When cooler weather settles in, there’s nothing like date night spent outdoors on a warm, inviting patio! Slip into those oversized sweaters and get ready soak up unforgettable fall evenings at these Grand Rapids restaurants with cozy outdoor dining spots:
The Sovengard — Midwest-meets-New Nordic outdoor biergarten and kitchen on the West Side with inventive shared plates and entrees, an extensive tap list, and beautifully built cocktails — all served up in an inviting outdoor space strung with bistro lights and brimming with character.
Butcher’s Union — Intimate brick paver patio accented by open beams and lush hanging plants. Find your spot and settle in here for premium meats, an unrivaled whiskey selection, and a feeling of warmth you won’t find elsewhere.
Bostwick Lake Inn — Dim-lit heat lamps and date night vibes, second only to the sweeping views of Bostwick Lake. Known for favorites like truffle fries (served in a shareable parchment cone), potato crusted walleye, and wood-fired pizzas.
Donkey Taqueria — Tortas to tacos, flautas to flan — enjoy authentic, scratch-made Mexican street food (and the margaritas to match!) on this charming streetside patio.
Terra GR — Intimate patio, paired with wood-fired pizzas, sustainable seafood, and pasture-raised meats. Food that’s authentic and artisan, seasonal and healthful — plus handcrafted cocktails and Michigan craft beer.
Rose’s — Three-season porch and open-air patio, decked in nautical details. Unmatched views of Reeds Lake along with menu favorites from rustic, wood-fired pizzas to hearty, wholesome pastas.
Blue Water — Multi-level patio overlooking Versluis Lake, featuring local favorites like tomato bruschetta, seasonal risotto, and mouthwatering seafood.
The Winchester — American gastropub with an intimate, inviting patio overlooking Wealthy Street. Shrimp Tacos to Hot Chicken, the menu and well-matched brews and cocktails don’t disappoint.
Maru — Small-but-special patio overlooking Cherry Street, with almost-too-beautiful-to-eat plates of hand-rolled sushi and traditional dishes reimagined through a modern lens.
Zoko 822 — An oddly magical outdoor patio, found beneath the giant GINTONICA sign. Sip from a long list of over 45 gins, try a signature cocktail like the Basque Jewel, and share Northern Spanish and Southern French small plates, served family style.
Charley’s Crab — Alaskan King Crab Legs to Bayou Fisherman’s Stew, sip and savor on this outdoor patio with exquisite waterfront views of the Grand River.
New Holland Brewing – Grand Rapids Brewpub — Open-air beer garden complete with massive fire tables, perfect for chilly fall nights. Enjoy artisan spirits, handcrafted cocktails, and craft beer — all alongside a rustic, seasonally-inspired menu featuring nose-to-tail butchery, heirloom produce, and scratch cooking over fire.
Brewery Vivant — LEED-certified microbrewery with an inviting patio, where rustic, Michigan farmhouse ales and European-inspired, scratch-made dishes complement the fall scenery that surrounds.