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Detroit’s Essential Restaurant and Bar Patios

Where to eat and drink outdoors this summer (and always)

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The canalside patio at Coriander Kitchen & Farm
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Pack your sunscreen, hat, and shades: Patios, street seating, and terraces have been essential for restaurants and bars during the pandemic and a safer option for customers looking to support their favorite establishments. This has led in some cases to an explosion of alfresco dining and drinking options. Restaurants, breweries, and cafes are now offering contactless service in domes, casual drinking in open-air pavilions, and canalside picnic areas.

Below, Eater has surveyed some of the very best options — both new and venerable — for gathering outside. From sunny seasonal gathering spots to secluded backyards to open-air outdoor oases, these are Detroit’s most indispensable spots for patio dining and drinking.

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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Coriander Kitchen and Farm

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14601 Riverside Blvd
Detroit, MI 48215
(313) 822-4434
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The sunny, spacious canalside patio at Coriander Kitchen & Farm is a stellar spot to grab a bite and some drinks and enjoy the outdoors. Because of the restaurant’s close proximity to Jefferson Chalmers waterways, diners can easily drive, bike, walk, or even paddle in. The restaurant is currently open for outdoor service only as construction on the interior wraps up. Customers can place orders online for weekend patio dining and takeout.

2. Norma G's Detroit

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14628 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48215
(313) 290-2938
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Norma G’s brings Caribbean hospitality and laidback vibes to the East Jefferson corridor with loads of spacious outdoor seating. It’s the ideal setting to enjoy the quiet solitude of Jefferson Chalmers with a Caribbean mule and curry goat. Both takeout and dine-in service are available.

3. East Eats

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1018 Navahoe St
Detroit, MI 48215

Born out of pandemic ingenuity, East Eats offers an entirely outdoor dining experience with group seatings in geodesic domes. Book a table online for brunch or one of several weekly rotating food events, some of which include live music.

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4. Marrow

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8044 Kercheval Ave
Detroit, MI 48214
(313) 652-0200
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Customers on Marrow’s West Village patio can count on a great selection of cocktails, beer, cider, and wine in a laid-back, neighborhood setting. The chic butcher shop-restaurant accepts reservations online for both indoor and outdoor dining with a five-course prix fixe menu. Expect options like morel mushroom soba noodles, kibbeh nayeh, and babka doughnuts.

5. Cøllect

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1454 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48207
(586) 850-0205
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Beer bar Cøllect is nestled up above Bunny Bunny and features a laid-back rooftop patio looking out over Gratiot Avenue. The deck is filled out with picnic tables, making it a nice, casual spot to watch the sunset while sipping a sour ale and eating some Chinese takeout.

6. Eastern Market Brewing Co., Midnight Temple, and Detroit City Distillery

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Riopelle St & Winder St
Detroit, MI 48207

Eastern Market Brewing Company and Detroit City Distillery took full advantage of expanded street seating options during the pandemic, shutting down large portions of Riopelle. The bars offer first-come, first-served socially distanced patio seating, making it easy to grab a beer or a boozey ice pop and sit outside. Folks can even grab food from Midnight Temple.

7. The Skip

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The Belt
Detroit, MI 48226

Belt Alley bar the Skip is one of the hottest spots for outdoor drinking in Detroit. The open-air cocktail lounge features garage doors for all-season service and a menu of progressive, inexpensive cocktails such as frozen Irish coffee alongside boilermakers and tiki-style mixed drinks. During the pandemic, the bar implemented systems for safer ordering. Walk-ins are welcome but customers can also reserve a table online or order drinks to-go.

8. The Monarch Club

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33 John R St Penthouse
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 306-2380
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One of the highest patios in the city is perched atop the recently restored Metropolitan Building. Customers can sip cocktails and snacks at the Monarch Club while enjoying sweeping views of downtown Detroit from three terraces. Each one is decked out with patio seating and firepits. The Walk-ins are accepted depending on availability, but it’s always a good idea to make a reservation: that especially goes for the fire pit areas that require a reservation with a food and drink minimum.

9. Lumen Detroit

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1903 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 626-5005
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Beacon Park’s bold restaurant and beer hall Lumen is known, in part, for its expansive patio space that wraps around the exterior and up onto the roof. That makes it attractive real estate for diners in the summer, made even better with a couple pints of Griffin Claw beer. Drop by, call, or make a reservation online.

10. Eatori Market

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1215 Griswold St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 395-3030
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Market-bar combo Eatori offers a lush al fresco patio space during the summer and a covered all-weather seating area overlooking Capitol Park. It’s a relaxing spot to kick back with a cocktail or a halloumi grilled cheese. Orders can be placed online for carryout.

11. Mudgie's Deli

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1300 Porter St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-2000
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Corktown's favorite deli features an expansive al fresco patio area with its own dedicated tiki bar. Sit back and enjoy a glass of wine from the bar or better yet — one of the restaurant's famed lobster rolls (Lobster Week cannot come quickly enough). Place orders online for takeout from the walk-up window.

12. Batch Brewing Company

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1400 Porter St
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 338-8008
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This Corktown brewery has become essential in the local brewing community as well as the Detroit hospitality industry at large. Batch is a consummate neighborhood spot that keeps dozens of beers on rotation and also takes care with its food — turning out everything from nachos to po’boys to shepherd’s pie stew. Currently offering service in an outdoor pavillion nicknamed the “Fauci Fieldhouse,” Batch accepts orders at a walk-up window for takeout or outdoor seating. Occasionally, the brewery hosts restaurant pop-ups and supports local organizations through its Feel Good Tap program.

13. Ottava Via

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1480 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 962-5500
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Ottava Via's patio area gets major points for the fireplace and bocci ball courts. Pair that with Neapolitan-style pizza and a bottle of wine for the full summer dining experience.

14. Motor City Wine

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1949 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 483-7283
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This Corktown patio hideaway is filled with tables, benches, and patio games for soaking up some rays with a bottle of pet nat. The bar hosts regular live music and DJs, as well as pop-up dinners. The approachable wine selection includes some nicer boxed wines on the low end and bottles in the wine shop that can be purchased and sipped on site.

15. Ima

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2015 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 502-5959
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Hang out on the heated patio or enjoy some sunshine under an umbrella at Ima’s Corktown restaurant. Share a picnic table and slurp udon noodles while people-watching on Michigan Avenue. Orders can also be placed online for takeout or delivery.

16. Slows Bar-B-Q

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2138 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 962-9828
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Dine on the ever popular Corktown barbecue at Slows in a walled-off patio area with concrete tables. Flowering trees and fabric shades provide plenty of filter from the sun. Reservations are strongly recommended.

17. Mercury Burger & Bar

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2163 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 924-5000
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Sandwiched between the main restaurant and an adjoining building, Mercury's colorful patio is one of the best spots for a burger and a beer on a night out in Detroit. Sit under the awning, beneath an umbrella, or get the full sun experience all right here.

18. Takoi

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2520 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 855-2864
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Takoi’s trendy space and Northern Thai-influenced food is complemented by an active outdoor patio shaded by big, leafy trees. Customers can hang out at drink rails or grab a seat in one of the colorful Miami-style patio chairs. Seating is first-come, first-served outside and the full menu (with the exception of one or two items) is available outside via the barside walk-up window. Dining room reservations are accepted online.

19. Detroit 75 Kitchen

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4800 W Fort St
Detroit, MI 48209

Few food trucks in Detroit have the luxury of a permanent space to spread out, but Detroit 75 Kitchen has a full set of picnic tables prepped and ready for a glorious spread of street food. The Southwest Detroit food truck boasts some of the best sandwiches in town and mind-blowing cilantro garlic fries. Don’t miss the smoked chicken. Everything here is halal.

20. El Barzon Restaurante

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3710 Junction St
Detroit, MI 48210
(313) 894-2070
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El Barzon’s gorgeous bricked-in patio oasis is one of the top al fresco dining spots in the city. The white tablecloth eatery is a perfect special occasion spot with a mixture of expertly prepared Italian and Mexican dishes (not fusion). The patio roof provides just enough shade while still letting in a cool breeze and is best enjoyed with a margarita in hand. Make a reservation online.

21. Pink Flamingo

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2746 Vermont St
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 801-4423
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The team at Guerrilla Food opens its Pink Flamingo food truck seasonally for lively summer garden dinners in North Corktown. Menus are posted weekly, but typical options include rice balls, salads, and items like grilled lamb kofta or chickpea tacos with kimchi. It’s refreshing, seasonal community gathering made even better thanks to the outdoor atmosphere. Customers can also find Pink Flamingo’s food to-go at the restaurant near Palmer Park.

22. Detroit Shipping Company

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474 Peterboro St
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 462-4973
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This shipping container food hall features several different options for a meal including Caribbean-style grilled chicken, Thai food, Nepali dumplings, and even ice cream. During the pandemic, Detroit Shipping Company expanded seating outdoors to accommodate safer, socially distanced dining with both covered seating areas and outdoor booths with tall barriers. Curbside pickup is also available with online ordering.

23. Old Miami

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3930 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 831-3830
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The Old Miami is a Cass Corridor bar institution. With its expansive, grassy backyard and fire pits, it remains a constant favorite for summer drinking.

24. Pie-Sci

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5163 Trumbull Ave
Detroit, MI 48208
(313) 818-0290
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Pie-Sci offered curbside service for the majority of the pandemic and only recently began inviting people inside to grab their order and take it outside to a secluded backyard patio with picnic tables and umbrellas for plenty of shade. It’s the ideal spot to enjoy a casual pizza feast in the open air.

25. Z's Villa

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42 Piquette St
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 874-2680
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Z's Villa stands out in the warm weather months for its patio lounge that features beach volleyball courts, horseshoes, and plenty of shade. It’s the perfect setting for a filling Detroit-style pizza meal.

26. The Congregation

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9321 Rosa Parks Blvd
Detroit, MI 48206
(313) 307-5518
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Sustaining through a pandemic as a new business isn’t exactly easy, but the Congregation in Boston Edison made it through with copious use of its deck and grassy yard. This cafe and bar inside a remodeled church has quickly become a neighborhood hangout with plenty of space to spread out and complimentary Wi-Fi that extends outdoors. Seating is first-come, first-served.

27. Bumbo's

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3001 Holbrook Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 285-8239
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With restrictions that kept the neighborhood bar’s indoor seating closed for a good portion of 2020, Bumbo’s leaned into its patio seating, adding greenery and a pergola to keep customers dry on not-as-nice days. Grab a cocktail and head outside to sip in the shade.

28. La Dolce Vita

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17546 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48203
(313) 865-0331
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La Dolce Vita means "the sweet life" and this Palmer Park area restaurant delivers just that. Dine on classic Italian food in a lush, secluded patio setting. With mimosas and bloody marys in ample supply and dressed up atmosphere, this is a popular destination for brunch and special occasion dining. Patio seating is first-come, first-served and reservations for indoor dining can be made online.

29. Good Times on the Ave

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19416 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 739-6601
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This buzzing neighborhood hive features a rooftop patio that overlooks the Avenue of Fashion. Find options here like lobster bites, Cobb salad, and grouper po’ boys as well as a handful of red, white, and sparkling wines. Takeout and delivery orders are also accepted.

1. Coriander Kitchen and Farm

14601 Riverside Blvd, Detroit, MI 48215

The sunny, spacious canalside patio at Coriander Kitchen & Farm is a stellar spot to grab a bite and some drinks and enjoy the outdoors. Because of the restaurant’s close proximity to Jefferson Chalmers waterways, diners can easily drive, bike, walk, or even paddle in. The restaurant is currently open for outdoor service only as construction on the interior wraps up. Customers can place orders online for weekend patio dining and takeout.

14601 Riverside Blvd
Detroit, MI 48215

2. Norma G's Detroit

14628 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48215

Norma G’s brings Caribbean hospitality and laidback vibes to the East Jefferson corridor with loads of spacious outdoor seating. It’s the ideal setting to enjoy the quiet solitude of Jefferson Chalmers with a Caribbean mule and curry goat. Both takeout and dine-in service are available.

14628 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48215

3. East Eats

1018 Navahoe St, Detroit, MI 48215
A geodesic dome is open on one side revealing furniture at East Eats. East Eats [Courtesy photo]

Born out of pandemic ingenuity, East Eats offers an entirely outdoor dining experience with group seatings in geodesic domes. Book a table online for brunch or one of several weekly rotating food events, some of which include live music.

1018 Navahoe St
Detroit, MI 48215

4. Marrow

8044 Kercheval Ave, Detroit, MI 48214

Customers on Marrow’s West Village patio can count on a great selection of cocktails, beer, cider, and wine in a laid-back, neighborhood setting. The chic butcher shop-restaurant accepts reservations online for both indoor and outdoor dining with a five-course prix fixe menu. Expect options like morel mushroom soba noodles, kibbeh nayeh, and babka doughnuts.

8044 Kercheval Ave
Detroit, MI 48214

5. Cøllect

1454 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48207

Beer bar Cøllect is nestled up above Bunny Bunny and features a laid-back rooftop patio looking out over Gratiot Avenue. The deck is filled out with picnic tables, making it a nice, casual spot to watch the sunset while sipping a sour ale and eating some Chinese takeout.

1454 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48207

6. Eastern Market Brewing Co., Midnight Temple, and Detroit City Distillery

Riopelle St & Winder St, Detroit, MI 48207

Eastern Market Brewing Company and Detroit City Distillery took full advantage of expanded street seating options during the pandemic, shutting down large portions of Riopelle. The bars offer first-come, first-served socially distanced patio seating, making it easy to grab a beer or a boozey ice pop and sit outside. Folks can even grab food from Midnight Temple.

Riopelle St & Winder St
Detroit, MI 48207

7. The Skip

The Belt, Detroit, MI 48226

Belt Alley bar the Skip is one of the hottest spots for outdoor drinking in Detroit. The open-air cocktail lounge features garage doors for all-season service and a menu of progressive, inexpensive cocktails such as frozen Irish coffee alongside boilermakers and tiki-style mixed drinks. During the pandemic, the bar implemented systems for safer ordering. Walk-ins are welcome but customers can also reserve a table online or order drinks to-go.

The Belt
Detroit, MI 48226

8. The Monarch Club

33 John R St Penthouse, Detroit, MI 48226

One of the highest patios in the city is perched atop the recently restored Metropolitan Building. Customers can sip cocktails and snacks at the Monarch Club while enjoying sweeping views of downtown Detroit from three terraces. Each one is decked out with patio seating and firepits. The Walk-ins are accepted depending on availability, but it’s always a good idea to make a reservation: that especially goes for the fire pit areas that require a reservation with a food and drink minimum.

33 John R St Penthouse
Detroit, MI 48226

9. Lumen Detroit

1903 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Beacon Park’s bold restaurant and beer hall Lumen is known, in part, for its expansive patio space that wraps around the exterior and up onto the roof. That makes it attractive real estate for diners in the summer, made even better with a couple pints of Griffin Claw beer. Drop by, call, or make a reservation online.

1903 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

10. Eatori Market

1215 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226

Market-bar combo Eatori offers a lush al fresco patio space during the summer and a covered all-weather seating area overlooking Capitol Park. It’s a relaxing spot to kick back with a cocktail or a halloumi grilled cheese. Orders can be placed online for carryout.

1215 Griswold St
Detroit, MI 48226

11. Mudgie's Deli

1300 Porter St, Detroit, MI 48226

Corktown's favorite deli features an expansive al fresco patio area with its own dedicated tiki bar. Sit back and enjoy a glass of wine from the bar or better yet — one of the restaurant's famed lobster rolls (Lobster Week cannot come quickly enough). Place orders online for takeout from the walk-up window.

1300 Porter St
Detroit, MI 48226

12. Batch Brewing Company

1400 Porter St, Detroit, MI 48216

This Corktown brewery has become essential in the local brewing community as well as the Detroit hospitality industry at large. Batch is a consummate neighborhood spot that keeps dozens of beers on rotation and also takes care with its food — turning out everything from nachos to po’boys to shepherd’s pie stew. Currently offering service in an outdoor pavillion nicknamed the “Fauci Fieldhouse,” Batch accepts orders at a walk-up window for takeout or outdoor seating. Occasionally, the brewery hosts restaurant pop-ups and supports local organizations through its Feel Good Tap program.

1400 Porter St
Detroit, MI 48216

13. Ottava Via

1480 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

Ottava Via's patio area gets major points for the fireplace and bocci ball courts. Pair that with Neapolitan-style pizza and a bottle of wine for the full summer dining experience.

1480 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

14. Motor City Wine

1949 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

This Corktown patio hideaway is filled with tables, benches, and patio games for soaking up some rays with a bottle of pet nat. The bar hosts regular live music and DJs, as well as pop-up dinners. The approachable wine selection includes some nicer boxed wines on the low end and bottles in the wine shop that can be purchased and sipped on site.

1949 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

15. Ima

2015 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

Hang out on the heated patio or enjoy some sunshine under an umbrella at Ima’s Corktown restaurant. Share a picnic table and slurp udon noodles while people-watching on Michigan Avenue. Orders can also be placed online for takeout or delivery.

2015 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

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16. Slows Bar-B-Q

2138 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

Dine on the ever popular Corktown barbecue at Slows in a walled-off patio area with concrete tables. Flowering trees and fabric shades provide plenty of filter from the sun. Reservations are strongly recommended.

2138 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

17. Mercury Burger & Bar

2163 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

Sandwiched between the main restaurant and an adjoining building, Mercury's colorful patio is one of the best spots for a burger and a beer on a night out in Detroit. Sit under the awning, beneath an umbrella, or get the full sun experience all right here.

2163 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

18. Takoi

2520 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

Takoi’s trendy space and Northern Thai-influenced food is complemented by an active outdoor patio shaded by big, leafy trees. Customers can hang out at drink rails or grab a seat in one of the colorful Miami-style patio chairs. Seating is first-come, first-served outside and the full menu (with the exception of one or two items) is available outside via the barside walk-up window. Dining room reservations are accepted online.

2520 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

19. Detroit 75 Kitchen

4800 W Fort St, Detroit, MI 48209

Few food trucks in Detroit have the luxury of a permanent space to spread out, but Detroit 75 Kitchen has a full set of picnic tables prepped and ready for a glorious spread of street food. The Southwest Detroit food truck boasts some of the best sandwiches in town and mind-blowing cilantro garlic fries. Don’t miss the smoked chicken. Everything here is halal.

4800 W Fort St
Detroit, MI 48209

20. El Barzon Restaurante

3710 Junction St, Detroit, MI 48210

El Barzon’s gorgeous bricked-in patio oasis is one of the top al fresco dining spots in the city. The white tablecloth eatery is a perfect special occasion spot with a mixture of expertly prepared Italian and Mexican dishes (not fusion). The patio roof provides just enough shade while still letting in a cool breeze and is best enjoyed with a margarita in hand. Make a reservation online.

3710 Junction St
Detroit, MI 48210

21. Pink Flamingo

2746 Vermont St, Detroit, MI 48216

The team at Guerrilla Food opens its Pink Flamingo food truck seasonally for lively summer garden dinners in North Corktown. Menus are posted weekly, but typical options include rice balls, salads, and items like grilled lamb kofta or chickpea tacos with kimchi. It’s refreshing, seasonal community gathering made even better thanks to the outdoor atmosphere. Customers can also find Pink Flamingo’s food to-go at the restaurant near Palmer Park.

2746 Vermont St
Detroit, MI 48216

22. Detroit Shipping Company

474 Peterboro St, Detroit, MI 48201

This shipping container food hall features several different options for a meal including Caribbean-style grilled chicken, Thai food, Nepali dumplings, and even ice cream. During the pandemic, Detroit Shipping Company expanded seating outdoors to accommodate safer, socially distanced dining with both covered seating areas and outdoor booths with tall barriers. Curbside pickup is also available with online ordering.

474 Peterboro St
Detroit, MI 48201

23. Old Miami

3930 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

The Old Miami is a Cass Corridor bar institution. With its expansive, grassy backyard and fire pits, it remains a constant favorite for summer drinking.

3930 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

24. Pie-Sci

5163 Trumbull Ave, Detroit, MI 48208

Pie-Sci offered curbside service for the majority of the pandemic and only recently began inviting people inside to grab their order and take it outside to a secluded backyard patio with picnic tables and umbrellas for plenty of shade. It’s the ideal spot to enjoy a casual pizza feast in the open air.

5163 Trumbull Ave
Detroit, MI 48208

25. Z's Villa

42 Piquette St, Detroit, MI 48202

Z's Villa stands out in the warm weather months for its patio lounge that features beach volleyball courts, horseshoes, and plenty of shade. It’s the perfect setting for a filling Detroit-style pizza meal.

42 Piquette St
Detroit, MI 48202

26. The Congregation

9321 Rosa Parks Blvd, Detroit, MI 48206

Sustaining through a pandemic as a new business isn’t exactly easy, but the Congregation in Boston Edison made it through with copious use of its deck and grassy yard. This cafe and bar inside a remodeled church has quickly become a neighborhood hangout with plenty of space to spread out and complimentary Wi-Fi that extends outdoors. Seating is first-come, first-served.

9321 Rosa Parks Blvd
Detroit, MI 48206

27. Bumbo's

3001 Holbrook Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212

With restrictions that kept the neighborhood bar’s indoor seating closed for a good portion of 2020, Bumbo’s leaned into its patio seating, adding greenery and a pergola to keep customers dry on not-as-nice days. Grab a cocktail and head outside to sip in the shade.

3001 Holbrook Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212

28. La Dolce Vita

17546 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48203

La Dolce Vita means "the sweet life" and this Palmer Park area restaurant delivers just that. Dine on classic Italian food in a lush, secluded patio setting. With mimosas and bloody marys in ample supply and dressed up atmosphere, this is a popular destination for brunch and special occasion dining. Patio seating is first-come, first-served and reservations for indoor dining can be made online.

17546 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48203