On the hunt for Elk Rapids outdoor dining? From casual spots in town to dinner destinations on Elk Lake, explore some of our favorite spots for outdoor dining in Elk Rapids.

Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen

This Cajun-Creole eatery may be famous for serving up gator, but live music on the patio during the summer months is something not to be missed. If you’re looking for a menu with crawfish and craft cocktails, this spot is for you.

617 Ames St, Elk Rapids | Pearl’s Menu | 231.264.0530

Cellar 152

Featuring a full to-go or dine-in menu, Cellar 152 boasts delicious, homemade food creations and premium wine selections. While there is limited outdoor dining, everything from the crab cakes to BBQ burger can be taken to-go (hint: we recommend heading to a local beach!).

152 River St, Elk Rapids | Cellar 152 Menu | 231.264.9000

Riverwalk Grill & Taproom

Overlooking Elk Lake, this grill and taproom features delicious dishes and an outdoor dining area not to be missed. Enjoy live music on the deck every Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. through the summer season.

106 Ames St, Elk Rapids | Riverwalk Menu | 231.264.0377

Short’s Brewing Co. | The Pull Barn

The team at Short’s recently opened up their pull barn for business! Enjoy one of their classic beers or ciders while relaxing at the outdoor seating and ordering up delicious dishes from the on-site food truck.

211 Industrial Park Drive, Elk Rapids | Pull Barn Menu | 231.498.2300 ext. 3

American House Wood Fired Pizza

Serving up plates of pasta, creative entrees and more than 10 different wood-fired pizzas, American House is the perfect spot for summertime dining and welcomes both indoor and outdoor diners. 

151 River St, Elk Rapids | American House Menu | 231.264.6062

TJ Charlie’s

This no-frills, classic American spot is serving up delicious burgers, sandwiches and more both indoors and outdoors. Check their Facebook page for daily specials and business updates.

135 River St, Elk Rapids | TJ Charlie’s Menu | 231.264.8819

Harbor Cafe

A 2021 Red Hot Best winner for ‘place to get takeout’ and second place winner for ‘best restaurant’ in the region, Harbor Cafe features seasonal outdoor picnic seating, indoor seating and to-go options. 

129 River St, Elk Rapids | Harbor Cafe Menu | 231.264.8700

Photo(s) by Tess Crowley