Eating out with kids is hard but so is making dinner. Make plans to eat downtown and take the patio seating. It’s a great way to enjoy the warm weather and let the kids be a bit louder and have more space to move around.  Here are a few of our favorite places to eat out(side) with the kids in Detroit.


Pie-Sci Pizza // 5163 Trumbull Avenue, Detroit, MI 48208

Everyone loves pizza and Pie-Sci’s creative flavors can’t be beat. Neither can their patio. There are plenty of picnic tables and lots of space for kids to run around.


Ottava Via // 1400 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216 

Ottava Via takes patio seating to the next level with a bocce ball court! Everyone will love the Italian favorites and a friendly ball game.


Mudgie’s Deli // 1300 Porter St, Detroit, MI 48226

Mudgie’s has a beautiful patio but it also has a playground across the street. Eat your sandwich at the restaurant or order it to go and eat at Murphy Playlot.


Founders // 456 Charlotte St, Detroit, MI 48201

Mom and Dad can enjoy a beer while the kids enjoy some room to move around on the fully enclosed patio. Bonus: Founders has outdoor fire pits and heat laps so you can enjoy eating outside in cooler weather too!


Avalon Cafe + Biscuit Bar // 2998 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202

Eat well and outside at Avalon’s cafe on the Boulevard. Located next to New Center Park you can eat at the tables or bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic.


Detroit Institute of Bagels // 1236 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Start your day off right with the best bagels in town. DIB has outdoor seating and a little library for you to find and share books.


Hockeytown Cafe // 2301 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

Take in the sights and sounds of downtown from the rooftop of Hockeytown Cafe! Located in District Detroit your littles can see where all 4 major sports teams play.


The Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria & Brewery // 441 W Canfield St #9, Detroit, MI 48201

The Cass Corridor is a great spot for people watching, With plenty of foot traffic you can experience big city fun but away from the main street.


Seva Detroit // 66 E Forest Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

Seva offers a vegetarian menu (with gluten-free options) and a large patio away from the street making it easy for the kids to play while you enjoy a healthy meal.


The Fountain // 800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Sit back on the beach and relax while the kids play in the sand in the middle of the city. The Fountain is a seasonal ‘pop-up’ restaurant in Campus Martius offering burgers, tacos and salads.


Selden Standard // 3921 2nd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

A fancier option for the kids but a great brunch spot for all – Selden Standard has a nice enclosed outdoor patio.


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About Carrie Budzinski

Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..

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