Seattle Restaurants (and Bars) with Covered, Heated, and Tented Patios
Have wintertime patios become part of our ongoing regular life? With each passing winter, the sheltered spaces that helped us (and restaurants) survive 2020 become sturdier, warmer, and increasingly stylish. Here is an updated guide to covered outdoor spaces around the city. We will update this as necessary; meanwhile, decidedly uncovered summertime patios still reign during warmer months.
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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.
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.
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.
The atmospheric outdoor space at Chester Gerl’s stellar Mexican restaurant stands out, even among Ballard Avenue’s patio elite. It’s heated and contains about nine tables.
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 serves a 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.
Staple and Fancy
One of the OG Ethan Stowell restaurants has a row of covered picnic-style tables out front with heaters. Reserve online for parties of four people or less; call the restaurant if you’re aiming closer to the six-diner maximum.
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.
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.
The small front garden has a sturdy shelter with heaters all set up; 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.
This great neighborhood 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.
Standard Brewing’s spinoff specializes in adventurous wild-yeast beer and tucks some picnic tables beneath a covered patio, with sheltered sides.
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.
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.
A year-round patio is covered and heated; chandeliers, tablecloths, and a backdrop of greenery give this space 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.
It’s fitting that El Gaucho’s seafood outpost on Pier 70 protects its patio seating with an elegant covering, complete with chandeliers. The side remains unobscured so you can take in the views of Elliott Bay. Dinner out here means heaters, blankets, even non-slip decking.
An underheralded 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.
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.
Harry’s Fine Foods
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 “terroir bar” full of fascinating wine and food 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
A handsome wood streatery displays the same savvy aesthetic you’ll find inside the vinyl themed bar on Pike/Pine. It offers rain protection for its cocktails and menu of vegan 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 tented sidewalk patio, available for brunch, dinner, and daily happy hour.
The seminal all-day cafe, now in the experienced hands of Joey Burgess and Murf Hall, sports 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.
The Pine Box
Surprise! The mortuary turned beer bar actually has a great covered beer garden space semi-hidden in its depths. Amenities include a cool Bruce Lee mural, a top-notch drink list, and thoughtful bar food.
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 brunch, happy hour, and 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 that's heated and covered. 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.
Five covered, heated four-top tables offer reservations, good airflow, and a dog-friendly policy. A daily happy hour doesn’t hurt, either.
Pandemic or no, Tamara Murphy’s rooftop is a revelation—a wedge of garden surrounded 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.
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.
A floor-to-ceiling enclosure protects outdoor diners at Kristi Brown’s bastion of Seattle soul. 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.
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.
Flying Lion Brewing
The brewery’s new covered, heated deck has a handful of barrels-as-tables; it welcomes dogs, kids, and outside food.
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.
A pair of covered, heated patios flank this neighborly taqueria and Tex-Mex spot, which serves staples like enchiladas and steak fajitas, birria tacos, and a full brunch menu.
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.
The lunch-heavy location near the Spheres added clear barriers around its covered patio for an extra layer of rain and wind protection.
Ethan Stowell’s all-day spot near the Spheres has a princely 11 outdoor tables, all heated and covered. Reserve online, or call for larger parties.
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 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; an awning protects a majority of seats. Brick walls, stately trees and ample heaters surround tables full of understated Italian food.
The outpost on East Jefferson inherited a beautiful (uncovered) patio space. One that’s now filled with massive sandwiches.
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.
A back patio—covered, heated, with ample margaritas—and a covered front area that welcomes dogs. Reserve your preferred portion of the outdoors online.
Pasta, wine, and covered seating await at Heavy Restaurant Group’s Italian spot on Stone Way.
Ballard Pizza Company
Ethan Stowell's original pizza restaurant puts its firepit-studded courtyard to good use with six covered, fire-adjacent tables (plus a few more that aren't covered). These are usually first come, first served.
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.
Preeti Agarwal's charming modern Indian restaurant offers an equally charming enclosed patio, warm with overhead heaters and scattered with cushions.
Pablo y Pablo
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.)
This terrific “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—and it’s got heaters. Reserve online for dinner or brunch.
Ethan Stowell’s Stone Way pasta house boasts two patios—the downstairs one is fully covered; upstairs is partially so. Each one has five tables each and some heaters.
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 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.
Flying Bike Brewery
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.
The brasserie in downtown Kirkland set up sturdy, light-strung tents; reserve outdoor seating on OpenTable.
The Heathman’s covered breezeway has heaters, ample charm, stone-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.
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.
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.
How to Cook a Wolf
The newest outpost of HTCAW turned a triangular plaza out front into a pair of sturdy corrugated structures, each one heated and able to be reserved.
A small covered patio offers small fire rectangular fire pits and cozy seat cushions, not to mention that classic menu of pasta, pizze, and cocktails.
The vegetarian landmark made its back patio permanent, with a covered, heated structure that can seat diners all year round.
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.
It’s hard to find a patio experience more considered than this pair of covered and heated outdoor spaces: A “wine garden” with more casual lounge seating, and the 24-seat patio that serves chef/owner Aaron Tekulve’s tasting menus (and supplies diners with personal heaters). His parents tend to the plants in both spaces.
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 back garden space (yes, they call it "the winegarden") is also busy on weekends.
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 a roomy patio shelter, plus another one that protects a few individual curbside tables. Reserve patio seats online.
Brian Clevenger’s original restaurant serves its Italian-inspired menu at a few sidewalk tables, all covered by a generous overhang.
A large, open-sided and heated tent shelters the largest patio of this neighborly pizza restaurant’s four locations.
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.
Watershed Pub and Kitchen
Out on the Shed patio, a spacious open-sided tent offers heat if you need it, plus a TV. Build-your-own pizzas complement a tap list that includes nearly two dozen beers and ciders. Check out the menu here.
A sturdily roofed yet open air 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.
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.
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.
Big Max Burger Co.
The deep overhang protects outdoor tables, the better to gorge yourself on burgers, fries, and kettle corn brussels sprouts.
How to Cook a Wolf
A handful of “wolf dens” seat up to seven people; they’re covered, heated, and wired for music.
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.
Wooden tables line the outside of this Mediterranean wine bar and come with plastic dividers between each table. A new ceiling-hung heating system delivers reliable warmth and keeps the walkways clear of free-standing heat sources.
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 patio with a glass ceiling.
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.
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, brunch, lunch, or drinks on the waterfront patio.
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.
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.
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 tents are back in the courtyard, sheltering towering burgers and bedecked bloody marys.
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.
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 Hotel Interurban fills its patio with heaters, firepits, and hefty burgers and sandwiches.
A deep, covered patio with picnic tables sits next to one of the town’s most compelling bakeries. Bonus: Surrounding views of maritime industry.
Mr. West has covered courtyards on the café’s north and south sides, plus an enclosed porch—known as the Mr. West sun room—with heating stations and a living green wall.
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 with clear sides 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.
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.
Elliott’s Oyster House
The seafood staple on Pier 56 has peerless patio views (ferries, cranes, endless water expanses) from a space that’s heated, covered and enclosed. Not to mention an impressive oyster program.
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.
The back patio of the 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. Since the pandemic, it's become a year-round seating space.
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.
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.