11 Winter-Friendly Heated Outdoor Dining Options in Boston

From heated patios to private huts with cozy blankets, here are Boston’s warmest outdoor dining options.

How are we here again? Huge, gusty sigh. Even though Boston is now requiring guests to show proof of vaccination for indoor dining, some of us are still uneasy about dining indoors in the Omicron era. But luckily, alfresco dining options still abound and have taken over rooftops, back patios, sidewalks, and more.

From heat lamps and private dining spaces to firepits, restaurants have gloriously conspired to lure us out of the house these next few months even as temperatures drop. So whether you want to finally check out one of the best spots in Cambridge or head to an old neighborhood favorite, here are the restaurants with the coziest outdoor seating options that will keep you warm on even Boston’s coldest winter days.

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Dear Annie

Porter Square
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Boston’s new favorite pescatarian wine bar is planning to keep its patio open this winter, tempering the cold with blankets and heaters. We have faith that the natural wine list alone will keep Bostonians fortified against the elements, but if not, delicacies like deviled eggs with caviar, crispy pinto potatoes, and Jonah crab toast should at least keep you happily distracted.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating

Enough with the Boston Harbor views—it’s time to toast epic views of the Charles. Up to eight guests can snuggle inside the hotel’s new rooftop igloos to enjoy Jack’s Abby Framinghammer Baltic porters, spiked cider, or hot chocolate—and you can make a night of it with dinner offerings like clam chowder and vegetable garganelli. Each private hut allows you to customize your playlist, and several also have TVs so you can watch the big game in warmth and style.

Available for Reservations

Ashmont Grill

Ashmont Hill
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The Ashmont Grill’s back patio is staying open for business for both brunch and dinner. In addition to the cozy firepit, the restaurant now offers a private, heated cubby that can seat four to six guests. All the better to enjoy the famous trainwreck fries and one of the best burgers in town.
How to book: Call 617-825-4300 to make a reservation

Barra

Union Square
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It’s tiny but mighty, and it’s about to get mightier because Barra is keeping its back patio open through the winter months and outfitting the space with everything you need to stay toasty as the temperatures drop. There are heaters and blankets available, which free you up to enjoy grasshopper tetelas and tuna sashimi tostaditas without freezing. And we can’t think of a more warming activity than sipping your way through the expansive mezcal menu.

Available for Delivery/Takeout
Available for Reservations

Bowery Bar

Lower Mills
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The breakout star of the pandemic? Bowery Bar’s private wintertime yurts. Each is a wintertime refuge, with heat lamps, fun decor from local interior designers, and fuzzy blankets sealing the deal. Our only qualm? A reservation is hard to come by, so be sure to book early.

Available for Reservations

Forage

Porter Square
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Driven by seasonal ingredients and a dedication to the neighborhood, Forage is adapting its outdoor space to be your new winter go-to. At this Cambridge spot, each table has its own heater and blankets are also available. Plus, the braised rabbit leg and mushroom-rubbed hanger steak will add to the coziness.

Available for Reservations

Harvest

Harvard Square
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Harvest’s garden patio has seen us through many a celebratory time, and it’s seeing us through more COVID times too. Overhead heaters, string lights, and the big gas fireplace conspire to deliver a truly special night out—and there’s no better time to sit and revel in the restaurant’s famous brunch menu.

Available for Reservations

What is a “bubble village,” you ask? In this case, it’s a setup of 10 heated huts on the restaurant’s wraparound patio by the water, each of which you can book for a total of 1 hour and 45 minutes. Even better, there’s no minimum spend involved, so you can order the lobster gnocchi and Nantucket seafood stew without simultaneously doing some furious math.

Available for Reservations

Remnant Brewing

Union Square
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Bow Market has a ceaseless ability to adapt to even the crappiest of conditions. Among its outdoor dining offerings: one local favorite brewery, Remnant Brewing, is booking fireside tables for outdoor imbibing—and thanks to other Bow Market vendors like Saus and Hot Box, you can make a full night of it.
How to book: Via website

Talulla

Huron Village
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Dining greenhouses? Simply brilliant. The revered Cambridge spot has once again set up its five two-person greenhouses, each with its own heating and lighting system (cue the romance!). Work your way through the restaurant’s seasonally driven menu—the crudo is always a wonder—and revel in the restaurant’s global wine menu.

Available for Reservations

Call it luck or call it clairvoyance, but Woods Hill Pier 4 set up its first igloos even before the pandemic began. The nine clear private dining spaces set up on the restaurant’s waterside patio mean you can dine comfortably on the divine seasonal, seafood-forward menu while gazing over the Boston skyline.

Available for Reservations
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