Boston Restaurant Blog -- June, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
With the hot weather firmly in place, it is a good time of year to dine outdoors, whether it be along the ocean complete with pleasant sea breezes or along a busy city street with lots of people-watching. But what about dining by a lake? Well, there are a lot of lakes and ponds near Boston, but many of them are protected from development (or strictly residential). A few options do exist within the Route 495 belt, however, if you are looking to dine by an inland body of water. Five such spots are mentioned below:
1) Allora Ristorante, Marlborough
An upscale Mediterranean and Italian restaurant between downtown and Route 495, Allora isn't right "on" scenic Lake Williams, but views abound from its sprawling outdoor patio across the street. Sure, the interior of this romantic place is quite nice, but there is nothing like having a good meal and a beer or wine outside while soaking up the water views on a warm summer evening. Address: Allora Ristorante, 139 Lakeside Avenue (Route 20), Marlborough, MA, 01752. Phone: (508) 485-4300
2) Bellino's Trattoria, Wakefield
Like Allora Ristorante in Marlborough (see above), Bellino's in Wakefield is an Italian restaurant with an outdoor deck situated across the street from a lake. And yes, the views of Lake Quannapowitt, one of the largest bodies of water in the Boston area, are gorgeous. Bellino's focuses more on Northern Italian cuisine, though Southern Italian fare is also offered. Address: Bellino's Trattoria, 146 Lowell Street (Route 129), Wakefield, MA, 01880. Phone: (781) 246-7666
3) Hayward's Restaurant, Lynn
In business since the 1960s, Hayward's Restaurant is a casual neighborhood seafood restaurant overlooking Sluice Pond, which is just one of many bodies of water in this former mill city north of Boston. And while its dining room and patio indeed overlook a rather small pond rather than a larger lake, Sluice Pond is a quiet, attractive spot that is perfect for an old-school roadside dining spot such as Hayward's. Address: Hayward's Restaurant, 125 Lynnfield Street, Lynn, MA, 01904. Phone: (781) 595-9563
4) Lake Pearl Luciano's, Wrentham
More of a function hall than a true restaurant, Lake Pearl Luciano's nevertheless does serve an excellent Sunday brunch, and the views of the lake below are perhaps the best of any dining spot mentioned here. Lake Pearl Luciano's is a huge space with a lot of history, and it is quite a popular place for weddings. Address: Lake Pearl Luciano's, 299 Creek Street, Wrentham, MA, 02093. Phone: (508) 384-3003
5) Monponsett Inn, Halifax
A spacious family-friendly restaurant on the shores of remote-feeling Monponsett Pond, the Monponsett Inn feels like it could be located in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, yet is only about 30 miles away from downtown Boston. Situated on the West Lake (Monponsett Pond is actually comprised of two large lakes), the Monponsett Inn is a nice place to go on a date or for a family gathering. Address: Monponsett Inn, 550 Monponsett Street (Route 58), Halifax, MA, 02338. Phone: (781) 293-2116
There are some other restaurants inside of Route 495 that are also situated on lakes and ponds, and many, many more if you travel beyond the Boston area into other parts of New England. But hopefully these five will give you a taste of what is out there if you are looking for a place to go that is away from the ocean yet still has water views.
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