Over the summer dining outside became a true staple with more restaurants creating an abundance of outdoor spaces for diners to enjoy meals. While winter does pose some challenges for dining outside, restaurants have come up with unique and creative ways for restaurant-goers to not only feel safe but also have a special dining experience, after what may be months of not dining out. Dining in alpenglobes, igloos, yurts, and other inventive spaces have become the trendy thing to do this winter to create captivating atmospheres, AND I am here for it! If there’s one thing the pandemic has done, it’s made going out to dinner a special occasion once again, and with the addition of these fun and inviting winter dining options, the outdoor patio has been elevated as the go-to place to sit and enjoy a meal. Below I’ve highlighted a number of dining options in Park City that have embraced these alternative dining options.
Alpenglobes and Igloos
Boneyard Saloon and Wine Dive
Join The Boneyard Saloon and Wine Dive under the stars or a snowy night in one of their three Rooftop Igloos. Whether celebrating a special occasion or looking for private dining (parties up to 12), each Igloo is heated to comfort and offers panoramic views, epic star gazing, a dimmable chandelier to set the mood, and a Bluetooth speaker allowing your group to create your own musical ambiance, while enjoying Boneyard's stellar food and beverage menu. All Igloos must be reserved in advance and can be reserved online through their website or Resy.com with a reservation fee of $100.00 plus tax *holidays/special events subject to change. There is a Food-and-Beverage Minimum, Sunday through Thursday: $300.00, Friday and Saturday: $400.00, and each reservation has a maximum 2.5 hours of dining.
Butchers Chop House
Adjustable heating, Bluetooth music via Sonos wireless speakers, and dimmable chandeliers, as well as views of the mountains and Town Lift Plaza, are the perfect way to enjoy a meal at Butcher’s Chop House and Bar in historic old town Park City. Alpenglobes are available on the outdoor patio, by reservation only. Lunch and apres reservations are available through February. Time slots for a 90 minute dining experience include 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m., and 3:15 p.m. To ensure a private and uninterrupted dining experience, each alpenglobe is equipped with a server push-button call bell. Visit Resy.com to book your alpenglobe today!
Culinary Crafts at Kimball Terrace
Indulge in a delicious family-style meal from the seclusion and safety of a private bubble while you enjoy the view of the Park City mountains from the heated rooftop terrace of Culinary Crafts. There is nothing quite like dining in your very own stargazing observatory for an intimate warm winter outdoor dining experience. Located at the corner of Heber Ave. and Main Street, enjoy a three-course prix fixe family-style meal, with a unique chef’s choice seasonal menu.
Edge Steak House
The Edge Steak House at the Westgate Hotel is also offering an alpenglobe experience for their guests that’s sure to be a memorable Park City moment. They have 2 globes available that seat up to 4 people each and are offering 2 seatings - 5:30 PM and 8:00 PM Thursday - Monday. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. To make a globe reservation call the Edge Steakhouse at (435) 655-2260. There is a $250 reservation fee. You’ll be ordering off the delectable Edge Menu, and the food is a separate charge.
High West Distillery Nelson Cottage
High West Distillery is now offering a new aprés-ski whiskey lounge at the Nelson Cottage filled with bites, winter warming cocktails, and of course, High West Whiskey! They’ve also included an eight-foot alpenglobe that seats up to six comfortably. Reservations can be made on OpenTable.
Montage Deer Valley
New this season to Montage Deer Valley, the Vista Terrace Alpenglobes—a cozy private dining option set on the Vista Terrace overlooking stunning views of the valley. The enclosed, climate-controlled enclaves allow for dining up to 8 with reservation times available between 3 pm and 8:30 pm daily. To reserve there is a $200 rental fee and the reservation can be made by calling (435) 604-1301 and requesting to dine at the Vista Terrace Alpenglobes.
Enjoy panoramic views of the outdoors, from your very own alpenglobe at Stein Eriksen Lodge. This dining experience comes with a $200 reservation fee for 90 minutes of dining. Reservations are available only for lodge guests at this time but could be available on a first-come-first-serve for non-hotel guests. Call (435) 645-6455 to make a reservation.
Wasatch Brew Pub
Looking for a snowy afternoon view or a meal under the stars? Wasatch Brew Pub in Park City is now offering outdoor igloos. By reservation only, each igloo offers ultimate comfort with heaters, air purifiers, and a brightly lit atmosphere for a nice dinner with the whole family. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (801) 328-2329 ext. 1238 to make a reservation. It is recommended to bring your own blankets or purchase a Wasatch branded blanket as a souvenir.
Yurts, Patios, and Other
Montage Deer Valley
The Après Lounge Yurt at the Montage is located directly behind the resort with direct access to Ruby, Empire, and Lady Morgan ski lifts, making a true skiers’ delight. Enjoy apres-ski cocktails daily from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
Another favorite outdoor dining experience is the ski-in, ski-out seafood and raw bar at RIME. Perched at the top of the Jordenelle Gondola and the Mountaineer Express Lift at Deer Valley Resort, the ski-in, walk-in eatery has plenty of outdoor deck seating available, and serves fresh seafood including lobster rolls, chowder, oysters, beer, and wine. Open daily 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a $2.50 oyster happy hour from 2-3 p.m. No reservations needed
Silver Star Cafe
Also offering comfort, warmth and an extraordinary dining space is the Silver Star Cafe, with a new yurt open and ready for dining. The yurt, equipped with well-spaced tables, plenty of ventilation, heat, and all of the wonderful food, and service, is just another unique method of dining out this season.
The Twisted Fern has constructed a winterized outdoor dining space from their summer patio creating more room for diners and a special experience for their exquisite fare. They’ve enclosed their outdoor patio with a large tent, wooden floor, and have created a cozy space with heaters to warm restaurant-goers as they break bread.
Versante Hearth and Bar has created yet another fun outdoor dining experience. Versante on Ice has officially made its debut this winter, offering outdoor ice skating every day from 4-8 p.m. Diners can enjoy food and drinks outdoors between 4-8 p.m. and will be offered complimentary ice skating. Enjoy your favorite foods and drinks from Versante, served curbside to-go style, inside a heated tent, plus an outdoor fireplace, perfect for conversation and cocktails while the kids skate. Skate rentals are available for $5 through Ski n See, located in the Versante lobby, but guests who have their own are welcome to bring them to skate for free. No more than 20 skaters are allowed on the ice at a time, and reservations are recommended. The ice rink is reserved for Versante diners only, no outside guests. For outdoor tent dining and ice rink reservations email Tony@parkcitypeaks.com or call (435) 604-4012.
Enjoy these dining out experiences and feel safe and cozy in your own bubble amongst the backdrop of Park City’s winter wonderland!