24124 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores; 586-445-8080; browniesonthelake.com
It's only natural that a restaurant in St. Clair Shores would win honors for its patio, given the way establishments on the Nautical Mile are right on the water. Brownies has water access in spades too. You can boat right up to the finger piers and walk onto the patio, which is a nice one. It has a bar, seats 120, and has some tables where you could fish from your seat if you wanted. Amenities include umbrellas and heat lamps, and often a band or a DJ.