Summer means outdoor dining!

By: Briana Dixon | June 3, 2022

Patio season has arrived, and the Detroit patio dining scene is alive and well! What better way to soak up the sun (or shade) and enjoy the touch of a nice warm breeze?  Grab your sunscreen and indulge those warm-weather desires while you can. We all know how moody Michigan weather can be. There’s a long list of Metro Detroit eateries that accommodate outdoor dining, but to save you some trouble, here’s a smaller one to take into consideration.


Sitting right in the center of Campus Martius, Parc puts a stellar spin on the fine dining experience. The menu pays homage to the multicultural history of Detroit, blending classic Midwest food with flavors of French and Mediterranean. Take in the city view from their grand wall windows, or grab one of their inviting patio tables for a closer look. Get a breath of fresh air and watch the Woodward water fountain in action as you sip a glass of champagne or chow down some seared scallops. The fountain sits right across from their patio and makes for an even more magical scene at night. Parc is open for lunch and dinner on the weekdays, and brunch and dinner on weekends. Reservations are recommended, along with wearing business attire. To learn more, follow Parc on Instagram, @parcdetroit and Facebook @ParcDetroit.



The seasonal menu at Townhouse aims to provide upscale American comfort food, made using premium ingredients for unparalleled freshness. Enjoy their year-round patio that features a retractable roof and space heaters for the colder months. And the fully stocked outdoor bar alone just about guarantees a great time. With enchanting greenery and lights, exceptional food and drinks, and top-notch service,  you can rest assured your experience here will be one-of-a-kind. Townhouse is located throughout Detroit and Birmingham. To learn more, follow Townhouse on Instagram @eattownhouse and @townhouse.detroit, and on Facebook @townhousedetroit and @eattownhouse.

Grey Ghost

This dinner spot is located mere minutes away from the Little Caesars’ arena, making it ideal for pre- or post-game festivities. Grey Ghost is known for the midwestern hospitality the team delivers, paired with their unwavering commitment to prime meat and praise-worthy drinks that make you want to keep coming back. The menu has an impressive variety of food like steak, seafood, fried bologna, and more, which can be fancied outside at one of their patio tables. The patio is an intimate space, covered with a gray awning and whimsical lights to brighten up your night. They even offer merchandise, so you can represent outside the premises. For more information, follow Grey Ghost on Instagram @greyghostdetroit, on Facebook @GreyGhostDetroit, and on Twitter @GreyGhost_Det

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Ottava Via 

Corktown’s very own Ottava Via, is serving up some of the tastiest, traditional Italian food in Detroit. Make yourself at home in the antique-laden interior while delighting in a Neapolitan-style pizza or truffle butter pasta. To sweeten the deal, grab a seat on their patio where you can cozy up by the fireplace or play a game of bocce ball. For more information, follow Ottava Via on Facebook @Ottava.via.

Z’s Villa

Z’s Villa is an ideal place for fun and food with friends and family. The staff truly goes the extra mile to be your new go-to bar and grill in the downtown Detroit area. The menu is casual, including items like corned beef sandwiches and chicken strips, and other American cuisines alike. Their outdoor dining area boasts picnic tables, a beach volleyball court, and a horseshoe pit, perfect for an afternoon of leisure and laughter. To learn more, follow Z’s Villa on Instagram @zs.villa and on Facebook @Z’s Villa.

La Dolce Vita

Last but not least, La Dolce Vita, which translates to “the sweet life”. Nestled in Detroit’s Palmer Park District, this ingenious Italian eatery maintains an atmosphere that indeed makes for a sweet visit at the very least. Bask in the quality of their food, made using locally sourced ingredients, along with the charming ambiance of the dining room or outdoor patio.  The garden-style patio is first-come-first-serve, and reservations can be made for the dining room. They also request that business-casual attire be worn. Whether a night out or Sunday brunch, La Dolce Vita won’t disappoint. For more information, follow La Dolce Vita on Facebook @La Dolce Vita Detroit.