GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) – We know that winter in Michigan means a lot of sitting inside during the cold months! With the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting our state, you may opt to do your date nights or special celebrations outside whenever you can. And with Valentine’s Day around the corner, you may be searching for the perfect socially distanced setting to enjoy a romantic night with your significant other. Luckily, local restaurants have gotten creative, with many places in Grand Rapids and West Michigan offering excellent outdoor dining options!

There are 4 different Grand Rapids Social Zones in the city that encompass 170 different shops, restaurants, breweries, coffee shops and other businesses.

Plus there are tons of places offering outside dining outside the city limits!


A bunch of downtown restaurants and bars have socially-distanced dining outdoors including House of Wine, GRNoir Wine & Jazz, Cinco De Mayo, Uccellos and more!

The Downtown Refreshment Area covers areas in North, West, South and Central Grand Rapids. Drinks must remain outdoors and can’t be carried into businesses. The Refreshment Area is open Sunday through Thursday from 7am-10pm and Friday and Saturday 7a-midnight.


Don’t want to head downtown? Check out Green Well, Donkey Taqueria, Elk Brewing, and more.


The Northeast area of Grand Rapids also has a lot of outdoor dining options including Cedar Springs Brewing, Gravity Taphouse Grille, Third Nature Brewing, and more!


If Northwest GR is more your style, you can check out Perrin Brewing, Shots or Trail Point Brewing Company offer outdoor seating.


Southwest and Southeast Grand Rapids offer outdoor dining at places like Bobcat Bonnie’s, Brass Ring Brewing, Pike 51 Brewery, and Thornapple Brewing Company, among others.


We can’t forget the west side of Grand Rapids! One Bourbon, Mitten Brewing Company, Greyline Brewing, New Holland Brewing and a few select others have outdoor dining options.

For a full list of outdoor dining, click here.

Live outside of the Grand Rapids area? Check out these additional dining options in other West Michigan locations!


Enjoy delicious meals outdoors by stopping by Salt & Pepper Savory Grill and Pub, The Curragh Irish Pub, and The Waverly Stone Gastro Pub in Holland.


Take a trip to Lansing Brewing Company, Reno’s NorthCoach’s Pub & Grill, Cosmos in East Lansing, One North Kitchen & Bar and the American Bistro in Lansing.