For diners who want a hot meal in a warm, outdoor setting despite the cooler weather, here is a list of restaurants with heated outdoor dining in Philadelphia and the suburbs.
Solistice, a new American restaurant in Newtown, brought back its popular igloos. Strings of little white lights make the igloos look cozy and heaters and blankets keep the diners inside snug and warm. Each igloo holds 4 to 6 people and zips shut for private dining. Last year reservations went fast so if you'd like dinner in a toasty, translucent igloo, make reservations soon.
Assembly Rooftop Lounge atop The Logan Hotel will have a ski lodge-style vibe with fire pits, blankets, hot cocktails, winter ales and comfort food including cheese fondue and dark chocolate fondue. The upscale rooftop lounge offers panoramic views of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Charley Dove, the Mediterranean restaurant that replaced Audrey Claire in Rittenhouse, has outside seating along 20th and Spruce streets. The seating is uncovered but has space heaters to regulate the temperature.
Talula's Garden, Amy Olexy's gem along Washington Square’s west side, has two outdoor seating spaces - one in the lush and enchanting garden and the other in a sturdy streetery facing Washington Square. Both have space heaters to stave off the falling temperatures.
The Love, Amy Olexy's equally charming restaurant in Rittenhouse, has a large, sturdy heated streetery running up 18th Street. The Love is known for its seasonal American dishes. It's just half a block from Rittenhouse Square.
Caffe Aldo Lamberti - The open air bar and patio in front of this Italian restaurant is dotted with heat lamps. The restaurant is just over the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in Cherry Hill, near Cherry Hill Mall and the Garden State Park Shopping Center. Complimentary parking is available.
City Winery Philadelphia, the intimate music venue, restaurant and bar in the Fashion District, is a great place to indulge your senses with great food, drinks and entertainment. The restaurant has a covered outdoor patio with heat lamps for outside dining. If you go indoors for live music, masks are required when moving through public areas, as is proof of a vaccine or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours.
Stella, in the Ghost Light Inn on New Hope's Main Street, has covered outdoor dining overlooking the Delaware River and a wood-burning fireplace.
Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar serves local, farm-to-table dishes including many with fewer than 500 calories, in an upscale, casual atmosphere. The patio tables at the North Wales and Newtown locations have individual space heaters. The Glen Mills location has tented space with heaters.
Pumpkin BYOB has a charming heated parklet on South Street. The cozy BYOB is currently offering a 3-course menu.
Creed's Seafood & Steaks, an upscale seafood and steakhouse in King of Prussia, has a heated outdoor tent where it offers its full menu, from raw bar to filet mignon to lobster tails.
Southern Cross Kitchen a homey-chic brasserie in Conshohocken serves Southern comfort food including buttermilk fried chicken and smoked mac & cheese. The restaurant has heat lamps to keep diners warm on its patio.
Dettera Restaurant & Wine Bar has patio heaters to keep diners comfortable while they enjoy new American cuisine and wine in the heart of Ambler.
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Hearthside is an inventive BYOB in Collingswood that is easily accessible by PATCO high speed line. It’s a quick trip from the city to the South Jersey suburb. The outdoor seating, which is first come/first served, has heated floors to keep diners warm and toasty.
Sally is a welcome addition to the Fitler Square neighborhood. The pizzeria offers a sourdough crust with imaginative toppings, such as clam and leek or mushroom and egg. Plus cocktails, beer and a natural wine bottle shop. It has a solid streetery with individual space heaters wall-mounted at about chest height.
Auburn Road Winery - Dine on artisan brick oven pizza and enjoy wine beneath wisteria vines while you watch the sunset at this winery in rural Pittsgrove, New Jersey. Top off your evening at the nearby fire pits.
Carlucci’s Waterfront - Diners in the partially open tent at this Mount Laurel restaurant get a stunning view of Rancocas Creek. Overhead garden lights and heated lamps keep the tent warm and cozy.
Cantina Feliz - The Fairmount location of this contemporary Mexican restaurant has a partially covered streetery with space heaters in front and in December it will bring back its heated tent in the charming courtyard in the back.
In Rittenhouse, you'll find more heated streeteries at the beautifully-landscaped English pub, The Dandelion, at Gran Caffe L'Aquila, an authentic Abruzzi restaurant, at Via Locusta and Parc. Ellen Yin's a.kitchen has a covered streetery with individual heaters next to each table to keep diners warm.
These outdoor dining options will keep you warm, despite the dropping temperatures, with heat lamps, heated streeteries and even igloos.
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