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6 St. Louis Area Restaurants With Winter-Prepped Patios for Outdoor Dining

6 St. Louis Area Restaurants With Winter-Prepped Patios for Outdoor Dining

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COVID-19 safety precautions have limited how area residents can enjoy restaurants and bars during the winter. However, a handful of popular hangouts have revamped their outdoor spaces to accommodate visitors even when the weather is frightful.

Onesto Pizza & Trattoria

Home to a delicious assortment of pizzas, pastas and more, Onesto Pizza & Trattoria also touts a partially enclosed tent warmed by fire pits and heaters.

Seating is first come, first served, so arrive early to make it a night out with specialty pies and seasonal sangria.

5401 Finkman St., St. Louis, 314-802-8883,


Local gem Avenue keeps on trucking, as it always has, with a focus on fresh plates and excellent service.

Although lunch service remains on hold, the Clayton hotspot treats dinner diners to a covered and heated patio that serves up cozy vibes and savory bites Tuesday through Saturday evening.

12 N. Meramec Ave., Clayton, 314-727-4141,

The Mud House

Breakfast and lunch favorite The Mud House remains a go-to during the pandemic thanks to the restaurant’s covered outdoor patio.

Start your morning right with your favorite espresso drink and French toast, a spicy tofu scramble or chicken hash. Simply grab a table sign, and hit the patio to enjoy your meal; when finished, bus the table and head out.

2101 Cherokee St., St. Louis, 314-776-6599,

Brasserie by Niche

Beloved institution Brasserie by Niche offers the same outdoor dining experience with a few tweaks to keep patrons safe.

Weather permitting, guests can sample French fare – from cheeses to croque madame and red wine-braised chicken legs – at socially distanced tables in the covered tent or open patio.

4580 Laclede Ave., St. Louis, 314-454-0600,

Club Taco

Known for its vast array of chef-inspired tacos, Club Taco is the perfect outdoor dining destination this winter.

Why? The igloos, of course.

In November 2020, Club Taco debuted single-party plastic dining bubbles that permit patrons to socially distance from other visitors while also staying warm. Raise a margarita in celebration of this ingenious solution.

200 N. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, 314-858-1488,

Heavy Riff Brewing Company

Located in St. Louis’ historic Dogtown neighborhood, Heavy Riff Brewing Company features a tap list of 25 beers made in-house and around the area, as well as smoked meats, salads and sandwiches.

Cozy up on the brewery’s tented patio with a hearty bock or stout, and rest easy. The establishment recently installed a new PureAir HVAC system to keep indoor and outdoor spaces comfy – and safe – during winter.

6413 Clayton Road, St. Louis,

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