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.
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.
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).
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.
The three-season patio is, per usual, covered and heated and ringed with stunning water views. It seats about eight tables, spaced six feet apart.
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.
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.
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.
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 carport-style tent with lights and a space heater. Melissa Miranda’s memorably Filipino restaurant can also supply you with a fleece blanket (fully washed between uses).
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.
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.
A corridor-style tent setup befitting the downtown Bellevue address—linens on the tables, foliage, and a surprisingly elegant alfresco vibe.
Diners of all ages can sit on the covered patio—provided they like sushi. No reservations, but heaters are on the way.
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.
A curbside tent on 12th Avenue buffers brunchers and mezcal drinkers from the elements.
A tented setup out in front of Linda Derschang's all day cafe hangout keeps at least a few tables dry from breakfast into evening hours.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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; meanwhile the side patio has a few walls. The taplist and food truck schedule are online.
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.
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.
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 carport-style tent keeps you dry as you hang by the firepit. (The Fremont location has a similar setup.)
A menu of winter warmers fortify diners in a trio of tents at Heavy Restaurant Group's Italian spot on Stone Way.
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).
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.
Heavy's taco-focused hangout sports three light-strung tents with heaters imminent.
A big carport-style tent keeps you dry as you hang by the firepit. (The Eastlake location has a similar setup.)
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.
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.
French fare on this patio comes with string lights, heaters, a roof, and that moody waterfront view.
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’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.
The newest outpost of HTCAW has turned the triangular plaza in front of the restaurant into a white-tented cluster of tables.
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.
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.
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.
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 shrouded its patio in a big tent, plus a few curbside tables have individual tenting. Reserve patio seats online.
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 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.
Some tents out front give a few parties some al fresco privacy (and a surprising amount of atmosphere).
South Lake Union
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.
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.
New striped awnings and an outdoor heater provide shelter for one of the town’s best-loved tavern burgers.
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.
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.
One of the town's most charming waterfront setups now has heated tents and three(!) outdoor firepits.
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.
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).
One of Seattle’s (well, White Center’s) most legit new breweries has picnic tables under a massive white tent for a sort of beer garden vibe.