Winter-Friendly Patios on the Eastside

Restaurants are going the extra mile to make outdoor patio dining more winter-friendly for diners’ comfort in light of the gray days ahead. If they weren’t already sheltered, patios are getting tent coverings and space heaters. Capacities remain at limited numbers for safety precautions. Reservations are recommended, masks are required, and temperatures are taken at some locations.

Note: This article was written prior to new statewide COVID-19 mandates. Double-check with these venues ahead of time. 

DOCK AND DRINK: WINTER EDITION: Renton’s Water’s Table is open with heated outdoor patio seating during the winter season. In addition, its sister venue Dock and Drink has transformed the lakefront boardwalk into an accessible outdoor escape. Dock and Drink will be open seven days a week and feature bistro-lit chandeliers and a heated pavilion, as well as a full menu featuring traditional Italian dishes. The restaurant is located on the first-level boardwalk at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington. Visit the website for more information and to view the winter food and beverage menu.

HEARTH: The restaurant at the Heathman Hotel is equipped with a built-in, enclosed outdoor patio. Hearth diners can continue with their happy hour hangouts and weekend brunches over woodfire-roasted menu items. Located at 220 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland.

Courtesy of Hearth

ENZO’S BISTRO & BAR: The outdoor cocktail patio is heated, and the interior dining space just got a state-of-the-art UV air filtration system installed. Now you have two places in where you can enjoy Enzo’s Italian comfort food. Located at 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Issaquah.

SPARK PIZZA: This favorite neighborhood pizza spot with tasty-topped pies has a covered, light-strewn patio open year-round — a seating option that has been available since its opening. Dividers have been added between tables. Located at 8110 164th Ave. N.E., Redmond.

FEAST: The French brasserie-inspired eatery has installed new overhead patio heaters to allow for outdoor dining year-round; private dining rooms are available for guests 21 and over. Located at 115 Park Lane, Kirkland.

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