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 Nashville restaurant patios, please confirm the hours of operation are still accurate.
Here at StyleBlueprint, we continue to be asked specifically about restaurants that offer heated open-air dining options, so we decided to round up the local options where you can find just that. From firepits to lap blankets, these Nashville restaurants are getting creative in their quest to keep us toasty AND well-fed. We arranged things by neighborhood (Hillsboro Village, 12South, Downtown, The Gulch, etc.) and focused on restaurants offering open-air with heaters or enclosed spaces that are available on an individual party basis (igloos, for example).
Grab a coat and bring your appetite; here are some heated restaurant patios in Nashville where you can enjoy your next meal!
Heated Restaurant Patios in Nashville (Open-Air and Individual Party Enclosures)
1628 21st Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212 • (615) 301-1818
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
With a well-heated rooftop patio (half of it is covered but open air) that boasts a large bar with dinner service, E3 Chophouse is where it’s at. Warm up with Maine lobster bisque and savory dishes such as foie gras, baked oysters, steak tartare and every cut of beef you can think of. Plus, they offer live music twice a week!
2305 12th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37204
Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.
Technically, Locust is a takeout-only sort of deal. But did you know you can pick up your order at the window and eat it on the heated patio? The “little dumpling shop,” as it is fondly referred to, has a menu that changes monthly, but you can’t go wrong no matter when you stop by. If the heaters aren’t doing the trick, grab a sake to warm you from the inside out.
2506 12th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37204 • (615) 679-9342
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Located in the hustle-bustle of 12South, Urban Grub is the perfect spot to cozy up and relax. Grab a cocktail and enjoy Memphis-style ribs or woodfired oysters, all while enjoying the outdoor patio, complete with a stone fireplace and stellar people-watching.
Downtown & The Gulch
507 12th Ave. S., Floor 2, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 251-1404
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
404 Kitchen‘s heated patio space is consistently drawing in diners who can’t wait to feast on such hearty options as the turkey pot pie or the bistro steak. But even if you aren’t looking for a full meal, you should consider going just for their impressive whiskey list, which features several hundred selections from Kentucky to Asia.
230 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219 • (615) 782-7100
Thursday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The igloos at the Rooftop Lounge at The Bobby hotel have become a seasonal staple. Make reservations for an igloo, which seats up to five, or request the heated cabin, which comfortably seats eight. Order from the beverage menu, which offers creative cocktails and mocktails as well as beer and wine selections. A limited food menu includes everything from a buttermilk fried chicken sandwich to a vegan burger. Make your reso for you and your pod crew at [email protected].
401 Korean Veterans Blvd., Floor 21, Nashville, TN 37203 • (629) 231-3180
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.
Though the indoor portion of the rooftop at The Joseph hotel is completely enclosed, the exterior rooftop offers poolside heaters, great music, and beautiful cabanas you can reserve for your outdoor dining experience. Denim‘s seasonally inspired cocktails and all-day curated menu with Mediterranean influence make for a memorable evening — it doesn’t hurt that being 21 stories up makes for a picturesque view, too! Plus, on Fridays, a local guest DJ spins tunes.
37 Rutledge St., Nashville, TN 37210 • (615) 256-6565
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
From pimento cheese and hickory-smoked wings to shrimp and grits, elevated Southern classics abound at Husk. While it may be a bit chilly to see much growth in their extensive gardens, quaint outdoor tables on the heated stone patio make for a lovely — and tasty — evening.
401 11th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 262-6007
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight; Friday through Sunday, 3 p.m. through midnight
Set atop the beautiful Thompson Nashville hotel, L.A. Jackson has a view of The Gulch like no other. Small bites and fun cocktails like the “Social Media Influencer” and “Tequillin’ Me Softly” kick the experience up a notch so you can sip in style while you gaze at the scenery.
1000 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 622-1234
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. to midnight
You’ll enjoy small plates and beautiful cocktails galore at Lou/na, the rooftop bar atop the recently opened Grand Hyatt Nashville. They’ve even got exceptional mocktails for those looking for a flavorful cocktail alternative. Snack on steamed clams or Atlantic scallops while you warm your hands over the firepit on their covered patio.
401 11th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 262-6001
Hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Located on the Thompson Nashville’s ground floor, Marsh House has an extensive wine list and a seafood-forward menu that includes an incredible raw bar and towering platters filled with everything from mussels to smoked fish dip to salmon tartare. On Fridays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., be sure to grab a seat on the patio for $1 Oyster Happy Hour!
200 4th Avenue North, Top Floor, Nashville, TN 37219 • (615) 649-5000
Hours: Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The rooftop of the Noelle hotel is calling your name. Rare Bird overlooks Downtown, with comfortable, loungy seating setups that perfectly position you to appreciate the skyline. Handcrafted cocktails are plentiful, and a tasty snack menu tempts your tastebuds with appetizers such as caramelized onion dip, trout rillettes and a shaved ham plate. A built-in fireplace offers an elegant design touch and the perfect excuse to snuggle up.
605 Overton St., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 709-3148
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
With social distancing measures in place, Superica has re-opened its patio. Casual outdoor seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis so you can enjoy Tex-Mex specialties like street-style tacos and Chile Relleno Verde. Even COVID and the cold weather can’t keep us from Taco Tuesdays!
114 28th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 645-5150
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to midnight
Whether you’re looking to warm yourself up with a spiked hot toddy, snack on BBQ pork belly with house-made kimchi, or satisfy your sweet tooth with a winter dessert such as s’mores pavlova, Fable Lounge is the place to be. The upstairs patio pavilion offers outdoor fireplaces and additional external heaters, where you can sip on specialty cocktails galore while you enjoy delicious bites.
101 20th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 649-7239
Hours: Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to midnight; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to midnight
Take in the views from one of Music City’s most vibrant hotspots, White Limozeen. The bold, kitschy restaurant and bar is perched atop the Graduate Hotel, and heaters throughout the outdoor lounge keep you cozy as you watch the sun go down over the Nashville skyline. Check out the “statuesque” nod to legendary country music icon Dolly Parton as you enjoy fancy champagne Jell-O shots and munch on poached shrimp, caviar and lamb bourguignon.
Edley’s Sylvan Park
4500 Murphy Rd., Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 942-7499
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Though Edley’s has several locations throughout our fair city, it’s their Sylvan Park restaurant that features heated outdoor dining. The heated wood patio, which is delightfully festooned with café lights, is a wonderful place to watch passersby and enjoy brisket, catfish or the quintessential barbecue staple: ribs. If you’re really looking to turn up the heat, the hot chicken tacos bring the fire.
4708 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37209 • (629) 888-4917
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
With an expansive open-air patio that boasts plenty of space heaters, Hathorne keeps you warm while you savor dishes such as crispy goat cheese or fried chicken à la schnitzel. You can’t go wrong with anything from the seasonal drinks and signature cocktail menu either, particularly the Hot Chai Toddy, which was born to keep you cozy.
4408 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 750-2920
Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
When the craving for a burger and craft beer hits, head to M.L. Rose, where you can enjoy the neighborhood pub vibe on the heated patio. You’ll find elevated pub fare galore on the menu, which includes everything from Veggie Verde Nachos and fried cauliflower to start, to a wide selection of 10 burgers. Wash it all down with a local lager, and you’re all set!
4410 Murphy Rd., Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 269-9406
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
A longstanding member of the Nashville restaurant community, McCabe Pub is still going strong with its popular menu of pub fare and beverages … and they have a heated dining area to boot! With a patio perched just off Murphy Road, they’re serving up all-American comfort food at its best.
343 53rd Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 298-3663
Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday through Sunday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The locally sourced and seasonally driven food at Miel is an experience in and of itself. Throw in a heated outdoor veranda, complete with curtains for privacy, and you have yourself an incomparable dinner that’s worth getting out of the house for. From lobster bisque to gnocchi with wild mushroom ragout, Miel certainly doesn’t disappoint.
1222 4th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 736-5838
Hours: Sunday and Monday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
City House truly knows how to adapt to the cold (during a pandemic) in style. With individual, curtained bungalows, each possessing a little fireplace, you’re destined for an evening of snug dining. Feast on any number of Chef Tandy Wilson’s thoughtfully conceived dishes, including longstanding fan favorite, the Belly Ham Pizza.
Geist Bar + Restaurant
311 Jefferson St., Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 920-5440
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; closed Monday
Following major tornado damage and extensive clean-up, Geist recently re-opened … and their outdoor Champagne Garden now possesses a louvered roofing structure that adjusts based on the weather! It also comes equipped with heaters, making it the ideal dining outing option even when it’s rainy or cold. Geist’s garden also features cozy outdoor fireplaces, where you can dine al fresco and enjoy favorites such as the whipped feta with black garlic honey appetizer and the braised rabbit tagliatelle.
1400 Adams St., Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 709-3156
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Executive Chef Ryder Zetts’ fish camp-style eatery, The Optimist, is an undeniable restaurant powerhouse. Thankfully, we can still enjoy safe, socially distant outdoor dining, as the patio area has both propane and overhead heaters to ensure the only thing chilled is the peel-and-eat shrimp. Warm up with the smoked fish chowder or shrimp and oyster gumbo, then follow it up with the Lobster Roll “Twins” or whole-roasted flounder.
3917 Gallatin Pike, Nashville, TN 37216 • (615) 928-7897
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The East Nashville go-to for delicious Mexican and ridiculously good $4 margaritas made from scratch, El Fuego recently opened up in their new location on Gallatin Road. A perk of the move? They have a patio with heated, individual tents to accommodate an intimate date or family dinner.
626A Main St., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 600-4762
Hours: Sunday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight
One of East Nashville’s newest restaurant residents, Hawkers has an expansive heated patio where you can enjoy the trendy atmosphere and tasty Asian street food. Order a craft cocktail, the pork belly bao and some Sichuan wontons, and you’re all set to indulge in a fun evening in the great outdoors.
1520 Woodland St., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 228-4864
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
A neighborhood favorite, Lockeland Table has truly adapted to the COVID safety precautions by adding al fresco dining that wraps around the street corner and down the block. Heaters line the sidewalk seating area, with the added benefit of warm blankets at each chair. Talk about cozying up! Head over for Community Hour™ from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, for snacks and $6 cocktails.
1304 McGavock Pk., Nashville, TN 37216 • (615) 499-4495
Hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Occupying a quaint house in Riverside Village, Chef Mailea Weger’s Lou has an equally quaint back patio where you can sit under a heated overhang, sip all-natural wine and partake in the seasonal, sustainable, vegetable-forward fare. The menu changes frequently, but your palate will thank you no matter what the selection is.
HoneyFire Barbeque Company
8127 Sawyer Brown Rd. Ste. 304, Nashville, TN 37221• (615) 739-6121
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
HoneyFire Barbeque Company, located in One Bellevue Place shopping center, has a large wraparound patio that’s covered and heated. Sit outside and dig into slow-smoked meats such as pork shoulder and beef brisket, accompanied by classic sides that offer comfort to combat the chilly weather. Bonus points for the greenspace where antsy little ones can roam freely while you dine!
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