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Igloos at Lookout Rooftop and Bar at the Envoy Hotel.
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Where to Find Boston’s Heated Patios, Igloos, and Yurts

A guide to dining outdoors at Boston-area restaurants even on a chilly day

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Igloos at Lookout Rooftop and Bar at the Envoy Hotel.
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Planning to dine outside throughout the unpredictable days of New England’s early spring? Many Boston-area restaurants are looking to welcome diners to heated patios year-round, and some even offer private igloos, yurts, and greenhouses that small groups can reserve.

Below, find some of the best outdoor all-weather dining options in and around Boston. Note that while these options are heated, most restaurants still encourage diners to dress warmly — being inside a heated yurt on a very cold night isn’t quite the same as being inside a heated building — and some of these still close in case of extreme weather (or staff shortages and other COVID-related challenges). It’s best to check with a restaurant directly before heading over, and most of these require or at least encourage reservations.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

This map was originally published on January 19, 2022; it is updated periodically, and the date of the most recent update appears above.

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The Inn at Hastings Park

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The Lexington inn is continuing to feature its wintery “Inngloo Wonderland” this spring, with igloos that seat up to six for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. The igloos having heaters that look like fireplaces, and blankets are available. There’s a $120 fee for the igloo on top of the a la carte menu. Reserve online.

Short Path Distillery

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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 couple packaged snacks available, as well as salads and pizzas from the Village Bar & Grille next door, but customers are also welcome to bring their own food.

Semolina Kitchen + Bar

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Semolina Kitchen & Bar, a Medford favorite from the Dave’s Fresh Pasta team, has a heated tent open through the cold months. It’s fully enclosed, so those uncomfortable with indoor dining at this time might find it a bit too similar to being indoors, but a representative for the restaurant notes that the seating is kept “pretty spacious.” Tent seating is first come, first served.

Season to Taste

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At Season to Taste, each outdoor group gets its own heated table, partially enclosed by a cabana-style covering. The ever-changing menu highlights local sourcing. Reserve online. (Note: Park for free in the Bright Horizons lot at 2465 Massachusetts Ave.)

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Outdoor seating at Season to Taste.
Season to Taste

River Bar

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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 cocktail options on the menu in colder months. Reserve online.

Dear Annie

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Cambridge newcomer Dear Annie, a pescatarian wine bar, has an uncovered sidewalk patio with heaters and blankets. Seating is first come, first served, and pub-style, so you can move tables and chairs as needed.

Cambridge Common

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Whatever the weather, Cambridge Common offers heated outdoor seating on its patio; part is covered, and part is not. Eat some tater tots and drink some exciting beers.

Mexico City-inspired bar Barra keep its hidden back patio open whatever the season. It’s uncovered, but there are several shared heaters for the space, and blankets are available. “Last year people wore ski gear and were really excited about hanging out during snowstorms and such,” the Barra team tells Eater. “We will be game for it and go with the flow!” Customers can make reservations specifically for outdoor seating.

Several small groups of people in outdoor winter gear sit on an outdoor restaurant patio with tall heaters throughout.
Barra’s back patio, photographed in winter 2020-2021.
Barra

Bow Market

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With numerous food and beverage vendors onsite, 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. (Several unheated tables are generally available for walk-ins.) Customers specifically patronizing Remnant Brewing can reserve one of three large fire pits in the Remnant courtyard, and blankets are available. Rebel Rebel offers several covered but unheated outdoor seats; electric heated blankets are available. And Tanám has several covered outdoor tables with electric heaters available for ticketed dinners. Make reservations for the main courtyard and Remnant here; make reservations for Tanám here.

Bronwyn

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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.

Cambridge restaurant Forage, a farm-to-table neighborhood bistro, seats outdoors on its uncovered patio year-round; each table has its own heater, and the restaurant has wool blankets available. Large parties can be accommodated.

Harvest

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Harvard Square mainstay Harvest keeps its partially covered patio open through most of the cooler months; it features a fireplace and heat lamps. There’s standard seating for smaller groups and lounge-style seating for groups of six.

Atwood's Tavern

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The local pub — a lively music venue in non-pandemic times — recently completed big renovations inside, and its cozy hidden and heated patio remains open outside. Stop by for mac and cheese or a burger and an interesting beer.

Bar Enza

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Bar Enza, Harvard Square’s new Italian restaurant at the Charles Hotel, offers outdoor dining year-round on its patio in the hotel’s courtyard. It’s covered, and there are overhead heat lamps. Reserve online.

A small restaurant patio is covered with an orange roof and decorated with lush green vines.
Bar Enza’s patio.
Bar Enza

Trattoria Il Panino

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The North End trattoria’s patio, which features a full roof and heat lamps, is open year-round, serving lunch and dinner daily. Don’t miss the chicken parm.

People dine on a casual, covered restaurant patio during the day.
Trattoria Il Panino’s covered patio.
Trattoria Il Panino

Mare Oyster Bar

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Another North End pick, this seafood-focused restaurant has a patio with a retractable roof, heat lamps, and 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.

A restaurant’s outdoor patio with fire pits, white umbrellas, and lounge seating with red cushions
Mare Oyster Bar’s patio.
Mare Oyster Bar

Branch Line

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The Watertown restaurant — 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 for indoor or outdoor seating; note that there’s a separate link on the page for weather-dependent reservations on the uncovered portion of the patio.

Buttermilk & Bourbon

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The new Watertown location of chef Jason Santos’s New Orleans-inspired Buttermilk & Bourbon offers a sizable covered patio with heat lamps and a fire pit. Watch for seasonal hot cocktail specials, such as a hot chocolate espresso martini. Reserve online.

Over the Charles

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Located at the Doubletree Suites, this rooftop bar features river views, Jack’s Abby beers, lobster rolls, and heated igloos that seat up to eight. Open Thursday through Saturday night, with a la carte options as well as a prix fixe menu. Minimum spend depends on time and type of menu, starting at $200 for early evening reservations in a la carte igloos. Reserve online.

Lookout Rooftop and Bar

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Atop the Envoy Hotel, Lookout Rooftop and Bar offers igloos and “ice boxes” (heated plexiglass-enclosed couches) with skyline views and a menu of small plates and cocktails; they fit groups up to 10 (igloos) or eight (ice boxes). Reservations are required; there’s a non-refundable reservation fee as well as a minimum beverage spend that varies depending on the time of the reservation. Details and booking info here.

Glowing see-through igloos sit on a rooftop with city skyline views in the background.
Igloos at Lookout Rooftop and Bar at the Envoy Hotel.
Envoy Hotel

Woods Hill Pier 4

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Woods Hill Pier 4 in Boston’s Seaport offers heated igloo dining with waterfront views for groups of two to six; the minimum spend starts at $300 and goes up to $550, depending on the day and time. The regular menu is available, and diners are encouraged to pre-order wine so it’s ready upon arrival. Reservations required.

75 on Liberty Wharf

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75 on Liberty Wharf in Boston’s Seaport has a “bubble village” of 10 heated igloos; reservations are available for up to one hour and 45 minutes, with no minimum spend, rental fee, or deposit. The restaurant has a seafood-heavy American menu, with dishes such as Nantucket seafood stew; sage and panko-crusted Atlantic cod; and lobster gnocchi.

The upscale Mediterranean restaurant from chef Jody Adams and co. features a fully covered and heated patio up above the Back Bay hustle and bustle. Warm cocktails are on the menu. Reserve online.

Publico Street Bistro & Garden

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Publico’s courtyard is always open, and it’s decorated in the style of a ski lodge through the end of March 2022, featuring flannel blankets, fire pits, heated lounge areas, and a retractable roof. Hot cocktails are available, too.

A ski lodge-style seating area features rustic benches and Adirondack rocking chairs and a large stuffed bear holding a sign that says “the Lodge at Publico.”
The Lodge at Publico, a ski lodge-inspired setup for winter 2022.
Publico Street Bistro

Eat tapas on the heated patio of the South End’s ever-popular Toro, which features fire pits and a variety of seating options. Reserve online, with specific reservations available for tables with fire pits.

This artsy patio features murals, covered areas, and heaters. Even though Dbar is best known for its nightlife scene, it’s from the team behind Boston Chops and Deuxave, so the food’s solid, too. Reserve online.

Sophia's Grotto

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The heated patio at Roslindale’s popular Italian restaurant is always open. While diners can request patio seating when making a reservation, the patio’s heaters and specific areas are first come, first served.

The Bowery Bar

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The Bowery Bar in Dorchester fills its outdoor space with five private heated yurts in colder months, each seating up to eight people; find full guidelines and booking information here. The igloos are open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, with various minimum spends per yurt (starting at $100) depending on the day and time. Reservations required.

The Pour Yard

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The Pour Yard’s “igloo village” is open in colder months, with each igloo heated and large enough for 10 people (minimum reservation is for six). There’s a family-style menu served, and diners can bring their own music or dessert if celebrating a special occasion. Reservations strongly encouraged and require a nonrefundable $30 deposit per person, which will be applied to the check. Watch for special events in addition to regular reservations — wine and charcuterie nights, for example. Reserve online.

The Inn at Hastings Park

The Lexington inn is continuing to feature its wintery “Inngloo Wonderland” this spring, with igloos that seat up to six for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. The igloos having heaters that look like fireplaces, and blankets are available. There’s a $120 fee for the igloo on top of the a la carte menu. Reserve online.

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 couple packaged snacks available, as well as salads and pizzas from the Village Bar & Grille next door, but customers are also welcome to bring their own food.

Semolina Kitchen + Bar

Semolina Kitchen & Bar, a Medford favorite from the Dave’s Fresh Pasta team, has a heated tent open through the cold months. It’s fully enclosed, so those uncomfortable with indoor dining at this time might find it a bit too similar to being indoors, but a representative for the restaurant notes that the seating is kept “pretty spacious.” Tent seating is first come, first served.

Season to Taste

Two outdoor dining tables in front of a restaurant are partially enclosed by cabana-style coverings; people in winter gear eat inside them.
Outdoor seating at Season to Taste.
Season to Taste

At Season to Taste, each outdoor group gets its own heated table, partially enclosed by a cabana-style covering. The ever-changing menu highlights local sourcing. Reserve online. (Note: Park for free in the Bright Horizons lot at 2465 Massachusetts Ave.)

Two outdoor dining tables in front of a restaurant are partially enclosed by cabana-style coverings; people in winter gear eat inside them.
Outdoor seating at Season to Taste.
Season to Taste

River Bar

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 cocktail options on the menu in colder months. Reserve online.

Dear Annie

Cambridge newcomer Dear Annie, a pescatarian wine bar, has an uncovered sidewalk patio with heaters and blankets. Seating is first come, first served, and pub-style, so you can move tables and chairs as needed.

Cambridge Common

Whatever the weather, Cambridge Common offers heated outdoor seating on its patio; part is covered, and part is not. Eat some tater tots and drink some exciting beers.

Barra

Several small groups of people in outdoor winter gear sit on an outdoor restaurant patio with tall heaters throughout.
Barra’s back patio, photographed in winter 2020-2021.
Barra

Mexico City-inspired bar Barra keep its hidden back patio open whatever the season. It’s uncovered, but there are several shared heaters for the space, and blankets are available. “Last year people wore ski gear and were really excited about hanging out during snowstorms and such,” the Barra team tells Eater. “We will be game for it and go with the flow!” Customers can make reservations specifically for outdoor seating.

Several small groups of people in outdoor winter gear sit on an outdoor restaurant patio with tall heaters throughout.
Barra’s back patio, photographed in winter 2020-2021.
Barra

Bow Market

With numerous food and beverage vendors onsite, 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. (Several unheated tables are generally available for walk-ins.) Customers specifically patronizing Remnant Brewing can reserve one of three large fire pits in the Remnant courtyard, and blankets are available. Rebel Rebel offers several covered but unheated outdoor seats; electric heated blankets are available. And Tanám has several covered outdoor tables with electric heaters available for ticketed dinners. Make reservations for the main courtyard and Remnant here; make reservations for Tanám here.

Bronwyn

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.

Forage

Cambridge restaurant Forage, a farm-to-table neighborhood bistro, seats outdoors on its uncovered patio year-round; each table has its own heater, and the restaurant has wool blankets available. Large parties can be accommodated.

Harvest

Harvard Square mainstay Harvest keeps its partially covered patio open through most of the cooler months; it features a fireplace and heat lamps. There’s standard seating for smaller groups and lounge-style seating for groups of six.

Atwood's Tavern

The local pub — a lively music venue in non-pandemic times — recently completed big renovations inside, and its cozy hidden and heated patio remains open outside. Stop by for mac and cheese or a burger and an interesting beer.

Bar Enza

A small restaurant patio is covered with an orange roof and decorated with lush green vines.
Bar Enza’s patio.
Bar Enza

Bar Enza, Harvard Square’s new Italian restaurant at the Charles Hotel, offers outdoor dining year-round on its patio in the hotel’s courtyard. It’s covered, and there are overhead heat lamps. Reserve online.

A small restaurant patio is covered with an orange roof and decorated with lush green vines.
Bar Enza’s patio.
Bar Enza

Trattoria Il Panino

People dine on a casual, covered restaurant patio during the day.
Trattoria Il Panino’s covered patio.
Trattoria Il Panino

The North End trattoria’s patio, which features a full roof and heat lamps, is open year-round, serving lunch and dinner daily. Don’t miss the chicken parm.

People dine on a casual, covered restaurant patio during the day.
Trattoria Il Panino’s covered patio.
Trattoria Il Panino

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Mare Oyster Bar

A restaurant’s outdoor patio with fire pits, white umbrellas, and lounge seating with red cushions
Mare Oyster Bar’s patio.
Mare Oyster Bar

Another North End pick, this seafood-focused restaurant has a patio with a retractable roof, heat lamps, and 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.

A restaurant’s outdoor patio with fire pits, white umbrellas, and lounge seating with red cushions
Mare Oyster Bar’s patio.
Mare Oyster Bar

Branch Line

The Watertown restaurant — 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 for indoor or outdoor seating; note that there’s a separate link on the page for weather-dependent reservations on the uncovered portion of the patio.

Buttermilk & Bourbon

The new Watertown location of chef Jason Santos’s New Orleans-inspired Buttermilk & Bourbon offers a sizable covered patio with heat lamps and a fire pit. Watch for seasonal hot cocktail specials, such as a hot chocolate espresso martini. Reserve online.

Over the Charles

Located at the Doubletree Suites, this rooftop bar features river views, Jack’s Abby beers, lobster rolls, and heated igloos that seat up to eight. Open Thursday through Saturday night, with a la carte options as well as a prix fixe menu. Minimum spend depends on time and type of menu, starting at $200 for early evening reservations in a la carte igloos. Reserve online.

Lookout Rooftop and Bar

Glowing see-through igloos sit on a rooftop with city skyline views in the background.
Igloos at Lookout Rooftop and Bar at the Envoy Hotel.
Envoy Hotel

Atop the Envoy Hotel, Lookout Rooftop and Bar offers igloos and “ice boxes” (heated plexiglass-enclosed couches) with skyline views and a menu of small plates and cocktails; they fit groups up to 10 (igloos) or eight (ice boxes). Reservations are required; there’s a non-refundable reservation fee as well as a minimum beverage spend that varies depending on the time of the reservation. Details and booking info here.

Glowing see-through igloos sit on a rooftop with city skyline views in the background.
Igloos at Lookout Rooftop and Bar at the Envoy Hotel.
Envoy Hotel

Woods Hill Pier 4

Woods Hill Pier 4 in Boston’s Seaport offers heated igloo dining with waterfront views for groups of two to six; the minimum spend starts at $300 and goes up to $550, depending on the day and time. The regular menu is available, and diners are encouraged to pre-order wine so it’s ready upon arrival. Reservations required.

75 on Liberty Wharf

75 on Liberty Wharf in Boston’s Seaport has a “bubble village” of 10 heated igloos; reservations are available for up to one hour and 45 minutes, with no minimum spend, rental fee, or deposit. The restaurant has a seafood-heavy American menu, with dishes such as Nantucket seafood stew; sage and panko-crusted Atlantic cod; and lobster gnocchi.

Porto

The upscale Mediterranean restaurant from chef Jody Adams and co. features a fully covered and heated patio up above the Back Bay hustle and bustle. Warm cocktails are on the menu. Reserve online.

Publico Street Bistro & Garden