LET'S TAKE THIS OUTSIDE

Seattle Restaurants (and Bars) with Covered, Heated, and Tented Patios

A neighborhood-by-neighborhood guide to weatherproof outdoor dining, from Ballard to Bellevue.

By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Ballard Avenue is full of new patio structures, including this particularly atmospheric (and ventilated) situation at Gracia.

It seems the sheltered spaces that helped us (and restaurants) survive the darkest days of pandemic winter are here to stay…at least for a while. As we enter yet another chilly season, restaurants are even more savvy in the ways of outdoor shelters, mini patio igloos, and how to batten down your tent to withstand the occasional windstorm. Here is an updated guide to covered outdoor spaces around the city. Please consider this a living document to be updated as necessary.

Jump to Your Neighborhood:

Ballard / Beacon Hill / Bellevue / Belltown / Capitol Hill / Central District / Chinatown-International District / Columbia City / Denny RegradeDowntownEastlake / Fremont / Georgetown / Greenlake / Greenwood / KenmoreKirkland / Laurelhurst / LeschiMadison ParkMadison Valley / Madrona / Mercer Isand / Queen Anne / Northgate / Pike Place Market / Pioneer Square / Rainier Beach / Ravenna / Renton / Sand Point / SeaTac / South Lake Union / South Park / TukwilaUniversity District / Wallingford / West Seattle / White Center


Ballard
 
 
Asadero 

Covered tables at David Orozco’s steakhouse shield you from the elements while you peruse a lunch and dinner menu of uncommon cuts of beef and loaded baked potatoes. Call the restaurant to reserve if you’re coming for dinner.

Baker's

It's the sort of bar everyone wishes they had down the street from their house, right down to the garden patio filled with benches and heaters and foliage—and rain protection. Call to reserve.

The Ballard Cut

Owner Tommy Patrick was an early adopter of the Covid-era streatery. A dozen covered tables, with heaters, keep visitors dry and warm-ish. The hearty plates and ample whiskey menu takes care of the rest.

Ballard Pizza Co.

Ethan Stowell’s relaxed family-friendly pizza spot has a few open-sided, tent-shaded tables out on Ballard Ave. You can order your pies and beer right from the table via QR code.

Bitterroot BBQ

This urbane barbecue spot has joined the pergola party along Ballard Avenue, offering individual covered cubbies where you can get after some ribs, nachos, or bourbon cocktails.

Brimmer and Heeltap

The back garden at this destinationworthy neighborhood restaurant has a covered section with heaters mounted above. By day, the space is available to customers at sibling espresso shop Red Arrow Coffee.

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.

Stunning tortillas with heirloom corn anchor the menu at Gracia.

Image: Amber Fouts

Ristorante Picolinos

The Italian restaurant has made an art form of tented garden seating, weaving 120 outdoor seats among pergolas, beneath enormous tents, and amid trees and flowerpots and curtains.

Ray’s Boathouse/Ray’s Cafe

One of the town’s classic outdoor spaces has returned, with its menu of impeccable seafood and upfront expanse of Shilshole Bay. The Boathouse patio has heaters for chilly nights while the more casual cafe upstairs doubles down on the view and heaters with some covered seating. Walkins only at both.

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 cafe menu. Order at the counter; walkins only.

Stoup Brewing

Semicovered? Totally enclosed? An Adirondack chair near a firepit? The brewery’s patio offers configurations for every weather and beer-drinking scenario, including a private heated greenhouse space that holds up to five people, available by reservation only.

The Walrus and the Carpenter

It’s back to as usual on Walrus’s covered and heated patio. Walk-ins only; enter the back way, via Shilshole.

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 tucks a few tables (made from old street signs) beneath a big overhang out front. Reserve one online. Heaters keep things warm during dinner and weekend brunch, and a few high chairs are available for kids.

Perihelion Brewery 

An underheralded brewpub offers up excellent beer, a menu of sandwiches and blistered green beans, and mushroom pot pie, and an atmospheric covered patio warmed by the occasional fire table.

Bellevue
 
 
520 Bar and Grill

A clear roof and vine-clad walls protect a patio filled with heaters and tables set with proper white linens. Reserve patio seating online.

Carmine’s

The terrace was charming in the Before Times. Even more so now that it’s covered, heated, and serving beautiful Italian food for lunch and dinner most days of the 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.

El Gaucho

Chandeliers, tablecloths, and a surround of greenery give the patio tent a garden party feel.

Japonessa

Diners of all ages can sit on the covered patio—provided they like sushi with gentle Latin American overtones. No reservations.

Monsoon

A new streetside patio adds 20 seats to the pre-existing sidewalk tables, and does it with umbrella-clad, paper lantern­–adorned panache.

Belltown
 
 
Bangrak Market 

A flurry of sidewalk tables offer a charming sunny day spot to enjoy some seriously great Thai food.

Limoncello

A previously under-the-radar Italian cafe on First Avenue is now decidedly on the neighborhood’s radar thanks to a gloriously atmospheric pair of covered and heated patios out front. The food’s great too, and Limoncello currently runs a happy hour menu.

Capitol Hill
 
 
Barrio

A sort of raised platform along 12th Avenue offers tables and tents to shield brunchers and mezcal drinkers.

Ba Bar

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

Cascina Spinasse

The covered structure out front looks as rustic and dignified as Stuart Lane’s Northern Italian menu. Tables out here are first come first served.

Harry’s Fine Foods

The restaurant and its covered garden oasis are open once again and serving seven days a week.

La Spiga

Because we all know Italian food just tastes better inside single-party patio “pods.” Four pods can seat up to five (but four is more comfortable) and reservations are required.

Light Sleeper

This new “terroir bar” hides in the center of Chophouse Row, but that means you needn’t throw quite so many elbows to get a seat in the courtyard.

Life on Mars

It’s hard to miss the bright blue tents in front of the vinyl themed Pike/Pine bar, offering rain protection for its cocktails and vegan menu of bar fare (and brunch).

Marmite

Bruce and Sara Naftaly have built a hub of patio socializing on a series of tents. But the breezeway setup within Chophouse Row ensures protected dining no matter the weather.

Monsoon

Seattle’s enduring Vietnamese destination has an equally desinationworthy rooftop, dotted with umbrellas and tables, and shielded from the street by trees. If that’s full up, a sidewalk patio below offers covered and uncovered tables. Jon Christiansen’s boozy slushies happen on both levels.

Nue

A menu that ranges from Dutch to Sichuan to South African flavors, all centered on a walled-in sidewalk patio, available for brunch, dinner, and daily happy hour.

Oddfellows

Linda Derschang’s all-day cafe built a pair of handsome pergolas out front, finessed with touches like plants, lights, and properly level tables. Inside, the longstanding “secret garden” offers alfresco privacy between brick walls.

Oddfellows’ new vine-twined pergola setup adds a rare breakfast and lunch patio option to Capitol Hill.

Omega Ouzeri

The tented sidewalk patio structure outside is a striking blue and white, fitting for the sterling Greek menu. Reserve patio tables online.

Plum Bistro

Dine on Makini Howell’s vegan creations inside a series of individual miniature greenhouses along the sidewalk. Call the restaurant to reserve.

Poquitos

A semipermanent, vine-draped shelter on 10th Avenue seats walkins only at small picnic tables for dinner and brunch—aka margaritas, chicken tinga tacos, and enchiladas suizas. All ages (and dogs) welcome up to groups of six.

Rapport

Broadway’s haven of self-pour beer and wine has an ample front patio with some open-sided tents. Even better: Wandering Goose alum Mike Law is in the kitchen prepping breakfast biscuits, lunch sandwiches, and three-course dinners. 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, which boasts various heaters and overhangs and firepits. Walkins only, for parties no larger than six.

Rione XIII

Ethan Stowell’s house of cacio e pepe and Roman fare on 15th Avenue has joined the semi-permanent patio party with a good looking structure, plus some sidewalk tables (and a happy hour menu). Reserve online.

Skillet

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

Tamari Bar

Makoto Kimoto’s ever-evolving patio is now equipped for winter: The izakaya’s outdoor space is protected on all sides, with circular portals looking out towards the street and ceiling heaters casting their own glow between two rows of lanterns.

Taurus Ox

This smashing little Lao restaurant on Madison now has a properly constructed patio shelter that protects a handful of tables. No reservations, but you can get the restaurant’s full menu (including drinks...and that burger) out here. (Note, they’re closed through June 15.)

Terra Plata

Pandemic or no, Tamara Murphy’s rooftop is a revelation—a wedge of garden surrouned by downtown views and Capitol Hill urbanity. Tables are heated, but not covered, and serve brunch and dinner. Make a reservation 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. The taplist and food truck schedule are online.

Communion

Kristi Brown’s new restaurant draws crowds for takeout, but a sizable overhang shelters a handful of outdoor tables around the restaurant’s prime corner perimeter. A firepit table and heaters keep everyone warm.

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 combines beer and amply spaced tables.

Island Soul

An upgraded covered patio out front offers picnic table–style seating in individual compartments. No reservations, but ample amounts of terrific Caribbean-toned soul food.

Super Six

Brunch, dinner, and happy hour all happen on picnic tables stationed outside this versatile outpost of the Marination empire. A tent in the parking lot offers a ton of covered seating.

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.

2120

A big heated tent with open sides lets you gaze across the street at the Spheres while tucking into cocktails or housemade pasta. Reserve online.

Skillet

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

Willmott’s Ghost

It doesn’t get more charming than a series of shaded tables tucked right up against the Spheres and shielded from traffic (and construction) by foliage. Until you factor in Renee Erickson’s pizza and a glass of wine. Reserve online.

The Willmott's Ghost patio hides beneath the Spheres in Denny Regrade.

Downtown
 
 
Frolik

Downtown patios are rare, and this one is a scene all its own, filled with views, fire tables, and a menu of accessible comfort food and the occasional tiramisu martini. Book a table online.

Eastlake

Eastlake Bar and Gri
ll
 

A patio with serious backyard vibes and a water view also has a few covered tables for rainy days.

Pecado Bueno

A front patio offers seats by the firepit and margaritas and happy hour tacos aplenty.

Serafina

The courtyard at this Eastlake Italian restaurant is a quiet legend of Seattle’s alfresco dining. Brick walls, stately trees and ample heaters surround tables full of understated Italian food.

First Hill

Honeyhole

The new outpost on East Jefferson inherited a beautiful (uncovered) patio space. One that’s now filled with massive sandwiches.

L’Oursin

The narrow patio out front is now an alfresco bar of sorts, with a row of stools and full-service access to JJ Proville’s French-Northwest menu—and Zac Overman’s wine and cocktails. An incoming streatery will also serve abbreviated food and all the drinks.

Stella/Hotel Sorrento

The venerable hotel has turned its courtyard restaurant into the covered, light-strung "Star Garden," which serves cocktails, coastal Italian food, and ample amounts of atmosphere. 

Fremont
 
 
El Camino

A back patio—covered, heated, with ample margaritas—and a covered front area that welcomes dogs. Reserve your preferred portion of the outdoors online.

Fiasco

Pasta, wine, and covered seating await at Heavy Restaurant Group’s Italian spot on Stone Way.

Frelard Pizza Company

Ethan Stowell’s original pizza restaurant puts its firepit-studded courtyard to good use with open-sided tents filled with long benches and tables.

Fremont Brewing

Perhaps the only thing more impressive than Fremont’s beer is the logistics of its covered beer garden. Check the website for details on the waitlist, hours, and party size.

The Masonry

The winter patio tent and heaters remain in use for cooler days that call for pizzas and always rad beer and wine options. 

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.

Meesha in Fremont turned an outdoor space in the back into a sheltered, pillow-strewn hideaway.

Pablo y Pablo

Heavy’s taco-focused hangout sports three light-strung tents with heaters overhead and clear sides.

Pecado Bueno

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

Rasai

A new “progressive Indian restaurant” comes with a front patio and a few covered outdoor tables. Reserve for dinner or brunch.

Revel

The triangular patio by the front door wins on both style and rain protection fronts. Reserve online for dinner or brunch.

Georgetown
 
 
Mezzanotte

The massive gravel patio at Marcus Lalario’s Italian restaurant now has a massive (and surprisingly attractive) tent to match. Not to mention a dynamite new menu courtesy of Jason Stratton.

Greenlake
 
 
Bongo’s

A Caribbean beach party hides inside the perimeter wall of a former gas station: Diners sit on expanse of sand, bisected by an actual boardwalk and protected by an overhang.  (Over on the concrete, some high stools surround an oversize fire table.)

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, a pair of covered patios, and a streetside beer garden setup.

Kenmore 
 
Stoup Kenmore

The former Seaplane, now an outpost of the Ballard brewery, set up a phalanx of open-sided tents in the adjacent courtyard. Consume the excellent beer—and pizza and snacks from chef Jason Stoneburner—out here, where kids have room to roam, or near the firepit, which has less of a family vibe.

Stoup's Kenmore outpost is equal parts great food, great beer, and ample covered outdoor seating.

Image: Amber Fouts

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, wood-fired pizza, and a popular brunch.

Le Grand Bistro Americain

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

Laurelhurst

Burke-Gilman Brewing

The ample (partly covered) patio out front exudes charm and welcomes dogs.

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 a tented streatery along Lake Washington Boulevard that's open from lunch through happy hour into dinner.

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.

Madison Valley
 
 
 
Bar Cantinetta  

A small covered patio offers small fire rectangular fire pits and cozy seat cushions, not to mention that classic menu of pasta, pizze, and eggplant parmagiana.

Cafe Flora

A parking lot behind the vegetarian landmark's atrium room houses an event-size tent big enough for 34 seats. 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. A new outdoor wine bar offers a more casual counterpoint (with equally great Washington wine).

Madrona
 
 
Bottlehouse

Two covered and heated patios shelter wine drinkers (and their kids) from the elements. Clear sheeting has turned 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 traded its mega tent for an impressive semi-permanent patio shelter, plus another one that protects a few individual curbside tables. 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, with a few umbrella-shaded tables nearby for sunny days.

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 

Out on the Shed patio, a spacious open-sided tent offers heat if you need it, and build-your-own pizzas to go with 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.

Pike Place Market
 
 
Aerlume

This seasonal restaurant near Pike Place Market combines water views with food worthy of a special occasion. A few covered tables up front offer PPM peoplewatching; the back deck ups the ante with water and mountain views. Reserve online.

Pioneer Square
 
 
II Terrazzo Carmine  

Classic Italian fine dining also happens on the back patio: A retractable weatherproof awning allows for decorations like string lights and chandeliers to extend that ambience outdoors.

London Plane

It’s hard to miss the blue awnings lined with string lights London Plane put up out front for a snippet of rain protection. It’s also hard to forget that all-day menu of salads, pastries, and seasonal bowls.

Queen Anne
 
 
Big Max Burger Co.

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

A few umbrella-shaded tables have joined a streatery structure that gives a few parties some al fresco privacy (and a surprising amount of atmosphere).

Blue Water Taco Grill

Out of four locations currently open is also the only outpost with a covered and heated back patio, suitable for tacos and margs.

The Sushi Samurai

The “outdoor dining cottage” out front, is a semi-enclosed space equipped with three kerosene heaters, personal windows that open upon your table’s command, and a smattering of decorative foliage.

Grappa

Wooden tables surrounded by heaters line the outside of this Mediterranean wine bar, and come with plastic dividers between each table.

Moonrise Bakery  

When co-owners Oliver Stormshak and Sam Schroeder of Olympia Coffee rebranded the former Le Reve Bakery, the erected a miniature silhouette of the building out front along Queen Anne Avenue. What people call a “pastry temple/baked good bungalow/croissant castle” is actually a brand-new patio with a glass ceiling.

Paragon 

The original tent setup out front gave way to a sturdy shelter with translucent walls and demarcated “rooms.” A ton of greenery and heaters shaped like fireplaces add actual ambience to accompany chef Stephan Bourgond's menu.

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

Ravenna
 
 
Don Lucho's

What started as a Peruvian food truck has evolved into a restaurant that’s big on outdoor eating: Heaters, picnic tables, multiple tents, a TV, and even a neon “Don Lucho's Patio Life” sign.

Renton
 
 
Dock and Drink and Water's Table

Pull up your boat and grab a seat in one of the lake-facing Adirondack chairs at the Hyatt Regency…or arrive the regular way for dinner at Water's Table or brunch or drinks on the waterfront patio.

Sand Point
 
 
Magnuson Cafe and Brewery

It sure helps to start out with a broad patio surrounded by water and boats. But this relaxed brewpub in the heart of Magnuson Park doubled down with a string of individual covered shelters big enough for a single table.

SeaTac
  
 
Cedarbrook Lodge

Seasonal dining happens daily from 5–9 on the Copperleaf restaurant's covered patio, which overlooks its lovely grounds. Make a reservation online.

South Lake Union
 
 
Bar Harbor

The giant covered area at 400 Fairview doubles as a deck, and perpetual backyard party, for this New England­–inspired bar. First come, first served for socially distanced tables, drinks, and epic lobster rolls.

Cactus

The local modern Mexican chainlet has a deep overhang to protect its sidewalk seating.

Duke’s

A second-story recessed covered deck offers cover, but also some stellar marina views on Lake Union. Heaters are on standby if you need them.

El Grito

A sturdy sidewalk shelter turns each outdoor table into an open-air booth of sorts. Each one has a dedicated heater, if necessary, 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

One of the town’s most iconic purveyor of pancakes has umbrella-topped sidewalk tables with heaters if necessary.

Mbar

It’s a glorious patio under any circumstances, a rooftop filled with firepits, a mix of covered and open seating, and astonishing city views.

Re:public

The light-strung tent compound transitions nicely from winter to warmer weather, with its open sides and bevy of picnic tables.

Sam’s Tavern

The tents are back in the courtyard, sheltering towering burgers and bedecked bloody marys.

Sushi Katsu-ya

Indulge in some crispy rice topped with spicy tuna or a Japanese ceviche beneath the glow of string lights and the warmth of a few heaters.

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

The tavern with the legendary burger also happens to have a hidden away patio area that includes various awnings and covered seating.

Osprey Bistro

The upside of running a restaurant inside an industrial complex: Ample parking lot space to erect an open-sided tent. The light-strung outdoor space is just as much a draw as Shane Ryan’s breakfast and lunch menus.

Tukwila

Waterleaf

The relatively new Hotel Interurban fills its patio with heaters, firepits, and hefty burgers and sandwiches.

University District
 
 
Agua Verde Cafe

This slightly haphazard little café on the Portage Bay shoreline has a threefold patio situation: A covered sun porch-type area so open you might as well be outside, an actual patio that appears to float over the bobbing boats in the marina below, and the relatively new Marina Cantina, an entirely separate patio downstairs alongside the water with its own bar, dedicated taco truck, and distinct party vibes.

 
University Village

Mr. West has a covered courtyard on the building's north side.

Wallingford
 
 
Joule

The patio be small, but mighty—covered, heated, and warmed by a central firepit. Reserve online.

Mkt.

By now those translucent shelters with individual picnic table compartments are as much an Ethan Stowell Restaurant hallmark as the rigatoni and burrata. The setup outside his Tangletown dining room takes reservations for those patio seats.

Union Saloon

Dinner, drinks, and weekend brunch happen beneath a deep overhang at this endlessly charming neighborhood spot. Limited reservations for outdoor seating.

Westward

Tents are back in place on one of the town's best patios to fend off the elements while still offering a view of Lake Union. Or you can warm up by the firepit.

Westward, in sunnier times.

The Whale Wins

The secluded front courtyard at Renee Erickson’s market and cafe has heaters, a bit of tree shade, and charm for days.

West Seattle
 
 
Harry’s Beach House

The tent at this charming Alki spot offers a bit of protection. More tables outside the tent offer additional opportunities to consume cocktails and burgers and really excellent brunch dishes when weather permits.

Harry’s Beach House has added a stylish tent, as well as more umbrella-shaded seating that looks out on Alki.

Image: Amber Fouts

Il Nido

The back patio at Mike Easton’s stately restaurant at the Alki Homestead serves dinner and 4pm aperitive no matter the weather, thanks to a roof and some semi-open walls. Mark your calendar for 30 days out and attempt a reservation online.

Lady Jaye

A back patio harbors eight tables, a fire pit, and the restaurant’s all-important smoker. Tables offer a mix of sun and cover, and a reliable menu of maximalist meat creations. 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. Best of all, though, is the menu of rustic Italian food.

Marination Ma Kai

All-weather tents are now up at the storied West Seattle patio, which means you can indulge in some kalua pork tacos, take in views of the city, during a possible (but quite likely) rainstorm.

Ounces Taproom

Thirty taps of Washington beer meet a beer garden with a mix of completely covered seating and tables with oversize umbrellas.

White Center
 
 
Future Primitive

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

 

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