While everyone else was battling Day of Portugal traffic trying to get to their favorite watering holes, we stumbled upon Fall River's newest outdoor dining contender.

Over on 2nd Street, the Fall River Grill quietly fixed up their second-floor deck, added lounge furniture, and strung some new lights all in hopes of becoming one of the city's go-to spots for outdoor dining.

The deck has actually been in place for the past six years and is attached to the restaurant's function hall. But only recently did management decide to bring out its full potential and make it part of the city's nightlife landscape.

Here's what's neat about this place: it's elevated. It's pretty uncommon on the SouthCoast to have a second-floor dining deck. In fact, other than the Tipsy Seagull and Slainte Irish Pub in New Bedford, we can't think of any.

Being up on the second floor makes the scenery a bit different than what we're used to and it's fun seeing the Braga Bridge, the sunset, and St. Mary's Church from a different perspective. Plus, your photos come out beautiful when the sun is setting.

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If you can't possibly imagine where this deck may be, you're not alone. Unless you've been the sixth or seventh car at the Rodman/2nd Street red light, you've probably never even glanced over to see the Fall River Grill's parking lot, let alone the deck. It's pretty hidden, unless you happen to be walking by at dusk when the new outdoor lights are on.

This new addition, O Jardim (The Garden), will be open Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 9 p.m. for dining and 9 p.m. to midnight for music and drinks. They officially open at the end of June and if it's a nice day out, you'll probably see a lot of great upper-deck selfies coming through your newsfeed. The great news is if you get FOMO, its super easy to find parking and you can be there before the sun goes down.


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