Whether it’s an intimate covered patio on Front Street or a deck with views of West Bay, when eating outside, it’s all about the atmosphere. Reserve a table at these restaurants with outdoor seating in Traverse City.
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.
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.
Upscale dining room on the Bower’s Harbor shore that blends the culinary traditions and ingredients of traditional French cuisine with those of the Great Lakes. 14039 Peninsula Dr., Traverse City, 231.223.4030, boathouseonwestbay.com.
The classic bar-and-grill motif gets modern upgrades with a menu that’s built around ingredients from local farms and fishermen. Linger-forever views overlooking West Bay and the marina. 12719 S. West Bay Shore Dr., Traverse City, 231.922.2114, harbor22.com.
A cozy pub and seasonal rooftop beer garden, attached to Blue Tractor Cook Shop in Old Town. Excellent burgers, brick-oven pizzas, and beer from every brewery in Michigan. 423 S. Union St., Traverse City, 231.922.9515, bluetractorcookshop.com.
A superb farm-to-table experience at a casually elegant restaurant overlooking sparkly Bowers Harbor on Old Mission Peninsula. 13512 Peninsula Dr., Traverse City, 231.223.4222, missiontable.net.
A trendy spot with a bit of a big-city vibe and a killer menu of sushi, small plates, steak and cocktails. Snag a seat on the back patio, which overlooks a quiet section of the Boardman River. 310 Cass St., Traverse City, 231.932.1310, tcfirefly.com.