Patio Dining in the D

By: Katie Goncalves | June 29, 2023
Street view of Vinsetta Garage

Photo courtesy of Vinsetta Garage

Grab your sunglasses and your sandals because it’s time to get out of the house and head to an outdoor patio. Dining outside is a simple pleasure most of us Detroiters can get behind in the summer. Soaking up the sun while enjoying a cold beverage and a delicious meal is second to none, but it’s only made better when the ambiance and scenery are perfect. If you’re looking to dine al fresco this summer, be sure to check out one of these restaurants with the best patios in Metro Detroit. 

Brooklyn Street Local

1266 Michigan Avenue, Detroit

Brooklyn Street Local is a neighborhood spot for breakfast, lunch and brunch. “The menu features vegan, vegetarian, and omnivore options, and prioritizes sourcing local and organic ingredients.” Their patio is perfect for enjoying your early daytime meals and dogs are more than welcome to tag along too! They are open Wednesday – Friday from 8am – 3pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am – 3pm.

Aerial view of Brooklyn Street Local patio

Green Dot Stables

2200 West Lafayette Boulevard, Detroit

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Green Dot Stables is a casual place to grab a quick bite to eat and hang out with friends. “The spacious covered patio provides a comfortable meetup space for making the most of Michigan summer days and nights.” As an added bonus, they are open late most nights so you can enjoy the patio even longer.

Root Beer Braised Pork Shoulder Slider from Green Dot Stables

Detroit Shipping Co

474 Peterboro Street, Detroit

Detroit Shipping Company is home to six individually operated restaurants and three bars. Their approach is to have something for everyone who comes through the door. Their huge outdoor patio area is the perfect place to spend an afternoon or evening enjoying food, drinks, and live music. Detroit Shipping Company is open Tuesday – Sunday.

Detroit Shipping Co
Detroit Shipping Co

Atwater Brewery

Detroit and Grosse Pointe Park 

Atwater Brewery was born in Detroit in 1997. Both their Detroit and Grosse Pointe Park locations have outdoor patios. The Detroit location has a patio up on the second floor. The Grosse Pointe Park location was created out of a church that was built in 1936. The Biergarten patio outside of the church will accommodate 125 people, making it the perfect place to spend an afternoon or evening.

Photo taken on new patio of Atwater Brewery
Photo courtesy of Atwater Brewery

Vinsetta Garage

27799 Woodward Avenue, Berkley

Vinsetta Garage comes with a bit of a fun fact: it is the largest standing garage east of the Mississippi River. While it no longer services cars, it is one of the area’s go-to places for great food and a fun atmosphere. The menu is built off of what Detroit area mechanics would have eaten back in the day with a modern twist. Their outdoor patio area and rolling garage doors both face Woodward Avenue and are the perfect place to watch classic cars cruise by during the summer.

Side view of VIinsetta Garage patio
Vinsetta Garage’s patio looks out on Woodward Avenue.