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Lola on the patio of her pizzeria.
Lola on the patio of her pizzeria.
Ann Kim

15 Hottest Dog-Friendly Patios in the Twin Cities

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Lola on the patio of her pizzeria.
| Ann Kim

There's nothing like a warm day romp with your best friend. Long summer days stretch through a leisurely meal and the two of you are able to recline on a sunny patio,partaking in some of the warmest hospitality and delicious food in the Twin Cities. The only bummer is when some businesses, for whatever reason, decide not to welcome that four legged best friend. That will never happen at these dog loving hot spots. Even if you don't have a dog to call your own, these pet-friendly patios are a great place to maybe meet a new buddy or simply enjoy the company of others.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Pizzeria Lola

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5557 Xerxes Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55410
(612) 424-8338
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This restaurant is owned and run by devoted dog lovers. The Lola in question is, after all, a rather photogenic Weimaraner. There's even a special "dog bar" of fresh water bowls. Meanwhile, Lola's people make some of the best pizza in the cities.

2. Café and Bar Lurcat

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1624 Harmon Pl
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 486-5500
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Perfect for a fancy pup, this upscale restaurant from the D’Amico company has a lush, brick patio right off Loring Park.

3. Butcher & the Boar

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1121 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 238-8888
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What's not to love about bear, brats, bourbon and a shaded indoor/outdoor space? There's shade from raining days and heaters when the temperatures dip.

Katie Cannon

4. Smack Shack

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603 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 259-7288
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Lobster rolls are even better when eaten outside. This North Loop restaurant and bar has a side patio that’s perfect for an early happy hour hang with your four-legged wingman.

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5. Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge

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1900 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 788-9069
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Is your pooch a tiki freak? Settle in for some punchy cocktails, pizza, and Mississippi River views on this massive Northeast Minneapolis patio.

Plenty of plank space for your furry friend to chill upon
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6. Hai Hai

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2121 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 223-8640
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This relatively new patio feels like a slice of Vietnam in the heart of Northeast. Enjoy chef Christina Nguyen’s flavor packed dishes alongside your best friend and a vibrantly colored mural.

A brightly colored open-air patio with low stools and oilcloth covered tables Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

7. Tiny Diner

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1024 E 38th St
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 767-3322
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All the lush green surrounding this patio makes it feel like a farm oasis in the middle of the city. A seat under the awning provides a cool refuge. The menu is created from ingredients so fresh and local, some items are just fresh-picked from the parking lot. Follow hashtag #tinypups to check out the adorable four legged diners.

8. Bardo

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222 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 886-8404
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The Bardo location has always boasted a gorgeous patio, but the addition of Remy Pettus’ fresh food makes it a gorgeous place to get friends and fur buddies together for long, luxurious meals with cold beverages.

Chef Remy is smiling, behind him is an arch int he restaurant, painted with a mural of the Hennepin Avenue bridge
Chef and owner Remy Pettus
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9. Aster Cafe

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125 SE Main St
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-3138
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A gorgeous patio right by Saint Anthony Falls, makes Aster Cafe an ideal stop after a stunning walk about the river or over on nearby Nicollet Island.

10. Sandcastle

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4955 W Lake Nokomis Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55417
(612) 722-5550
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This gorgeous concession stand and beer, wine and dog room on the patio. They're open at the edge of Lake Nokomis for lunch and dinner. Make a Friday night date with the once-weekly fried chicken special.

Katie Cannon

11. Surly Brewing Company

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520 Malcolm Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(763) 999-4040
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The massive brewery might be new, but Surly Brewing has always been a dog friendly business. Now pooches and people alike can enjoy the expansive space, beer hall and the delicious beer-friendly foods.\\

12. Moscow on the Hill

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371 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 291-1236
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Another hidden gem of a patio in the historic Cathedral Hill neighborhood. Wander around taking in all the stately, historic homes before ducking back behind this Russian restaurant for cold martinis and a couple pelmini.

13. Meritage

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410 St Peter St
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 222-5670
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The sidewalk patio is like a little slice of Paris in the heart of downtown Saint Paul. It’s an ideal and pooch friendly brunch spot, or a happy hour jaunt for a wide selection from the raw bar.

14. Dark Horse Bar & Eatery

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250 7th St E
Saint Paul, MN 55101

Lowertown's new neighborhood eatery has an alley patio that's perfect for a quiet getaway, great beer and a bite inside the city.

Rebecca Zenefski

15. Brunson's Pub

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956 Payne Ave
St Paul, MN 55130
(651) 447-2483
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This eastside bar has a patio that’s hidden from street view and surrounded by greenery. Food is way above average pub fare, but the prices are all still blessedly affordable.

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

1. Pizzeria Lola

5557 Xerxes Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

This restaurant is owned and run by devoted dog lovers. The Lola in question is, after all, a rather photogenic Weimaraner. There's even a special "dog bar" of fresh water bowls. Meanwhile, Lola's people make some of the best pizza in the cities.

5557 Xerxes Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55410

2. Café and Bar Lurcat

1624 Harmon Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Perfect for a fancy pup, this upscale restaurant from the D’Amico company has a lush, brick patio right off Loring Park.

1624 Harmon Pl
Minneapolis, MN 55403

3. Butcher & the Boar

1121 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Katie Cannon

What's not to love about bear, brats, bourbon and a shaded indoor/outdoor space? There's shade from raining days and heaters when the temperatures dip.

1121 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

4. Smack Shack

603 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Smack Shack/Facebook

Lobster rolls are even better when eaten outside. This North Loop restaurant and bar has a side patio that’s perfect for an early happy hour hang with your four-legged wingman.

603 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401

5. Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge

1900 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Plenty of plank space for your furry friend to chill upon
Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge [Official]

Is your pooch a tiki freak? Settle in for some punchy cocktails, pizza, and Mississippi River views on this massive Northeast Minneapolis patio.

1900 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

6. Hai Hai

2121 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
A brightly colored open-air patio with low stools and oilcloth covered tables Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

This relatively new patio feels like a slice of Vietnam in the heart of Northeast. Enjoy chef Christina Nguyen’s flavor packed dishes alongside your best friend and a vibrantly colored mural.

2121 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

7. Tiny Diner

1024 E 38th St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

All the lush green surrounding this patio makes it feel like a farm oasis in the middle of the city. A seat under the awning provides a cool refuge. The menu is created from ingredients so fresh and local, some items are just fresh-picked from the parking lot. Follow hashtag #tinypups to check out the adorable four legged diners.

1024 E 38th St
Minneapolis, MN 55407

8. 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 and owner Remy Pettus
Kevin Kramer / Eater Twin Cities

The Bardo location has always boasted a gorgeous patio, but the addition of Remy Pettus’ fresh food makes it a gorgeous place to get friends and fur buddies together for long, luxurious meals with cold beverages.

222 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414

9. Aster Cafe

125 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414

A gorgeous patio right by Saint Anthony Falls, makes Aster Cafe an ideal stop after a stunning walk about the river or over on nearby Nicollet Island.

125 SE Main St
Minneapolis, MN 55414

10. Sandcastle

4955 W Lake Nokomis Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Katie Cannon

This gorgeous concession stand and beer, wine and dog room on the patio. They're open at the edge of Lake Nokomis for lunch and dinner. Make a Friday night date with the once-weekly fried chicken special.

4955 W Lake Nokomis Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55417

11. Surly Brewing Company

520 Malcolm Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

The massive brewery might be new, but Surly Brewing has always been a dog friendly business. Now pooches and people alike can enjoy the expansive space, beer hall and the delicious beer-friendly foods.\\

520 Malcolm Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

12. Moscow on the Hill

371 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102

Another hidden gem of a patio in the historic Cathedral Hill neighborhood. Wander around taking in all the stately, historic homes before ducking back behind this Russian restaurant for cold martinis and a couple pelmini.

371 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN 55102

13. Meritage

410 St Peter St, St Paul, MN 55102

The sidewalk patio is like a little slice of Paris in the heart of downtown Saint Paul. It’s an ideal and pooch friendly brunch spot, or a happy hour jaunt for a wide selection from the raw bar.

410 St Peter St
St Paul, MN 55102

14. Dark Horse Bar & Eatery

250 7th St E, Saint Paul, MN 55101
Rebecca Zenefski

Lowertown's new neighborhood eatery has an alley patio that's perfect for a quiet getaway, great beer and a bite inside the city.

250 7th St E
Saint Paul, MN 55101

15. 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 Brunson’s/Facebook

This eastside bar has a patio that’s hidden from street view and surrounded by greenery. Food is way above average pub fare, but the prices are all still blessedly affordable.

956 Payne Ave
St Paul, MN 55130

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