Enjoy 11 Amazing Patios

As the weather begins to warm up, Ann Arbor locals and visitors are venturing out for a bite or a drink. With summer on the way, one of the best ways to enjoy the sunshine is by dining outdoors. 

Below is just a sampling of patios that are now open in Ann Arbor, and its neighboring communities. Enjoy a bit of inspiration to get out and enjoy dining al fresco! Ann Arbor is a true dining and drinks destination! One of the top culinary hotspots in the Midwest. View a listing of Ann Arbor area restaurants.


Jolly Pumpkin Café & Brewery

Downtown Ann Arbor, Main Street

A Main Street staple, Jolly Pumpkin has a friendly, casual vibe. Serving upscale pub fair, the truffle fries are a must, and locally concocted hoppy brews. Jolly Pumpkin produces a seasonal varieties of unfiltered "rustic country" beers and sours, perfect for summer. Their outdoor rooftop patio is like a downtown oasis. They also offer dog-friendly dining on the sidewalk and street.

Jolly Pumpkin Café & Brewery


Black Pearl 

Downtown Ann Arbor, Main Street

Black Pearl is a sleek venue with a lounge aura right on Main Street. They are known for their award winning fish tacos and famous caramel apple Atlantic salmon, as well their high quality signature cocktails. You can even get cocktails to go! Their outdoor patio is the perfect spot for a summertime dinner. With the downtown Ann Arbor weekend street closures, they have expanded their outdoor dining space to allow for more social distancing. Make your reservations online for dine-in service.

Black Pearl, Outdoor cocktails


The Chop House

Downtown Ann Arbor, Main Street

An American chop house featuring USDA prime beef, the finest Midwestern grain-fed meat, freshest top-catch fish, premium seafood and exceptional wines. The Chop House offers an extraordinary fine-dining experience. You can expect to enjoy the highest quality ingredients, expertly prepared by their highly-skilled culinary team.

The Chop House, Outdoor Dining



Downtown Ann Arbor, State Street

Dinner on the patio, in the shade of a redbud tree, watching the world go by. Sip on a hand-crafted cocktail or a full-bodied wine while indulging in a delicious entrée. Sava's has a fresh, locally sourced menu and an inviting patio space, located right in the heart of Ann Arbor. Sava’s has the good life all figured out! 

Sava's Patio, Ann Arbor


Frita Batidos

Downtown Ann Arbor, Washington Street

Cuban street food? Yes please. The menu at Frita Batidos centers around former Top Chef contestant, Eve Aronoff’s, version of fritas, Cuban burgers typically made from spicy chorizo topped with shoestring fries and served on a soft egg bun. The fritas pair perfectly with batidos, tropical milkshakes made with fresh fruit and crushed ice. Fritas and batidos are a match made in food heaven! 

Frita Batidos, Outdoor dining


HOMES Brewery

Ann Arbor, Jackson Avenue

Boasting an array of beers with a focus on sours, their menu also offers Asian-influenced street food. You have never had fruit beers like this! The name HOMES is meaningful to them in several ways, but mainly it's the great lakes acronym (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior). While the food and beer are certainly delicious, the patio is outstanding! They offer a covered area, as well as uncovered. The fire feature adds warmth and flickering ambiance.

HOMES Brewery Outdoor Patio


Black Diesel Coffee

Ann Arbor, Stadium Boulevard

Offering sustainably sourced goods such as coffee, gelato, and sandwiches, this charming little café has a spacious patio with bright orange umbrellas. Bask in the sun or grab some shade with an expertly crafted beverage. The Affogato is a decadent summer treat, combining rich gelato with their silky espresso. You can feel extra good about spending your money with Black Diesel Coffee. They have a vision for the greater community good. They donate coffee, tea, services, and proceeds to community organizations in the local and broader communities.

Black Diesel Coffee


Red Rock Downtown BBQ

Downtown Ypsilanti

Summer is time for BBQ! Red Rock offers delicious house-smoked barbecue, tender pulled pork, black angus brisket, St. Louis style ribs, and dry-rubbed chicken, all smoked on-site and prepared daily. This is the perfect spot for freshly-made sandwiches, burgers, salads, as well as great craft beers and drink specials. Their shaded patio is now open for dining, right in the heart of Ypsilanti

Red Rock Downtown BBQ


Salt Springs Brewery

Downtown Saline

Their beautiful biergarten sits in the shadow of a 121-year-old converted church. In the heart of Saline, you’ll experience locally malted grains and Michigan sourced hops crafted into small batch brews.  Salt Springs Brewery offers handcrafted & locally sourced food, true-to-style ales, wine & cider. Share some of their sinfully, gooey, cheese bread by the fire as dusk turns to night.
Salt Springs Brewery, Saline


Zou Zou's Cafe & Coffee Bar 

Downtown Chelsea

This artistic, French-themed corner cafe located on Main Street in Chelsea, is the perfect spot for breakfast and lunch. Zou Zou's has been doing food right for over 21 years. This is where you want to go for sweet and savory crepes, fresh baked goods, gourmet coffee and teas, and smoothies. Their colorful patio space is now open to enjoy.

Zou Zou's Cafe and Coffee Bar


Hotel Hickman Chuckwagon BBQ


While you can’t actually sleep here, you’ll want to! The brisket and ribs hug your tummy in a meaty embrace. Smother the succulent meat in the cherry BBQ sauce or choose from one of the others. The best news? At Hotel Hickman Chuckwagon BBQ, you get to enjoy all this on their covered patio right in downtown Dexter.

Hotel Hickman Chuckwagon BBQ


This is just a few of the eateries offering outdoor seating options. We hope you are inspired to enjoy the outdoors and dine al fresco. Take time to explore the other awesome outdoor dining and drinking options the Ann Arbor area has to offer! We recommend you contact the individual establishments to verify their hours, offerings and safety policies. View a listing of Ann Arbor area restaurants.

No matter how you choose to enjoy Ann Arbor, be sure to follow the requirements and recommendations of local and state health officials, the CDC, and your health care provider. All individuals are urged to continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines, practice frequent hand washing, utilize face coverings when in public and be respectful of others.


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