Wanna take this meal outside?

The weather may not be cooperating yet, but the bars are ready to accommodate drinks and dishes on the patio.

There is one upside to the utterly morbid gray weather that Boston has endured this not-so-merry month of May. When that sun finally pours out, we will be ready to soak it up — preferably with some al fresco dining.

The riverside patio at Restaurant dante has one of the best views: The Charles River’s tacking, bobbing boats and the Boston skyline. Then there’s the splendid view of dante’s sfizi — “little bites” — to order up en masse and share ($5 each).

Dot. Ave. oasis dbar’s secluded patio is the place for our favorite “gazpacho”: The excellent Black and Blue Bloody Mary ($8.95), which adds black pepper and blue cheese to an already excellent Mary. With the crispy celery stirrer and cornichon, well, that’s salad, isn’t it?

Sam’s at Louis welcomes well-mannered dogs to their lovely deck overlooking the harbor. Two-legged creatures can enjoy an open-faced oyster “Po’Boy” sandwich on toast with an Old Bay-spiced aioli and egg salad ($16) or snacks and burgers from the restaurant’s afternoon menu any day from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tia’s offers a trio of patio spaces, which are for hire for your own patio party. Lobster and clambakes are available, too. Or just join the bustling after-work crowd and chow on Tia’s Seafood Fiesta ($27.99) — salmon, scallops, mussels and more in marinara over linguine.
Set in peaceful Charles Square, Henrietta’s Table brings New England to the plate. Enjoy Henrietta’s Yard Sale — Sunday to Thursday — and choose two or three courses from Henrietta’s Classics menu ($32/$25, includes choice of one side).

Speaking of New England: Whichever patio you choose, take a jacket, just in case.

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