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Enjoy Heated Outdoor Dining at These Alexandria Restaurants in 2023


This winter, warm up as the temperature drops at Alexandria’s heated outdoor dining destinations in Old Town, Del Ray and beyond. Find cozy firepits, string-lit patios, private igloos and more. Keep reading to get inspired.

Find more outdoor dining oases for warmer weather here.

Old Town

Pictured: Augie’s Mussel House; Image Credit: Chris Cruz for Visit Alexandria

Augie’s Mussel House & Beer Garden: Savor the crisp air in Augie’s string light-lit alley and pair an ale with one of ten mouth-watering mussel flavors.

Emmy Squared: Dine outside at Emmy Squared’s lower King Street location for Detroit-style red and white pizzas and decadent double-stack burgers.

Hank’s Oyster Bar: Order nautical flavors on Hank’s Oyster Bar’s heated rooftop for a selection of seafood po’boys, Maine-style lobster rolls, pan-seared crab cakes and seasonally inspired daily seafood specials.

King & Rye: Stay warm and cozy throughout the season in King & Rye’s heated igloos with redesigned interiors and special winter menus for up to 8 guests.

Oak Steakhouse: Have a toasty, elevated outdoor experience at Old Town North’s Oak Steakhouse, part of a Charleston-based franchise offering a modern take on the classic American steakhouse.

Thai Signature: Thai Signature offers unique dishes inspired by various types of street food across Thailand, enhanced with the freshest ingredients and paired with craft cocktails to clink al fresco.

Del Ray and Arlandria

Pictured: The Garden Del Ray; Image Credit: Chris Cruz for Visit Alexandria

Evening Star Café: Enjoy heaters and fire pits all winter long as you dig into seasonal offerings from Evening Star, such as hot cider and roasted beets with orange salsa.

The Garden: Throughout the winter, The Garden offers heated igloos where parties can partake in an extensive drinks list and a family and pet-friendly atmosphere.

Hops N Shine: The Arlandria backyard biergarten boasts an extensive drinks menu including more than 50 beers on tap and an extensive moonshine selection to savor under tableside heaters—four-legged friends are welcome.

Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap: Lena’s Beer Garden on the patio features a fire pit, heaters and mulled wine and hot cider (spiked or non-alcoholic) to keep you warm.

West End

Image Credit: David Ashton for Port City Brewing Company

Rocklands Barbecue & Grilling Company: Fill up on Rocklands’ award-winning wood-smoked barbeque as you cozy up beside patio heaters.

Port City Brewing Company: Find a seat at Port City’s outdoor seating and sip your brews under a canopy of glowing lights.

Taqueria Picoso: Warm up with heaters and tacos al pastor, elote and more street-inspired, chef-crafted Mexican food at Taqueria Picoso.

Carlyle/Eisenhower Valley

Pictured: Sweet Fire Donna’s; Image Credit: Matt Smith for Visit Alexandria


Bistro Sancerre: Bistro Sancerre’s semi-enclosed overhang features built-in heaters to keep things cozy outside the upscale French American restaurant and wine bar.

Laporta’s Restaurant: Luxuriate in Laporta’s large outdoor patio and adjacent courtyard as you savor a seafood feast, pasta entrees and more.

Sweet Fire Donna’s: Enjoy house-smoked barbeque and fiery mac & cheese beneath a canopy of glowing lights on Sweet Fire Donna’s dog-friendly heated patio.

Tequila & Taco: Combine freshly squeezed margaritas with the fresh air on Tequila & Taco’s cozy heated outdoor patio, alongside hearty dishes such as pork belly nachos and bulgogi tacos.

Whiskey & Oyster: Whiskey & Oyster offers an expansive heated patio and an equally extensive whiskey list to pair with local Virginia oysters and heat you from the inside out.


Header Image: Pictured: King & Rye; Credit: Chris Cruz for Visit Alexandria

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