With crisp weather upon us and COVID safety still top-of-mind, families are looking for places to dine where they can stay warm and safe while noshing on mouthwatering bites. Good news! Portland restaurants have next-leveled there outdoor seating over the last two years and now there are plenty of eateries with heated patios that are kid friendly. If you are looking for somewhere to catch a warm meal with your kids then read on for our list of restaurants that have made 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. 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.
Their two locations, one in St Johns and one on Mississippi, were both approved to take over their local streets, so you’ll be able to enjoy plenty of tables at either spot. Patio dining options include covered and heated seating, so even on the colder evenings your crew will stay comfortable. You’ll find a traditional taproom menu of great burgers, sandwiches, fish’n’chips, and chicken tenders. Award-winning beer included.
832 N. Beech St.
8409 N Lombard St.
This sweet neighborhood cafe on SE 28th and Burnside serves up great Italian food with a friendly staff. Along with excellent service, you can expect outdoor heated seating set apart from the street with wide planter boxes. Kids will enjoy their own menu with pasta and veggie choices, and parents will enjoy the affordability—and the wine!
40 NE 28th Ave.
Oaks Bottom Cafe
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 is amazing. With their awesome location, great service and accommodating space adding them to your family-friendly dining destination was an easy one.
Insider tips: after eating explore Sellwood's antique row district to transport everyone back in time.
1621 SE Bybee
Mississippi Pizza Pub
This bastion of kid-friendliness on Mississippi didn't let the pandemic stop them—they’ve actually expanded their outdoor seating. Covered dining is available. Order whole hot pizzas, bread sticks, salads, and drinks, then grab a spot outside to enjoy.
3552 N. Mississippi Ave
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
— Annette Benedetti