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Photograph: Courtesy Woods Hill Pier 4/Christina Orso

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

Written by
Eric Grossman
&
Time Out Boston Staff
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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 with heated outdoor dining

  • Restaurants
  • American creative
  • Seaport District
  • price 4 of 4

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.

  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • North End
  • price 3 of 4

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.

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  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Back Bay
  • price 4 of 4

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.

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  • Inman Sq
  • price 3 of 4

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.

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • South End
  • price 3 of 4

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.

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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Harvard Sq
  • price 4 of 4

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.

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • West End
  • price 3 of 4

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.

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  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Seaport District
  • price 3 of 4

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.

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  • American
  • Seaport District

In the Seaport, 75 Liberty on Wharf is offering an igloo village. There are eight heated, sanitized igloos along scenic Boston Harbor, open for lunch and dinner every day of the week. On weekends, treat yourself to a “bubbly brunch in the bubble,” complete with a bottle of bubbles and an order of surf and turf eggs benedict. Each igloo is private and seats up to 6 people, with a 90 minute limit.

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  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • South End
  • price 2 of 4

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.

  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Allston/Brighton
  • price 3 of 4

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.

6,000 sq ft of outdoor space for enjoying fine cuisine, cocktails and culture

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