Kid-Friendly Patios for Metro Detroit Families

Enjoy a meal outdoors with your family at these local spots.

The weather is getting warmer and that means it’s time for some local restaurants to open up their patios and rooftops for outdoor dining. Enjoy a different view of the city or a meal by the water at these patios in southeast Michigan.

313 Pizza Bar 

Of course, this spot is known for its delicious Detroit style pizza. It is located in downtown Lake Orion and is a great spot for all ages. Kids can choose from chicken fingers and fries or applesauce, a Detroit Style cheese pizza or a bowl of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.

Blake’s Tasting Room

Stop in for a bite to eat when you’re at Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill for one of its summer festivals, farm tours or just playing at Funland! Share a party pretzel, loaded nachos, boneless wings, truffle fries or orchard dip. The children’s menu features flatbread pizza, hot dog, mac and cheese, chicken tenders and cheese quesadilla, which are all served with applesauce or fries.

Bobcat Bonnie’s

This restaurant chain has locations in Clinton Township, Detroit, Ferndale, Wyandotte and Ypsilanti, but patios in Clinton Township and Ferndale. They offer weekly specials including Burger Night on Mondays, Taco Night on Tuesdays and Brunch. The kids menu features mac and cheese, hamburger (or vegan burger), grilled cheese, fish and chips, chicken tenders or a chicken quesadilla. The Partridge Creek Mall patio in Clinton Township is dog friendly.

Bumper’s Landing

This spot is a well-known sports and tiki bar by the water. Families can stop in for round of Detroit style deep dish pizza, tacos, burgers, wraps and more. Their kids menu features grilled cheese, chicken tenders, fish bites and chips, hot dog, pizza, taco and sliders and fries.

Exchange Bar and Grill

Enjoy dining with your family on the rooftop patio. Their kids menu features chicken fingers, grilled cheese, quesadilla and BBQ chicken breast with veggies.

Harrison’s Speakeasy

Enjoy dining outdoors on the patio, which features comfy seating and lawn games. For kids, they have dyno nuggets and fries, buttered noodles, mac and cheese and cheeseburger sliders and fries. All kids meals are served with a cup of applesauce or fresh fruit. Parents can enjoy a seafood dish, burger, salad, sandwich and more.

Johnny’s On The Lake

This sports bar and grill has a beautiful view of Belleville Lake. Their kids menu features fish and chips, mac and cheese, grilled cheese and chicken tenders. All kids meals come with French fries and a small soft drink.

Jolly Pumpkin – Detroit

Dine outdoors while enjoying pizza, sandwiches and house beers (for those 21 and up). The kids menu offers cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza, chicken strips and fries or a salad with ranch dressing.

JP’s Waterfornt

JP’s Waterfront is a family-owned and operated bar and grill. Stop in by land or boat and enjoy the view of Humbug Marina. They’re known for their burgers, pizza and seafood menu items. Kids can enjoy their children’s chicken strips, mini burgers or grilled cheese.

Knapp’s City Garage

Enjoy a family-friendly spot that offers 12-inch wood-fired pizzas, burgers, salads, sandwiches and more. For the kids, they have a cheeseburger, chicken tenders and grilled cheese, which are served with fries and a drink.

Kruse’s Paint Creek Tavern

This restaurant offers unique items such as Irish nachos, dynamite shrimp, seafood poutine and Taki mac and cheese. “First Mates” ages 10 and under can choose from chicken tenders and fries, grilled cheese and fries, cheeseburger and fries or mac and cheese.

Lily’s Seafood Grill & Brewery

This seafood spot is located in the heart of downtown Royal Oak. It brews its own sodas and beers. It has a lengthy kids menu that includes chicken planks, pepperoni pizza, pasta bowl, grilled cheese, bait plate, chicken planks, corn dog, seasoned fries and sweet potato fries.

Marcus Grill

This restaurant offers authentic old-world-style Polish cuisine including pierogis, kraut and kielbasa. The kids menu is for ages 11 and under and features pancakes with sausage/bacon, French toast with sausage/bacon, eggs with American fries and sausage/bacon, grilled cheese, hamburger, cheeseburger, spaghetti with meat sauce, hot dog, Kraft mac and cheese with fries, chicken strips and fish and chips.

Oat Soda Lake Orion

At this restaurant, they offer charcuterie boards, pierogis, salads, handhelds and more. For the kiddos 10 and under, they have a $7 kids menu that includes two sides and a drink. The menu options are mac and cheese, buttered noodles, cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza and a hamburger/cheeseburger. End the evening with freshly baked chocolate chunk cookies.

Rochester Mills Beer Company

Grab a bite at this historic knitting mill turned into a brewhouse. The kids menu features cheese tortellini, chicken fingers, fish, cheeseburger, mac and cheese, salad, chicken roll up and mini hot dogs.

Sindbad’s Restaurant and Marina

Try this nautically themed marina that offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience on the Detroit River. The “plates for little sailors” include chicken tenders, beef hot dog, grilled cheese and wing dings, all of which come with French fries and fruit. For the adults, they are well known for their steak and seafood options.


This restaurant offers rooftop and sidewalk seating for families. The kids lunch menu features pasta and butter, tenders and fries, pasta and marinara, cheeseburger, grilled cheese and fries and mac and cheese. The kids brunch menu features waffle, grilled cheese and fries, tenders and fries and eggs with bacon and toast.

The Beach Tiki Bar & Boil

This lunch and dinner spot has a tiki theme and features famous seafood boils, tacos, burgers, handmade pizzas, pasta and more. It offers authentic old-world-style Polish cuisine including pierogis. Kids can enjoy their chicken fingers, mac and cheese, alfredo (with or without chicken), grilled cheese, sliders with cheese or a kid’s smoothie. 

The Morrie 

The Birmingham kids dinner menu includes chicken tenders, cheeseburger, hamburger, grilled salmon and buttered noodles. They offer brunch on Sundays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and for kids, they have chicken tenders, cheeseburger, hamburger, pancake, French toast and waffle. The Royal Oak kids dinner menu includes cheeseburger, hamburger, grilled cheese, chicken tenders and buttered noodles. They offer brunch on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Their kids brunch menu includes chicken tenders, cheeseburger, scrambled egg breakfast meal, waffle and French toast sticks. 

Watermark Bar & Grill

Stop in to enjoy a meal on the patio. No reservations are required. If you’re in the mood for breakfast, enjoy one of the many benny’s, crepes or griddle options. Your “little skippers” can enjoy grilled cheese, pancakes or a one egg with protein meal.

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Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Metro Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring metro Detroit with her son.


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