When the temperatures start to climb, nothing beats kicking back with a delicious meal or refreshing cocktail on a picturesque patio or waterfront deck. Here are a few of our favorite outdoor dining spots on the South Shore.By Kellie Speed | Photography by Kjeld Mahoney and Jack Foley
1. Haddad’s Ocean Cafe
293 Ocean St., Marshfield
This local hot spot is hopping on the weekends, especially on the outdoor deck. Sip an Ocean Breeze or High Tide cocktail just steps from the ocean while sharing a deluxe seafood plate (filled with everything from fried haddock and clams to scallops, lobster and shrimp). The meaty crab cake plate is also one of the best on the South Shore.Photos: Kjeld Mahoney
2. Crossing Nines Patio & Bar at Granite Links Golf Club
100 Quarry Hill Drive, Quincy
Golfers aren’t the only people enjoying the spectacular panoramic views at Granite Links Golf Club. Crossing Nines Patio & Bar is open from April until October and is a great spot to grab drinks or a bite to eat with friends. There are multiple TVs in the bar so you can catch a Red Sox game and comfortable couch seating on the patio where you can sit back with a craft beer or cocktail and watch the sun set over the Boston skyline.Photos: Jack Foley
3. Victory Point
332 Victory Road, Quincy
You may have known this Marina Bay haunt by its former self – Captain Fishbones – but this seafood hot spot has recently reinvented itself to a new concept known as Victory Point. The waterfront restaurant brought to us by the North End’s Frattaroli family unveiled itself earlier this year with a spacious outdoor bar known as The Deck. Situated on the marina-side of the boardwalk, guests can dine here among the slips and live entertainment. New menu highlights include twin lobster rolls with Old Bay fries, herb crusted salmon with lemon risotto and a red wine marinated New York strip.
4. East Bay Grille
178 Water St., Plymouth
It’s all about the chill factor at East Bay Grille on Plymouth’s Town Wharf. Belly up to the massive outdoor bar, relax in one of the comfortable chairs facing the ocean or grab a table on the spacious patio and order up one of their creative cocktails (a sparkling sangria or a hot and dirty martini made with jalapeno infused vodka perhaps).
Be sure to arrive early as the spots fill up quickly. What to order? The crab cakes and fish tacos are must-try dishes. The live entertainment Thursday through Saturday nights keeps the energy going into the wee hours.
5. Jake’s Seafood
50 George Washington Boulevard, Hull
Fresh seafood always seems to taste better when served on a picturesque sunny day with an oceanfront view. Located across from Paragon Carousel on Nantasket Beach, Jake’s is a destination for classic lobster rolls and fried clam platters, but the real gems are dishes like swordfish pesto, poached salmon and jumbo lump crab cakes. It’s no wonder this restaurant has been a South Shore favorite for nearly 70 years.
6. Greenside Grille
274 South St., Hingham
The South Shore Country Club’s patio offers spectacular views of the first and 10th fairways. Get started with an order of lobster sliders or their house-marinated wings before enjoying a savory dish like smoked bacon mac and cheese, scallop and short rib ravioli, dayboat stuffed haddock or steak frites. Relax and enjoy views of the rolling green hills and linger a little longer with a local craft beer or glass of imported wine.Photos: Kjeld Mahoney
7. Erich’s Clam Shack
2205 Main St., Marshfield
Erich’s Clam Shack at Roht Marine is one of Marshfield’s best-kept secrets. You can’t beat the location of this waterfront restaurant. Order at the counter and grab a seat at a picnic table with a perfect view of the North River.
Enjoy a whole-belly clam plate, lobster roll, baked stuffed haddock or turkey sandwiches from nearby Gerard Farms. Since it’s located at a full service marina, you can even order up “coolers to go” or ice creams for an afternoon of fun on the water.
8. Bay Pointe Waterfront Restaurant
64 Washington Court, Quincy
When the Bay Pointe Waterfront Restaurant opened years ago, it was a hidden treasure, but the secret is out now. The Hynes Restaurant Group’s restaurant features an outdoor deck and bar on the docks of Bay Pointe Marina, serving up picture perfect oceanfront views. Order the grilled swordfish with littleneck clams or, if you’re really hungry, try the jaw-dropping 2-pound baked lobster stuffed with scallops, shrimp, lobster meat and seafood stuffing.
9. The Range Bar & Grille
306 Whiting St., Hingham
The outdoor patio at The Range is an unexpected and impressive find, tucked behind the restaurant and overlooking the driving range. There are tables where you can soak up every last ray of sunshine while lingering with a creative cocktail, like the World’s End Lemonade or Range Painkiller. Don’t miss their juicy steak tips or golden fish and chips. When the sun goes down and the temperature starts to dip, cozy up with a Bailey’s salted caramel cream nightcap and enjoy the glow of the outdoor fireplace.
10. The Mill Wharf Restaurant
23 Mill Wharf Plaza, Scituate
The Mill Wharf deck is the place to be in the summer. Comfortable, casual and laid back, this popular restaurant is known for its chunky lobster stew, overstuffed quahogs and fresh seafood served every way imaginable (think haddock Pomodoro, coconut curry mussels, grilled ginger garlic shrimp and fried scallop platters). Stay to enjoy the sunset with one of their signature creamy mudslides.