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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s back to as usual on Walrus’s covered and heated patio. Walk-ins only; enter the back way, via Shilshole.
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.
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).
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.
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.
A clear roof and vine-clad walls protect a patio filled with heaters and tables set with proper white linens. Reserve patio seating online.
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.
A corridor-style tent setup befitting the downtown Bellevue address—linens on the tables, foliage, and a surprisingly elegant alfresco vibe.
Chandeliers, tablecloths, and a surround of greenery give the patio tent a garden party feel.
Diners of all ages can sit on the covered patio—provided they like sushi with gentle Latin American overtones. No reservations.
A new streetside patio adds 20 seats to the pre-existing sidewalk tables, and does it with umbrella-clad, paper lantern–adorned panache.
A flurry of sidewalk tables offer a charming sunny day spot to enjoy some seriously great Thai food.
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.
A sort of raised platform along 12th Avenue offers tables and tents to shield brunchers and mezcal drinkers.
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.
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.
The restaurant and its covered garden oasis are open once again and serving seven days a week.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
The tented sidewalk patio structure outside is a striking blue and white, fitting for the sterling Greek menu. Reserve patio tables online.
Dine on Makini Howell’s vegan creations inside a series of individual miniature greenhouses along the sidewalk. Call the restaurant to reserve.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The original location at 14th and Union has set up tents around each of its patio tables, for a private-ish experience.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
More getaway than patio, the covered outdoor space at this superb cocktail and noodle hangout is strung with nets and thick with atmosphere.
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.
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.
A rollicking tent in the brewery’s shared parking lot combines beer and amply spaced tables.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Newly reopen, this location near the Spheres added clear barriers around its covered patio for an extra layer of rain and wind protection.
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.
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.
A patio with serious backyard vibes and a water view also has a few covered tables for rainy days.
A front patio offers seats by the firepit and margaritas and happy hour tacos aplenty.
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.
The new outpost on East Jefferson inherited a beautiful (uncovered) patio space. One that’s now filled with massive sandwiches.
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.
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.
Pasta, wine, and covered seating await at Heavy Restaurant Group’s Italian spot on Stone Way.
Ethan Stowell’s original pizza restaurant puts its firepit-studded courtyard to good use with open-sided tents filled with long benches and tables.
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 winter patio tent and heaters remain in use for cooler days that call for pizzas and always rad beer and wine options.
At the rear of this charming modern Indian restaurant (formerly Pomerol) is an equally charming enclosed patio, warm with heaters and scattered with cushions.
Heavy’s taco-focused hangout sports three light-strung tents with heaters overhead and clear sides.
A big carport-style tent keeps you dry as you hang by the firepit. (The Eastlake location has a similar setup.)
A new “progressive Indian restaurant” comes with a front patio and a few covered outdoor tables. Reserve for dinner or brunch.
The triangular patio by the front door wins on both style and rain protection fronts. Reserve online for dinner or brunch.
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.
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.)
A roomy tent with lights and heaters offers shelter for the menu of chowder and expertly sourced seafood.
This Greenwood co-op brewery has nine brews on tap, a pair of covered patios, and a streetside beer garden setup.
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.
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.
Downtown Kirkland’s new-ish brasserie has set up sturdy, light-strung tents; reserve outdoor seating on OpenTable.
The Heathman’s covered breezeway has heaters, ample charm, wood-fired pizza, and a popular brunch.
French fare on this patio comes with string lights, heaters, a roof, and that waterfront view.
The ample (partly covered) patio out front exudes charm and welcomes dogs.
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.
The lake-facing stalwart has tricked out its outdoor dining with tents and heaters.
Leschi’s most versatile hangout has a tented streatery along Lake Washington Boulevard that's open from lunch through happy hour into dinner.
The newest outpost of HTCAW turned a triangular plaza out front into a pair of sturdy corrugated structures, open on one side.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
The longstanding hangout's walled-in garden is tented up, heated, and ready to roll with classic breakfasts and lunchtime salads.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Out of four locations currently open is also the only outpost with a covered and heated back patio, suitable for tacos and margs.
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.
Wooden tables surrounded by heaters line the outside of this Mediterranean wine bar, and come with plastic dividers between each table.
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.
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.
The covered waterfront patio keeps you warm and serves homestyle breakfast with a seemingly endless array of drinks. Reserve a table here.
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.
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.
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
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.
The local modern Mexican chainlet has a deep overhang to protect its sidewalk seating.
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.
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.
Tented tables and tall heaters offer shelter for beer and hearty bar fare.
One of the town’s most iconic purveyor of pancakes has umbrella-topped sidewalk tables with heaters if necessary.
It’s a glorious patio under any circumstances, a rooftop filled with firepits, a mix of covered and open seating, and astonishing city views.
The light-strung tent compound transitions nicely from winter to warmer weather, with its open sides and bevy of picnic tables.
The tents are back in the courtyard, sheltering towering burgers and bedecked bloody marys.
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.
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.
The tavern with the legendary burger also happens to have a hidden away patio area that includes various awnings and covered seating.
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.
The relatively new Hotel Interurban fills its patio with heaters, firepits, and hefty burgers and sandwiches.
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.
Mr. West has a covered courtyard on the building's north side.
The patio be small, but mighty—covered, heated, and warmed by a central firepit. Reserve online.
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.
Dinner, drinks, and weekend brunch happen beneath a deep overhang at this endlessly charming neighborhood spot. Limited reservations for outdoor seating.
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.
The secluded front courtyard at Renee Erickson’s market and cafe has heaters, a bit of tree shade, and charm for days.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thirty taps of Washington beer meet a beer garden with a mix of completely covered seating and tables with oversize umbrellas.
A sturdy covered patio structure laughs in the face of wind. Kids and dogs are allowed, and beer is superb.