With views of the water, tucked into charming small-town patios and set in lush landscapes, restaurants with outdoor dining in Northern Michigan have whatever you are in the mood for. Here’s a guide to where to eat outdoors at restaurants from Traverse City to Mackinac Island and everywhere in between.
Whether relaxing by the Boardman River, eating streetside in bustling downtown Traverse City or taking in the sweeping views of Grand Traverse Bay, restaurants in Traverse City offer plenty of ways to eat outside.
Leelanau County Outdoor Dining
The Leelanau Peninsula is bordered by West Grand Traverse Bay on one side and Lake Michigan on the other, and with lots of inland lakes and quaint towns, the opportunities to find restaurants where you can eat outdoors in Leelanau County are bountiful!
Benzie County Outdoor Dining
Enjoy being surrounded by the amenities of Crystal Mountain as you dine outside, or settle into a seat in one of Benzie’s coastal towns, either way, it’s the season to eat outside from Frankfort to Beulah and beyond.
Mackinac Island Outdoor Dining
As if traveling back in time on Mackinac Island isn’t enough, getting to eat outdoors is the cherry on top.