With temperatures dropping well into the frigid category as winter comes into full swing, it can be difficult to find restaurants in Northern New Jersey that are still offering outdoor seating. Luckily, we’ve curated this list of the best winter outdoor dining setups in the Montclair area. From cozy igloo bubbles for two, to fully themed outdoor tents for larger groups, this list has something for every sized group. Read on for outdoor winter dining spots in Essex County.
Bloomfield Steakhouse | 409 Franklin Street, Bloomfield
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This classic steakhouse has turned its outdoor patio into a cozy winter retreat. Dine outside in one of the heated “bubbles” and enjoy a signature hanger steak or homemade meatloaf while dining under the stars. The patio also features an outdoor fire pit to warm up while waiting for a table.
Cucina Calandra | 216 US Route 46, Fairfield
There is nothing better than pasta on a cold winter’s day and at Calandra’s Fairfield location the meal can be enjoyed in a heated outdoor Christmas tent. Perfect for a date night or small gathering with friends, Calandra’s Christmas tent is decked-out for the season. Calandra’s Fairfield location features its own outdoor escape with heated tents decorated with string lights and an outdoor holiday village.
Cloverleaf Tavern | 395 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell
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Known for the tasty bar food and burgers, the Cloverleaf Tavern is keeping its patio space open all winter long. Decked out with outdoor heaters, and soon to feature the annual holiday Keg Tree, the restaurant has turned its patio into a wonderful spot to enjoy the Cloverleaf’s seasonal cranberry crush cocktail.
Fox and Falcon | 19 Valley Street, South Orange
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Right in the heart of downtown South Orange, the Fox and Falcon is known for its welcoming atmosphere and its artisanal cocktails. The outdoor heaters and tents bring a welcoming and cozy vibe from the inside to the outside. The outdoor space is a great spot for enjoying the hot soba noodles paired with a signature drink from the bar. Like the hot spiced cider.
The Brook Tap House | 811 Passaic Avenue, West Caldwell
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This farm-to-table restaurant uses fresh, locally grown ingredients from around the state in order to serve its customers classic American fare. Enjoy everything the menu has to offer on the outdoor patio complete with heaters and string lights for a festive ambiance. The patio is an ideal spot for savoring any of the Brook Tap House’s signature beers.
Pickett’s Village Bar | 2208 Millburn Avenue, Maplewood
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This bar and restaurant is a great place to grab a pizza or enjoy traditional bar food. Pickett’s outdoor tents and patio provide a cozy spot to hang out and enjoy a burger or taco. Open Wednesday through Sunday for dining in or take out.