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Eight Essential Patios in Saint Paul

From English garden to hidden oasis, these are the finest outdoor dining seats

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Excellent outdoor seats in Lowertown
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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. French Meadow Bakery & Café

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1662 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 789-8870
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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.

An oasis near Macalester
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2. Joan's in the Park

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631 Snelling Ave S
St Paul, MN 55116
(651) 690-3297
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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.

Gorgeous food in a lovely setting
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3. Revival

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525 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 340-2355
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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

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498 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 287-2018
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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

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374 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 224-5715
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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.

An icon in outdoor dining
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6. Patrick McGovern's Pub

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225 7th St W
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 224-5821
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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.

Retractable roof, gurgling fountain, and great bar food
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7. Dark Horse Bar & Eatery

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250 E 7th St
St Paul, MN 55101
(651) 313-7960
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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.

The late night happy hour makes those summer days last longer
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8. Ox Cart Arcade & Rooftop

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255 6th St E
St Paul, MN 55101
(651) 528-6171
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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.

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This spot overlooking CHS Field couldn’t be more fun
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1. French Meadow Bakery & Café

1662 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
An oasis near Macalester
French Meadow/Facebook

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.

1662 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105

2. Joan's in the Park

631 Snelling Ave S, St Paul, MN 55116
Gorgeous food in a lovely setting
Joan’s in the Park/Facebook

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.

631 Snelling Ave S
St Paul, MN 55116

3. Revival

525 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102

This perpetually popular Cathedral Hill restaurant has a back patio that’s a spacious spot for a glorious southern food eating experience.

525 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN 55102

4. The Happy Gnome

498 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102

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.

498 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN 55102

5. W. A. Frost and Company

374 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102
An icon in outdoor dining
W.A. Frost [Official]

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.

374 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN 55102

6. Patrick McGovern's Pub

225 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102
Retractable roof, gurgling fountain, and great bar food
Patrick McGovern’s Pub /Facebook

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.

225 7th St W
St Paul, MN 55102

7. Dark Horse Bar & Eatery

250 E 7th St, St Paul, MN 55101
The late night happy hour makes those summer days last longer
Rebecca Slater/Eater Twin Cities

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.

250 E 7th St
St Paul, MN 55101

8. Ox Cart Arcade & Rooftop

255 6th St E, St Paul, MN 55101
oxcartroof
This spot overlooking CHS Field couldn’t be more fun
OxCart [Official]

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.

255 6th St E
St Paul, MN 55101

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