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 that was originally offered as part of the new Cincinnati Christkindlmarkt experience (happening on the Schmidlapp Lawn, adjacent to the Moerlein Lager House).
Christkindlmarkt is now over but the igloos remain through February. 2023.
They have eight igloos and each igloo will hold 14 guests. Inside you’ll find three high top tables, an electric fireplace, and 14 chairs. Order your food from their special menu including offerings such as Wurst Sampler, wings, sliders, smoked salmon crostini, and much more.
Your igloo rental includes your Christkindlmarkt admission for all guests. Your guests will have access to everything the market has to offer during and after your igloo gatherings.
There is a minimum food and beverage spend for your igloo rental and reservations are needed. Igloos will be offered Thursday through Sunday, November 25 – February ???, 2023.
Details on this limited time igloo dining experience can be found here.
Enjoy the view from the Upper Deck (at the AC Hotel) with their rooftop igloos. They’re available Thursday through Saturday. Weekday time slots start at 5pm and weekends start at 4pm.
Each igloo can accommodate up to 8 people. During the 1.5 hour time slot you can enjoy small bites and beverages from their full menu.
Reservations are required and they require an advance deposit fee. They do have a minimum food and beverage spend (varies by the day; see their site for details).
Get more information on their igloos 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. 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 and an array of beverages. If interested, ask your bartender about their drink package upon your arrival. They do have a food menu and you are not permitted to bring you own food in.
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 2002-23. They’ll have three large igloos that can accomodate up to 6 people each.
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. BONUS = you can order from their igloo exclusive “Toasty Treats” menu too (think S’Mores Dip, hot chocolate, and more)!
Reservations are required. Their igloos are available 7 days a week in two hour time slots (11am-9pm). Igloos are available at the Blue Ash and (new) Lebanon locations.
Get all the details here
deSha’s will have their igloos again this year. They’ve expanded to three igloos, each featuring a heated fireplace, festive lights, and lanterns. Blankets are available.
Each igloo comfortably seats 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 accomodate 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 open November 10, 2022 through March 30, 2023 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