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16 Philly Restaurants With Top-Notch Heated Patios for the Winter

Where to dine outdoors as temperatures continue to drop

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The arrival of colder months would typically mark the end of the outdoor dining season, but with the omicron variant of the coronavirus working its way through the city, and Philadelphians still into the idea of dining al fresco, more restaurants are stepping up their winterized patio game more than ever. Philly restaurants and bars have come up with creative solutions for eating and drinking outside in the cold, including warming additions like fire pits, tented terraces, overhead heat lamps, and more. Just don’t forget to bundle up, no matter how decked out the tent may be: winter in Philly is no joke.

Looking to learn more about Philly’s year of outdoor dining wins and woes? Read all about it here and here.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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Young American Hard Cider

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Out in the tent at Young American Cider in Germantown, there are fire pits and heat lamps to keep even the most cold weather-averse warm during the winter months. Paired that scene with crisp cider in flavors like blood orange and tart cherry (as well as excellent hand pies crafted Young American co-owner Stephanie Cole), you’ll feel cozy no matter the weather.

Wissahickon Brewing Company

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Wissahickon Brewing Company’s spacious outdoor area promises tall heat lamps throughout and tables closest to the indoor section of the brewery benefit from overflow heat. The brewery will soon have a tent with forced electric heaters, giving guests a cozy spot to enjoy Wissahickon’s popular brews and food from its rotating lineup of food trucks. Until the tent arrives, be sure to do a bit of bundling for outdoor drinks and food at the East Falls brewery.

The Kensington neighborhood favorite has heat lamps a-plenty, in addition to a number of tables with an overhead covering in case of inclement weather. As for drinks, stay warm with the hot toddy, or opt for a local beer or draft wine. Martha is also known for its hoagies for good reason.

Sor Ynez

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One of the newer ventures from the folks at Sojourn Hospitality, Sor Ynez — a sustainability-focused Mexican restaurant on American Street — is equipped with plentiful heat lamps on their colorful outdoor patio. Enjoy a warm bowl of pozole to keep you extra toasty.

Pizzeria Beddia

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No matter the season, you can never go wrong with a pie from Pizzeria Beddia (they travel extremely well, too, if you’re not up for eating outside). The covered patio on Lee Street is well-heated with a range of fiery heat lamps, and the pizza pies — specifically the spicy angry pie — will keep you warm, too.

Frankford Hall

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At Frankford Hall, tables are lined with high-powered heat lamps to keep guests warm as they enjoy German brews by the stein and hearty dishes like burgers, sausage sandwiches, and a giant pretzel with cheese dip. Beyond beer and food, hot mulled wine and hot apple cider are available for cold weather patrons. Plus: fire pits!

Germantown Garden

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Germantown Garden Grille transformed from a summer destination into a winter-ready space complete with insulated igloos (each outfitted with a heater) and an expansive outdoor space with blazing heat lamps.

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This open-air Mexican restaurant from the team behind Morgan’s Pier houses enclosed greenhouses and a bright teal heated tent that shields colorful table settings. Hot cocktails, wines by the glass and bottle, local brews, and classic Mexican fare are available.

Love City Brewing

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There are many things to love about Love City’s enormous outdoor space: It’s tented, has heat lamps, it can accommodate large groups with lots of airflow, and visitors are permitted to bring in their own food. The beer garden tent is only open Thursday through Sunday at the moment, but sidewalk tables right in front of the brewery are also equipped with heat lamps for cold weeknights.

Harper's Garden

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Perhaps one of the more elaborate methods to beating the cold weather are Harper’s Garden’s private plastic greenhouses, available by reservation for parties of six. The structures can be completely enclosed to shield diners from the rain, wind, and super chilly weather, plus panels that can open up on nicer days. There is also enclosed patio seating with circulated heat.

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Booker's Restaurant & Bar

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Open for brunch and dinner, Booker’s in Cedar Park has a decorated, covered, and heated sidewalk to make any outdoor meal feel less frigid. Reservations for outdoor tables — where diners will enjoy jambalaya, fried okra, and a variety of burgers — can be made on OpenTable.

The Good King Tavern

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Chloe Grigri’s Good King Tavern is cozy to the max on the inside and outside, with a lovely enclosed sidewalk streetery with heat lamps under which you can enjoy great wines and French tavern burgers.

Fitz and Starts

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Along the sidewalks of S. 4th and Fitzwater Streets, all-day cafe (and dinner spot, to boot) Fitz and Starts has covered tents with heat lamps to keep pastry and hash brown lovers warm. Reservations specifically for the outside patio can be made on Resy.

Fiorella Pasta

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While reservations at Marc Vetri’s pasta bar Fiorella may sometimes tricky to get, try your luck with the outdoor patio, which is covered and heated and cozy on Christian Street. Booked online, outdoor tables have a maximum of 4 people, but if you’re looking to go with a (slightly) smaller group, call the restaurant for more info.

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Alma del Mar

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At this Queer Eye-featured local favorite on S. 9th Street, Alma del Mar, the outdoor patio is not only warm and inviting, it’s decorated vibrantly for the holiday season. Enjoy seafood tacos and fruity juices while staying warm under the colorful decor. Walk-ins are welcome.

Bing Bing Dim Sum

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A sturdy streetside enclosure lines the outside of Bing Bing Dim Sum on E. Passyunk Avenue. Go for the turnip cake, cheesesteak bao, and generous happy hour — stay for the patio heaters, string lights, and ambiance.

Young American Hard Cider

Out in the tent at Young American Cider in Germantown, there are fire pits and heat lamps to keep even the most cold weather-averse warm during the winter months. Paired that scene with crisp cider in flavors like blood orange and tart cherry (as well as excellent hand pies crafted Young American co-owner Stephanie Cole), you’ll feel cozy no matter the weather.

Wissahickon Brewing Company

Wissahickon Brewing Company’s spacious outdoor area promises tall heat lamps throughout and tables closest to the indoor section of the brewery benefit from overflow heat. The brewery will soon have a tent with forced electric heaters, giving guests a cozy spot to enjoy Wissahickon’s popular brews and food from its rotating lineup of food trucks. Until the tent arrives, be sure to do a bit of bundling for outdoor drinks and food at the East Falls brewery.

Martha

The Kensington neighborhood favorite has heat lamps a-plenty, in addition to a number of tables with an overhead covering in case of inclement weather. As for drinks, stay warm with the hot toddy, or opt for a local beer or draft wine. Martha is also known for its hoagies for good reason.

Sor Ynez

One of the newer ventures from the folks at Sojourn Hospitality, Sor Ynez — a sustainability-focused Mexican restaurant on American Street — is equipped with plentiful heat lamps on their colorful outdoor patio. Enjoy a warm bowl of pozole to keep you extra toasty.

Pizzeria Beddia

No matter the season, you can never go wrong with a pie from Pizzeria Beddia (they travel extremely well, too, if you’re not up for eating outside). The covered patio on Lee Street is well-heated with a range of fiery heat lamps, and the pizza pies — specifically the spicy angry pie — will keep you warm, too.

Frankford Hall

At Frankford Hall, tables are lined with high-powered heat lamps to keep guests warm as they enjoy German brews by the stein and hearty dishes like burgers, sausage sandwiches, and a giant pretzel with cheese dip. Beyond beer and food, hot mulled wine and hot apple cider are available for cold weather patrons. Plus: fire pits!

Germantown Garden

Germantown Garden Grille/official photo

Germantown Garden Grille transformed from a summer destination into a winter-ready space complete with insulated igloos (each outfitted with a heater) and an expansive outdoor space with blazing heat lamps.

Germantown Garden Grille/official photo

Juno

This open-air Mexican restaurant from the team behind Morgan’s Pier houses enclosed greenhouses and a bright teal heated tent that shields colorful table settings. Hot cocktails, wines by the glass and bottle, local brews, and classic Mexican fare are available.

Love City Brewing

There are many things to love about Love City’s enormous outdoor space: It’s tented, has heat lamps, it can accommodate large groups with lots of airflow, and visitors are permitted to bring in their own food. The beer garden tent is only open Thursday through Sunday at the moment, but sidewalk tables right in front of the brewery are also equipped with heat lamps for cold weeknights.

Harper's Garden

Harper’s Garden/official photo

Perhaps one of the more elaborate methods to beating the cold weather are Harper’s Garden’s private plastic greenhouses, available by reservation for parties of six. The structures can be completely enclosed to shield diners from the rain, wind, and super chilly weather, plus panels that can open up on nicer days. There is also enclosed patio seating with circulated heat.

Harper’s Garden/official photo

Booker's Restaurant & Bar

Open for brunch and dinner, Booker’s in Cedar Park has a decorated, covered, and heated sidewalk to make any outdoor meal feel less frigid. Reservations for outdoor tables — where diners will enjoy jambalaya, fried okra, and a variety of burgers — can be made on OpenTable.

The Good King Tavern

Chloe Grigri’s Good King Tavern is cozy to the max on the inside and outside, with a lovely enclosed sidewalk streetery with heat lamps under which you can enjoy great wines and French tavern burgers.

Fitz and Starts

Along the sidewalks of S. 4th and Fitzwater Streets, all-day cafe (and dinner spot, to boot) Fitz and Starts has covered tents with heat lamps to keep pastry and hash brown lovers warm. Reservations specifically for the outside patio can be made on Resy.

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While reservations at Marc Vetri’s pasta bar Fiorella may sometimes tricky to get, try your luck with the outdoor patio, which is covered and heated and cozy on Christian Street. Booked online, outdoor tables have a maximum of 4 people, but if you’re looking to go with a (slightly) smaller group, call the restaurant for more info.

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Alma del Mar

At this Queer Eye-featured local favorite on S. 9th Street, Alma del Mar, the outdoor patio is not only warm and inviting, it’s decorated vibrantly for the holiday season. Enjoy seafood tacos and fruity juices while staying warm under the colorful decor. Walk-ins are welcome.

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Bing Bing Dim Sum

A sturdy streetside enclosure lines the outside of Bing Bing Dim Sum on E. Passyunk Avenue. Go for the turnip cake, cheesesteak bao, and generous happy hour — stay for the patio heaters, string lights, and ambiance.

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