Enjoy cozy heated outdoor dining and drinking in Northern Virginia at these restaurants, wineries, and breweries with fire pits, igloos, and heated patios. Clever outdoor seating options let you relax outdoors and support local businesses despite winter’s chill.
This listing highlights some of the fun options for outdoor dining in Northern Virginia. However, it is not a comprehensive listing of every outdoor patio in the area. At the end of the article are links to more resources for finding NoVA heated outdoor dining spots.
Businesses below are grouped by type—restaurants, wineries, and breweries—then listed alphabetically. Follow the links for current hours and reservation requirements. You’ll also find tips on things to do nearby so you can plan a day trip or longer getaway.
Heated Outdoor Dining at Northern Virginia Restaurants
Igloos and fire pits and heaters, oh my. Northern Virginia restaurants are cranking up the options for fun and cozy outdoor dining. Read on for a sampling of pretty spaces that combine an outdoor vibe with a little extra warmth.
Caboose Commons, Mosaic District, Fairfax
Now you can reserve one of four fire pits on the Caboose Commons patio in the Mosaic District. Reserve a two-hour time slot at a fire pit for up to 10 guests for $50. The fee is for space only and does not include any food and beverage orders. Caboose Commons is open Sunday – Thursday 7:00 – 9:00; Friday + Saturday to 10:00. Follow the link for fire pit hours.
Farm Brew Live, Manassas
Farm Brew Live started renting igloos for heated outdoor dining even before 2020. The 12 foot heated domes are sprinkled on the patio just outside 2 Silos Brewing and the decks of the Black Sheep Restaurant. What a fun spot to enjoy craft brews and a tasty meal! Reserve a two-hour time slot for up to 6 or 8 people (food and beverage minimum may apply). BYO blanket but leave kids under 10 and your furry friends at home. Follow the link for hours and to make your reservation.
Hunter’s Head Tavern, Upperville
We love the courtyard patio at Hunter’s Head Tavern on a warm afternoon. Happily, the covered patio now includes tableside heaters to allow heated outdoor dining. The gastropub menu features local meats and organic vegetables from the owner’s Ayshire Farms. Reservations, through OpenTable, are strongly encouraged and are required for larger parties. Open daily 11:30 – 9:30.
Reach Hunter’s Head Tavern on a Beautiful Hunt Country Scenic Drive.
King & Rye, Alexandria
Enjoy southern favorites and “damn fine whiskey” in a private greenhouse at King & Rye. Reserve your 90-minute greenhouse for up to 8 people online. Each one comes with a heater and Bluetooth speaker so you can customize your temperature and music. Greenhouse reservations are $50 plus a $100 food and beverage minimum.
Osteria Marzano, Alexandria
Combine a cozy igloo with authentic Italian dishes; how could you go wrong? Osteria Marzano is getting extra life from their patio with heated winter globes for up to 4 guests. The globes are a lovely spot to dig into to house-made pasta, pizza, and Italian favorites. Open daily 3:00 – 9:30.
Red’s Table, Reston
The back patio at Red’s Table, is another one of our favorite spots for outdoor dining year-round. The patio has a nice view of Lake Thoreau and heaters warm the space and tables on colder days. You can reserve a table at Red’s but the patio is first come, first served (with reservations taking priority). Open daily 11:00 – midnight.
Take a scenic walk on the Lake Thoreau Loop Trail before or after your meal.
Northern VA Breweries + Wineries with Heated Outdoor Spaces
Some of our favorite Northern Virginia wineries and breweries have added cool outdoor spaces for chilly days. Igloos, fire pits, and outdoor heated areas let you sip your drinks outdoors all winter long. In most cases, fire pits and igloos require a paid reservation which is applied to your wine and beer tab.
Barrel Oak Winery, Delaplane
Reserve a Bubble at Barrel Oak Winery in Delaplane and spend an hour or the whole day in your own cozy nest. We love the view from Barrel Oak, and the business combines a winery and brewery so there is something for everyone. There are 8 bubbles available to rent and they accommodate up to 7 people, adults only. In addition, there are outdoor picnic tables with open seating. Open Monday – Thursday noon – 5:00; Friday noon – 8:00; Saturday + Sunday 11:00 – 6:00.
Bear Chase Brewing, Bluemont
We’re big fans of the excellent craft brews and large indoor tasting room with fireplace at Bear Chase Brewing. Now the brewery has added 6 large heated igloos so you can enjoy the views and still stay warm. Currently, the igloos are first-come, first-served but they may add a reservation system. Sunday – Thursday 11:00 – 9:00; Friday + Saturday 11:00 – 10:00.
Build up your appetite first with a hike to Bear’s Den Overlook or a more challenging hike to Raven Rocks. Plan your visit with our guide to 15 Fantastic Fun Things to Do in Bluemont Virginia.
Bluemont Vineyard, Bluemont
Reserve one of the Bluemont Vineyard fire tables and soak up one of the best winery views in Northern Virginia. Your $150 table reservation includes table service and is applied to your wine and the full Harvest Kitchen menu. Other outdoor tables are available first come, first served. Open Sunday – Thursday 11:00 – 5:00; Friday + Saturday 11:00 – 7:00.
Hearty beer fans can enjoy the same awesome view (without the fire) and neighboring Dirt Farm Brewing.
Cana Vineyards, Middleburg
There are fire pits on the lawn and table heaters on the deck at Cana Vineyards. Outdoor seating is open so check in when you arrive to see what is available. The winery is kid-friendly and pet-friendly, but the second floor deck is adults only. Thursday – Monday noon – 6:00; Saturday opens at 11:00.
Make your visit part of a Hunt Country Scenic Drive. Extend your visit with an overnight stay to explore more area wineries and restaurants. You’ll find several beautiful options for your stay in our guide to 17 Fantastic Northern Virginia Wine Country Vacation Rentals.
Doukenie Winery, Hillsboro
Cozy up at one of the outdoor fire pits or reserve a table in Doukenie Winery‘s new enclosed heated pavilion. Optionally, add a $15 s’mores kit from The Conche, one of the best chocolate shops in Northern VA. Reservations are required no matter where you sit, so follow the link to choose your spot. The winery is open for on-site visits Thursday -Friday noon – 5:00; Saturday – Sunday 10:00 – 6:00.
Greenhill Winery, Middleburg
With 10 stone fire pits and 16 propane-fueled heaters and fire pits, there are lots of places to stay warm at Greenhill Winery. The adults-only winery is surrounded by beautiful Loudoun County countryside. Reserve your spot in advance or take a chance on walk-up seating. Daily noon – 6:00.
Take a Scenic Drive on the Historic Snickersville Turnpike and check out the shops in downtown Middleburg before your visit.
Old Ox Brewery, Ashburn and Middleburg
Reserve your private space in an Old Ox Brewery Greenhouse at both the Ashburn and Middleburg locations. The glass greenhouses include a mini-heater to keep you warm. Fire pits and heaters keep more outdoor tables warm. Tasting room and patio are open Tuesday – Friday 3:00 – 9:00; Saturday 11:00 – 9:00; Sunday noon – 6:00.
Explore more craft breweries on Virginia’s LoCo Ale Trail.
Wheatland Spring Farm Brewery, Waterford
Wheatland Spring Farm Brewery adds cozy comfort to their outdoor seating this winter with igloos and fire pits. Igloos are adults only and include a 6-foot picnic table that seats up to 8 people. Both the fire pit and igloos can be reserved for 2+ people on weekdays, 4 to 6 people on weekends. Open Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday noon – 6:00; Friday + Saturday noon – 8:00.
Make it a weekend getaway and book a night or two in the lovely Wheatland Spring Cottage House. You’ll have plenty of time to explore historic Waterford, one of the most beautiful small towns in Northern Virginia. You can also visit Waterford on a Leesburg Scenic Drive in Northern Loudoun County.
Find More Heated Outdoor Dining and Drinking Spots
Check these tourism sites for more places to dine and drink outdoors in Northern Virginia:
- Fairfax County: Heated Outdoor Dining and Drinking
- Loudoun County: 5 Businesses Offering Unique Outdoor Experiences
- Alexandria: Enjoy Heated Outdoor Dining at These Alexandria Restaurants
- Prince William County restaurant guide
We’re all spending more time outdoors this winter, and these heated outdoor dining and drinking spots let us have fun even on chilly days. We hope these special experiences will return next year because they add extra fun to winter days.