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Outdoor Dining Options for Summer in Ludington

To add to precautions visitors are already taking due to the coronavirus, Ludington restaurants are offering outdoor dining options and services that are new for summertime. We’ve caught up with local establishments to find out what they’re doing, so we can let you know where to find options that will make your dining experience comfortable.

Indoor dining is at half-capacity, and here’s where you can find Lake Michigan breezes as you enjoy a socially distant meal al fresco:

Waterfront Views

Jamesport Brewing Company is a popular spot with a deck overlooking Pere Marquette Lake and Lake Michigan. Its staff members wear masks for your safety, and you won’t be disappointed in the Ludington-brewed beer and chef-crafted entrees, which you can enjoy outside with your crew. Jamesport has also added a picnic table area overlooking the marina, where you can take a to-go order.

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Just a few doors down on James Street, Timbers Bar & Grill has an outdoor deck and menu featuring fresh steaks and seafood, raw bar and drink specials.

You might also enjoy the seasonally changing menu at Ludington’s classic establishment, P.M. Steamers, with a variety of steaks and seafood and a view of the Ludington Municipal Marina and SS badger as it enters the port. Enjoy the chef’s daily feature and a sangria on the patio.

Pub Patios and Beer Gardens

Ludington Bay Brewing Company has a spacious 1,500-square-foot patio that is often the place to catch Ludington’s local musicians performing. There are 24 beers on tap, and you won’t want to miss Summer Fling, a seasonal favorite. Sportsman’s Restaurant & Bar is a great place to grab a pizza, wings or a burger to-go, with your favorite brew from the adjacent Mitten Bar - and you can take it all to the outdoor courtyard seating.

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Curbside Dining

For a skyline view of the city, climb the hidden staircase to Over the Moon, Blu Moon Bistro’s rooftop patio, featuring a more casual menu from its downstairs counterpart, like lobster nachos and poutine. Additionally, a sidewalk patio at the street level serves sushi and entrees from the bistro menu - plus, your pooch can join you. 

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You might also try the Charleston-inspired dishes of Table 14, with daily features and decadent desserts. Across the street is an Italian favorite, Luciano’s Ristoranti, where you can enjoy award-winning pastas and pizzas. For a quieter corner, head to Cafe 106 for a scrumptious breakfast or brunch at an outside table.

Picnic Takeout

Offering slow-roasted barbecue with Southern sides, The Q Smokehouse has added a pick-up window, as well as outdoor seating. It offers delicious hot meals like chicken, beef brisket, pork tenderloin and chipped pork, smoked daily on site, and the restaurant has family picnic deals for the Fourth of July holiday. 

Head east from downtown Ludington on US-10 to The 10 Spot, Ludington’s food truck area. Here you will find outside seating and some amazing food truck fare from Lakeside Wiener Wagon & BBQ, ROAST’d (serving corn on the cob and gourmet potatoes) and Krave Frozen Yogurt. Another food truck with a picnic area is the Cluck Bucket on Pere Marquette 

Highway. Try the roasted half chicken meal, pulled chicken sandwich or chicken nachos.


If you’re looking for ice cream takeout, get curbside service at House of Flavors Restaurant or head into Kilwin’s for a tasty, hand-dipped cone.

Parks and Picnic Areas

Most restaurants are continuing to offer takeout and curbside services during the pandemic. If you’re taking your food to go, head to James Street Plaza, Waterfront Park or Stearns Park for outdoor seating options. For a complete list of parks in the area, check here.

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Stay Safe

No matter how you are dining or drinking while visiting, be sure to check out the Stay Safe Mason County website has been launched to let you know how Ludington and Mason County businesses are working to keep you safe. Find out which precautions are in place for the comfort and safety of patrons.

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