8 restaurants with outdoor seating in Boston, MA

Escape the winter blues in a heated igloo. | Photo via The Envoy Hotel, Autograph Collection

Escape the winter blues in a heated igloo. | Photo via The Envoy Hotel, Autograph Collection

We all know winter can be brutal here in Boston, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy fresh-air dining. There are tons of restaurants around town with heated outdoor patios and other creative setups to keep the open-air vibe alive — even with low temperatures.

The Bowery Bar, 2261 Dorchester Ave.

Switch up your regular dining routine with a yurt at Bowery Baryes, a yurt. You’ll need to reserve your dining time in advance and be aware of the eight person maximum. There is also a food and beverage minimum, with the cost depending on the time and day you choose.

Once you’ve secured your yurt, warm up with comfort dishes like spicy tomato and crab bisque or a classic bolognese. If you stop by for brunch, don’t skip the selection of unique cocktails. Try this: the adult iced coffee, complete with vanilla vodka, hazelnut liquor, iced coffee + whipped cream.

City Tap House, 10 Boston Wharf Rd.

The homey outdoor patio at this Fort Point eatery makes it easy to relax with a craft beer without freezing your fingers. You can even order a Hand Warmer custom cocktail to elevate the cozy vibes.

Don’t skip the restaurant’s beloved brick oven pizzas, like the G.O.A.T with red onions, pistachio pesto, rosemary, and truffle honey.

The Dial, 907 Main St., Cambridge

Nobody is prepared for winter quite like this Central Square restaurant. The enclosed outdoor patio is complete with socially distanced tables, heat lamps, and an outdoor bar to keep the drinks flowing.

Pro tip: check out an eye-catching local mural, “The Nocturnal,” right in their backyard.

Earls Prudential, 800 Boylston St.

The rooftop patio at Earls is an unmissable winter dining experience. The ideal space for plant lovers, this lush multi-season space is the perfect environment for unwinding and enjoying a drink or bite after work.

Stop by the Prudential Center to sip on one of the signature tequila drinks or classic cocktails — we also recommend trying one of the sushi tacos.

Lookout Rooftop at the Envoy Hotel, 70 Sleeper St.

Home to the most coveted heated igloos in the city, Lookout Rooftop is a must-visit this winter. The hotel also offers enclosed ice boxes with unbeatable views of the waterfront.

Each igloo has room for up to six people to sip house-made craft cocktails, microbrews, and wines, so grab some family and friends to join you. Pro tip: Be sure to reserve your igloo in advance.

Publico Street Bistro, 11 Dorchester St.

Publico is bringing the slopes to Southie. This warm winter oasis goes all out with fuzzy blankets, fire pits, and even artificial snow to really set the scene.

The Lodge is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to close, and Friday through Sundays 11 a.m. to close.

Remnant Brewing, 2 Bow Market Way, Somerville

This brewery at Somerville’s Bow Market offers reservations at three large fire pits in the courtyard, with blankets available for extra warmth. There is a $5 charge per person for fire table parties of four to ten people.

In addition to a tap list, Remnant has a full espresso bar available one hour before closing, seven days a week. Before you leave, check out their rotating options for beer to go, canned right on the premises.

Woods Hill Pier 4, 300 Pier Four Blvd

The Seaport certainly has its fair share of igloos available, and Woods Hill is a great option. Settle in on a fur-covered seat and enjoy panoramic views of the skyline.

The upscale, farm-to-table menu is full of incredible seafood options, from caviar service to oysters and salmon. Note that there are food and beverage minimums — $550 for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays, $300 for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, and $450 for dinner Tuesdays through Saturdays + Sundays.

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