront.

[Photo: Courtesy of Portland Lobster Company]

The Treehouse

The interior of this off-peninsula spot is dreamy, but the two-tiered deck is the place to be in summer. With any luck, the owner will build the rooftop treehouse he's hinted at, too.

[Photo: Courtesy of The Treehouse]

TIQA

The pan-Mediterranean cuisine here was designed to be eaten in the sun — now a possibility, thanks to TIQA's patio alongside the Marriott Courtyard Hotel.

[Photo: Courtesy of TIQA]