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The Eater Detroit Guide to Dining Outdoors, Summer 2021

A roadmap on where and how to enjoy a meal outside when the weather is nice

Crowd of people sitting around a fire pit on a rooftop with views of high-rise buildings
Eating on the roof at the Monarch
Gerard + Belevender

After a pandemic, a gray winter, and almost 15 months indoors, many people are embracing the outdoors. This Eater Detroit outdoor dining guide can help and will be updated regularly.

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.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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