You’re managing at-home schooling, working from home, and have tightened your friend circle. We know times are challenging and that you need to get up and out (safely of course). And we’re here to help you with some of our favorite kid-friendly dining spots with heated patios in the Portland and Vancouver area. Read on to learn how some of the best spots around have evolved and adapted to meet COVID safety requirements making heated outdoor dining devine.
Produce Row Cafe
Solidifying their reputation for satisfying national and international craft brews, diverse whiskeys and an enticing atmosphere since 1978 The Row is home to one of the best open-air heated patios in Portland and now has double the capacity. Their second tent safely accommodates up to 90 people within a 2500 square space. You’ll find more than 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. 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.
Oaks Bottom Cafe
Located in the heart of Sellwood, this neighborhood public house is not only grown-up friendly but kid-friendly too. They serve a full kids menu from a hearty grilled cheese to chicken tenders that if somehow the kids don't finish you will. Seating is heated and outdoor. Bring your kids (and pups) to their heated sidewalk cafe for one of the coolest heated outdoor dining experiences Portland has to offer. Be sure to return when you have a sitter because their back patio, beer list and dinner menu helps us feel a bit of normalcy. With their awesome location, great service and accommodating space adding them to your family-friendly dining destination was an easy one.
Be sure to return when you've found a sitter because the adult-only back patio is an ambiance worth coming back for,
Insider tips: after eating explore Sellwood's antique row district to transport everyone back in time.
1621 SE Bybee
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.
McMenamins on the Columbia
You can't go wrong with Cajun tots and a view. Take the family to McMenamins on the Columbia on a clear day to watch the waterfront and a satisfying meal. The iconic restaurant chain not only has eclectic decor but also food and atmosphere for everyone. Enjoy getting out of the house and enjoying a truly amazing view, take a walk along the waterfront after to make a day of it.
1801 SE Columbia River Drive
Heated outdoor dining in SE Portland offers local families and yummy Pizza experience. Grab a slice of pie on Woodstock at Pizza Roma where you will find an outdoor setup that includes 15 tables (8 Covered) and multiple outdoor heaters. This restaurants menu features tons of types of pizzas, hot sandwiches and more. You can even order growlers of beer. The kids will love their plate of meatballs and having tons of room to move!
Insider tip: If you decide you aren't in the mood to stay out for the night, you can order off of Pizza Roma's full menu to go.
4715 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard
— Kris Wilhelmy