Tony Foreman

Hot spots: Restaurants create elaborate outdoor seating

Hot spots: Restaurants create elaborate outdoor seating

Water views, city streets and bucolic country settings have always been popular backdrops for al fresco meals in the Baltimore area. But even just a few years ago, restaurants typically did not put a lot of extra effort into jazzing up outdoor spaces.

Recently, that has changed. As the local restaurant scene has expanded and matured, restaurateurs’ focus on outdoor spaces has grown. For Baltimoreans, that means more – and more elaborate – outdoor dining options, from secluded urban oases to patios decorated with multi-functional greenery.

In busier spaces, semi-hidden seating is being used to create a more intimate setting to appeal to customers.

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