Our Favorite Rooftops & Patios in Grand Rapids

Written by Aislinn Teachout

There isn’t much that can beat a delicious drink on beautiful patio on a perfect Summer day—especially in Michigan! When Summer comes and goes in the blink of an eye, most of us want to utilize every minute to the fullest potential. Luckily, in Grand Rapids, we have the small city feel, with big city amenities! Here are some of Grand Rapid’s best patios, rooftop bars, and outdoor seating.

Haute Rooftop Lounge: With sweeping views of the Grand Rapids cityscape, the Haute is a must visit. Part of New Hotel Mertens, the lounge offers small plates and delicious cocktails with an array of sparkling wines to enjoy while overlooking the city from the 9th

Rockwell Republic Beer Garden: This Grand Rapids fan-favorite restaurant has a secluded patio where they serve their delicious food and even better martinis! Be sure to stop by the patio during their happy hour special to enjoy $7 martinis and half off sushi rolls. *Happy hour special: M-F: 3pm – 6pm, Sun – Th: 10pm-12am, F – Sat: 10pm to 1:30am, Sat – Sun: 10 am – 3pm

Roses on Reeds Lake: Located in East Grand Rapids, this historic restaurant will not disappoint. Their patio is situated overlooking the serene Reed’s Lake, so it’s a perfect place for a Summer meal. Go on a weekday or during lunch hours to avoid the dinner rush!

Brewery Vivant: The European-inspired brewery in East Hills is the perfect place to enjoy an awesome craft brew and the outdoors at the same time! The brewery is in an old church, so the décor is one-of-a-kind. Their semi-covered patio features a play set to keep your little ones occupied while you enjoy a cold one.

New Holland brewing: The outdoor space at New Holland Brewing is perfect for a fun Summer night with friends. They have craft beer, cocktails, and lots of fun games in their spacious courtyard

Maru: If you are looking for sushi and a patio, Maru is the place to be. With a fresh take on Japanese inspired dishes, classic sushi, and a spacious patio, you can’t go wrong!

Donkey: Arguably one of the most popular patios in Grand Rapids, Donkey boasts delicious tacos and fresh margaritas. Their Mexican street food dishes and hip patio make for a great experience—day or night!

Hancock: This picnic style restaurant specializes in Nashville hot chicken and southern-inspired sides. If you are looking for a casual outside eatery with comfort food and amazing alcoholic slushies, this is the place!

Winchester: With delicious food and hand-crafted cocktails, the Winchester’s patio is a must visit. The Wealthy St. pub boasts an eclectic patio with bistro lights and exposed brick, and the cuisine is a fresh take on American fare.

Green Well: The Green Well always delivers on fresh, exceptional, and unique food. You can enjoy their farm-to-table dishes on their peaceful patio that overlooks a native plant garden.

Outside Coffee Co: Located in the Wealthy St. District, Outside Coffee Co. has a garden-like outdoor seating area where you can enjoy their specialty coffee. They sell pastries and other treats, so it’s a great place to stop before hitting the shops in the area.

Founders Brewing: A Grand Rapids favorite, nothing says Summer quite like a Founder’s beer on their patio. They offer ample seating, ample beer, and occasional live music, so you’re sure to have a good time!

Friesan: Fresian Gastro Pub boasts a 20-person patio and a 50-person rooftop deck where you can enjoy drinks, comfort food, and a view of the Medical Mile.

Sovengard: For outside Summer fun with delicious craft cocktails, Sovengard is the place to go. They have plentiful seating, Boccee Ball, and the bar is in a shipping container!

Wolfgang Puck at Amway Grand: For riverfront outdoor dining, Wolfgang puck is perfect. Go at night and order the chocolate souffle for dessert or enjoy a delicious dinner with view of downtown and the river!

J Deck at JW Marriot: Overlooking the Grand River, the J Deck at the JW Marriot is a great place for lunch, dinner, or Sunday funday!

IDC: On the second floor of the Amway Grand Plaza, the speakeasy themed rooftop patio is a must. They offer craft cocktails and a variety of wines and beer. Be sure to get the code before heading in!

Treadstone Rooftop Patio: Our personal favorite summer spot is the 3rd floor rooftop patio at Treadstone Mortgage. It overlooks Grand Rapids’ Fulton Street and has occasional happy hours and Summer cookouts.


Honorable Mention

Vandermill Cider: Located in the Fulton Heights neighborhood, Vandermill Cider gives you the brewery feel without the beer. They offer outdoor seating and free parking!

Graydons Crossing: A globally inspired pub with delicious food and tons of beer options, Gaydon’s crossing has a little of everything. The outside seating and daily specials make it a perfect summer stop!

Watermark Country Club: Just outside of downtown Grand Rapids, Watermark country club has an on-site restaurant with sweeping views of the course, plentiful food options, and great drinks. Pair it with a round of golf, and that’s a perfect Summer day!

Terra: The farm-to-table restaurant in East Town has a quaint patio where you can enjoy their handcrafted cocktails. Stop by for weekend brunch and enjoy the sunshine.

Aperitivo: The wine bar located in the Downtown Market has outdoor seating, so you can enjoy your charcuterie and wine outside!




Luckily, in Grand Rapids, we have the small city feel, with big city amenities!

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