Is there anything better than a table in the sunshine and lake breeze? Check out our town-by-town restaurant guide to eating outside in Leelanau County, from Northport to Leland and Glen Arbor, and everywhere in between.

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Empire Restaurants with Outdoor Dining

JOE’S FRIENDLY TAVERN
11015 W. Front St. | 231.326.5506
Fingers crossed that this iconic tavern will have its new outdoor seating area ready for summer.

SHIPWRECK CAFE

11691 S. Lacore Rd. | 231.835.2580
Delish fresh-made sandwiches on homemade bread. Wood-fired pizza on some nights. Outdoor tables in the front yard.

Photo by Tim Hussey

Glen Arbor Restaurants with Outdoor Dining

ART’S TAVERN
6487 W. Western Ave. | 231.334.3754
Hammer a house-ground burger and the best tater tots on the planet at a table on the patio. Cash or check only.

BEAR PAW PIZZA & MARKET
6444 W. Western Ave. | 231.334.2327
Take your pizza and sammies to the street-side picnic tables.

BLU
5705 S. Lake St. | 231.334.2530
Intimate, gourmet and fabulous Blu on Sleeping Bear Bay is reservation-only inside. Only day-of (no advance) reservations on the beautiful beachside patio.

BOONEDOCKS
5858 S. Manitou Blvd. | 231.334.6444
Live music and elevated bar food on a spacious deck.

CHERRY PUBLIC HOUSE
6026 S. Lake St. | 231.226.3033
Full lunch and dinner menu with a subtle cherry theme, wine and craft beer all served on the patio.

GOOD HARBOR GRILL
6584 Western Ave. | 231.334.3555
Fresh, homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes served on the street-side intimate patio.

INN & TRAIL GOURMET
6453 Western Ave. | 231.835.2535
To-go sandwiches, salads, charcuterie and more in a lovely garden setting.

THE HOMESTEAD
1 Woodridge Rd. | 231.334.5000
Order up burgers, pizza and more from the outside bar at Whisker’s. Guests of the resort can make reservations for exquisite lakeside dining at Cafe Manitou.

THE MILL
5440 W. Harbor Hwy. 
Grab-and-go sandwiches, pastries and coffee will be served up at this freshly renovated historic property. Expected to open this summer.

WESTERN AVENUE GRILL
6410 Western Ave. | 231.334.3362
Burgers, flatbreads, fish and more. Spacious outdoor seating on the downtown patio.

Image overlooking the patio and Lake Michigan at Blu, a restaurant in Glen Arbor, Michigan.

Photo by Taylor Brown

Maple City Restaurants with Outdoor Dining

BROOMSTACK KITCHEN & TAPHOUSE
172 W. Burdickville Rd. | 231.228.8869
Kicked-up bar food served outside on a spacious lawn.

LITTLE TRAVERSE INN GASTRO PUB
149 E. Harbor Hwy. | 231.228.2560
Linger over elevated pub food on the gracious patio.

MARKET 22
497 E. Harbor Hwy. | 231.228.6422
Deep-dish pizza, sandwiches, soup and salad off M-22 with an outdoor tent.

Leland Restaurants with Outdoor Dining

BLUEBIRD RESTAURANT & TAVERN
102 E. River St. | 231.256.9081
A Leland icon. Classic menu and a beautiful riverside patio.

BOGEY’S AT THE LELAND LODGE
565 Pearl St. | 231.256.7504
Steaks to nachos served on the patio overlooking the Leland Country Club golf course.

RIVERSIDE INN
302 E. River St. | 231.256.9971
Farm-to-table fine dining served inside and on the deck overlooking the Leland River.

THE COVE & RICK’S CAFE
111 W. River St. | 231.256.9834
This Leelanau must-visit features steaks, whitefish, burgers and outdoor seating along the Leland Dam.

TRISH’S DISHES
407 S. Main St. | 231.994.2288
To-die-for omelettes, panini and burritos. Order at the counter and eat on sidewalk or side yard tables.

VILLAGE CHEESE SHANTY
199 W. River St. | 231.256.9141
Order up one of Fishtown’s famous pretzel-bread sandwiches, grab a nearby picnic table or bench and chow down. Cash only.

Photo by Dave Weidner

Lake Leelanau Restaurants with Outdoor Dining

FIDDLEHEADS
202 W. Main St. | 231.994.2121
Farm-to-table café with some outside tables, serving mimosas and bloody marys made with local spirits.

Suttons Bay Restaurants with Outdoor Dining

BOONE’S PRIME TIME PUB
102 N. St. Joseph St. | 231.271.6688
This pub known for its rustic charm and fab burgers boasts a new patio with a view of Suttons Bay.

HEARTH & VINE CAFÉ AT BLACK STAR FARMS
10844 E. Revold Rd. | 231.944.1297
Enjoy salad, pizza and sandwiches paired with a glass of wine produced from the Black Star Farms’ vineyards that surround you.

HOP LOT BREWING CO.
658 S. W. Bay Shore Dr. | 231.866.4445
Eat, drink and be merry in a large, tree-filled beer garden.

MARTHA’S LEELANAU TABLE
413 N. St. Joseph St. | 231.271.2344
Farm-to-table restaurant with rotating menu that can be ordered up on the charming outdoor patio.

NORTH COUNTRY GRILL & PUB
420 N. St. Joseph St. | 231.271.5000
Spacious outdoor seating and a walk-up bar serving grill favorites like burgers, prime rib and even lobster.

PREMONITIONS PIZZA & ARCADE
100A Cedar St. | 231.866.4494
Order up sandwiches, pizza and salads and head for the patio.

STREETSIDE GRILLE
111 N. St. Joseph St. | 231.866.4199
As its name implies, guests enjoy outdoor street-side dining—or sit just inside the open garage-style doors and feel the breeze.

V.I. GRILL
201 N. St. Joseph St. | 231.271.3300
Breakfast specials and bar classics like burgers and fried-fish dinners served on the patio.

WREN
303 N. St. Joseph St. | 231.271.1175
Euro-style patio in front of this innovative bistro.

45TH PARALLEL CAFE
102 W. Broadway | 231.271.2233
Breakfast and lunch with classic wake-up food and a robust sandwich and salad menu. Sit outside under the colorful umbrellas.

Photo by Thomas Hodges

Omena Restaurants with Outdoor Dining

KNOT JUST A BAR
5019 N. West Bay Shore Dr. | 231.386.7393
Hearty burgers, seafood, pasta, salads and tables overlooking sweet Omena Bay.

Northport Restaurants with Outdoor Dining

THE GARAGE BAR & GRILL
108 S. Waukazoo St. | 231.386.5511
BBQ and bar with an intimate outdoor patio.

THE MITTEN BREWING CO.
112 W. Nagonaba St. | 231.386.1101
Sip craft beer and munch pizza on the covered patio or backyard beer garden.

NEW BOHEMIAN CAFE
110 Waukazoo St. | 231.386.1034
Made-to-order sandwiches, from-scratch soups, espresso and cookies as big as your face. Cute patio with shaded seating. 

Outdoor Dining Near Traverse City

FARM CLUB
10051 Lake Leelanau Dr. | 231.252.3079
Farm, brewery, market and restaurant where outdoor seating abounds.

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Photo(s) by Andy Wakeman