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 as the state response to COVID-19 evolves. Always check a restaurant’s website or social media before you go. You can also search these outdoor locations on our Restaurants Page.
Spacious patios or private enclosures for those cooler days at Downtown Market Grand Rapids & Luna GR!
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Michigan’s longest-running LGBTQ+ bar has created a four-season outdoor space fronting the brightly colored “Rainbow Road” by artist Joey Salamon outside its front door.
Enjoy an authentic taste of the islands – from-scratch empanadas, Cuban sandwiches, steak jibarito and more – at an outdoor table (even if it’s not island weather).
The corner of Michigan St. and Monroe Ave. is a great place to dine, drink and people-watch – especially in the clear-walled, single-party shelters Atwater built.
Outdoor huts provide a socially distanced way to enjoy a diverse selection of upscale American pub food and 20+ beers on tap at this downtown fave.
Located in one of GR’s Downtown Social Zones, this Mexican restaurant offers fresh-made food and bar drinks at outdoor tables and in clear “greenhouses.”
This Monroe North brewery serves their beer outdoors in The Welcome Center, a riverside setting across the street from its indoor taproom/restaurant. Their kitchen is temporarily closed, but their brews are still flowing.
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.
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.
Outdoor enclosures lining the front walkway to this food emporium are available on a first-come, first-served basis to guests who purchase ready-to-eat food from a Market vendor.
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.
Four private greenhouses, each seating up to four people, are situated in the Social Zone outside this North Monroe breakfast and lunch spot. Contact-free ordering is available by using your smartphone inside the greenhouse.
Treat yourself to authentic Irish hospitality, food and drink in the partially covered dining area outside this enduring downtown eatery.
The outdoor beer garden at the city’s largest brewery is open (and heated as necessary) – every day from 11am-6pm on a first-come, first-served basis.
This Monroe North neighborhood favorite has built a street-side canopy with partially enclosed sides for customers to comfortably dine and drink outside in any weather.
Long a warm-weather destination for its outdoor patio, this downtown pub added six outdoor domes to serve guests during colder weather.
Located in the heart of a Downtown Social Zone, this wine and charcuterie bar added custom domed enclosures to its outdoor patios for cold-weather service.
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.)
The riverside outdoor space at this French-inspired downtown eatery was lined with six private dining domes over the winter.
Award-winning Mexican restaurant in downtown’s Heartside Social Zone welcomes guests to a spacious, partially enclosed patio.
This New American tavern at downtown’s Studio Park has outfitted its outdoor space with picnic tables and tower heaters, heated huts and a heated, open-sided tent (which hosts live music!)
Outdoor chalets provide a cozy spot to enjoy distinctive cheese and charcuterie plates, locally sourced dinner entrées and an exceptional wine list.
Heated shanties outside this downtown destination are equipped with carpeting, chandeliers and framed photography to deliver an elegant and socially distanced outdoor dining experience. Call for reservations.
One of downtown’s favorite casual restaurants installed heated enclosures on the spacious sidewalk outside its convenient location in the Center City Social Zone.
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.
Southern-themed restaurant and bar located in the Hyatt Place Hotel equipped its outdoor space with shanties and heaters for cold weather.
The spacious patio outside this pizzeria and sports lounge is ideal for people-watching while dining.
The sunny, secluded outdoor patio at this downtown mainstay was equipped with single-party enclosed shelters for cold-weather dining.
Enjoy al fresco dining in the private greenhouses outside this coffee shop, which specializes in high-quality beverages, sandwiches and baked goods.
The enclosed patio at this neighborhood pub is equipped with a hospital-grade HEPA filters to circulate fresh air around the space.
The eclectic New American menu at this casual restaurant and pub can be enjoyed in any weather on its stylish and comfortable outdoor patio.
This cozy global pub has covered (but not enclosed) its outdoor patio to shelter guests from the elements.
Enjoy patio dining no matter what season or temperature! An open patio at The Green Well or a private dome at Royals GR.
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You can enjoy Michigan farmhouse ales and creative food dishes in the heated beer garden outside the worlds’ first LEED-certified microbrewery.
The heated open patio at this rustic-industrial brewpub offers cold-weather “shanties” where you can order a pint or a flight and bring in your own food (or have it delivered!).
This one-of-a-kind Mexican street food concept installed heated outdoor domes for contact-free dining – up to six people per dome.
The ever-popular patio at this creative, eclectic restaurant has been equipped for comfortable dining in every season.
The Uptown location of this award-winning local coffee shop added heaters to its outdoor dining space (as if the hot coffee wasn’t warming enough).
Uptown’s community-based coffee shop added two private domes to its outdoor garden this winter. Reservations required to allow deep cleaning between seatings.
Six-person domes – which undergo electrostatic cleaning between each seating – are nestled among open-air picnic tables on the patio of this neighborhood diner.
Uptown’s destination for handcrafted beer, wine, hard seltzer and cider outfitted its patio space with heaters, a fire pit and two greenhouses to keep guests warm when needed.
The “Winnie wonderland” outside this popular Uptown restaurant/pub features three domes and a festive vintage food truck, all outfitted for contact-free dining.
Uptown’s home of modern European cuisine offers six first come-first serve heated greenhouses accommodating up to four people.
East Grand Rapids
Cold-air seating at this East Grand Rapids eatery known for its Mexican and Polish dishes include four outdoor dining huts and a heated tower.
Enjoy a pint outdoors this spring in the fresh air at Greyline Brewing Co. or at The Søvengård.
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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.
A spacious canopy outside the front door is outfitted with seasonal heaters to shelter and warm guests enjoying Arktos’ traditional meads – “the nectar of the Gods.”
Right in the heart of the Bridge Street entertainment district, Condado serves its signature build-you-own tacos, nachos and bowls on a spacious back patio equipped with seasonal tower heaters.
Head over to the Standale business district for award-winning beer and from-scratch food under the seasonally heated patio tent – it’s open on the sides to facilitate airflow.
This West Side brewery erected a heated with one side wall for outdoor service of its fresh, small-batch ales. Guests can order in/bring their own food from local restaurants.
This brewery is in the Bridge Street 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.
Clear, private enclosures in front of this artisan ale and fun food destination let guests keep an eye on the hustle and bustle of Bridge Street.
The spacious outdoor patio at this Bridge Street crowd-pleaser features a split “greenhouse” accommodating up to six patrons for cold-weather dining and plenty of socially-distanced tables for warmer weather.
The patio bar and beer garden at this West Side institution (115 years in business!) is open for socially distanced outdoor dining and drinking.
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.
The semi-enclosed outdoor garden area of this Bridge Street brewery is equipped with fire pits to keep patrons warm and toasty when the weather is not. Reservations required.
Outdoor private greenhouses provide a cozy cold-weather spot to enjoy a delectable assortment of fresh-vegan and gluten-free baked goods plus amazing coffee drinks.
This eatery transformed its beautiful warm-weather biergarten into a cold-weather wintergarten – complete with heaters and private "glamping" style bell tents – for cold-weather service.
Eat, drink and be merry in Rockford's Refreshment Area. Multiple locations participating in the RORA
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This northeast-side favorite added shelter and heaters to its outdoor space to keep fans of its micro-batch beer, wine, spirits and food warm and satisfying!
Seasonal heaters, fire pits, and freshly laundered and sanitized blankets await guests on the beautiful lakeside patio at this eclectic eatery.
Enjoy the food and the view from the enclosed patio at this lakeside eatery near Rockford. Massive heaters keep you warm and comfortable in cold weather.
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.
Ski resort just 20 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids offers domes and fire pits plus an assortment of food and warm drinks on the ski lodge deck. Contact for dome reservation.
This brauhaus/restaurant opened an “Outdoor Loading Dock Biergarten” to accommodate guests in winter.
Dine on the heated outdoor patio at this family-owned and operated restaurant in the heart of Plainfield Township.
Outdoor “Dog Houses” (tents) at Rockford’s iconic hot dogs-and-more joint offer heated comfort and contactless dining. Reserve online or sign up at the bar if there is availability.
Enjoy handcrafted brews and fresh-made food on the heated patio at this brewery –you can practically hear the crack of the baseball at nearby LMCU ballpark!
When cold weather hits, the fireplaces are roaring and the heaters are cranked up to high on the outdoor patio at this beer, wine and food destination just off I-196 at the East Beltline exit.
Tower heaters on the outdoor patio keep guests who want to enjoy a local beer or HopCat food favorite (like the Cosmik Fries) comfy and cozy.
Clear domes on the front patio of this North Quarter neighborhood eatery protect guests from the elements while they enjoy scrumptious food, beer, wine and cocktails.
Enjoy great food and beer from this award-winning brewery among the picnic tables and fire pits of downtown Rockford’s Outdoor Refreshment Area.
This rollicking northeast-side sports bar and restaurants keeps the chill summer vibe even in cold weather, thanks to a heated outdoor tent.
This friendly neighborhood restaurant and bar outfitted its patio with tents, heaters and six-person domes to accommodate the hungry, thirsty and cold.
Enjoy coffee, tea and cocoa around the huge fire pit on the outdoor patio – and when you’re finished, head inside (with your face mask) to browse a selection of bicycles and camping gear.
The second-place winner of an MLive reader poll on Grand Rapids’ best outdoor dining destination, this Rockford brewery outfitted its nature-centric biergarten with heaters, fire pits and private enclosures for colder weather.
The beautiful patio at this Rockford eatery boasts a massive fireplace as well as heaters and fire pits on a seasonal basis.
Enjoy hard ciders, apple wines and a handcrafted menu featuring local products beside a fire pit on the outdoor patio of this northeast-side favorite.
Cheers to patio weather and being outside at Perrin Brewing Co.
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The spacious patio at this popular hangout near Grand Valley State University boasts seasonal heaters, fire pits and personal domes for outdoor dining and drinking in comfort.
This microbrewery 10 minutes north of downtown Grand Rapids added private heated domes to its outdoor patio this past winter
The front patio – equipped with heated domes for cold weather – offers a view of bustling downtown Standale as well as a cozy spot for enjoying some delectable food and drink.
Allendale microbrewery serves handcrafted beer, cider and seltzer on its open, seasonally heated patio.
Overhead heaters on the patio of this fast-casual Italian ristorante help keep guests warm and cozy when the weather is not.
Experience a unique dining experience like private shanties at Brass Ring Brewing.
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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.
Savor the flavor of comforting entrees and handcrafted drinks on the seasonally heated patio of this southeast-side favorite.
This Ada brewery serves unique beers and a delicious spin on traditional pub food on its outdoor heated patio.
An open-air bar and grille for open-minded people, this southeast-side restaurant also offers a heated open-air patio for cold-weather dining.
Private domes on the patio of this southeast-side eatery seat up to six people from your household for crave-able family cuisine and craft beverages in cold weather.
The wraparound covered porch at this popular Ada dining destination is warmed with heaters in winter.
Savor house-made beers, spirits, wine, pizza, sandwiches and more in an outdoor hut at this southeast-side destination. Call or visit website to reserve.
Enjoy a vast selection of Italian favorites on the outdoor heated patio at this southeast pizzeria and sports lounge.
Enjoy an evening sipping delicious ciders under the stars in a heated dome or in front of a fire pit at this Hudsonville cidery. Domes can be reserved online.
Socially distanced tables and seasonal heaters outside this craft brewery provide a comfortable way to enjoy hearty German-, European- and American-style beer and food.
The outdoor space at this microbrewery, winery and restaurant is equipped with a series of six-person tents for cold-weather seating.
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 April 12, 2021