There are so many wonderful spots in the Twin Cities that I am breaking it into multiple posts. After all the snow and cold, we love being outdoors in the summer and do as much outdoor time as possible in the summer and that includes eating. So many places around town offer wonderful patio’s, street dining and rooftops that it can be difficult to decide where to eat. Here are some fantastic spots to visit.
Psycho Suzi’s- Northeast Minneapolis
When you need a Tiki bar this is the place to go. Great food, a fun atmosphere, this large deck dinning spot is a favorite. Usually filled with fun-loving folks having a fun time, it is right along the river, there is event a dock you could pull up to. Pizza, Wings, and pickle rollups are among my favorite menu items, but really it’s all about the fantastic rum drinks and surroundings.
DO: Waterfront, Deck, Fun
It’s Greek to Me – Uptown Minneapolis
One of my favorite all time restaurants never seems to make anyone’s patio lists, but anyone who has been there knows it is fabulous. Right in off of Lyndale & Lake it is a busy spot, but the patio complete with a wonderful fountain, and shaded pergolas is a great spot to kick back and graze on some wonderful meze (appetizers).
Brit’s Pub- Downtown Minneapolis
One of the best rooftop places around, their rooftop lawn makes it a fun spot for lawn bowling, and a place to watch sporting events and movies right in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. This sizable green space surrounded by views of the skyscrapers is an unusual and fun spot to relax.
W.A. Frost- Cathedral Hill, St. Paul
This old school St. Paul landmark offers one of the best patio’s around. The brick haven is a great spot for a leisurely happy hour and food while catching up with friends while drinking some wine. The patio features lot’s of covered shade and beautiful landscaping which is exactly what you would expect from Frost’s.
DO: Patio, Garden
Dakota Jazz Club – Downtown Minneapolis
The Dakota is great spot for street dining in addition to the quintessential spot for jazz in town and gets some really impressive acts booked there. Located on Nicollet Mall it is a good location to watch people and listen to whomever is performing inside.
The Green Room- Stillwater
This restaurant in Stillwater has original brick walls and a view of the lift bridge on the patio. The food is excellent and has touches of international influence. This is a great place to go for dinner for either a special occasion or just because it is Tuesday and don’t forget to get a cocktail.
Tin Fish- Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis
In the pavilion at Lake Calhoun with a big deck, the Tin Fish is a fantastic spot to watch the boaters and take a break after you walk the lakes. With it’s tiny kitchen, they put out an impressive amount of really good food. It is the place to go for fish taco’s (many varieties). It is only open in the summer and worth the wait in line.
DO: Waterfront, Patio
Surly Brewing- Prospect Park, Minneapolis
If you haven’t tried Surley yet then you are missing out. This is a HUGE venue both inside and out with lots of space for all the beer lovers we have here in the state. There is a great outdoor patio, a full menu of killer food and fire pits… that’s right fire pits which makes it a wonderful spot even after the mercury drops.
DO: Patio, Brew
Stella’s Oyster Bar- Uptown Minneapolis
A good rooftop view of downtown Minneapolis, this Uptown spot is also one of the best seafood spots in the Twin Cities. Snack on some oysters while hearing the energy of Uptown below and you are sure to have a wonderful time.
Como Dockside- Como Lake, St. Paul
The Como Pavillion has undergone a transformation in recent years and is worth checking out. With a primarily upscale Cajun inspired menu and decent wine list, it is not the hotdogs and soda’s that used to be served. Dockside has an outdoor bar, and a beautiful quaint spot overlooking the lake. The pavilion also offers music and movie’s in combination with St. Paul Parks & Rec department and is open year round (inside only).
DO: Waterfront, Patio