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Dine in an Igloo this Winter

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The Igloo Experience at VASO in Dublin

Dine in an Igloo this Winter

By Wendy and Mike Pramik

Posted On: Jan 31, 2021

Throughout last year, Ohio restaurants have been increasing their outdoor dining accommodations, which often allows for better social distancing.

The cold, winter weather hasn't placed that trend in the deep freeze. Many restaurants and bars have set up igloos and similar enclosures, which offer warmth and separation, to take advantage of their exterior spaces.

itable setup inside igloo dining structure at The View at Shires' Garden restaurant in Cincinnati Ohio

For instance, The View at Shires' Garden in Cincinnati offers several outdoor structures that guests can reserve for up to two hours. They include igloos and greenhouses with controllable heating and Bluetooth, so guests can play their own music. There's also a heated tent with a private bar for up to 10 people.

"We receive hundreds of requests a week, and have a full-time person dedicated to scheduling and managing these requests and reservations," says Lisa Colina of The View. "Weekends fill up quickly, so weekdays have the most availability."

couple man and woman drinking wine and eating inside greenhouse outdoor dining structure at Betts restaurant in the Kimpton Schofield Hotel in Cleveland Ohio

You can indulge in a fresh menu at Betts, including cold-pressed juices and Amish fried chicken with chickpea crust, at the historic Kimpton Schofield Hotel in downtown Cleveland.

"The greenhouses are separate and intimate, yet still visible, allowing diners to embrace the energy of one of downtown Cleveland's most prominent street corners," says Nicole Bakker of Betts. "It makes for a totally unique and special experience."

There are several places around Ohio where you can eat and drink in an outdoor, heated bubble or greenhouse. Take a look at the list below for some ideas for more unique outdoor dining experiences. 

Remember to check before you go, as several of the restaurants require advanced reservations and/or food-and-beverage minimums. 

igloo dining structures on outdoor front patio of Mudlick Tap House Dayton Ohio 

Mudlick Tap House in Dayton 

This gastropub serves classy cocktails and craft brews and killer grub, such as fried leeks and homemade meatloaf. Three igloos that seat up to eight are outfitted with air purifiers and electric fireplace heaters.

The Vault Wine Bar in Shelby

Dine on a special "igloo" menu at this comfy wine bar outdoor space that seats six. The Vault features wine from around the world as well as local varieties.

Wishmaker House Bed & Breakfast in Bellville

Reserve one of five unique, themed igloos at this mid-Ohio retreat that has its own winery and wine bar that also features local and craft beers and a menu of small plates, flatbread pizza, sandwiches and entrees.

Downtown Delaware

Check out Delaware's cool downtown with a bite or a drink at one of four winterized spaces.

woman eating pizza and dinner inside igloo outdoor structure at Amato's Woodfired Pizza in Delaware Ohio

Amato's Woodfired Pizza has three igloos on its outdoor plaza, just off Sandusky Street. Choose from several wood-baked dishes, including pizza and a delectable appetizer of roasted veggies. We enjoyed lunch recently at Amato's igloo, which an employee sanitized with a misting machine before we entered. No reservations were required.

people eating inside two igloo dining structures on front outdoor patio at Restoration Brew Worx restaurant in delaware ohio

Restoration Brew Worx has two outdoor heated pods where guests can enjoy on a first-come, first-served basis.

table setup inside outdoor greenhouse dining structure at 1808 American Bistro restaurant in delaware ohio

Greenhouse-style pods also are in the offing at the nearby 1808 American Bistro. Savor custom cocktails and innovative, modern cuisine from chef Josh Dalton in one of three outside spaces.

Just down the street, Dalton's Speck Italian Eatery has four greenhouses with space heaters, air filtration systems, a speaker and carpeting.

green and blue lighted igloo dining structures on outside patio at vaso restaurant in dublin ohio

VASO Rooftop Lounge in Dublin

Reserve an exquisitely decorated igloo for up to two hours atop the AC Hotel by Marriott in Dublin’s vibrant Bridge Street District. Feast on Spanish small plates and craft cocktails and take in the views of city's new S-shaped pedestrian bridge that spans the Scioto River. Igloos are cleaned between uses with electrostatic disinfection technology.

The Royce Columbus in Columbus

Feast on Creole cuisine in one of nine igloos at The Royce, a new gastropub that opened in 2020 at Polaris Fashion Place. Shop then pop in for brunch, served every day from 11AM - 3PM, and warm up with an order of eggs Benedict and a Bloody Mary. Igloos will available by reservation through mid-April.

Merwin's Wharf in Cleveland

Enjoy fresh, seasonal meals with great views of water and wildlife at this eatery on the Cuyahoga River's Irishtown Bend. Merwin's offers several well-furnished igloos with special menus and seating for up to eight.

The Blarney Irish Pub in Toledo

Sip on a British stout, ale or lager, and dine on shepherd's pie or  fish and chips, at this downtown pub, where groups of four to eight can reserve one of four igloos.

For more foodie fun this #WinterInOhio, check out #OhioFindItHere at Ohio.org

NOTE: While these structures are a fun way to experience the Ohio outdoors in the winter, you should always make sure your restaurant is following the right safety protocols for your meal and time inside the igloo.



Stay up to date on all health mandates and safety precautions and learn more about the guidelines surrounding COVID-19.

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