Five Michigan Restaurants With Five-Star Patios

Enjoy a Five-Star Summer by Dining at Some of the Best Patios in Michigan 
Home  |  Blog   |  Five Michigan Restaurants With Five-Star Patios

Five Michigan Restaurants With Five-Star Patios

Five Michigan Restaurants With Five-Star Patios

There’s nothing quite like summer in Michigan! From boating on the Great Lakes or spending weekends “up north”, Michiganders will find just about any excuse to spend their summer days outdoors. If you’re looking to get the most out of a Michigan summer, wining and dining on one of these five-star patios is a must! 

Legs Inn – Cross Village, MI

 Enjoy Legs Inn, a five-star patio in Michigan. A patio of dining tables and guests overlooking a large yard and view of Lake Michigan.

Image via Legs Inn

Image via Oakland County Times

I first experienced Legs Inn a few years ago while road tripping along the northwestern coast of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula with my sister. Its location in Cross Village near the iconic Tunnel of Trees made it a perfect mid-day stop to fuel up on some good food and a refreshing hard cider. The interior décor could keep you entertained for hours, but the outdoor seating area is the true star of the show. Overlooking Lake Michigan, the grassy area is filled with dining tables, adirondack chairs, and plenty of open space to play games and relax. Their homemade Polish cuisine is an added bonus if you have a last name like mine! But not to worry, they have other fares including locally-caught Great Lakes Whitefish in case your group is looking for more variety. 

Townhouse – Birmingham, MI & Detroit, MI

I acknowledge I’m no food guru or travel guide, so I recruited the help of some friends when trying to put together a five-star list of five-star patios. Townhouse was recommended with particular enthusiasm and it’s easy to understand why! At both locations in Birmingham and Detroit, Townhouse provides the perfect patio space for a Sunday brunch or dinner and drinks on a summer evening. Their seasonal menu ensures the freshest ingredients and judging by the menu, you’d be hard-pressed to find something you didn’t like. My friend particularly loves the buffalo cauliflower as a sharable for the table. Townhouse’s other creative takes on food include artichoke kale queso and vegan chocolate chip cookies. I’ll be staying to enjoy all the courses on their patio! 

 One of five best patios in Michigan. Outdoor seating of black and red chairs and umbrellas on an open-air patio.

Image via Townhouse

Enjoy eating on a five-star patio in Michigan. Artichoke kale queso in a black cast iron skillet.

Image via Townhouse


The Dive – St. Clair, MI 

: Spend a summer evening at one of the best patios in Michigan. A patio setting with bistro table and chairs overlooking the St. Clair River and a passing ship.

Image via the St. Clair Inn

Dine at The Dive, one of Michigan’s five-star patios. A specialty burger and fries spread on a platter.

Image via the St. Clair Inn

The Dive hits particularly close to home for me. I recently moved to St. Clair and I can’t pretend I wasn’t at least partially sold on the great little restaurants here. One in particular that I’ve enjoyed a few times is found within the St. Clair Inn right along the St. Clair River. I’ve celebrated a few friends’ birthdays here and have never been disappointed by the food or atmosphere. Enjoy some truffle brussels or a brie burger while you watch freighter ships cruise by the patio! You can even end your night with a stroll on the nearby boardwalk. Date night anyone? 

Monarch Club – Detroit, MI 

t: Spend a summer night at the Monarch Club, one of the best patios in Michigan. Overhead view of a rooftop patio with dining table and firepit seating. View of Detroit in the background.

Image via Monarch Club

Enjoy small plates while sitting on a five-star patio. Hand holding a slider against the backdrop of Detroit’s skyline.

Image via Monarch Club


What an unexpected gem the Monarch Club turned out to be when I tagged along with some friends for a little gathering in Detroit last summer. We lounged on the rooftop while circled around an open fire pit, sipping cocktails, and snacking on small plates. The view of the city was breathtaking—especially as dusk fell. I’m convinced any food or drink would simply be the cherry on top of this restaurant’s true delight: its rooftop patio! 

Brickyard Tavern – Grand Rapids, MI 

Enjoy live music on Brickyard Tavern’s five-star patio. Night patio view of dining tables and chairs surrounding and mic and band set up.

Image via Brickyard Tavern

: Dine on a variety of food options at one of the best patios in Michigan. Avocado Goat Toast topped with an egg and served on a white dish.

Image via Brickyard Tavern

While I haven’t made it to the Brickyard Tavern myself, I reached out to some close friends who live on the west side of the state, and they assured me this was their favourite hidden gem in the city of Grand Rapids. Specializing in upscale American cuisine, Brickyard Tavern offers weekend brunch, lunch, and dinner. Their menu caters to dietary restrictions and provides some great alternatives such as avocado goat toast as well as gluten-free and vegetarian options for their handheld burgers and sandwiches. Brickyard Patio slid into first place on my must-visit list when I found their lineup for live music that’s played on the patio overlooking a courtyard water fountain and pool. I’ll be visiting shortly, that’s for sure!  

Where’s your favourite five-star patio? Let us know here

Taylor Stawecki is a 20-something Michigander with a love for the great outdoors and written word. She spends her weekdays working for a digital marketing company and as a freelance copywriter. In her free time, you can find her reading, writing poetry, running, watching a Grey’s Anatomy rerun, or spending time with her family and friends.  As an old soul, she enjoys collecting salt and pepper shakers and cuddling up in oversized sweaters.

Favorite Book: If I have to choose, The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball
Favorite Brunch Spot: Rochester Brunch House

Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (465 pages)


The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood (352 Pages)