Surf and Turf: Waterfront Restaurants of Metro Detroit

By: Michael Fossbakk | July 22, 2020

When it comes to summertime dining, nothing beats a delicious meal in front of relaxing, waterfront scenery. There’s just something about gazing out at the water, seeing boats go by and the orange sun setting on the horizon. Sounds peaceful, doesn’t it?

Thanks to all of the different lakes and rivers in southeast Michigan, Metro Detroiters don’t have to go far to enjoy a waterfront dining experience. Check out just a few of these restaurants below!

It’s a Matter of Taste

Located in Commerce, It’s a Matter of Taste has a beautiful outdoor patio that overlooks Union Lake. Their menu is currently changing every day to reflect the availability of ingredients, but you can expect seafood, pasta, meat and poultry dishes, in addition to handcrafted cocktails as well as whiskey, beer and wine menus.

Driftwood Bar & Grill

Whether you’re in the mood for a delicious club sandwich or a wagyu steak, Driftwood Bar & Grill in Novi offers patio seating with a view of Walled Lake. Pair your meal with a cocktail or one of many beers available on draft.

The Rattlesnake Club

With more than 25 years of history as a premier dining establishment, The Rattlesnake Club in Detroit features dishes like the glazed porterhouse pork chop and the nova salmon filet. Pair any of their exquisite meals with a glass of wine from their wide-ranging selection. Enjoy all of this on their outdoor patio near the Detroit River just beyond a small park called Talon Centre.

Brownies on the Lake

If you find yourself on the Nautical Mile of St. Clair Shores, watch the ships roll by while listening to live music at Brownies on the Lake on Lake St. Clair! The menu also features something for all tastes; burgers, BBQ ribs, Great Lakes perch, mac and cheese, cajun salmon and even pizza. Order a drink with any of these meals and sit back while you enjoy the waterfront views and summertime breeze.

River Crab

Further northeast, you’ll find River Crab with a great shot of the St. Clair River and an impeccable selection of seafood dishes and craft cocktails. You’ll find everything from raw oysters and calamari fritto misto to your pick of today’s catch prepared your way.