After a pandemic, a gray winter, and almost 15 months indoors, many people are embracing the outdoors. This is the season when Detroit is mostly warm, and the streets come to life.
This year, many restaurateurs in metro Detroit expanded their outdoor dining programs in response to indoor capacity restrictions; some installed patios; others rolled out plastic domes, built into the street, and expanded into parking lots or sidewalks to accommodate diners. It might be a good time to make a reservation for a patio or a rooftop, or grab a few sandwiches, salads, snacks, charcuterie boards, and a basket and head to a scenic park for a picnic.
This Eater Detroit outdoor dining guide can help with maps included, and will be updated regularly.