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Foodie 15: Heated Patios to Keep You Warm in Tucson

Updated March 5, 2024

With our fair share of toasty days here in Tucson, when the temps drop and the sun goes unseen, these heated patio options won’t leave you on the waitlist for indoor seating.

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The Barnyard Crafthouse & Eatery

Spend the evening dining in this elegantly redesigned barn turned restaurant. The heated outdoor patio is the perfect place to enjoy the menu featuring prime rib, nachos, ceviche and much more.

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Blue Willow Restaurant & Gift Shop

It’s got it all: a bakery, a gift shop, and an all-day menu. The patio is popular and comfy thanks to the shade, misters, and heating during the winter. Try the meatloaf or mac and cheese, or go for the fresh salmon if you’re feeling fancy.

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Borderlands Brewing – Sam Hughes

Foodie Favorite:
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“The patio keeps evolving at the Sam Hughes taproom. More benches, more shade, a couple of TVs, and most importantly (during the winter) portable heaters. The menu is also ever-evolving whether it be the brews or the food options. It’s a great people-watching spot (the patios across the street at Flora’s Market Run and Bob Dobb’s are also heated) and if you’re downtown, check out Borderlands Brewing’s patio on Toole Avenue.”

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CORBETT'S (Photo by SWOON Media)


Looking for good food and unique entertainment? In addition to a fully operational restaurant, Corbett’s features indoor and outdoor pickleball courts, live music, and a beer garden to boot. The covered and heated patios and beer garden make it an idyllic place to relax as the weather gets colder.

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El Charro Cafe (Photo by Steven Meckler, Visit Tucson, February 2023)

El Charro Café Downtown

Tucson’s oldest Mexican restaurant is perhaps best known for its carne seca, burritos, and delectable enchiladas, which can be savored on the heated outdoor patio.

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Govinda’s Natural Foods Buffet

Situated on a well-manicured property in midtown Tucson, Govinda’s Natural Food Buffet prepares an assortment of gourmet eats in a buffet-style setting. If you can’t get enough of the nature offered by the aviary, walking paths, and artificial waterfall, why not enjoy your meal outside on the heated patio?

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JoJo’s Restaurant

Stop by for brunch, lunch, or dinner, and experience delicious meals from three different menus including breakfast burritos, burgers, barbecue chicken thighs, and tacos. Make sure to check out the heated patio space that’s decked out with string lights, hosts live music, and a turtle pond in the center.

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Locale Neighborhood Italian Restaurant

If you’re craving authentic Italian dishes, look no further than Locale. The specials include bargains on pasta, pizza, and even a burger and beer combo, all of which can be enjoyed on their heated outdoor patio. With a nearly central location in Tucson, Locale is often the perfect spot for meetups.

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The Monica

This downtown spot boasts a spacious patio and open-air bar, making it an ideal choice for al fresco dining​​. The Jules Burger and Hand-Pulled Pizzettas made with local ingredients and fresh toppings are both a must-try, and the cocktail list is extensive and creative.

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Monterey Court Cafe

Monterey Court is an eclectic mix of art, music, and culinary delights. Apart from being a venue for art galleries and music, it houses a cafe that serves American cuisine. Add to that a roomy patio seating/dancing area featuring cool decor, live music six nights a week, an outdoor bar, and a welcoming community.

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MotoSonora Brewing Company (Photo by Through the Hoop Photography)

MotoSonora Brewing Company

For those passionate about beer and motorsports, MotoSonora Brewing is the perfect place to relax with a quality brew and socialize in the taproom or on the heated, outdoor beer garden and patio.


Unwind at Postino WineCafe and choose from the selection of more than 30 wines and several Arizona and Tucson craft beers to enjoy in one of the cozy hightop booths, lounge sofas, or outside by their cozy patio fireplaces.

Smokey Mo

Your go-to spot for some slow-cooked, mesquite-smoked barbecue goodness. The heated and covered outdoor seating is just the ticket for a casual meal any time of the day. While you’re there, don’t skip the Kansas City Fried Catfish. Finish your meal with some fresh Peach Cobbler Ice Cream.

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Tucson Hop Shop

Foodie Favorite:
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“To many, it’s known as an escape — a place where you can enjoy a cold beer, get lost in an intriguing conversation, and enjoy seasonal comfort outside on the patio. A getaway from the everyday grind, some plainly call it “Hop Shop.” No matter what it means to you or what you tend to call it, Tucson Hop Shop is a wonderful spot to simply hang out. During the chilly season, there are plenty of portable heaters spread out on the patio in the back and up front next to Ciao Down.”

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Vero Amore (Photo by Kelsey Myers)

Vero Amore – Dove Mountain

If pizza is your true love, check out Vero Amore, Tucson’s authentic Neapolitan pizzeria. Recently awarded with a “Taste of Marana” award, you’ll find a wide array of salads, appetizers, pastas, and pizzas that are best eaten on the outdoor patio space.

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