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The best Boston restaurants with heated outdoor dining for winter

You don’t need to go inside this winter for a cozy—and toasty—culinary experience.

Jillian Dara
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Jillian Dara
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Eric Grossman
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In a city as seasonal as Boston, winter isn’t exactly celebrated in these parts, let alone associated with al fresco dining. In recent years, however, some of the Hub’s best restaurants have begun to offer unique heated patios, terraces and rooftop igloos to show that Boston can in fact be a yearlong culinary destination. As local restaurants continue to innovate and introduce warm options fit for eating, drinking and snuggling outside even in the dead of winter (think chalet vibes, fire pits and specialized menus for outdoor reservations), these venues are garnering attention as highly sought after experiences once temperatures start to drop—so run, don’t walk to make a reservation from this list of Boston’s best restaurants with heated outdoor dining. 

For other ways to warm up, check out our picks for the best hot cocktailsbest hot chocolate or best coffee in town.

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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. During the chilly months, Woods Hill transforms its waterfront tables into a series of igloos, which are able to seat eight guests. Reserve one of the cozy outdoor globes where you can sip seasonal hot beverages, dine on organic dishes with ingredients from local purveyors and enjoy panoramic views of the Boston skyline.

  • Bars
  • Hotel bars
  • Seaport District
  • price 2 of 4

Perched over the Seaport, The Lookout Rooftop offers unparalleled views of the rapidly evolving Boston skyline. During the winter months, the rooftop transforms with pop-up heated igloos, which guests can reserve for prix fixe dinners, small plates and seasonal cocktails for up to two hours. Grab nine of your closest friends (the igloos can accommodate up to 10 guests) and prepare for a cozy, yet unforgettable, evening set against a twinkling backdrop.

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  • Restaurants
  • Global
  • South Boston
  • price 2 of 4

This Southie hotspot is recognized for its spacious courtyard and lounge areas, and it welcomes winter as “The Lodge at Publico.” Inspired by the cozy atmosphere of après ski, The Lodge is decked out with reclaimed wooden tables, flannel blankets, faux deer heads and roaring fire pits—not to mention a heated floor for optimal comfort. Executive Chef, Joel Howard, created a menu specifically for the winter theme, including pulled pork grilled cheese and Alpine Arancini, as well as cocktails like a spiked salted caramel hot chocolate.

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

With an outdoor heated patio that’s surrounded by residential buildings, SRV can get as warm as its source of inspiration, the city of Venice, even on the chilliest of winter days. Boston’s first Venetian-style osteria and wine bar, SRV balances its focus between modern interpretations of cicchetti (snacks and small plates) and spectacular pastas, with a regionally inspired wine list for the ultimate pairing.

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

Fireside dining is the ultimate representation of cozy, and at this North End favorite, their fire pits are the ideal spot to enjoy the restaurants calling card of oysters and crudo. The Italian-accented seafood dishes and the handful of non-seafood options (chicken, pork, veal, steak) are equally impressive. If you can’t snag a seat directly next to the fire, you can enjoy the ambiance from lounge seating or a table where additional heat lamps will keep you warm as you enjoy a meal in the heart of this historic, Italian-American neighborhood.

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

Whether you’re looking for a casual bite or hoping to throw a larger shindig, the patio at Harvest is well-known for its coveted seats by the outdoor fireplace. 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—and perfect for warming up outside.

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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • West Cambridge
  • price 4 of 4

Talulla in Cambridge has always embodied a sense of intimacy—from their 12-table, 28-seat dining room, which is transformed into a heated greenhouse in the winter months, to the chef-owner’s personal connection to winemakers and farmers. If you’re looking for a special date night, try the Tuesday night wine dinner series, where the themed menu focuses on a specific region from plate to bottle.

  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Seaport District

In the Seaport, 75 Liberty on Wharf offers a cluster of igloos that they adorably refer to as their seasonal “Bubble Village.” The heated, sanitized igloos, which overlook scenic Boston Harbor, are reservable for one hour and 45 minutes during either lunch or dinner—and with no requirements of minimum spend. On weekends, you can treat yourself to a brunch in the bubble, dining on typical breakfast dishes made with a distinctly New England twist, like the Seaport lobster toast or Maine lobster omelet.

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

This Cali-Mex-inspired eatery boasts a buzzy South End location, complete with heated sidewalk dining that gives off some beachside vibes even in the colder months. The menu is focused on creative tacos, which range from the familiar (carne asada, confit pork 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.

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

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