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The side patio at Borough under a shade with a bar lined with people and a few people seated at tables. A woman exiting the restaurant shows the name Borough etched into the glass of the front door. Joy Summers

Outdoor Dining in the Twin Cities: 10 Great Spots

Did someone say patio season? If they did then don’t blink.

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The patios in the Twin Cities are highly regarded as some of the most satisfying places to be in the precious months that Mother Nature gives to Minnesota.  So grab the sunglasses, some SPF, and a phone charger, because with places like these you’ll want to spend some serious time outside eating and drinking all things patio.

-by Joy Altmann

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Hola Arepa

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This newcomer last year burst into the stratosphere of Godlike food status (hello, Food & Wine cover). If you get a seat at the coveted window outside, you’ll never want to give the spot up. Birk and Christina’s playful menu is perfect for eating outdoors. From the delectable arepas with the secret sauces to the whimsical desserts that always surprise and delight. The patio is open with plenty of room to enjoy the bottled batched spirit drinks that are so popular. [Photo by Joy Summers]

Surly Brewing Company

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When the sun dares to show itself for a day, it’s off the charts busy at the new Surly Beer Hall. I have heard of stalking the hard to get spots to be able to get your eat on with the dishes Jorge Guzman and Brian Hauke are turning out. Enjoy a Bender and some Hog Frites. PS, there’s a Kid’s Menu, I repeat, there is a Kid’s Menu. Enough said… [Photo courtesy Surly Facebook Page]

Libertine

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Libertine’s rooftop is spacious and gives all the beautiful people the chance to drink into the late night and enjoy the crafty drinks from the mad cocktail scientist Johnny Michaels and a meat-centric menu from the mind of Tim McKee and the hand of Stephan Hesse. [Photo courtesy Libertine Facebook Page]

Smack Shack

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Smack Shack in the North Loop is the spot for coastal dishes and drinks for before and after Twins games. Their infamous lobster mac and cheese is the stuff dreams are made of and washing it down outside with a cold one? Yes please. The size of the outdoor patio is expansive. [Photo courtesy Smack Shack Facebook Page]

Borough

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This more diminutive outdoor spot gives a laid back cool, hipster feel. With the neighborhood growth it’s not uncommon to see bikes chained up around so a civilized drink and snacks can be had. And you can get THE burger, you all know what I mean and if you don’t then you really need to head there now. Eating it outside in the fresh air will put a smile on the crabbiest person you know. [Photo by Joy Summers]

Icehouse

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Icehouse is known for its great live music, but the outdoor eating area puts you in the middle of Eat Street in all its glory. Enjoy the happy hour treats of the chorizo bocadillo with a sunny egg or the beer cheese burger and fries. [Photo courtesy Icehouse Facebook Page]

Sea Salt Eatery

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Sea Salt is in an iconic patio dining class of its own. Outdoor seating as far as the eye can see, amazing seafood that is crave-worthy all year around but only offered when the summer gods smile upon us and rock star partnerships with the likes of Coastal Seafoods, Sebastian Joe’s and Peace Coffee. [Photo by Katie Cannon]

6 Smith

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6Smith in Wayzata is our only suburban spot on the list. It opened last year and has the western side of the cities in a love affair with its brunch menu choices. The braised short rib Benedict and lobster soft scrambled eggs are highlight items. This family friendly fun spot also serves fantastically sophisticated cocktails. The million dollar view of Lake Minnetonka is the deal closer though. [Photo courtesy 6Smith Facebook Page]

tinto cocina + cantina

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Tinto Cocina and Cantina is a new restaurant that took over the Spill the Wine space on Lake and Bryant. Their patio is along the side and in the back. Who doesn’t want to bask in the sun and eat tacos until…..well until you can’t eat tacos anymore? All can be topped off with either the red or white sangria that flows freely in happy hour. [Photo courtesy Yelp]

WA Frost & Company

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WA Frost is an outdoor mecca. The beauty of the patio cures all the ills that the ho hum 9-5 grind delivers. Once there, you all of a sudden feel much prettier, highly educated, and simply happier. The sophistication of the space inside and out is unrivaled and is matched by one of the best whiskey selections in town. The perfect order would consist of the trio of Pacific oysters paired with a bottle of bubbles shared by the table. [Photo courtesy WA Frost Facebook page]

Hola Arepa

This newcomer last year burst into the stratosphere of Godlike food status (hello, Food & Wine cover). If you get a seat at the coveted window outside, you’ll never want to give the spot up. Birk and Christina’s playful menu is perfect for eating outdoors. From the delectable arepas with the secret sauces to the whimsical desserts that always surprise and delight. The patio is open with plenty of room to enjoy the bottled batched spirit drinks that are so popular. [Photo by Joy Summers]

Surly Brewing Company

When the sun dares to show itself for a day, it’s off the charts busy at the new Surly Beer Hall. I have heard of stalking the hard to get spots to be able to get your eat on with the dishes Jorge Guzman and Brian Hauke are turning out. Enjoy a Bender and some Hog Frites. PS, there’s a Kid’s Menu, I repeat, there is a Kid’s Menu. Enough said… [Photo courtesy Surly Facebook Page]

Libertine

Libertine’s rooftop is spacious and gives all the beautiful people the chance to drink into the late night and enjoy the crafty drinks from the mad cocktail scientist Johnny Michaels and a meat-centric menu from the mind of Tim McKee and the hand of Stephan Hesse. [Photo courtesy Libertine Facebook Page]

Smack Shack

Smack Shack in the North Loop is the spot for coastal dishes and drinks for before and after Twins games. Their infamous lobster mac and cheese is the stuff dreams are made of and washing it down outside with a cold one? Yes please. The size of the outdoor patio is expansive. [Photo courtesy Smack Shack Facebook Page]

Borough

This more diminutive outdoor spot gives a laid back cool, hipster feel. With the neighborhood growth it’s not uncommon to see bikes chained up around so a civilized drink and snacks can be had. And you can get THE burger, you all know what I mean and if you don’t then you really need to head there now. Eating it outside in the fresh air will put a smile on the crabbiest person you know. [Photo by Joy Summers]

Icehouse

Icehouse is known for its great live music, but the outdoor eating area puts you in the middle of Eat Street in all its glory. Enjoy the happy hour treats of the chorizo bocadillo with a sunny egg or the beer cheese burger and fries. [Photo courtesy Icehouse Facebook Page]

Sea Salt Eatery

Sea Salt is in an iconic patio dining class of its own. Outdoor seating as far as the eye can see, amazing seafood that is crave-worthy all year around but only offered when the summer gods smile upon us and rock star partnerships with the likes of Coastal Seafoods, Sebastian Joe’s and Peace Coffee. [Photo by Katie Cannon]

6 Smith

6Smith in Wayzata is our only suburban spot on the list. It opened last year and has the western side of the cities in a love affair with its brunch menu choices. The braised short rib Benedict and lobster soft scrambled eggs are highlight items. This family friendly fun spot also serves fantastically sophisticated cocktails. The million dollar view of Lake Minnetonka is the deal closer though. [Photo courtesy 6Smith Facebook Page]

tinto cocina + cantina

Tinto Cocina and Cantina is a new restaurant that took over the Spill the Wine space on Lake and Bryant. Their patio is along the side and in the back. Who doesn’t want to bask in the sun and eat tacos until…..well until you can’t eat tacos anymore? All can be topped off with either the red or white sangria that flows freely in happy hour. [Photo courtesy Yelp]

WA Frost & Company

WA Frost is an outdoor mecca. The beauty of the patio cures all the ills that the ho hum 9-5 grind delivers. Once there, you all of a sudden feel much prettier, highly educated, and simply happier. The sophistication of the space inside and out is unrivaled and is matched by one of the best whiskey selections in town. The perfect order would consist of the trio of Pacific oysters paired with a bottle of bubbles shared by the table. [Photo courtesy WA Frost Facebook page]

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