Traverse City boasts some of the best outdoor dining options in Northern Michigan, with eateries across town offering outdoor seating with settings that will enchant, from the bustling downtown to bright-blue lakes. Find great food and drink and a view destined to impress at these Traverse City restaurants.
448 E. Front St. | 231.943.1116
Rotating food trucks offer wildly different menus and The Little Fleet brings the drinks (beer, wine, cocktails). The curated high-quality food, drink and comfortable outdoor block-party atmosphere will turn your summer dreams into a delicious reality.
642 Railroad Pl | 231.946.8168
Located in Traverse City’s historic railroad district just across from the Traverse City Area District Library, The Filling Station’s stunning summer sunsets and diverse pizza, drink and dinner menu are all you’ll need for the perfect dinner outing.
229 E. Front St. | 231.941.8888
Get a taste of Europe with a diverse and flavorful menu from an open kitchen right to you on Amical’s street-side patio while enjoying the bustling beauty of downtown Traverse City.
14039 Peninsula Dr. | 213.223.4030
With a stunning waterfront view of West Grand Traverse Bay, Boathouse serves up local cuisine as well as delicacies from around the globe, and an evening spent here is sure to exceed your appetite expectations, with a beautiful view to pair.
13671 S. West Bay Shore Dr. | 231.947.7079
Pair a view of West Grand Traverse Bay with classic dishes hailing both the surf and the turf, like the buttery lobster and famous rack of ribs.
7208 Secor Rd. |231.946.3991
With a venue that caters to both large parties and intimate dinners, warm rustic charm and generous portions from a well-rounded menu, you’re guaranteed to have a good time at Boone’s Long Lake Inn.
12719 S. West Bay Shore Dr. | 231.943.2922
Whether you prefer an elegant dinner indoors or enjoying a casual cocktail on an expansive patio, West End Tavern’s drink and dinner items cater to your inner-foodie while providing an exceptional view of Traverse.
619 Randolph St. | 231. 944.1228
If you’re a fan of homemade and hearty, Frenchie’s Famous delivers just that with handmade lunch sandwiches, salads, coffees and sweets. Indulge in Frenchie’s delights on the quaint outdoor patio for a cozy lunch date.
13512 S. Peninsula Dr. | Contact events director at 231.944.6984
A locally sourced farm-to-table restaurant and events room, Mission Table will introduce you to new flavors at beautiful Bower’s Harbor.
135 E. Front St. | 231.946.9800
Bringing you creative pizza combos and make-your-own options, Pangea’s offers stone-fired creations from atop their newly constructed rooftop deck and bar.
310 N. Cass St.| 231.932.1310
With daily happy hours and a flavorful tapas-inspired food menu that serves till dark, Firefly’s beautiful outdoor seating along the Boardman River is the perfect place to enjoy a drink and a meal.
300 E. Front St. #104 | 231.943.2500
Mouthwatering earth-to-table cuisine including pizzas, street food, tacos and salads completes a flavorful food and refreshing drink menu with 13 different house-made ciders and your own private slice of downtown with their comfortable outdoor seating.
203 Cass St. | 231.929.1900
With a pork-inspired menu and dishes that surprise, The Towne Plaza’s local ingredient-focused food and drink menu pairs well with the greenery-shrouded, magical outdoor patio right in downtown Traverse.
108 S. Union St. | 231.932.2233
Find a greens-based menu that includes wraps, flatbreads, sandwiches and soups. The Dish is a perfect place to grab a quick and healthy lunch while you enjoy downtown Traverse City from the outdoor patio right along Union Street.
13890 S. West Bayshore Dr. | 231. 421.9393
Nestled on the pristine shoreline of Lake Michigan, Harrington’s by the Bay offers guests spectacular views. The menu includes locally sourced ingredients and a wine selection bolstered by the Red 8 Lounge.
255 Munson Ave. | 231.778.9000
Sharing unique farm-to-table creations with dishes inspired by Northern Michigan’s agriculture industry, Reflect’s diverse menu includes seafood, sandwiches and high-quality cuts of Michigan’s best steaks and chops.
101 N. Park St. | 231.933.3972 & 525 W. Front St. | 231.922.7437
Famous for their delectable pies and sweets, this go-to spot for Michiganders also serves up sandwiches, soups and salads that delight.
1333 Yellow Dr. | 231.943.1453
Putting twists on classic Mexican cuisine, Spanglish creates unique dishes that have all the flavor of your traditional favorites, from tacos and guacamole to tostadas and tamales. Comfortable outdoor seating at the Grand Traverse Commons.
Olivia Fellows was a 2020 intern at MyNorth Media. She will graduate from Grand Valley State University in 2021 with a Communications and Multi-Media Journalism degree, and serves as the News Editor for GVSU’s The Lanthorn.