Outdoor Dining in the Denver metro area can take on a whole new dimension in the winter months, regardless of freezing temperatures or a January thaw. It quite literally may include dining outside, which has come to epitomize the Colorado lifestyle.
Despite it being winter, many restaurants offer outdoor seating options which create a unique dining experience.
This arrangement can take the form of a basic operation, featuring simple patio heaters and overhead canvas covers. Other establishments have invested in geodesic domes or tents to create a cozy, intimate setting for patrons. These accommodations illustrate the creativity and drive of restaurateurs across the Denver metro area to establish a special evening to remember.
While winter can provide challenges for eating outside, especially when the sun goes down, al fresco dining during the winter provides distinctive memories that will last a lifetime. A nearby fire pit or heater radiating welcome warmth, twinkling patio lights and good company can create a one-of-a-kind event that rivals any indoor setting. In addition to supporting local businesses, you’ll be enjoying Colorado’s fresh air and a meal prepared by expert chefs.
Check out some of Usaj Realty’s staff and brokers’ favorite locations for outdoor dining in the Denver metro area. You’re sure to enjoy the food and cozy vibes.
Located inside the JW Marriott in Cherry Creek, Toro Latin Kitchen specializes in Pan-Latin cuisine with South American, Japanese and Chinese influences. Toro’s patio dining experience is complete with open outdoor fire pits, beautiful stringed lights and additional heaters. Toro Denver features a ceviche bar, small plates, and family-style entrees plus hand-muddled cocktails and local beer and wine. Relaxed and inviting, Toro invites you to share in authentic Latin ingredients, international flavors and artful dishes. Enjoy some of your favorite Pan-Latin plates and drinks in the open air and cozy up by the fire pit with those you love most.
— Maddy Hollar
Both locations feature warm enclosed patio tents as well as open patio, and the Broadway location wows the audience with an awesome fire pit. It’s all about the pig (cochino) at Cochino Taco. You’ll find it exalted through the taqueria and on the menu. Happy hour everyday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. that includes both bold margaritas and mouth-watering appetizers. Amazing tacos, green chile cheese tots, ceviche and queso.
— Tori Casella
Located in the Origin Hotel Red Rocks, Nomad Taqueria and Beer Garden is proud of its outdoor patio, complete with artificial turf, corn hole games, twinkle lights and fire pit seating. They have a simple goal: serve great fresh food with the best local craft brews and spirits. Featuring Southwestern-inspired fare, they believe in simple presentation and bold flavor. Check out their special events and the upcoming New Year’s Eve brunch! Nomad is the perfect gathering spot for happy hour or sampling one of their 20 local brews or custom cocktails.
— Megan Ivy
For over 20 years, this Denver institution has been serving up authentic northern Italian food, focusing on fresh, locally sourced ingredients and spectacular presentation. Barolo Grill has expanded its patio area into the parking lot, adding personalized tents, heaters and fireplaces! The outdoor experience hasn’t compromised the restaurant’s desire of maintaining a comfortable and elegant ambiance. As they state, “Hand-crafted modern Piemontese cuisine, a spectacular wine cellar, and knowledgeable, attentive staff make Barolo Grill the perfect choice for special occasions or just a great night out. Seasonally changing menus highlight locally-sourced ingredients from regional farms and artisans.”
— Jenny Usaj
Postino was born in Arizona but has become a choice destination for Denver foodies. Featuring a rocking outdoor patio that overlooks LoHi, this restaurant is a lovely spot to enjoy a glass of wine after work, brunch on the weekends, amazing bruschetta and their famous appetizer “boards.” Postino sets the standard for shared plates and charcuterie. Don’t miss the incredible array of panini, either. Best of all, there are additional Postino locations at 830 N. Colorado and 145 N. Broadway, both in Denver.
— Kristina Casinelli
This iconic outdoor “beer garden” has been transformed into a winter wonderland in 2022. There are lots of tables, chairs and outdoor patio heaters positioned around the grounds. Bring the kids and your friends, and make the most of the cooler temperatures. The Farmhouse is now open. Call 303-803-1380 for more information.
— Megan Ivy
Finn’s Manor features a fun outside and inside bar in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood and music, happy vibes, and great food and drinks. The bar boasts 16 rotating taps and over 800 spirits.
— Kira Fleischer
If you’re looking for a dining experience sure to make an impression, look no further than the Wolf’s Tailor. Located in the Sunnyside neighborhood, this eclectic and funky establishment features the unlikely combination of Italian and Asian cuisine that creates an explosion of flavors. Cozy tents and greenhouses that can accommodate up to six people have been erected on the patio, featuring individual fireplaces and heaters to keep diners toasty warm.
— Jennifer Black