How to Cook a Wolf's Queen Anne patio situation. Courtesy HTCAW. 

Welcome to the winter where even the cream-puffiest among us will get hardy. Because if we're going to get out of the house, connect with friends, or support restaurants in ways other than takeout, we're probably doing it outside. Across the city, restaurants have been fashioning covered outdoor spaces, from standard-issue open-sided tents, like stalls at a farmers market, to elaborate fortresses with decor and rugs—or at least some AstroTurf. Here is our guide to tented tables and covered patios around the city. Please consider this a living document to be updated as necessary.


Ballard
 
 
Asadero 

Outdoor heaters and covered tables at David Orozco’s steakhouse shield you from the elements while you peruse a menu of uncommon cuts of beef and loaded baked potatoes. Reserve a 90-minute slot online. 

Ballard Pizza Co.

Ethan Stowell’s relaxed family-friendly pizza spot has a few individual-party tents on Ballard Ave. You can order your pies and beer right from the table via QR code.

Bitterroot BBQ

The cute little fenced-in streatery on Ballard Avenue is now tented and ready to roll into rainy months (and happy hour runs 4–8).

Brimmer and Heeltap

The charming back garden at this destinationworthy neighborhood restaurant has a covered section with heaters mounted above. By day, the space is available to customers at Red Arrow Coffee, the espresso shop that Brimmer owner Jen Doak opened this summer in the back garden's studio space.

Gracia

Chester Gerl’s stellar Mexican restaurant made a whole video about the safety protocols in its tented seating area. Which also happens to be lovely.

Ristorante Picolinos

The Italian restaurant turned its sizable garden into a sprawling tent situation, made cozy with curtains, carpets, plants, artwork, string lights, and a stack of blue blankets to keep you warm.

Picolinos keeps air circulating in its decor-laden tent setup.

Sabine

The beautiful space formerly known as Bastille now feels like a patio village, thanks to a covered structure out front, and the side patio, where customers fire up their laptops and linger over the all-day café menu.

Stoup Brewing

Tents within tents: Beneath a monster-size rain canopy, the brewery has erected two-walled “beer pods” to keep drinkers protected from wind and separated from other parties. A pair of firepits and blankets (for sale) stave off the cold. Even cooler: a private heated greenhouse space that holds up to five people, available by reservation only.

The Walrus and the Carpenter

The oyster bar that stunned a city 10 years ago is now Camp Walrus, a cheerful series of tents in the rear parking lot that takes reservations on OpenTable (enter the back way, via Shilshole). Sea Creatures Restaurant Group says the tents will be up at least through February.

Beacon Hill
 
 
Bar Del Corso

A pergola and roof over the charming back patio keeps you dry; space heaters keep you warm. Jerry Corso’s Italian menu keeps you coming back.

Musang

The small front garden has a sturdy shelter all set up, an improvement upon the previous tent; Melissa Miranda’s memorably Filipino restaurant can also supply you with a fleece blanket (fully washed between uses).

Oak 

This neighborly bar serves housemade soups and sauces accompany brunch food, burgers, and even vegetarian and vegan options along with an abundance of cocktails. Outdoor seating gives you a chance to experience the unique street sign tables, too. Reserve one here. 

Perihelion Brewery 

Another covered patio—with firepits—perfect for a happy hour of the original brews on tap (11 to be exact, and one cider).

Bellevue
 
 
520 Bar and Grill

For when you want a happy hour that feels like a Hallmark holiday film, this spacious tent is  already decked for Christmas, with garlands, trees, and white-light reindeer.

Carmine’s

The terrace was charming in the Before Times. Even more so now that it’s covered, heated, and serving beautiful Italian food seven days a week. Reservations encouraged.

Central Bar

A corridor-style tent setup befitting the downtown Bellevue address—linens on the tables, foliage, and a surprisingly elegant alfresco vibe.

Japonessa

Diners of all ages can sit on the covered patio—provided they like sushi. No reservations, but heaters are on the way.

Belltown

Limoncello

This under-the-radar Italian cafe on First Avenue is now decidedly on the neighborhood's radar thanks to an atmospheric pair of front patios, covered and warmed via string lights and space heaters. A TV protected from the elements even shows Seahawks games.

Bangrak Market 

This underheralded Thai spot with an expansive covered outdoor seating area offers warmth, vibrant and colorful decor, and, of course, street food.

Capitol Hill
 
 
Barrio

A curbside tent on 12th Avenue buffers brunchers and mezcal drinkers from the elements.

Ba Bar

Per usual, Eric and Sophie Banh’s Vietnamese restaurant wins on style points with a newly constructed covered outdoor space that looks legit attractive and has six infrared heaters. It seats 36 in two- and four-tops and serves the full menu from 10am to 10pm. Reservations recommended during happy hour.

Optimism Brewing

The high-tech brewery offers a daily rate for anyone who wants to use its ample space as a remote office, as well as a courtyard with some tented seats and, quite often, a food truck. Request these seats specifically when you make a mandatory reservation.

Poquitos

A parklet turned tented patio on 10th Avenue seats five tables on a first come, first served basis for margaritas, chicken tinga tacos, and enchiladas suizas, which you can order via contactless QR code. All ages (and dogs) welcome up to groups of six. The setup has two hanging electric heaters, but dressing warmly is still a good idea.

Rapport

Broadway’s haven of self-pour beer and wine has tented its big front patio. Even better: Wandering Goose alum Mike Law is in the kitchen prepping three-course menus, or a more snacky charcuterie and cheese situation. Reserve your table (okay it’s really a barrel) online.

Rhein Haus

No surprise, the cavernous German-inspired beer hall has gone full biergarten out on the courtyard, with 10 propane heaters (not to mention a firepit) and six outdoor TVs primed for football (or election coverage!). Eight covered tables (and five uncovered) seat groups as large as six.

Rione XIII

Ethan Stowell’s house of cacio e pepe and Roman fare on 15th Avenue packs a half-dozen picnic tables into a light-strung mega-tent. No heaters at the moment, so dress (or drink) accordingly.

Skillet

The original location at 14th and Union has set up tents around each of its patio tables, for a private-ish experience.

Taurus Ox

Though the tented streetside patio has just three tables, that's not much different than the indoor capacity at this smashing little Lao restaurant on Madison. No reservations, but you can get the restaurant's full menu (including drinks...and that burger) out here.

Central District
 
 
Central Cafe

The charming neighborhood spot on Cherry converted an underused corridor next to its building into a covered outdoor living room of sorts, with a couch, chairs, Astroturf, and even the occasional outdoor movie.

Chuck's Hop Shop

The beer shop was an early adopter of the glorious makeshift patio (not to mention the comprehensive online reservation system). Here the entire parking lot is tented and lit (but not heated) with a sort of beer garden vibe; meanwhile the side patio has a few walls. The taplist and food truck schedule are online.

Reckless Noodle House

More getaway than patio, the covered outdoor space at this superb cocktail and noodle hangout is strung with nets and thick with atmosphere.

Standard Brewing

So much great beer, and an uber-spacious patio, roughly half of it covered, upon which to drink it (the food menu is also legit). As ever, this spot is 21-plus, with no dogs.

Chinatown–International District

Humble Pie

The open-air pizza restaurant mastered outdoor dining long ago. Bonus: The covered portion of its picnic table compound is right next to the chicken coop.

Humble Pie's open-air layout was doing pandemic dining before it was a thing.

Image: Amber Fouts

Columbia City
 
 
 
Flying Lion Brewing

A rollicking tent in the brewery’s shared parking lot is all about heaters, beer, and amply spaced tables.

Island Soul

A streetside tent offers good airflow, heat, and a bit of shelter, though teriffic Caribbean-toned soul food warms in its own way.

Super Six

Brunch, dinner, and happy hour all happen on picnic tables beneath a massive tent erected on the parking lot next to this versatile outpost of the Marination empire. You can even place orders sans contact thanks to the magic of QR codes.

Taco City

Inside this pair of sturdy patios, Tuesdays mean $20 bottomless tacos and $5 tequila, plus a host of Tex-Mex staples like enchiladas and steak fajitas.

Denny Regrade

Sixth Avenue Plaza

A stretch of Sixth Avenue between Blanchard and Virginia has become an outdoor dining plaza, a three-block stretch of tents and meticulously cleaned tables adorned with fresh flowers. Plan to grab a seat here if you’re eating at the following: Willmott’s Ghost, Marination, Mamnoon Street, Evergreens, Lady Yum, 2120, Potbelly, Joe and the Juice, Casco Antiguo, and the Amazon Go store. The streatery (sorry) is open 8–8 daily, and nearby Amazon garages let you park free on nights and weekends.

Skillet

Newly reopen, this location near the Spheres added clear barriers around its covered patio for an extra layer of rain and wind protection.

Nana’s Green Tea 

So many latte combinations and a safe patio seating to try them on. Get an iced, hot, and even soft serve drink or one of their many matcha pastries. 

Downtown
 
 
Frolik

Hang out by the fireplaces on this tented rooftop patio while you try cocktails like the Honeybee or Sugar Plum Kraken. Book a table online.

Eastlake

Pecado Bueno

A big carport-style tent keeps you dry as you hang by the firepit. (The Fremont location has a similar setup.)

Eastlake Bar and Grill 

Get sunset water views while sipping on a drink from the tiki bar on an outdoor fireside couch or grab dinner from a wide selection of burgers and sandwiches. Eastlake was one of the first patios in town to embrace those clear plastic igloos, so no worries about the tent blocking your view. 

First Hill

L'Oursin

The charming bistro offers 90-minute "apres ski" slots on its private two-person patio, where, for $65, they will regale you with fondue, housemade pate, and two glasses of vin chaud, all by the glow of your own personal space heater. Book online.

Fremont
 
 
El Camino

Tented with ample airflow and margaritas, covered, heated, and—best of all—open seven days a week.

Fiasco

A menu of winter warmers fortify diners in a trio of tents at Heavy Restaurant Group's Italian spot on Stone Way.

Fremont Brewing

Perhaps the only thing more impressive than Fremont's beer is the logistics of its covered beer garden; it even issued an instructional video for would-be users this summer. During certain midweek hours, the space doubles as a remote office, with wifi and sandwiches from Coro (aka Salumi).

The Masonry

New are the patio tent, heaters, and plenty of distance between tables cover your Covid needs. Wonderfully constant are the pizzas and always rad beer and wine lists. 

Meesha

At the rear of this charming modern Indian restaurant (formerly Pomerol) is an equally charming enclosed patio, warm with heaters and scattered with cushions.

Pablo y Pablo

Heavy's taco-focused hangout sports three light-strung tents with heaters imminent.

Pecado Bueno

A big carport-style tent keeps you dry as you hang by the firepit. (The Eastlake location has a similar setup.)

Georgetown
 
 
Mezzanotte

The massive gravel patio at Marcus Lalario’s new Italian restaurant now has a massive (and surprisingly attractive) tent to match. The clear roof lets you appreciate those gray skies above.

Greenlake
 
 
Duke's

A roomy tent with lights and heaters offers shelter for the menu of chowder and expertly sourced seafood.

Greenwood
 
 
Flying Bike Brewery
 

This Greenwood co-op brewery has nine brews on tap for when you want to grab a drink (or multiple) on their patio.

Kirkland
 
 
Cactus

While the patio is narrow (as is the roof) these seats are heated, making for an optimal hangout on dry nights for margaritas and inventive Mexican food.

Feast

Downtown Kirkland’s new-ish brasserie has set up sturdy, light-strung tents; reserve outdoor seating on OpenTable.

Hearth

The Heathman’s covered breezeway has heaters, ample charm, and wood-fired pizza.

Le Grand Bistro Americain

French fare on this patio comes with string lights, heaters, a roof, and that moody waterfront view.

Laurelhurst

Bistro Shirlee

The patio that faces the Burke-Gilman at this relatively new Renee Erickson spot is fully enclosed and heated (and a great stop if you're on a bike).

Leschi
 
 
Bluwater

A roomy covered area has plenty of outdoor heaters and serves lunch and dinner seven days a week (plus weekend breakfast). The surrounding hedges give Bluwater’s outdoor area a sort of garden vibe.

Daniel’s Broiler

The lake-facing stalwart has tricked out its outdoor dining with tents and heaters.

Meet the Moon

Leschi’s most versatile hangout has tented its newly minted parklet on Lake Washington Boulevard, and it’s open from lunch through happy hour into dinner. Heaters reportedly get installed next week.

Madison Park

How to Cook a Wolf

The newest outpost of HTCAW turned a triangular plaza out front into a pair of sturdy corrugated structures, open on one side and impervious to wind and rain.

Madison Valley

Cafe Flora

A parking lot behind the vegetarian landmark's atrium room now houses an event-size tent big enough for 34 seats. The space is BYOB (that would be "bring your own blanket") and while it doesn't quite have the charm of Flora's plant-filled atrium, colorful chairs and some branch installations from Fortunate Orchard do offer a particular sort of ambience. Meanwhile, the atrium has windows open and floors heated. Both are walk-in only.

Cafe Flora's tent is bigger than plenty of brick-and-mortar dining rooms.

The Harvest Vine

One of the town’s best restaurants now serves its Basque cuisine in cozy makeshift breezeway tucked next to the restaurant, with a roof, a couple two-tops, and plenty of heaters.

Surrell

It’s hard to find a patio experience more considered than this fine dining setup, with tableside space heaters and just two parties seated beneath the covered pergola at the same time. All of which to say: Book those tasting menus well in advance.

Madrona
 
 
Bottlehouse

Two covered and heated patios shelter wine drinkers (and their kids) from the elements. In colder months, clear sheeting turns the wine bar's popular patio into "the greenhouse," while a new space in the back garden (yes, they call it "the winegarden") debuted in mid October.

Hi-Spot Cafe

The longstanding hangout's walled-in garden is tented up, heated, and ready to roll with classic breakfasts and lunchtime salads.

Red Cow

Ethan Stowell’s steak bistro has shrouded its patio in a big tent, plus a few curbside tables have individual tenting. Reserve patio seats online.

Vendemmia 

Brian Clevenger’s original restaurant serves an Italian-inspired menu inside a covered sidewalk seating area along with the chance to try a four-course tasting menu. 

Mercer Island
 
 
Mioposto

A large, open-sided and heated tent shelters the largest patio of this neighborly pizza restaurant’s four locations. Bring your own blanket, or buy one from the restaurant.

The Roanoke Inn

The historic tavern definitely got with the times; cabana-esque structures shelter each table in the ample rear garden, where heaters dangle over each table and online ordering makes it even easier to summon nachos, burgers, or Moscow mules to your seat.

Northgate
 
 
Watershed Pub and Kitchen 

Inside this heated and covered patio are build-your-own pizzas, mac and cheese (but only on the weekends), and a tap list including nearly two dozen beers and ciders. Check out the menu here.

Phinney Ridge
 
 
Prost

Sturdily roofed yet open air, the newly constructed structure outside the German beer bar on Greenwood Avenue supplies plenty of alpine vibes.

Queen Anne
 
 
Eden Hill Provisions

The Crockett Street Dining Plaza was one of the city’s first streateries to open earlier this year. Now it’s a tented, festive place to gorge yourself on burgers, fries, and kettle corn brussels sprouts.

How to Cook a Wolf

Some tents out front give a few parties some al fresco privacy (and a surprising amount of atmosphere).

Paragon 

Chef Stephan Bourgond brings his seasonal dishes to diners via tented and heated outdoor tables. Seating is limited, though, so call ahead for a wait time. 

Rainier Beach
 
 
Stonehouse Cafe 

The covered waterfront patio keeps you warm and serves homestyle breakfast with a seemingly endless array of drinks. Reserve a table here

Renton
 
 
Water’s Table and Dock and Drink

The Hyatt Regency’s pair of restaurants rises to the outdoor dining occasion with a heated pavilion, and more casual weekend football viewing setup.

SeaTac
  
 
Cedarbrook Lodge

The restaurant’s covered patio, now dubbed Camp Copperleaf, keeps a fireplace (and heaters) roaring and serves a daily evening menu of casual sandwiches and entrees, plus hot cocktails and dessert. Make a reservation online.

South Lake Union
 
 
Cactus

The local modern Mexican chainlet has battened down its sidewalk seating with heat and covers.

Duke’s

A recessed covered patio keeps you secure from rain (and warmed by heaters), but still able to take in the marina views over a bowl of chowder or some rockfish tacos.

El Grito

A sturdy new shelter turns each outdoor table into an open-air booth of sorts. Each one has a dedicated heater, not to mention the warming properties of margaritas and fajitas.

Local Public Eatery

Tented tables and tall heaters offer shelter for beer and hearty bar fare.

Portage Bay Cafe

Awww, remember brunch? Let's make that a thing again. One of the town’s most iconic purveyor of pancakes has umbrella-topped sidewalk tables with heaters, and will even provide blankets.

Mbar

It's a glorious patio under any circumstances, but this restaurant atop 400 Fairview heats and covers a good portion of its rooftop, which is filled with firepits, fun seating, and astonishing city views.

Re:public

Is it a patio or a village-like tent compound? Either way it’s large, light-strung, and serving a full menu, plus fried chicken by the pound.

Sam’s Tavern

Towering burgers, similarly bedecked bloody marys, and a series of tents and heaters currently occupy that prime adjacent courtyard.

White Swan Public House

The charming seafood sibling to Matt’s in the Market and Radiator Whiskey has gone full event-size tent on its water-facing patio, with lights, picnic tables, and heaters providing the backdrop for oysters, burgers, and poutine-of-the-sea. Reserve on OpenTable.

South Park
 
 
Loretta’s Northwesterner

New striped awnings and an outdoor heater provide shelter for one of the town’s best-loved tavern burgers.

University District
 
 
University Village

The roadway in front of the South Garage is now blocked off to make way for tents for diners at Joey Kitchen, Ba Bar, Din Tai Fung, and Eureka. Go directly to the restaurants to grab a seat. Also: Nearby Mr. West has a covered courtyard on the building's north side.

Wallingford
 
 
Mkt.

A trio of red tents house a trio of picnic tables where diners can get after the pasta and seasonal vegetable dishes at this tiny and excellent Ethan Stowell spot.

Union Saloon

A Christmas tree keeps the heated, covered patio festive, while a new “saloon fireside tent” lets you reserve a hangout spot for up to four people. Blankets: never a bad idea.

Westward

One of the town's most charming waterfront setups now has heated tents and three(!) outdoor firepits.

West Seattle
 
 
Harry’s Beach House

Brunch, chocolate cake, and a transcendent burger: One of the most charming menus on Alki now has a patio tent to match, lit with chandeliers just like the dining room.

Lady Jaye

Eight tables occupy the back patio, amid a fire pit and heaters. This merry house of smoked meat and brown liquor seats diners at 4, 5:30, and 7:15. Reservations over here.

La Rustica

It figures this charming West Seattle restaurant would have an equally charming covered outdoor space, decked out with drapes and white lights—and, most importantly, heaters. Best of all, though, is the menu of rustic Italian food.

Ounces Taproom

Thirty taps of Washington beer meet a framed-in covered and heated patio that’s been a fixture since Ounces opened in 2016 (though they’ve added a few tents, too).

White Center
 
 
Future Primitive

A sturdy new covered patio structure laughs in the face of wind. Kids and dogs are allowed, and beer is superb.

 

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