Places to Dine Outdoors This Winter

Wary of indoor dining but tired of eating at home? Consider a meal at one of these local spots that offer outdoor dining in the winter.

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.

Bobcat Bonnie’s

  • 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.

Detroit Fleat

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.

Detroit Shipping Company

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.


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.

Mercury Burger Bar

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.

Modern Greek & Salad Bar

Enjoy a taste of Greece at this Dearborn eatery, which offers individual heated tents for diners.

Motor City Brewing Works

This spot’s heated Beer Garden is the perfect place to sip Detroit-made brews and pizza.

Paradise Biryani Dearborn

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.

Sava’s Restaurant

This café-style dinner offers options link black bean chili, fusilli pasta and roasted salmon on their outdoor patio, weather permitting.

Slow’s Bar BQ

Get your barbecue fix at the Corktown location, which is offering service in their covered patio each weekend.

The Post Local Bistro

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

Truago Restaurant

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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  1. In addition, Modern Greek and Paradise Biryani in Dearborn both have individual tents with heaters. Biergarten as well as an outdoor heated patio enclosure.


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