Outdoor Dining for Families in West Michigan

Hands down West Michigan has some of the best options for outdoor dining during the summer months! From Grand Rapids to the Lakeshore, it will be a treat anywhere you decide to eat outside on a gorgeous Michigan summer day.

Not only do we get to enjoy the fabulous weather, but outdoor dining is easier for families with wiggly kids. The kids won’t be as disruptive to other diners when outdoors and mom and dad can relax just a little more.

Here is our list by community of the best beach, waterfront, patio and deck dining spots across West Michigan. Cheers!

Ada/Cascade/Lowell

Nonna’s Trattoria in Ada | Enjoy weekly specials, interesting pastas and starters, flavorful, satisfying main courses and handmade European desserts on the porch at Nonna’s. 584 Ada Dr SE, Ada, Michigan. (616) 920-7028.

Flat River Grill in Lowell | Offering outside seating along the Flat River, this quality dining restaurant features Gilmore Collection favorite dishes including woodfired pizzas. 201 East Main St, Lowell, MI 49331. (616) 897-8523

JT’s Pizza in Cascade | Delicious homemade pizza, pasta, and more. Open air patio, complete with a fireplace and multiple big screen TV’s. 6716 Old 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. (616) 942-1552

Cascade Roadhouse in Grand Rapids | An extensive menu that includes a large variety of comforting entrees, and their protected patio is a delight for diners. 6817 Cascade Road SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. (616) 259-7439

Cork in Cascade | Fresh food, with a great wine list. The patio dining sets against Watermark Country Club’s golf course.  5500 Cascade Road SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. (616) 949-0570

Cedar Springs/Rockford/Plainfield Township

Cedar Springs Brewing Company in Cedar Springs | In the heart of Cedar Springs, freshly crafted beers and a flavorful menu, featuring fresh pub fare and a traditional German Bavarian menu. Just feet from the White Pine Trail, you can enjoy eating out in the biergarden. 95 N Main Cedar Springs, MI 49319 (616) 696-BEER

Ramona’s Table in Rockford in downtown Rockford | Eat vibrant farm-to-table food while enjoying the peaceful ambiance of downtown. Sit on the gorgeous patio overlooking the Rockford Dam and White Pine Trail. 17 Squires Street Square NE; Rockford, MI 49341 (616) 951-7100

Reds in Plainfield Twp. | Located at Thousand Oaks Golf Course, this restaurant features a two-tier patio – with firepits – overlooking the golf course. 4100 Thousand Oaks Drive, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. (616) 447-7750 x1

The Score in Plainfield Township | Perfect family friendly Sports Bar with an exceptional menu and an outdoor entertainment venue that holds 3 full-sized beach volleyball courts, beach sand dining area, live palm trees, and live entertainment 7 days a week! 5301 Northland Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. (616) 301-0600

Blue Water Grill in Plainfield Township | This restaurant and bar offers an eclectic assortment including sandwiches, wood fired pizzas, and seafood. Seating options include inside views of Versluis Lake as well as outside dining. 5180 Northland Dr, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. (616) 363-5900

Bostwick Lake Inn in Rockford | On the shores of Bostwick Lake, this cozy, rustic restaurant offers both inside views of the lake as well as outside seating. The menu features burgers and pizza as well as fancier fare. The kids can enjoy the beach area next to the patio after dinner! 8521 Belding Rd NE, Rockford, MI 49341. (616) 874-7290

Bud & Stanleys Pub & Grub in Plainfield Twp. | With nightly food features beginning at 4pm, you can enjoy your meal on their covered deck even if it’s raining! 1701 4 Mile Rd NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. (616) 361-9782

Cheers in Plainfield Twp. | They offer an enormous deck big enough to host a full band and still have plenty of room for the audience to comfortably enjoy the atmosphere. During the summer there is live music every Tuesday and Friday, and a weekly car show every Tuesday3994 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. (616) 363-1188

Comstock Park/Sparta/Walker

Shots in Standale | Great place to enjoy a delicious meal and kick back with a beverage on the summer patio. 4259 Lake Michigan Drive Grand Rapids, MI 49534

Big Joe’s Bar & Grille in Sparta | This casual bar & grille offers burgers, pizza, seafood and more and has outdoor seating available. 33 Applewood Dr, Sparta, MI 49345. (616) 887-1750

Vitale’s in Comstock Park | an extensive menu that includes salads, burgers, seafood, subs, pasta, and of course our award-winning pizza. Hang outdoors on their patio completed with a heated floor!  3868 W River Dr NE, Comstock Park, Michigan (616) 784-5011

East Grand Rapids/Easthills/Alger Heights

Derby Station in Gaslight Village | An Irish/English pub with a local flair offering outdoor seating and specials from overseas. 2237 Wealthy Street, Suite 130, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506. (616) 301-3236

Donkey Taqueria in Wealthy Neighborhood | Grand Rapids’ one-of-a-kind Mexican Street Food concept with Mexican flavors and finely crafted cocktails like you’ve never had before. Outdoor patio right out front along Wealthy Street. 665 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. 

Houlihan’s in Grand Rapids | Located in Breton Village, this modern restaurant and bar with many food and drink specials, also offers outdoor seating. 1968 Breton Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506. (616) 957-1638

Maru Sushi in Grand Rapids | Enjoy lunch or dinner on their seasonal patio on Cherry Street.  927 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506. (616) 458-1900

Rose’s on Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids | Offering both great views of Reeds Lake and outdoor seating, Rose’s specializes in modern Italian and Mediterranean foods. 550 Lakeside Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506. (616) 458-1122

Terra in Eastown | Seasonal, fresh, health-filled ingredients from the region’s most dedicated growers. Outdoor patio. 1429 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids MI 49506 (616) 301-0998.

That Early Bird in Eastown | Focused on seasonal and local products to create a fresh and healthy eclectic menu with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options, and of course coffee! Lovely covered patio, street-side. 1445 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan. (616) 258-8350

the Old Goat in Alger Heights | Neighborhood charm is yours when dining on the patio at the Old Goat. Expect Polish, German, Cajun and Southern fare fused with New American presentation. 2434 Eastern Avenue SE, Grand Rapids MI 49507 (616) 288-6976. (616) 258-8350

Byron Center/Grandville/Hudsonville

DJ’s Pizza Pub in Hudsonville | Lounge on this gorgeous, new outdoor patio, complete with fireplace, while you enjoy yummy pizza. 3471 Kelly St, Hudsonville, Michigan. (616) 669-9550

Osgood Brewing in Grandville |Craft beer, wine, pizza, sandwiches – all served outdoors if you’d like!  4051 Chicago Dr SW, Grandville, MI 49418 (616) 432-3881

Sakura in Grandville | Eat your Japanese, Chinese, or Thai food on the nice outdoor deck at Sakura. 3540 Rivertown Point Ct SW, Grandville, MI 49418. (616) 647-5581

84th Street Pub & Grill in Byron Center | This restaurant with outdoor seating boasts over 100 menu items including burgers and most pub favorites. 8282 Pfeiffer Farms Dr, Byron Center, MI 49315. (616) 583-1650

Vitale’s in Hudsonville | The shaded patio provides ample room to relax and enjoy your pizza. 5779 Balsam Drive, Hudsonville, MI. (616) 662-2244

Downtown GR

Buffalo Wild Wings in downtown Grand Rapids | Enjoy some yummy wings or tenders on the second-floor deck, giving everyone a great view of the city. | 8 Ionia Avenue NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503. (616) 454-9464

Butcher’s Union in Grand Rapids’ West Side | Meat, whiskey and a whole lot of yummy food. Long waits on the weekend. Hit them up for lunch in the courtyard on a weekday for quicker seating or save for date night. 438 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan (616) 551-1323

Founders in downtown GR | Munchies, sandwiches, and pizzas can keep the kids happy while sampling delicious, local craft beer at one of the highest recognized breweries in the United States. Very open beer garden, with room for the kids to move around. 235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, Michigan. (616) 776-1195

Rockwell/Republic in downtown GR | Located in the Heartside district, this lively gastropub with made-from-scratch, seasonal cuisine as eclectic as the environment itself. Dine casually in a three-season screened-in-lounge or an elevated outdoor beer garden.  45 Division Ave S Grand Rapids, Michigan. (616) 551-3563

The Knickbocker in Grand Rapids’ West Side | Hang outside in the beautiful beer garden with plenty of games for the young and old to enjoy. Food, beer, and spirits are all well prepared at this urban beer hall.  417 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 | 616-345-5642

Lakeshore

Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant in Holland | Enjoy pizza and burgers at this Lake Macatawa’s water edge restaurant. Eat inside or out. 216 Van Raalte Ave, Holland, Mi 49423. (616) 396-0600

Butler in Saugatuck | Casual waterfront dining with spectacular views of Lake Kalamazoo harbor, boardwalk and boats. Providing outdoor dining and live entertainment on the deck Memorial Day through Labor Day, featuring burgers and flatbread pizzas. 40 Butler St, Saugatuck, MI 49453. (269) 857-3501

The Deck in Muskegon | Truly like eating on the beach! Only open during the summer season and often offers live music. 1601 Beach St, Muskegon, MI 49441. (231) 755-5022

Mermaid Bar & Grill in Saugatuck | Serving fresh fish and other favorites. This dockside eatery has patio seating that overlooks the Kalamazoo River. 340 Water St, Saugatuck, MI 49453. (269) 857-8208

Old Boys’ Brewhouse in Spring Lake | Old Boys’ Brewhouse is located on the shore of beautiful Spring Lake. They offer a wide variety of foods, including pizza, burgers, steak and burritos to name a few. 971 Savidge St, Spring Lake, MI 49546. (616) 850-9950

Ottawa Beach Inn in Holland | Family-friendly restaurant known for its casual atmosphere, generous portions, and beachside location. Adjacent to the Holland State Park, and boasts views of Lake Macatawa. 2155 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland, MI 49424. (616) 399-9220

Sandy Point Beach House in West Olive | Great atmosphere for families. Live bands, dancing and outdoor bocce ball. 7175 Lakeshore Dr, West Olive, MI 49460. (616) 796-8210

Snug Harbor on the Grand Haven Boardwalk | A wide variety lunch and dinner menu, check out the views from the newly renovated three season outdoor covered deck. Offering channel-view seating, and at the right time of night it’s a great place to watch the musical fountains311 S Harbor Dr, Grand Haven, MI 49417. (616) 846-8400

Did we miss any? Please leave a comment and we’ll add them to our list. Thanks!

Kent County Youth Fair is Going to the Dogs This Summer – Don’t Miss Out on This Huge Family Favorite!


Mark Your Calendars for August 5-10, 2019

Carnival rides, fun food, and animals ( lots and lots of animals) are just a bit of what you will find at the Kent County Youth Fair a summer highlight for many area families.

Held at the Kent County Fairgrounds in Lowell, the fair will be Aug. 5 – 10 and is sure to have something for everyone.

As residents of Lowell (we live close enough to smell the fair from our front yard), my family […]

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