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From Our Editors
Lots of restaurants afford their diners stunning views, but Charles River Bistro truly makes the most of its location. The eatery boasts Parisian-style outdoor seating with views of the Charles River lagoon. Here, passersby sit with their pooches and enjoy lobster rolls and hot paninis—plus vegetarian and vegan eats—and get a side of complimentary doggie treats.
After their meals, guests can grab the café's frisbees, whiffle balls, soccer balls, and chessboards and head to the surrounding park grounds. Charles River Bistro also sells staple outdoor supplies, including sunscreen, beach blankets, and insect repellant. It encourages people to stock up on snacks and supplies and head to the adjacent DCR Hatch Shell to watch a flick or stare unblinking into the eyes of a musician until they become so uncomfortable that they hand over a guitar pick.