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Minneapolis Restaurants With Spectacular Views

Where to dine and take in the natural beauty of the city.

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There is beauty to be found in every corner of this fair city. Whether taking in the industrial, gritty city-scapes; lush, green parks, brand new ballparks or quiet neighborhood streets, these are the vantage points to grab and bite and soak it all in (listed in alphabetical order).

-by Brian Martucci

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Basil's Restaurant (The Marquette Hotel)

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710 Marquette Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Recently remodeled Basil’s is a minor Twin Cities institution — at least, if the Mary Tyler Moore Table is any indication. The New American fare here pairs well with a 180-degree view of the IDS Center’s Crystal Court. [Photo courtesy Basil's Facebook page]

2. Betty Danger's Country Club

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2501 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 315-4997
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It's not a Ferris wheel: it's a rotating patio space that looks suspiciously similar to a Ferris wheel. Take in the the panoramic scenery of Nordeast and the lit up Lowry bridge. [Photo by Joy Summers]

3. Brewer's Table Kitchen at Surly

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View the hearty taproom crowds from above, the fire pit and a lit up grain silo. It's a stunning view that matches the powerful flavors and artistic plates served by the kitchen in this more grown up eatery inside the massive Surly Brewery. [Photo by Joy Summers]

4. Cafe & Bar Lurcat

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1624 Harmon Pl
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 486-5500
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Verdant Loring Park looms large here — if you’re lucky enough to snag a seat with an unobstructed sight line, at least. The view past the poor couple seated up against the park-side window isn’t half bad, either. [Photo courtesy Cafe & Bar Lurcat Facebook page]

5. Cowboy Jack's

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126 N 5th St
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 224-9950
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What better place to pregame for a Twins game than a rooftop patio within spitting distance of Target Field? If you can brave the happy hour crowd and beer hall-style seating, that is. Bonus view: Creeping on LRT straphangers from above. [Photo courtesy Cowboy Jack's Facebook page]

6. Macy's Skyroom

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700 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 375-2200
The view makes the meal at the Sky Room at Macy’s. Sidle up to the salad bar (under $10 for lunch), grab a window seat, and look down, down, down at the Nicollet Mall crowds. Just don’t forget your shopping bags. [Photo courtesy Yelp]

7. Prohibition Bar

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821 Marquette Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 215-3700
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Possibly the highest public lounge in Minnesota, Prohibition offers panoramic views of downtown Minneapolis and quite a ways beyond. The cocktails aren’t half bad, either. [Photo courtesy Prohibition Facebook page]

8. Sample Room

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2124 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 789-0333
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The Sample Room abuts Gluek Park and the mighty Mississippi, though the latter is only visible from the restaurant’s sprawling bluff top patio. Most days, the energetic, crumb-seeking birds that share the patio drown out the screeching scrap yard on the other side of the river. [Photo courtesy The Sample Room Facebook page]

9. Stella's Fish Cafe & Prestige Oyster Bar

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1400 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 824-8862
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Law Number One of the Minneapolis restaurant business: Rooftop patios come and go, but Stella’s is forever. Just kidding, Law Number One is probably “the customer is always right” or something. But that doesn’t change the fact that Stella’s is a Minneapolis institution, and proof that downtown-skyline-from-Uptown views are still free. Sorry, Lime residents. [Eater file photo]

10. The Kenwood

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2115 W 21st St
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 377-3695
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The Kenwood doesn’t sit atop a skyscraper or even opposite a city park, but there’s just something...nice...about the quiet street-scape beyond its picture windows. Come in colorful spring or summer and envy the inhabitants of the Victorian mansions crowding this neighborhood gem. [Photo courtesy The Kenwood Facebook page]

11. Union Restaurant & Rooftop

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731 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 455-6690
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UNION is to downtown as Stella’s is to Uptown, sort of. No complete skyline views from the rooftop here, but definitely the full measure of rowdy, disheveled Hennepin Avenue from a civilized distance. Grab a drink and enjoy. [Photo courtesy UNION]

1. Basil's Restaurant (The Marquette Hotel)

710 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Recently remodeled Basil’s is a minor Twin Cities institution — at least, if the Mary Tyler Moore Table is any indication. The New American fare here pairs well with a 180-degree view of the IDS Center’s Crystal Court. [Photo courtesy Basil's Facebook page]
710 Marquette Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55402

2. Betty Danger's Country Club

2501 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
It's not a Ferris wheel: it's a rotating patio space that looks suspiciously similar to a Ferris wheel. Take in the the panoramic scenery of Nordeast and the lit up Lowry bridge. [Photo by Joy Summers]
2501 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

3. Brewer's Table Kitchen at Surly

Minneapolis, MN
View the hearty taproom crowds from above, the fire pit and a lit up grain silo. It's a stunning view that matches the powerful flavors and artistic plates served by the kitchen in this more grown up eatery inside the massive Surly Brewery. [Photo by Joy Summers]

4. Cafe & Bar Lurcat

1624 Harmon Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Verdant Loring Park looms large here — if you’re lucky enough to snag a seat with an unobstructed sight line, at least. The view past the poor couple seated up against the park-side window isn’t half bad, either. [Photo courtesy Cafe & Bar Lurcat Facebook page]
1624 Harmon Pl
Minneapolis, MN 55403

5. Cowboy Jack's

126 N 5th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403
What better place to pregame for a Twins game than a rooftop patio within spitting distance of Target Field? If you can brave the happy hour crowd and beer hall-style seating, that is. Bonus view: Creeping on LRT straphangers from above. [Photo courtesy Cowboy Jack's Facebook page]
126 N 5th St
Minneapolis, MN 55403

6. Macy's Skyroom

700 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402
The view makes the meal at the Sky Room at Macy’s. Sidle up to the salad bar (under $10 for lunch), grab a window seat, and look down, down, down at the Nicollet Mall crowds. Just don’t forget your shopping bags. [Photo courtesy Yelp]
700 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402

7. Prohibition Bar

821 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Possibly the highest public lounge in Minnesota, Prohibition offers panoramic views of downtown Minneapolis and quite a ways beyond. The cocktails aren’t half bad, either. [Photo courtesy Prohibition Facebook page]
821 Marquette Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55402

8. Sample Room

2124 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
The Sample Room abuts Gluek Park and the mighty Mississippi, though the latter is only visible from the restaurant’s sprawling bluff top patio. Most days, the energetic, crumb-seeking birds that share the patio drown out the screeching scrap yard on the other side of the river. [Photo courtesy The Sample Room Facebook page]
2124 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

9. Stella's Fish Cafe & Prestige Oyster Bar

1400 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Law Number One of the Minneapolis restaurant business: Rooftop patios come and go, but Stella’s is forever. Just kidding, Law Number One is probably “the customer is always right” or something. But that doesn’t change the fact that Stella’s is a Minneapolis institution, and proof that downtown-skyline-from-Uptown views are still free. Sorry, Lime residents. [Eater file photo]
1400 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408

10. The Kenwood

2115 W 21st St, Minneapolis, MN 55405
The Kenwood doesn’t sit atop a skyscraper or even opposite a city park, but there’s just something...nice...about the quiet street-scape beyond its picture windows. Come in colorful spring or summer and envy the inhabitants of the Victorian mansions crowding this neighborhood gem. [Photo courtesy The Kenwood Facebook page]
2115 W 21st St
Minneapolis, MN 55405

11. Union Restaurant & Rooftop

731 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
UNION is to downtown as Stella’s is to Uptown, sort of. No complete skyline views from the rooftop here, but definitely the full measure of rowdy, disheveled Hennepin Avenue from a civilized distance. Grab a drink and enjoy. [Photo courtesy UNION]
731 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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