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Heaters Gonna Heat

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The temperature is dropping, so it's time to raise the heat. We fired up a list of restaurants in Durham with outdoor heated patios, heat lamps, and fire pits.

Posted By Natalie Minott on Nov 19, 2020

While Durham may have a gathering limit for indoor seating, outdoor dining is still an enjoyable highly-favored option. Here's a list of restaurants in Durham offering delicious food and 'all you can heat' open-air outdoor seating.

Bar Virgile

Located in downtown Durham, Bar Virgile is a unique restaurant with artfully crafted food and beverages. Try the cheeseburger and one of their amazing cocktails and enjoy a seat outdoors on the covered patio with heat lamps.

Bocci Trattoria & Pizzeria

Bocci Trattoria & Pizzeria, an Italian restaurant with an array of tempting Italian cuisine, is located approximately a mile from The Streets of Southpoint Mall on Fayetteville Road. Grab a seat on the patio by the heaters and enjoy the delicious seafood, meat, pasta, and pizza dishes.

Boxcar Bar & Arcade

Boxcar Arcade has opened their bar and pizza kitchen for table service only. As they say on their Instagram page, their spacious patio seating is “lit” with a nice fire pit. Get some Neapolitan-style pizza, or a soft pretzel and fresh salad from the kitchen and grab a cozy seat.

Bull City Solera & Taproom

Looking for a savory and sweet way to make memories? Order one of Bull City Solera’s delicious burritos and a s’mores kit complete with marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate, and then get toasty around the fire pit.

Bull McCabe's Irish Pub

May your day be touched by a bit of Irish luck as you visit this Irish pub in the heart of Durham. Bull McCabes has a few heat lamps on their patio and plenty of outdoor picnic tables on their spacious lawn. Grab a burger and check out their booze-y drinks for fall and winter.


With a menu of classic Cuban favorites, tapas, and small plates, Copa is serving up some good flavors. Place a reservation, bring a small blanket, and get cozy under one of their patio heaters.

Corpse Reviver Cocktail Bar

Want to enjoy a wide selection of fancy drinks and light bites outdoors on a heated patio? Make a reservation at Corpse Reviver, a recently opened cocktail bar and lounge which features Durham Distillery's gin, vodka, and liqueur.


Warm up with a glass of Japanese whisky or sake and a bowl of steamy ramen on Dashi's outdoor patio full of heat lamps. This ramen shop also offers take-home ramen kits that you can make at home when the cravings hit.

Dos Perros

Located right in the middle of downtown, Dos Perros serves both classic Mexican dishes made using traditional techniques and new interpretations of those dishes incorporating fresh, local ingredients. Check out their lovely outdoor patio complete with plants and heaters.

Durty Bull

Durty Bull, a brewery that uses old-world brewing techniques to create barrel-aged and sour beers, recently introduced a new phenomenon called the bubble bubble. The bubble bubble is a tent for you and a couple friends with a table, an air purifier, and a heater. So, grab a bubbly drink and enjoy the warmth of a bubble bubble!

Flying Bull Beer Company

Flying Bull Beer, a new veteran and female-owned community brewery on Ninth St., is open and ready to serve you the “best beer they can find from smaller and lesser-known craft breweries.” Each table on the back patio has its own mini heat lamp, so find a seat and drink up.

Golden Belt Campus

Make the most of the fall weather with pints of beer from Hi-Wire Brewing, ice cream (with toppings of course) from Two Roosters, and much more on the spacious Golden Belt campus. The whole family can relax and gather 'round the huge fire pit adjacent to the live music venue.

GRUB Durham

Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a tasty meal in an old gas station turned hip Southern eatery? With both a patio and rooftop bar filled with heaters, GRUB Durham has plenty of comfortable seating options. Stop by for all-day breakfast (served until 3 p.m.), lunch, dinner, and yes, they cater too!


Guglhupf, a German-style café and bakery that serves contemporary cuisine, has seating available outside on their magical garden patio filled with plants, flowers, and heaters.

Jack Tar & The Colonel’s Daughter

Where else can you get a szechuan peppercorn hot chicken sandwich and creamed collards? Comfort yourself with comfort food on the patio at Jack Tar & The Colonel’s Daughter. They have ample space for socially distanced tables and lots of heaters to keep you warm.


Located on Ninth St. near Duke University’s East Campus, Juju is an Asian tapas bar serving up small plates with bold flavors and a variety of drinks. Order online and pickup or take your food to a table by the large fire pit on their patio.

Local 22 Kitchen & Bar

Are you hungry for lamb sausage pizza, shrimp and grits, or deviled eggs? Local 22 is a restaurant and bar that uses fresh ingredients from local farms to create delicious food with a seasonal spin. Order online, dine-in, or enjoy a seat on their spacious patio by the fire pit.

Luna Rotisserie and Empanadas

Whether you’re going for the arepas, vegan chili-braised jackfruit, or empanadas, you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Luna has a variety of South American-inspired dishes, and they are prepared for this fall weather with “a small army of heaters” to keep customers warm and toasty on their gorgeous outdoor patio.

Maverick's Smokehouse

Who doesn't love some classic American barbecue with all the sides and fixins'? Try the smoked pork, ribs, brisket, or fried okra, and sit down with family or friends by the firepits on the large outdoor patio.


What do you get when you combine a coffee shop with a beer hall with a Korean-inspired menu with a Zen garden? You get the ever-inspiring Namu. Namu is serving delicious Korean eats like bibimbap, kimchi, and Korean pancakes in their bamboo garden complete with a koi pond and heat lamps.


With an award-winning wine list to compliment any meal, NanaSteak offers high-energy upscale dining at its finest. Make a reservation and enjoy food and drinks with friends out on the newly renovated patio full of heat lamps.


Visit Parizade to experience the hospitality and flavors of the Mediterranean. Get coffee and pastries during the day or order dinner in the evening outside on the lovely courtyard complete with lights and heat lamps.

Pour Taproom

Who’s ready for a beer and wine festival every day of the week featuring local and regional drinks? Pour your own beer and then grab a seat on the expanded patio with heat lamps right in the heart of downtown Durham.

Queen Burger

Hungry for a backyard burger party? The Kingfisher owners recently turned their parking lot into an outdoor burger bar with 3,600 pounds of AstroTurf. Named Queen Burger, they offer smash burgers, vegan patties, bottled cocktails, and frozen drinks at standing tables. With heaters set up between tables, it's definitely a warm and relaxed outdoor party feeling, especially with a cup of hot cocoa.

The Refectory Café

Refectory Café is a local farm-to-table restaurant with plenty of options for omnivores, vegetarians, vegans, plant-based and gluten-free diets. Let them cater your event or join them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner outside on their covered and heated patio.

Vin Rouge

Ready to be transported to a quaint village in the south of France? If you said oui, make sure to stop by Vin Rouge, an authentic French bistro with outdoor seating in their heated garden patio.

Pompieri Pizza and Bull City Burger & Brewery
Patio diners can enjoy delicious food from both Pompieri Pizza and Bull City Burger & Brewery all on the same outdoor cozy patio full of heat lamps and heaters. Access the patio from Mangum Street, find a seat, then place your order at the ordering window on the side of the Pompieri Pizza building.

The Durham Hotel
With amazing cocktails, a coffee bar, and an outstanding rooftop view, The Durham Hotel is the place to be. Enclosed and fully heated in cooler months, their cozy rooftop is decked out with blankets and the kitchen serves up mugs of warm soup and griddled sandwiches.

Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club welcomes guests to a tranquil retreat on 300 acres surrounded by tall pines on the edge of the Duke Forest. Enjoy a warm cup of tea, fresh scones, sweets, and sandwiches around the fireplace.

The Patio at Unscripted

Unscripted has a new pop-up dining experience on the patio featuring private warm igloos! Reserve the igloos or enjoy views of Durham and delicious food around the fire pits for an ultimate winter wonderland adventure.

Are you or your family looking to stay in Durham over the holidays? Here are a few lodging properties with indoor heated areas to gather around.

About the Author

Natalie Minott - Content Marketing Manager

A mother and writer obsessed with all things Durham who loves celebrating people and telling their stories. Find me rocking headwraps, singing Disney songs, and drinking too much coffee.