Al Fresco Dining: Waterfront Restaurants in Metro D

By: Amber Ogden | July 10, 2015

There are many reasons to love summer in Metro Detroit, one of which is outdoor dining. The best part is, there are plenty of different ways to take advantage of dining al fresco, whether that’s patio dining, grabbing lunch from a food truck or visiting one of Metro Detroit’s many waterfront restaurants.

Since Michigan is surrounded by the Great Lakes and contains over 11,000 inland lakes, there are plenty of opportunities for waterfront dining in southeast Michigan alone. Here are a few to consider:

Sharkey’s Riverfront Tavern, 25555 W River Rd., Grosse Ile Twp., offers casual dining on the Detroit River. Nightly drink specials are available Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to close, including $2 domestic bottle beer on Friday nights.

If you’re hungry, try Sharkey’s Famous Fish Dinner (your choice of battered, blackened or broiled fish), Garlic Shrimp pizza or the Island Wrap (with grilled chicken, Cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, sundried cherries, tomatoes and ranch dressing).

The Current, 24026 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores, serves a menu of American fusion dishes, as well as a great selection of craft beers and specialty cocktails. For lunch or dinner, try the Blackened Perch Tacos (served with pico de gallo, avocado and chimichurri), Roasted Vegetable Pasta (sundried tomato and spinach fettuccini tossed with cream sauce and an assortment of veggies) or the Current Burger (topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and sauce).

Consider timing your visit for The Current’s Bell’s Tap Takeover on Tuesday, July 21. Oberon and Two Hearted always taste better while looking at the water, don’t they?

Portofino, 3455 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte, has been dishing up Italian classics for 35 years. The restaurant doubles as a banquet facility, and you can take in the water up close by dining on the patio.

The dinner menu includes dishes like Asiago Stuffed Gnocchi (with pesto cream, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese and blackened chicken), Mile High Lasagna (layers of Italian sausage, ground tenderloin, cheese and bolognaise) and Veal Portofino (sautéed with gulf shrimp and olive tapenade).

Andiamo Detroit, 400 Renaissance Center, Detroit, features a beautiful outdoor patio where you can enjoy the scenic Detroit River. Every Thursday through August 27, Andiamo Detroit hosts a sit-down wine tasting on the patio with four wines and four small plates at 6:30 p.m. for $59.95. Don’t miss it!

If you’re there for dinner on any other evening, the Sweet Corn-Polenta Ravioli (with rock shrimp, leeks, wild mushrooms, spring peas, asparagus and white wine sauce), Great Lakes Whitefish Siciliana (served with Italian potatoes and seasonal vegetables) and Pan Seared George’s Bank Scallops (with sweet green peas, fava beans, applewood bacon, tomato, browned butter and artichokes) are a few tasty choices.

No matter which waterfront restaurant you choose for your dining destination, you’ll have a gorgeous view, and no doubt an excellent meal in front of you. Enjoy dining al fresco in Metro D!