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7 Cozy Outdoor Winter Dining Options Around Columbus

I’m not sure if you’re aware, but it’s getting kind of cold outside.

I’m sure we’ve still got some random warmish days ahead, but for the most part, we’re well on our way to winter. If you’re not ready to give up restaurant life, but you’re hoping to stay outside, you are in luck.

Columbus has some unique outdoor dining options that will take the edge off that winter weather and give you a chance for a date night or dinner out with the family.

Tents & Igloos


Photo by Steve Brady, courtesy of Easton.

Three restaurants at Easton will have outdoor dining in EGLOOS as an option for visitors. You can grab a cocktail from Beeline Bar and enjoy it in the comfort of these cozy domes. Although Beeline doesn’t sell food, you are allowed to bring food in with you! There is a $50 minimum and reservations are for 2-hour time slots.

VASO Dublin

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VASO, the stunning rooftop lounge in Dublin, has been using igloos in the winter for a few years now, so you can bet that you’ll have incredible service if you schedule some time in these cozy, photo-worthy bubbles. Prices vary depending on what day of the week you’re visiting, and you should always check VASO’s social media, since they occasionally run discounts.
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The Royce Columbus

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The stylish igloos at The Royce are absolutely stunning. Decked out with twinkle lights and beautiful decor, I can’t help but fall instantly in love with this setup. These cozy igloos are available by reservation only and each one includes a heater. Prices vary depending on the size of your party and when you visit.
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Lumin Skybar

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With sweeping views of downtown Columbus, the Igloo Experience at Lumin Skybar is truly next level. This is certainly one of the pricier options, but it also feels extra glamorous. Igloo Reservations can hold up to six guests maximum and require a food and beverage minimum.
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Heated Patios

Emmett’s Cafe

Emmett’s Cafe may not have a fancy tent, but they do have a ton of heaters. The patio stays decently warm and it’s a great place to grab a bite to eat if you’re looking for a more outdoor “outdoor dining experience” than a tent or dome can offer. You can read our full review of Emmett’s right here.

The Pearl (Dublin)

Once the patio heaters are going, you’ll be able to focus on enjoying the amazing food and fantastic views at The Pearl in Dublin. Overlooking the new bridge and park, The Pearl is the perfect place for a romantic dinner or a fun night out with friends.

Gemüt Biergarten

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The delicious beer at Gemüt Biergarten will certainly warm you up, but the incredible covered patio will leave you positively toasty. The food at Gemüt is so good that I’d probably volunteer to eat it in the middle of a blizzard, but luckily, I don’t have to.

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