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The best Boston restaurants with heated outdoor dining

Temps may be dropping, but these Boston restaurants with heaters offer outdoor dining that’ll keep you warm and toasty

By Eric Grossman and Time Out Boston Staff

Winter is just around the corner and temps are starting to drop but that doesn’t mean you have to bundle up in order to dine outside and enjoy a meal. Outdoor dining in Boston is sticking around, and these restaurants have heaters and heat lamps to keep you warm and toasty while dining outside. For other ways to warm up, check out our picks for the best hot chocolate in Boston or the best coffee shops in Boston. Or get in the winter mindset with our guide to the best things to do in Boston in the winter.

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Restaurants Fenway/Kenmore

Like some variety when you go out to eat? Time Out Market Boston has you covered. Boston's first contemporary culinary hub boasts a tantalizing variety of curated food offerings, two top-notch bars and lots more. There are enhanced safety protocols and plenty of seating — both indoors and on a sun-splashed patio with more heaters than anywhere else in The Hub.

Restaurants with heated outdoor dining

Woods Hill Pier Four Igloos
Photograph: Courtesy Woods Hill Pier 4/Christina Orso

1. Woods Hill Pier 4

Restaurants American creative Seaport District

Woods Hill Pier 4 brings farm-to-table dining to the Seaport, on the site where the iconic Anthony’s Pier 4 restaurant once sat. Grab five of your friends and reserve a cozy outdoor igloo where you can sip seasonal hot beverages, dine on organic dishes with ingredients from local purveyors, and enjoy panoramic views of the Boston skyline.

Mare Oyster Bar, Boston
Photograph: Courtesy Mare Oyster Bar

2. Mare Oyster Bar

Restaurants Seafood North End

Mare's calling card is its crudo menu, but the Italian-accented seafood dishes and the handful of non-seafood options (chicken, pork, veal, steak) are equally impressive. Either way, the cuisine here is best enjoyed on the sleek patio with fire pits and a retractable roof. Additional heat lamps will keep you warm as you enjoy a meal overlooking the Greenway.

Uni, mongolian beef, boston
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3. Uni

Restaurants Japanese Back Bay

Chef-partners Ken Oringer and Tony Messina wow Back Bay diners with an assortment of global street food-inspired small plates, as well as innovative makimono, nigiri and sashimi. The best seats in the house are typically at the sushi bar, but these days you'll want to grab a spot on the heated outdoor patio.

Oleana, Restaurants and cafes, Boston
Photograph: Elan Fleisher

4. Oleana

Restaurants Mediterranean Inman Sq

Hidden away near Inman Square, Oleana provides an edible journey via Chef Ana Sortun’s passion for, and mastery of, the hauntingly aromatic cuisines of Turkey and the Middle East. The enormously popular garden patio is still going strong with heaters to combat the chill.

Sonsie, Boston
Photograph: Courtesy Sonsie

5. Sonsie

Restaurants Italian Back Bay

Sonsie offers an eclectic, crowd-pleasing menu on chic Newbury Street. People-watching in the colder weather is still possible as Sonsie has set up heaters on its popular outdoor patio.

SRV, restaurant, Boston
Photograph: Courtesy SRV

6. SRV

Restaurants Italian South End
Boston’s first Venetian-style osteria and wine bar, SRV (“Serene Republic of Venice”) balances its focus between modern interpretations of Venetian cicchetti (small plates) and spectacular pastas. The pretty patio is heated, making outdoor dining here a top choice.
porto, restaurant, boston
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7. Porto

Restaurants Mediterranean Back Bay

New England meets Mediterranean via one of the city’s great chefs, Jody Adams. Escape to the Greek Islands even in the cold, with an outdoor seat kept toasty via heaters.

Photograph: Courtesy Harvest/David Salafia

8. Harvest

Restaurants Contemporary American Harvard Sq

This refined Harvard Square stalwart has led the local farm-to-table charge with locally-sourced seafood and meats plus homemade pastas, all meticulously and imaginatively prepared. Harvest is well-known for its coveted seats by the outdoor fireplace, but there are also heaters that are equally toasty.

Photograph: Courtesy Scampo

9. Scampo

Restaurants Italian West End

Scampo is not your typical Italian restaurant. Chef Lydia Shire defies culinary boundaries and serves dishes that incorporate Italian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors. Scampo serves brunch, lunch and dinner and each menu is more diverse than the last. Fortunately there's a heated patio where you can enjoy tandoori fired sea scallops, suckling pig, or burrata outdoors.

Mamma Maria, Boston, restaurant
Photograph: Courtesy Mamma Maria/Carlos Arzaga Photography

10. Mamma Maria

Restaurants Mediterranean North End

This longstanding North End dining destination regally overlooks old North Square. Ample heated patio seating is available to enjoy home made Italian classics like burrata pasta, veal ossobuco, and swordfish puttanesca.

The Barking Crab, Boston, restaurant
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11. The Barking Crab

Restaurants Seafood Seaport District

Set right on Fort Point Channel, this red-shingled seafood shack and open-air tent is party central all year long thanks to ample heated outdoor seating. Join the crowds at the picnic tables beneath lamps made of Christmas light-strung lobster traps. Plastic buckets of fried clams or peel-and-eat shrimp help keep the beer-fueled festivities going.

Yellow Door Taqueria, Boston, restaurant
Photograph: Courtesy Yellow Door Taqueria

12. Yellow Door Taqueria

Restaurants Mexican South End

Yellow Door Taqueria, the Cali-Mex inspired restaurant whose first location can be found in Dorchester’s Lower Mills neighborhood, offers a buzzy location — complete with heated sidewalk dining — in the South End's Ink Block development. The menu is focused on creative tacos, which range from the familiar (carne asada, confit port carnitas) to the creative (fried scallop, celery root and apple). There’s also fresh ceviche and crudo, plus other Mexican crowd-pleasers. Creative cocktails jockey for attention with the lengthy list of margarita flavors, including hibiscus, coconut, and lime leaf and ginger.

Stockyard Classic American Tavern, Boston
Photograph: Courtesy Stockyard Classic American Tavern

13. Stockyard Classic American Tavern

Restaurants Steakhouse Allston/Brighton

Standing strong in Brighton since 1972, this popular locals' spot, housed on the original site of The Stockyards, offers a comfortable tavern-style environment with a roaring fireplace. For more seating options, they've converted part of the parking lot to outdoor, tented dining. It's heated, so you can enjoy a delicious steak outside and stay warm.

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