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


In a dining tent for one at The Wolf’s Tailor in Sunnyside. A fireplace and seating on a tree stump for after dinner complete the winter wood feeling. (Provided by The Wolf’s Tailor)

Let an industry at rock bottom come up with some tip-top 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 spots. There are greenhouses and tents, but also pavilions, yurts, gondola cars, and even completely designed chalets for your culinary enjoyment.

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


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

Separate outdoor 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 its own seating for groups of up to eight people and plenty of ventilation, plus 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 them, they are also reasonably weatherproof.

In a private yurt outside of Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder. The yurts are exclusively reserved for American Express cardholders. (Mike Thurk, courtesy of Frasca)


Black cat farm yard Cabanas are a true escape from the city. They are located throughout the property and are equipped with ovens and offer views of silos and hilly, if snow-covered fields.

Frasca food and wine has teamed up with American Express to offer cardholders (only) a very special – and very expensive – Christmas dinner. For more than $ 170 per guest, you can get a multi-course menu in the yurt village of the northern Italian restaurant.

A private yurt in the 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. You pay $ 75 or $ 115 per person for multi-course meals in luxury winter accommodations.


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

Annette‘s Private Dining Yurt at Stanley Marketplace in Aurora doesn’t come with a tasting menu, which makes it cheaper than some of the others (although there’s a minimum of $ 50 per person if you dine indoors). See also individual terrace greenhouses on site.

Waving has created an outdoor winter vacation with a heated and covered terrace, fire pits and greenhouses around the bungalows for an increased living effect.

linger‘s Rooftop Bubbles provide safe al fresco dining with partial Denver views. You dine under the historic Olinger Mortuaries sign (and also under the stars).

A heater in an outdoor food bubble that was seen in My Brother’s Bar on Friday October 23rd. (Rachel Woolf, Denver Post Special)

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

Tavernette has just presented its winter restaurant “sotto le stelle” (under the stars) in Union Station. A Northern Italian four-course meal is available for $ 125 per person.

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

The Jones family haunted house has set up a series of closed pavilions under the Christmas lights and next to picnic benches and heaters. It is a nice setting to enjoy home-distilled spirits paired with small plates. (Tip: get a bottle to give away while you’re there.)

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

The heated open air 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 lamplighted campsite converted into a patio with a private trailer and more seating by the fireplace.

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

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Am 707 food bar‘s 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.

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Spice trade brews offers an open-air tent as well as individual snow globes in the outdoor area, so that small groups can spend an afternoon with a beer flight and international street food. gewü

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


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 they can also bring their own blankets and pop-up tents to make themselves more comfortable. House wine and food are ordered via scattered QR codes.


The Lake House Kitchen & Tavern Backups to the Johnson Reservoir. You can literally look out over a frozen lake from the restaurant’s terrace while you dine in an ice fishing or hunting tent. Zander sandwich or campfire sausage, anyone?

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


Miracles on the 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 stocked with alcoholic beverages, sausage platters, and more.


peach is one of the state’s most exciting openings in 2020, and luckily for guests heading to Palisade this winter, the restaurant has terrace clubhouses available by reservation. If you leave you will find yourself in one of four themed 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)

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

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Snow mass village is equipped with heaters and plexiglass wind barriers around the various outdoor terraces. And with the Viceroy, Skiers can pick up gourmet packed lunches at the Nest outdoor bar and in the lounge in the pool area with a tent for drinking and dipping in winter.;

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

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Bergzapf Brewery has taken possession of three gondola cars, formerly Killington, Vt., and turned them into private dining rooms with bluetooth speakers so you can connect and play music from your phone.


Mountain village will soon distribute a total of 20 gondola cars to three places in the pedestrian zone above Telluride. These public dining stalls are served first, with QR codes to access the menus of the surrounding local restaurants.

“The best part? You will survive COVID,” said Kathrine Warren, Public Information Officer of Mountain Village. Even after the pandemic is over, these red, yellow and blue “huts” will remain as permanent, public respite from winter weather. Cityofmountainvillage. com

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

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