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
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.
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
This go-to Mount Horeb spot for artisanal hard cider features every setting imaginable for a comfortable meal outdoors— fire pits, private domes and, perhaps the most Wisconsin-specific setting, ice shanties. You can book the domes or shanties in one-hour increments and can order from a constantly changing menu of small-batch ciders and locally-sourced food.
Located a few blocks from Capitol Square, this distillery and tasting room offers the ability to book an outdoor fire pit and seating. If you’re looking for dessert, Old Sugar has a special “Firepits, S’mores and Cocktails” package that includes fire pit usage, a bundle of firewood and a s’mores kit complete with a chocolate bar from next-door neighbors WM Chocolate.
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.
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
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, creates their “Winter Garden of Eten” This outdoor patio features heated tents, clear roof panels and live music.
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.
Find more restaurants serving fresh Wisconsin fare when you browse our full Food & Drink directory.