The Best Winter Outdoor Dining Restaurants in New Jersey
Your Guide To New Jersey's Best Winter Outdoor Dining Restaurants
In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, many New Jersey restaurants have gotten creative and implemented new outdoor structures that will extend their seasonal winter outdoor dining. Never before have restaurants responded in quick fashion to the demand for winter outdoor dining.
Eating outdoors or "dining al fresco" is one of the nicest pleasures a restaurant diner can experience.
Restaurant owners with an outdoor patio or the availability of co-located grounds are in a unique position to take advantage of options to extend outdoor dining during the colder months.
Listed below, are some of the most successful New jersey restaurants that have expanded their winter outdoor dining season.
The Best Northern New Jersey Winter Outdoor Dining Restaurants
This steakhouse is setup for winter outdoor dining with 15 heated igloo bubbles with seating for up to 3, and 4 heated greenhouse tents with seating for 4-8. There is no minimum charge or rental fee, The is a $5 propane charge per tent and 20% gratuity for the staff.
Palisades Park, NJ
This American-Asian-fusion restaurant has installed three igloos on its back patio. The clear, plastic domes wrap around a curved black leather couch that seats about five. The igloo are available only for 6 or more guests.
Marcus at NoHu Rooftop
Soaring above the Hudson River, their scenic rooftop bar is the perfect place to view the Manhattan skyline
Reserve Your Snow Globe Experience
Each Igloo requires a food & beverage minimum of $250 Sunday to Thursday, Saturday brunch and $500 Friday and Saturday Dinner, not including tax and gratuity. All reservations are valid for 2 hours, and structures are sanitized between reservations.
Fig and Lily Garden
This popular restaurant is a safe Covid-19 dining spot for both indoor and outdoor year-round dining. The restaurant features a terraced, secluded, spacious garden patio and in response to the global has extended its outdoor dining season through the winter with the addition of private, propane heated, plastic igloos for groups of up to eight diners. All igloos are sanitized after each guest.
Their year-round outdoor dining setup is as much a draw as their wonderful menu.
It's Greek To Me
This Greek/Mediterranean restaurant offers winter outdoor dining on their sidewalk with a row of heated plexiglass tents set-up with seating for four diners.
Northern Soul Kitchen & Bar
This downtown Hoboken restaurant serves healthy food with winter outdoor dining in their heated, well ventilated, green house style Soul Shacks. Each Soul Shack has its own infrared heating, LED lights, and Bluetooth speakers. Sanitizing is performed between parties
The Kitchen Step
Jersey City, NJ
This contemporary American bistro with acclaimed chef Ryan Depersio has opened for winter outdoor dining with 6 fully heated, private greenhouse tents, decorated with attractive hanging lights and soft candle lit tables. Reservations recommended.
The Best Central New Jersey Winter Outdoor Dining Restaurants
The Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten
Asbury Park, NJ
The Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten is modeled after the biergartens that are popular throughout the Austria and Hungarian regions of Europe. This huge two-story festive venue is set in an old, renovated warehouse that includes an outdoor roof top biergarten. Outdoor dining is open year-round weather permitting, for full-service dining only. Dining will be available in the private, heated igloos for parties of 4-8 people.
Il Nido is a destination dining experience complete with high end food and stunning ambiance. It's in a romantic, cozy, rustic Italian farmhouse setting, Il Nido has their own version of a winter outdoor enclosures to offer private cozy, well ventilated, three-sided earth tone tents, with ground level propane heaters. Their private tents can accommodate small groups of 4-8 diners.
Yankee Doodle Tap Room
Igloos are available for 2 - 5people with a time limit of 1 hour and 45 minutes and a food and beverage minimum of $150.
The larger igloo for 6 - 8people has a time limit of 2 hours and 15 minutes and a food and beverage minimum of $250.
The Best Southern New Jersey Winter Outdoor Dining Restaurants
Josie Kelly's Public House
Somers Point, NJ
This Irish public house has the ambiance, food, and brews of a coastal pub from the west coast of Ireland. For winter outdoor dining they have added a heated SunBubble Village. Each Sun Bubble is equipped with its own heater and can seat 2-8 people. Reservations suggested
Exit Zero Filling Station
Cape May, NJ
A fun place to come for a well-executed casual style menu with bar service.
Open year round with winter outdoor dining in seven tents that can hold up to 5-6 people. The tents are heated and decorated with cool ski props and are disinfected and sprayed between seatings. For a special treat, book the heated 1956 Airstream Bubble. Enjoy hit 50's and 60's music from a record player with vinyl records, while you privately dine.
ManaFirkin Brewing Co
Hang out with your Firkin friends in one of their private igloos!
Egg Harbor City, NJ
The Champagne Bubble - An Igloo Experience - $150 / Dining/ 2 Hours
Book one of their private Igloos for a festive experience fit for friends and family to warm up, relax, and enjoy each other's company after exploring their Vintner Wonderland. All Igloos accommodate up to 6 guests for a two-hour reservation.