Colorado’s finest out of doors eating places for a 2020-2021 COVID winter


In a one-party dinning tent at The Wolf’s Tailor in Sunnyside. A fireplace and tree stump seating after dinner complete the wintry wood feeling. (Provided by The Wolf’s Tailor)

Let an industry at its lowest point come up with some top notch solutions to stay afloat this season. From Denver to Grand Junction and every mountain town in between, restaurants fill their parking lots, sidewalks, and some streets with all sorts of personal dining areas. There are greenhouses and tents, but also pavilions, yurts, gondola wagons and even fully designed chalets for your culinary pleasure.

To date, around 130 restaurants across Colorado have received grants from the Winter Outdoor Dining Fund, which to date has raised over $ 1.8 million, including $ 500,000 in donations from Xcel Energy and DoorDash. While the list we have provided here is by no means exhaustive, it should get you started on your winter winter adventure. Next, keep an eye out for custom RoxBox shipping containers and Colorado parklets in your town.


Schoolhouse kitchen In Olde Town, Arvada has a handful of outdoor winter eateries – picnic tables on the patio by the fireplace, clear plastic domes for a party, and a converted and heated school bus parked in front of the house. Snacks and drinks can also be ordered outside at the roadside bar.

Shared alfresco dining tables at Local Coffee in Aspen. (Provided by local coffee)


The French alpine bistro has built its own ski chalet for the winter season – a log cabin with private seating for groups of up to eight people and lots of ventilation, not to mention candlelight and cozy throws.

Local coffeeThe outdoor dining areas remain outdoors, but feel completely cut off from the world. With plexiglass walls and a roof over your head, they’re also a bit weatherproof.

In a private yurt outside of Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder. The yurts are reserved for American Express card holders only. (Mike Thurk, provided by Frasca)


Black cat farm Cabanas are a real escape from the city. They are located on the entire property and are equipped with ovens. They offer views of silos and rolling, albeit snow-covered, fields.

Frasca food and wine has teamed up with American Express to offer cardholders (only) a very special and very expensive vacation meal. Get a multi-course meal in the northern Italian restaurant’s yurt village for more than USD 170 per guest.

A private yurt at Aurum in Breckenridge. The restaurant’s steamboat location is also equipped with yurts for the winter season. (Provided by Aurum)


Aurum food & wine brings a slightly cheaper yurt experience to the mountain towns of Breckenridge and Steamboat Springs. They pay $ 75 or $ 115 per person for multi-course meals in luxury winter accommodations.


Beckon’s outdoor dining experience includes greenhouses, fire pits, and a covered, heated terrace. (Provided by Beckon)

AnnetteThe private yurt at Stanley Marketplace in Aurora doesn’t have a tasting menu, which makes it cheaper than some of the others (though there’s a minimum of $ 50 per person if you dine indoors). See also individual terrace greenhouses on site.

Waving created an outdoor winter escape with a heated and covered patio, fire pits and greenhouses spread across the bungalows for an increased effect for the home.

lingerThe rooftop air bubbles provide a safe alfresco dining experience with Denver views. You dine under the historic Olinger Mortuaries sign (and under the stars too).

A heater in an outdoor eating bladder, seen at My Brother’s Bar on Friday October 23rd. (Rachel Woolf, Denver Post Special)

My brother’s bar is usually a dimly lit drinking place for longtime regulars, families, and dates. But not during the pandemic. Now go to a back patio full of trendy plastic domes. Stay for the burgers and the beer.

Tavernetta His Union Station “sotto le stelle” (under the starry sky) winter restaurant has just made its debut. A Northern Italian four-course meal is available for USD 125 per person.

Pavilions in front of the Family Jones Spirit House in the Lower Highland neighborhood of Denver. (Provided by The Family Jones)

The Family Jones Spirit House has set up a series of enclosed pavilions under Christmas lights and next to picnic benches and heaters. It’s a nice setting to enjoy home-distilled spirits with small plates. (Tip: take a gift bottle with you while you’re there.)

The tailor of the wolf has built glamping tents and greenhouses in his backyard in Sunnyside. Tents come with fireplaces and cost $ 125 per person for a Japanese-style tasting menu. Greenhouses cost $ 90 per person for the meal.

The outdoor heated deck and a single party trailer (not pictured) for alfresco dining at The Regional in Fort Collins. (Provided by The Regional)

Fort Collins

The regional started their outdoor home cooking with a patio campsite outfitted with a private trailer and more lamplight fireplace seating.

Greenhouses outside the Bin 707 Foodbar in Grand Junction. (Provided by Bin 707)

Grand Junction

Am 707 food barThe greenhouse village invites you to a festive dinner on the Western Slope. The restaurant has also taken over a vaulted foyer in this downtown Grand Junction bank building to create a more spacious indoor dining area.

Greenwood Village

Spice trade brewing features an open-air tent and individual outdoor snow globes so small groups can enjoy an afternoon with a flight of beer and international street food.

The Back Forty at Acreage Cider House and Restaurant in Lafayette has space for more than 35 “campsites” furnished with chairs, tables and QR codes for menus. (Provided by Acreage)


Acreage has designated “The Back Forty” for over 35 private “campsites” on its extensive hillside property. Guests and drinkers will find picnic tables and Adirondack chairs, but can also bring their own blankets and pitched tents to make themselves more comfortable. House cider and food are ordered from scattered QR codes.


The Lake House Kitchen & Tavern backs up to Johnson Reservoir. You can literally look out over a frozen lake from the deck of the restaurant while you dine in an ice fishing or hunting tent. Walleye sandwich or campfire sausages?

The greenhouses at the Miracle on Main Street in Louisville are adorned with twinkling lights and Christmas decorations. (Provided by Miracle on Main)


Miracles on Main Street is only temporarily in downtown Louisville, but well worth a stop this season if you need the holiday cheer. Santa’s village is full of greenhouses and filled with alcoholic beverages, sausage platters, and more.


peach The restaurant is one of the state’s most exciting openings in 2020. Fortunately for guests traveling to Palisade this winter, the restaurant features clubhouse patio houses available upon reservation. When you leave, you’ll find yourself in one of the four themed dining tents: the hut, the city, the Moroccan room, and the study.

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The yurt village outside Sauce on the Blue in Silverthorne. (Provided by Sauce on the Blue)


Sauce on the blueThe delightful yurt village has four private dining structures, each with space for up to six guests. They are decorated with found objects and are reminiscent of a family hut filled with homemade Italian red sauce.

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Snow mass village is equipped with heaters and plexiglass windbreak walls around the various outdoor terraces. And with the ViceroySkiers can pick up gourmet packed lunches from the outdoor Nest bar and lounge in the tented pool area for drinking and diving in the winter.;

Private gondola carts for drinking and dining outside of Mountain Tap Brewery in Steamboat Springs, Colorado (provided by Mountain Tap Brewery)

Steamboat Springs

Mountain Tap Brewery Procured three gondola cars, formerly from Killington, Vt., And turned them into private dining rooms with bluetooth speakers so you can connect and play music from your phone.


Mountain village In the near future, a total of 20 gondola cars will be distributed over three places in the pedestrian zone above Telluride. These public dining stalls are served with QR codes for access to the menus of the surrounding local restaurants.

“The best part? You will survive COVID,” said Kathrine Warren, information officer for Mountain Village. Even after the pandemic is over, these red, yellow and blue “cabins” will remain as permanent, public breaks from winter weather.

The cabins in the Mountain Village on the Heritage Plaza. (Michael Mowery Media, provided by the City of Mountain Village)

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