by Leslie P & Robin B

Outdoor dining in the summer is one way to enjoy the beautiful Michigan weather. While patio dining may only be an option for a few months out of the year, we have great, kid-friendly locations right here in Kalamazoo.

Check out the list of our top choices:




Arcadia Brewery

701 E Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo | 269-276-0458

You can sit outside right next to the Kalamazoo River while eating at Arcadia Brewery in downtown Kalamazoo. Kid’s meals start at $5 with choices like grilled cheese and macaroni and cheese.


Centre Street Tap House

3251 W Centre Avenue, Portage | 269-492-3500

Centre Street Tap House in Portage has a patio option to enjoy the nice days. Fun dining options for kids include “breads & spreads” with peanut butter, jelly and marshmallow and favorites such as sliders, grilled cheese and chicken fingers.

latitude 42

(Photo courtesy of Latitude 42 Brewing Company)

Latitude 42 Brewing Company

7842 Portage Road, Portage | 269-459-4242

Latitude 42 offers an outdoor patio in the back. While you wait for your food, just around the corner inside is a small play area for kids with toys, kitchen set and chalkboard. Latitude 42 also offers a full kids menu complete with entrée, drink, side and even dessert!


Fieldstone Grill

3970 West Centre Avenue, Portage | 269-321-8480

Offering a Kid’s Menu with favorites such as pizza, chicken fingers and mac-n-cheese, Fieldstone Grill in Portage has an outdoor patio. From the outdoor space you can view the beautiful scenery near the Moorsbridge area.






LoDo Company

153 W Centre Avenue, Kalamazoo | 269-327-6000

Located at the corner of Centre Avenue and Shaver Road in Portage, LoDo Company offers a nice outdoor space and a full kid’s menu. If you stop in on a Tuesday, one free kids meal with the purchase of two adult meals.

Monelli’s Italian Grill and Sports Bar

7141 South Westnedge Ave., Portage | 269-888-2228

Opened in the spring of 2016, Monelli’s is a family-friendly restaurant with a patio located outside. The kid’s menu has Italian fare (spaghetti, fettucine, pizza) as well as other favorites such as chicken tenders. Kids meals are served with a cookie and start around $5.


JAC’s Cekola’s Pizza

7638 S. Westnedge Ave., Portage | 269-321-2121

JAC’s offers a variety of casual meals, with an emphasis on pizza. Outdoor patio seating is spacious and shaded.


Mangia Mangia & Mangia Pizza and Pasta Co.

209 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI | 269-226-3333 &

3112 S. 9th Street, Kalamazoo | 269-372-4600

Visit Mangia Mangia on the Kalamazoo Mall or at their other location, Mangia Pizza and Pasta Co. on 9th Street. Both locations offer a full “Little Bambinos” menu, outdoor dining and a $3.50 spaghetti special valid on Sundays at the 9th Street location and on Mondays at the downtown Kalamazoo location.



832 S Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo | 269-388-8883

Martini’s Pizza is a classic stop located in the Vine neighborhood downtown Kalamazoo. Enjoy their beautiful patio while you and your kids enjoy pizza, sandwiches, appetizers and desserts offered on their menu.


Old Mill Brewpub and Grill

717 E Bridge Street, Plainwell | 269-204-6601

Listed on the national registry of historic places, Old Mill Brewpub and Grill is a full service restaurant and brewery that was once a flour mill. Located in Plainwell, the pub offers sandwiches, wraps, salads, entrees and appetizers, as well as a full kid’s menu.


University Roadhouse

1332 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo | 269-345-7990

Right next to Western Michigan University’s campus is the University Roadhouse restaurant. You can sit outside on their large patio and enjoy the campus-area views. Bring the kids in Monday or Tuesday and they can eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée!

La Cantina

139 West Michigan Ave., Paw Paw | 269-657-7033

La Cantina in Paw Paw offers Italian food in a fun and casual atmosphere. The spacious lowel-level patio overlooks the waterfalls. In the summer months, La Cantina has music on the patio. Stop in on Tuesday’s for their $3.50 spaghetti past night.


(photo courtesy of Tara Fletcher Photography)

The Root Beer Stand

4400 S Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo | 269-349-7361 &
3100 Portage Street, Kalamazoo | 269-345-4418

Kalamazoo has two Root Beer Stand locations. Your kids may enjoy the experience of “car dining” while enjoying their root beer, hot dogs and chips.

 West Lake Drive-In

9138 Portage Road, Portage | 269-327-5985

Situated with views of West Lake, this car-dining drive-In features American-style fare. Kids can enjoy a hamburger and French-fries. West Lake Drive-in is open seasonally, Tuesday – Sunday from 11 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Cash-only.


Let us know if we missed your favorite kid-friendly, outdoor dining location!






By | 2016-08-01T05:18:07+00:00 August 1st, 2016|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Guides, Newly Published, Parent resources|Comments Off on Kid-Friendly Alfresco Dining Around Kalamazoo

About the Author:

Robin is a native Michigander and mother of two. She has a keen eye for discovering deals and an honest desire to share local activities and family fun. In addition to enjoying early mornings with strong coffee, she likes hanging outside with her kids, biking and reading.