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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Amato's

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71 India St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 773-1682
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Enjoy some real fresh air with your "Real Italian" at the India Street location's surprisingly swanky, underutilized patio.

2. Boone's Fish House & Oyster Room

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86 Commercial St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-5725
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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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3. Caiola's

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58 Pine St
Portland, ME 04102
(207) 772-1110
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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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4. Gilbert's Chowder House

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92 Commercial St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 871-5897
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Smell the briny sea breeze as you enjoy a bowl of hearty chowder with a view.

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5. Novare Res Bier Cafe

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4 Canal Plz, Portland
ME, 04101
(207) 761-2437
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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]

6. Silly's Restaurant

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40 Washington Ave
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 772-0360
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This East End favorite's outdoor dining area is as sprawling as its menu.

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7. Slab Sicilian Street Food

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25 Preble St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 245-3088
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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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8. The Porthole Restaurant and Pub

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20 Custom House Wharf
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 773-4653
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Enjoy your Lobsterman's Breakfast with a view of the local lobstermen.

[Photo: Courtesy of The Porthole]

9. The Thirsty Pig

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37 Exchange St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 773-2469
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The Thirsty Pig will meet your needs for beer, house-made sausages, and summer breezes.

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10. Yosaku

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1 Danforth St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 780-0880
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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]

11. Elevation Burger

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205 Commercial St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 775-6800
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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.

[Photo: Courtesy of Elevation Burger]

12. Isa

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79 Portland Street
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 808-8533
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Enjoy this new bistro's eclectic menu on a cozy patio hidden alongside the building.

[Photo: Courtesy of Isa]

13. Portland Lobster Company

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180 Commercial St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 775-2112
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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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14. The Treehouse

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484 Stevens Avenue
Portland, ME 04103
(207) 874-0706
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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]

15. TIQA

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327 Commercial St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 808-8840
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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]

1. Amato's

71 India St, Portland, ME 04101
Enjoy some real fresh air with your "Real Italian" at the India Street location's surprisingly swanky, underutilized patio.
71 India St
Portland, ME 04101

2. Boone's Fish House & Oyster Room

86 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101
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]

86 Commercial St
Portland, ME 04101

3. Caiola's

58 Pine St, Portland, ME 04102
This West End classic has a hidden courtyard in the back, perfect if you arrive early for brunch.

[Photo: dogeared/Flickr]

58 Pine St
Portland, ME 04102

4. Gilbert's Chowder House

92 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101
Smell the briny sea breeze as you enjoy a bowl of hearty chowder with a view.

[Photo: Courtesy of Gilbert's Chowder House]

92 Commercial St
Portland, ME 04101

5. Novare Res Bier Cafe

4 Canal Plz, Portland, ME, 04101
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]

4 Canal Plz, Portland
ME, 04101

6. Silly's Restaurant

40 Washington Ave, Portland, ME 04101
This East End favorite's outdoor dining area is as sprawling as its menu.

[Photo: Courtesy of Silly's]

40 Washington Ave
Portland, ME 04101

7. Slab Sicilian Street Food

25 Preble St, Portland, ME 04101
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]

25 Preble St
Portland, ME 04101

8. The Porthole Restaurant and Pub

20 Custom House Wharf, Portland, ME 04101
Enjoy your Lobsterman's Breakfast with a view of the local lobstermen.

[Photo: Courtesy of The Porthole]

20 Custom House Wharf
Portland, ME 04101

9. The Thirsty Pig

37 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101
The Thirsty Pig will meet your needs for beer, house-made sausages, and summer breezes.

[Photo: Courtesy of The Thirsty Pig]

37 Exchange St
Portland, ME 04101

10. Yosaku

1 Danforth St, Portland, ME 04101
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]

1 Danforth St
Portland, ME 04101

11. Elevation Burger

205 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101
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]

205 Commercial St
Portland, ME 04101

12. Isa

79 Portland Street, Portland, ME 04101
Enjoy this new bistro's eclectic menu on a cozy patio hidden alongside the building.

[Photo: Courtesy of Isa]

79 Portland Street
Portland, ME 04101

13. Portland Lobster Company

180 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101
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]

180 Commercial St
Portland, ME 04101

14. The Treehouse

484 Stevens Avenue, Portland, ME 04103
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]

484 Stevens Avenue
Portland, ME 04103

15. TIQA

327 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101
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]

327 Commercial St
Portland, ME 04101

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