8 Places to Eat Outside in Traverse City Restaurants

Whether it’s an intimate covered patio on Front Street or a deck with views of West Bay, when eating outside at a Traverse City restaurant it’s all about the atmosphere, and the food finds to match. Reserve an outdoor table at these Traverse City favorites this summer.

Towne Plaza:

A downtown eatery where the passion is for all things local—and all things pork. Sit on the pretty brick patio and feast on classics like pulled pork, or stretch your palette with pork confit or roasted pork belly. Smart presentation. 202 E. State St., Traverse City, 231.929.0900, thetowneplaza.com.

Read more about chef and owner, Chris Hoffman here!

Apache Trout Grill:

Enjoy signature dishes like BBQ ribs, fresh Great Lakes fish, steaks and key-lime pie on the big outdoor deck, where there’s a bit of rustic Northern Michigan charm and a great view of the bay. 13671 S. West Bay Shore Dr., Traverse City, 231.947.7079, apachetroutgrill.com.


A Traverse City institution with classic Euro-inspired cuisine, a solid wine menu, and outdoor dining right on Front Street’s main drag for primo people-watching. 229 E. Front St., Traverse City, 231.941.8888, amical.com.