7 places in Rhode Island to dine in an outdoor igloo


Image from Mare Rooftop’s Facebook page.

One positive thing the pandemic has done for restaurants is to inspire and encourage outdoor dining experiences in all seasons, just like in Scandinavian countries. There are several restaurants in Rhode Island that have brought back igloos for another winter season. Bring your own blanket and make yourself comfortable while dining al fresco in a cozy igloo in Newport, Providence, Cranston, East Greenwich, Smithfield and more. The igloos are lit, most are heated, and all are disinfected after each use for guest enjoyment.

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Igloos in Chaska. photo by Myke Yeager.

Chaska

Head to Cranston’s Garden City for modern Indian cuisine served in an igloo in Chaska. Chaska is owned by the same owners as Rasoi, Kabob, and Curry and Rasa, and the menu features popular dishes like chicken tikka masala, curries, and plenty of vegan options. They also serve hot drinks like Coconut Grove hot toddy and apple cider mimosas.

How to book: Open daily, from noon to 9 p.m. Call 401-537-7900 to reserve an outdoor igloo.

The details: 16 Midway Road, Cranston, 401-537-7900, chaska-usa.com

Gurney’s

Visit the Igloo Pop-Up After Skate Winter Wonderland through March 31 at Gurney’s Newport, where you can take in the water views over the Newport Pell Bridge and ice skate on the onsite ice rink. Each igloo is decorated with cozy decor and blankets, and there’s a special menu that includes grilled bruschetta cheese, homemade chili and more. The two-hour dining experience can accommodate up to four people at a time in a heated igloo on the Firepit Deck in Gurney’s Newport. These igloos are carefully disinfected after each use.

How to book: Reservations can be made online. For all igloo meal reservations, the following food and beverage minimums apply: $ 175 minimum for reservations between 11:30 am and 3 pm (there is a minimum of $ 300 for statutory holidays); $ 275 minimum for any reservation between 5:30 p.m. and closing (there is a minimum of $ 375 for statutory holidays). This requirement does not include sales tax and 18 percent gratuity.

The details: 1 Goat Island, Newport, 401-851-3325, gurneysresorts.com

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The igloo experience at the Huck gas station.

Huck filling station

Huck’s gas station in East Greenwich gets a change of scenery by hosting a ‘pop up’ partnership with Exquisite Events to create an alfresco dining experience in an igloo in winter wonderland with seasonal shared platters and a handcrafted cocktail menu. There will also be a “Southern Supper Series” lineup which will debut soon with Southern Comfort on January 19th, a Valentine’s Day brunch on February 12th.

How to book: the The heated igloos can comfortably accommodate groups of four to eight people. Call the restaurant directly at 401-471-7170 or email [email protected] on the scheduled day and time of your reservation and your group size.

The details: 4654 Post Road, Warwick, 401-471-7170, hucksfillingstation.com

Los Andes

For Peruvian and Bolivian dishes, visit Los Andes. This restaurant offers a wide variety of menu options, and with the igloos set up outside, you can enjoy your meal al fresco. It sounds like a win-win for us.

How to book: Open Wednesday to Thursday 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday to Saturday 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. You can reserve an igloo by calling 401-649-4911.

The details: 903 Chalkstone Ave., Providence, 401-649-4911, losandesri.com

Mare on the roof

Spend an evening inside an igloo overlooking Providence as we move into these colder months. The restaurant offers an outdoor dining experience in a heated igloo where you can order from a special menu or choose to order from the regular menu as well.

How to book: Call 401-336-6273 to make a reservation. Reservations are available Tue-Thursday. 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Fri at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Sat and Sun. at noon, 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.. A deposit of $ 50 is required, which will be applied to the final invoice. The deposit will only be refunded if the reservation is canceled more than twenty-four hours in advance. There is a $ 75 minimum per person (for food only) for a two and a half hour reservation. Choose from the options of a date night (for two) or a couple’s evening (for four) including an artisan cheese platter and / or a Mini Mare Sampler; a choice of main dishes (scallops and pan-fried gnocchi, Tuscan salmon, rigatoni bolognese, mare strip loin, lobster with blue ginger or fresh seafood from diavolo); and dessert (flourless chocolate pie, seasonal cheesecake or seasonal crème brûlée).

The details: 229, rue Waterman, Providence, 401-336-6273, marerooftop.com

Terrazza

This Mediterranean restaurant offers delicious meals and has igloos for alfresco dining during the colder months. They also recently launched the winter cocktail menu with the Jack Frost and S’mores Martini. Follow the Facebook page for updates.

How to book: Igloo reservations must be made over the phone by calling 401-233-3223. They are not accepted via open table. Open Sunday through Thursday. 4 pm-9pm and Fri and Sat 4 pm-10pm

The details: 645 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, 401-233-3223, terrazzari.com

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Igloos at the Reef in Newport. Photo courtesy of The Reef.

The reef

Make a reservation for a dinner (two hours) or lounge (one and a half hours) for dinner in a private, heated igloo for two to six people overlooking Newport Harbor.

How to book: Reservations can be made in line, but to inquire about various igloo experiences, email [email protected] There is a reservation fee of $ 5 per person for the reservation of a private igloo as well as a minimum expenditure for lunch at $ 40 per person (from noon to 4 p.m.), dinner at $ 65 per person (from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) and children under 12. are a minimum of $ 25. During dinner hours, groups of two must reserve the “Night Under the Stars Package” for $ 100 per person, which includes a two-hour reservation, a glass of prosecco, a bottle of red or white wine, a platter of cheeses, a course dinner, a dessert plate and hot chocolate.

Details: 10 Howard Wharf, Newport, 401-324-5852, thereefnewport.com

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