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Heated Tents, Covered Decks and Private Igloos Keep NEPA Dining Outside All Season Long

Commonwealth COVID-19 Guidelines and a Focus on the Health and Safety of Guests and Staff Lead Local Restaurants to Reimagine Outdoor Dining Options

In any typical year, at this point, most NEPA restaurants would have shuttered their outdoor dining spaces. They would have packed away their patio chairs and tables and covered up their fire pits. Eager diners, shedding their winter layers, would jockey for position near roaring indoor fireplaces. Wine would flow. Warm, comforting food would catch eyes as it passed from kitchen to table. And all was right with the… Well, this is not a typical year.

These days, as local eateries navigate current capacity guidelines and emphasize social distancing, all bets are off. Outdoor dining, once a simple autumn luxury, is now a November/December thing. And, if I know NEPA, as long as the windchill cooperates, we’ll be dining al fresco well into the middle of January.

And, why not? We’ve got lined jackets and heavy socks. We come from hardy stock. A sudden drop in temps is not nearly enough to keep us from our beloved Taco Tuesdays. Fortunately, like they somehow always do, our local restaurants have it all covered. They’re loading up the space heaters and lap blankets and keeping those decks and patios cozy and warm. And we won’t need to bundle up like we’re hitting the slopes just to grab a burger.

We’ve rounded up a list of local restaurants offering heated outdoor dining all over NEPA. Dine safe. Dine responsibly. And, always, dine local.

Heated Outdoor Dining in NEPA

  • Abiocco

    South Abington Twp., PA

    Grab a deck table under the comfy, heated tent at this popular Italian favorite in South Abington. The spacious deck features partitions for privacy. Reservations strongly recommended.

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  • Alter House

    Clarks Summit, PA

    Stop in this Clarks Summit favorite for elegant and private, heated patio dining. The elevated farm to table fare warms the soul and delights the imagination.

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  • American Grill

    Exeter, PA

    Experience a classic winter BBQ in this Exeter staple’s famous heated Stockyard. The covered outdoor dining space offers a summer picnic feel during even the chilliest nights.

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  • The Anthracite Cafe

    Wilkes-Barre, PA

    Grab a coveted spot on the tented, heated patio at this wildly popular comfort food stop in Wilkes-Barre. Enjoy nightly specials, seafood night Tuesdays, and one of NEPA’s best craft beer tap lists.

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  • Barley Creek Brewing Company

    Tannersville, PA

    Find a spot under the cozy, heated outdoor tent at one of NEPA’s original craft brewpubs in Tannersville. Enjoy comfort food classics, cocktails and house spirits and brewery-fresh beers.

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  • The Beaumont Inn

    Dallas, PA

    Enjoy private outdoor dining in a winter wonderland at this iconic Dallas restaurant. Their signature heated igloos feature soft, warm blankets and attentive service.

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  • Brass Buckle Restaurant

    Conyngham, PA

    Steal away a little dose of summer on this popular Conyngham restaurant’s spacious, heated patio. Keep the illusion alive with tasty tacos, cold margaritas and maybe a little fried ice cream.

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  • Cooper’s Seafood

    Scranton, PA

    Grab a table on the heated, lighthouse deck at this Scranton staple for fresh seafood and ice-cold beer. Enjoy outdoor dining and a spectacular view over the Lackawanna River valley.

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  • Cork Bar & Restaurant

    Wilkes-Barre, PA

    Dine under the stars despite the chilly temps in a private, heated igloo at this local hot spot in Wilkes-Barre’s North End. Igloos accommodate parties up to 8 guests. Reservations required.

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  • Crisnics Irish Pub

    Wilkes-Barre, PA

    Treat yourself to a full slate of comfy classics on the heated and covered outdoor patio at this popular Irish pub in South Wilkes-Barre. Look out for delicious daily specials and ice-cold beers.

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  • Glass – Wine Bar. Kitchen

    Hawley, PA

    Dine in style on the elegant streamside deck at this favorite Hawley hotel restaurant. The iconic restaurant features heated, miniature greenhouses and panoramic waterfall views.

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  • Happy Valley Sports Bar

    Dickson City, PA

    Catch a game on the beautiful, covered and heated patio at this popular Dickson City sports bar and restaurant. Enjoy pub classics like burgers, subs and wings in a variety of house sauces.

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  • Kevin’s Restaurant & Bar

    Kingston, PA

    Beat the cold with a little bistro style dining on the covered, heated patio at this posh, Kingston favorite. The stylish, intimate setting is matched only by a creatively intriguing menu.

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  • Margarita Azul

    Wilkes-Barre, PA

    Book a coveted table on the expansive, heated patio at this popular, authentic Mexican joint in Wilkes-Barre. Nothing says NEPA like tacos and margaritas outside in December.

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  • Olde Brook Inn

    Spring Brook, PA

    Spread out on the expansive, covered outdoor deck at this local favorite in Spring Brook. Radiant patio heaters and delicious, comfort food offer a warm, welcoming vibe.

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  • Peter’s Europa House

    Shohola, PA

    Enjoy elegant garden dining in a private, heated igloo at this Pocono hot spot in Shohola. Igloos seat up to 8 guests and feature lap blankets and private servers. Reservations required.

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  • Sabatini’s Bottle Shop and Bar

    Exeter, PA

    Grab a spot on the heated outdoor patio for some of NEPA’s favorite pizza and a flight of unique craft beers at this immensely popular bottle shop and pizza stop in Exeter.

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  • Sarah Street Grill

    Stroudsburg, PA

    Enjoy treetop dining on the comfy, heated rooftop deck at this Stroudsburg favorite. Treat yourself to classic pub fare, sushi and a wide selection from the bar.

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  • State Street Grill

    Clarks Summit, PA

    Sip craft cocktails and indulge in comfort food creations under heated, private igloos at this popular Clarks Summit hotspot. Reservations are required and limited by time and capacity.

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  • The Bar and Company

    Olyphant, PA

    Catch a game with dinner and a cold one on the heated patio at this favorite Olyphant hangout. The outdoor space features a TVs, projectors and occasional live music.

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  • The Dock on Wallenpaupack

    Hawley, PA

    Dine lakeside on the cozy, heated deck at this popular Hawley restaurant overlooking iconic Lake Wallenpaupack. Enjoy signature cocktails, seafood specialties and sunsets over the water.

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  • Thirst T’s Bar & Grill

    Olyphant, PA

    Get comfy under the spacious, heated patio tent at this neighborhood stop in Olyphant. Swing by for their famous Texas Taco Tuesday, cold beer and occasional live music.

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  • Wallenpaupack Brewing Company

    Hawley, PA

    Snag a fire pit table on the spacious, heated biergarten patio at this trailblazing craft brewpub in Hawley. Enjoy summer-style dining with fresh, cold beer and soul-warming kitchen staples.

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  • Wildflowers New York Bistro

    Wilkes-Barre, PA

    Reserve a private, heated igloo for dinner and an unforgettable sunset view at this casual, fine dining bistro in Wilkes-Barre. The spacious patio also features a cozy fire pit.

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