There’s a crisp breeze of fall in the air here in the Circle City. Luckily, many restaurants in the greater Indianapolis area are rolling out the red carpet (or actually the heated spaces) for those wanting to have a bite to eat but don’t feel comfortable going inside just yet.
If you find yourself longing for a good meal while continuing to dine al fresco, the following restaurants have outdoor heated dining areas.
Serving Indianapolis since 1979, Ambrosia features the Italian cooking of Chef Gino Pizzi. Go for the pasta and the vino, for sure.
Head to Broad Ripple for a large drink menu and plenty of dining options from pizza to sandwiches, salads, and more. The heated outdoor space is also covered here, too.
Grab a local microbrew. Enjoy some amazing pub fare. The outdoor space here features heat and a covering.
Located in Fountain Square, Bluebeard offers an American contemporary menu sourced from local farms. Fun fact: It’s named after a Kurt Vonnegut novel.
Everything is better with tacos. Cholita features a covered heated outdoor space and Los Angeles tacos and street food.
Dine for a cause! All proceeds from Foundation Coffee Company benefit The Patachou Foundation, a hunger-fighting nonprofit that serves thousands of scratch-made, after-school meals each week to food-insecure kids in Indianapolis.
The charming outdoor dining space in So Bro's Gallery Pastry Shop is expanding, adding more socially-distanced tables and heated seating within the adjacent former Mass Ave Toys location. Now you can enjoy your scrumptious pastries and elegant breakfast and brunch options outside.
All of the beer is brewed on site at Guggman Haus. You can also enjoy local sandwiches and snacks. But you can bring your own food or order from a nearby restaurant.
Steak and seafood are solid bets at Harry & Izzy’s, but I always go for the sliders. And of course you can’t forget the amazing shrimp cocktail.
Feast on meatballs, steamed mussels, and traditional Italian fare. Don’t forget to finish your meal with cannolis or Holly’s Homemade Ricotta Cake.
Don’t miss this French-inspired bistro known for its broken yolk sandwiches and sweet crepes! You can dine for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This outdoor space is covered as well as heated.
Located in Ironworks Hotel, you’ll find the outdoor heated space on the second floor. Enjoy an American Contemporary menu, a cocktail, and a view of 86th Street.
Eat well and feel good about your purchase, too. Public Greens focuses on serving both farm-market foods and the community. All profits of this restaurant help take care of food insecure children. The outdoor space is both heated and covered.
With a focus on fresh, vegan, and vegetarian options, Pure can be found in Fountain Square. Pure has also been recently updated with a heated patio area.
Local music, drinks, and food from Dashboard Food Truck can be found at southside favorite Revery. Their outdoor heated tent has been busy during the fall months.
Locally sourced innovative Mexican foods along with agave-based spirits can be found at Sangrita Saloon. You’ll also find a covered heated dining space.
Locally-owned by WNBA star Tamika Catchings, Tea's Me Café offerings world-class teas and delicious breakfast and lunch options. Enjoy the outdoors with the shop's tucked away patio space, complete with heaters for comfortable dining.
Eat in your own little heated igloo. You’ll be able to literally keep those in your social bubble limited inside. Available November through March, these areas seat up to 8 individuals and include music, heater, and lights.
Guest written by Visit Indy freelance blogger Cherie Lowe