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Readers Vote: 11 Favorite Patios in Minneapolis/St. Paul

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It may be gray and gloomy outside, but today marks the official start of patio season (if only the weather would cooperate). Last week, we asked for your recommendations for the best patios in the Twin Cities. A couple places came up repeatedly (Butcher & the Boar, Sweeney's Saloon, W.A. Frost) and a couple brand new patios (Nightingale) and newly-expanded patios (Psycho Suzi's) also made the list.

So, here now, mapped for your patio-seeking pleasure, are 11 Favorite Patios in Mpls/St. Paul. Because it's going to be warm and sunny again someday, and when that day comes, you'll want a patio.

Is your favorite patio missing from the list? Let us know in the comments.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lucia's Wine Bar

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1432 W 31st St
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 825-1572
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A commenter says it all: "Lucia's sidewalk patio captures the charm that is just south and around the corner from the hustle and flow of Uptown. Their wine list is long, the 'snack board' (think charcuterie) rocks your socks off, and the cocktails are out of this world. Plus, they are the only local restaurant to be nominated for a National James Beard Best Restaurant Award."

2. Nightingale

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2551 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 354-7060
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A tipster emailed us to say: "Nightingale's new patio is superbly comfortable and welcoming on a nice day."

3. Butcher & the Boar

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1121 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 238-8888
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The beer garden at the Butcher & the Boar got multiple votes for favorite patio. One commenter says: "Wide variety of taps, arguably the best whiskey/bourbon selection in town, and the chow chow and the house pickle plate to wash it all down with. What's not to like?"

4. Aster Cafe

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121 Main St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-3138
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Aster Cafe's garden patio has some great views of the Mississippi river, plus happy hour from 3 - 6 pm Monday - Thursday and Sundays from 9 pm - close.

5. Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge & Tiki Garden

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1900 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 788-9069
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This Northeast tiki bar - which expanded its patio this spring - got a vote for its "lovely views over the Mississippi."

6. Sea Salt Eatery

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4825 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55467
(612) 721-8990
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It's all patio all the time at this Minnehaha Park seafood stand. A commenter gives it this shout-out: "Great food, beer, live music & atmosphere!" Plus, Minnehaha Falls.

7. Salut Bar Americain

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917 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 917-2345
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A commenter says: "During the day you get lots of people watching and at night the lights overhead create a dreamy atmosphere."

8. Sweeney's Saloon

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96 Dale St N
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 221-9157
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Sweeney's in St. Paul got two votes, one shouting it out for the beer and wings, and the other because "you forget you are in the city back there with all the trees."

9. La Grolla

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452 Selby Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 221-1061
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A commenter writes that St. Paul's La Grolla Italian Restaurant has a "very romantic" patio, complete with a vine-covered wall.

10. W.A. Frost & Company

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374 Selby Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 224-5715
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This St. Paul classic got multiple votes for favorite patio. One commenter notes: "W.A Frost, hands down. What's not to love about a stone patio in Cathedral Hill under the shade of lots of trees..."

11. Swede Hollow Cafe

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725 7th St E
Saint Paul, MN 55106
(651) 776-8810
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A commenter suggested Swede Hollow Café's "amazing" patio, describing it thusly: "it's like a hidden oasis behind the cutest little cafe. Highly recommended!"

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1. Lucia's Wine Bar

1432 W 31st St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
A commenter says it all: "Lucia's sidewalk patio captures the charm that is just south and around the corner from the hustle and flow of Uptown. Their wine list is long, the 'snack board' (think charcuterie) rocks your socks off, and the cocktails are out of this world. Plus, they are the only local restaurant to be nominated for a National James Beard Best Restaurant Award."
1432 W 31st St
Minneapolis, MN 55408

2. Nightingale

2551 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405
A tipster emailed us to say: "Nightingale's new patio is superbly comfortable and welcoming on a nice day."
2551 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55405

3. Butcher & the Boar

1121 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
The beer garden at the Butcher & the Boar got multiple votes for favorite patio. One commenter says: "Wide variety of taps, arguably the best whiskey/bourbon selection in town, and the chow chow and the house pickle plate to wash it all down with. What's not to like?"
1121 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

4. Aster Cafe

121 Main St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Aster Cafe's garden patio has some great views of the Mississippi river, plus happy hour from 3 - 6 pm Monday - Thursday and Sundays from 9 pm - close.
121 Main St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

5. Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge & Tiki Garden

1900 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
This Northeast tiki bar - which expanded its patio this spring - got a vote for its "lovely views over the Mississippi."
1900 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

6. Sea Salt Eatery

4825 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55467
It's all patio all the time at this Minnehaha Park seafood stand. A commenter gives it this shout-out: "Great food, beer, live music & atmosphere!" Plus, Minnehaha Falls.
4825 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55467

7. Salut Bar Americain

917 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
A commenter says: "During the day you get lots of people watching and at night the lights overhead create a dreamy atmosphere."
917 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105

8. Sweeney's Saloon

96 Dale St N, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Sweeney's in St. Paul got two votes, one shouting it out for the beer and wings, and the other because "you forget you are in the city back there with all the trees."
96 Dale St N
Saint Paul, MN 55102

9. La Grolla

452 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102
A commenter writes that St. Paul's La Grolla Italian Restaurant has a "very romantic" patio, complete with a vine-covered wall.
452 Selby Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55102

10. W.A. Frost & Company

374 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102
This St. Paul classic got multiple votes for favorite patio. One commenter notes: "W.A Frost, hands down. What's not to love about a stone patio in Cathedral Hill under the shade of lots of trees..."
374 Selby Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55102

11. Swede Hollow Cafe

725 7th St E, Saint Paul, MN 55106
A commenter suggested Swede Hollow Café's "amazing" patio, describing it thusly: "it's like a hidden oasis behind the cutest little cafe. Highly recommended!"
725 7th St E
Saint Paul, MN 55106

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