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Make Plans for Al Fresco Dining Pronto
Summertime in Michigan is the perfect time to spend all day outside. Luckily, greater Kalamazoo has a bevy of restaurants with outdoor seating that are family-friendly.
While many bundled up for igloo dining 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.
Soak up the fresh air with this extensive listing of restaurants with outdoor seating options for tasty family dinners. We’ve linked restaurants’ menus and social media sites for ease of reference.
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Kalamazoo Restaurants with Outdoor Seating
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. Kids’ favorites include the twisty macaroni and cheese and meatballs with noodles.
More Outdoor Dining Options: The Terrace at Martell’s
Martell’s now offers walk up outdoor dining at the Terrace: find pizza, a fully-stocked bar, salads and gelato by the green chairs outside. The Terrace opens for the season May 15, 2023 (weather permitting).
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 many classic arcade favorites inside, including an impressive selection of Pinball machines.
Adults love their extensive vegan and vegetarian options; kids love their pizzas, available in cheese or pepperoni.
If you’re looking for a car dining experience, the Root Beer Stand is a fun option. These restaurants with outdoor seating serve up hotdogs, root beer and other tasty fares on both Westnedge and Portage Street (open seasonally).
Portage Restaurants with Outdoor Patios
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.
Marked by its 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 a family; many kids opt for their cheese ravioli meal.
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).
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.
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.
Photo Op: many presidents are in attendance (in cardboard form) in the restaurant; be sure to snap a pic with a world leader!
Date Night Idea: Try their summer concert series on their new outdoor stage, sponsored by Honor Credit Union.
Outdoor Dining in Surrounding Cities
Venture outside of Portage and Kalamazoo, and you’ll find plenty of restaurants with outdoor seating in Paw Paw, Texas Corners, Oshtemo and more.
Located in Galesburg, Gull Lake Distilling Co invites visitors outside with patio and picnic tables and frequently hosts live music.
GLDC’s kid-friendly meals include grilled cheese and hotdogs. Kids Eat Free on Wednesdays (meals are $1 with the purchase of an adult’s meal).
Latitude 42’s second location in Oshtemo also offers an amazing patio and dining area.
These restaurants with outdoor seating are known for their Kids Meal “dirt cup,” complete with gummy worms (parents can also swap for fruit).
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.
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.
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 Pocket Park (the playground at the farmers market) next door after dining.
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