Dining Guide for Boston Winter 2022: Outdoor Winter Dinner, Seasonal Deals, More

Dining Guide for Boston Winter 2022: Outdoor Winter Dinner, Seasonal Deals, More

Boston’s first major snowstorm of the year has come and it’s time to dig the sleds and snow pants out of the warehouse, plan some complicated baking projects and find out which local restaurants serve sparkling hot chocolate on their fireplace-clad terraces.

Bookmark this page: Updated frequently throughout the season, and this will be your place to find out how to make the most of winter in Boston – and beyond – in terms of what to eat, drink and cook. Whether you are looking for the best soups at restaurants in the Boston area or a guide to a winter-friendly vacation in Portland, Maine, you will find it here.

Do you have a burning question about local winter food that has not yet been answered here? Send an email to boston@eater.com and we will do our best to help.

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More on the way. What do you want to eat when it’s cold? Let us know.

Overhead shot of khao soi on a light yellow surface.  The dish has a traditional Thai pattern on it, including a tap.  Khao soi includes pickled mustard greens, an egg, lime slices, a nest of crispy noodles and more.

Khao soi by Dakzen.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal / Eater

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  • Do you lack food or do you have extra to give? Here is a growing database of shared refrigerators in and around Boston

Are you looking for a winter-friendly road trip from Boston filled with great food and drink? Try one of these.

Top view of an old picnic countertop covered with plates of food, including schnitzel and sausage

A selection of seasonal dishes at the Provincetown Canteen, a Cape Cod destination worth checking out in the colder months.

More extensive lists are coming, but for now here are a few top picks for heated patios opening this winter, as well as igloo dining.

  • bar in Somerville, the best new bar, takes a short winter break, but should be back in mid-January, after which you will reserve yourself for the hidden courtyard, which will remain open all winter. The uncovered room has several heaters and blankets available. “Last year, people wore ski gear and were really excited to hang out during blizzards and stuff. We want to be game for it and go with the flow!” tells the Barra team to Eater.
  • Dear Annie in Cambridge will keep its terrace open all winter; it is closed but not covered, and has heaters and blankets. Seating is first come, first served, and pub style so you can move tables and chairs as needed. The wine bar has a pescatar menu.
  • Feed in Cambridge plan to sit outdoors all winter. There is room for large groups, the area is heated and each table also has its own heater. Wool blankets are available and diners can make reservations specifically for outdoor seating.
  • Semolina Kitchen & Bar, a Medford favorite from the Dave’s Fresh Pasta team, has a heated tent that will be open all winter. It is completely enclosed so that those who are not comfortable with indoor dining at this point may find it a little too similar to being indoors, but a representative of the restaurant notes that the seating is kept “fairly spacious.”
  • 75 at Liberty Wharf in Boston’s Seaport has a “bubble village” with 10 heated igloos; reservations are available for up to an hour and 45 minutes with no minimum usage, rental fee or security deposit.
  • Bowery Bar in Dorchester fills its outdoor space with five private heated yurts for the winter, each seating up to eight people; find full guidelines and booking information here. Open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch with various minimum expenses per. yurt (starting at $ 100) depending on the day and time. Reservations required.
  • Tambo 22 in Chelsea offers heated igloo dining on its terrace, with the full dinner and cocktail menu available. Each igloo has room for up to six. Minimum spend of $ 400 or $ 450 required, depending on the day. Book online.
  • Woods Hill Pier 4 in Boston Seaport offers heated igloo dining overlooking the water for groups of two to six; The minimum spend starts at $ 300 and goes up to $ 550, depending on the day and time. The regular menu is available and diners are encouraged to pre-order wine so that it is ready on arrival. Reservations required.

Get a ski hut atmosphere without leaving town.

A ski-cabin-style seating area has rustic benches and Adirondack rocking chairs and a large stuffed bear holding a sign saying

The lodge at Publico in southern Boston.
Public Street Bistro

  • After Skate Bar at Time Out Market Boston (401 Park Dr., Fenway, Boston): There is an ice rink at Time Out Market Boston, and the skate bar will be open until March 6 on Fridays (4pm to 9pm) and on weekends (11am to 9pm). On the menu: hot drinks with and without alcohol, including hot chocolate, hot apple cider, hot buttered rum and more, as well as non-hot drinks like local beers. For food, there are soft pretzels and Liege waffles from Eastern Standard Provisions Co.
  • The lodge at Public Street Bistro (11 Dorchester St., South Boston): The South Boston restaurant continues its annual tradition of transforming its inner courtyard into a ski lodge-inspired space; it will be operational until the end of March, open Thursday to Sunday. There are flannel rugs, campfire sites, heated lounge areas and artificial snow to set the mood, with a menu of lodge-inspired snacks and drinks (including a Shot-Ski and hot drinks).
  • Snowport (88 Seaport Blvd., Seaport District, Boston): WS Development, which is behind Boston Seaport (a huge development project in Boston’s Seaport District), is hosting Snowport through Feb. 28, a series of winter activities (like curling), events, markets and more. Find a full schedule and other details, including information on other Snowport activities, on the Boston Seaport website.

Between blizzards and COVID waves, it’s a great season to spend some time enjoying yourself at home and enjoying some cooking projects as well as take-away and delivery from your local favorites.

A stack of eight cookbooks, smokers facing the camera, with titles including Sweet Basil, Soframiz, Double Awesome Chinese Food and more.

A selection of Boston restaurant cookbooks.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal / Eater

  • Buy a cookbook from a local restaurant or two to make your favorite dishes at home.
  • Sign up for a local food or drink subscription package to get spices, oysters, wines and more delivered right to your door.
  • Here are some of the options for takeaway and delivery who kept the Eater Boston team going in 2021; maybe you find a new favorite or are reminded of an old standby.
  • Take a virtual cooking class from a local restaurant or business. A more comprehensive list is coming soon, but so far you can browse the options at places like Mei Mei, Flour Bakery & Cafe (via MasterClass) and Curio Spice Co.
  • Visit Eat at home, Eater’s headquarters for recipes, cooking tips, entertaining ideas and more.

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