Make Plans for Al Fresco Dining Pronto

I’d say the best part about summer-time in Michigan is spending time outside. At the end of the day, sometimes firing up the oven is the last thing I want to do. A meal out is a special treat and a night off from cooking.

The good news is that there are a bevy of family-friendly restaurants in greater Kalamazoo offering outdoor seating. Dine out while enjoying the superb summer weather.

From upscale lakeside dining to casual sunny patios, there are many unique options that are sure to be a hit with the whole crew.

Outdoor Dining Kalamazoo families

Savor the Sun-Filled Days: 25+ Outdoor Restaurants for Families

Soak up the fresh air with this extensive listing of restaurants offering outdoor eating options for tasty family dinners or quick bites.

Browse al fresco dining options, conveniently organized by location, in Southwest Michigan. 

Kalamazoo

Arcadia Brewing Kalamazoo 

Sit outside right next to the Kalamazoo River while eating BBQ style cuisine at Arcadia Brewery in downtown Kalamazoo. There are even fun outdoor games available like cornhole and giant Jenga.
High chairs: Yes Kids’ Menu: Yes

Big Apple Bagel 

Running errands? Grab a cup of coffee and a morning snack. The outdoor area at their Westnedge location has a fenced-in patio, with a playhouse that is great for kids.
High chairs: Yes Kids’ Menu: No

HopCat  

Known for their “crack fries”, Downtown Kalamazoo’s HopCat restaurant has a great outdoor space.
High chairs: Yes Kids’ Menu: Yes

Mangia Mangia  

Mangia Mangia offers a full “Little Bambinos” menu and an outdoor dining area in the heart of downtown Kalamazoo. Visit on Sunday for their spaghetti & meatball special.
High chairs: Yes Kids’ Menu: Yes

Martell’s  

Martell’s is a popular restaurant, nestled in Parkview Hills. They offer daily specials featuring seasonal ingredients. Sit outside on their outdoor patio and enjoy the quiet atmosphere next to the water.
High chairs: Yes Kids’ Menu: Yes

Martini’s  

Martini’s Pizza is a classic stop located in the Vine neighborhood of downtown Kalamazoo. Enjoy their beautiful patio while the kids enjoy pizza, sandwiches, appetizers and delectable desserts.
High chairs: Yes Kids’ Menu: Yes

Old Dog Tavern 

Old Dog Tavern is located in downtown Kalamazoo, with outdoor seating near the train tracks. On select Saturday mornings, Old Dog Tavern offers free music by BenJammin Educational Music for kids.
High chairs: Yes Kids’ Menu: Yes

One Well Brewing

The outdoor patio is a perfect place to grab one of their board games and enjoy laughs outside. They also have a great inside play-area for kids plus arcade games! There’s something fun for everyone.
High chairs: Yes Kids’ Menu: Yes

The Root Beer Stand 

If you’re looking for a car dining experience, the Root Beer Stand is a fun option. This drive-up restaurant has two locations in the area to choose from.
High chairs: N/A Kids’ Menu: No

Outdoor Dining Kalamazoo

University Roadhouse 

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.
High chairs: Yes Kids’ Menu: Yes 

Zazios  

This Downtown Kalamazoo dining spot has an outdoor patio, complete with a fire pit.
High chairs: Yes Kids’ Menu: Yes 

Zeb’s Trading Co.

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.
High chairs: Yes Kids’ Menu: Yes

Portage

Centre Street Tap House  

Centre Street Tap House in Portage has a great patio option to enjoy the fresh air. Colorful umbrellas and a cozy fire feature make this a fun option for any time of the day.
High chairs: Yes Kids’ Menu: Yes

CoreLife Eatery 

CoreLife Eatery has a menu full of healthy and tasty food. Families can enjoy their meal on the outdoor patio.
High chairs: Yes Kids’ Menu: Yes

COVE Lakeside Bistro 

COVE Lakeside Bistro has a beautiful patio which overlooks West Lake, offering spectacular sunset views. To snag an outdoor table, reservations are recommended.
High chairs: Yes Kids’ Menu: Yes

The Craftsman Chop Co. 

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.
High chairs: Yes Kids’ Menu: Yes

Fieldstone Grill  

Fieldstone Grill’s outdoor patio area showcases the beautiful scenery near the Moors golf course.
High chairs: Yes Kids’ Menu: Yes

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JAC’s Cekola’s Pizza  

JAC’s offers a variety of casual meals, with an emphasis on pizza. Outdoor patio seating is spacious and shaded.
High chairs: Yes Kids’ Menu: Yes

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Latitude 42 Brewing Company  

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 fire pit for the adults. Visit the second location in Oshtemo, with the amazing patio and dining area.
High chairs: Yes Kids’ Menu: Yes

LoDo Company  

Located in central Portage, LoDo Company offers an outdoor patio space.
High chairs: Yes Kids’ Menu: Yes

Monelli’s Italian Grill and Sports Bar  

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.
High chairs: Yes Kids’ Menu: Yes

West Lake Drive-In 

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 and accepts cash-only.
High chairs: N/A Kids’ Menu: No

Southwest Michigan

La Cantina  

La Cantina in Paw Paw offers Italian food in a fun and casual atmosphere. The spacious lower-level patio overlooks the waterfalls. In the summer months, La Cantina has music on the patio.
High chairs: Yes Kids’ Menu: Yes

Old Mill Brewpub and Grill  

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, and has a covered outdoor dining area.
High chairs: Yes Kids’ Menu: Yes

NEDS (North End Deli and Spirits) 

NEDS features slow-cooked barbecue, pizzas, and burgers. With seating right on Gull Lake, families can kick back and relax on the deck patio.
High chairs: Yes Kids’ Menu: Yes

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