Make the most of the warmer weather by enjoying your food and libations al fresco. There’s something wonderful about eating outside, whether it’s a romantic tete-a-tete or a small gathering of friends or family. Greater Lansing offers over 100 restaurants with outdoor dining however we've chosen some favorite local patios.
Some Local Favorites
This was one of the first and most popular patios of the craft breweries. I like the ambiance because it seems tucked away in between buildings, and each year it gets a fantastic new upgrade.Read More
I like this patio in the heart of downtown East Lansing because it’s right next to a sweet little pocket park making it feel quite metropolitan yet serene. The service and food are terrific. Each summer, East Lansing has created "Albert EL Fresco" on this block for dining, lounging and games between the multiple eateries.Read More
Tucked away just outside the lower level of the English Inn's pub is this sweet cobblestone terrace that overlooks the expansive grounds situated on the banks of the Grand River. Both the pub and the main dinner menus are available.Read More
Located right downtown Lansing in the Stadium District, LBC has a big open outdoor space with opportunity to play some lawn games or snuggle by the huge gas firepit after the sun goes down. Maybe you'll hear the roar of the crowd after a great play at nearby Jackson Field, home to the Lansing Lugnuts.Read More
This patio sits back from the sidewalk and main street of Lansing's neighboring community of DeWitt. You definitely feel the small town atmosphere with families strolling by heading to the nearby ice cream shop. This brewery is located inside an old repurposed church.Read More
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This courtyard tucked away from the sidewalk in Old Town Lansing is the perfect spot for people-watching. Whether you're here for a festival, to shop or just to dine, you don't want to skip a visit to MEAT.Read More
Located in a terraced patio in the backyard of River House Inn and overlooking the Red Cedar River, this location is perfect for a summer evening. It's a fun and festive location that's sure to please.Read More
The food from The Cosmos and the large beer garden out back add up to a great outdoor experience. Meet up with some friends and order some cocktails, some duck fat fries to share (or not), an artisan pizza and let your cares slide away.Read More
A seat on the patio outside of Lansing Shuffle overlooking the Grand River, Rotary Park and the Lansing River Trail is the perfect location to watch people strolling, running or biking the trail and kayaking the Grand River.
In summer 2023 the shuffleboard courts will be ready to use!
This pedestrian-friendly block on Albert Street in East Lansing has picnic tables, lounging chairs, games and music throughout the summer, May 1 through September 17. Find a friend to play Connect 4, cornhole, giant Jenga, ping pong, giant chess and more. While you may have to stick to the associated patio dining while drinking alcohol, order takeout and a soft drink and enjoy the open space between Abbot and M.A.C. Avenues.Read More
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Photo credits: Tom Gennara, James Lenon, Red Cedar Spirits, Looking Glass Brewing, BAD Brewing Company, Zoobie's Old Town Tavern, River House inn, MEAT Southern BBQ, The English Inn, Black Cat Bistro and the GLCVB. Big thanks to our #lovelansing community for their awesome imagery and social media posts.