Outdoor Patio Dining in the Woodward Corridor

By: Sara E. Teller

Outdoor Patio Dining in the Woodward Corridor

Spring is here and whether you’re looking for the privacy of an enclosed space or to eat with friends in the open air, the Woodward Corridor has the perfect spot for you!  Here’s a look at the best igloos and outdoor patio dining the Woodward Corridor has to offer.

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Berkley Restaurants with Patio Dining

Amici’s, 3249 12 Mile Rd., Berkley, 48072, (248) 544-4100. The restaurant that’s proudly ‘the hippest’ place around has an unbelievable outdoor patio equipped with plenty of heaters to keep guests warm in the cooler evening weather.

Green Lantern Pizza, 4033 12 Mile Rd., Berkley, 48072, (248) 951-9292. Known as the King of Pepperoni, Green Lantern has been serving up its classic pies in an outside dining area since 1955.

Berkley Common, 3087 12 Mile Rd., Berkley, 48072, (248) 677-0795. The Common is home to an uncommon, one-of-a-kind menu and patio, as well as private igloos for up to six guests available with a reservation.  Known for its killer burgers, the restaurant also offers a variety of vegetarian and vegan options.

Republica, 1999 Coolidge Hwy, Berkley, 48072, (248) 268-3175. This neighborhood gastropub is offering all the goodies from its irresistible menu on a covered patio that’s complete with heaters for an extra cozy eating experience.

Vinsetta Garage, 27799 Woodward Ave., Berkley, 48072, (248) 548-7711. This one-time garage was long-ago transformed into a popular diner known by car culture lovers from all over and serving up classic eats that are now available in an encapsulated igloo dining space.  Reservations are required.

24 Seconds, 3071 12 Mile Rd., Berkley, 48072, (248) 336-0024. 24 Seconds is the place for sports fans to watch their teams inside or out on a rooftop patio overlooking all of 12 Mile.

Clawson Restaurants with Patio Dining

Tavern on the Main, 235 S. Main St., Clawson, 48017, (248) 588-1696. Grab some classic Greek American pub food along with your favorite brews and watch all the happenings along Main on the Tavern’s outside patio.

Mojave Cantina, 48 W. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson, 48107, (248) 291-5653. Mojave offers ethnic Mexican and American dishes cooked from scratch using fresh, local ingredients.  Feast on your favs inside cozy, heated greenhouses.

Old Detroit Burger Bar, 27 E. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson, 48017, (248) 268-1864. This well-known burger chain with seven Michigan locations offers the best burgers in town in a bar-like friendly atmosphere. Enjoy your picks on its outdoor patio.

PUMACHUG, 1 E. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson, 48017 (248) 632-1117. If it’s casual vibes in the heart of Clawson your seeking, look no further. With chef quality food from scratch, craft cocktails, and a variety of craft beer options that can all be enjoyed on an outdoor patio, PUMACHUG is perfect for your next night on the town.

Renshaw Lounge, 210 E. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson, 48017, (248) 616-3016. Renshaw’s small, covered patio is the perfect hideaway for modest gatherings, pub grub, craft beer, and lots of laughs.

The Salt & Sugar Co., 139 W. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson, 48107, (248) 629-6808. From locally roasted coffee and teas to organic soda and a naturally delicious lunch and dessert menu, The Salt & Sugar Co. is the ideal luncheon go-to and offers an enclosed patio area.

Woodpile BBQ Shack, 303 S. Main St., Clawson, 48017, (248) 565-8149. Wood-smoked BBQ meats, sandwiches, and local ice cream are all available in a barn-like setting with ample outdoor seating and an enclosed patio.  If you’re a BBQ lover, the Shack is sure to serve the snacks you crave.

Outdoor Patio Dining in the Woodward Corridor

Ferndale Restaurants with Patio Dining

Anita’s Kitchen, 22651 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, 48220, (248) 548-0680. Anita’s is dishing out a wide selection of Lebanese fare along with a full beer and wine menu in a warm, friendly ambiance in its outside patio area.

Assaggi Bistro, 330 W 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale, (248) 584-3499. Assaggi can accommodate private gatherings in its alfresco patio with an adjacent room that seats 35 people. Custom menus with classic Italian fare are available.

Bobcat Bonnie’s, 240 W. 9 Mile Rd., Ferndale, 48220, (248) 677-0158. Bobcat Bonnie’s provides a fun, comfortable atmosphere, treating all of its guests like family in Ferndale and its other four locations.  Enjoy your gastropub favorites in an outdoor patio setting.

Como’s, 22812 Woodward Ave. #100, Ferndale, 48220, (248) 677-4439. Come enjoy your favorite Italian dishes on Como’s open air, heated patio available without a reservation.  First come, first serve only.  (Oh yeah, and it’s dog friendly!)

Detroit Fleat, 1820 E 9 Mile Rd., Ferndale, 48220, (248) 607-7611. The Ferndale Fleat now has an option for cooler weather dining in heat-controlled enclosures great for enjoying its truck far all year round.

The Emory, 22700 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220, 48220, (248) 546-8202. Sister to the WAB, the Emory has a healthy sized patio out front on Woodward.

Ferndale Project, 567 Livernois, Ferndale, MI 48220, (248) 556-5512. Ferndale Project is an offshoot of Eastern Market Brewing and has the ultimate patio in the Corridor.

Howe’s Bayou, 22848 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, 48220, (248) 691-7145. Howe’s has a unique ambiance complete with seafood-centric Cajun-Creole specialties in a cozy, low-lit bar.  And now you can enjoy your next meal on its patio.

Imperial, 22828 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, 48220, (248) 850-8060. With a DIY taco bar, and an indoor-outdoor dining area and backdoor patio, Imperial offers an awesome night on-the-town experience.  You can even book its taco truck for your next party!

Otus Supply, 345 E 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale, (248) 291-6160. The Supply is offering an enclosed, heated patio option for patrons to munch on its burgers, pizza, seafood, and sandwiches even in the sub-zero.

Pop’s For Italian 280 W. 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale, 48220, (248) 268-4806. With a private patio, guests can have an intimate gathering of as few as 20 people or up to 100.  The inside dining space is perfect for a smaller family gathering or cocktail parties.  A customizable menu is also available.

Rosie O’Grady’s, 279 W. 9 Mile Rd., Ferndale, 48220, (248) 591-9163. RO’s is a bar and grill with a patio lounge serving American grub in a pub-like atmosphere perfect for a fun night out.

Valentine Cocktail Lounge, 161 Vester Ave., Ferndale, 48220, (248) 629-9951. The Friluftsliv lounge, enclosed in a heated tent, is taking reservations.  Hot drinks and fresh blankets are available Wednesday through Sunday.  Call ahead to secure your spot.

Woodward Avenue Brewers, 22646 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220, (248) 546-3696. The WAB has a lower outdoor area in the front with roll up garage doors and they have an outdoor bar in back called Port!

Hazel Park Restaurants with Patio Dining

frame/joebar, 23839 John R. Rd., Hazel Park, 48030, (248) 291-5711. Adjacent to each other in the same building (in suites 1 and 2), heated yurts or the destination’s enclosed patio allow patrons to enjoy classic cocktails and authentic Mexican, French, or Italian eats no matter what Michigan’s weather brings.

Mable Grey, 23825 John R. Rd., Hazel Park, 48030, (248) 398-4300. Mable’s closed-in patio is lined with picnic tables and offers ‘outdoor-like’ outings for two-hour private parties.

House of Shamrocks, 23420 John R. Rd., Hazel Park, 48030, (248) 543-8388. A laid-back Irish tavern, House of Shamrocks has billiards, TVs & casual pub grub which can be savored in its patio area.

Matt & Mo’s, 590 E Drayton St, Ferndale, 48220, (248) 307-7970. They specialize in Authentic, Homemade, Chicago-Style Italian Beef Sandwiches.Made by an Italian from Chicago.We are permanently located inside Doug’s Delight Ice Cream Shop. 

Huntington Woods Restaurants with Patio Dining

Arctic Café, W 10 Mile Rd, 48067, (248) 541-5717. Located inside the Detroit Zoo, this expansive eatery is well-known for its salads, soups, and pizza.  Choose between indoor and outdoor seating so you can enjoy your favorites whenever you choose to schedule your visit.

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Madison Heights Restaurants with Patio Dining

Augie’s Bar & Grill, 1660 John R. Rd., Madison Heights, 48071, (248) 588-3120. A spacious sports bar featuring pizza and burgers, pool tables, trivia nights, and live music, Augie’s has a patio where you can sit back, relax, and sip a few with your favs.

Celina’s Bar & Grill, 623 W. 11 Mile Rd, Madison Heights, 48071, (248) 439-6422. Celina’s has a patio with a fire pit where the restaurant is serving up a full menu complete with its famous 2lb calzones – along with other classic items.

ima, 2203 John R. Rd., Madison Heights, 48071, (248) 781-0131. Order Asian classics and enjoy on a heated patio at both ima’s Madison Heights and Corktown locations. Call ahead to reserve for larger groups.

Irish Tavern Madison Heights, 29028 N. Campbell Rd., Madison Heights, 48071, (248) 591-4039. Come and drink – or eat – like the Irish in a large outdoor, covered patio at the Tavern in the Heights.

The Masters Restaurant, 1775 E. 13 Mile Rd., Madison Heights, 48071, (248) 588-0915. The Masters’ green room and upstairs balcony make for a perfect private party experience.  Tables may be arranged in seating of 4, 6 or 8 guests each.  An eclectic menu of seafood, pizza, soup sandwiches, and more will satisfy even the pickiest taste buds.

Salvatore Scallopini, 1650 E. 12 Mile Rd., Madison Heights, 48071, (248) 542-3281. This local Italian chain with an additional location in Birmingham is serving pasta and classic entrees along with beer and wine in a relaxed patio atmosphere.

Oak Park Restaurants with Patio Dining

Prime 10, 15600 W. 10 Mile Rd. #17, Southfield (border of Oak Park), (248) 327-7344. Heated, outdoor dining is available in the restaurant’s heated patio section, and The Foundation Room offers an intimate private dining area, which is available upon reservation.

Oak Park Social, 14691 W Eleven Mile Rd, Oak Park, MI 48237, (248) 808-6365. Oak Parks first ever GastroPub!

Royal Oak Restaurants with Patio Dining

Ale Mary’s Beer Hall, 316 S. Main St., Royal Oak, 48067, (248) 268-1939. This well-known, chill gastro pub has a wide variety of bar bites and beer, and the best vegan dishes in town.  Private tents out front now offer an alternative twist to igloo dining.

Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina, 711 S. Main St., Royal Oak, 48067, (248) 544-2442. Serving up contemporary Italian food, including Neapolitan, wood-fired pizzas, small plates, and gelato, Bigalora offers patio seating for guests who prefer to sit outdoors.

Brown Iron Brew House, 30955 Woodward Ave., Ste. 510, Royal Oak, 48073, (248) 951-2659.  With two locations to choose from (the other in Washington Twp.), Brown Iron has been dishing out smokehouse favorites and tasty beers on tap since its inception.  Now these classics can be savored inside a cozy igloo dining enclosure.

Café Muse, 418 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak, 48067, (248) 544-4749. This bright, stylish European-style eatery offers comfort food and brews while dining amid and eclectic selection of local art.  A patio option is available.

City Tavern Kitchen & Bar, 386 N. Main St., Royal Oak, 48067, (248) 744-4500. Sample up to 50 beers on tap or craft cocktails with a slice or two of your own custom pizza made with freshly rolled dough.  Ask about its patio seating when you arrive.

Condado Tacos, 310 S. Main St., Royal Oak, 48067, (248) 439-1133. Build-your-own tacos – from the toppings down to the shell – with fresh ingredients made daily.  Then, savor your choices in Condado’s patio dining area.

Fifth Avenue, 215 W. 5th St., Royal Oak, (248) 629-9423. Fifth Avenue is a bi-level sports bar with a sidewalk patio, traditional pub fare, and an expansive beer list, making it a must-stop for your weekend festivities.

Jim Brady’s Detroit, 1214 S. Main St., Royal Oak, 48067, (248) 306-1954. Jim’s is the spot for American pub grub, cocktails, and live entertainment. Patio seating is available.

KouZina Greek Street Food, 121 N. Main St., Royal Oak, 48067, (248) 629-6500. Traditional Greek go-tos, including gyros, spinach pie, and Greek salad with pita bread, are now being served igloo dining style.

Lily’s Seafood Grill & Brewery, 410 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak, (248) 591-5459. Craving a fresh catch at an eatery that brews its own beers and sodas?  Look no further!  Plan your next patio outing at Lily’s and enjoy its classic combos.

Lockhart’s BBQ, 202 E. Third St., Royal Oak, 48067, (248) 584-4227. Stop in to savor some southern flavors and spices with a few of your fellow BBQ lovers, now available inside Lockhart’s outdoor igloo restaurant experience.

Mesa Tacos and Tequila, 312 S. Main St., Royal Oak, 48067, (248) 545-1940. Mesa has the perfect patio space for enjoying classic Mexican dishes and drinks.

Mt Chalet II, 32955 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak, 48073, (248) 549-2929. The Chalet is a home-like dining experience in a bar and restaurant that is well-known to its regulars.  It offers a quaint patio for outdoor eating.

Pinky’s Rooftop, 100 S. Main St., Rear Alley Entrance, Royal Oak, 48067, (248) 291-6506. Pinky’s seats 83 people inside and has a 44-seat outdoor, lush garden patio in addition to a 27-seat, year-round covered, heated dining patio.  Its menu includes a wide range of craft cocktails, beer, wine, and shareable American and Asian inspired small plates and seafood.

Oak City Grille, 212 W. 6th St., Royal Oak, 48067, (248) 556-0947. The Grille is serving up American favorites and cocktails in a laid-back, friendly environment.  Relax and have a few brews with friends on its patio.

Royal Oak Brewery, 215 E. Fourth St., Royal Oak, 48067, (248) 544-1141. An expansive beer garden and from-scratch menu makes igloo dining at the Brewery a must experience, memorable night out.

Tom’s Oyster Bar, 318 S. Main St. Royal Oak, 48067, (248) 541-1186. A quaint patio space right on Main means you can enjoy an intimate meal while taking in all that Royal Oak has to offer.

Wood Fired Bigalora Cucina, 215 E. Fourth St., Royal Oak, 48067, (248) 544-2442. Chef Luciano Del Signore’s passion for clean eating led to the award-winning fine dining restaurant Bacco Ristorante in Southfield.  Soon after, his passion expanded to Bigalora Wood-Fired Cucina, a pizzeria and contemporary Italian restaurant in nearby Royal Oak.  It’s pure, freshly made dishes are now being served inside a festive and fun pod.

With igloos, greenhouses, pods, and patios, whether you prefer to savor your go-to restaurant’s flavors inside or out, there’s plenty of options to choose from close to home.  Grab a few friends and discover your favorites today!

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