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20 Seattle Area Restaurants with Heated and Covered Patios for Outdoor Winter Dining

The city offers outdoor dining that holds up to even the drizzliest, coldest days

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Seattle winters are notoriously rainy, but that doesn’t mean outdoor dining has to be put on pause. Seattle-area restaurants with outdoor dining areas are well-prepared for the rain and cold.

In 2020, restaurants pushed for an expansion of open-air seating options to host dine-in service in safer ways. Many of those outdoor options — patios, sidewalk tents, pergolas, and other structures — were winterized with coverings and heaters. Many of these structures have stayed in place, and some of Seattle’s best restaurants now have great outdoor spaces diners can enjoy regardless of the weather, including the following 20 spots. Know of a spot that should be on our radar? Send us a tip by emailing seattle@eater.com. As usual, this list is not ranked; it’s organized geographically.

King County requires proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours for everyone ages 12+ at indoor establishments, restaurants, and bars. Studies indicate there is a lower exposure risk when eating outdoors, and the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. Please visit King County’s COVID website for resources and current information.

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Lady Jaye

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West Seattle’s smokehouse has a decently-sized patio with a fire pit and heaters over most of the tables. One can embrace the restaurant’s theme with a smoked bologna sandwich and smoked old fashioned, while admiring a painted mural that depicts a “Mount Rushmore” of country greats, including Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings.

Gracia is part of a blocks-long strip of restaurants on Ballard Avenue, most of which have outdoor dining. Part of that strip is a pedestrian zone, which, free from the sound of cars rushing by, is perfect for a relaxing meal or drink out. Gracia’s menu offers tacos, burritos, mole enchiladas and satisfying soups like pozole verde made with pork shoulder and chicken soup served with tortilla strips and avocado. The outdoor dining area is covered and heated, with strands of lights and potted plants hanging off the beams of the structure.

The MARKET | fishmonger & eatery

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Located in downtown Edmonds, seafood restaurant The Market is a perfect place north of Seattle to dine outside with quality accommodations. Its patio deck has a clear, double-walled roof and infrared heaters. There are also barriers between tables for an extra layer of protection and privacy while enjoying lobster rolls, fish and chips, oysters, and more. As of October 2021, The Market’s Seattle location does not offer outdoor seating.

Brimmer & Heeltap

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During the pandemic, this Ballard restaurant didn’t have to do too much to its already existing back patio, which is sheltered from the busy street, but it did use it to launch a daytime cafe called Red Arrow Coffee. Some heaters were installed for winter, but in general, the casual backyard garden vibes are still there, complementing a menu of upscale bistro fare.

Can Bar

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White Center’s nautical themed bar and restaurant has a relaxed neighborhood vibe, and a reputation for its copious selection of canned beers. Don’t overlook the solid menu items like the fried chicken sandwich, smoked beef dip, and brisket chili. Enjoy a burger and a cold one at their outdoor patio seating area — heated, and also nautical themed.

After building a strong following as a pop-up inside Fremont’s Pomerol, the contemporary Indian tasting menu specialist Meesha became a full-fledged restaurant in 2020. Among some of the can’t-miss dishes from chef Preeti Agarwal are rarah keema pao with expertly prepared ground lamb, fried Amritsari fish, and paneer in tomato sauce with black cardamom. The patio behind the restaurant is covered and powerful heaters keep diners warm even on the coldest nights.

Bangrak Market

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Thai street food restaurant and bar Bangrak Market offers covered, heated sidewalk seating strung with lights to enjoy dishes like satay chicken skewers, fried fish balls, pad see eiw, and much more. Bangrak’s vibrant atmosphere brings the Thai market feel to life, and what’s even better — it stays open till midnight everyday, and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Citizen

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Lower Queen Anne’s all-day cafe is usually a gathering place in the warmer months to chill outside and play cornhole. More subdued in colder weather, the patio is spacious enough to encourage social distancing. With outdoor beer garden Citizen Campfire there’s plenty more outdoor games, as well as fire pits and cozy covered seating areas. Citizen Campfire is 21+ after 4 p.m.

Westward

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Before the pandemic, this seafood-focused restaurant was a draw for its Adirondack chairs lined up on the northern shore of Lake Union. In the colder months, the restaurant is still utilizing its outdoor space, with a covered patio and overhead heaters, plus two fire pits and blankets for diners.

Terra Plata

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At this Capitol Hill restaurant from respected chef Tamara Murphy, dishes like paella and roast pig shine alongside a robust list of cocktails, excellent in takeout form or for chilling outside on the covered and heated roof deck. Diners who choose to hang out there are surrounded by Murphy’s edible garden.

The covered rooftop patio at Capitol Hill restaurant Terra Plata with wooden communal tables and a surrounding garden
The rooftop at Terra Plata
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Don Lucho's Restaurant & Pisco Bar

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Maple Leaf’s fast-casual Peruvian restaurant serves up some serious lomo saltado and has built not one, but two patios since the pandemic started, with the intention of keeping them around all year long. There are 16 tables, which are covered and heated, plus some big screen TVs for diners to enjoy on game days.

Loretta's Northwesterner

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This South Park institution disposes with pretensions, rather than try to keep up with some of the hipper establishments in the neighborhood. The outdoor patio — heated and decorated for the season — is a comfortable spot to grab a beer and one of Loretta’s famed burgers.

Marjorie

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This longtime Capitol Hill bistro has been serving a variety of well-crafted dishes that support local farms (and has a wonderful brioche bread pudding). Marjorie also has an outdoor patio with heaters, perfect to enjoy its Jamaican jerk chicken and jalapeño hushpuppies.

Star chef Melissa Miranda leads this buzzy Beacon Hill spot with Filipinx dishes such as short rib kare kare, smoked oysters, and mussels cooked with moringa plus plenty of killer cocktails. Guests can dine indoors or outside at its covered, heated patio. Reservations are recommended since Musang tends to fill up fast.

Plenty of Clouds

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Plenty of Clouds is located in Capitol Hill’s Pearl Apartments and features a Pacific Northwest take on Sichuan and Yunnan dishes like dry-fried chicken with chili peppers, Sichuan peppercorn, and kohlrabi. The heated, covered patio makes it easy to enjoy popular favorites Sichuan pork dumplings and dry fried chicken on a cold, rainy day.

Bar del Corso

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Chef and owner Jerry Corso’s expert Neapolitan-style pizzas are the primary draw for this Beacon Hill hideaway, thanks to their light and slightly salty crusts. The garlic mussels, baccala fritters, and grilled octopus with corona beans are also exceptional, and reservations often go fast. The sidewalk patio — great for people watching on Beacon Avenue —  has propane heaters between each table and vines growing on trellises. 

Surrell

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This Madison Valley restaurant serves constantly changing 8-10 course tasting menus packed with locally sourced ingredients, and also has a wine bar with a menu of exclusively Washington wines as well as a-la-carte snacks reminiscent of Spanish tapas or northern Italian cicchetti. The patios for the restaurant and wine bar are both fully covered, with heaters for each table and canvas to help block the breeze.

Reckless Noodle House

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The Central District’s Vietnamese street food and cocktail destination Reckless Noodle House offers covered outdoor seating, with fishing nets hung from the ceiling. Some of the sides are covered in clear plastic to reduce the wind and keep in as much heat as possible.

This boisterous local enterprise is known for its modern Vietnamese cuisine mixed with local PNW ingredients. The U Village location has a tented patio strung with lights — and chandeliers for a special touch — and is outfitted with unobtrusive heaters.

Super Six

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Columbia City’s Korean-Hawaiian brunch spot has two large tents set up outside the restaurant in a parking lot with ordering available via QR code to minimize contact. On the menu are comfort food items such as spam sliders, loco moco, and pancakes with toasted macadamia butter. Plus, the malasadas are stellar.

Lady Jaye

West Seattle’s smokehouse has a decently-sized patio with a fire pit and heaters over most of the tables. One can embrace the restaurant’s theme with a smoked bologna sandwich and smoked old fashioned, while admiring a painted mural that depicts a “Mount Rushmore” of country greats, including Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings.

Gracia

Gracia is part of a blocks-long strip of restaurants on Ballard Avenue, most of which have outdoor dining. Part of that strip is a pedestrian zone, which, free from the sound of cars rushing by, is perfect for a relaxing meal or drink out. Gracia’s menu offers tacos, burritos, mole enchiladas and satisfying soups like pozole verde made with pork shoulder and chicken soup served with tortilla strips and avocado. The outdoor dining area is covered and heated, with strands of lights and potted plants hanging off the beams of the structure.

The MARKET | fishmonger & eatery

Located in downtown Edmonds, seafood restaurant The Market is a perfect place north of Seattle to dine outside with quality accommodations. Its patio deck has a clear, double-walled roof and infrared heaters. There are also barriers between tables for an extra layer of protection and privacy while enjoying lobster rolls, fish and chips, oysters, and more. As of October 2021, The Market’s Seattle location does not offer outdoor seating.

Brimmer & Heeltap

During the pandemic, this Ballard restaurant didn’t have to do too much to its already existing back patio, which is sheltered from the busy street, but it did use it to launch a daytime cafe called Red Arrow Coffee. Some heaters were installed for winter, but in general, the casual backyard garden vibes are still there, complementing a menu of upscale bistro fare.

Can Bar

White Center’s nautical themed bar and restaurant has a relaxed neighborhood vibe, and a reputation for its copious selection of canned beers. Don’t overlook the solid menu items like the fried chicken sandwich, smoked beef dip, and brisket chili. Enjoy a burger and a cold one at their outdoor patio seating area — heated, and also nautical themed.

Meesha

After building a strong following as a pop-up inside Fremont’s Pomerol, the contemporary Indian tasting menu specialist Meesha became a full-fledged restaurant in 2020. Among some of the can’t-miss dishes from chef Preeti Agarwal are rarah keema pao with expertly prepared ground lamb, fried Amritsari fish, and paneer in tomato sauce with black cardamom. The patio behind the restaurant is covered and powerful heaters keep diners warm even on the coldest nights.

Bangrak Market

Thai street food restaurant and bar Bangrak Market offers covered, heated sidewalk seating strung with lights to enjoy dishes like satay chicken skewers, fried fish balls, pad see eiw, and much more. Bangrak’s vibrant atmosphere brings the Thai market feel to life, and what’s even better — it stays open till midnight everyday, and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Citizen

Lower Queen Anne’s all-day cafe is usually a gathering place in the warmer months to chill outside and play cornhole. More subdued in colder weather, the patio is spacious enough to encourage social distancing. With outdoor beer garden Citizen Campfire there’s plenty more outdoor games, as well as fire pits and cozy covered seating areas. Citizen Campfire is 21+ after 4 p.m.

Westward

Before the pandemic, this seafood-focused restaurant was a draw for its Adirondack chairs lined up on the northern shore of Lake Union. In the colder months, the restaurant is still utilizing its outdoor space, with a covered patio and overhead heaters, plus two fire pits and blankets for diners.

Terra Plata

The covered rooftop patio at Capitol Hill restaurant Terra Plata with wooden communal tables and a surrounding garden
The rooftop at Terra Plata
Courtesy of Tamara Murphy

At this Capitol Hill restaurant from respected chef Tamara Murphy, dishes like paella and roast pig shine alongside a robust list of cocktails, excellent in takeout form or for chilling outside on the covered and heated roof deck. Diners who choose to hang out there are surrounded by Murphy’s edible garden.

The covered rooftop patio at Capitol Hill restaurant Terra Plata with wooden communal tables and a surrounding garden
The rooftop at Terra Plata
Courtesy of Tamara Murphy

Don Lucho's Restaurant & Pisco Bar

Maple Leaf’s fast-casual Peruvian restaurant serves up some serious lomo saltado and has built not one, but two patios since the pandemic started, with the intention of keeping them around all year long. There are 16 tables, which are covered and heated, plus some big screen TVs for diners to enjoy on game days.

Loretta's Northwesterner

This South Park institution disposes with pretensions, rather than try to keep up with some of the hipper establishments in the neighborhood. The outdoor patio — heated and decorated for the season — is a comfortable spot to grab a beer and one of Loretta’s famed burgers.

Marjorie

This longtime Capitol Hill bistro has been serving a variety of well-crafted dishes that support local farms (and has a wonderful brioche bread pudding). Marjorie also has an outdoor patio with heaters, perfect to enjoy its Jamaican jerk chicken and jalapeño hushpuppies.

Musang

Star chef Melissa Miranda leads this buzzy Beacon Hill spot with Filipinx dishes such as short rib kare kare, smoked oysters, and mussels cooked with moringa plus plenty of killer cocktails. Guests can dine indoors or outside at its covered, heated patio. Reservations are recommended since Musang tends to fill up fast.

Plenty of Clouds

Plenty of Clouds is located in Capitol Hill’s Pearl Apartments and features a Pacific Northwest take on Sichuan and Yunnan dishes like dry-fried chicken with chili peppers, Sichuan peppercorn, and kohlrabi. The heated, covered patio makes it easy to enjoy popular favorites Sichuan pork dumplings and dry fried chicken on a cold, rainy day.

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Bar del Corso

Chef and owner Jerry Corso’s expert Neapolitan-style pizzas are the primary draw for this Beacon Hill hideaway, thanks to their light and slightly salty crusts. The garlic mussels, baccala fritters, and grilled octopus with corona beans are also exceptional, and reservations often go fast. The sidewalk patio — great for people watching on Beacon Avenue —  has propane heaters between each table and vines growing on trellises. 

Surrell

This Madison Valley restaurant serves constantly changing 8-10 course tasting menus packed with locally sourced ingredients, and also has a wine bar with a menu of exclusively Washington wines as well as a-la-carte snacks reminiscent of Spanish tapas or northern Italian cicchetti. The patios for the restaurant and wine bar are both fully covered, with heaters for each table and canvas to help block the breeze.

Reckless Noodle House

The Central District’s Vietnamese street food and cocktail destination Reckless Noodle House offers covered outdoor seating, with fishing nets hung from the ceiling. Some of the sides are covered in clear plastic to reduce the wind and keep in as much heat as possible.

Ba Bar

This boisterous local enterprise is known for its modern Vietnamese cuisine mixed with local PNW ingredients. The U Village location has a tented patio strung with lights — and chandeliers for a special touch — and is outfitted with unobtrusive heaters.

Super Six

Columbia City’s Korean-Hawaiian brunch spot has two large tents set up outside the restaurant in a parking lot with ordering available via QR code to minimize contact. On the menu are comfort food items such as spam sliders, loco moco, and pancakes with toasted macadamia butter. Plus, the malasadas are stellar.

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