Outdoor Dining in Any Season

Grand Rapidians love the outdoors ­ – so much so that local restaurants and breweries have devised ways for us (and our visitors) to dine al fresco throughout the year.

Soak up the summer sun on a lakeside deck. Ward off the fall chill at a beergarden fire pit. Watch the snow fall from inside a transparent dome. Enjoy the gradual spring warm-up on a patio equipped for both cool and warm weather. All while enjoying some of the best food and drink in the nation.

Starting with the Downtown area and moving outward into other neighborhoods and regions, the eateries listed below feature outdoor spaces that can accommodate guests in all four seasons. Many of them first winterized their patios, porches and decks to serve more guests when COVID-19 curbed indoor dining – and these spaces remain excellent options to maximize the health benefits of fresh air and social distancing.

Keep in mind that outdoor spaces may require advance reservations and that operating hours, menu items and ordering procedures are subject to change. Always check a restaurant’s website or social media before you go. You can also search these outdoor locations on our Restaurants Page.

A family of three dining outside at the Market.
Tupelo Honey at Hyatt Place Grand Rapids/Downtown

Spacious patios for all weather at Downtown Market Grand Rapids & Tupelo Honey!

Photo Credit: Experience Grand Rapids


Downtown

Apartment Lounge

Michigan’s longest-running LGBTQ+ bar has created a four-season outdoor space beside artist Joey Salamon’s brightly colored “Rainbow Road” street mural outside the front door.

Atwater Brewery

The historic Rowe building is the backdrop for this popular brewery’s outdoor space, which fronts Michigan Street at the intersection of Monroe Avenue.

Brick & Porter

Enjoy a diverse selection of upscale American pub food and 20+ beers on tap right outside the front door of this Monroe Center mainstay.

Cinco De Mayo

Cheerful cantina on Monroe Center offers fresh-made enchiladas, margaritas and other Mexican faves on a spacious outdoor patio.

City Built Brewing Co.

This cross-cultural brewery in the Downtown Refreshment Area offers multiple outdoor seating options, right outside the front door and at the riverside Welcome Center across the street. 

The Cottage Bar & Restaurant

The city’s longest-running bar and restaurant (opened in 1927!) has added a partial enclosure above its outdoor patio to make outdoor dining more comfortable in every season.

The Corner Bar at Amway Grand Plaza

This pop-up bar at the corner of Monroe Ave. and Pearl St. sells adult beverages that you can enjoy on-site or carry around with you in the Downtown Refreshment Area.

Downtown Market Grand Rapids

Grab a meal or a snack at any of the Market’s 20+ restaurants and gourmet vendors, and enjoy it at an outdoor table as you watch customers stream in and out of the food emporium.

Eastern Kille Distillery

Indulge in premium craft spirits and cocktails at this Monroe North distillery, which has extended its outdoor seating area to accommodate patrons on both sunny days and cool evenings.

Field & Fire Café

The organic, from-scratch breakfast and lunch selections at this North Monroe restaurant taste equally delicious indoors and out.

Flanagan’s Irish Pub

Treat yourself to authentic Irish hospitality, food and drink in the partially covered dining area outside this enduring downtown eatery.

Founders Brewing Company

The outdoor beer garden at the city’s largest brewery is open year-round (and heated as necessary), so there’s always room for another afficionado of great beer.

Garage Bar and Grill

The covered patio outside this North Monroe destination is the perfect place to enjoy cold beer, strong drinks and fresh-made food – in any weather.

Grand Rapids Brewing Co.

Explore GRBC’S award-winning beers and a newly reimagined food menu – the chopped steak melts are delish – on outdoor tables along Ionia Avenue.

Grand Woods Lounge

The outdoor patio at this laid-back lounge is a great place to meet family and friends for food and drinks.

Hopcat - Downtown GR

The original HopCat, once named America’s Best Brewpub, serves a wide selection of local and global beers at tables right outside the front door. Treat yourself to the Cosmik Fries!

House of Wine

Wine and charcuterie, cocktails and small plates, beer and panini, all available at outdoor tables fronting busy Monroe Center (great for people-watching!).

IDC at Amway Grand Plaza

You need a secret code to get into this year-round balcony bar with great views of downtown GR. (Sign up at the IDC website to get it – just don’t tell anyone we told you.)

Jdek at Margaux

Enjoy waterfront dining alongside the Grand River at this laid-back French lounge at the JW Marriott ­– the outdoor bar keeps the drinks flowing!

The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck 

Dine like a VIP on the spacious riverside patio of the celebrity chef’s city-center restaurant. First-come, first-serve seating!

Luna GR

Award-winning Mexican restaurant in the Downtown Refreshment Areas welcomes guests to a spacious, partially enclosed patio.

Mayan Buzz Coffee Bar

Grab an outdoor table and ready your taste buds for organic espresso and coffee, organic teas, real fruit smoothies and healthy sandwiches with a Central American flair.

One Twenty Three Tavern

This new American tavern at the Studio Park entertainment complex offers outdoor seating with a view of a piazza that hosts live concerts, movies and more.

Reserve Wine & Food

Outdoor tables provide a cozy spot to enjoy distinctive cheese and charcuterie plates, locally sourced dinner entrées and an exceptional wine list. 

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Treat yourself to USDA Prime steaks, succulent seafood, handcrafted cocktails and more, in an elegant outdoor setting overlooking Monroe Avenue.  

Stella's Lounge

The home of America’s Best Burger (per GQ Magazine) and other elevated bar foods has supplemented its popular patio with even more streetside seating. 

Sundance Grill and Bar

Choose from a menu of American favorites infused with southwestern flavors, plus artisan cocktails, and enjoy al fresco – morning, noon or night.

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Monroe North

The outdoor patio at this upscale coffee, tea and pastry café is heated when needed (the sidewalks are heated too!) and breezily refreshing when not.

Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen & Bar

This Hyatt Place Hotel restaurant serves seasonal, scratch-made Southern food and libations on the patio outside its front door.

Uccello’s Ristorante – Downtown Grand Rapids

The spacious patio outside this pizzeria and sports lounge is ideal for people-watching while dining.

Z’s Restaurant & Bar

Longtime downtown gathering spot offers a front-door patio for outdoor dining and serves food until 2 am.

Heritage Hill

Lyon Street Café

This coffee shop  specializes in high-quality beverages, sandwiches and baked goods – ideal fare for al fresco dining.

Medical Mile

Logan’s Alley

The enclosed patio at this neighborhood pub is equipped with a hospital-grade HEPA filter to circulate fresh air around the space.

Palio Ristorante

The sidewalk patio at this Italian ristorante is a great place to enjoy authentic rustic Italian cuisine, signature cocktails and a smartly curated wine list.

The Friesian Gastro Pub

The eclectic New American menu at this casual restaurant and pub can be enjoyed in any weather on its stylish and comfortable outdoor patio.

North Quarter

Graydon’s Crossing

Enjoy global pub food, an extensive selection of beers and a unique menu of wines and handcrafted cocktails on a walled patio.

Top Flight Family at The Green Well.
Royals - Outside Domes

Enjoy patio dining no matter what season or temperature! An open patio at The Green Well or a private dome at Royals GR.

Photo Credit: Experience Grand Rapids


Uptown

Brewery Vivant

You can enjoy Michigan farmhouse ales and creative food dishes in the heated beer garden outside the worlds’ first LEED-certified microbrewery.

Donkey Taqueria

This renovated 1920s neighborhood service station offers ample outdoor seating for guests to enjoy its authentic Mexican fare.

Elk Brewing – Grand Rapids

This rustic-industrial brewpub invites you to bring your own food or have it delivered to the fireplace-equipped patio to pair with your Elk pints. There’s a small snack menu, too.

The Green Well

The ever-popular patio at this creative, eclectic restaurant has been equipped for comfortable dining in every season.

Harmony Brewing - Eastown

Great beer, great pizza and a great dog-friendly patio on which to enjoy them – no wonder this brewpub is an Eastown neighborhood favorite.

Madcap Coffee – Fulton St.

Iced drinks in warm weather, hot beverages when a chill sets in … Madcap has you covered with outdoor seating and climate-appropriate drinks for every season.

Outside Coffee Co.

“Coffee always tastes better outside” is the philosophy at this community-based coffee shop – and the proprietors have created a lovely four-season garden space to prove it!

Royals Grand Rapids

Classic American diner offers scrumptious breakfast and brunch staples plus sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, salads, shakes and more, all to enjoy indoors or out.

Speciation Artisan Ales

Experience an evolutionary approach to brewing wild beer, wine, hard seltzer and cider on the patio outside this Wealthy Street favorite.

The Winchester

It’s always a beautiful day on the patio at this destination pub, which serves seasonal food and drinks sourced from the best local, regional and global suppliers.

Zivio

Experience a cultural clash of modern European cuisines on the spacious patio at this family-owned restaurant, which also offers abundant beer, wine and cocktail selections.

East Grand Rapids

Jose Babushka’s

Located in the Gaslight Village shopping district of East Grand Rapids, Jose offers a unique fusion of Mexican and Polish cuisine, plus a full bar with Michigan beers on tap.

Rose’s on Reeds Lake

Enjoy a beautiful view of Reeds Lake along with delectable food and drink on the heated patio of this historic East Grand Rapids eatery.

Greyline Brewing Co. - Exterior at Night
People enjoying the outdoor patio at The Søvengård.

Enjoy a pint outdoors this spring in the fresh air at Greyline Brewing Co. or at The Søvengård.

Photo Credit: Experience Grand Rapids


West Side

Ando Sushi + Bar

Outdoor patio tables are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at this Bridge Street Entertainment District destination for ramen, sushi rolls and other Asian-inspired dishes.

Arktos Meadery

Arktos serves its handcrafted meads, or “honey wines,” on its Bridge Street patio alongside beer, coffee, slushees and other refreshing drinks.

Condado Tacos

Right in the heart of the Bridge Street entertainment district, Condado serves its signature build-your-own tacos, nachos and bowls on a spacious back patio.

DeHops Brewing Company and Café

Head over to the Standale business district for award-winning craft beer and awesome from-scratch food on the front patio.

Fratelli’s Kitchen & Bar

Savor a modern twist on classic Sicilian cuisine – pizza, pasta, sandwiches and more – on the parking lot patio of this Bridge Street eatery.

Greyline Brewing

Take advantage of the landscaped outdoor setting at this Alpine Avenue brewery to enjoy fresh, small-batch ales al fresco. Bring your own food or order in from local restaurants.

Harmony Hall

This brewery is in the Downtown Refreshment Area, so you can purchase beers and walk up and down the district. Or just park yourself in front of the open-windowed terrace. 

The Holiday Bar

The outdoor patio and beer garden is a great place to experience the friendly neighborhood appeal of this classic pub with gourmet grub. Live music and karaoke outdoors, too!  

Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria & Brewery

This artisan ale and fun food destination offers outdoor seating for guests to keep an eye on the hustle and bustle of Bridge Street.

One Bourbon

Bridge Street crowd-pleaser offers 200+ different whiskies and bourbons, plus beer, wine, cocktails and delectable comfort food, all available on its spacious outdoor patio.

O’Toole’s Public House

Dig in to an outrageously topped gourmet burger on the streetside patio at this neighborhood pub in the Bridge Street Entertainment District.

The Holiday Bar

In business since 1905, THB offers its trademark “everyone’s a regular” service and extensive food and drink selection on a backyard patio & bier garden.

The Mitten Brewing Company

Vintage baseball-themed microbrewery/pizza place serves outdoor guests in “The Outfield” during warm weather and the “Base Camp” (complete with campfires) when it turns cold.

New Holland Brewing – The Knickerbocker

The semi-enclosed garden area at this Bridge Street brewery is a cozy year-round spot to enjoy craft beer, artisan spirits, handcrafted cocktails, wine, cider and seasonal food selections.

Rise Bakery + Squibb Coffee

Enjoy a delectable assortment of fresh vegan and gluten-free baked goods plus coffee and other craft drinks, on an outdoor patio around the corner from John Ball Zoo.

The Sovengard

A spectacular four-season outdoor biergarten is a perfect setting for an extensive menu of hyper-local, seasonal and responsibly sourced food and drink.

Cedar Springs Brewing Company - Outdoor

Eat, drink and be merry at Cedar Springs Brewing Company.

Photo Credit: Experience Grand Rapids


Northeast

Bier Distillery

Boasting “the most craft beverage choices in West Michigan,” this grain & fruit-to-glass microdistillery offers outdoor games along with its outdoor seating.

Blue Water

There’s something scrumptious for everyone on the menu here – and a beautifully landscaped lakeside patio on which to enjoy your selections.

Bostwick Lake Inn

You’ll love the food and the view on the four-season lakeside deck of this renovated 1910 beach house near Rockford

Brick Haus Brews

Sparta brewery offers a covered patio with retractable walls to block the elements and let you focus on the great beer, wine, cocktails and comfort food.

Bud & Stanley’s Pub & Grub

This Alpine-area favorite added heaters to its outdoor deck so it can continue to deliver the fun atmosphere and great service it’s known for, even in cold weather.

Cannonsburg Ski Area

Ski resort just 20 minutes downtown GR is equipped with a roomy deck for year-round food & drink service, whether or not you ski or hit the zip lines.

Cedar Springs Brewing Company

Brauhaus/restaurant serves German-influenced, freshly crafted beer and food in its outdoor biergarten.

Charlie’s Bar and Grille

Dine on the outdoor patio of this neighborhood pub, which offers a large and eclectic comfort-food menu utilizing many Michigan-made products.

The Corner Bar

Serving Rockford since 1935 with “world-famous” chili dogs, hot dogs, burgers, fried dill pickles, fresh salads and more – the kind of food that tastes great outdoors!

Elk Brewing – Comstock Park

Enjoy handcrafted brews and fresh-made food on the brewery patio – you can practically hear the crack of the baseball bat at nearby LMCU ballpark!

Gravity Taphouse Grille

An expansive selection of craft beer and an eclectic variety of food, flavors and scratch dishes are available on the outdoor patio of this restaurant just off I-196 at the East Beltline exit.

HopCat Knapp’s Corner

Relax on the outdoor patio with Michigan beers and marvelous food – you must try the Cosmik Fries!

Pux Cider Taphouse

Head to the Pux patio to enjoy a creative selection of lip-smacking ciders made with fresh Michigan apples farmed just 20 miles away at the six-generation Shaefer Orchard.

River North Public House

This Creston neighborhood favorite serves shareables, salads, sandwiches, burgers, cocktails and more on its spacious outdoor patio.

Rockford Brewing Company

Grab an outdoor table, peruse the menu and place your order inside at the bar ­­– they’ll bring the beer, snacks, appetizers and entrées to your table.

The Score Restaurant & Sports Bar

This rollicking joint keeps the chill summer vibe going all year ‘round on its outdoor lakeside patio, complete with palm trees and tiki torches.

Shots on the River

Kick back with a delicious meal and great beverage (there are 22 beers on tap) on the outdoor patio at this friendly neighborhood destination.

Switchback Gear Exchange

Sip coffees and other beverages at outdoor tables and chairs, then head inside to browse the store’s extensive selection of bicycles and camping gear.

Third Nature Brewing

The nature-centric biergarten at this Rockford brewery won second place in an MLive reader poll on Grand Rapids’ best outdoor dining destinations.

Timbers Inn Restaurant & Tavern

Choice steaks, fresh fish and wild game are among the culinary delights available on the outdoor patio at this Rockford restaurant.

Vander Mill

Enjoy hard ciders, apple wines and a handcrafted menu featuring local products in an outdoor space maximized for your comfort in every season.

Perrin Brewing Co - Dark Beer - Outside Patio

Cheers to patio weather and being outside at Perrin Brewing Co.

Photo Credit: Experience Grand Rapids


Northwest

Amore Trattoria Italiana

A spacious, shielded-from-the-elements patio provides a perfect showcase for the authentic regional Italian specialties whipped up by local celebrity chef Jenna Arcidiacono and her crew.

Lost Art Brewhouse

The front patio at this small-batch artisan brewery in Walker hosts a regular succession of food trucks in addition to guests craving fresh, high-quality craft beers.

Main St. Pub – Allendale

Get a table on the roomy patio at this popular hangout near  Grand Valley State University to peruse the expansive menu and order a decadent drink.

Perrin Brewing Company

This microbrewery 10 minutes north of downtown Grand Rapids offers 18-25 beers on tap and a delectable assortment of pub grub on its outdoor deck.

Pink Barrel Cellars

This fruit farm-based brewery, winery and cidery offers ample outdoor seating for fresh-air drinking and dining (outdoor concerts, too).

Shots Restaurant and Bar

The front patio offers a view of bustling downtown Standale as well as a cozy spot for enjoying great food and cocktails.

Trail Point Brewing Company

Allendale microbrewery has expanded its patio to serve even more outdoor guests with handcrafted beer, cider and seltzer.

Uccello’s Ristorante – Standale

Order pizza and pasta on the patio at this fast-casual Italian restaurant. Lots of other Italian and American favorites, too.

Brass Ring Brewing

Enjoy the warmer weather in downtown Alger Heights at Brass Ring Brewing.

Photo Credit: Experience Grand Rapids


Southeast

Brass Ring Brewing

Patio umbrellas in the summer, beer shanties in the winter … the third-place winner in an MLive reader poll of GR’s best outdoor dining destinations is comfy in any weather.

Broad Leaf Brewery & Spirits

Explore new and unique flavor combinations in beer, food and spirits on the patio of this modern-American craft brewery and distillery, just off 28th Street in Kentwood.

Cascade Roadhouse

Savor the flavor of comforting entrées and handcrafted drinks on the award-winning patio of this rustic-chic restaurant.

Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery

Ada brewery offers 20 or so beers on tap and a smart selection of pub food (including a kid’s menu), all available on the outdoor patio.

Hamburger Mary’s

This “open-air bar and grille for open-minded people” offers a colorfully decorated outdoor patio along with great burgers and brunch items.

Horrocks Market 

Enjoy sushi, soup, salads and sunshine in the relaxing new outdoor space at this independent grocery and garden retailer with full-service deli.

Jaden James Brewery

This brewery shares facilities and outdoor seating with Cascade Winery, so guests can enjoy craft beer, craft cider, pizza, sandwiches and more, all outdoors.

Noco Provisions

Take a seat on the outdoor patio at this delicious American eatery to get your fill of craveable family cuisine and craft beverages.

Nonna’s: The Trattoria

The wraparound covered porch at this Ada dining destination is a great place to partake of handmade pastries and desserts, housemade salads and soups, and exceptional coffee drinks.

Thornapple Brewing Company

House-made craft beer, spirits and wine share the menu with homemade pizza and American classics, available in the taproom and on the outdoor patio.

Uccello’s Ristorante – Grand Rapids

Order pizza and pasta on the patio at this fast-casual Italian restaurant. Lots of other Italian and American favorites, too.

Southwest

Alebird Taphouse and Brewery

The sunny, dog-friendly patio at this Byron Center gathering spot welcomes guests with a taste for ice-cold beer, creative cocktails and delicious comfort food.

Farmhaus Cider Co.

The secluded, tree-lined outdoor patio at this Hudsonville destination is a relaxing place to kick back with a luscious handcrafted cider. You can bring your own food!

Osgood Brewing

The sunny, open patio at this Grandville microbrewery and restaurant is a favorite for indulging in house-made beer and cider, homemade pizza and more.

Pike 51 Brewery

The outdoor seating area at this Hudsonville microbrewery, winery and restaurant is outfitted to keep you comfy in all kinds of weather.

TwoGuys Brewing

The outdoor patio at this Wyoming brewery is much like the beer and food menu – unpretentious, comfortable and eminently enjoyable.

If we missed your favorite four-season dining destination, let us know in the comments and we’ll add it to the list!

Updated June 30, 2021

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