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Durham Restaurants with Heated Patios for Cozy Winter Dining

(Triangle Trend) — Sitting outside is a simple way to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19, according to the CDC. Less ventilation and closer quarters can make dining inside a real health hazard especially for high-risk individuals. With winter weather chilling the air, though, outdoor seating is a whole lot less comfortable for anyone who isn’t from the north. You can make the most of winter by opting for eateries where you’ll feel comfortable with outdoor heated seating. Here are some of the top Durham restaurants with heated patios; a list you’ll be glad you bookmarked for later.

Eastcut Sandwich Bar

3211 Old Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC 27707

Eastcut has a toasty and large area for outdoor dining. Not only is their back patio a fabulous choice for winter, but it’s even a great spot for dogs if you choose to bring yours. Lots of tasty sandwiches, salads, small plates options (many vegetarian-friendly), and generous portions. They have an extensive drink menu with great beer, wine, and seasonal cocktail choices. You’re totally free to just hang out on the patio with a cool glass of whatever it is you’re drinking.

Juju Durham

737 9th St, Suite 210, Durham, NC 27705

Juju has a large elevated patio in a central location with both space heaters and fire heaters to keep guests snug as a bug. We’ve heard that the dumplings here are some of the best in the Triangle and it’s a great place to take your significant other for a special occasion. It’s a fun, upscale tapas place with an Asian take—you won’t be disappointed.

Bar Virgile

105 S Mangum St, Durham, NC 27701

Open Thursday – Monday from 5-10 pm and with Bloody Mary and Mimosa Specials on Sundays from 3-8 pm, Bar Virgile has an atmosphere that’s been described as “Instagram worthy”. They’ve got a great atmosphere, great bartenders, and great drinks. It’s a small, high-end cocktail bar with options like cheeseburgers, fried oysters, and Cajun Alfredo pasta.

GRUB Durham

105 S Mangum St, Durham, NC 27701

GRUB has a wonderful rooftop patio with a TV so you can enjoy the game. Great burgers and service for a reasonable price. Their rooftop bar and patio have plenty of heaters to keep you and your fam cozy during your visit.

The Refectory Café

2726 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707

The Refectory is known for its all-inclusive menu, making them a great pick for vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores. They are all about farm-fresh cuisine and ensure you and your party a comfortable stay either on their heated and covered patio.

La Residence

202 W Rosemary St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

La Residence is open for indoor and heated covered patio dining and takeout Thursdays, Fridays, and weekends. This modern French restaurant is guaranteed to offer you and your party a lovely evening on the patio chowing down on poutine and Crème Brûlée.

Unscripted Durham

202 N Corcoran St, Durham NC, 27701

Unscripted Durham is only offering “outdoor” seating for a limited time, but they’ve added a unique spin to the experience. Although igloos are typically associated with cold spaces, Unscripted is redefining their use. The igloos are a pop-up experience for the hotel that offers a scenic setting and plenty of distance between guests. In the words of Unscripted, “escape to our winter wonderland and enjoy views of Downtown Durham, weekly entertainment and signature bites and libations.” Reservations are for 2 hours and require a minimum spending of $300. Although walk-ins are allowed depending on availability, bear in mind that anyone under the age of 21 isn’t allowed inside an igloo after 8 PM—so no late-night family outings.

Bull City Ciderworks

305 S Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27701

This bar/taproom may not serve food, but they sure serve up some cozy, heated outdoor seating with delicious hard ciders. We can think of few things that sound better than curling up by a large fire pit with a cup of cider in hand. This dog-friendly bar comes with great food-truck options and lots of space for a safe break from the house. They house a fantastic community space that welcomes families and dogs. Their permanent and seasonal Cider menu is impressive. The Cider Flight is a great choice for sampling their menu before settling on a pint or two.

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Cierra Smith | Editor

Raleigh-born writer passionate about cultural awareness and social change. You’ll typically find me somewhere studying a language, writing, or doing pilates. Consider me a health-conscious foodie with an interest in all diets and lifestyles.

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