Bundle Up + Dine Out: 30+ Kalamazoo Restaurants with Igloos, Pods, and Heated Patios

Spots to Dine Outdoors in Kalamazoo this Winter

Dining outside while snowing? Why not. COVID-19 has thrown us a lot of curve balls recently, and dining outside is another innovation among many from local business owners.

Local restaurants continue to persevere through the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, from offering carryout or delivery for the first time to now building outdoor, heated dining structures.

And for diners, the appeal of eating under the stars while supporting a local business is a win-win. If you’re curious to try out these new dining spaces, read on for a list of restaurants prepped to serve you outside.

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Note: Dining laws are subject to change. Under the current order, igloos, huts or other small enclosures are permissible if the occupying group is from the same household and includes 6 or fewer people. Large tents must be open on at least three sides to qualify.

Many places require reservations, so call ahead and bundle up: although heated, it’s still winter in Michigan. Many spots recommend a “lap blanket” to stay warm while dining.


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600 Kitchen & Bar in Kalamazoo, MI

600 E Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007
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About 600 Kitchen & Bar

Located in downtown Kalamazoo's Rivers Edge Neighborhood, 600 Kitchen & Bar features a diverse menu, full bar and vibrant staff.

Outdoor Dining Details

Outdoor Dining Pods: Full-service dining for up 6 people, 1.5 hours per reservation. Electric fireplace in each pod and Bluetooth speakers.

Also available: heated outdoor patio

Bell's Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, MI

355 E Kalamazoo Ave
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007
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About Bell's Eccentric Cafe

Exceptionally executed, elevated, contemporary American pub food and world-class craft beer in a fantastic outdoor setting.

Outdoor Dining Details

Fire pit with benches, tables under tents, and Adirondack chairs that allow for outdoor dining and drinking in a socially-distanced environment.

Bird Dog in Mattawan, MI

56749 Murray St
Mattawan, Michigan 49071
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About Bird Dog

Bird Dog is a modern American cuisine restaurant located in historic downtown Mattawan Michigan.

Outdoor Dining Details

Heated igloos

These are VERY popular. Call for reservations.

Buddy's Pizza in Portage, MI

5314 S. Westnedge Ave
Portage, Michigan 49002
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About Buddy's Pizza

Where we come from, we do things a little differently. Our one of a kind square pies are built by hand with the best ingredients. No shortcuts, just a stubborn belief in doing things right. We believe in creating good food that’s meant to be gathered ‘round – from family dinner, to date night, game night and everything in between. We’ve always had a way of turning strangers into friends and friends into family.

COME ON IN AND GRAB A SLICE OF DETROIT.

Outdoor Dining Details

3 Beautifully decorated Shanties with room for 6 people!

We've cooked up a new way to comfortably enjoy Buddy's outside... Heated and covered outdoor dining now available at our Portage location. Here are a few more details on our new heated outdoor dining shanties:
•We have three heated shanties available for reservation, each shanty seats up to 6 people
•Reservations are for 90-minute time blocks and are subject to a minimum spend on weekends ($100 Fri-Sun, no minimum Mon-Thur)
•Reservations can be placed by calling us at 269-421-9233
•Shanties are aired out for 15-minutes and thoroughly sanitized between each reservation. Staff enters fleetingly or not at all.
•Full menu available
•Full beer/wine/liquor menu available for guests 21+
Book your outdoor dining reservation today by calling us 269-421-9233

Centre Street Tap House in Portage, MI

3251 Centre St
Portage, Michigan 49024
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About Centre Street Tap House

Located in Portage, MI, we take our food and beer seriously. We draw inspiration from both local and international pub food traditions and 30 draft beers.

Outdoor Dining Details

Tented patio space with heaters

Clara's on the River in Battle Creek, MI

44 McCamly St N
Battle Creek, Michigan 49017
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About Clara's on the River

A walk through Clara's on the River is a walk through the history of Battle Creek. Each room at Clara's On the River is filled with antiques, stories and scenic views.

The patio area is the perfect spot for summer entertainment, or during the holidays for gazing at the International Festival of Lights displays.

Banquet rooms and special banquet menus are available.

Outdoor Dining Details

Heated patio

Comensoli's Italian Bistro & Bar in Kalamazoo, MI

762 W Main St
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49006
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About Comensoli's Italian Bistro & Bar

Welcome, from our family to yours! A casual dining experience in a Downtown Kalamazoo restaurant with fine dining service and food!

Outdoor Dining Details

Heated, covered patio

Reservations are available Thurs-Sun. Secure your table now and enjoy a safe night out with us!
Email us and we will provide confirmation. Email must include name, phone number, # of people, which day of the week and if your party would like a 5:30PM or 7PM time slot.
📧: [email protected]

Cosmo's Cucina in Kalamazoo, MI

804 W Vine Street
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008
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About Cosmo's Cucina

Established in 1992, serving a delicious mix of ever-changing menu items. Leaning toward Italian/Mediterranean including fresh hand-pulled pasta, and creative dishes to satisfy most every taste.

Outdoor Dining Details

Patio with heaters and fire pits

Cove Lakeside Bistro in Portage, MI

9110 Portage Road
Portage, Michigan 49002
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About Cove Lakeside Bistro

Cove Lakeside Bistro is the newest addition to downtown Portage's culinary scene. large outdoor patio, seasonal menu and views of West Lake.

Outdoor Dining Details

The Cove has 3 units, and each seats up to six people. If you’re interested, please call 269-350-5380 to secure a spot.

We encourage you to still dress warmly, but to give us a call and try something new! Seatings will be done in approximately 1 1/2 hour blocks so that we can sanitize and ready the pod for the next guests.

Fieldstone Grill in Portage, MI

3970 W Centre Ave
Portage, Michigan 49024
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About Fieldstone Grill

In a lodge-retreat atmosphere in the heart of Portage, guests will find Fieldstone Grill. The true fieldstone fireplace is made of stones from owner Ken Miller's property, and the view overlooks the natural wetlands of the Moors Golf Club. The menu is comprised of dishes that emulate this location's 'field-to-plate' mentality.

Outdoor Dining Details

Come check out our "Giant Patio Igloo"!!! Fully enclosed and sheltered from the elements, heaters and cushioned seats with a great view! Only one table allowed inside at a time, maximum of 6 guests. Reservations taken in 1.5 hour time blocks. 6 open air tables also available on a first come, first served basis. Spots are filling up fast so call today to secure your reservation! 269-321-8480

Fletcher's Pub (Texas Corners) in Kalamazoo, MI

6946 W Q Ave
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49009
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About Fletcher's Pub (Texas Corners)

Come to Fletcher's for a good time, great food and drinks! Big TV's for your viewing pleasure.

Outdoor Dining Details

Heated outdoor patio with firepits + 2 tents available for reservations

We can’t wait to serve you outside, give us a call to reserve a tent 269.372.3188

Green Top Tavern in Kalamazoo, MI

250 E Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007
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About Green Top Tavern

Dive bar in Kalamazoo, featuring burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and munchies.

Outdoor Dining Details

Heated patio

Gull Lake Distilling Company in Galesburg, MI

92 East Michigan Ave
Galesburg, Michigan 49053
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About Gull Lake Distilling Company

Gull Lake Distilling Co. is a locally-sourced craft Distillery, Brewery, and Winery in Galesburg, MI. We serve specialty cocktails and beer/wine by the glass. Almost all products are locally sourced in Michigan.

Outdoor Dining Details

Heated, covered patio

Food trucks are regularly on-site, or you can bring your own food to enjoy!

HopCat in Kalamazoo, MI

300 East Water St
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007
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About HopCat

HopCat - The Best Beer Bar in the World. Open for curbside takeout/ delivery.

Outdoor Dining Details

Heated, covered patio & heated igloos

Join us by the fires and under the heaters outside on our patio starting December 9th! We plan to be open 7 days a week from 4PM - 8PM. 😻

Reserve your igloo online: https://reservations.getwisely.com/hopcat-kalamazoo?fbclid=IwAR088PXxrOTWRTanZMq7osVmWQEXe732bNQZ3VPRQC5pc-9QjEg5WetiTBI

Jac's in Kalamazoo, MI

3112 S 9th Street
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49009
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About Jac's

For decades, Cekola’s Pizza has held a place in the community. Beginning in the 1950’s through 1972 Cekola’s Pizza was sold on the corner of North Street and Gull Road at Cekola’s Grocery.

From there you could find it on Portage Street at “The Doors” until the tornado of 1980 destroyed downtown Kalamazoo. Finally Cekola’s Pizza was sold at Star World, the first family fun entertainment place, on S. Westnedge, from 1980 until 1991.

Outdoor Dining Details

Covered deck with heaters and tvs. Outdoor dining available at both locations

269-321-2122 Portage
269-447-2194 Kalamazoo

Kitchen Proper in Battle Creek, MI

34 W Michigan
Battle Creek, Michigan 49017
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About Kitchen Proper

We are truly excited to bring tasty, fresh food and excellent service to Battle Creek and all of Southwest Michigan. We offer local, fresh tasty fare and smiling friendly faces. We look forward to serving all of you in our kitchen.

Outdoor Dining Details

Tent coming soon but we are starting our outdoor seating tonight! S’mores station, hot drink menu, dine at your table or have cocktails while you wait for to go food. We are Michiganders, we are built for this! Bundle up and come hang out with us tonight!

Latitude 42 in Kalamazoo, MI

6101 W Main
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49009
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About Latitude 42

Latitude 42 Brewing Co. in Kalamazoo and Portage is a family-owned restaurant and brewery launched in 2013. Craft beers and growlers available. Full menu is available for Carryout. Patio is OPEN for outdoor dining. Reservations accepted at both locations (Oshtemo & Portage).

Outdoor Dining Details

Tented Winter Wonderland: outdoor tented patio space with heaters

•Limited Reservations Available with a maximum of 6 persons per table.
•To secure a reservation, please contact us via FB Messenger anytime or call during normal business hours.
👉🏽Oshtemo 269.775.7242
👉🏽Portage 269.459.4242

Louie's Corner Bar in Kalamazoo, MI

7177 West Q Ave
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49009
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About Louie's Corner Bar

Louie's Trophy House has opened a second location in Texas Corners! Same menu for both restaurants.

Outdoor Dining Details

Heated patio

Louie's Trophy House in Kalamazoo, MI

629 Walbridge St
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007
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About Louie's Trophy House

Located at the Corner of North and Walbridge. Serving Kalamazoo since 1918. Louie's doors were open through Prohibition and the Great Depression as a speakeasy, a convenience store, and a soup kitchen. The past 70+ years have been dedicated to friends, cold drinks, delicious food, and live entertainment! We have weekly events that include trivia, open mic, music bingo, karaoke and special events. Follow us on Instagram: LouiesTrophyHouse or visit our website Louieskzoo.com.

Outdoor Dining Details

Heated, covered patio with windwalls

Main Street Pub- Portage in Portage, MI

7509 S Westnedge
Portage, Michigan 49002
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About Main Street Pub- Portage

We live to serve at Main St. Pub - Portage.
Let us wow you with our good food, great service and value.
Daily Lunch and Dinner Specials. Homemade soups and sauces.

Outdoor Dining Details

Heated patio (firepits, heaters) - first come, first served seating

Plus two canopied, heated tents available for reservations

NEDS on Gull Lake in Hickory Corners, MI

15450 M-43 Highway
Hickory Corners, Michigan 49060
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About NEDS on Gull Lake

NEDS is a pizza, grinders and burger joint with liquor and beer!
We offer take-out beer & wine & We deliver to the boat launch!

Outdoor Dining Details

Heated igloos

We’re open daily 11-9. ❄️Igloo dining call 269-671-5700 to reserve ❄️takeout/curbside ❄️and a delivery option added 3:30-8:30!

Niskers Char-Grill & Slap Shot Hockey Bar in Kalamazoo, MI

5051 W Main Street
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49009
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About Niskers Char-Grill & Slap Shot Hockey Bar

NISKERS is a specialty restaurant offering a variety of Char-Grilled selections; Beef, Chicken, Fish, Turkey, Beefalo and Veggie Burgers. Prepared to YOUR liking! Never frozen or precooked. Buns baked daily. Always FRESH and DELICIOUS!

Outdoor Dining Details

Heated patio

NONLA in Mattawan, MI

24050 Front Ave
Mattawan, Michigan 49071
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About NONLA

NONLA Vietnamese street food

Outdoor Dining Details

Heated igloos. First come, first served.

O'Duffy's Pub in Kalamazoo, MI

804 W Vine Street
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008
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About O'Duffy's Pub

O'Duffy's Pub is Kalamazoo's only real pub. A place to meet friends, both old and new, share stories, all without the distraction of television. Non smoking since we opened in 1999. Serving Gold Standard Award Guinness everytime!

Outdoor Dining Details

Patio with heaters and fire pits

Old Burdick's Bar & Grill (Downtown) in Kalamazoo, MI

100 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007
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About Old Burdick's Bar & Grill (Downtown)

At Burdick’s we take pride in crafting delicious meals with fresh ingredients. From pub fare to gourmet burgers and fresh salads, we have a variety of menu items that will satiate almost every palate and appetite.

Our true claim to fame isn’t the number of beer taps, but the amazing variety of local craft beers we offer on tap including specialty beers by Michigan breweries that are in limited supply.

Try a new craft beer with us!

Outdoor Dining Details

*NEW* Greenhouses!
Greenhouse Details:
✨ 3 Greenhouses Available - Each can fit up to 6 guests
✨ Reservations Required
✨ Reservation Time Slots: 1 Hour and 20 Minutes
✨ Greenhouses will be cleaned and sanitized between guests
✨ Last time slot for seating is 8pm
To Reserve: Call (269) 343-0032

Also, heated patio: Patio seating is by reservation only - Please call 269.343.0032 to ensure a table.
Reservations will be allotted a timeframe of 1h 45m, allowing 15m to sanitize tables between seatings.

8 thoughts on “Bundle Up + Dine Out: 30+ Kalamazoo Restaurants with Igloos, Pods, and Heated Patios”

  1. Really disappointing you would leave out both Jac’s locations who have gone to great lengths to add tents and heaters and make their patios feel very homey.

    1. Thanks for the heads up! We keep adding them as we find out about them and have invited restaurant owners to submit their info in our form as well. We’ve added Jac’s now!

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