Igloos, Ice Shanties and More Outdoor Winter Dining in Wisconsin

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 outdoor dining this winter.

Green Bay & Surrounding Area

Hagemeister Park

This was the first home of the Green Bay Packers, and where they played their first two seasons in the NFL. Today, it’s home to 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.

Lodge Kohler

Just yards from Lambeau Field in the city’s Titletown district, Lodge Kohler’s heated domes are a warm way to spend a winter day in Green Bay. Your small group of friends and family can enjoy specially curated beverage packages like hot chocolate or cider, and food options that include a seafood platter, cheese and charcuterie, and dessert bites.

Madison & Surrounding Area

Brix Cider

This go-to Mount Horeb spot for artisanal hard cider features perhaps the most Wisconsin-specific setting, ice shanties. You can book the shanties at Brix Cider in one-hour increments and can order from a constantly changing menu of small-batch ciders and locally-sourced food.

Robinia Courtyard

The garden setting of this east-side courtyard is wonderful in the summer months — and in the winter, it’s nothing short of magical. Lighted, heated individual domes transform the courtyard into a winter wonderland for those dining at one of the Courtyard’s three restaurants — Black Locust Cafe, MadisonTap and Jardin.

ZuZu Cafe

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 — and treat yourself to some healthy, hearty fare.

Milwaukee & Surrounding Area

Cafe Benelux

Located in Milwaukee’s Third Ward, this European-inspired eatery has never shied away from year-round outdoor dining. Individual “Lux Domes” are located on the Cafe’s roof, while the Lux Winter Porch is a spacious, heated canopy. 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.

Lakefront Brewery

During the summer months, Lakefront Brewery’s portable mini greenhouses are full of vegetables and herbs being grown for seasonal dishes. During winter, they’re transformed into decorated and cozy “Hop Houses” for 6-8 people, located right on the Milwaukee RiverWalk. In addition to reservations, the Brewery offers special food and drink packages for preorder.


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 their 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.

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