In Wisconsin, we love being outside as much as we can, for as long as we can, doing whatever we can — and that includes dining. It's the coziest time of the year, so gather the friends and family, bundle up and get a bite to eat at one of these Wisconsin restaurants and tasting rooms that feature unique outdoor dining this winter.
Green Bay & Oshkosh
For a one-of-a-kind Wisconsin experience, dine in the place where the Green Bay Packers played their first two seasons in the NFL. Today this stylish spot is home to Hagermeister, a restaurant with a patio that’s just as much fun in the winter as it is in the summer, thanks to a trio of “Riverside Igloos” decked out with pillows, blankets, music, board games and several outdoor fire pits. Share a charcuterie board from the special Igloo menu and keep the fun going long into the night.
Fox River Brewing Company & Taproom – Oshkosh
While Fox River Brewing Company is known for their delicious brews such as the Blu Bobber Ale made with blueberry juice, it’s also a popular spot in for riverside dining in the winter in their inviting, light-up domes. Get up to 10 friends together and split a pizza or one of their special dome snack packs like a S’mores Board with Rumchata Hot Chocolate. Enjoy tasty eats, warm drinks and the good company in a dome of your own.
Madison & Surrounding Area
The garden setting of this east-side Madison courtyard is wonderful in the summer months — and in the winter, it’s nothing short of magical. Lighted, heated individual domes transform the Robinia Courtyard into a winter wonderland for those dining at one of the Courtyard’s three restaurants — Black Locust Cafe, MadisonTap and Jardin, a new completely vegan eatery with tasty plant-based dishes.
The patio of this neighborhood favorite has always been a perfect spot for catching a hot drink and a bite to eat before or after a trip to the steps-away Henry Vilas Zoo. With the addition of several outdoor igloos, you can extend patio season through the colder months at ZuZu Cafe and treat yourself to some healthy, hearty fare.
Milwaukee & Surrounding Area
Located in Milwaukee’s Third Ward, this European-inspired eatery has embraced year-round outdoor dining for years. Individual “Lux Domes” are located on Cafe Benelux's roof, while the Lux Winter Porch is a spacious, heated canopy perfect for enjoying cozy time with friends and family. Another Lowlands Group Restaurant, Centraal Grand Cafe & Tappery, has their “Winter Garden of Eten”: an outdoor patio with heated tents, clear roof panels and live music throughout the year.
During the summer months, Lakefront Brewery’s mini greenhouses are full of vegetables and herbs being grown for seasonal dishes. During winter, they’re transformed into heated cozy “Hop Houses”, lit-up dining rooms right on the Milwaukee Riverwalk. Reserve one with 3-5 of your friends and split a giant Bavarian wreath pretzel with a bottle of mulled wine from Wollersheim Winery for the perfect night out.
This Walker’s Point restaurant is known for its hand-crafted approach to food — homemade bread, meats butchered in-house and produce from local farms — as well as a polished, relaxed atmosphere. This ambience translates to Braise's outdoor “Sun and Snow” domes — private dining domes on their heated rooftop deck. The domes offer an amazing view of Milwaukee’s Rockwell Clock Tower, the perfect backdrop for a dim sum or paella feast with you and your crew.
Looking for a classic Wisconsin supper club experience with a twist? Enjoy a Brandy Old Fashioned, a crispy fish fry or an Igloo Platter to share in one of Mars Resort’s illuminated winter domes. Just four miles from downtown Lake Geneva, this resort restaurant on Lake Como has been serving up Wisconsin favorites for almost a century. While the domes are a new addition, you’ll still get that cozy dining experience with friends in a special igloo setting.
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