With the weather getting colder, eating outside might seem like a thing of the past. But at these Richmond restaurants, there’s no weather a heater or fire pit can’t fix.
We consulted our readers + did some investigating to compile a list of places to cozy up outside — with the help of some good food and a bit of extra heat. 🔥
Union Market | 2306 Jefferson Ave.
Located in Union Hill, the market has officially brought back their patio heaters for the winter season. Reader Joseph B. recommends keeping an eye out for the mulled wine, which was a favorite from their seasonal menu last year + pairs with patio dining perfectly.
The Hill Café | 2800 E. Broad St.
Reader Meredith L. recommends this Church Hill spot.
Grisette | 3119 E. Marshall St.
Sip a house cocktail and sample the seasonal menu at this French restaurant.
Millie’s Diner | 2603 E. Main St.
Reader Aaron C. told us that this Richmond staple started serving outdoor brunch on their heated patio last fall.
Little Nickel | 4702 Forest Hill Ave.
Tropical vibes are a year-round affair. At Little Nickel in Forest Hill, you can split a plate of Hawaiian nachos or try out the crab spaghetti on their heated patio.
Cobra Cabana | 901 W. Marshall St.
With a fire pit and plenty of heaters, Cobra Cabana in Carver is open late and has no shortage of creative menu options. Try this: Halloumi? You Hardly Know Me, which features a pesto balsamic reduction + tomato on a grilled baguette.
Parterre | 100 E. Franklin St.
Nestled in the Linden Row Inn in Monroe Ward, Parterre has heaters in their cozy garden patio + drinks to help warm you up. Try an Irish coffee or apple cider mimosa — or go for a comforting entrée, like their Creole mac & cheese. Thanks to Reader Sarah L. for the tip.
Citizen Burger Bar | 2907 W. Cary St.
Enjoy burgers + brews in a prime Carytown location — and don’t worry about getting cold. The joint has several outdoor heaters and plenty of seating. Plus, if you’re getting apps, there’s no hotter place on earth than the inside of a fried pickle.
The Daily Kitchen & Bar | 2934 W. Cary St.
Dine out on their heated patio as they meet all your gluten free + vegan dietary needs.
New York Deli | 2920 W. Cary St.
The rooftop of this Carytown staple has fire pits and a tropical theme to keep you toasty.
Lunch.SUPPER! | 1213 Summit Ave.
The modern eatery in Scott’s Addition is a heated haven for local food aficionados. The fire pit provides a cozy atmosphere; the stuffed portabellos + bacon-onion-parm brussel sprouts fill your belly.
Blue Bee Cider | 1320 Summit Ave.
The urban cidery in Scott’s Addition has tabletop fire pits + Hot Cider Toddies to warm you up — thanks Reader Melvyn A. for the tip.
En Su Boca | 1001 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd.
Enjoy Tex-Mex dishes in Richmond + stay toasty on their lamp-heated patio.
HOBNOB RVA | 6010 Hermitage Rd.
Heated lamps cheer up the patio at this neighborhood restaurant.
Kreggers at Hand | 2614 W. Cary St.
An inviting fire pit crackles just east of Carytown in the outdoor bar area of Kreggers at Hand. While you’re out there, try out something from the Fall Features menu — whether that’s the Steak Sammie, Krabbie Patty, or housemade chili.
Pit and Peel Rooftop | 1210 W. Main St.
Warm up with on this rooftop with some coffee or tea + snuggle up to a heater while looking at an amazing view of Richmond.
Shyndigz 2go & Market | 1833 W. Cary St.
Enjoy a slice of cake by the fire pit or inside a heated tent.
City Dogs | 1309 W. Main St.
Get cozy and comfortable in the Fan with hot dogs + a weekly happy hour.
Goatocado | 1823 W. Main St.
Fresh food + fire pits.
LuLu’s | 21 N. 17th St.
This Shockoe Bottom staple has plenty of patio heaters and award-winning brunch. Try a chorizo frittata or lobster biscuit, or order the insta-worthy red velvet waffle.
Fire & Hops Pizza Co. | 1 N. Belmont Ave.
Reader Kathryn B. shouted out the expanded heated patio at this Museum District pizza joint.
The Continental Westhampton | 5704 Grove Ave.
Reader Darlene L. recommends this heated outdoor seating if you’re looking for American food.
Portico | 12506 River Rd.
Settle in for a toasty Italian-inspired meal outside the charming cottage on River Road. Reader Robb M. loves the outdoor space.
The Grapevine | 11055 Three Chopt Rd.
Reader Beth P. recommends dining outside on this heated patio that makes you feel like you’re eating under the stars in Henrico.
Tazza Kitchen | Multiple locations
The Short Pump and Alverser locations of this wood-fired oasis has a cozy outdoor seating area, according to Readers Terrell F. and Mary Beth T.
Bartizan | 4035 Whittall Way
Reader Terrell F. recommends Bartizan, which has a covered outdoor patio in West Broad Village in Henrico.
West Coast Provisions | 301A Maltby Blvd.
Reader Steve S. recommended this outdoor heating dining experience + seafood in Henrico.
Red Salt Chophouse and Sushi | 12221 W. Broad St.
Sushi, steak + an enclosed heated patio in Short Pump was recommended by Reader Steve S.
Capital Ale House | 13831 Village Place Dr.
If you’re down for a bit of a drive, Reader James M. recommends the Midlothian Capital Ale House location. You can also order the Sichuan Hot and Numbing Wings to stay warm — or go for a giant pretzel with Bavarian mustard.
The Hard Shell | 11400 W. Huguenot Rd.
Head down to Midlothian to enjoy seafood + a heated patio, recommended by Reader Shelley M.
Did we forget your favorite place to enjoy a warm meal in a toasty outdoor environment? Tell us who we left off + we’ll add them to our list.