Just because the weather is cooling down, doesn't mean outdoor dining has to come to a screeching halt! In fact, Fairfax County restaurants are offering creative ways to dine outdoors and stay warm in a safe way throughout the winter. Whether it's a charming streetery, intimate igloo, cozy firepit, or another set-up, you're sure to find a unique dining experience. Plus, while you treat yourself, you're supporting local restaurants!

Pro Tip: Be sure to download the Fairfax County Restaurant Trail to have these options handy the next time you're hungry!

Explore by neighborhood: Alexandria & Mount Vernon | Centreville, Chantilly & Annandale | Fairfax | Lorton & Clifton | Merrifield | Reston/Herndon | Springfield | Tysons & McLean | Vienna & Oakton


Alexandria & Mount Vernon

Osteria Marzano

"Snow globe" igloo dining with tabletop fireplace

Authentic Italian fare & brick-oven pizza with modern decor & a full bar.

Foxfire Grill

Heated patio

Sunny, casual mainstay with a bar serving eclectic American cooking, with a dog-friendly patio.

River Bend Bistro & Wine Bar

Heated patio

Rustic-chic bistro for modern American-Mediterranean dishes, plus international wines & a full bar.

Cedar Knoll

Heated patio

1800s house with Potomac views sets the scene for an upscale Mediterranean menu & Sunday brunch.


Centreville, Chantilly, & Annandale

The Winery at Bull Run

Heated tents and overhead-heated patio seating
Reservations Required

Tastings, picnic areas & live music on weekends, plus guided tours of the 19th-century parklands.

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar

Firepit seating and overhead-heated patio

Relaxed, lodge-chic chain serving global comfort fare, including stir-fries, pot roast & pastas.

Glory Days Grill

Heated patio

Full-service, sports-themed American grill and bar featuring a wide variety of menu items including burgers, ribs, wings, sandwiches, salads and more. 

Sweetwater Tavern

Heated patio

Microbrewery serving handcrafted brews, western-inspired fun and favorites like the Drunken Ribeye.



The Wine House

Enclosed tents with heaters

Local wine bar with an extensive wine list & a menu with cheese platters & New American entrees.

Ruth's Chris Steak House

Heated patio

Elegant restaurant with U.S. Prime steaks, seafood, New Orleans-inspired appetizers, unforgettable desserts, and an award-winning wine list.

Ozzie's Good Eats

Heated patio

Large, homey Great American Restaurants-owned Italian spot for pastas, flatbread pizzas & more.

Chloez Cafe

Heated patio

Neighborhood restaurant with fresh & healthy handmade locally grown fare​.

Dolce Vita Restaurant and Wine Bar

Heated patio

Italian venue pairing small plates with boutique vino in cozy digs lined with wine shelves.

Hamrock's Restaurant

Heated courtyard

American restaurant in a historic home known for its gluten-free options, wine bar & afternoon tea.

Glory Days Grill

Heated patio

Full-service, sports-themed American grill and bar featuring a wide variety of menu items including burgers, ribs, wings, sandwiches, salads and more. 

Dogfish Head Alehouse

Heated patio

Enjoy craft beer from Dogfish Head Brewery, along with delicious items from a wood-fired grill, including burgers, pizzas and seafood as well as fresh salads and sandwiches.


Lorton & Clifton

Paradise Springs Winery

Fire pits and heated tents

Tastings, tours, wine dinners, and much more can be found at this intimate, family-run, destination winery featuring a large array of award-winning wines.

Glory Days Grill

Heated patio

Full-service, sports-themed American grill and bar featuring a wide variety of menu items including burgers, ribs, wings, sandwiches, salads and more.



TRIO Grill

Patio with fireplace and heaters

Modern American restaurant featuring fresh seafood, steaks, handcrafted cocktails, and an extensive wine list.

Caboose Commons

Fire pits

Warehouse-like brewery for creative fare including breakfast & coffee with a dog-friendly patio.

Blackfinn Ameripub

Heated patio

Fun, social restaurant concept that serves modern American food, craft beers and cocktails in a vibrant, high-energy atmosphere.

Settle Down Easy Brewing Co.

Heated patio

Nano brewery located in the Merrifield/Falls Church neighborhood of Northern Virginia. Grab a beer, enjoy some music, and settle down easy.

Alta Strada

Heated patio

Energetic Italian restaurant, serving pastas & pizzas in stucco-front space with wood accents & open kitchen.

Open Road Grill

Heated patio

Rustic-casual American roadhouse with a license-plate adorned bar on the deck & live music.



Jackson's Mighty Fine Food & Lucky Lounge

Heated patio

A nostalgic nod to mid-century Americana and comfort food classics and some unexpected twists (a la sushi) in an upbeat 1940's dinner house.

Clyde's of Reston

Heated patio

Long-running local restaurant serving classic American dishes & cocktails in a traditional setting.

Cooper's Hawk Winery

Heated patio

Restaurant and winery featuring a Napa-style tasting room, and artisanal retail market.

Morton's the Steakhouse

Heated patio

With fresh, succulent seafood and famed USDA prime-aged steak, it's no surprise that Morton's has thrilled diners all over the world.

Glory Days Grill Reston and Herndon

Heated patio

Full-service, sports-themed American grill and bar featuring a wide variety of menu items including burgers, ribs, wings, sandwiches, salads and more.

Lake Anne Brew House

Heated patio

Nano-brewery selling its small-batch, hand-crafted beer directly to our customers from our taproom in historic Lake Anne Village Center Plaza.



Yard House

Overhead-heated patio

High-end sports-bar with a huge menu of New American fare & an extensive list of draft beers.

Maggiano's Little Italy

Heated patio

Authentic Italian-American menu packed with mouthwatering pastas, wholesome salads, and sandwiches and rich desserts.

Maggie McFly's

Fire pits and heated patio

Craft eatery and bar featuring pizzas, sandwiches, burgers and pasta dishes, as well as a full bar.


Tysons & McLean

Barrel & Bushel

"Winter lodge" heated outdoor tent

Airy, modern restaurant featuring creative regional American eats, plus bourbon, beer & cocktails.

Flower Child

Heated patio

Health-oriented, bohemian cafe for custom salads, grain bowls & soups with additive-free proteins.

Patsy's American

Beergarden with fire pits and heated patio

A menu focused on raw bar fare, sandwiches, BBQ & cocktails in a modern setting with exposed brick.

The Palm Restaurant

Heated patio

Classic American Steak House famous for prime steaks, jumbo Nova Scotia lobsters & traditional Italian dishes. 

Capri Ristorante Italiano

Heated patio with limited seating

Traditional Italian eatery dishes classics such as pastas & fish in a sunny setting.


Vienna & Oakton

Pazzo Pomodoro

Heated patio

Italian restaurant brings back fond memories as it is best known as a neighborhood tavern with an extensive wine list.

Blend 111

Heated patio

Blend 111 offers a "blend" of Latin and European cuisine in a relaxed environment. The kitchen is attached to its roots and has a creative spirit in constant evolution.

Our #FXVA restaurants are working hard to keep you cozy and fed all winter season! Treat yourself to some award-winning food and support local restaurants on your next girl’s getaway trip or couple’s retreat. Know a restaurant with awesome outdoor heated dining that should be added here? Let us know in the comments!