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The 11 Hottest Patios to Bask in the Spring Sunshine

Where to eat sticky rice, snappy sausages, and fresh pasta outside

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After heroic survival of another overly long winter, it’s finally time to head out into the warm sunshine. These new patios are where to flock when the weather cooperates.

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1. Grand Cafe

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3804 Grand Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 822-8260
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Jamie Malone’s French bistro nabbed her a James Beard award nomination, but locals have known from day one that a bottle of something bubbly and a seat on the sidewalk patio are the best way to soak in the warm evening air.

Get that foie crueller situation out here
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2. Butcher & The Boar

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1121 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 238-8888
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An ideal outdoor dining experience for when the weather can still be a bit fickle. The covered beer garden also serves those famous Butcher & the Boar sausages with a whole lot of beer and bourbon.

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3. Hola Arepa

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3501 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 345-5583
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One of the most fun patios in town is open again and sporting a jazzy, upgraded menu. The classic arepas are still there, but the extended menu lets everything glorious about the way this South American restaurant puts a plate together shine.

Photo by Joy Summers
Photo by Joy Summers
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4. Monello

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1115 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 353-6207
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Downtown Minneapolis’ best happy hour patio that’s right by the hustle and bustle, but hidden enough not to be overwhelmed by the city noise. The cocktails and wine selections are world class and the snacks are an ideal bit of elegance to cap off a work day.

5. Hai Hai

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2121 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 223-8640
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Tropical drinks, Southeast Asian dishes that are made for eating in the sun, Hai Hai is a delight from start to finish. Feast on some of the dishes that nabbed chef / co-owner Christina Nguyen a James Beard nomination while sitting around the bright oilcloth tablecloths. The giant sloth mural only adds to the fun.

Brightly colored metal bar stools surround an open bar window
Indoor/Outdoor bar seats
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6. Bardo

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222 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 886-8404
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One of the iconic patios of Minneapolis just keeps getting better and better. Bardo serves elegant food, wine, exceptional cocktails and offers a rare fine-dining-on-a-Monday experience. The patio is just steps from downtown Minneapolis in Northeast.

Chef Remy is smiling, behind him is an arch int he restaurant, painted with a mural of the Hennepin Avenue bridge
Chef Remy Pettus of Bardo
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7. Centro

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1414 Quincy St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 345-5527
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The single best stop for mezcal slushies and tacos in the Twin Cities. Enjoy the industrial cool views ofthe old train tracks and the vibrant street art beauty of Centro’s exterior murals.

Taco time
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8. The Bungalow Club

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4300 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 866-3334
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This famously serene patio in the heart of the city is now open for the season. The Bungalow Club is known for fantastic fresh pastas, ever changing seasonal dishes and a knockout beverage program. Sip the new mezcal paloma or order an affordable bottle to share.

Old Fashioned on the patio
Joy Summers/Eater Twin Cities

9. Waldmann Brewery & Wurstery

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445 Smith Ave N
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 222-1857
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The ancient building harkens back to the days when Saint Paul was better known as Pig’s Eye. Enjoy the beer garden with a mug of the fantastically toasty Dunkel and a selection of the snappy sausages.

The old stone exterior of Waldmann
Home to a proper old fashioned beer garden
Waldmann Brewery/Facebook

10. Meritage

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410 St Peter St
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 222-5670
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This gorgeous French brassiere has opened the sidewalk seats for a perfect vantage point for watching the hustle and bustle of downtown Saint Paul with a glass of something bubble near at hand. Indulge in the raw bar or a classic bowl of moules frites.

11. Brunson's Pub

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956 Payne Ave
St Paul, MN 55130
(651) 447-2483
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The Eater Award winner for Best Dive Bar revival also sports a sneaky little patio that’s a lush hideaway in the middle of the city. Order up the classic bar food fare that’s given a cheffy makeover like the crusty chicken thigh “wings.”

A long, narrow patio with black metal tables and blue umbrellas facing a green, ivy covered wall
A city oasis
Brunson’s/Facebook

1. Grand Cafe

3804 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Get that foie crueller situation out here
Grand Cafe/Facebook

Jamie Malone’s French bistro nabbed her a James Beard award nomination, but locals have known from day one that a bottle of something bubbly and a seat on the sidewalk patio are the best way to soak in the warm evening air.

3804 Grand Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55409

2. Butcher & The Boar

1121 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Butcher & the Boar/Facebook

An ideal outdoor dining experience for when the weather can still be a bit fickle. The covered beer garden also serves those famous Butcher & the Boar sausages with a whole lot of beer and bourbon.

1121 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

3. Hola Arepa

3501 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Photo by Joy Summers
Photo by Joy Summers
Joy Summers

One of the most fun patios in town is open again and sporting a jazzy, upgraded menu. The classic arepas are still there, but the extended menu lets everything glorious about the way this South American restaurant puts a plate together shine.

3501 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

4. Monello

1115 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Downtown Minneapolis’ best happy hour patio that’s right by the hustle and bustle, but hidden enough not to be overwhelmed by the city noise. The cocktails and wine selections are world class and the snacks are an ideal bit of elegance to cap off a work day.

1115 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403

5. Hai Hai

2121 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Brightly colored metal bar stools surround an open bar window
Indoor/Outdoor bar seats
Hai Hai/Facebook

Tropical drinks, Southeast Asian dishes that are made for eating in the sun, Hai Hai is a delight from start to finish. Feast on some of the dishes that nabbed chef / co-owner Christina Nguyen a James Beard nomination while sitting around the bright oilcloth tablecloths. The giant sloth mural only adds to the fun.

2121 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

6. Bardo

222 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Chef Remy is smiling, behind him is an arch int he restaurant, painted with a mural of the Hennepin Avenue bridge
Chef Remy Pettus of Bardo
Kevin Kramer / Eater Twin Cities

One of the iconic patios of Minneapolis just keeps getting better and better. Bardo serves elegant food, wine, exceptional cocktails and offers a rare fine-dining-on-a-Monday experience. The patio is just steps from downtown Minneapolis in Northeast.

222 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414

7. Centro

1414 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Taco time
Centro/Facebook

The single best stop for mezcal slushies and tacos in the Twin Cities. Enjoy the industrial cool views ofthe old train tracks and the vibrant street art beauty of Centro’s exterior murals.

1414 Quincy St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

8. The Bungalow Club

4300 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Old Fashioned on the patio
Joy Summers/Eater Twin Cities

This famously serene patio in the heart of the city is now open for the season. The Bungalow Club is known for fantastic fresh pastas, ever changing seasonal dishes and a knockout beverage program. Sip the new mezcal paloma or order an affordable bottle to share.

4300 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55406

9. Waldmann Brewery & Wurstery

445 Smith Ave N, St Paul, MN 55102
The old stone exterior of Waldmann
Home to a proper old fashioned beer garden
Waldmann Brewery/Facebook

The ancient building harkens back to the days when Saint Paul was better known as Pig’s Eye. Enjoy the beer garden with a mug of the fantastically toasty Dunkel and a selection of the snappy sausages.

445 Smith Ave N
St Paul, MN 55102

10. Meritage

410 St Peter St, St Paul, MN 55102

This gorgeous French brassiere has opened the sidewalk seats for a perfect vantage point for watching the hustle and bustle of downtown Saint Paul with a glass of something bubble near at hand. Indulge in the raw bar or a classic bowl of moules frites.

410 St Peter St
St Paul, MN 55102

11. Brunson's Pub

956 Payne Ave, St Paul, MN 55130
A long, narrow patio with black metal tables and blue umbrellas facing a green, ivy covered wall
A city oasis
Brunson’s/Facebook

The Eater Award winner for Best Dive Bar revival also sports a sneaky little patio that’s a lush hideaway in the middle of the city. Order up the classic bar food fare that’s given a cheffy makeover like the crusty chicken thigh “wings.”

956 Payne Ave
St Paul, MN 55130

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