10 Metro Detroit Waterfront Restaurants

Megan Lasley

Metro Detroit has something for everyone, even for those who are looking for waterfront views. We have created a list of elegant, tropical, and different waterfront restaurants in Metro Detroit with spectacular views and locations to explore, no matter the time of year.

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  • 1

    JP's Waterfront

    JP's Waterfront - Middle Gibraltar Road, Gibraltar MI

    This family-owned bar and grill reside in the heart of the Humbug Marina, offering waterfront views to enjoy a JP’s burger, fresh fish, or steak.

  • 2

    Freighters Eatery and Taproom

    Freighters Eatery & Taproom - Harker Street, Port Huron MI

    Located on the St. Clair River, Freighters Eatery and Taproom offers a menu of locally sourced, scratch-made culinary options. The restaurant features outdoor riverfront seating and a fireplace lounge. Their commitment to the Michigan community is prevalent through their local seasonal menu, creative cocktails, and Michigan craft beers and wines.

  • 3

    Mike’s on the Water

    Mike's on the Water - Jefferson Avenue, St. Clair Shores MI

    Inspired by Florida’s culture, owner Michael LeFevre spent seven years in Miami looking for inspiration for his restaurant. The St. Clair Shores staple sits right on the water with stained floors, booths, and high-top chairs on display. The menu features unique cuisine like mini fish burgers and fried bologna sandwiches.

  • 4

    The Waterfront Wyandotte

    The Waterfront Wyandotte - Biddle Avenue, Wyandotte MI

    Located beside the Detroit River, The Waterfront Wyandotte combines beautiful views and a unique culinary experience. Choose between patio seating, dining room, or the rooftop lounge.

  • 5

    Coriander Kitchen and Farm

    Coriander Kitchen and Farm - Riverside Boulevard, Detroit MI

    This unique eatery is housed in Detroit River Sports and sits canal-side to the Detroit River. The menu boasts classic pub-style selections and unique seasonal delights, grown on their farm.

  • 6

    Sindbad’s Restaurant and Marina

    Sindbad's Restaurant and Marina - Saint Clair Street, Detroit MI

    Considered a Detroit staple, Sinbad's Restaurant and Marina have been around since 1942. Made famous by their menu, composed of seafood, Angus steaks, half-pound Angus burgers, and homemade Clam Chowder. This restaurant is a staple among boaters and locals.

  • 7

    Portofino on the River Restaurant, Banquet, and Cruise Center

    Portofino Restaurant & Banquet - Biddle Avenue, Wyandotte MI

    Have the choice to eat on land or water. Portofino’s offers indoor and outdoor seating or events on the Boblo boat named the friendship. They do not accept reservations for indoor or outdoor dining but are required for public and private cruises.

  • 8

    Whiskeys on the Water

    Whiskeys on the Water - Biddle Avenue, Wyandotte MI

    Since March 2016, Whiskeys on the Water has been providing American fare dishes and classic cocktails. In line with its name, the restaurant offers customers a unique and broad selection of whiskey. They also trained staff in the art of whiskey to guide and educate customers on their ideal drink.

  • 9

    Brownies On The Lake

    Brownie's on the Lake - Jefferson Avenue, St. Clair Shores MI

    Step into a tropical getaway at Brownies. Located on the Nautical Mile on Lake St. Clair, the newly redesigned restaurant offers food, fun, and drinks. Choose between their three bars and enjoy nightly live entertainment and a dance floor to dance the night away.

  • 10

    WaterMark Bar and Grille

    WaterMark Bar and Grille - Jefferson Avenue, St. Clair Shores MI

    Experience waterfront dining, no matter the time of year. WaterMark Bar and Grille offers something for everyone. With an extensive selection of Michigan-made craft beers or their selection of 22 rotating beers on tap, there is always something new to drink. Their menu also offers comfort food delicacies, like lobster mac and cheese.

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