5 Spots in Rhode Island to Dine in an Outdoor Igloo
Bring your own blanket and cozy on up while dining outside in an igloo during the winter months.
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated form a previous version posted in 2021.
One positive thing the pandemic did for restaurants is to inspire and encourage all-season outdoor dining experiences just like in Scandinavian countries. There are several restaurants in Rhode Island that have brought back igloo dining for yet another winter season. Bring your own blanket and cozy on up while dining al fresco in a cozy igloo in Newport, Providence, Cranston, East Greenwich, Smithfield and more. The igloos are lit up, most are heated, and all are sanitized after each use for guests to enjoy.
Newport Harbor Island
Visit the renowned igloos at Newport Harbor Island Resort (f.k.a. Gurney’s), where you can soak up water views over the Newport Pell Bridge and enjoy ice-skating at the on-site rink. Each igloo is equipped with cozy decor and blankets, plus there is a special menu and seasonal drink offerings. The two-hour dining experience can seat up to four people at a time inside a heated igloo on the Firepit Deck.
How to reserve: Reservations can be made online. For all igloo-dining reservations, the following food and beverage minimums apply: $75 for lunch and $150 for dinner. This requirement does not include sales tax and 18 percent gratuity. Deposits are forfeited if the reservation is cancelled less than twenty-four hours in advance.
The details: 1 Goat Island, Newport, 844-807-5857, newportharborisland.com
Huck’s Filling Station
Huck’s Filling Station in East Greenwich is once again hosting a “pop up” partnership with Exquisite Events to create a winter wonderland outdoor igloo-dining experience with a seasonal shared plates and a craft cocktail menu. The heated igloos can comfortably seat parties of four to eight people. Igloo reservations (with new themes) will be available after Thanksgiving. Be sure to keep an eye on Huck’s socials for updates.
How to Reserve: Once reservations become available, all the restaurant directly at 401-471-7170 with the intended day and time of your reservation and the size of your party in mind.
The details: 4654 Post Rd., Warwick, 401-471-7170, hucksfillingstation.com
This Mediterranean restaurant offers delicious meals and has igloos set up for outdoor brunch and dinner service during the colder months.
How to reserve: Make your reservations by calling the restaurant directly at 401-233-3223 or by sending them a message on Facebook.
The details: 645 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, 401-233-3223, terrazzari.com
Make a dinner (two hours) or lounge (one-and-a-half hours) reservation for private, heated igloo dining for two to eight people overlooking Newport Harbor. The Reef’s new winter menu will be offered, with a full cocktail and wine menu. The unique igloo offerings are a collaboration between the Reef and Exquisite Events and include four different themes: Winter Wonderland, Rainforest, Botanical Garden and Citrus Grove.
How to reserve: Reservations can be made online. There is a $100 rental fee per igloo as well as spending minimums. Call for pricing.
Details: 10 Howard Wharf, Newport, 401-324-5852, thereefnewport.com
Coast Guard House
The Coast Guard House welcomes guests to dine by the sea in one of our designer-decorated snowglobes (a.k.a. igloos). The heated igloos can accommodate two to eight guests at a time.
Can accommodate up to 8 guests & min of 2 igloo dependent.
How to reserve: Reservations can be made online or by calling the restaurant directly. There is a $100 igloo rental charge for three hours (reservations time may be shorter during holiday weekends) in addition to $25 per guest minimum spend.
Details: 40 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, 401-789-0700, thecoastguardhouse.com