The summer heat may be giving way to cooler temperatures and rainy days but you still have lots of options for dining al fresco in the Rose City. With heated, covered patios and/or large outdoor spaces with cozy fire pits, these local eateries let you enjoy a delicious meal outdoors with the kids year-round.

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Produce Row Café

Opened in 1953 as a breakfast café for produce dockworkers, The Row is home to one of the best open-air patios in the city. You’ll find more than a dozen wooden picnic tables for your little diners to prop up at, and a decorative maple tree planter and a concrete-paver patio covered with a clear vinyl dome in winter, so you can always see the sky. Heaters are strategically placed and will keep little bodies warm. The Row’s fresh, American-style lunch and dinner fare is seasonal, with options that will delight all ages.

Insider tips: Children are welcome at the café every day from 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. Best days for families to visit are Saturday and Sunday. Some examples of the kids’ menu offerings are mini-cheeseburgers, linguini butter noodles and chicken tenders. The patios are smoke free.    

204 SE Oak St.

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Tin Shed Garden Café

Located in the Alberta Neighborhood, this popular restaurant prides its self on serving up bright, healthy and flavorful dishes using fresh ingredients from local farms—the kind of food every parent wants their kids to munch on. Like Tin Shed’s interior, the patio is rustic and welcoming, with a wooden roof, brick fireplace and a variety of outdoor tables. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily and a kids menu is available for the little ones. Not to miss are the crispy potato pancakes and the made-from-scratch biscuits. They satiate appetites both big and small.

Insider tips: Dogs are welcome at the café, so feel free to bring the family pooch along. There’s even a dog menu so he or she can eat out too. Tin Shed’s patio and garden are smoke-free.

1438 NE Alberta St.

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Teote Areperia

From the street (or even inside the main entrance) you’d never guess that this festive, eclectic restaurant with its bright blue exterior and metal artwork décor is home to a spacious, covered patio in the back. After ordering your meal at the counter – the fare is Latin American street food and includes its signature arepas and, a deep fried Venezuelan-style corn cake – head up the stairs to access the patio. There’s ample seating and large fire pit in the center that will keep little tykes toasty warm.

Insider tips: Teote’s menu includes small plates, family-style dishes, sides and a section for kids. Smoking is allowed on the patio; the space is large and well-ventilated.

1615 SE 12th Ave.

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Seasons & Regions Seafood Grill

This family-friendly staple on Portland’s Westside is elegant enough to impress your parents (or grandparents) and also welcomes the kids. All ages will enjoy the bright and cozy garden patio, which is heated and enclosed during the cold season. Along with fresh, seasonal Northwest seafood and shellfish, the grill also offers classic American dishes like juicy burgers, fried chicken and meat loaf. There’s also a nice variety of items on the kids menu, such as burgers, noodles, chicken bites and more.

Insider tips: The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily as well as for brunch on the weekends. The patio is smoke free.

6660 SW Capitol Hwy.


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One of Portland’s top pods, Cartlandia’s 32 food carts are a treasure trove of global cuisine, from Salvadorian pupusas and Japanese-style ice cream crepes. The site is open all seasons and has a large, outdoor tented area with lots of seating. In the cooler months, you and the kids can grab your food and warm up by the outdoor fire pit in the enclosed tent. Families, dogs and bicycles are always welcome, with plenty of parking for bikes and trikes and cars.

Insider tips: While Cartlandia’s grounds are open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., all the carts keep their own hours, so you may want to check online before you go. There’s also an on-site ATM, WiFi and heated indoor bathrooms in the Blue Room Bar, which is open to minors until 8 p.m.

8145 SE 82nd Ave.


Where do you love to dine outside in Portland? Tell us in the comments below!

— Carrie Uffindell