Colder weather is here! Restaurants & beverage spots that have expanded outdoor dining spaces are looking for ways to keep customers cozy and comfortable throughout the 2021 winter months.

These Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough eateries, drinkeries and coffee shops have found a toasty solution by installing outdoor heaters and fire pit tables; keeping their patios and outdoor dining areas warm while indoor dining remains limited. Pack your own blanket for an added layer of comfort while enjoying the ambience of a soft glow, a crisp night, good company and good food.



401 Main

Gathering around the Fire Pit at 401 Main

Acme Food & Beverage

Akai Hana

Armadillo Grill

Craftboro Brewing Depot

Iza Whiskey & Eats

Heated Outdoor Dining at Iza Whiskey and Eats


Open Eye Cafe


Venable Bistro


Al’s Burger Shack (Franklin Street & Southern Village)

Caffe Driade

Carolina Brewery

Patrons with masks dining outside at Carolina Brewery

The Casual Pint

Crook’s Corner

Crossroads at the Carolina Inn



Hawthorne and Wood

Il Palio

Siena Hotel



La Residence

Lucha Tigre

Market and Moss


Top of the Hill Restaurant and Brewery



Server at Wooden Nickel Public House

The Colonial Inn


Radius Pizzeria & Pub - Update: Outdoor patio is temporarily closed. Please check Facebook for updates

Radius Pizzeria Outdoor Patio

Though indoor dining is permitted at 50-percent capacity in North Carolina, many people still don’t feel 100-percent comfortable with the idea so these options offer diners a toasty alternative to enjoying a good meal in a cozy Carolina environment.

Special thanks to Kristen Smith Young for her help in compiling this list. Readers, If there are any other businesses to add to this list, or any corrections, send us a note at

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(Top image courtesy Elements of Chapel Hill)