See Circle City: Nine Notable Outdoor Dining Experiences in Indianapolis


Winter is coming! I don’t know about you, but I am slightly dreading that cooped up feeling I get during the winter. I crave family outings, especially enjoying a meal outside with my family. And we are in luck – a growing list of restaurants have found creative ways to rev up their outdoor dining year round. See Circle City with us and check out our round-up of local restaurants in the Indianapolis area that offer comfortable winter outdoor dining. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy one or all of these experiences this winter season! Some restaurants may have a BYOB policy – bring your own blanket.

Four Day Ray Brewing – Fishers

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Four Day Ray Brewing in Fishers is offering an outdoor dining experience in their igloo garden which includes five lit-up igloos to enjoy for a two-hour reservation. Igloos have a maximum of six people and each igloo is heated with a personal Bluetooth speaker and air purifier.

Capri Italian Restaurant – Indianapolis

Tucked away near 71st and Keystone, Capri Italian Restaurant has Italian ice caves available. Each cave seats up to six and includes heaters and lights. Book a cave Sunday through Thursday for a two-hour slot during a fancy night out.

Public Greens Urban Kitchen – Broad Ripple

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With two locations to choose from, Public Greens is offering you the chance to book a private greenhouse for brunch or dinner. Reservations are available Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday Brunch.

Midtown Plaza & Center Green – Carmel

If you find yourself walking through the downtown area of Carmel, check out one of the free igloos available for anyone to use. You can find them at Midtown Plaza as well as Center Green. They are first-come, first-serve but are fully furnished and decorated with lights.

Field Brewing – Westfield

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Not just a staple for summertime dining, Field Brewing offers outdoor greenhouse rentals for a fun family dining experience. With spacious seating for six, the heated greenhouses are located on their outdoor patio.

Late Harvest Kitchen – Indianapolis

Late Harvest Kitchen is notable due to its popular outdoor patio. The gorgeous patio can be enjoyed all year long – they have heaters for cold weather and you can enjoy drinks around their fire pit. They also have an aromatic herb garden and twinkling lights. It would be perfect for a date night!

Vivante French Eatery – Carmel

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Along the Monon Trail in Carmel, you can cozy up in a reserved igloo for lunch or dinner at Vivante French Eatery, starting in early 2022. Each igloo can seat up to six people and includes a small heater that you can control. The restaurant also gives you the option of bringing your own Bluetooth speaker to enjoy some tunes while you enjoy your day or night out. Make sure to reserve your igloo by emailing [email protected] as soon as possible, because there is currently a waitlist!

Union Jack Pub – Broad Ripple

A new fun outdoor dining experience to add to your list is Union Jack Pub in Broad Ripple. They have added igloos to their outdoor space at their new location, which is across the street from their old location. You can reserve an igloo in 2-hour increments and will fit 5-6 people comfortably. Call 317.257.4343 to reserve today!

Urban Vines – Westfield

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Last but certainly not least – Urban Vines. Considered a veteran in the winter outdoor dining game, Urban Vines offers patrons the chance to relax in their outdoor igloos. Who doesn’t love great wine, good company, and your own private winter oasis? The domes are spacious, seating up to eight people, and include a heater, music, and lights.

Share with us! Where is your favorite place for outdoor winter dining in Indianapolis?

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Andrea is a SAHM and Project Manager for Indianapolis Moms. She lives in Noblesville with her husband Dan and their two kids, Jonathan and Sarah. They are involved at Congregation Beth-El Zedeck. You can usually see her with a cup of coffee in her hand and a smile on her face. Unless she doesn’t have said coffee. Then she is frowning and running towards her Keurig. Andrea is thrilled to be involved with IM as she goes through motherhood! She loves being able to bond with other parents. Other interests include reading, wine tasting, and working out on her spin bike to stay sane.