You can never have too many outdoor dining options in the city where a moment of respite brings Zen to a crazy day. I booked a business lunch at Sam’s at Louis after seeing it on  the Boston Globe Magazine list of best restaurant patios.

The restaurant in the ever-changing Fan Pier district above the former apparel boutique Louis with floor to ceiling windows overlooking Boston Harbor. Step beyond the stark interior to the wraparound deck stuns with views of the city, yachts, schooners and planes scaling to the heavens.

From the get go, the selection of eclectic dishes, attractively plated for sharing, caught our attention. Do try the refreshing West Coast-inspired tuna ceviche ($16) that packed big cubes of tuna with orange, cilantro, crunchy candy striped radishes and an avocado mousse in a sweet coconut milk base. Very tasty!

Not to be missed is the calabash shrimp ($14), a spicy combination of lightly breaded fried shrimp, petite finger-long green shishito peppers and garlic with a punch of a jalapeño with a settling sweetness.  Also good is the small side of smoke olives & feta ($5) with a chili kick.

Although the pickled  carrots, cauliflower, beans and Napa cabbage with chopped piquillo peppers and two grilled baguettes that accompany the white bean hummus ($15) are tasty, skip the yellow, flavorless hummus.

Try to get to Sam’s at Louis before November, as the restaurant plans a longitude move to Fan Pier Boulevard into the new glass Twenty Two Liberty tower, a short skip from Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca.

Luckily, the view from the new patio will remain the same. We cannot wait to visit.

Sam’s at Louis
60 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
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