Our Huge List of Where to Eat Outside with Kids Around Lansing

Sweet Spots Where Families Can Eat Outside on Patios in Lansing

I finally get it – why my mom would make us play outside until the very last second every day. Now that I’m a mom and going through Michigan seasons, once Summer hits, being and playing outside is a huge priority. We want to soaking up as much natural vitamin D as possible. Especially after such a long winter.

Kid on patio Old Town Lansing Creole Punk Taco Arts Council

The great news is that Lansing restaurant owners do outdoor seating superbly and creatively. I can think of more than 40 that have outdoor seating options. Even though we can only eat outside for about 1/3 of the year, all types of places join in the outdoor seating fun.

Thank you, Lansing patio owners! You make it easy and fun for families to eat out during the Summer.

Lansing Brewing Company Patio with kids Downtown Lansing

What Type of Patio Dining Experience Are You Going For?

We are all parents – so we can be real with each other right? There are days.

Good Vibe Patio Days: When all is well and eating anywhere is a dream.

Fast and Convenient Patio Days: When eating inside is NOT an option because my two year old is in a “mood” and will not sit still. Can I get an AMEN!?

Yummy/Fun Food Patio Days: When we want to experience something fun or just down right great food.

BONUS: quite a few of these places are on our “Kids Eat Free” guide!

Cuban Truck Lansing Michigan Kids eating on a patio

Good Vibes – Patios/Outdoor Seating in Lansing

We think these places are a good time with good food and nice atmosphere.

El Azteco Kids Eat Free Greater Lansing

El Azteco

Rooftop dining under stringing lights + chips and salsa in East Lansing = good vibes.
They now have a patio at their west side location and it’s on my bucket list this summer. I’ll let you know what I think.

Locations: West Lansing, East Lansing

Red Haven

DELICIOUS food + covered patio + farm to table = good vibes.

Location: Okemos

Waterfront Bar and Grill

Nice view of the city + food kids actually eat + able to fill your stomach after a nice kayak or bike ride = good vibes.

Location: Lansing City Market

Meat

Mouth watering bbq + Old Town + secluded patio = good vibes.

Location: Turner Street, Old Town, Lansing

mp social patio seating downtown Lansing stadium district with kids

MP Social

Beautifully aesthetic + amazing view of downtown + yummy dessert = Good vibes

Location: Marketplace, Lansing

Lansing Brewing Company

Kids menu + lawn games + surrounding art/graffiti + lights + sometimes music = good vibes.

Location: Downtown, Lansing

Tavern and Tap

Raised patio open to entire restaurant + sweet potato chips + view of downtown = good vibes.

Location: Downtown, Lansing

Punk Taco & The Creole

Old Town + picky eater options = good vibes.

Location: Turner Street, Old Town, Lansing

Maru Sushi 

Sushi + lowered patio + lights = good vibes.

Location: East Lansing

Blue Owl Reo Town Lansing Patio with kids

Blue Owl

Quick food + Reo Town + sometimes live music + friendly staff = good vibes.

Location: Reo Town, Lansing

The Peanut Barrel

MSU Campus + fenced area + food kids actually eat = good vibes.

Location: Grand River Strip, East Lansing.

Bravo

Two patio options + lights + comfort food = good vibes.

Location: Eastwood Towncenter

Sushi Ya

Sushi + lights+ next door to Espresso Royale = good vibes.

Location: Grand River Strip, East Lansing

Cosmos Pizza Patio in Lansing Old Town with Kids

The Cosmos/Zoobies Patio

Pizza + lights + tons of seating options = good vibes.

Location: Old Town, Lansing

Dublin Square

Lights + raised gated patio + Downtown East Lansing + kids menu = good vibes.

Location: East Lansing

Claddagh’s Irish Pub

Lights + Eastwood Towncenter + Kids menu + gated seating + kind staff = good vibes.

Location: Eastwood Towncenter

Scoops Old Town Lansing Ice Cream Patio with Kids MSU Dairy Store

Fast and Easy – Patios/Outdoor Seating in Lansing

We think these places are fast and easy for outdoor dining.

Horrocks Farmers Market West Side Lansing Michigan Patio with kids lights

Horrocks

Grab food as you walk through the store + picky eater options + umbrellas and lights = fast and easy.

Location: West Lansing

Chipotle Lansing Mall

Quick + tasty + gated patio = fast and easy.

Location: West Lansing

Fresh Thyme

Deli + fresh = fast and easy.

Location: Trowbridge, East Lansing.

Whole Foods

Deli + fresh = fast and easy.

Location: Grand RiverEast Lansing

Old Town General Store Kids Patio Old Town Lansing

Old Town General Store

Ready to eat refrigerated options + enclosed seating in the back = fast and easy.

Location: Old Town Lansing

Grand Traverse Pie Company

Yummy + walk up ordering = fast and easy.

Location: Downtown Lansing

Sir Pizza

Pizza + walk up ordering = fast and easy.

Location: Old Town Lansing

South Lansing Farmers Market

Farmers market + walk up restaurants = fast and easy.

Location: Barnes St., Lansing

Blaze Pizza Frandor Lansing Patio Seating with kids

Blaze Pizza

Walk up ordering + pizza + wood fired + allergy friendly + enclosed seating = fast and easy.

Locations: Frandor, Lansing

Zatoon Mediterranean Restaurant

Walk up ordering + kids menu + allergy friendly = fast and easy.

Location: Elmwood, West Lansing

Panera Bread

Walk up ordering + kids menu + amazing smell = fast and easy.

Location: Frandor, Lansing

El Oasis East Side Lansing Michigan Ave Kids Patio eating

Food Trucks: El Oasis, Marias, Lansing Gardens Parking Lot, Picnic A Food Truck and other favorites in your area.

Walk up ordering + delicious = fast and easy.

Locations: All over Lansing

Woody’s Oasis

Walk up ordering + delicious = fast and easy.

Locations: Downtown and Trowbridge, East Lansing

Espresso Royale

Walk up ordering + ready to eat hand made food and coffee = fast and easy.

Locations: Lake Lansing and Michigan Ave, East Lansing

Culvers

Walk up ordering + fresh ingredients = fast and easy.

Locations: All over Lansing.

Patio Eating in Lansing with Kids Food Trucks

Yummy/Fun Food – Patios/Outdoor Seating in Lansing

We think these places have good food and/or are fun to visit for outdoor dining.

Saddleback BBQ Patio with kids Reo Town Lansing

Saddleback BBQ

Picnic tables + family style seating + amazing aroma = yummy fun food.

Location: Reo Town, Lansing

Renos

Pizza + great patio + lights + dance-able music = yummy fun food.

Locations: All over Lansing.

Hop Cat

Food kids love + food and drinks parents love = yummy fun food.

Locations: East Lansing

Pablos

View of Old Town + Music +  chips and salsa = yummy fun food.

Locations: Old Town, Lansing

Patio Seatin Lansing Downtown Reo Town Old Town with Kids

Good Truck’n Diner

Breakfast food and more + Reo Town vibes = yummy fun food.

Location: Reo Town, Lansing

Gump BBQ

Picnic tables + hidden gem = yummy fun food.

Location: Near Reo Town, Lansing

Midtown Brewing Company

Downtown + a great burger = yummy fun food.

Location: Downtown, Lansing

Mitchells Fish Market

Seafood + lights + Eastwood Towncenter = yummy fun food.

Location: Eastwood Towncenter, Lansing

iScream (Allergy Friendly), Scoops (MSU Dairy Store) and Any Other Ice Cream Shop

Ice Cream + Outside + family hangs = yummy fun food.

Location: All over Greater Lansing

For Crepes Sake

Crepes (yum!) + savory and sweet and gluten free options + Downtown = yummy fun food.

Location: Downtown, Lansing

Buddies Pub & Grill

Food kids love + food and drinks parents love = yummy fun food.

Location: Holt

Los Tres Amigos

Chips + Salsa + fun decor = yummy fun food.

Location: All over Greater Lansing

MP Social Patio Downtown Lansing with kids view of BWL

Patio Season is Here – Where Will You Sit?

Do you have an awesome patio to share? Let us know where you like to eat outdoors. Lansing is better when we spread the word.

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