Don’t let the cold weather and snow keep you from enjoying a nice get together outside this winter!
Many Cincinnati restaurants are now offering igloo dining experiences. From rooftops to patios, these cozy outdoor dining options are sure to brighten a slushy season.
Whether you’re looking for a unique outing for a group, a fun dinner out with the family, or a special spot for date night, we’ve listed all the Cincinnati area igloo dining options we could find.
Tips for Igloo Dining in Cincinnati…
Most, if not all, of the restaurants offering this outdoor dining experiences are by reservation only. These are popular spots in the winter (evidently I’m not the only one who loves to sit outside!) so be sure to make your reservations early.
The igloos are heated but plan on it being cooler than the temp you’d find inside. Dress for cooler weather and bring your own blanket if you’d like.
Have kids in tow? Check to be sure they’re permitted. Some venues require guests to be 21 and up in the igloos.
Some spots have a minimum drink or food purchase policy and/or charge a flat fee for using the igloo. Be sure to check with the locale when you make your igloo reservation.
Check out these Greater Cincinnati Igloo Dining Spots:
If you’re looking for a festive and unique venue for a holiday party, a birthday party, or a family gathering, check out the igloo dining offered as part of the Cincinnati Christkindlmarkt experience (happening on the Schmidlapp Lawn, adjacent to the Moerlein Lager House).
Christkindlmarkt is open through the end of the year (2023) and I believe the igloos will remain for their Fire and Ice events after the new year.
They have eight igloos, all lined up on a 200′ boardwalk. Each igloo will hold 14 guests. Inside you’ll find three high top tables, an electric fireplace, and seating for 14. You’ll have a dedicated beverage host or cocktail server for your igloo.
Igloos are typically rented in 90 minute sessions and they also offer 2.5 hour rentals before home game days (10am-12:30pm). Igloos must be reserved in advance.
They have a great twist for igloo rental fees. You rent your igloo for $300 and your entire $300 rental fee is returned* to you in gift cards to be used for food and beverage at the Cincinnati Christkindlmarkt and the Moerlein Lager House. You can use those bonus vouchers to cover your beverage host’s services too.
*please see their site for full details
Details on this igloo dining experience can be found here.
Braxton Brewing Company has heated igloos at the “Igloobar on the Rooftop” at their Covington, KY taproom.
Each igloo can accommodate up to 8 people (ages 21 and up) comfortably and features cushioned seating, a dedicated Bluetooth speaker (upon request), & cozy decor. The igloos do have a heater but they suggest that you come dressed for the weather; you’re welcome to bring in your own blankets (or use theirs).
During your 2.5-hour time slot, you can enjoy food from Dewey’s and an array of beverages.
Reservations are required. They make it easy to snag your own igloo with online reservations (find that here).
Catch-a-Fire Pizza is bringing back their igloo dining experience for 2023. You’ll find them at their Blue Ash and Lebanon locations. Each location has three igloos you can book and each igloo can accommodate up to 6 people.
The igloos are heated but they do recommend you come dressed for the weather. You are allowed to bring that comfy, warm blanket if you’d like!
Each igloo has its own server and you can order from their full menu.
Reservations are required. Their igloos are available 7 days a week in two hour time slots (11am-9pm).
Get all the details here
deSha’s appears to have their igloos again this year but the only mention we could find is a pic on their homepage.
In the past, each igloo comfortably seated six guests. Reservations are in two hour increments.
Reservations are required and can only be made by phone: 513-247-9933. They are open for lunch and for dinner every day. Full menu available.
Enjoy the Beer Garden domes at Narrow Path Brewing in Loveland.
Their igloos can be reserved in increments of 45 minutes (max of 2 hours and 45 minutes). Up to eight people can fit in the domes.
Make your reservations here
With sweeping views of the Ohio River and downtown Cincinnati, The View at Shires Garden might just have the best rooftop in town!
The Rooftop Igloo and Terrace Greenhouse experiences can accommodate different sized groups (up to 8 max and depends on the space you reserve). Guests must be accompanied by an adult 21+ at all times.
The igloos and greenhouses are through March 30, 2024 and advanced reservations are required. The igloos and greenhouses can be reserved Tuesday through Sunday.
You’ll have full service with a server for your table and a minimum spend is required (depends on the unit you choose). They all come with heat and a bluetooth speaker.
Get all the details, including how to make a reservation, here