40 Detroit area restaurants with igloos, tents, and heated outdoor seating

We Michiganders know one thing to be true: winter is inevitable. No longer how many unseasonably warm days November may hold, winter is on its way, which, during a global pandemic, will make quarantining all the more difficult. But fear not, brave people who wish to dine in public, as there are some creative solutions to socially distant dining in metro Detroit. While many restaurants will winterize existing patios and rooftops to better accommodate guests this winter, others are taking it a step further by offering private igloos, tents, and in some cases, yurts. (Just beware of a false sense of security.)

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Buddy’s Pizza
various locations; buddyspizza.com
Let’s be real. We would absolutely endure insane weather conditions to eat just one slice of Buddy’s Detroit-style pizza because it is better than good. It’s iconic. Thankfully, though, we don’t have to because Buddy’s is offering heated outdoor dining — tents and shanties — at locations in Downtown Detroit, Dearborn, Lansing, Portage, Troy, and Woodhaven. 
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Buddy’s Pizza

various locations; buddyspizza.com Let’s be real. We would absolutely endure insane weather conditions to eat just one slice of Buddy’s Detroit-style pizza because it is better than good. It’s iconic. Thankfully, though, we don’t have to because Buddy’s is offering heated outdoor dining — tents and shanties — at locations in Downtown Detroit, Dearborn, Lansing, Portage, Troy, and Woodhaven.

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Honest John’s 
488 Selden St., Detroit; 313-832-5646;  honestjohnsdetroit
Men might lie (as suggested by this bar’s popular neon decor) but Honest John’s has got us covered with personal heated dining tents within one big heated tent. Where else would you want to chase your hangover with Butterfinger pancakes and hair of the dog? 
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Honest John’s

488 Selden St., Detroit; 313-832-5646; honestjohnsdetroit Men might lie (as suggested by this bar’s popular neon decor) but Honest John’s has got us covered with personal heated dining tents within one big heated tent. Where else would you want to chase your hangover with Butterfinger pancakes and hair of the dog?

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Black Pearl 
302 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-222-0400; blackpearlannarbor.com
This Ann Arbor eatery has nothing to do with Pirates of the Caribbean but it is a treasure in its own right with an eclectic menu with items like blackened swordfish, Cajun pasta, and beef tips. Instead of igloos, though, Black Pearl has constructed sturdy, heated, and aesthetically pleasing greenhouses for private dining experiences. 
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Black Pearl

302 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-222-0400; blackpearlannarbor.com This Ann Arbor eatery has nothing to do with Pirates of the Caribbean but it is a treasure in its own right with an eclectic menu with items like blackened swordfish, Cajun pasta, and beef tips. Instead of igloos, though, Black Pearl has constructed sturdy, heated, and aesthetically pleasing greenhouses for private dining experiences.

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Champ’s Pub
140 E. Grand River, Brighton; 810-227-4443; champspub.com
If you can deep fry it, you can eat it at Champ’s in Brighton, where bar fare reigns supreme and where you can drink pitchers of beer in a heated igloo like a real champ. Though they only have two available for reservations, there is no minimum spending requirement and guests can dine for an hour and 45 minutes with 4-6 guests. 
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Champ’s Pub

140 E. Grand River, Brighton; 810-227-4443; champspub.com If you can deep fry it, you can eat it at Champ’s in Brighton, where bar fare reigns supreme and where you can drink pitchers of beer in a heated igloo like a real champ. Though they only have two available for reservations, there is no minimum spending requirement and guests can dine for an hour and 45 minutes with 4-6 guests.

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Mint 29 Dearborn 
22000 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-438-0507; mint29.com
Korean BBQ glazed salmon, anyone? This upscale fusion steakhouse and seafood spot in Dearborn is offering igloo dining, each with their own heater and a $150 minimum requirement. 
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Mint 29 Dearborn

22000 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-438-0507; mint29.com Korean BBQ glazed salmon, anyone? This upscale fusion steakhouse and seafood spot in Dearborn is offering igloo dining, each with their own heater and a $150 minimum requirement.

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Royal Oak Brewery
215 E. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-544-1141; royaloakbrewery.com
A brew in an igloo? Don’t mind if we do! Royal Oak Brewery has a frosty, yet toasty, selection of igloos available for reservation and, when reserved on Wednesday, Thursday, or Sunday, there is no minimum. 
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Royal Oak Brewery

215 E. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-544-1141; royaloakbrewery.com
A brew in an igloo? Don’t mind if we do! Royal Oak Brewery has a frosty, yet toasty, selection of igloos available for reservation and, when reserved on Wednesday, Thursday, or Sunday, there is no minimum.

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Watermark Bar and Grille
24420 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores; 586-777-3677; watermarkbarandgrille.com
Eating char-grilled octopus in a clear plastic igloo might seem like something from a dream that a therapist would absolutely link to unresolved fear cephalopods, but at St. Clair Shores' Watermark Bar and Grille, it's a reality. Igloos, which can be reserved online for up to six guests, do not require a deposit, but they will have to put your card on file in case you fail to cancel your reso outside of the 48 hour cancellation period. Better call your therapist in advance, as they also have calamari. 
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Watermark Bar and Grille

24420 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores; 586-777-3677; watermarkbarandgrille.com
Eating char-grilled octopus in a clear plastic igloo might seem like something from a dream that a therapist would absolutely link to unresolved fear cephalopods, but at St. Clair Shores' Watermark Bar and Grille, it's a reality. Igloos, which can be reserved online for up to six guests, do not require a deposit, but they will have to put your card on file in case you fail to cancel your reso outside of the 48 hour cancellation period. Better call your therapist in advance, as they also have calamari.

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Amici’s Kitchen and Living Room 
3249 12 Mile Rd., Berkley; 248-544-4100; amiciskitchenandlivingroom.com
You can take the tent out of the pizza, you know, those little plastic circle things, but at Amici’s Kitchen and Living Room in Berkley, the pizza doesn’t leave the tent. Though Amici’s cozy patio atmosphere may not seat a ton of people, which is, obviously, a good thing, they do have plenty of room far martinis (also a good thing.)
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Amici’s Kitchen and Living Room

3249 12 Mile Rd., Berkley; 248-544-4100; amiciskitchenandlivingroom.com
You can take the tent out of the pizza, you know, those little plastic circle things, but at Amici’s Kitchen and Living Room in Berkley, the pizza doesn’t leave the tent. Though Amici’s cozy patio atmosphere may not seat a ton of people, which is, obviously, a good thing, they do have plenty of room far martinis (also a good thing.)

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Tavern at Tina’s
50870 North Ave., Macomb; 586-949-2288; thetavernattinas.com
We don’t know who Tina is but we want to eat at her Tavern or, at the very least, igloos at Tina’s Tavern. Offering elevated bar fare like fish and chips, pizza, and chicken strips, Tina’s has four spacious, carpeted, and climate controlled igloos available for reservation for parties of up to eight people. Each reservation has a three hour dining limit and a $300 minimum with a $25 gratuity and a $50 deposit on Friday and Saturday. However, on kids night, aka Monday, there are no minimum spend requirements and kids under 10 get a free ice cream sundae. 
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Tavern at Tina’s

50870 North Ave., Macomb; 586-949-2288; thetavernattinas.com
We don’t know who Tina is but we want to eat at her Tavern or, at the very least, igloos at Tina’s Tavern. Offering elevated bar fare like fish and chips, pizza, and chicken strips, Tina’s has four spacious, carpeted, and climate controlled igloos available for reservation for parties of up to eight people. Each reservation has a three hour dining limit and a $300 minimum with a $25 gratuity and a $50 deposit on Friday and Saturday. However, on kids night, aka Monday, there are no minimum spend requirements and kids under 10 get a free ice cream sundae.

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Lake Inn Lapeer
3711 Hunt Rd., Lapeer; 810-667-09411; lakeinnlapeer.com
It’s a little like eating a burger in front of a cow but at Lake Inn Lapeer, which has a seafood-focused menu, they’ve got igloos on the deck overlooking the lake, you know, home to pre-cooked sea creatures. All that is required to reserve a waterfront igloo is a willingness to spend $150 minimum on food and drinks Monday-Thursday or $200 minimum Friday through Sunday. 
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Lake Inn Lapeer

3711 Hunt Rd., Lapeer; 810-667-09411; lakeinnlapeer.com
It’s a little like eating a burger in front of a cow but at Lake Inn Lapeer, which has a seafood-focused menu, they’ve got igloos on the deck overlooking the lake, you know, home to pre-cooked sea creatures. All that is required to reserve a waterfront igloo is a willingness to spend $150 minimum on food and drinks Monday-Thursday or $200 minimum Friday through Sunday.

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