Michigan’s brutal winters can put a damper on outdoor dining, but with the coronavirus pandemic still at large, some families may not feel comfortable eating indoors, which is why many establishments have tweaked their patios to be both warm and safe for potential patrons.
So, if you just don’t feel like cooking from home tonight — or if you’re looking for ways to support your favorite local eateries — consider braving the snow and hitting up one of these great places to dine outdoors this winter.
- Address: Locations in Clinton Township, Ferndale, Wyandotte and Ypsilanti
The locations in Clinton Township and Ypsilanti offer outdoor domed dining experiences. The menu offers a wide variety of options including adult beverages and vegan selections.
- Address: 1820 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale
Detroit’s top food trucks gather daily at this Oakland County eatery. They offer outdoor dining in igloos. Well-behaved pets are welcome. Reservations required.
- Address: 474 Peterboro, Detroit
- Phone: 313-462-4973
Offers six individually-operating restaurants with a unique take on street food, custom cocktails and a rotating draft beer selection. Dine in the outdoor lounge or courtyard.
- Address: 1018 Navahoe, Detroit
This tiny-dining outdoor eatery bridges “the Eastside with the Eastern Hemisphere.” Reservations are required for $10/person. Diners are served a la carte eats in their outdoor, heated domes.
- Address: 2163 Michigan Ave., Detroit
Classic burgers, poutine, old-school milkshakes and beer are all on the menu at this local spot, which is open on the patio, weather permitting.
Enjoy a taste of Greece at this Dearborn eatery, which offers individual heated tents for diners.
- Address: 470 Canfield St., Detroit
- Phone: 313-832-2700
This spot’s heated Beer Garden is the perfect place to sip Detroit-made brews and pizza.
This eatery is 100% Halal and offers a menu that features tikka masala, vindaloo, kachori and more. Eat outdoors on their covered and heated patio. Reservations required.
- Address: 216 S. State St., Ann Arbor
This café-style dinner offers options link black bean chili, fusilli pasta and roasted salmon on their outdoor patio, weather permitting.
- Address: 2138 Michigan Ave., Detroit
Get your barbecue fix at the Corktown location, which is offering service in their covered patio each weekend.
- Address: 844 Penniman Ave., Plymouth
Enjoy delicious apps, soups, salads and sandwiches from the comfort and safety of this spot’s heated patio. They offer a special kids’ menu, too
- Address: 2775 W. Jefferson Ave., Trenton
The full menu, which includes crab cakes, pizza, chicken, salmon, salad and more is offered via pick-up, delivery or on the covered and heated patio.
Do you know of other restaurants that offer outdoor dining in the winter months? Share them with us in the comments so we can add them to our list.
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