EDITOR’S NOTE: While this article has timely information on restrictions and hours due to COVID-19, protocols can change quickly. Before you head out to visit one of these heated Louisville restaurant patios, please confirm the hours of operation are still accurate.
As dining out continues to be a challenge amidst pandemic capacity restrictions, restaurants around the Bluegrass State have adjusted with the times and are accommodating customers with appropriate outdoor options for winter. From heated private igloos to socially distanced patios kept toasty with lamps and generators, these local eateries provide patrons with ways to continue enjoying their favorite dishes while staying safe and warm.
10+ Heated Restaurant Patios in Louisville (Open-Air and Individual Party Enclosures)
10500 West Highway 42, Goshen, KY, 40026 • (502) 398-9289
Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; closed Monday and Tuesday
This restored barn-turned-restaurant offers new flavors and dishes almost daily. Focusing on sustainable ingredients from the property gardens and greenhouse, Executive Chef Alison Settle works with neighboring farms to incorporate bison, beef, pork and chicken into the ever-changing menu. Customers can choose from a selection of rare whiskeys and select spirits before being seated at one of a dozen outdoor picnic tables with umbrellas, which seat four to six people each.
Chik’n & Mi
1765 Mellwood Ave., Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 890-5731
Hours: Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Chik’n & Mi specializes in Asian-inspired comfort food. From kimchi mac and cheese to fried chicken steam buns, nearly every item on the menu includes a unique mix of flavors. At the bar, customers can find an extensive sake, craft beer and cocktail selection featuring local ingredients and house infusions. Heat lamps on the large patio accommodate about 50 people.
2224 Dundee Rd., Louisville, KY 40205 • (502) 458-6637
Hours: Monday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.
A Highlands neighborhood go-to for food, drinks and sports, Dundee Tavern offers half-price bottles of wine all day every Wednesday, as well as happy hour specials every weekday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Its food menu boasts everything from Southern fried cod and blackened chicken pasta to BBQ pulled pork and Guinness beef stew. Patrons interested in outdoor dining can take advantage of the expansive covered exterior seating area, which holds up to 60 people.
2210 Holiday Manor Center, Louisville, KY 40222 • (502) 333-9595
Hours: Daily, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The dishes at Grassa Gramma are meant to reflect both northern and southern Italian heritages, with ingredients sourced locally whenever possible. Though patrons may choose to take advantage of one of four heated outdoor bubbles — which seat up to eight people each — you would be remiss to stop by without at least taking a gander inside the restaurant. From the ornate fountain in the two-story atrium to the bar built around a former church altarpiece, there’s much to see in this one-of-a-kind eatery.
Gustavo’s Mexican Grill
10715 Meeting St., Prospect, KY 40059 • (502) 690-7070
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Gustavo’s Mexican Grill promises diners a crash course in Mexican culture. Owner and operator Gustavo Reyes brings his own twist to various Mexican dishes, including tortas, burritos, enchiladas and more. Guests can also choose from more than a dozen specialty cocktails and margaritas while enjoying a private dining experience in one of eight heated igloos, which seat up to five people each.
Limón y Sal
10000 Brownsboro Rd., Louisville, KY 40241 • (502) 423-4604
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Limón y Sal — which means lemon and salt — serves up Mexican dishes for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Its most recent menu addition, however, is its margarita flight. Each flight comes with four eight-ounce margaritas. Customers can choose from lime, mango, strawberry, peach or raspberry before selecting one of 18 igloos — each of which seats up to six — to enjoy a tasty happy hour.
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Noche Mexican BBQ
1838 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, KY 40205 • (502) 467-8015
Hours: Monday through Thursday, noon to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Built in a historic cathedral, Noche Mexican BBQ honors those who have passed away with a tribute to the Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Founder and operator Aaron Diaz brings classic Mexican BBQ flair to Kentucky with tingas, antojitos and unique salsas. The restaurant’s outdoor seating area is completely covered and accommodates up to 35 people.
Old School NY Pizza
10600 Meeting St., Prospect, KY 40059 • (502) 882-3000
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Old School NY Pizza offers New York-style pizza, made-to-order calzones, buffalo chicken, subs, hoagies, and salads with homemade croutons. This family-owned-and-operated eatery boasts two locations, with covered and heated outdoor tables for up to 24 people at the Prospect location only. Though the menu also provides a variety of starters and sides, frequent customers recommend the freshly baked garlic knots, which are smothered with garlic butter and parmesan cheese, and served with marinara sauce.
Red Hog Restaurant
2622 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 890-6976
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday
Red Hog Restaurant is adjacent to Red Hog Butcher Shop, Louisville’s first whole-animal butcher shop. Both sides of the business feature meats from local farms committed to sustainable, humane and ethical farming practices. Open for lunch, dinner and drinks five days a week, Red Hog also creates specialty charcuterie boards. Up to 35 guests can enjoy heated outdoor dining while spread out on a long, covered communal table or while seated at one of the smaller, uncovered tables.
River House Restaurant & Raw Bar
3015 River Road, Louisville, KY 40207 • (502) 897-5000
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Dinner and a view? Count us in. River House Restaurant & Raw Bar offers riverfront dining on its covered patio. Cozy up by the fire pit as you enjoy elevated cuisine with a Southern flair. We recommend the grilled oysters, barbecue braised beef short rib or the Maker’s Mark bourbon barrel smoked salmon.
Stooges Bar and Grill
7123 Grade Lane, Louisville, KY 40213 • (502) 363-9803
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 4 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 a.m.
A popular spot for sand volleyball during warmer months, Stooges Bar and Grill currently offers enough heated outdoor space to accommodate about 15 customers at a time. Open nearly all day, every day, Stooges serves up a variety of burgers, sandwiches, salads, wraps and more, but is probably best known for its 59-cent wings.
80/20 @ Kaelin’s
1801 Newburg Rd., Louisville, KY 40205 • (502) 200-8020
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; closed Monday
Known as the “birthplace of the cheeseburger,” 80/20 @ Kaelin’s has been serving up the American classic for more than 70 years. It has also been said that Harland Sanders of KFC once sold his famous chicken from the same building. In any case, the current restaurant — which also doles out house-made ice cream — offers enough covered outdoor seating for up to 32 patrons.
Here’s to safely enjoying heated patios in Louisville!
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