24 January 2023

Cozy Outdoor Dining with Heaters in Norfolk

There’s no such thing as patio season in winter, right? Well, actually … wrong. Although Norfolk does have some fabulous patio dining experiences during the warmer seasons, outdoor dining is still a popular pastime during the coldest months. All it takes is a little innovation, otherwise known as the outdoor heater. Embrace the crisp winter air and cozy up to enjoy some of your favorite restaurants with heaters in their outdoor spaces.

A.W Shucks Raw Bar and Grill 

Stay toasty on their enclosed patio with heaters while you dive into fresh local and regional seafood. This casual raw bar in Ghent is a locals’ favorite and is available for guests to enjoy all winter. 

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Get your taste of Europe at Blanca with a menu inspired by the rustic cooking styles in Italy, France and Spain with selections of fun cocktails and old-world wines that are paired perfectly with warm heaters and firepits.

The Coach House

With heaters in both their enclosed patio and tent, there is more than enough space to enjoy their upscale but unpretentious American cuisine. Dive into their Duck BBQ sandwich, a unique spin on a beloved sandwich featuring pulled duck covered in their house sriracha BBQ sauce, paired with fried pickles on a sesame seed bun.

COVA Brewing

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That Ocean View wind whisking off the Chesapeake Bay can get a little snappy during the colder months, but don’t worry; COVA’s got you covered. Quite literally, their heated outdoor tent will cover you from the elements and chill of outdoors as you relax and catch up with friends. Plus, consider their tasty beer or toasty cup of coffee an additional liquid blanket to keep you warm this time of year.

Four Eleven York 

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Nestled in the Freemason District, Four Eleven York offers a modern yet rustic, welcoming atmosphere. Pair a cozy dining experience with specialty cocktails and delicious food where you’ll find the perfect evening spot on their patio, which is lined with firepits.


Nestle under the heaters at this family-owned and operated Greek restaurant that has been serving locals since 1966. With a wide selection of beer and wine along with a menu full of mouthwatering and filling entrees, there’s something for everyone at this local favorite. 

Leone’s Italian 

You’ll find handmade pastas and carefully curated vino at this upscale eatery in Downtown Norfolk. Lounge around the fire on their heated patio, or enjoy crackling fireplaces indoors while you enjoy dishes like salmon picatta and bone-in pork chop.

The Green Onion

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Located in Historic Ghent, this French-inspired restaurant provides a casual, fine dining experience with a carefully curated wine menu with heaters outside for the ideal date night. 

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Bring out your inner child at this arcade bar! Pixels serves delicious and unique hot dogs and sandwiches alongside an impressive house cocktail list. If arcade games aren’t your go to, then enjoy your meal outside under the heaters!

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