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The Gnome just opened with an expansive patio
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18 Saint Paul Patios Opening and Serving Around the City

From English garden to rooftops, these are the finest outdoor spots

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The Gnome just opened with an expansive patio
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This summer has been unlike any other. While most things have been not great, one shining light is that there has never been more patio space for those looking for outdoor dining spaces. Below are classics, new, and expanded patios around Saint Paul for those looking to enjoy. Please plan ahead, check for openings and make a reservation. Masks are required at all Minnesota restaurants.

This map is sorted geographically from west to east.

A number of Minneapolis restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Minnesota Health Department. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Joan's in the Park

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Nestled into a stretch of Snelling Avenue in Highland Park, Joan’s in the Park’s patio has long been a destination for outdoor diners. Intimate, but spaced out it’s ideal for date nights.

The Lexington

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Lofted up over this Grand Avenue restaurant, the rooftop has its own entrance off the parking lot. The Lex is one of the best spots for frosé. The snacky menu differs from the more elegant dining room. It’s an ideal antidote to the steamy streets below. There always seems to be a breeze up on this rooftop.

Close up of a glass filled with pink slush, a peach slice and a sprig of thyme
Frosé all day when the Lex patio’s open
Joy Summers/Eater Twin Cities

IRON RANGER

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The back patio behind Iron Ranger is a gorgeous little reprieve from Grand Avenue. The restaurant and pub is stacked with favorite dishes for anyone who grew up, or loves to visit the part of Northern Minnesota that the restaurant is named for.

Facing the Iron Ranger’s front window is a cutting board loaded with nachos next to a pint of beer Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

Salut Bar Americain

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Popular with shoppers along this retail-packed stretch of Grand Avenue, Salut serves hefty portions of diet-wrecking French delights.

The French Hen Cafe

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Perfect for breakfast and lunch patio goers, the French Hen has a pretty little sidewalk patio space dotting Selby Avenue.

The Gnome

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Just opened by Brian and Sarah Ingram from Hope Breakfast Bar, with Justin Sutherland overseeing the menu, this patio is not messing around. It streaches around the building with a huge fireplace and dangling hammock chairs.

A patio at dusk, topped with bistro lights, under a tree
The expansive new patio at The Gnome
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La Grolla

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A gated garden accompanies this little Italian bistro. A modest two levels feels like its tucked into someone’s impeccably landscaped backyard. The chill neighborhood vibes give the space the feel of somewhere your mom would love to go as well as an ideal first date destination.

The exterior of the restaurant on a sunny day with a 3 ft tall Italian-ish chef figurine out front
A gorgeous stop in a neighborhood that’s full of fabulous patios
La Grolla [Official]

Handsome Hog

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Justin Sutherland’s relocated Southern restaurant has the most popular patio of summer (so far.) The large area is accented with florals and a couple of fire pits.

New location means a new patio for The Handsome Hog
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W. A. Frost and Company

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Mention patios in St. Paul and invariably, someone will recommend W.A. Frost. The bar and dining area behind this historic restaurant are shaded by giant trees, and surrounded by gorgeous gardens. Because it’s the most beautiful patio in the Twin Cities, it’s also the most popular. The host staff run hot and cold: sometimes welcoming and sometimes you’ll be told with a sneer that there’s no room ever, for the end of all time. Bring a little patience, a c’est la vie attitude, and deep pockets.

lush patio around a brick fire pit with whicker furniture all surrounded by lush foliage from the giant trees around it
An icon in outdoor dining
W.A. Frost [Official]

New this year, this West 7th eatery has expanded its historic train car space to include new outdoor dining. Tori is known for its ramen, but the menu covers all kinds of snacks, and cocktails.

Moscow on the Hill

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Those in the know will find this tucked away, private-feeling patio serving arctic-cold martinis just off Selby Avenue.

Day by Day Cafe

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Step out into the garden behind this little cafe and its hard to believe it’s located right on St. Paul’s busy West 7th thoroughfare. Day by Day also has a newly installed, fire-burned, outdoor pizza oven.

Waldmann Brewery

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Located just over the high bridge and one block off West 7th, this German brewery serves snappy sausages and serious pretzels alongside the beer. The casual beer garden is a family-friendly affair.

Hope Breakfast Bar

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In the middle of this strange summer, the city of Saint Paul has closed down Leech Street so that Hope Breakfast Bar is able to move operations outside. This new restaurant serves breakfast all day with specialty coffee drinks and cocktails.

Patrick McGovern's Pub

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McGovern’s is a neighborhood bar with a stunner of a patio underneath a retractible roof and this year it’s been expanded into the back of the restaurant as well. It is an oasis that just happens to serve chicken fingers.

Black Dog Cafe

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This lovely sidewalk patio is flanked by the historic buildings of Lowertown and just steps away from the St. Paul Farmers Market.

El Burrito Mercado

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This St. Paul dining icon has a beautiful patio tucked into the lively restaurant space. It’s a gorgeous setting for the Mexican fare and margaritas St. Paul has long known and loved.

Brunson's Pub

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A gorgeous patio outside a dive bar is completely unexpected, and yet, here we are. Located on the side of the building and completed sheltered from the street, Brunson’s patio feels like it could have been transported from some hip Brooklyn location. Dig in for cold beer, enormous burgers, and just enough sun to shade ratio that you can leave your sunglasses on.

A long, narrow patio with black metal tables and blue umbrellas facing a green, ivy covered wall
Pass through the historic bar to get to these prime seats
Brunson’s/Facebook

Joan's in the Park

Nestled into a stretch of Snelling Avenue in Highland Park, Joan’s in the Park’s patio has long been a destination for outdoor diners. Intimate, but spaced out it’s ideal for date nights.

The Lexington

Close up of a glass filled with pink slush, a peach slice and a sprig of thyme
Frosé all day when the Lex patio’s open
Joy Summers/Eater Twin Cities

Lofted up over this Grand Avenue restaurant, the rooftop has its own entrance off the parking lot. The Lex is one of the best spots for frosé. The snacky menu differs from the more elegant dining room. It’s an ideal antidote to the steamy streets below. There always seems to be a breeze up on this rooftop.

Close up of a glass filled with pink slush, a peach slice and a sprig of thyme
Frosé all day when the Lex patio’s open
Joy Summers/Eater Twin Cities

IRON RANGER

Facing the Iron Ranger’s front window is a cutting board loaded with nachos next to a pint of beer Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

The back patio behind Iron Ranger is a gorgeous little reprieve from Grand Avenue. The restaurant and pub is stacked with favorite dishes for anyone who grew up, or loves to visit the part of Northern Minnesota that the restaurant is named for.

Facing the Iron Ranger’s front window is a cutting board loaded with nachos next to a pint of beer Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

Salut Bar Americain

Popular with shoppers along this retail-packed stretch of Grand Avenue, Salut serves hefty portions of diet-wrecking French delights.

The French Hen Cafe

Perfect for breakfast and lunch patio goers, the French Hen has a pretty little sidewalk patio space dotting Selby Avenue.

The Gnome

A patio at dusk, topped with bistro lights, under a tree
The expansive new patio at The Gnome
The Gnome/Facebook

Just opened by Brian and Sarah Ingram from Hope Breakfast Bar, with Justin Sutherland overseeing the menu, this patio is not messing around. It streaches around the building with a huge fireplace and dangling hammock chairs.

A patio at dusk, topped with bistro lights, under a tree
The expansive new patio at The Gnome
The Gnome/Facebook

La Grolla

The exterior of the restaurant on a sunny day with a 3 ft tall Italian-ish chef figurine out front
A gorgeous stop in a neighborhood that’s full of fabulous patios
La Grolla [Official]

A gated garden accompanies this little Italian bistro. A modest two levels feels like its tucked into someone’s impeccably landscaped backyard. The chill neighborhood vibes give the space the feel of somewhere your mom would love to go as well as an ideal first date destination.

The exterior of the restaurant on a sunny day with a 3 ft tall Italian-ish chef figurine out front
A gorgeous stop in a neighborhood that’s full of fabulous patios
La Grolla [Official]

Handsome Hog

New location means a new patio for The Handsome Hog
Justin Sutherland

Justin Sutherland’s relocated Southern restaurant has the most popular patio of summer (so far.) The large area is accented with florals and a couple of fire pits.

New location means a new patio for The Handsome Hog
Justin Sutherland

W. A. Frost and Company

lush patio around a brick fire pit with whicker furniture all surrounded by lush foliage from the giant trees around it
An icon in outdoor dining
W.A. Frost [Official]

Mention patios in St. Paul and invariably, someone will recommend W.A. Frost. The bar and dining area behind this historic restaurant are shaded by giant trees, and surrounded by gorgeous gardens. Because it’s the most beautiful patio in the Twin Cities, it’s also the most popular. The host staff run hot and cold: sometimes welcoming and sometimes you’ll be told with a sneer that there’s no room ever, for the end of all time. Bring a little patience, a c’est la vie attitude, and deep pockets.

lush patio around a brick fire pit with whicker furniture all surrounded by lush foliage from the giant trees around it
An icon in outdoor dining
W.A. Frost [Official]

Tori

New this year, this West 7th eatery has expanded its historic train car space to include new outdoor dining. Tori is known for its ramen, but the menu covers all kinds of snacks, and cocktails.

Moscow on the Hill

Those in the know will find this tucked away, private-feeling patio serving arctic-cold martinis just off Selby Avenue.

Day by Day Cafe

Step out into the garden behind this little cafe and its hard to believe it’s located right on St. Paul’s busy West 7th thoroughfare. Day by Day also has a newly installed, fire-burned, outdoor pizza oven.

Waldmann Brewery

Located just over the high bridge and one block off West 7th, this German brewery serves snappy sausages and serious pretzels alongside the beer. The casual beer garden is a family-friendly affair.

Hope Breakfast Bar

In the middle of this strange summer, the city of Saint Paul has closed down Leech Street so that Hope Breakfast Bar is able to move operations outside. This new restaurant serves breakfast all day with specialty coffee drinks and cocktails.

Patrick McGovern's Pub

McGovern’s is a neighborhood bar with a stunner of a patio underneath a retractible roof and this year it’s been expanded into the back of the restaurant as well. It is an oasis that just happens to serve chicken fingers.

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Black Dog Cafe

This lovely sidewalk patio is flanked by the historic buildings of Lowertown and just steps away from the St. Paul Farmers Market.

El Burrito Mercado

This St. Paul dining icon has a beautiful patio tucked into the lively restaurant space. It’s a gorgeous setting for the Mexican fare and margaritas St. Paul has long known and loved.

Brunson's Pub

A long, narrow patio with black metal tables and blue umbrellas facing a green, ivy covered wall
Pass through the historic bar to get to these prime seats
Brunson’s/Facebook

A gorgeous patio outside a dive bar is completely unexpected, and yet, here we are. Located on the side of the building and completed sheltered from the street, Brunson’s patio feels like it could have been transported from some hip Brooklyn location. Dig in for cold beer, enormous burgers, and just enough sun to shade ratio that you can leave your sunglasses on.

A long, narrow patio with black metal tables and blue umbrellas facing a green, ivy covered wall
Pass through the historic bar to get to these prime seats
Brunson’s/Facebook

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