Temperatures are dropping, but you don't have to isolate yourself indoors. We all know people in the Bay love hanging outside, and we shouldn't have to sacrifice the fun just because of some cold weather. Thank you to whoever invented heat lamps and fireplaces so we can still eat and drink outside under the beautiful Bay Area sky. Stay warm and toasty during your next meal on one of these awesome patios. It's about to be lit (literally).
Via Dirty Habit
(12 4th St // Downtown)
Located right in the heart of Downtown San Francisco, this beautiful heated rooftop patio sits on the fifth floor of Hotel Zelos. Get cozy by the fire pit or under one of the many heat lamps to warm up after a day out in Union Square.
(817 Terry Francois Blvd // Potrero Hill)
Boasting a great view of the Bay, Mission Rock Resort has everything you could ever want in an outdoor patio. The main menu draw is their selection of raw oysters, but they've got brunch and plenty of other seafood as well! Fun yellow umbrellas, heat lamps, and ocean views are calling your name.
(730 Howard St inside Yerba Buena Gardens Park // Downtown)
Warm up from the inside out with an array of teas, hearty bowls, and treat platters made for sharing. Take a break away from the hectic downtown lifestyle to unwind among the stunning Yerba Buena Garden scenery.
(482 Hayes St // Hayes Valley)
Going out with a group? Head to Anina after dinner for creative cocktails, punch bowls, and more with aesthetic decor and plenty of picnic tables for all.
(2518 Mission St // Mission)
Should the fog permit, this Latin American tapas bar and rooftop seating overlooks the gorgeous streets of San Francisco. The combination of wind-barriers along with heat lamps makes this the patio to be.
(3673 Sacramento St // Presidio)
This quaint garden is surrounded by lush greens and bright string lights! Come during the evening for a lovely heated and mood-lit dinner. True to its name, this restaurant is quite magical.
Via Trou Normand
(140 New Montgomery St // SOMA)
Nothing says fancy living more than a good charcuterie board, am I right? Filled with modern and minimalist decor, this heated (and covered!) patio is the perfect spot for your next lavish get together.
(558 Castro St // Castro)
Fable's quirky heated patio is nestled in between lots of plants and trees, and we're not complaining. Get a little lost in Wonderland during your next brunch all while staying nice and warm.
(499 Illinois St // Potrero Hill)
This farm-to-table restaurant with an on-site garden full of seasonal produce is truly a hidden gem. Their spacious outdoor area has bocce ball courts and fire pits to keep you company while you enjoy Mediterranean fare along with beautiful views of the bay.
Via Rooftop 25
(25 Lusk St // SOMA)
This casual rooftop bar above Twenty Five Lusk restaurant is the perfect pregame spot for quick bites and stiff drinks. They offer a variety of beers, specialty cocktails, and artisanal dishes like wood fired pizza or their famous pretzel bun hot dog. Festive bar goers can rejoice with their Naughty or Nice Holiday Pop Up and winter drink specials through the season.
(2534 Mission St // Mission)
Even on a cold night in San Francisco, the patio is warm and inviting. The classy outdoor area is draped with lights while old films are projected upon on the brick wall. With evolving menus and a cozy environment, this restaurant offers the perfect escape from the busy city.
(2181 Shattuck Ave // Berkeley)
Imagine this: staying warm outside with a nice cold beer and a slice of your favorite pizza during a Winter evening in Berkeley. Jupiter makes this a reality with their large outdoor patio, equipped with fire pits, heat lamps and live music! Great for a low key romantic night out.
(2020 Shattuck Ave // Berkeley)
Berkeley clearly knows what's up when it comes to heated patios. Just down the street from Jupiter, Comal serves delicious Mexican food on their enclosed patio. String lights, trees lining the back walls, and wood stumps disguised as stools give this patio a lot of ambiance.
(66 Franklin St // Oakland)
Take in the waterfront views at this Jack London Square restaurant. Sit around a fire pit, do some people watching, and order a beer from their rotating list of local brews! We hear the cheese curds are a favorite.
By Bert Johnson via Portal
(1611 2nd Ave // Oakland)
There's clearly no shortage of good views when it comes to dining outdoors in the East Bay. With a gorgeous view of Lake Merritt, Portal's heated patio is great for watching the boats go by as you sip on a Bloody Mary. This place also offers brunch Tuesday - Sunday!
(4915 Telegraph Ave // Oakland)
A cozy bar meets record and bookstore? Sounds like a Bay Area dream. Its free wifi, delicious bites, and covered and heated back patio makes North Light the perfect spot for a study date, happy hour, or even a birthday party.
(2213 S Shore Ctr // Alameda)
This lovely Italian eatery's heated outdoor patio is fantastic for a meal with friends or a romantic get together thanks to the lighting and beautiful interior design. Be sure to order one of their signature cocktails or local wines!
By Kevin K. via Sister
(3308 Grand Ave // Oakland)
Listen up, sis. Head to Oakland for California-Italian cuisine made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients with vegan and vegetarian options for everyone to enjoy. Catch up with your girls and guys over hot loaves of bread under the twinkling lights on the back courtyard.
(4006 Martin Luther King Jr Way // Oakland)
We have no idea who Arthur Mac is, but he really thought of it all at this family-friendly joint. They've got a beer garden for the adults, a play area for the little ones, a retro arcade for the bigger kids, a huge patio for the dogs, AND crispy garlic fries for everyone (ok maybe not the pup). Come one, come all!
(2325 Broadway // Oakland)
This beer garden is the perfect place to catch up with the crew. With the ability to seat yourself, Drake's is a communal space to share some laughs and of course some drinks. With 32 beers on tap, there's something for everyone.
(6702 Hollis St // Emeryville)
Bring a few friends for drinks on Prizefighter's cute back patio! Though small, there's plenty of seating and heat lamps so you can stay warm and relaxed. You can even play a round of shuffleboard inside!
Via Luna Blu
(35 Main St // Tiburon)
Luna Blu's heated patio and outdoor seating area is right on top of the water, giving it that extra ambiance that makes for incredible dining. In addition to their heat lamps, they also offer blankets for colder nights. This place is only open on select days of the week, so be sure to check the hours before stopping by!
(85 Liberty Ship Way // Sausalito)
Don't let the name fool you, this is not actually a fancy French garage. It is, however, an exquisite French bistro that boasts beautiful views of the Bay from their heated patio! Sit amongst the sailboats and enjoy one of the best meals you've ever had.
(107 Caledonia St // Sausalito)
Run, don't walk to this to-die-for sushi spot. Posted all along the patio are heat lamps to make sure you're nice and warm for this heavenly Japanese meal. We recommend making a reservation so you don't have to wait!
(100 Yacht Club Dr // San Rafael)
This unique restaurant and music venue combination is sure to keep you entertained on their beautiful heated waterfront patio! They also offer a great farm-to-table menu, local wines, and gourmet cocktails.
Via Mas Masa
(31 Bolinas Rd // Fairfax)
Wholesome and modern yet authentic Mexican food and drinks will warm up both your body and soul at this sustainable hot spot. Its dog-friendly outdoor seating area allows for your entire family to enjoy a meal together.
(286 Magnolia Ave // Larkspur)
This quaint Marin county eatery will surprise you with big flavor that'll transport you to Rome before you know it. Their comfy patio will make you feel right at home along with their hearty family recipes and fresh baked focaccia.
(301 Corte Madera Town Ctr // Corte Madera)
Stop and smell the flowers and the freshly made corn tortillas at this Mexican joint. Come take a holiday shopping break and sip on a margarita while enjoying the warm outdoor terrace.
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Indo Restaurant and Lounge
(3295 El Camino Real // Palo Alto)
Indo's large outdoor area includes a covered back patio with heat lamps aplenty. Not to mention they feature exquisite Asian Fusion cuisine for lunch and dinner!
(3086 N Cabrillo Hwy // Half Moon Bay)
After a long drive, winter hike, or a day of chasing waves, this gem is sure to fuel you back up with farm to barn burgers and beers. If their vegan lentil soup or Marin Sun Farms Chili isn't enough to keep you warm, their cozy outdoor patio has plenty of heaters and blankets for all.
(305 California Dr // Burlingame)
If you're looking to grab a late-night drink and don't want to freeze outside, stop by BarrelHouse! This brewery features a great back patio equipped with heat lamps just in case your beer doesn't already make you feel all warm inside.
By Natalia Nazarova via Fieldwork Brewing
(3030 S Delaware St // San Mateo)
This cozy and inviting outdoor beer garden from the popular brewery has plenty of communal tables and heat lamps to go around. Grab a flight, a bite and play a game of bocce ball with friends new or old. Plus, take your favorites to go in a crowler or growler!
(320 S B St // San Mateo)
Stop by this Italian restaurant and listen to some live jazz or sit outside on their heated back patio! This tented seating area is great for those who want to sit outside and enjoy the crisp San Mateo air.
Via SP2 Communal Bar + Restaurant
(72 N Almaden Ave // San Jose)
An open seating layout and locally sourced American cuisine invites everyone to lounge out and connect over happy hour or a late night drink. Chat up one of their bartenders to learn about their signature cocktails then grab a bite in the communal dining room with all your friends.
(4210 N Cabrillo Hwy // Half Moon Bay)
This Half Moon Bay restaurant has no shortage of good ocean views as it sits right along the coast. Sam's heated patio is great for an evening out no matter how low the temperatures drop. It also doesn't hurt that this place serves some of the best seafood in the Bay.
Written by Carmen Guan