Perfect Patios for Fun Outdoor Options

If alfresco dining and drinking are on the agenda this summer, here are more than 50 Minnesota patios to consider
Saint Paul Brewing's patio
Saint Paul Brewing

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Editor’s note: This list originally appeared in June 2023 and we have updated with recent closings. We are also adding new and overlooked patios. Is your favorite not on this list? Email details to

Also see our list of favorite lakefront patios.

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Saint Paul Brewing

St. Paul

Maybe the most unique patio in the Twin Cities, it’s more like a sculpture park nestled between 100-year-old brick buildings. It’s huge, it’s dog-friendly, and there’s a pizza oven in the bed of a 1976 Ford F250 with quality ’za, as well as great smoked-then-fried wings. A magical space with downtown views along the bike trail in Swede Hollow Park. 688 Minnehaha Ave. E., St. Paul

All Saints


If snacking on salt-and-pepper mushrooms with the best gimlet in town while sitting in a lounge chair around a fire pit is your idea of a good time, All Saints is the place for you. Lights twinkle through the trees, which provide enough buffer from the bustle of Hennepin Avenue in northeast Minneapolis to make you feel like you’re somehow home, yet far from it. 222 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Boat Club Restaurant


Most of Minnesota has lakes. Duluth has the lake. The Boat Club, in the lower level of the Fitger’s Brewery Complex, looks toward downtown and the lift bridge. What a spot to watch the sunset while eating the best seafood Duluth has to offer. It’s open for lunch and dinner with the full menu and often has live music on weekends. 600 E. Superior St., Duluth

Brunson’s Pub

St. Paul

A hidden gem on Payne Avenue, eastsiders know that Brunson’s Pub is the ideal hang. It’s a surprisingly large patio framed by tall ivy-colored walls, with some of the best sandwiches in St. Paul. A perfect burger and a pulled-bacon BLT, with a fried egg and avocado, are my favorites. You won’t leave thirsty: Brunson’s has 20 craft beer taps along with cocktails from its longtime bartender-slash-owner. 956 Payne Ave., St. Paul

Buddy Boy Fine Barbeque


Whenever anyone asks me for my favorite barbecue, Buddy Boy is always among my top choices. Now, with a freshly constructed palace befitting the awesome smoked ribs at Buddy Boy, the new patio features live music every Saturday. It’s between Minnetrista and St. Boni, and trust me, the drive is worth it to sit under the summer sun enjoying the perfect balance of smoke and tenderness from executive chef Joe Cox. 8175 MN-7, Minnetrista

Due Focacceria

St. Paul 

There’s something about the casualness of Due Focacceria that feels right. It’s a Mac-Groveland neighborhood restaurant where you can sit with your friends at a picnic table under the canopy overlooking Randolph Avenue. Get one of the sharing boards of ricotta cheese or Italian carne, or the octopus salad with fried pepperoni, pair it with an Aperol spritz, and then rub it in that your neighborhood is the best. 475 Fairview Ave. S., St. Paul

Gai Noi
Gai Noi

Gai Noi


Ann Ahmed knows how to create an outdoor respite. Her patio at Khâluna makes you forget you’re across the street from a south Minneapolis gas station. Her rooftop patio at Gai Noi takes advantage of one of the coolest spots in the city: at the front door of Loring Park, with a glorious skyline view. Plus, it has excellent cocktails, all on tap for fast service. Dip your sticky rice in the tomato jeow and celebrate. 1610 Harmon Place, Minneapolis

Jax Cafe


You’d never know you were in northeast Minneapolis, sitting alongside the stream of rainbow trout behind the iconic Jax Cafe. Trees and an awning provide shade, flowers bring the color. There’s even a fireplace out there. Net your own fish and have the kitchen prepare it, or order the legendary prime rib. 1928 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis

Lolito and LoLo American Kitchen


I love biking to Stillwater (I cheat by hopping on the trail in North St. Paul), and my final destination off the Gateway Trail is almost always the little back patio at LoLo. You can see the lift bridge on the St. Croix, and you can have a terrific cocktail with some fried Brussels sprouts and duck tacos. Then, get ready for the uphill ride back home. 233 Main St. S., Stillwater


Photo by Tonya Sutfin


St. Paul 

A trip to Paris on the streets of St. Paul: Meritage’s sidewalk patio is the most urbane spot in our capital city. You can gaze at the ornate brickwork of the Landmark Center, and you’re also right by Rice Park and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Choose from the best French wine list in the state, enjoy the most interesting oysters with perfectly crisp pommes frites and bearnaise sauce—it doesn’t get better. 410 St. Peter St., St. Paul

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub


Lush landscape and terrific beer complement a menu of smoked meat sandwiches and brewpub favorites. It way overperforms what you’d expect. Easy to bike to in southeast Minneapolis, Northbound has a solar-powered installation on the pergola above the patio. Don’t miss the 18-hour porchetta sandwich with smoked Swiss, or one of the best fried chicken sandwiches in town. 2716 E. 38th St., Minneapolis

Pedro's Del Este
Pedro’s Del Este


San Pedro Cafe and Pedro’s Pizza Lounge

Hudson, Wisconsin 

Hudson, Wisconsin, has some terrific outdoor dining, but when I want to be transported to a warm-weather vacation, it has to be the patios at side-by-side restaurants San Pedro Cafe and Pedro’s Pizza Lounge (previously called Pedro’s del Este). Bold Caribbean flavors and bold flowers match at San Pedro. Next door, enjoy New York style pizza by the pie or the slice as the sun sets in the patio. 426 Second St., Hudson, Wisconsin (San Pedro Cafe); 212 Walnut St., Hudson, Wisconsin (Pedro’s Pizza Lounge)

Eat Street Crossing
Eat Street Crossing

Photo by Kevin Kramer

Minneapolis Restaurants

Butcher’s Tale

1121 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis,

Café & Bar Lurcat

Café & Bar Lurcat

Café & Bar Lurcat

1624 Harmon Place, Minneapolis,


729 N. Washington Ave., Minneapolis,

Hai Hai

2121 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis,

Jax Cafe

1928 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis,

Eat Street Crossing

2819 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis,


245 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis,

The Market at Malcolm Yards

501 30th Ave. SE, Minneapolis,


4312 Upton Ave. S., Minneapolis,

Sea Salt

4801 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis,

The Buttered Tin

2445 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis,

Hewing Hotel
Hewing Hotel


Rooftop Restaurants

B-52 Burgers & Brew

5639 Bishop Ave., Inver Grove Heights,

Brit’s Pub

1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis,

Louis Ristorante & Bar

211 Seventh St. W., St. Paul,

Union Rooftop

731 Hennepin Ave., No. 1, Minneapolis,

Hewing Hotel

300 N. Washington Ave., Minneapolis,

Travail Kitchen & Amusements

4134 Hubbard Ave. N., Robbinsdale,

W.A. Frost and Co.
W.A. Frost and Co.

Darin Kamnetz

St. Paul Restaurants

Boca Chica Restaurant

11 Cesar Chavez St., St. Paul,

Brunson’s Pub

956 Payne Ave., St. Paul,

El Burrito Mercado

175 Cesar Chavez St., St. Paul,

The Gnome Craft Pub

498 Selby Ave., St. Paul,

Groveland Tap

1834 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul,

Handsome Hog

173 Western Ave. N., St. Paul,

Iron Ranger

1085 Grand Ave., St. Paul,

W.A. Frost and Co.

374 Selby Ave., No. 1825, St. Paul, 

Joan’s in the Park

631 Snelling Ave. S., St. Paul,

Moscow on the Hill

371 Selby Ave., St. Paul,


786 Randolph Ave., St. Paul,

Nico’s Taco and Tequila Bar

2260 Como Ave., St. Paul,

The Buttered Tin

237 Seventh St. E., St. Paul,

O’Shaughnessy Distilling Co.
O’Shaughnessy Distilling Co.


Breweries & Distilleries

Bad Weather Brewing Co.

414 Seventh St. W., St. Paul,

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

1832 W. Michigan St., Duluth,

Bricksworth Beer Co.

12257B Nicollet Ave., Burnsville, and 305 N 5th Ave Suite 105, Minneapolis,

Forager Brewery and Cafe

1005 Sixth St. NW, Rochester,

Fulton Taproom

414 N. Sixth Ave., Minneapolis,

Indeed Brewing Co.

711 NE 15th Ave., Minneapolis,

La Doña Cervecería

241 Fremont Ave. N., Minneapolis,

Saint Paul Brewing

688 Minnehaha Ave. E., St. Paul,

Sociable Cider Werks

1500 Fillmore St. NE, Minneapolis,

Surly Brewing Co.

520 Malcolm Ave. SE, Minneapolis,

Utepils Brewing

225 Thomas Ave. N., No. 700, Minneapolis,

Waldmann Brewery

445 Smith Ave. N., St. Paul,

O’Shaughnessy Distilling Co.

600 Malcolm Ave. SE, Minneapolis,



Suburban Restaurants


294 Grove Lane E., Wayzata,

Lucky’s 13 Pub (Mendota)

1352 Sibley Memorial Highway, Mendota,

Nouvelle Kitchen & Brewery

Nouvelle Kitchen & Brewery

Nouvelle Kitchen & Brewery

4124 W. Broadway, Robbinsdale,

Osteria I Nonni

981 Sibley Memorial Highway, Mendota Heights,

Pittsburgh Blue Steakhouse

3220 W. 70th St., Edina,

Stockyards Tavern & Chophouse

456 Concord Exchange S., South St. Paul,