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Frozen rosé on the new deck at The Lexington, opening Tuesday the 12th
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Frozen rosé on the new deck at The Lexington, opening Tuesday the 12th
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Summer may have passed, but there are still new patios opening to the public. It is a Minnesotan's obligation to the weather gods to not waste a single meal sitting indoors. So, whether its an oasis among the city streets, dining pretty much on top of the Mississippi River or a French bistro or on the lake, consider this your outdoor dining bucket list. We welcome newly opened patios Grand Cafe and Revival.

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Sea Salt Eatery

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The undisputed Queen Bee of sort-of-waterside eateries, Sea Salt serves the freshest seafood obtainable in our landlocked state. The lines are long at this seasonal curator of oysters, shrimp and all things seafood, but it’s all worth it when you finally tip back a Crispin and bite into that Cajun Grilled Catfish Po’ Boy.
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Sandcastle

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Doug Flicker and Amy Greeley’s seasonal spot on the shores of Lake Nokomis is as summery as Minnesota gets, offering fun finger foods like fried cheese curds, sweet corn fritters and of course, the iconic Dog Flicker. It's an all-beef frank topped with tangy kimchi, a golden fried egg and peppy fresh cilantro. Don't miss the epic Friday night fried chicken special.
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Red River Kitchen at City House

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Why dine near the river when you could be actually on top of it. Red River Kitchen at City House offers gorgeous views of the Mississippi, fantastic tacos and a perfect gin and tonic.

Hola Arepa

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It's not patio season until you've visited the indoor/outdoor turquoise-tinged beauty at Hola Arepa. Whether sitting on the actual patio or just basking the sunshine at the open-air/indoor bar, this place eats and drinks like endless South American summer.

Bellecour

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Gavin Kaysen's stunning new French bistro has added a patio that's worth with all the French bubbles, daquiris and country pate you can handle.
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Grand Cafe

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This new version of this classic French bistro is drawing raves for its classic French fare from nationally renowned chefs Jamie Malone and Erik Anderson, but it's the new patio seats that are drawing neighborhood fans night after night. Tuck into those plush blush pillows and be enveloped by the aroma of nearby Jasmine planters. There are even a couple of nearly-hidden seats in the little alley next to the restaurant.

Revival

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St. Paul's fried chicken and barbecue hot spot has added some very welcome new seats out in their backyard oasis. Gorgeous wood tables and pretty flowers set the stage in the heart of St. Paul's Cathedral Hill neighborhood.
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Pryes Brewing Company

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It's right by the Mississippi river with Red Wagon pizza on site. The new Pryes Brewering is an ideal outdoor setting in Northeast.

Nightingale

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The sidewalk outside this beloved neighborhood restaurant recently got an upgrade. There's shade, the cocktail and small plate Nightingale is known for and as always, the lively people watching of Lyndale Avenue.

The Lexington

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Now that the new era of the Lexington, the historic restaurant on Grand Avenue in St. Paul, is fully rolling, it's time for owners Jack Riebel, Josh Thoma and Kevin Fitzgerald to enter the next phase of its restoration: the addition of a rooftop patio. The sunny space overlooks the back lot and has a special dedicated menu (and kitchen) along with a huge bar. It's bar food with sticky orange chicken wings and more plus tiki drinks and frose. (That's frozen rose.)
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Sea Salt Eatery

Katie Cannon
The undisputed Queen Bee of sort-of-waterside eateries, Sea Salt serves the freshest seafood obtainable in our landlocked state. The lines are long at this seasonal curator of oysters, shrimp and all things seafood, but it’s all worth it when you finally tip back a Crispin and bite into that Cajun Grilled Catfish Po’ Boy.
Katie Cannon

Sandcastle

Katie Cannon
Doug Flicker and Amy Greeley’s seasonal spot on the shores of Lake Nokomis is as summery as Minnesota gets, offering fun finger foods like fried cheese curds, sweet corn fritters and of course, the iconic Dog Flicker. It's an all-beef frank topped with tangy kimchi, a golden fried egg and peppy fresh cilantro. Don't miss the epic Friday night fried chicken special.
Katie Cannon

Red River Kitchen at City House

Why dine near the river when you could be actually on top of it. Red River Kitchen at City House offers gorgeous views of the Mississippi, fantastic tacos and a perfect gin and tonic.

Hola Arepa

It's not patio season until you've visited the indoor/outdoor turquoise-tinged beauty at Hola Arepa. Whether sitting on the actual patio or just basking the sunshine at the open-air/indoor bar, this place eats and drinks like endless South American summer.

Bellecour

Gavin Kaysen
Gavin Kaysen's stunning new French bistro has added a patio that's worth with all the French bubbles, daquiris and country pate you can handle.
Gavin Kaysen

Grand Cafe

This new version of this classic French bistro is drawing raves for its classic French fare from nationally renowned chefs Jamie Malone and Erik Anderson, but it's the new patio seats that are drawing neighborhood fans night after night. Tuck into those plush blush pillows and be enveloped by the aroma of nearby Jasmine planters. There are even a couple of nearly-hidden seats in the little alley next to the restaurant.

Revival

Joy Summers
St. Paul's fried chicken and barbecue hot spot has added some very welcome new seats out in their backyard oasis. Gorgeous wood tables and pretty flowers set the stage in the heart of St. Paul's Cathedral Hill neighborhood.
Joy Summers

Pryes Brewing Company

It's right by the Mississippi river with Red Wagon pizza on site. The new Pryes Brewering is an ideal outdoor setting in Northeast.

Nightingale

The sidewalk outside this beloved neighborhood restaurant recently got an upgrade. There's shade, the cocktail and small plate Nightingale is known for and as always, the lively people watching of Lyndale Avenue.

The Lexington

Photo courtesy The Lexington Photo courtesy The Lexington
Now that the new era of the Lexington, the historic restaurant on Grand Avenue in St. Paul, is fully rolling, it's time for owners Jack Riebel, Josh Thoma and Kevin Fitzgerald to enter the next phase of its restoration: the addition of a rooftop patio. The sunny space overlooks the back lot and has a special dedicated menu (and kitchen) along with a huge bar. It's bar food with sticky orange chicken wings and more plus tiki drinks and frose. (That's frozen rose.)
Photo courtesy The Lexington Photo courtesy The Lexington

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