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.

Traverse City Outdoor Dining

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.

18 Restaurants with Outdoor Dining in Traverse City

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!

Outdoor Dining in Suttons Bay

Outdoor Dining in Omena, Northport and Lake Leelanau

Outdoor Dining in Leland

Outdoor Dining in Glen Arbor & Sleeping Bear Dunes

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.

11 Restaurants With Outdoor Dining in Benzie County

Manistee Outdoor Dining

With everything from breakfast to late-night eats, you’ll find terrific spots to keep your summer outdoors going stong.

6 Manistee Restaurants With Outdoor Dining

Ludington Outdoor Dining

After a day at Ludington State Park or wandering downtown, find everything from BBQ to Thai while you enjoy the summer breezes.

8 Ludington Restaurants With Outdoor Dining

Charlevoix County Outdoor Dining

With Lake Charlevoix as the centerpiece, eating outdoors in Charlevoix County offers picture-perfect options with lots of lake views.

7 Charlevoix Restaurants with Outdoor Dining

9 Places for Outdoor Dining in Boyne City

Emmet County Outdoor Dining

From charming coastal towns to the M-119 Tunnel of Trees, here are spots to keep your summer day outdoors at the beach or sightseeing going.

8 Petoskey Restaurants with Outdoor Dining

6 Harbor Springs Restaurants with Outdoor Dining

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.

12 Mackinac Island Restaurants With Outdoor Dining

Photo(s) by Tess Crowley