Al Fresco Dining
Outdoor dining is one way to enjoy the beautiful weather that Michigan as to offer this time of year. There are many great family friendly restaurants in Kalamazoo, Portage and Southwest Michigan with fun, eclectic outdoor dining space the entire family can enjoy.
Soak up the fresh air with our extensive listing of restaurants offering outdoor eating options.
Outdoor Restaurants for Families
Arcadia Brewing Kalamazoo | 701 E Michigan Ave. | 269-276-0458
Sit outside right next to the Kalamazoo River while eating at Arcadia Brewery in downtown Kalamazoo. Kids’ meals offer choices like chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese.
Big Apple Bagel | 3811 South Westnedge Avenue | 269-775-1555
Running errands? Grab a cup of coffee and a morning snack. The outdoor area has a fenced-in patio, with a playhouse that is great for kids.
Cosmos | 804 West Vine Street, Kalamazoo | 269-344-5666
Cosmos serves fresh ingredients from local farmers. Enjoy Mediterranean and Italian dishes on their outdoor deck patio.
HopCat | 300 Water Street | 269-210-0075
Known for their “crack fries” (named one of the Top 10 French Fries in America by Food Network Magazine), Downtown Kalamazoo’s HopCat restaurant has a great outdoor space.
Mangia Mangia |209 South Kalamazoo Mall | 269-552-4444
Mangia Mangia offers a full “Little Bambinos” menu and an outdoor dining area in the heart of downtown Kalamazoo. Visit on Sunday for their $3.50 spaghetti & meatball special.
Martell’s |3501 Greenleaf Boulevard | 269-375-2105
Martell’s is a popular restaurant, nestled in Parkview Hills for over 20 years. They offer daily specials featuring seasonal ingredients and a kids menu. Sit outside on their outdoor patio and enjoy the quiet atmosphere.
Martini’s |832 S. Westnedge Avenue | 269-388-8883
Martini’s Pizza is a classic stop located in the Vine neighborhood of downtown Kalamazoo. Enjoy their beautiful patio while you and your kids enjoy pizza, sandwiches, appetizers and delectable desserts.
Old Dog Tavern | 402 East Kalamazoo Avenue| 269-381-5677
Old Dog Tavern is located in downtown Kalamazoo, with outdoor seating near the train tracks. On select Saturdays, Old Dog Tavern offers free music by BenJammin Educational Music for kids.
One Well Brewing | 4213 Portage Street | 269-459-9240
Offering craft brews and food made with local ingredients, One Well has unique crafts brews (think donuts, jalapenos and coffee) and delicious food made from scratch. The outdoor patio is a perfect place to grab one of their board games and enjoy some laughs outside. They have a full kids’ menu and an inside play-area for kids.
The Root Beer Stand | 4400 S. Westnedge Avenue and 3100 Portage Street
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.
University Roadhouse | 1332 W. Michigan Avenue | 269-345-7990
Right next to Western Michigan University’s campus is the University Roadhouse restaurant. Sit outside on their large patio and enjoy the campus-area views. Bring the kids on Monday or Tuesday and they can eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée!
Zazios | 100 W Michigan Avenue | 269-384-2650
The Downtown Kalamazoo dining spot has an outdoor patio, complete with a fire pit. Zazios offers a kids’ menu with full dinners including spaghetti, macaroni, meats, and vegetables.
Zeb’s Trading Co. | 7990 South 8th Street | 269-375-6778
Live music and daily features are two reasons to make a stop at Zeb’s in Texas Corners. They have an outdoor dining area and a huge menu with something for every taste-bud, including a full kids’ menu.
Bab El Salam | 129 West Centre Avenue | 269-775-1330
Bab El Salam offers Mediterranean dishes and is known for their outstanding hummus. There is outdoor seating near the gazebo at the Portage Centre Plaza.
Centre Street Tap House | 3251 W Centre Avenue | 269-492-3500
Centre Street Tap House in Portage has a patio option to enjoy the fresh air. Fun dining options for kids include “breads & spreads” with peanut butter, jelly and marshmallow and favorites such as sliders, grilled cheese, and chicken fingers.
CoreLife Eatery | 6300 S Westnedge Avenue | 269-324-0995
CoreLife Eatery has a menu full of healthy and tasty food for adults and children alike and families can enjoy the meal on their outdoor patio.
COVE Lakeside Bistro | 9110 Portage Road | 269-350-5380
COVE Lakeside Bistro has an expansive patio overlooking West Lake, offering spectacular sunset views. Great option for a date night! The kids’ menu comes with favorites such as grilled cheese and chicken nuggets.
The Craftsman Chop Co. | 6905 Sears Drive | 269-327-2000
Located right by the Crossroads Mall – sit at their outdoor patio and enjoy a bite from the extensive menu. Kids will love the housemade chips and dip.
Fieldstone Grill | 3970 West Centre Avenue | 269-321-8480
Offering a kids’ menu with favorites such as pizza, chicken fingers and mac-n-cheese, Fieldstone Grill outdoor patio area allows you to view the beautiful scenery near the Moorsbridge golf course.
JAC’s Cekola’s Pizza | 7638 S. Westnedge Avenue | 269-321-2121
JAC’s offers a variety of casual meals, with an emphasis on pizza. Outdoor patio seating is spacious and shaded.
Latitude 42 Brewing Company | 7842 Portage Road | 269-459-4242
Latitude 42 offers an outdoor patio in the back, with the fun Hop Garden – offering tons of activities to keep kids busy – Jenga, play area, games, bean bag toss and a great fire pit for the adults. Latitude 42 also offers a full kids’ menu complete with entrée, drink, side and even dessert!
Make sure to check out their second location in Oshtemo, located at 6101 W. Main, Kalamazoo, with the amazing patio and dining area.
LoDo Company | 153 W. Centre Avenue | 269-327-6000
Located at the corner of Centre Avenue and Shaver Road in Portage, LoDo Company offers an outdoor patio space and a full kids’ menu.
Main Street Pub | 7509 S. Westnedge Avenue | 269-323-2411
Main Street serves traditional “pub grub” like burgers, sandwiches and classic American cuisine and the Portage location has a patio for outdoor dining.
Monelli’s Italian Grill and Sports Bar | 7141 S. Westnedge Avenue| 269-888-2228
Monelli’s is a family-friendly restaurant with a patio located out front. The kids’ menu has Italian fare (spaghetti, fettuccine, pizza) as well as other favorites such as chicken tenders.
West Lake Drive-In | 9138 Portage Road | 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 – Friday from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM and Saturday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Cash-only.
La Cantina | 139 West Michigan Avenue, 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 Tuesdays for their $3.50 spaghetti pasta night.
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. The pub offers sandwiches, wraps, salads, entrees and appetizers, as well as a full kids’ menu and has a covered outdoor dining area.
NEDS (North End Deli and Spirits) 15450 M-43 Hwy, Hickory Corners | 269-671-5700
NEDS features slow-cooked barbecue, pizzas, and burgers. Sitting right on Gull Lake, you can kick back and relax on their deck patio. NEDS offers a kids’ menu for little diners.
Terrace Grill at Bay Pointe Inn | 11456 Marsh Road, Shelbyville | 269-672-8111
Enjoy “lakefront dining, done better” at the Terrace Grill at Bay Pointe Inn. Their beautiful patio overlooks Gun Lake.
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