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These Charleston area restaurants are equipped with patio heaters for safer outdoor dining

Heaters double as table bases at Melfi's

Heaters double as table bases at Melfi's. Hanna Raskin/Staff

Restaurant patio heaters are so scarce in Charleston that even Google has trouble finding them. Prompted to come up with a list of winterized dining areas, the search engine produces approximately half a page of hits before suggesting dinner in Seattle.

Unlike restaurant owners in traditionally cold places, restaurateurs here have little incentive to spend thousands of dollars on effective and legal outdoor heating systems.

And by the time Lowcountry temperatures dipped into the less-than-comfortable range, patio heaters were in short supply. A San Diego restaurant owner who this month was finally forced to confront 40-degree evenings discovered the equipment was backordered through March, according to an NBC affiliate’s report.

“Never knew heaters would be such a big topic of discussion,” Charleston area restaurant publicist Kerry Welch admitted this week.

But with lows forecast to remain at or below 50 degrees until Dec. 11, heaters are suddenly on everyone’s lips. They’re just not on every local restaurant patio.

Here’s where you can dine in electrified warmth (although sometimes only by reservation, so it’s always wise to call ahead or consult the restaurant’s website before heading out):


82 Queen, 82 Queen St., 843-723-7591,

Baker & Brewer, 94 Stuart St., 843-297-8233,

Barbadoes Room, 115 Meeting St., 843-577-2400,

Basic Kitchen, 82 Wentworth St., 843-789-4568,

Bistro a Vin, 40 Archdale St., 843-974-4441,

Bistronomy by Nico, 64 Spring St., 843-410-6221

Circa 1886, 149 Wentworth St., 843-853-7828,

Cru Café, 18 Pinckney St., 843-534-2434,

Delaney Oyster House, 115 Calhoun St., 843-594-0099,

Edmund’s Oast, 1081 Morrison Drive, 843-727-1145,

**Winner of a Dr. Leon Banov Banner of Distinction for COVID safety**

Estadio, 122 Spring St., 843-793-1029,

Fleet Landing, 186 Concord St., 843-722-8100,

Frannie and the Fox, 181 Church St., 843-414-1673,

Le Farfalle, 15 Beaufain St., 843-212-0920,

Halls Chophouse, 434 King St., 843-727-0090,

Husk, 76 Queen St., 843-577-2500,

Lewis Barbecue, 464 N. Nassau St., 843-805-9500,

Melfi’s, 721 King St., 843-513-0307,

Muse Restaurant, 82 Society St., 843-577-1102,

Peninsula Grill, 112 N. Market St., 843-723-0700,

Pink Cactus, 100A Spring St., 843-764-9343,

The Thoroughbred Club, 205 Meeting St., 843-722-4900,

Wild Common, 103 Spring St., 843-817-7311,

Xiao Bao Biscuit, 224 Rutledge Ave., no phone,

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Zero George, 0 George St., 843-817-7900,


Loggerhead's Beach Grill, 123 W. Ashley Ave., 843-588-2365, 

Lowlife Bar, 106 E. Hudson Ave., 843-633-0460,

**Winner of a Dr. Leon Banov Banner of Distinction for COVID safety**

Rita's Seaside Grille, 2 Center St., 843-588-2525,


Bowens Island Restaurant, 1870 Bowens Island Rd., 843-795-2757,

Jalisco Taqueria & Tequila, 1271 Folly Rd., 843-638-8844, 

Kwei Fei, 1977 Maybank Highway, 843-225-0094,

Maybank Public House, 1970 Maybank Hwy., 843-203-6461,


Cantina 76, 219 Farm Lake View, 843-737-4607,

FortyEight, 547 Freshfields Dr., 843-768-2245,

Fuji Sushi Bar & Grill, 205 Farm Lake View, 843-996-4898,

Hege’s Restaurant, 275 Gardeners Cir., 843-768-0035,

King Street Grille, 679 Freshfields Dr., 843-768-5444,

La Tela Pizzeria, 133 Village Green Ln., 843-768-1951,


Coleman Public House, 427 W. Coleman Blvd., 843-416-8833,

NICO, 201 Coleman Blvd., 843-352-7969,

**Winner of a Dr. Leon Banov Banner of Distinction for COVID safety**

Page’s Okra Grill, 302 Coleman Blvd., 843-881-3333,

Post House, 101 Pitt St., 843-203-7678,


843 Korean BBQ & Sushi House, 6601 Rivers Ave., 843-764-9578,

**Winner of a Dr. Leon Banov Banner of Distinction for COVID safety**

Dashi, 1262 Remount Rd., 843-867-3555,


Carolina Ale House, 191 Sigma Dr., 843-471-1970,

Low Country Fish Camp, 903 Central Ave., 843-285-8558,

Oscar’s of Summerville, 207 W. 5th North St., 843-871-3800,

This Little Piggy, 100 Central Ave., 843-594-3108,

Know of a heated restaurant patio that’s not on this list? Shoot an email to

Reach Hanna Raskin at 843-937-5560 and follow her on Twitter @hannaraskin.

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