Grand Rapids Outdoor Dining Spots For Cozy Fall Date Nights

When cooler weather settles in, there’s nothing like a cozy 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 great outdoor dining spots:

The Sovengard

Midwest-meets-New Nordic outdoor biergarten and kitchen on the West Side with mind-blowing 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, outdoor 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 soon find elsewhere.

The Knickerbocker

Modern, open-air beer garden complete with massive fire tables, perfect for chilly fall nights. Enjoy artisan spirits, handcrafted cocktails, and New Holland Brewing’s own craft beer, alongside a rustic, seasonally-inspired menu featuring nose-to-tail butchery, heirloom produce, and scratch cooking over fire.

Bostwick Lake Inn

Dim-lit heat lamps and date night vibes, second only to the sweeping views of beautiful Bostwick Lake. Known for favorites like truffle fries (served in a perfectly-shareable parchment cone), potato crusted walleye, flat iron steaks, and wood-fired pizzas.

Zoko 822

Oddly magical outdoor patio, found beneath the giant GINTONICA sign and sparingly-strung bistro lights. 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.

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.


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.

Founders Brewing Co.

Streetside front patio complete with cozy heat lamps and fireside surround seating, even more perfect when paired with rich, velvety porters and creamy stouts. Find a table, a bench (or a seat by the bonfire!) and enjoy this outdoor craft beer oasis.

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.


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.

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.

Bobarino’s @ The B.O.B.

Second-story deck with cozy, shaded canopy and favorites from wood-fired pizzas to mouthwatering burgers.

The B.O.B.’s Beer Garden

Shipping container bar and open-air patio with plenty of picnic tables, perfect for casual date nights or after-dinner drinks.

Derby Station

Eatery and pub with brick paver streetside patio, overlooking East Grand Rapids’ picturesque Gaslight Village. Food that ranges from classic to comfort, alongside an impressive tap list and seasonally-inspired cocktails.

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.


Downtown Grand Rapids pet-friendly patio overlooking Ionia Ave., with infamous Crack Fries and a massive beer menu that’s never the same. Don’t feel like heading downtown? Try their new Knapp’s Corner location for the same HopCat classics, 80 taps, and an even bigger patio!

Grand Woods Lounge

200-seat porch with two fireplaces, two tiki bars, and 20 TVs, plus live entertainment on the outdoor stage. Enjoy comfort food house favorites and maybe a signature martini!

The Score Restaurant & Sports Bar

Island-style dining with a sandy beachfront feel and outdoor bar, plus live outdoor entertainment seven nights a week (all the way into early October) and over 120 beers on tap.

Perrin Brewing Company

Brick paver-lined front patio with picnic tables, lush planters, and plenty of seasonal brews. Try shareables like Pretzels & Perrin Gold Beer Cheese or handhelds like the Dirty Brisket Sandwich, alongside your choice from five tiers of beer.