In order to allow customers to dine outside – safely – in winter in Ohio, restaurants around Central Ohio have come up with creative outdoor dining experiences.
From igloos, to heated patios, tents, greenhouses and more, these private outdoor dining options allow you to dine out safely at some amazing restaurants around Central Ohio. Plan a date night or a special family dinner out!
These outdoor dining structures are sanitized between uses, and most include air filtration of some sort. See links for more details about safety and restrictions. Time limits may be imposed for use of each pod.
Most options require reservations in advance, and some will book up quickly. Due to high demand and minimal options, plan as far in advance as you can!
On the AC Dublin rooftop at Bridgepark, 6540 Riverside Drive, Dublin, OH 43017(614) 698-2525
As one of the original igloo dining options, VASO is back again with their amazing rooftop igloo dining experiences. Enjoy delicious tapas and cocktails while socially distanced in a temperature-controlled private igloo. Blankets and ambient lighting are provided for a cozy meal. New electrostatic disinfection technology is used in-between each use to ensure that every surface is fully sanitized before your experience. All igloos are able to accommodate up to eight (8) people and are required to be on one check with an automatic 20% gratuity.
There is a food and beverage spending minimum. Igloos must be reserved for a minimum of 2 hours. As an example, Sunday – Thursday, you must spend $300 on food and beverage during your two hours for up to 8 people (under $40 per person if you have 8), or you’ll pay the difference towards the minimum, plus tax and 20% gratuity.
- SUN – THURS $150/HR ($300/2HRS)
- FRI – SAT $250/HR ($500/2HRS)
Monday and Tuesday IGLOO specials
VASO is now offering discounted Monday and Tuesday IGLOO specials! Get half off igloo minimums; just $75 per hour with a 2 hour minimum. Minimum is applied towards food and drink purchases. This makes a more affordable way to enjoy with a smaller group!
Full menu service available; reservations are required. Submit an igloo inquiry here.
Barcelona Restaurant and Bar
263 East Whittier Street, Columbus
Barcelona now offers heated winter cabanas. These mini greenhouses features a private table that can accommodate up to four guests so you can dine ‘out’ comfortably. Call 614.443.3699 to reserve your private Winter Cabana.
The Royce Columbus
The Royce Winter Park features private igloos for dining with your loved ones. Igloos are decked out with blankets, heaters, and ambiance. Igloos can be reserved for 90 minutes for up to 6 people. There is a 150% minimum spend for 5 people or less. For a party of 6 there is a $200 minimum. The minimums are toward the final bill and not in addition to the final bill.
ALL reservations and questions will be answered by calling 614-468-1313 or emailing us at email@example.com. Igloo reservations cannot be made on OpenTable.
Amato’s Woodfired Pizza
Amato’s Woodfired Pizzas have outdoor igloos that seat up to 8 people. Each igloo has a space heater, HEPA air filters, zippered windows for air circulation, and will be fogged with an EPA approved disinfectant between parties for the health and safety of everyone.
Igloos are available first come first serve, no reservations as of yet. There will be a waitlist to receive a text when your igloo is ready. Groups of 5 or more will be given priority from Thursday’s at 4 pm through Saturdays.
1808 American Bistro
1808 American Bistro offers 3 secluded pod greenhouses that seat 2-4. Pods have personal heaters, air filtrations, and music, and are sanitized between customers. Book through Opentable or “Reserve” on the website. If you wish to dine in a pod, select “outdoor” once you select your date/time (if available). under “outdoor dining”.
Speck Italian Eatery
Speck Italian Eatery has 4 greenhouses; three can seat 4 people, and one seats 2 people. Each private greenhouse has space heaters, air filtration systems, carpet and a jbl Bluetooth speaker so you can control the music. There is currently no extra charge to book a pod, except on special occasions, such as New Years Eve and Valentines Day. There is a $100 minimum spend requirement for the 4 person pods, and a $50 min for the 2 person pod.
Make your reservation on the website or via Open Table. Select your preferred date/time, and choose from standard (indoor), bar, or outdoor (pod), if available.
(photos: Speck Italian Eatery)
Restoration Brew Worx
Restoration Brew Worx offers Pods that seat 4 on a first come first serve basis, NO Reservations. Waitlist is available like for the patio. Each pod is heated and has a hospital grade HEPA filter. Six pods will be available once they are all complete, four of which will seat up to six!
Dine in the DK Diner Bubble! The igloo “Bubble” has a space heater, air filter, and zippered window for air circulation. Reservations are 90 minutes and seats 6 comfortably (but fits up to 8 guests). The bubble will be thoroughly cleaned between each group. Order from a specialty menu featuring small plates and fun boozy drinks.
Reservations are accepted by emailing Gloria@caterersthree.com.
Egloo’s at Easton
Enjoy an “ice-olated” dining experience that offers chic decor, comfortable seating, heat, air purification, and rigorous cleaning procedures in between guests. Interested in dining in an EGLOO? EGLOOS are available by reservation only at Forbidden Root, The Beeline Bar, and Forty Deuce, all in the Newest District.
Each restaurant operates their EGLOO reservations differently, so daily availability, times, and costs may vary. Each EGLOO fits 4-6 guests at a time. See details at this link, or find them below.
4080 Worth Avenue, Columbus. 614-414-6130
Forbidden Root offers 2 EGLOOS; one seats 4 people and one seats 6 people. There is a $75 food and beverage minimum required. Available for 2 hours maximum. EGLOOS are available:
Mon.-Thurs. 5PM-7PM, and 7:15PM-9:15PM, and Fri. & Sat. 12PM-2PM, 2:15PM-4:15PM, 5PM-7PM, and 7:15PM-9:15PM
The Beeline Bar
3989 Merchants Row Columbus, OH 43219 | Tel. 614-532-5071
The Beeline Bar has 1 EGLOO available to seat 2-6.
Heated, furnished, and available six days a week, Beeline’s EGLOO is conveniently located next to The Yard, Easton’s newest greenspace and destination for live music, entertainment, and events. You and your guests will receive dedicated service and refreshing drinks within your two-hour booking window. Looking to stay a little bit longer? Ask about booking back-to-back timeframes.
Between reservations, the EGLOO is ventilated, the air is purified, and our staff diligently sanitizes all surfaces.
Spending minimums for your two-hour booking are $100 for Sunday – Thursday, and $300 for Friday and Saturday. A credit card is required to confirm your reservation.
Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce
3959 Brighton Rose Sq Columbus, OH 43219, 614-681-4242
Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce has 1 EGLOO available, seating 4-6. Enjoy the newest VIP Dining Experience in our a heated, sanitized, and socially distanced out door Igloo! Cost is $40/person (plus tax and gratuity) and includes: 1 Entrée from our Café Menu, 1 Drink ticket towards any of our specialty cocktails or beer/wine selections, and a VIP server for the price per person. Additional food and beverage can be added.
*4 person minimum, 6 person maximum* 21 and up only. Guarantee’s private dining for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
35 N High St, Dublin, OH 43017 (614) 792-3466
Tucci’s has converted their patio into an enclosed and heated three seasons dining space. While this is not private or open air, it does allow them to spread diners out further with the addition of this space. They are also installing an iWave Air Purification system, which aids with the elimination of airborne pathogens
Know of other amazing outdoor winter dining experiences? Let us know in the comments, or email firstname.lastname@example.org