Longing for a leisurely lunch with a lovely view? Take a table outside at one of these amazing restaurants that offer outdoor dining this summer in Northern Michigan, from Petoskey to Mackinac Island.

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Bay Harbor Outdoor Dining

INN AT BAY HARBOR
3600 Village Harbor Dr. | 855.351.4295
At this gracious inn, dine beside Lake Michigan at the Vintage Chophouse, by the golf course at the Bay Harbor Golf Club and poolside at the Cabana Bar.

KNOT JUST A BAR
820 Front St. | 231.439.2770
Elevated tavern fare and outdoor seating by the Bay Harbor Lake Marina.

MAPLE + BATTER
4165 Main St. | 231.753.2122
New brunch spot in former Pancake House space with a four-season porch.

Maple + Batter in Bay Harbor

Photo by Dave Weidner

THE LOCAL
795 Front St. | 231.881.9134
Local cuisine, signature cocktails and extensive outside seating by the marina.

Outdoor Dining in Boyne City

BEACH HOUSE RESTAURANT
1 Boyne Mountain Rd. | 231.549.6085
On the shores of stunning Deer Lake, Boyne Mountain’s Beach House restaurant menu includes steaks and seafood.

BOYNE CITY TAP ROOM
220 S. Lake St. | 231.459.4487
Inventive tavern fare and a large, shaded patio.

CAFE SANTÉ
1 Water St. | 231.582.8800
Sip Belgian beers and enjoy European classics like wood-fired pizzas, paninis and pastas on either the covered or open-air patios—both with Lake Charlevoix views.

Cafe Sante, Boyne City, downtown

Photo by Rachel Haggerty

EVERETT’S
1 Boyne Mountain Rd. | 231.549.7959
Breakfast, lunch and dinner and a patio. Located inside Boyne’s Mountain Grand Lodge.

FORTY ACRES TAVERN
1 Boyne Mountain Rd. | 231.549.7270
Boyne Mountain’s classic slope-side tavern in The Village offers outdoor dining in warm weather.

FRIGGY’S SOBO PUB
5 E. Main St. | 231.459.4102
Burgers and classic pub food at this lively bar with a covered patio.

GILDAS’ LAKE STREET BAKERY
110 S. Lake St. | 231.497.6060
Sidewalk café tables at this authentic French bakery.

LAKE STREET PUB
202 S. Lake St. | 231.497.6031
A family-friendly pub with comfortable outdoor seating and views of Lake Charlevoix.

RED MESA GRILL
117 Water St. | 231.582.0049
Classic Latin American cuisine with a patio just off the downtown.

THE STRAND AT SOMMERSET POINTE
00970 Marina Dr. | 231.582.9900
With views of the marina from the patio, The Strand makes a great stop for both sailors and food lovers.

Cross Village Outdoor Dining

LEGS INN
6425 N. Lake Shore Dr. | 231.526.2281
Dine on housemade Polish cuisine in the out- door garden at this Northern Michigan icon.

A meal from Legs Inn in Cross Village

Photo by Dave Weidner

Outdoor Dining in Harbor Springs

SLOPESIDE LOUNGE
600 Highland Rd. | 855.688.7022
Eat slopeside at Boyne Highlands.

COUNTRY CLUB OF BOYNE
334 Heather Dr. | 855.908.9375
Dine outside at the Seminole Pub.

PIERSON’S GRILLE & SPIRITS
130 State St. | 231.526.2967
Burgers and baby back ribs to pizza. Eat in or at the large patio with a view of Little Traverse Bay.

POLISH KITCHEN
8418 M-119 | 231.838.5377
Enjoy pierogis and other Polish dishes on the patio.

POND HILL FARM
5699 S. Lake Shore Dr. (M-119) | 231.526.3276
Farm-cooked food made from farm-raised produce with plenty of outdoor seating and activities.

Outdoor dining at Pond Hill Farm

Photo by Rachel Haggerty

STAFFORD’S PIER RESTAURANT
102 E. Bay St. | 231.526.6201
Seafood, steaks and more served on the patio beside Little Traverse Bay.

STATE ROAD PROVISIONS
2983 S. State Rd. | 231.526.7605
Breakfast, lunch and dinner dine inside or out on tavern-style comfort food.

THE PAPER STATION BISTRO
145 E. Main St. | 231.242.4680
Euro-style bistro with sidewalk dining.

TURKEY’S CAFÉ & PIZZERIA
250 E. Main St. | 231.526.6041
Beloved restaurant and ice cream shop with a shaded patio tucked off Main Street.

VERNALES RESTAURANT
3018 M-119 | 231.242.4777
This chophouse also has a sports bar, wine bar and patio.

Outdoor Dining on Mackinac Island

BISTRO ON THE GREENS & ROUND ISLAND KITCHEN
Mission Point Resort, Lakeshore Dr. | 906.847.3000
Fresh, inventive food and views of Round Island lighthouse and Lake Huron from the patios at both of these Mission Point Resort restaurants.

CARRIAGE HOUSE, HOTEL IROQUOIS
7485 Main St. | 906.847.3321
Classic American cuisine and a view of the Straits.

FORT MACKINAC TEA ROOM
7127 Huron Rd. | 906.847.6327
Located inside the walls of Fort Mackinac with a spectacular view of the yacht harbor; lunch here is a treat.

GREAT TURTLE BREWERY & DISTILLERY
7452 Main St. | 906.847.0260
Eat on the deck or patio at the island’s only brewery.

ICE HOUSE BBQ, ISLAND HOUSE HOTEL
6966 Main St. | 906.847.3347
Home-style smoked barbecue served in the garden or on the deck.

KINGSTON KITCHEN AT THE VILLAGE INN
1384 Hoban St. | 906.847.3542
Jamaican-inspired menu with local twists.

MARY’S BISTRO DRAUGHT HOUSE
7463 Main St. | 906.847.9911
Pizzas, burgers and a dockside view of the Mackinac Straits.

MUSTANG LOUNGE
1485 Astor St. | 906.847.9916
Classic fare served up on the covered porch of this historic tavern.

PINK PONY
7221 Main St. | 906.847.3341
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, extensive drink menu and a waterside patio.

SMOKEY JOSE’S
7263 Main St. | 906.847.4066
Tequila and BBQ! On Star Line Dock #1.

THE GATE HOUSE
1547 Cadotte Ave. | 906.847.3772
Lunch, dinner and outdoor seating with awesome views.

THE JOCKEY CLUB AT THE GRAND STAND
1874 Cadotte Ave. | 906.847.9212
Lunch and dinner spot located at the Jewel Golf Course with a magnificent view of the island.

WATERCOLOR CAFÉ
6939 Main St. | 906.262.0642
Art studio by night, café by day. Located on the waterfront.

1852 GRILL ROOM, ISLAND HOUSE HOTEL
6966 MAIN ST. | 906.847.7222
Fine dining with outdoor seating.

Mackinaw City Outdoor Dining

BIÈRE DE MAC BREW WORKS
14277 Mackinaw Hwy. | 231.427.7007
Craft beer, woodfired pizza, beer garden with picnic tables and fire pits.

Burger and beer from BIÈRE DE MAC

Photo by Dave Weidner

RUSTED SPOKE BREWING CO.
810 S. Huron Ave. | 231.436.5773
Bar-style comfort food with patio.

SCALAWAGS WHITEFISH & CHIPS
226 E. Central Ave. | 231.436.7777
Fish from the Straits and memorable fries. Outdoor seating in front.

Best Outdoor Dining in Petoskey

THE BACK LOT
425 Michigan St. | 231.881.9933
Backyard beer garden and food trucks.

BEACON BISTRO
319 Bay St. | 231.489.7999
Upscale bistro fare with a newly expanded patio and views of Little Traverse Bay.

BEARDS BREWERY
215 E. Lake St. | 231.753.2221
Craft beer, elevated bar food and views of Little Traverse Bay from the patio.

Two beers from Beards Brewery

Photo by Rachel Haggerty

CHANDLER’S RESTAURANT
215 1⁄2 Howard St. | 231.347.2981
Euro-style dining including an intimate patio steps from downtown.

CITY PARK GRILL
432 E. Lake St. | 231.347.0101
Kicked-up tavern fare and a sidewalk-side patio at this downtown icon.

DUFFY’S GARAGE & GRILLE
317 E. Lake St. | 231.348.3663
A range of beers on tap, pizza, burgers and a patio with a view of Little Traverse Bay.

JULIENNE TOMATOES
421 Howard St. | 231.439.9250
Beloved eatery that serves breakfast and lunch and offers outdoor seating.

MIM’S MEDITERRANEAN GRILL
1823 N. US-31 | 231.348.9994
Classic Mediterranean dishes and patio seating.

PALETTE BISTRO
321 Bay St. | 231.348.3321
Mediterranean-inspired dishes, pizza, great wine selection and a large patio.

PETOSKEY BREWING
1844 M-119 (Harbor-Petoskey Rd.) | 231.753.2057
Housed in a brewery built in 1898, find craft beer selections, a menu to match and a lovely patio.

POUR KITCHEN AND BAR
422 E. Mitchell St. | 231.881.9800
Hip, elevated bar menu with a seasonal street-side deck.

ROAST & TOAST
309 E. Lake St. | 231.347.7767
Covered back deck with Roast & Toast vibe perfect for morning coffee and afternoon lunch.

ROSE GARDEN VERANDA
Stafford’s Perry Hotel, 100 Lewis St. | 231.347.4000
Casual outdoor dining with gardens and lake view.

ROSELAWN DINING ROOM
Stafford’s Bay View Inn, 2011 Woodland Ave. | 231.347.2771
Bay-side outdoor dining at a historic inn.

TAP30
422 E. Mitchell St. | 231.881.9572
Street-side outdoor seating at this shrine to craft beer and great bar food.

SIDE DOOR SALOON
1200 US-31 | 231.347.9291
A classic saloon-style pub with indoor and outdoor dining.

VINTAGE CHOPHOUSE & WINE BAR
Inn at Bay Harbor, 3600 Village Harbor Dr. | 844.366.8986
Classic American steakhouse with a wine bar twist and views of Little Traverse Bay from the patio.

Dining Outdoors in St. Ignace

THE GANGPLANK
100 S. State St. | 906.643.1500
The entire dining area of this diner is a covered patio with a waterfront view.

JOSE’S CANTINA
1101 N. State St. | 906.643.1519
Award-winning Mexican (fish tacos!) served up beachside.

JAVA JOE’S CAFE
959 N. State St. | 906.643.5282
Breakfast like you’ve never had it—enjoy it beachside all day!

MACKINAC GRILLE
251 S. State St. | 906.643.7482
Whitefish and other classic fare served up with a water view. Outside seating.

MI PATIO BAR & GRILLE
30 S. State St. | 906.984.2004
Whitefish from the Straits, patio views of the Straits.

Outdoor Dining in Walloon Lake

BARREL BACK RESTAURANT
4069 M-75 | 231.535.6000
Pasta, ribs, pizza, burgers and a covered deck above Walloon Lake.

WALLOON LAKE INN
4178 West St. | 231.535.2999
Gracious dining in a historic inn with a lovely patio.

waterfront restaurants in Northern Michigan

Photo by Dave Weidner

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