Central Square, Al Fresco — Where To Dine Late Summer & Early Fall

Posted: Sep 09, 2020

At the center of one of the city’s core cultural districts, Central Square is home to numerous restaurants and cafes. Many of them offer outdoor dining, and there’s still time to enjoy these spacious patios as we seize the last days of summer and ease into fall. After all, it’s more important now than ever to support the local businesses that make Central such a great place to live, work, and play. Many of them created brand new patio spaces just this year in order to adapt to COVID-19 guidelines!) Keep reading for a list of our favorite spots in the square, complete with a special tip for each:

Address: 502 Massachusetts Avenue

Known for: Handmade Pasta, Wood Grilled Meats, Craft Bar

#ProTip: Ask about their hidden graffiti alley seating.

The Mad Monkfish

Address: 524 Massachusetts Avenue

Known For: Thai Food, Sushi, Ramen, Live Jazz

#ProTip: Fried rice is one of the most popular Asian comfort foods — make sure to try one of their many variations.

Craigie Next Door at Craigie on Main

Address: 853 Main Street

Known For: The Best Local, Seasonal, Organic Ingredients.

#ProTip: James Beard Award-winning Chef Tony Maws is serving family-style dinners on this brand new side patio; however, you can still order from the original restaurant menu for takeout.

La Fabrica

Address: 450 Massachusetts Avenue

Known For: Latin Caribbean Cuisine

#ProTip: Their signature Sandwich Cubano pairs perfectly with a cold Presidente.


Address: 310 Massachusetts Avenue

Known For: Spanish Japanese Tapas

#ProTip: Try Pork Belly Bao and Cedar Campfire Black Cod — two PAGU favorites.

The Phoenix Landing

Address: 512 Massachusetts Avenue

Known For: “Boston’s Best Soccer Bar”

#ProTip: Stop by on a Sunday from 12-4pm for their Soul Brunch featuring classic Motown and R&B hits.

Naco Taco

Address: 297 Massachusetts Avenue

Known For: Tacos

#ProTip: Brunch is available every Saturday and Sunday until 3pm.

Want to live in one of Cambridge’s culture-rich neighborhoods? Schedule your virtual appointment or take a 360° virtual tour today to learn more about how you can become a resident of Market Central! Viale, The Mad Monkfish, and Craigie on Main are all members of our #MarketCentralPerks program, offering special deals to everyone who lives in our three buildings.

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