38 Spots for Igloo Dining in Metro Detroit

By: Sara E. Teller

Leery of enjoying a dine-in experience amid the pandemic?  Wish there were a way to enjoy your favorite restaurant meals while staying safely in seclusion?  Well, good news!  Metro Detroit’s hottest eateries are getting into the ‘igloo’ game.  That’s right.  Now you can grab a handful of friends and enjoy an out-on-the-town experience in a clear, igloo-shaped dome.  Here’s where to find igloo dining in Metro Detroit:

Igloo Dining in Metro Detroit

Blake’s Tasting Room

17985 Armada Center Rd, Armada, 48005. Sip some hard cider and or enjoy freshly made wine in a heated and festively decorated façade.  Two-hour reservations can be made daily for six to eight guests. 

Blake’s Tasting Room,
Blake’s Tasting Room

Amici’s Kitchen and Living Room

3249 Twelve Mile Rd, Berkley, MI 48072. Proudly declaring itself the ‘hippiest’ place around, this Berkley hotspot has a heated back patio that brings the warmth of the inside out to its diners. Now, regulars can enjoy its famous pizza any time of the year.

Amici's Kitchen and Living Room
Amici’s Kitchen and Living Room

Berkley Common

3087 12 Mile Rd., Berkley, 48072. Situated on the prominent 12 Mile corridor of a community known for its unique cafés and boutiques, patrons can enjoy Berkley Common’s rather uncommon pod setting in the winter months.

Berkley Common
Berkley Common
Jim Shaffer and Associates
Jim Shaffer and Associates

Vinsetta Garage

27799 Woodward Ave., Berkley, 48072. This one-time, for real garage that’s been transformed into a popular diner offers an ambiance of car culture and American classics available in an encapsulated eating space.

Vinsetta Garage
Vinsetta Garage

Adachi

325 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham, 48009. Adachi now has a heated tent covering its patio space.  Engage in the enchanted, light-covered ambiance while you enjoy hot cocktails and your favorite Japanese-inspired cuisine.

Moose Preserve

43034 N. Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, 48302. Comfort food meets comfortable dining in the Moose Preserve’s two cozy, fully decorated igloos – the Husky Hideaway or the Northern Lights.  Reservations for up to eight can be made online.

Moose Preserve
Moose Preserve

Champ’s Pub

140 E. Grand River Ave., Brighton, 48116. Beer lovers look no further than Champ’s, which offers 100+ options that can be paired with unique burgers and other pub grub, all savored inside its new igloo.

Champs Pub
Champs Pub

Clarkston Union

54 S. Main St., Village of Clarkston, 48346. Perhaps you caught the Union’s spot on The Food Network not long ago or instantly think ‘awesome mac ‘n’ cheese!’ when the name is mentioned.  Either way, restaurant-goers can now taste all of its treats, while dining igloo-style.

Clarkston Union
Clarkston Union

Honcho

3 E Church St., Village of Clarkston, 48346. Meal-hopping in Clarkston?  Perhaps after you’ve checked out what the Union has to offer, you might head to Honcho for some authentic Mexican favorites in its own festive dome equipped with a communal fire pit.

Honcho
Honcho

Mint 29 Dearborn

22000 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, 48124. Originally built as a federal bank, Mint 29 got its name from coins found on its walls.  Now, the upscale fusion cuisine restaurant has arguably the best international foods in town.  Enjoy its unique dishes in Mint’s igloo, which comes equipped with personal heaters.

Mint 29
Mint 29

Bobcat Bonnie’s

1800 Michigan Ave., Detroit, 48216. This gastro pub chain offers igloos at its various locations, including Detroit, Clinton Township, and Wyandotte, in addition to a covered and heated patio at its Ferndale address.

Bobcat Bonnies Detroit
Bobcat Bonnies Detroit

Detroit Shipping Company

474 Peterboro St., Detroit, 48201. An urban-chic hub constructed of shipping containers and complete with a court, bars, an art gallery and a stage, DSC is a great spot for eater-outers to gather – especially now that a socially-distanced winter chalet awaits alongside a heated outdoor tent.

East Eats

1018 Navahoe St., Detroit, 48215. Experience one-of-a-kind eats and easy social distancing in East Eats’ outdoor domes tucked inside a fenced-in courtyard. 

East Eats
East Eats

Honest Johns

488 Selden St., Detroit. HJ’s dining tents, situated within a larger enclosure, make its semi-outdoor seating option almost like camping – only heated.  You can’t beat this eatery’s honestly good food in a truly unique setting.

Honest Johns

Lumen Detroit

1903 Grand River Ave., Detroit, 48226. Upscale American cuisine meets outdoor dining in Lumen’s heated enclosures, making for a special night out any time of the year.

Lumen Detroit
Lumen Detroit

Maru Sushi & Grill

160 W Fort St., Detroit, 48226. Enjoy downtown’s savory sushi spot while staring up at the city skyline.  Parties of two to six people can reserve two-hour slots in a heated outdoor oasis.

Maru Sushi & Grill
Maru Sushi & Grill

The Monarch Club

33 John R. St. Penthouse, Detroit 48226. Expect full-menu dining inside this full-scale Neo-Gothic building, which houses a high-end club.  And, as if that’s not enough, your night out just got even more interesting with newly constructed igloos available every Thursday through Sunday with advanced reservation.

The Monarch Club
The Monarch Club

Fenton Fire Hall

201 S. Leroy St., Fenton, 48430. A favorite food site inside a one-time fire station, Union Joints’ FFH is known for its BBQ dishes, mac ‘n’ cheese and other must-have comfort foods that can all be enjoyed inside its see-through dome.

Fenton Fire Hall
Fenton Fire Hall

Detroit Fleat

1820 E 9 Mile Rd., Ferndale, 48220. Not just outside picnic tables and food trucks anymore, the Ferndale fleet now has an option for wintertime dining in six heat-controlled enclosures.

Detroit Fleat
Detroit Fleat

Valentine Cocktail Lounge

161 Vester Ave., Ferndale, 48220. The Friluftsliv lounge, enclosed in a tent, is heated and hoppin’ out front all winter long.  Inside, VCL offers hot drinks and fresh blankets every Wednesday through Sunday.

Valentine Cocktail Lounge
Valentine Cocktail Lounge

Joebar & Frame

23839 John R. Rd., Hazel Park, 48030. Adjacent to each other in the same building (in suites 1 and 2), patrons can enjoy classic cocktails and authentic Mexican, French or Italian eats under the destination’s heated yurts or on its closed-in patio.

Joebar & Frame
Joebar & Frame

Mable Grey Kitchen

23825 John R. Rd., Hazel Park, 48030. Mable’s enclosed patio is lined with picnic tables and offers outdoor-esque outings for two-hour private parties.

Mable Grey
Mable Grey

INDO Indonesian Restaurant

1535 Cass Lake Rd., Keego Harbor, 48320. Offering curry-infused, traditional Indonesian fare, INDO now offers semi-indoor igloo eating. 

INDO Indonesian Restaurant
INDO Indonesian Restaurant

Lake Inn

3711 Hunt Rd., Lapeer, 48446. Known for its laid-back, lakeside ambiance, dockside service and live music, Lake Inn offers a choice between two pods duly named The Cabin and The Snow Globe.

Lake Inn
Lake Inn

Tavern at Tina’s

50870 North Ave., Macomb, 48042. Your next night out just got all that more exciting as Tina’s takes entertainment to the next level with its igloo option.  Locals know Tina’s Country House has the best bowtie pasta in town!

Tavern at Tina’s
Tavern at Tina’s

Four Star Grille

1835 Gratiot Blvd., Marysville, 48040. With multiple geometric domes lit up to enjoy evening dining, Four Star Grille is known for its diverse, easy-to-please menu and family friendly atmosphere.

Four Star Grille
Four Star Grille
Jim Shaffer and Associates
Jim Shaffer and Associates

The White Horse Inn

1 E. High St., Metamora, 48455. The Inn’s igloo village has three large pods to choose from – its Boho Base Camp, Icelyn Aviar or the Llama Lounge.  All fit up to ten guests and are staged to the nines with garlands, bird cages, and other unique décor.

Deadwood Bar & Grill

18730 Northville Rd., Northville, 48168. Northville’s long-known destination for Adirondack-style eating, Deadwood has two heated igloos available during the winter season from November 1 to February 28.

Deadwood Bar & Grill
Deadwood Bar & Grill

Ale Mary’s Beer Hall

316 S. Main St., Royal Oak, MI 48067. Check out this chill gastro pub with a wide array of bar bites and beer, and the best of all things vegan.  Private tents line the front of its façade for an alternative outdoor dining experience.

Ale Mary’s Beer Hall
Ale Mary’s Beer Hall

Brown Iron Brew House

30955 Woodward Ave., Ste. 510, Royal Oak, 48073/57695 Van Dyke Ave., Washington, 48094. With two locations to choose from, Brown Iron has been dishing out smokehouse favorites and tasty beers on tap since its inception.  Now these favs can be savored inside a cozy enclosure.

Deadwood Bar & Grill
Deadwood Bar & Grill

KouZina Greek Street Food

121 N. Main St., Royal Oak, 48067. Relish in everything you’d expect on a traditional Greek menu including gyros, spinach pie, and Greek salad served with pita bread inside the restaurant’s heated igloo.

KouZina Greek Street Food
KouZina Greek Street Food

Lockhart’s BBQ

202 E. Third St., Royal Oak, 48067. If nothing sounds better than southern BBQ, Lockhart’s is the place to be!  And now all of that southern goodness can be served in an outdoor igloo.

Lockhart’s BBQ
Lockhart’s BBQ

Royal Oak Brewery

215 E. Fourth St., Royal Oak, 48067. An expansive beer garden and from-scratch menu makes igloo eating at the RO Brewery an inevitably memorable night out.  

Royal Oak Brewery
Royal Oak Brewery

Bigalora Cucina

215 E. Fourth St., Royal Oak, 48067. Chef Luciano Del Signore’s passion for clean eating led to the award-winning fine dining restaurant Bacco Ristorante in Southfield, and its success soon carried over to Bigalora Wood-Fired Cucina, a pizzeria and contemporary Italian restaurant.  Serving only the purest meals without preservatives, high sugar content or other additives, visitors can now delight in its fresh food in a festive and fun pod.

Bigalora Cucina
Bigalora Cucina

Prime Ten

15600 W. 10 Mile Rd., Southfield, 48075. Upscale, certified kosher steaks, seafood, burgers, and wraps are now being served in six private, greenhouse-like structures seating four at a time.  Lit up at night, the houses look like a small village visible from 10 Mile.

Prime 10
Prime 10

WaterMark Bar and Grille

24420 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores, 48080. You truly can’t beat WaterMark’s breath-taking waterside view.  For an even more unique experience, book its igloo for up to six guests.

WaterMark Bar and Grille
WaterMark Bar and Grille

Buddy’s Pizza

987 Wilshire Dr., Troy, 48084. It seems BP’s Troy location has taken a clue from ice fisherman in creating an encapsulated dining experience.  Three warm, illuminated shanties are available to rent for up to 90 minutes.

Buddy's Pizza
Buddy’s Pizza

Camp Ticonderoga

5725 Rochester Rd., Troy, 48085. Comfort foods are coupled with spacious camp-like igloos that fit up to ten people at this sought-after diner conveniently located on the main drag between Rochester and Royal Oak.

All igloo and other heated outdoor experiences require advanced reservations, with most offering 90-minute to two-hour time slots.  Capacities and wait lists vary.  Call to book at your favorite home away from home today! Igloo dining in Metro Detroit is hot and so are wait times, so reserve today!

Sources:

https://photos.metrotimes.com/25-detroit-area-restaurants-with-igloos-tents-and-heated-outdoor-seating

https://www.littleguidedetroit.com/where-to-find-igloo-dining-in-metro-detroit

https://www.girlsgonehungry.com/the-best-outdoor-patio-dining-in-metro-detroit-winter-2020-edition