Whether its old favorites or newcomers, St. Paul has plenty of bars and restaurants teeming with pretty patios that are just waiting for sunny days to bring people out in droves. Everyone has a different opinion when it comes to where the best places are, but here’s a list that spans the spectrum filled with options that are sure to please.Read More
Eight Essential Patios in Saint Paul
From English garden to hidden oasis, these are the finest outdoor dining seats
1. French Meadow Bakery & Café
Unlike its Minneapolis counterpart, the St. Paul French Meadow has a patio that expands well beyond the few sidewalk tables that the Uptown location offers. Dotted with trees and open to pups, this is an excellent breakfast, lunch, or dinner spot for noshing outside.
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2. Joan's in the Park
This sweet little restaurant teeters on the edge of fancy (business casual attire is “appreciated”), but one cool thing is that customers can request the patio when making a reservation which makes the whole thing so much easier than it is at most other places. The patio is covered yet translucent, which makes for a more comfortable outdoor dining experience on a hot day.
This perpetually popular Cathedral Hill restaurant has a back patio that’s a spacious spot for a glorious southern food eating experience.
4. The Happy Gnome
This excellently lit, tree-filled patio is worth the wait it often commands during the summer. Frequently named the best craft beer bar as well as one of the best places to host a wedding, the Happy Gnome is worth a visit anytime, but especially when it’s warm.
5. W. A. Frost and Company
This expansive back patio has a whimsical yet cozy quality to it that inspires guests to luxuriate outdoors for hours. Not to mention the excellent choice of food and drink to keep customers satiated all the while.
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6. Patrick McGovern's Pub
McGovern’s sun-filled yet covered patio is the perfect choice for year-round “outdoor” dining. When it comes to drinking and dining, guests can expect all kinds of Irish traditions alongside more Minnesotan dishes like fish strips and cheese curds.
7. Dark Horse Bar & Eatery
On sunny days, the sun’s rays shine bright on the Dark Horse’s alley-turned-patio space. Complete with turquoise bar stools for just the right pop of color, this spot is also pup-friendly. This spot makes the list particularly for its late night (11 p.m. to 2 a.m.) happy hour that offers late night outdoor summer eats.
8. Ox Cart Arcade & Rooftop
Located in the heart of Lowertown and blasting with tunes from the ‘80s and ‘90s and an overall style to match, Ox Cart has a beer selection that’s almost as extensive as its game offerings. Recently re-opened thanks to Chef Justin Sutherland, the rooftop patio is a must-see this summer.