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NOTE: for an updated list of 2022 Winter Patios in Waterloo Region check out our blog Bundle Up and Enjoy These Heated Patios in Waterloo Region!
Even as the weather begins to cool, there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy dining al fresco
thanks to several heated patios in the Waterloo Region. As restaurants continue to adapt and
accommodate safe dining measures during the pandemic, many are extending their outdoor
seating and bringing in heaters and propane fire pits to prolong patio season well into winter.
This year, there are also some new dining experiences to try, with some eateries setting up heated
domes and greenhouses for you and your bubble to enjoy.
So layer up, head to a heated patio and continue to support our local restaurants and bars during
these chilly months.
1381 King St N, St. Jacobs
Village Biergarten in St. Jacobs has transformed its patio into a winterized wonderland with the
help of some heated outdoor dining domes. Dig into some Mexican cuisine in one of their cozy
private pods for the perfect night out. Each dome is rented out in 1 hour 45-minute blocks, but
plan ahead because they book up fast!
4336 King St E, Kitchener
Complete with heaters, wind-blocking panels and warm hospitality, Borealis Grille and Bar in
Kitchener is pulling out all the stops to keep patio season going strong. Serving up
locally-sourced fare and a healthy selection of VQA wines, this restaurant embodies some of the
best that Waterloo Region has to offer.
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145 Peel St, New Hamburg
Enjoy elevated comfort food inside one of the private greenhouses at Puddicombe House in New
Hamburg. Each greenhouse is complete with a mini heater, and booking is accommodated in
2-hour time slots. The eatery also offers a covered veranda that’s BYOB (bring your own
blanket) so you can stay extra cozy.
1396 King St N, St. Jacobs
A spacious tented patio allows for ample physical distancing while still keeping diners sheltered
from the elements at Stone Crock in St. Jacobs. With a menu full of traditional German and
Swiss dishes, plus a large list of seasonal cocktails, you’re sure to leave feeling toasty and
400 Bingemans Centre Dr, Kitchener
At Waterloo Brewing, the beer is ice cold, but the patio is warm and inviting. A few
perfectly-placed fire pits and umbrella heaters on the open-air patio make it so you can enjoy
some fresh air and craft beer in comfort. Order some dill pickle antojitos or brisket tacos to
complement your locally crafted brew.
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740 Belmont Ave W, Kitchener
Let happy hour turn into dinner at Arabella Park’s heated tent patio nestled in Kitchener’s
Belmont Village. This modern pub with ample outdoor seating is serving up an impressive
selection of beer, plus a must-try Nashville-inspired fried chicken sandwich. Blankets, sweaters,
mittens and toques are encouraged for outdoor sipping.
2980 King St E, Kitchener
Handmade pizza and fresh pasta just taste better when you’re dining al fresco. Head to Del’s
Italian Kitchen in Kitchener where they’re serving up classic Italian cuisine under the stars. The
heated outdoor patio decorated with string lights will make you feel like you’re sitting in a
European piazza, and just like in Italy, make sure to save room for a couple scoops of gelato!
Wondering where to find even more Heated Patios in Waterloo Region? Check out Curated KW’s complete list on Instagram!
CuratedKW is a popular local Instagram account run by three friends which has grown into a
popular ‘go-to’ for those wanting food deals, events and fun things to do across Waterloo
Region. Best known for posting daily deals on Instagram, like where to find half-priced
appetizers any day of the week, CuratedKW is a top resource for anyone wanting to explore the