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Five Worthy Waterfronts to Whet Your Appetite


Courtesy of Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge

Summer in Minnesota is synonymous with two things: road construction, and the perfect weather for time spent outside. Better yet, time spent outside enjoying a drink with a mouth-watering dish in front of you. We’ve done the homework so you don’t have to and rounded up some of the best outdoor dining the Twin Cities has to offer. All that is left to do is get out and enjoy.



In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, locals prefer their meals with a dash of waterfront views, and there is enough shoreline for seconds and thirds to fill your summer. We have rounded up five of the best.

Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge

If you have a taste for the weird, voodoo and tiki lounges, then step onto this patio and experience the madness for yourself. This Polynesian-themed party prides itself on delicious food and tasty concoctions to go along with kitschy décor. The view is not half bad, either. Situated on the banks of the Mississippi River, it is the perfect place for an island getaway in the city. Just be sure to bring your sense of humor, and your four-legged friend(s) to this dog friendly patio. 

1900 Marshall St. NE., Minneapolis, 612-788-9069, psychosuzis.com

The Wharf at Lord Fletcher’s

Minnesota lake life reaches its peak at one of Lake Minnetonka’s most cherished waterside retreats. Rock out to a variety of live music Thursdays through Sundays, or serve it up on one of their sand volleyball courts while enjoying a menu full of house creations and restaurant mainstays from one of three bars. And what’s a trip to the lake without everyone’s favorite beachfront dessert—s’mores? They even let you roast the ‘mallows yourself, so you get to decide if you want a golden piece of perfection or the charred remains of a fireball between your grahams and chocolate. 

3746 Sunset Drive, Spring Park, 952-471-8513, lordfletchers.com 


There are few activities in Wayzata that do not revolve around the lake. But can you blame them? It’s tough to beat the sea blue panoramic views and rays of sunshine of our summers. Throw in jam-packed menus full of seafood and non-fish options with dual outdoor seating areas, and you have all the makings for a perfect day or evening on the water. All that is left to do is dock your vessel in one of the many slips or yellow-lined asphalt spaces, and pull up a chair at this lakeside patio. 

 294 E. Grove Lane, Wayzata, 952-698-7900, 6smith.com

Aster Café

St. Anthony Main is known for its pristine views of the Mississippi River and Stone Arch Bridge, and this patio encapsulates the beauty of both. Their alluring European-esque courtyard is covered by a blanket of shade from the many trees guarding the outside, making sure guests are always comfortable even when the thermometer itself is beading with sweat. Dine on any of their flatbread pizzas, sandwiches and salads, and quench your thirst with craft beers, cocktails and wine.

125 Mainstreet SE, Minneapolis, 612-379-3138, astercafe.com 

Sea Change

If dinner and a show had a definition in the dictionary, there would be a picture of Sea Change next to it. Being connected to the Guthrie Theater means guests always have pristine views of the Mississippi River and Stone Arch Bridge, and a wealth of entertainment options right at their fingertips. Not a fan of fish? No problem. Their menu is as diverse as the genres of shows gracing the stage. 

806 S. Second St., Minneapolis, 612-225-6499, seachangempls.com


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