20+ Spectacular Southwest MI Restaurants with Outdoor Seating that are Kid-Friendly

Kalamazoo Outdoor Dining

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Summertime in Michigan is the perfect time to spend all day outside. Luckily, greater Kalamazoo has a bevy of family-friendly restaurants with outdoor seating.

While many bundled up to dine out this winter, we can now enjoy the fantastic summer weather while eating at our favorite spots- minus the puffy coats and mittens.

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

Note: Some of these locations include kids’ play areas. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some of these spaces may be closed currently. For those that are open, parents must supervise their children at all times.

SW Michigan Restaurants With Outdoor Seating

Soak up the fresh air with this extensive listing of restaurants with outdoor seating options for tasty family dinners or quick bites. We’ve linked restaurants’ menus and social media sites for ease of reference.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hours of operation may fluctuate; we recommend verifying with the restaurant before heading out for your delicious meal outside.

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Kalamazoo Restaurants

Big Apple Bagel- Westnedge

3811 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
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Running errands? Grab a cup of coffee and a morning snack. This restaurant’s outdoor seating 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 

300 E Water St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
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Known for their Cosmik Fries, Downtown Kalamazoo’s HopCat restaurant has a great outdoor space with colorful tables.

High Chairs: Yes
Kids’ Menu: Yes

Martell’s

3501 Greenleaf Blvd, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
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Nestled in Parkview Hills, Martell’s offers daily specials featuring seasonal ingredients. For prime rib fans, this is an easy choice for dinner.

Sit outside and enjoy the quiet atmosphere next to Willow Lake on their recently expanded patio. Kids’ favorites include the twisty macaroni and cheese and meatballs with noodles.

High Chairs: Yes
Kids’ Menu: Yes

One Well Brewing

4213 Portage St, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
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Grab a seat on a picnic table (inside or out), and have a family game night at One Well from their board game collection. They also have some classic arcade favorites inside, including an extensive selection of Pinball machines.

Adults love their extensive vegan and vegetarian options; kids love their pizzas, available in cheese or pepperoni.

High Chairs: Yes
Kids’ Menu: Yes

The Root Beer Stand

4400 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
3100 Portage St, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
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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.

High Chairs: N/A
Kids’ Menu: No

University Roadhouse 

1332 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49006
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Right next to Western Michigan University’s campus is the University Roadhouse restaurant. Sit on their large outdoor patio and enjoy the campus-area views. 

High Chairs: Yes
Kids’ Menu: Yes

Portage Restaurants

Centre Street Tap House

3251 Centre St, Portage, MI 49024
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Colorful umbrellas and a cozy fire feature make Centre Street Tap House in Portage a fun option for any time of the day.

Little ones are fans of “breads and spreads” on the kids’ menu: peanut butter, jelly, marshmallow fluff, carrots & celery.

High Chairs: Yes
Kids’ Menu: Yes

CoreLife Eatery

6300 S Westnedge Ave, Portage, MI 49002
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Known for their customizable bowls, CoreLife Eatery has a menu full of healthy and tasty food. Families can enjoy their meal on the outdoor patio near Southland Mall.

High Chairs: Yes
Kids’ Menu: Yes

Cove Lakeside Bistro

9110 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002
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The Cove has a beautiful patio that overlooks West Lake, offering spectacular sunset views on the water. Seafood is popular here, with crabcakes as a favorite among diners.

High Chairs: Yes
Kids’ Menu: Yes

Fieldstone Grill

3970 W Centre Ave, Portage, MI 49024
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Known for their signature, massive stone fireplace inside, Fieldstone Grill’s outdoor patio area showcases the beautiful scenery near the Moors Golf Club golf course.

Order the cheese fondue to share as family; many kids opt for their cheese ravioli meal.

High Chairs: Yes
Kids’ Menu: Yes

JAC’s Cekola’s Pizza

7640 S Westnedge Ave, Portage, MI 49002
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JAC’s offers a variety of casual meals, with an emphasis on pizza. Outdoor patio seating is spacious and shaded with cozy, cushioned seating.

High Chairs: Yes
Kids’ Menu: Yes

Latitude 42 Brewing Company – Portage

7842 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002
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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. 

Kids’ meals come with a “dirt cup” for dessert, complete with gummy worms (parents can also swap for fruit).

High Chairs: Yes
Kids’ Menu: Yes

LoDo Company

153 W Centre Ave, Portage, MI 49024
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Located in South Portage near Shaver and Centre, LoDo Company offers an outdoor patio space near the restaurant’s entrance.

High Chairs: Yes
Kids’ Menu: Yes

Monelli’s Italian Grill and Sports Bar

7141 S Westnedge Ave, Portage, MI 49002
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Monelli’s is a family-friendly restaurant with outdoor seating on 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

Presidential Brewing Co.

8302 Portage Road Portage, MI 49002
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Presidential Brewing Co. regularly rotates its offerings of fun, presidential-themed food and beverages. Enjoy dining on their beautiful patio outside while playing a round of miniature golf (a steal at $2/game).

Photo op: many presidents are in attendance (in cardboard form) in the restaurant; be sure to snap a pic with a world leader!

High Chairs: Yes
Kids’ Menu: Yes

The Craftsman Chop Co.

6905 Sears Dr, Portage, MI 49024
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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


Surrounding Cities

La Cantina

139 W Michigan Ave, Paw Paw, MI 49079
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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

Latitude 42 Brewing Company – Oshtemo

6101 W Main St, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
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Latitude 42’s second location in Oshtemo also offers an amazing patio and dining area. 

Kids’ meals come with a “dirt cup” for dessert, complete with gummy worms (parents can also swap for fruit).

High Chairs: Yes
Kids’ Menu: Yes

NEDS (North End Deli and Spirits)

15450 M-43, Hickory Corners, MI 49060
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NEDS features slow-cooked barbecue, pizzas, and burgers. With outdoor seating right on Gull Lake, families can kick back and relax on the deck patio. NEDS also delivers to docked boats, for an alternative “outdoor dining” experience.

High Chairs: Yes
Kids’ Menu: Yes

Old Mill Brewpub and Grill

717 E Bridge St, Plainwell, MI 49080
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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 seating area.

High Chairs: Yes
Kids’ Menu: Yes

Zeb’s Trading Co.

7990 S 8th St, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
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Live music and daily features are two reasons to make a stop at Zeb’s in Texas Corners. Kids’ favorite: four cheese bowtie pasta.

Play time next door: Kids will want to stop by the playground at the farmers market next door after dining.

High Chairs: Yes
Kids’ Menu: Yes



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