Nature April 30, 2017
9 Michigan Restaurants With The Most Amazing Outdoor Patios You’ll Love To Lounge On
As the weather warms up, the idea of being stuck inside sounds less and less appealing. When you head out for a meal with the family, there’s nothing more relaxing than enjoying a delicious dish while basking in the beauty of Michigan’s nature. We agree wholeheartedly — so we’ve compiled a list of nine amazing restaurants in the Great Lakes State where you can enjoy your cuisine and your company in a beautiful patio seating area.
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1. Founders Brewing Company (235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids)
This Grand Rapids fixture never fails to impress with its beautiful outdoor seating area. Whether you opt for a long table where you can mingle with friends or simply wander about the patio enjoying the fresh air, you’re sure to have a blast at Founders. The food and brews are nothing to scoff at, either! The best part? Founders’ patio comes complete with heaters and a gorgeous fireplace, which means you can enjoy outdoor seating year-round.
2. The Rattlesnake Club (300 River Pl Dr, Detroit)
Head to Detroit for a meal at the classic Rattlesnake Club, which always seems to be brimming with activity. Whether you’re enjoying dinner with a colleague or splurging for a lovely date night, there’s no doubt that you’ll enjoy the patio seating area at the Rattlesnake. Its location near the Detroit River makes it a truly relaxing place to dine.
3. Pink Pony (7221 Main St, Mackinac Island)
Gaze out at the Straits of Mackinac as you enjoy a meal at this Mackinac Island favorite, which boasts some of the most beautiful patio views in the state. Located within the Chippewa Hotel, Pink Pony features a fun nautical theme and plenty of food and drinks to keep you coming back for more.
4. Roy’s Pasties and Bakery (305 W Lakeshore Dr, Houghton)
You can’t visit the Upper Peninsula without indulging in a pasty or two. If you’re looking to enjoy your food in an incredible atmosphere, Roy’s is the place to be. Grab your meal and head to the outdoor seating area, which features amazing waterfront views — perfect for a sunny day.
5. Bill’s Beer Garden (218 S Ashley St, Ann Arbor)
While this beautiful Ann Arbor spot doesn’t quite qualify as a restaurant, its patio is simply too wonderful to omit from our list. When you’re searching for the perfect place to unwind over a pint or a glass of wine, look no further than Bill’s. You won’t find food on the menu, but you will find a food cart or two nearby — and the people-watching here is second to none.
6. Apache Trout Grill (13671 S W Bay Shore Dr, Traverse City)
Venture to Traverse City for some seriously stunning bayside dining. This local favorite prides itself on serving up delectable seafood and ribs, among plenty of other options, in one of the most relaxing environments imaginable. After you’ve finished your meal, you might just want to stay a while longer and bask in the view.
7. The Peanut Barrel (521 E Grand River Ave, East Lansing)
East Lansing locals and visitors alike rave about the food, service, and setting at the Peanut Barrel. On sunny days, enjoy your meal under the shade of an umbrella on the eatery’s charming patio. No matter what the weather, your taste buds will be in heaven as you chow down on everything from hearty burgers to classic BLT sandwiches. Don’t forget to order one of the Peanut Barrel’s "famous Long Islands" when you’re in the mood for an adult beverage!
8. The Curragh (73 E 8th St, Holland)
Located smack dab in the middle of downtown Holland, this Irish pub offers a patio dining option that simply can’t be beat. Enjoy the quaint atmosphere of this lakeside town as you indulge in a classic Irish breakfast or a delectable shepherd’s pie. The sound of traditional Irish tunes from inside the eatery only adds to the charming experience you’ll have at the Curragh.
9. The Bank 1884 Food & Spirits (8646 Lake St, Port Austin)
This Port Austin favorite is located within a National Historic Site, and you’ll feel immersed in history as soon as you arrive. Step onto the patio and appreciate Port Austin’s small-town charm as you select from a wide menu that includes options like lake perch and filet mignon. Does it get much better than this?
Alright, Michiganders: it’s your turn. Which restaurant in the Great Lakes State is home to your favorite patio dining option? We’re always eager to hear your thoughts and suggestions in the comment section.