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13 Excellent Ann Arbor Patios

Sunny and secluded spots to dine and drink al fresco

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The phrase “dining out” takes on special meaning when people flock to patios, rooftops, and beer gardens in the summer months. Here in Ann Arbor there is no shortage of outdoor options with tables lining the sidewalks outside of many of the town’s restaurants. While these street side patios definitely have their charms, pedestrian and vehicle traffic (with an occasional horn) can quickly disrupt the al fresco experience.

Several of the spots on this list — York, Venue, HOMES Campus, Bill’s, and Townies — are dog-friendly, so there’s no reason Fido should feel left out.

Below, find 13 of the finest spots to dine outdoors in The Deuce, arranged geographically.

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The Session Room

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The Session Room serves 70 different brews in its large, loft-like indoor space. When weather permits, patrons can take their beer outside to the large beer garden where there’s live music every weekend.

a beer on a wood table looking out on a slightly out of focus patio with string lights and tables with beige and black umbrellas.

HOMES Brewery - Campus

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The brewery’s westside locale offers plenty of space to enjoy some brews — whether that’s a beer from the tap room or an in-house roasted cup of joe from Dozer Coffee. The spot’s Smooj hard smoothies are made with all-natural fruit purees and is perfect for hot days. HOMES Campus hosts a nightly food truck or pop-up, so check their website for the weekly lineup.

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Salt Springs Brewery

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This former church in Saline serves up elevated pub food and pizzas using high-quality, local ingredients. The patio is more low-key than others in the area, making it a great place to chill and enjoy a beer brewed in-house.

Townies Brewery

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This westside brewery is easy to miss, but those who do find it are rewarded with a quiet and cozy atmosphere with modern furniture and tabletop fireplaces. It’s a great place to chill and enjoy one of the rotating taps with a friend — whether that’s another beer drinker or a furry four-legged one. 

Bill's Beer Garden

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On summer evenings the parking lot of a home and garden store transforms into arguably one of the most popular gathering spots in town for beer, wine, and cocktails. Townies and students don’t often see eye to eye, but all agree that Bill’s is still a great place to enjoy a cold beverage on a hot day.

Jolly Pumpkin Cafe & Brewery

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The upstairs patio at Southeast Michigan sour beer purveyor Jolly Pumpkin is one of the smaller outdoor dining areas in Ann Arbor, but those lucky enough to score a table are treated to a quiet, secluded hideaway. The menu features options like shoestring truffle fries, sourdough crust pizzas, and burgers.

Palio del Sole

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This rooftop destination is one of the largest outdoor dining spots in Ann Arbor. The menu at Palio del Sole features options like flatbread and pasta that pair well with a glass of sangria.  

Palio del Sole

The outdoor patio at Sava’s stretches away from the crowds on State Street, creating a serene dining experience. The food menu has a wide variety of choices with influences from around the world, all expertly prepared with refined presentations and service.

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Dominick's

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An Ann Arbor favorite dating back to the 1960s, both townies and college students alike flock to Dominick’s patio in the summer months. Porches, balconies, and a large back patio are often filled to capacity with revelers enjoying the restaurant’s famous sangria served in mason jars. In keeping with the festive, social atmosphere, the food menu features shareable appetizers, snacks, and pizza. 

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Venue by 4M

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Venue has plenty of space both inside and out and features five different menus from longtime local chef Thad Gilles: Americana, Venue Brasserie, Pasta Forum, Pizza Forum, and Mesa Taqueria — so there’s something for everyone. The large patio is bright and cheery thanks to gorgeous murals from local artists. 

York Ann Arbor

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York’s wine garden is secluded and spacious spot to enjoy the fresh air. Choose from an eclectic selection of drinks and then pick up a charcuterie plate or Ricewood barbecue before heading out to enjoy the laid-back, outdoor atmosphere.

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The Dixboro Project

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Just beyond the northeast side of town is The Dixboro Project, three distinct concepts under one roof: fine dining restaurant Dixboro House, everyday cafe The Boro, and takeout service from the Boro To Go. The elegantly remodeled barn features a wraparound deck and has plenty of seating with serene views of the expansive lawn and Fletcher Creek nature area. 

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Sidetrack Bar & Grill

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Brightly-colored umbrellas and ivy-covered walls make for an enticing al fresco dining space. It’s an ideal spot to sample from Sidetrack’s extensive menu filled with pub favorites like burgers. The patio is adjacent the train tracks that give the restaurant its name.

The Session Room

The Session Room serves 70 different brews in its large, loft-like indoor space. When weather permits, patrons can take their beer outside to the large beer garden where there’s live music every weekend.

a beer on a wood table looking out on a slightly out of focus patio with string lights and tables with beige and black umbrellas.

HOMES Brewery - Campus

The brewery’s westside locale offers plenty of space to enjoy some brews — whether that’s a beer from the tap room or an in-house roasted cup of joe from Dozer Coffee. The spot’s Smooj hard smoothies are made with all-natural fruit purees and is perfect for hot days. HOMES Campus hosts a nightly food truck or pop-up, so check their website for the weekly lineup.

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Salt Springs Brewery

This former church in Saline serves up elevated pub food and pizzas using high-quality, local ingredients. The patio is more low-key than others in the area, making it a great place to chill and enjoy a beer brewed in-house.

Townies Brewery

This westside brewery is easy to miss, but those who do find it are rewarded with a quiet and cozy atmosphere with modern furniture and tabletop fireplaces. It’s a great place to chill and enjoy one of the rotating taps with a friend — whether that’s another beer drinker or a furry four-legged one. 

Bill's Beer Garden

On summer evenings the parking lot of a home and garden store transforms into arguably one of the most popular gathering spots in town for beer, wine, and cocktails. Townies and students don’t often see eye to eye, but all agree that Bill’s is still a great place to enjoy a cold beverage on a hot day.

Jolly Pumpkin Cafe & Brewery

The upstairs patio at Southeast Michigan sour beer purveyor Jolly Pumpkin is one of the smaller outdoor dining areas in Ann Arbor, but those lucky enough to score a table are treated to a quiet, secluded hideaway. The menu features options like shoestring truffle fries, sourdough crust pizzas, and burgers.

Palio del Sole

This rooftop destination is one of the largest outdoor dining spots in Ann Arbor. The menu at Palio del Sole features options like flatbread and pasta that pair well with a glass of sangria.  

Palio del Sole

Sava's

The outdoor patio at Sava’s stretches away from the crowds on State Street, creating a serene dining experience. The food menu has a wide variety of choices with influences from around the world, all expertly prepared with refined presentations and service.

Sava’s | Courtesy Photo

Dominick's

An Ann Arbor favorite dating back to the 1960s, both townies and college students alike flock to Dominick’s patio in the summer months. Porches, balconies, and a large back patio are often filled to capacity with revelers enjoying the restaurant’s famous sangria served in mason jars. In keeping with the festive, social atmosphere, the food menu features shareable appetizers, snacks, and pizza. 

people sit at wooden communal tables on Dominick’s patio John Reyes

Venue by 4M

Venue has plenty of space both inside and out and features five different menus from longtime local chef Thad Gilles: Americana, Venue Brasserie, Pasta Forum, Pizza Forum, and Mesa Taqueria — so there’s something for everyone. The large patio is bright and cheery thanks to gorgeous murals from local artists. 

York Ann Arbor

York’s wine garden is secluded and spacious spot to enjoy the fresh air. Choose from an eclectic selection of drinks and then pick up a charcuterie plate or Ricewood barbecue before heading out to enjoy the laid-back, outdoor atmosphere.

John Reyes

The Dixboro Project

Just beyond the northeast side of town is The Dixboro Project, three distinct concepts under one roof: fine dining restaurant Dixboro House, everyday cafe The Boro, and takeout service from the Boro To Go. The elegantly remodeled barn features a wraparound deck and has plenty of seating with serene views of the expansive lawn and Fletcher Creek nature area. 

The Dixboro Project | Courtesy Photo

Sidetrack Bar & Grill

Brightly-colored umbrellas and ivy-covered walls make for an enticing al fresco dining space. It’s an ideal spot to sample from Sidetrack’s extensive menu filled with pub favorites like burgers. The patio is adjacent the train tracks that give the restaurant its name.

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