According to, thanks to the Connecticut State Senate, the right of restaurants to offer outdoor dining has been extended until April 2024. Part of the reasoning behind the decision was that the restaurant industry was brought to its knees by the pandemic in 2020 and is still in recovery mode.

What's the attraction of dining outdoors when it's freezing outside? There's something about private igloos, firepits, heated patios, and tents that keep you warm and cozy. Listed below are restaurants across the state that offer some type of winterized dining experience, proving that you do not have to move everything indoors just because the temperatures have dropped.

Creative Winter Dining in Connecticut

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