If anyone can appreciate good weather, it’s Michiganders. After a long winter and a wet spring, we’re all looking forward to spending time outdoors again. Thankfully, we are blessed with tons of outdoor dining options and fun patios in Metro Detroit!
Here are 10 of the restaurants with the best patios in + around Detroit:
Blake’s Tasting Room | Armada
If you’re looking for a family-friendly outdoor dining space, Blake’s has you covered. The tasting room is a full-service restaurant with lots of shareables, sandwiches, and salads. There’s tons of space to spread out and for kids to play. Enjoy a delicious hard cider including experimental flavors only available on the farm. I love the party pretzel, and my kids always leave with a donut!
Bobcat Bonnie’s | Clinton Twp, Ferndale, + Wyandotte
With multiple locations around Metro Detroit (and beyond), Bobcat Bonnie’s strives to be “the neighborhood spot.” With an eclectic aesthetic and unique menus for both dinner and brunch, it’s one of our favorite patios to visit. Our kids like the mac and cheese and tots, with other kid-favorites on their kids menu. They have delicious cocktails to pair with your meal, and the perfect spot for a boozy brunch with friends.
Como’s | Ferndale
Located in the heart of Ferndale at Woodward and 9 Mile, Como’s boasts “the largest outdoor patio in town.” We always get the Joshua J pizza and the antipasto salad but you really can’t go wrong with any of their deep dish. It’s a bit of a party patio, if that’s the vibe you’re looking for!
Coriander Kitchen + Farm | Detroit
Sit canal-side and feast on unique farm-to-table menu items at Coriander. You’ll find casual, thoughtful dining located in the Jefferson-Chalmers area with beautiful views of the canal. They offer lunch and dinner service every day except Tuesday. With an emphasis on seasonal ingredients, their sandwiches and salads look especially delicious!
Detroit Fleat | Ferndale
Fleat is a unique and casual food truck park on 9 Mile in Ferndale. Their expansive patio is both kid- and dog-friendly. If your kids aren’t in the mood for any of their rotating food trucks, they have a full kitchen menu that includes a kid menu. Their “boozery brunch” events are fun on the weekends. They often have events, including live music. They are open Wednesday through Sunday!
Mercury Burger + Bar | Detroit
Mercury is a diner-style burger and milkshake joint located in Corktown with a spacious patio that is both kid-friendly and dog-friendly. Enjoy the giant mural from your covered picnic table in their fenced-in outdoor dining space. They are open every day for lunch and dinner!
Mike’s on the Water | St. Clair Shores
Located on the nautical mile in St. Clair Shores, this casual nautical-themed restaurant has a large waterside patio with a full tiki bar and a view of the marina. Kids can pick from the “treasure chest” on the way out, a favorite for my kids! They also have a rooftop deck and an ice cream truck on-site.
Motor City Brewing Works | Detroit
See great views of Midtown from the rooftop deck at Motor City Brewing Works! They are the oldest Detroit brewery and with their delicious brick-oven pizza along with their beers, it’s no surprise. Their convenient location is close to other spots you may want to visit before or after your meal. They are open every day for lunch and dinner.
Mudgie’s | Detroit
Located in Corktown, Mudgie’s Deli and Wine Shop is the perfect place to grab a sandwich and hang out in their tiki-inspired outdoor space. They have a kids menu, as well as a ton of items to peruse. They’re open Tuesday through Saturday.
The Waterfront Restaurant + Lounge | Wyandotte
If you’re looking for a fine dining experience on the water, look no further than The Waterfront in Wyandotte. Their upscale menu includes a variety of delicious options. Located right on the Detroit River, the views can’t be beat, and it’s only a short drive away from downtown!
No matter what vibe you’re looking for, you’ll be able to find it at one of these excellent restaurants in our area. What must-see patios are we missing from the list?