As the pandemic continues to push small business owners to think outside the box, more and more Connecticut restaurants are getting creative with their dining options. One trend popping up all over the CT Restaurant scene is Igloo Dining— and this is a trend we can get behind!
With strict indoor seating restrictions and reluctance from customers, many restaurant owners have created fully enclosed, private ‘pods’ of all shapes and sizes. Igloo dining experiences bring customers a chic & comfortable way to enjoy a night out on the town and support CT restaurants. From heated igloos to candle-lit greenhouses– these cocoons will make your coziest dreams come true this winter.
Whether you are looking for a casual afternoon with your buddies, a romantic date night option, a spot with live music and a bonfire, or you just want to hang out in an igloo with your dog… We've rounded up all the deets on our favorite CT spots for igloo dining this winter!
To help you cure cabin fever this winter, we are bringing you the inside scoop on CT’s Igloo Scene (let’s just say, we did our homework!).
Our Fave Spots For Igloo Dining In CT...
Aquilas Nest Vineyard, Sandy Hook
Sample wine flights and warm chocolate mulled wine. Hang by the bonfires and enjoy a magical sunset and hilltop views. This season, you can reserve a cozy igloo at Aquilas Nest Vineyard for up to 8 guests. Sign us up! Each igloo is covered, heated, and decorated with a different garden theme. Table service is included. Wine is not included in the reservation but can be purchased (obviously!). Pro Tip- check their event schedule and head to Aquilas when they have live music and food trucks on-site!
Website: Aquilas Nest Website
Rizzuto's Oyster Bar & Restaurant, Westport
Did you know that Rizzuto’s was one of the very first CT restaurants to offer Igloo dining? This is their second year offering Igloos– so it’s safe to say they are old pros! To keep you warm on even the coldest winter nights Rizzuto's Igloos come equipped with Individual electric fireplaces as well as bonfires set up outside. We love that they encourage guests to bring a blue tooth speaker to make their experience even more fun! Fire-pits, enchanting lights, and cozy decor make the ambiance unbeatable. Rizzuttos has gone above and beyond to make this experience as safe as possible for you and their staff– service staff will not enter igloos, your food and beverages will be served at the igloo doorway.
Wood N Tap, Farmington
Wood-n-Tap’s location in Farmington Connecticut is located along the river– and you better believe that their igloos boast the best waterfront dining in CT this winter. These cozy igloos seat up to __ and come complete with twinkle lights, festive decore & heating lamps to keep you nice and warm! Each Igloo is for a private party of 6 to 8 people and they require a $50 minimum spend per person. Pro Tip- call to make a reservation ahead of time.
Kokomo’s Restaurant & Beach Bar, Old Lyme
Their see-through outdoor Cabanas seat up to five dining guests and are perfectly equipped to protect from the elements while still enjoying the very best views Connecticut has to offer. Located directly on the beach, these cabanas make it east to enjoy the legendary location all year long.
Dockside Brewery, Milford
Igloo dining at Dockside Brewery comes complete with a water view and themed decor. Their Igloos hold anywhere from 6 to 10 guests (depending on the igloo). Dockside has a $150 minimum spend on food and drink purchases (per Igloo reservation) and you can reserve your igloo for up to 3 hours. Dockside also says that their “Igloo Park” will have an open-air atmosphere this season, and they plan to feature bonfires as well as tents overlooking the water.
Jealous Monk, Mystic
One of our favorite spots to hit up when we’re in Mystic, the Jealous Monk’s outdoor beer garden can now be enjoyed all winter long. The best part? These Igloos are 100% DOG FRIENDLY! We love the casual beer garden vibe that will always leave us wanting more.
Looking for an extra special experience? At MIllwrights, they are taking a romantic candle-lit dining experience to a whole new level. Their private greenhouses offer a sophisticated and charming experience for a special date night or a cozy night with friends. These beautiful spaces are heated and can sit up to 12 guests (reservations required). They also offer pods along the twinkling waterfall for parties of two.
The Wheel, Stamford
You miiiight have seen these outdoor dining igloos on a billboard along I-95– and that’s because they are worthy of the fame! The image taken by our buddy PJ from Hey Stamford shows just how epic these Igloos are. Dine-in style this cold season in The Wheel's outdoor Igloos! Warm-up over specialty cocktails and Chef's seasonal food menu in a cozy setting with additions such as savory fondue and build your own s'mores. Round up your family and friends! Igloos are available exclusively for parties of 4-6 guests. We welcome children but ask that adults be present at all times. Pile in and get cozy! Each Igloo reservation is for a two-hour time slot.
Sign Of The Whale, Stamford
These rooftop lounge-style Igloos located in the heart of Harbor Point in Stamford is an experience like no other. They include lounge-style seating decked out with soft coverings and pillows. There’s a rug underfoot, tables and a space heater to keep everyone warm. The maximum capacity is 8 guests, NO EXCEPTIONS. Each reservation is for a 2-hour timeslot. 20% gratuity will be added to the tab. Children are welcome, adults must be present. Minimum spend of $50 per person required.
Toro Loco, Farmington
This Igloo dining experience boasts a tasting menu like no other. Igloo dining comes with a chef's tasting experience: an exquisite 4-course dinner with a carafe of margarita to start. $60 per person. Available for parties of 4-6.
Puerto Vallarta, Danbury
These heated Igloos can seat parties of 4 to 8. They have a 90-minute dining maximum and reservations are required.