Planning to dine outside throughout the cold days of New England’s fall and winter? Below, find some of the best all-weather outdoor dining in and around Boston. Note that while these options are heated, most restaurants still encourage diners to dress warmly, and some of these still close in case of extreme weather. It’s best to check with a restaurant directly before heading over, and most of these require or at least encourage reservations.Read More
11 Cozy Heated Patios Around Boston
A guide to dining outdoors at Boston-area restaurants even on a chilly day
Short Path Distillery
Enjoy a cocktail featuring Short Path Distillery’s own spirits on the year-round patio, which is covered, enclosed, and heated — and dog-friendly, too. (Kids are also welcome.) Short Path has a light food menu available (or people can order from on-site food pop-ups if the distillery is hosting that day), but customers are also welcome to bring their own food.
The restaurant and cocktail bar at Assembly Row keeps its patio open year-round. It’s uncovered but has heaters and fire pits. There are several fun hot cocktails on the menu in colder months.
Cambridge Common offers heated outdoor seating through the end of November. Eat some tater tots and drink some exciting beers.
With numerous food and beverage vendors on-site, Somerville’s Bow Market is a good place for groups to gather when everyone’s in the mood for something different. The central courtyard is open year-round, and the majority of tables have fire pits.
Union Square’s German restaurant Bronwyn has a cozy little biergarten off to the side. It’s mostly covered with umbrellas and also has heaters. Reserve online.
Harvard Square mainstay Harvest maintains heated outdoor seating; however, it’s not available to book by reservation. Interested parties should note when they make their reservation that they’d like to be seated outside.
Mare Oyster Bar
In the North End, seafood-focused Mare Oyster Bar has a heated outdoor patio with fire pits, allowing for year-round outdoor dining with Greenway views. It’s the type of place where one could pair a lobster roll with an espresso martini.
Watertown’s Branch Line — the spot for excellent rotisserie chicken, beer, and more — features a year-round covered and heated patio, as well as additional uncovered patio space with heaters. Reserve online.
Publico Street Bistro & Garden
Publico’s European-style courtyard is always open in South Boston, and takes on ski-lodge vibes in the winter months, featuring fire pits, heated lounge areas, and a retractable roof. Hot cocktails and solid burgers are available, too.
The Bowery Bar
The Bowery Bar in Dorchester fills its outdoor space with three private heated yurts in colder months, each seating up to eight people. The yurts are open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, with various minimum spends per yurt (starting at $100) depending on the day and time. Reservation are required.