Alfresco Dining In The D – Opportunity Detroit

Alfresco Dining in The D

It’s still summer! While the weather is warm, make sure you check out these popular places for alfresco dining – a fancy term for eating outside. This list will give you a guide to the top restaurants around the city.

Central Kitchen & Bar – Downtown Business District

This restaurant, conveniently located in the First National Building, is in the heart of the city’s business district. Enjoy a lunch or dinner at this trendy spot during the week or dine on their decadent weekend brunch.

Location: 660 Woodward Ave., #4A, Detroit, MI 48226

Atmosphere: contemporary, industrial chic

Style of food: Central features American classics, such as the Detroit Burger with roasted wild mushrooms and house-made pickles on brioche. Customers can also enjoy shrimp and grits with white cheddar and sweet peppers.

Seating: Talk about comfortable outside seating! Their patio features plush street-level seating that immerses patrons in the Campus Martius Park atmosphere.

Visit the restaurant’s website for more information:

La Dolce Vita – Palmer Park Area

Their website calls it “Detroit’s best kept secret.”

If you’re looking to try a restaurant outside of the crowded downtown area, you will absolutely love the courtyard feel of this cute restaurant.

Location: 17546 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48203

Atmosphere: old-world Italian eatery, live music

Style of food: La Dolce Vita features authentic Italian dishes, such as the fettuccine della nonna (meatballs, mushrooms, marinara sauce and parmesan cheese) and their popular lasagna bechamel.

Seating: Enjoy a hidden courtyard lit with string lighting, which gives an intimate, elegant feel.

You can check out more information about this hidden gem at

Ottava Via – Corktown

Do you love wood-fired pizzas? Ottava Via is the place for you.

Location: 1400 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216

Atmosphere: quaint, rustic Tuscan

Style of food: Italian cuisine – in addition to wood-fired pizza, hot menu items can include truffle butter pasta and Tuscan braised short rib.

Seating: Intimate seating with a wood-fire pizza oven and bocce ball court.

To view the complete menu and to plan your visit to this unique restaurant, visit their website:

Seva – Midtown

Location: 66 E Forest Ave., Detroit, MI 48201 – adjacent to the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art

Atmosphere: industrial chic, casual

Style of food: In summary: vegetarian, juice bar, cappuccino. Some of their unique menu items include the vegan nacho dip (with spicy cashew “cheese”) and the Beyond Burger (chargrilled plant protein patty).

Seating: This trendy spot has an outside patio area with small tables with blue umbrellas. Perfect for happy hour with friends, a cup of joe or an intimate lunch.

For more information on their hot menu items, visit their website:

El Barzon – Southwest Detroit

Location: 3710 Junction Rd., Detroit, MI 48210

Atmosphere: intimate, upscale Mexican and Italian  

Style of food: Gourmet blend of Italian and Mexican. The restaurant has a fairly extensive menu offering seafood tacos, homemade pasta dishes and traditional Mexican dishes, such as the “enchiladas de mole poblano” (enchiladas filled with meal of cheese topped with mole sauce, cheese, lettuce, sour cream and avocado).

Seating: Their patio-style seating features a wood-beamed cover.

Please visit their website at

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