2022 Winter Outdoor Dining: Where to Find Heated Igloos in SW Michigan

Winter Outdoor Dining- Dog and the Bank

Yes, We Are Still Dining Outside in Kalamazoo This Winter

While igloos, heated patios and other winter outdoor dining may have originated during the pandemic, they have now become a seasonal norm for a few local restaurants.

And for local diners who gladly donned multiple layers to keep their favorite restaurants in business two years ago, they have transitioned into a fun way to dine under the stars.

If you’re curious to try out these new dining spaces, read on for a list of restaurants prepped to serve you outside and some tips for dining in the elements.

Winter Outdoor Dining
image: Bird Dog

Are You New to Igloos? Here are Some Tips

Ready to try winter outdoor dining in SW Michigan? Here’s what you need to know:

Even with heaters, igloos can be cold.
Although you’re in a covered structure, it’s made of plastic and we live in Michigan.

To combat the cool temps, layer up with warm clothes and bring your winter gear; many restaurants will recommend a “lap blanket” as well.

Make reservations (if you can).
Most locations only have two igloos and they are very popular.

We highly recommend making reservations or visiting during a non-peak dining time if you hope to snag one as a walk-in diner.

Consider a premium tip for your server.
While diners may love igloos, they are more work than a traditional indoor table for restaurant staff.

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Kalamazoo Restaurants with Winter Outdoor Dining

Try these SWMI restaurants for some fun (albeit chilly) dining experiences.

And if you’re up for a short drive, there are igloo dining restaurants in Grand Rapids too.

🍽 Heated Igloo Dining

Bird Dog

Bird Dog is a modern American cuisine restaurant located in historic downtown Mattawan and offers specialty cocktails, wine and craft beer.

Bird Dog serves lunch, dinner and brunch.

Tuesday - Thursday 11am to 9pm
Friday 11am to 10pm
Saturday 10am to 10pm
Sunday 10am to 8pm

Closed Mondays

Outdoor Winter Dining at Bird Dog
Igloos are BACK! Call to make reservations.

❄️Please be patient with our phone line. We only have 1 line & our servers/bartenders will be doing the best they can on a busy Saturday night

❄️Our Igloos comfortably hold 6 people

❄️These are by reservation only. Indoor is still first come, first serve

56749 Murray St, Mattawan MI 49071

(269) 668-4770


🍽 Heated Igloo Dining

Cody Kresta Vineyard and Winery

Cody Kresta is a small, family winery specializing in hand-crafted Michigan wines

All grapes used in their wines are grown in the Lake Michigan Shore Appellation.

Outdoor Winter Dining at Cody Kresta Vineyard and Winery
The chilly weather is here!

Reserve your own heated igloo by calling the tasting room. Igloos are $20 per hour and can seat 2-8 people.

Hope to see you all soon!! 269-668-3800

45727 27th St, Mattawan MI 49071

(269) 668-3800


🍽 Heated Igloo Dining

Dog & The Bank

As a second location for Bird Dog owners, Chef Matt Bush and wife Allison Maxwell, Dog & the Bank also offers intimate dining and specialty cocktails, wine, and craft beer.

Dog & the Bank serves lunch, dinner and brunch.

Tuesday to Thursday 11am-9pm
Friday 11am-10pm
Saturday 10am-10pm
Sunday 10am-8pm

Closed Mondays

Outdoor Winter Dining at Dog & The Bank
Our Igloos are back & ready to go!

❄️We will be taking reservations from now to December 30th.

❄️They hold up to 6 guests comfortably & they are heated!

❄️Indoors will still be first come, first serve.

200 E Bridge St, Plainwell MI 49080

(269) 225-1033


🍽 Heated Igloo Dining

NEDS on Gull Lake

NEDS is a pizza, grinders and burger joint with liquor and beer.

We offer take-out beer & wine & we deliver to the boat launch!

Sunday - Thursday: 11am-9pm
Friday - Saturday: 11am-10pm

Outdoor Winter Dining at NEDS on Gull Lake
One igloo is still standing for 2022 (the other didn't fare so well in the weather).

• First come, first serve (no reservations)
• Comfortably sits 4-5 people

15450 M-43 Highway, Hickory Corners MI 49060

(269) 671-5700


🍽 Heated Igloo Dining

Sincerely, K & J

Welcome to the Round Barn Winery & Estate. This stunning turn-of-the-century Amish round barn acts as the backdrop for all the excitement that unfolds all year round.

Our family-owned and operated winery, distillery, and brewery offers guests the chance to experience all Southwest Michigan has to offer. From wine tastings to live music and countless events, experiencing the Round Barn Estate should be at the top of everyone’s bucket lists.

Outdoor Winter Dining at Sincerely, K & J
Lounge Igloo:
An intimate, relaxing, and memorable way to spend your winter afternoon with us. We have partnered with Sincerely K & J again this winter season to bring their luxury "pop-up picnic" to our Winter Village's Igloos.

Dining Igloo:
Fully decorated seasonal tablescape including table linens, chargers, plates, napkins, flatware, stemware​, & decor for a more formal & festive tasting experience!

10983 Hills Rd, Baroda MI 49101

(269) 767-1384

🍽 Heated Igloo Dining

Three Blondes Brewing

Opened in June 2018, Three Blondes Brewing is run by three (blonde) sisters who grew up in South Haven.

Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Thursday: 11:30am-9pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:30am-10pm
Sunday: 11:30am-8pm

Outdoor Winter Dining at Three Blondes Brewing
The Blondomes are back!

Our Blondomes are geodesic domes (aka “igloos”) located on the patio at Three Blondes Brewing and are the best way to experience 3BB beer and food “outside” in the fall and winter!

These magical domes will protect you and your classy group of friends (max of 8 people) from the wind, snow, and rain. When the sun’s out, the Blondomes get nice and toasty. When it’s cloudy or the sun is down, a small heater helps keep the Blondomes a few degrees warmer. Body heat also helps.

The Blondomes are first come, first served (no charge) unless reserved for a fee.

1875 Phoenix Street Suite B, South Haven MI 49090

(269) 872-3911


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