The end of summer usually means the end of patio season in Cleveland. But thanks to you-know-what in 2020, many local restaurants decided to extend the outdoor dining season with heaters, fire pits, and even cozy private igloos.
And guess what? It stuck! Igloo dining and heated patios may stick around for good – or at least through 2022 – and Clevelanders are definitely here for it.
So while we already have an extensive list of our favorite patios in Cleveland, we also decided to round up some outdoor spots that you can visit in the fall, winter, and early spring months, too.
If you’re looking for our summer patio list, find it here. But if you’re looking for the best heated patios and igloos in Cleveland, keep reading!
PLEASE NOTE: We’ll try to keep this list as updated as possible in regards to who has what open, but we always recommend visiting each restaurant’s website or calling ahead to double check on all the details. List last updated early December 2021.
The best heated patios and igloos in Cleveland
This list includes Cleveland patios heated with space heaters and fire pits, as well as local spots that have installed heated igloos, greenhouses, and other small structures that you can reserve for dining throughout the fall and winter.
Igloo dining in Cleveland
Even before the pandemic, some local restaurants added transparent geodesic domes (i.e. “igloos”) to their patios for atmospheric winter dining. But in fall 2020, these private dining options exploded in popularity around Cleveland – and it looks like many restaurants are bringing them back this winter, too.
Most Cleveland restaurants with igloos kit out their igloos with tables, couches, heaters, lights, and other decorations, making booking one a whole dining experience.
Local spots offering igloos in Cleveland include:
1. Georgetown Restaurant / Vosh
18515 Detroit Rd, Lakewood | For: Meals, drinks, or special occasions
The cozy igloos at the Georgetown in Lakewood are not new – but they certainly are extra popular now!
The Georgetown has 5 heated “Arctic Igloos” that can each seat up to 8 people on their large outdoor patio. The igloos are furnished in a cozy contemporary way that differs slightly depending on upcoming holidays, and I probably don’t have to tell you that they are always a hot commodity.
Igloos are reservable in 2-hour time slots, and you definitely need to book in advance. They offer two different seating configurations – either a more dinner-friendly setting with a table and chairs, or a more casual setup with a couch and coffee table.
These igloos do usually book up fast, but they also keep them out usually until April.
Booking info: Book online here; seating times are 5-7 p.m. and 7:30-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 3-5 p.m., 5:30-7:30 p.m. and 8-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. There’s a $45 rental fee per booking, and a minimum spend per igloo of either $125 or $250 depending on which night you book.
Pro tip: Follow the Georgetown on social media (especially Instagram Stories) to learn about any last-minute cancelations.
2. The South Side
2207 W 11th St, Cleveland | For: Meals, including brunch
The South Side in Tremont has one of our favorite patios in normal times, and now they’re adding “snow globes” to keep the patio vibes going all winter long!
Each Snow Globe can hold 6-8 people, and you can order off the regular South Side menu, plus get extras like beer buckets. They have different igloo configurations, including a lounge Snow Globe with couches and a TV that you can rent out for game days or even a movie night.
Booking info: Igloos are reservable in 2-hour time slots. There are no rental fees or minimums Monday-Thursday. Friday-Sunday, there’s a $50 deposit required (which will go toward your final bill) and a minimum spend of $200. You can learn more about booking an igloo on their website, or by calling 216-937-2288.
3. The Fairmount
2448 Fairmount Blvd, Cleveland (Cleveland Heights) | For: Cocktails, small plates
We love the Fairmount’s patio for great drinks and their special patio menu, and the fact that they always add standing heaters around the bar during the fall. But this year they’re upping their patio game with a handful of heated igloos, too!
These decorated igloos went up on the Fairmount’s patio in mid-November, and should be up through the winter.
Booking info: There’s no booking fee for the igloos, but you do need a minimum of 4 people to book one. Call 216-229-9463 to book.
4. Merwin’s Wharf
1785 Merwin Ave, Cleveland (Irishtown Bend) | For: Bar food and a beer garden feel
Merwin’s Wharf will once again offer igloo dining as part of the Cleveland Metroparks’ Winter RiverFest, which also featured festive light displays, a beer garden and firepits, and even a synthetic ice skating rink.
The full-service igloos at Merwin’s Wharf are fully furnished and heated, overlooking the Cuyahoga River. They can hold anywhere from 2-8 people, and can be reserved for two-hour time slots. They will be serving a special winter menu this year, too, with lots of shareable plates.
Winter RiverFest kicks off on November 26 and runs through January 2, 2022. Last year, the igloos at Merwin’s Wharf stayed open through the end of March.
Booking info: There’s a $50 booking fee per igloo, plus an additional $150 minimum spend per igloo. You definitely should book in advance, and can book here.
5. The Rustic Grill at StoneWater
1 Club Dr, Cleveland (Highland Heights) | For: Meals
The Rustic Grill at the StoneWater Golf Club has 4 heated igloos again this year, each of which can hold 6-8 people. The igloos are located on the restaurant’s covered back patio, and are outfitted with tables, rugs, lights, and a heater.
You can reserve these igloos for lunch, dinner, and even brunch. Bookings are in 2-hour increments.
Booking info: Lunch bookings can be made from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; dinner bookings are available at 5:00, 5:15, 7:30 or 7:45 p.m.; and Sunday brunch seatings are at either 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. There’s no booking fee, but there is a minimum spend of $100 on Friday and Saturday nights. To book, call 440-461-4653.
2000 E 9th St, Cleveland | For: Cocktails or meals
Betts, the restaurant attached to the Kimpton Schofield hotel downtown, will have two igloos out on its E 9th St patio this winter. One will be set up for enjoying cocktails with comfy velvet and leather chairs, while the other will be set up for dining.
Both igloos can accommodate up to 8 people, and can be booked for up to two hours every day of the week.
Booking info: There’s a $100 rental fee for each igloo. To reserve, email Nicole Bakker at [email protected], or call 440-730-5634.
7. Lakewood Truck Park
16900 Detroit Ave, Lakewood | For: Food trucks, drinks, game day
This food truck park in Lakewood is almost entirely patio (with one large indoor bar, too). The patio has several large fire pits, and has once again set up igloos outside, too. Each igloo has seating and a space heater to help you stay cozy.
Booking info: Call or text Becca at 216-385-4064 for more info and to reserve.
8. Bar 32
100 Lakeside Ave E, Cleveland (at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown)
This year the Hilton’s rooftop bar is getting in on the igloo trend. Bar 32 will have two igloos on its patios overlooking Lake Erie this winter. Both igloos have heaters and air purifiers, and can seat up to 8 guests.
Bar 32’s igloos can be booked in 2-hour increments Thursday-Saturday, with a $50 non-refundable booking fee that will go towards your final bill.
Booking info: You can book here on Eventbrite. Note that there is a $350 minimum spend per igloo on Thursdays, and $400 minimum spend on Fridays and Saturdays. Tax and a 20% tip will be automatically added to each bill. For more info or to book something custom, contact [email protected]
Cleveland patios with heaters
The following Cleveland patios have space heaters (and in some cases space heaters AND fire pits) dotted around in order to keep things cozy. Also noted are whether the patios have added cover to protect against rain (or, let’s be honest, snow).
Not all of these will stay open through the winter, though, so it’s always a good idea to call ahead to make sure the patio is still open!
1. Market Garden Brewpub
1947 W 25th St, Cleveland (Ohio City) | For: Beer, food, watching a game
Market Garden has always referred to its beer garden as being “four-season,” with its ginormous outdoor fireplace and long, fixed high-top tables with big space heaters hanging above them.
The beer garden is not covered, though, so this isn’t an ideal spot if it’s raining or snowing. But it IS one of the most atmospheric patios in Cleveland!
2. All Saints Public House
1261 W 76th St, Cleveland (Battery Park) | For: Craft cocktails and full meals
Newly opened in 2020, All Saints has become a local favorite for those looking for a cool bar space with a beautiful patio. Last fall, All Saints invested in a bunch of standing heaters to keep its patio going through the fall and winter.
And while this patio is fall-friendly, it won’t stay open this year through the winter; you might want to call ahead on the day you’re planning to visit if your heart is set on patio dining here.
1404 W 29th St, Cleveland (Hingetown) | For: Drinks, pierogi, game day
This neighborhood tavern was extra cautious during the pandemic, only offering seating on its patio last fall and winter. Jukebox added a tent and standing heaters to its outdoor space to help keep out the chill, and now offers 800 square feet of covered patio space.
Jukebox has some cozy fall cocktails to enjoy, too, and does outdoor watch parties for Browns games, with 3 TVs on the patio for viewing.
The Jukebox patio will definitely stay open through the end of December 2021; after that, we’ll keep you updated.
Other spots near Cleveland with heated patios
Not opposed to driving a little further for a private igloo or cozy patio? Here are some other options to check out not far from Cleveland:
- Hoppy Dude Brews (Igloos) – Hinckley, OH – Hoppy Dudes is renting out 6-person heated igloos in 2-hour time slots. Booking fee is $75, $25 of which goes towards your bill. Included in the fee is a charcuterie board. Reserve here.
- Blue Heron Brewpub (Igloos) – Medina, OH – Blue Heron has igloos again this year, starting November 2. Each igloo has two heaters inside and can accommodate up to 8 guests. Rental rates and minimum spends vary; find more info and book here.
- Nauti Vine Winery (Igloos) – Akron, OH – Nauti Vine has “Wine Bubbles” available to rent through the winter. Each heated bubble can hold up to 8 people, and reservations are for 3 hours. There’s a $25 rental fee, and minimum spends apply. Learn more and book here.
Other spots with igloos and heated patios in 2020
We expect that this list will probably grow longer as the weather begins to get colder. Other spots that offered heated patios or igloo dining in Cleveland last year included:
- Felice Urban Cafe
- Rocky River Wine Bar
- Market Beer in Rocky River
- Hooley House
- The Van Aken District
No word yet on whether igloos will pop up at these spots this winter, but we’ll let you know if they do!
We’ve tried to make this list as inclusive as possible, but if we’ve missed any heated patios or igloo options, please let us know so we can get info and add them.
It seems like we could be in for another long winter here in Cleveland, but hopefully these heated patio options will make it possible for you to still get out and support local businesses.
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Amanda was born and raised in northeast Ohio, and has always been a fangirl of the state. Now, she wants to share her love of Cleveland with the world, highlighting all the best things to do, see, and eat in the CLE. She’s been running Cleveland Traveler since January 2019.