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Adirondack chairs surround an outdoor fire pit overlooking boats docked at Lake Union at twilight.
Westward’s patio overlooks Lake Union.
Westward [Official Photo]

Seattle Restaurants with Heated and Covered Patios for Outdoor Winter Dining

Fire pits, heat lamps, and tents have helped winterize some open-air seating around town

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Westward’s patio overlooks Lake Union.
| Westward [Official Photo]

Since the pandemic began, Seattle restaurants have pushed for an expansion of open-air options, particularly with expedited permits for street and sidewalk closures. As the weather gets colder, several restaurants with patios have taken to winterizing their spaces with heaters and sturdier coverings. Here’s a partial list of places that offer al fresco meals during brisker weather.

Note: With Seattle in phase 2 in Washington’s reopening plan, some of the restaurants listed have resumed indoor seating at 25 percent capacity, in addition to outside options. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. For updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the official King County’s COVID page. All the restaurants listed also offer takeout or retail sales.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Don Lucho's Restaurant & Pisco Bar

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7919 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 257-1333
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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.

2. Brimmer & Heeltap

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425 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 420-2534
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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.

3. Ba Bar

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2685 NE 46th St #2503
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 328-1112
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This boisterous local enterprise is known for its modern Vietnamese cuisine mixed with local PNW ingredients. The U Village location is open for takeout and limited outdoor dine-in service, with a tented patio strung with lights and outfitted with unobtrusive heaters. Delivery is available through DoordashCaviar, and Grubhub.

4. Westward

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2501 N Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 552-8215
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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.

5. Eden Hill Restaurant

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2209 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 708-6836
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This upscale Queen Anne mainstay (with a more casual sibling restaurant nearby) has resumed onsite dining for its dinners, which include both tasting menu options and shared plates, such as roasted carrot salad, duck confit spätzle, and octopus tortilla española (available for takeout, too). The newly constructed patio contains partitions separating dining parties and heaters.

6. Citizen

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706 Taylor Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 284-1015
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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, and there’s a robust selection of breakfast and brunch items, plus a recently reopened beer garden.

7. Surrell

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2319 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98112

This Madison Valley restaurant with a focus on wine and locally-sourced fare may have one of the more thought-out patios in the city at the moment. It’s fully covered, with heaters for each table and canvas to help block the breeze, as well as landing tables where the wait staff drops off dishes and drinks for low-contact service. Reservations available via Tock.

8. Terra Plata

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1501 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 325-1501
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At this Capitol Hill restaurant from respected chef Tamara Murphy, dishes such as Peruvian chicken and roasted 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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9. Marjorie

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1412 E Union St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 441-9842
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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). The restaurant also has made good use out of its patio while outdoor dining is allowed, installing some heaters and making sure it’s still open air, rather than hermetically sealing it off.

10. Optimism Brewing Company

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1158 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 651-5429
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In addition to the Capitol Hill brewery’s spacious tasting room, there’s an outdoor patio, with tents and heaters. When the weather cooperates, seating can spill onto the recently-established street plaza, and there’s usually a food truck parked nearby — most recently Macho Burgers and Tummy Yummy Thai.

11. Reckless Noodle House

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2519 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 329-5499
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The Central District’s noodle and cocktail destination has tried to master the art of takeout for most of the past year, but offers some outdoor seating as well that’s covered, with fishing nets hanging from the ceiling. Some of the sides are covered in clear plastic to reduce the wind and keep in as much heat as possible.

12. Musang

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2524 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 708-6871
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Star chef Melissa Miranda has developed a dynamic takeout menu at this buzzy Beacon Hill spot with Filipinx dishes such as pancit lomi, short rib kare kare, and adobong kale and mushrooms, plus plenty of killer cocktails. After a short winter break, it is taking reservations for its charming outdoor patio, which is covered and heated.

13. Lady Jaye

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4523 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 457-4029
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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.

14. Super Six

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3714 S Hudson St
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 420-1201
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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.

15. Loretta's Northwesterner

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8617 14th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 327-9649
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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. Though the bar is closed for now, the outdoor patio — heated and decorated for the season — is a comfortable spot to grab a beer and one of Loretta’s famed burgers, and accepts walk-ins.

1. Don Lucho's Restaurant & Pisco Bar

7919 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

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.

7919 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

2. Brimmer & Heeltap

425 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107

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.

425 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107

3. Ba Bar

2685 NE 46th St #2503, Seattle, WA 98105

This boisterous local enterprise is known for its modern Vietnamese cuisine mixed with local PNW ingredients. The U Village location is open for takeout and limited outdoor dine-in service, with a tented patio strung with lights and outfitted with unobtrusive heaters. Delivery is available through DoordashCaviar, and Grubhub.

2685 NE 46th St #2503
Seattle, WA 98105

4. Westward

2501 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103

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.

2501 N Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103

5. Eden Hill Restaurant

2209 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

This upscale Queen Anne mainstay (with a more casual sibling restaurant nearby) has resumed onsite dining for its dinners, which include both tasting menu options and shared plates, such as roasted carrot salad, duck confit spätzle, and octopus tortilla española (available for takeout, too). The newly constructed patio contains partitions separating dining parties and heaters.

2209 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

6. Citizen

706 Taylor Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

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, and there’s a robust selection of breakfast and brunch items, plus a recently reopened beer garden.

706 Taylor Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

7. Surrell

2319 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

This Madison Valley restaurant with a focus on wine and locally-sourced fare may have one of the more thought-out patios in the city at the moment. It’s fully covered, with heaters for each table and canvas to help block the breeze, as well as landing tables where the wait staff drops off dishes and drinks for low-contact service. Reservations available via Tock.

2319 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98112

8. Terra Plata

1501 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
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 such as Peruvian chicken and roasted 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.

1501 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

9. Marjorie

1412 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122

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). The restaurant also has made good use out of its patio while outdoor dining is allowed, installing some heaters and making sure it’s still open air, rather than hermetically sealing it off.

1412 E Union St
Seattle, WA 98122

10. Optimism Brewing Company

1158 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122

In addition to the Capitol Hill brewery’s spacious tasting room, there’s an outdoor patio, with tents and heaters. When the weather cooperates, seating can spill onto the recently-established street plaza, and there’s usually a food truck parked nearby — most recently Macho Burgers and Tummy Yummy Thai.

1158 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122

11. Reckless Noodle House

2519 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144

The Central District’s noodle and cocktail destination has tried to master the art of takeout for most of the past year, but offers some outdoor seating as well that’s covered, with fishing nets hanging from the ceiling. Some of the sides are covered in clear plastic to reduce the wind and keep in as much heat as possible.

2519 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144

12. Musang

2524 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

Star chef Melissa Miranda has developed a dynamic takeout menu at this buzzy Beacon Hill spot with Filipinx dishes such as pancit lomi, short rib kare kare, and adobong kale and mushrooms, plus plenty of killer cocktails. After a short winter break, it is taking reservations for its charming outdoor patio, which is covered and heated.

2524 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

13. Lady Jaye

4523 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

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.

4523 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

14. Super Six

3714 S Hudson St, Seattle, WA 98118

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.

3714 S Hudson St
Seattle, WA 98118

15. Loretta's Northwesterner

8617 14th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

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

8617 14th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

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