Outdoor Dining | A Day in The D

If you believe that everything tastes better when dining al fresco, metro Detroit has a plethora of outdoor eating options for you to indulge in.
1 Day
3-12 hours

Food & Drink, Outdoor


Detroit, Beyond Detroit, Macomb



8 A.M. - 11 A.M.

Savor a perfect cup of freshly roasted coffee with a pastry, and contemplate your day under the awning of the Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co. in Detroit’s Midtown. Once fully caffeinated, head to the Detroit International RiverWalk for a leisurely stroll and stunning views. Up for a little more exercise? Rent a bike at Wheelhouse Detroit and explore the Dequindre Cut, a nearly two-mile recreational path, well known for its urban artwork and graffiti.

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12 P.M. - 6 P.M.

On warm summer days, think waterfront dining for lunch. Try the nautically inspired Mike’s on the Water in St. Clair Shores or Bumpers Landing and MacRay Harbor in Harrison Township for a casual meal and an up-close view of Lake St. Clair’s boating scene. Prefer to stick to downtown D, Joe Muer Seafood in the GM Renaissance Center is great for surf and sunshine on the riverfront.

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6 P.M. - 12 A.M.

Root for the home team at a Detroit Tigers game, and search out the outdoor patio at the new Corner Tap Room at Comerica Park. Also open on non-game days, it includes mementos from Old Tiger Stadium and offers a selection of rotating craft beers and food that far exceeds the standard ballpark fare. On certain summer weekends, Greektown at Sundown is where the party’s at. Monroe Street blocks off traffic on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings to create a pedestrian plaza with live entertainment, music, interactive art installations and outdoor seating at several restaurants. Among them: Santorini Estiatorio, PizzaPapalis and Red Smoke Barbeque. Room for dessert? Choose your sweet at Astoria Pastry Shop. You could also get lucky enough to be in town for one of the Infinity/Ovation luxury yacht themed summer evening cruises. The strolling gourmet cuisine, open premium bar, live entertainment and a cruise along the Detroit River combine for one of Detroit’s most memorable open-air experiences.

Photo Credits: Riverwalk by Vito Palmisano; Great Lakes Coffee and Greektown at Sundown by Bill Bowen; Mike’s on the Water by A.C. Kuderik / Kuderik.com; Infinity and Ovation Cruises by Jason Vaugh

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Mentioned Attractions And Venues

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    Detroit International RiverWalk
    1340 Atwater St., Detroit, MI 48207
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    Wheelhouse Detroit - Rivertown
    1340 E. Atwater St., Detroit, MI 48207
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    Joe Muer Seafood
    400 GM Renaissance Center, Ste. 1404, Detroit, MI 48243
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    Mike's on the Water
    Mike's on the Water, Jefferson Avenue, Saint Clair Shores, MI, United States
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    Bumper's Landing
    31970 N River Rd, Harrison charter Township, MI 48045, United States
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    MacRay Harbor
    30675 N River Rd, Harrison charter Township, MI 48045, USA
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    Detroit Tigers
    2100 Woodward Ave., Comerica Park, Detroit, MI 48201
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    PizzaPapalis of Greektown
    553 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226
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    Red Smoke Barbeque
    573 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226
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    Astoria Pastry Shop
    541 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226
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