Igloos, Ski Lodges and Yurts: 14 Of The Most Creative Outdoor Dining Setups In DC

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Igloos, Ski Lodges and Yurts: 14 Of The Most Creative Outdoor Dining Setups In DC

Wonderful winter options have popped up all around the city!

Winter has arrived to the District and with outdoor dining being the best option for a safe, socially distant night out, DC’s restaurants have gone all out when winterizing their outdoor spaces for the pandemic! From igloos to Viking huts and ski lodges, here are some of the best and most interesting options for dining out safely in DC this winter!

1.  Fiola

Chef Trabbochi’s fabulous Italian restaurant, Fiola, has just opened its beautiful holiday yurts for outdoor dining. Book a yurt for you and up to 5 other guests to enjoy a 5-course, Michelin-star meal!

Where: 601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

2. Next Whisky bar at the Watergate Hotel

Cozy blankets, cocktails and holiday igloos? Yes, please!

Where: 2650 Virginia Avenue NW.

3. Hook Hall

Hook Hall has turned its outdoor space into a massive Viking Village with fire pits and cozy Viking huts so you can spend the night in Valhalla!

Where: 3400 Georgia Ave NW.

4. Fiola Mare

Fiola’s waterfront sister has also gone all out for the winter and has set up dreamy igloos for outdoor dining complete with twinkling lights and heaters!

Where: 3100 K St NW.

5. Stable DC

Technically not an outdoor option but still great for social distancing! Stable, DC’s only Swiss restaurant, has transformed its indoor space into adorable ski lodges so you can enjoy your raclette and fondues safely!

Where: 1324 H Street NE.

6. Four Seasons Hotel

The four seasons has also set up lovely igloos for outdoor dining and drinking.

Where: 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

7. The Inn at Perry Cabin

This resort located in St. Michael’s, MD, has set up adorable greenhouses throughout its property to make socially-distanced dinners all the more charming and intimate!

Where: 308 Watkins Ln, St Michaels, MD 21663.

8. Del Mar


Fabio Trabbochi’s Spanish restaurant Del Mar has also set up igloos so you can enjoy your paellas a la 2020. The beautiful domes have been installed on the restaurant’s second-floor terrace so you can take in Del Mar’s breathtaking views of the Wharf while having your dinner.

Where: 791 Wharf St., SW.

9. Bresca

Book one of Bresca’s “lodges” and enjoy an intimate meal for two featuring top-notch European dishes!

Where:1906 14th St., NW

10. Ted’s Bulletin

Grab some homemade pop tarts and eggcellent pancakes at one of Ted’s Bulletin’s adorable little snow globes!

Where: 505 Eight St., SE and 1818 14th St., NW

11. Rakuya

Enjoy your sushi while dining in an adorable little greenhouse just outside Rakuya. The Japanese restaurant has set up two charming greenhouses as well as open-air patio tables for everyone to enjoy their meal safely.

Where: 1900 Q St., NW.

12. HalfSmoke, Shaw

This Shaw restaurant has set up a winter wonderland in its backyard complete with frosted trees, poinsettias and inflatable polar bears!

Where:  651 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001.

13. Albi,  Navy Yard

At Albi, they’ve set up dazzling winter lodges perfect for making your winter nights merry and bright!

Where: 1346 4th St SE, Washington, DC 20003.

14. District Winery, Navy Yards

District Winery, DC’s first winery, has set up an enchanting village of igloos that are perfect for staying cozy and safe while dining by the water this winter. These three sparkling igloos come with their own heating, lighting and air filtration systems so you can enjoy some of the best local wines in a unique setting. They even have their own Bluetooth speaker!

Where: 385 Water Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

See also: 8 DC Spots Serving Flipping Good Pancakes

[Featured image: Instagram / @fswashington ]



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