The Heat Is On: 9 Places Families Can Dine Outside Now

Portland restaurants with outdoor seating like this one, chairs, table on a rainy day outside Taylor Vick via Unsplash

Although you might not think Portland’s rainy months and outdoor dining go together, we’re here to tell you otherwise

Often with Portland’s crisp winter weather comes an instinct to duck inside. But all that inside time has families looking for places they can spend time outside, without those pesky elements. How about a spot where you and the kids can be outside and stay warm while noshing on mouthwatering bites? Lots of Portland eateries have upped their outdoor dining game over the last few years. Now there are plenty of kid-friendly Portland restaurants with outdoor seating that includes heat. So the next time you get a hankering for an outdoor dining experience, head to one of our favorite spots, no matter what the season.

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Plan a Night Out at a Kid-Friendly Portland Restaurant with Outdoor Seating That’s Covered & Heated

1. 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.

204 S.E. Oak St.

2. Stormbreaker Brewing

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.

Mississippi Avenue
832 N. Beech St.

St. Johns
8409 N. Lombard St.

3. La Buca

This sweet neighborhood cafe on 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 N.E. 28th Ave.

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4. 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.

1621 S.E. Bybee

5. 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.

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7. 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 S.E. Columbia River Dr.

6. Teote MezcalerÍa

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.

1615 S.E. 12th Ave.

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9. Pizza Roma

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 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.

4715 S.E. Woodstock Blvd.

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