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.

Downtown Market GR - Warm Weather Dining
Luna GR - Outdoor Dining Enclosure

Spacious patios or private enclosures for those cooler days at Downtown Market Grand Rapids & Luna GR!

Photo Credit: Experience Grand Rapids


Downtown

Apartment Lounge

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.

Art Caribbean Fusion Cuisine

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).

Atwater Brewery

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.

Brick & Porter

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.

Cinco De Mayo

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.”

City Built Brewing Co.

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 Cottage Bar & Restaurant

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.

The Corner Bar at Amway Grand Plaza

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.

Downtown Market Grand Rapids

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.

Eastern Kille Distillery

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.

Field & Fire Café

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. 

Flanagan’s Irish Pub

Treat yourself to authentic Irish hospitality, food and drink in the partially covered dining area outside this enduring downtown eatery.

Founders Brewing Company

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.

Garage Bar and Grill

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. 

Grand Woods Lounge

Long a warm-weather destination for its outdoor patio, this downtown pub added six outdoor domes to serve guests during colder weather.

House of Wine

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.

IDC at Amway Grand Plaza

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.)

Jdek at Margaux

The riverside outdoor space at this French-inspired downtown eatery was lined with six private dining domes over the winter.

Luna GR

Award-winning Mexican restaurant in downtown’s Heartside Social Zone welcomes guests to a spacious, partially enclosed patio.

One Twenty Three Tavern

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!)

Reserve Wine & Food

Outdoor chalets provide a cozy spot to enjoy distinctive cheese and charcuterie plates, locally sourced dinner entrées and an exceptional wine list. 

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

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.

Sundance Grill and Bar

One of downtown’s favorite casual restaurants installed heated enclosures on the spacious sidewalk outside its convenient location in the Center City Social Zone.

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Monroe North

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.

Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen & Bar

Southern-themed restaurant and bar located in the Hyatt Place Hotel equipped its outdoor space with shanties and heaters for cold weather.

Uccello’s Ristorante – Downtown Grand Rapids

The spacious patio outside this pizzeria and sports lounge is ideal for people-watching while dining.

Z’s Restaurant & Bar

The sunny, secluded outdoor patio at this downtown mainstay was equipped with single-party enclosed shelters for cold-weather dining.

Heritage Hill

Lyon Street Café

Enjoy al fresco dining in the private greenhouses outside this coffee shop, which specializes in high-quality beverages, sandwiches and baked goods.

Medical Mile

Logan’s Alley

The enclosed patio at this neighborhood pub is equipped with a hospital-grade HEPA filters to circulate fresh air around the space.

The Friesian Gastro Pub

The eclectic New American menu at this casual restaurant and pub can be enjoyed in any weather on its stylish and comfortable outdoor patio.

North Quarter

Graydon’s Crossing

This cozy global pub has covered (but not enclosed) its outdoor patio to shelter guests from the elements.

Top Flight Family at The Green Well.
Royals - Outside Domes

Enjoy patio dining no matter what season or temperature! An open patio at The Green Well or a private dome at Royals GR.

Photo Credit: Experience Grand Rapids


Uptown

Brewery Vivant

You can enjoy Michigan farmhouse ales and creative food dishes in the heated beer garden outside the worlds’ first LEED-certified microbrewery.

Elk Brewing – Grand Rapids

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!).

Donkey Taqueria

This one-of-a-kind Mexican street food concept installed heated outdoor domes for contact-free dining – up to six people per dome.

The Green Well

The ever-popular patio at this creative, eclectic restaurant has been equipped for comfortable dining in every season.

Madcap Coffee – Fulton St.

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).

Outside Coffee Co.

Uptown’s community-based coffee shop added two private domes to its outdoor garden this winter. Reservations required to allow deep cleaning between seatings.

Royals Grand Rapids

Six-person domes – which undergo electrostatic cleaning between each seating – are nestled among open-air picnic tables on the patio of this neighborhood diner.

Speciation Artisan Ales

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 Winchester

The “Winnie wonderland” outside this popular Uptown restaurant/pub features three domes and a festive vintage food truck, all outfitted for contact-free dining.

Zivio

Uptown’s home of modern European cuisine offers six first come-first serve heated greenhouses accommodating up to four people.

East Grand Rapids

Jose Babushka’s

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.

Rose’s on Reeds Lake

Enjoy a beautiful view of Reeds Lake along with delectable food and drink on the heated patio of this historic East Grand Rapids eatery.

Greyline Brewing Co. - Exterior at Night
People enjoying the outdoor patio at The Søvengård.

Enjoy a pint outdoors this spring in the fresh air at Greyline Brewing Co. or at The Søvengård.

Photo Credit: Experience Grand Rapids


West Side

Ando Sushi + Bar

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.

Arktos Meadery

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.”

Condado Tacos

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. 

DeHops Brewing Company and Café

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.

Greyline Brewing

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.

Harmony Hall

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. 

Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria & Brewery

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.

One Bourbon

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 Holiday Bar

The patio bar and beer garden at this West Side institution (115 years in business!) is open for socially distanced outdoor dining and drinking.

The Mitten Brewing Company

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.

New Holland Brewing – The Knickerbocker

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. 

Rise Bakery + Squibb Coffee

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.

The Sovengard

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.

Rockford Brewing Co  - Rockford Refreshment Area

Eat, drink and be merry in Rockford's Refreshment Area. Multiple locations participating in the RORA

Photo Credit: MI Playground for Experience GR


Northeast

Bier Distillery

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!  

Blue Water

Seasonal heaters, fire pits, and freshly laundered and sanitized blankets await guests on the beautiful lakeside patio at this eclectic eatery.

Bostwick Lake Inn

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.

Bud & Stanley’s Pub & Grub

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.

Cannonsburg Ski Area

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. 

Cedar Springs Brewing Company

This brauhaus/restaurant opened an “Outdoor Loading Dock Biergarten” to accommodate guests in winter.

Charlie’s Bar and Grille

Dine on the heated outdoor patio at this family-owned and operated restaurant in the heart of Plainfield Township.

The Corner Bar

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.

Elk Brewing – Comstock Park

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!

Gravity Taphouse Grille

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.

HopCat Knapp’s Corner

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.

River North Public House

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.

Rockford Brewing Company

Enjoy great food and beer from this award-winning brewery among the picnic tables and fire pits of downtown Rockford’s Outdoor Refreshment Area.

The Score Restaurant & Sports Bar

This rollicking northeast-side sports bar and restaurants keeps the chill summer vibe even in cold weather, thanks to a heated outdoor tent.

Shots on the River

This friendly neighborhood restaurant and bar outfitted its patio with tents, heaters and six-person domes to accommodate the hungry, thirsty and cold.

Switchback Gear Exchange

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.

Third Nature Brewing

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.

Timbers Inn Restaurant & Tavern

The beautiful patio at this Rockford eatery boasts a massive fireplace as well as heaters and fire pits on a seasonal basis.

Vander Mill

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.

Perrin Brewing Co - Dark Beer - Outside Patio

Cheers to patio weather and being outside at Perrin Brewing Co.

Photo Credit: Experience Grand Rapids


Northwest

Main St. Pub – Allendale

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. 

Perrin Brewing Company

This microbrewery 10 minutes north of downtown Grand Rapids added private heated domes to its outdoor patio this past winter

Shots Restaurant and Bar

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.

Trail Point Brewing Company

Allendale microbrewery serves handcrafted beer, cider and seltzer on its open, seasonally heated patio.

Uccello’s Ristorante – Standale

Overhead heaters on the patio of this fast-casual Italian ristorante help keep guests warm and cozy when the weather is not.

Brass Ring Brewing - Private Shanties

Experience a unique dining experience like private shanties at Brass Ring Brewing.

Photo Credit: Experience Grand Rapids


Southeast

Brass Ring Brewing

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.

Cascade Roadhouse

Savor the flavor of comforting entrees and handcrafted drinks on the seasonally heated patio of this southeast-side favorite.

Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery

This Ada brewery serves unique beers and a delicious spin on traditional pub food on its outdoor heated patio.

Hamburger Mary’s

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.

Noco Provisions

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.

Nonna’s: The Trattoria

The wraparound covered porch at this popular Ada dining destination is warmed with heaters in winter.

Thornapple Brewing Company

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.

Uccello’s Ristorante – Grand Rapids

Enjoy a vast selection of Italian favorites on the outdoor heated patio at this southeast pizzeria and sports lounge.

Southwest

Farmhaus Cider Co.

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.

Kitzingen Brewery

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.

Pike 51 Brewery

The outdoor space at this microbrewery, winery and restaurant is equipped with a series of six-person tents for cold-weather seating.

TwoGuys Brewing

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

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