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Jul 14, 2011 08:07 PM

Waterfront/Outdoor dining in metro Detroit

Since we're the Great Lakes State, I'm assuming there must be many more lakeside/waterfront dining options than I'm aware of. And if not on the water, what are your favorite outdoor dining spots?

This summer I've been to Bayside Sports Grille on Walled Lake. Super loud, super crowded, but the service, pizza, burgers and prices were good. But in all honesty, I do not believe this place would be in business without the view.

My second waterview dining experience was on the deck at the Rattlesnake Club in Detroit. The atmosphere was perfect. They had a band playing, the service was great, the view of the river and Windsor were spectacular. Instead of the prix fixe menu, I ordered off the Terrace and Grill menu. The Heirloom Tomato & Basil Flatbread was good enough. The Truffled Shoestring Fries were wonderful. I wouldn't order the Ahi Tuna again, not great.

The waitress brought a yummy gooey chocolate cake dessert thingy. Since it was a surprise for my birthday, I don't know what it was.

The only downside was I ordered a coffee and it arrived about 20 minutes later while I was walking out. Apparently they bring a French press to your table and make the coffee there and it takes time. Next time, I'll order earlier.

Rattlesnake Club
300 River Place Dr Ste 1900, Detroit, MI 48207

Bayside Sports Grille
142 E Walled Lake Dr, Walled Lake, MI 48390

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  1. It's a Matter of Taste in Commerce. Great view and food!

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    1. re: Rheta

      By the way, It's a Matter of Taste does wine dinners, and they've been very good. They have one coming up on July 25th.

      You won't have a view of the lake at their wine dinners though.


    2. There's a waterfront bistro in Windsor with an amazing view of downtown Detroit, it's near the tunnel at the northern end of Ouellette ave, I haven't been there in a long time, but I remember it being really good, plus if it's not your fancy the keg across the street from it has a waterfront patio, and good food, although it can be a bit pricey. Just thought I'd point this out, the waterfront in Windsor is nicer downtown than the one in Detroit by the way, it's park the whole way, and full of nice sculptures, it makes for a nice after dinner walk, it takes about 20 minutes to walk from downtown to the ambassador bridge from downtown, a lovely chance to just chat with someone on a date or something.

      1. Out west, there's the Zukey Lake Tavern in Pinckney and Jerry's on Wampler's Lake in the Irish Hills.

        Zukey Lake Tavern
        5011 Girard Dr, Pinckney, MI 48169