Twin Cities restaurants officially offered outdoor dining as of June 1st, and as of July 25th, they are now able to open for both indoor and outdoor service at up to 50% capacity (not to exceed 250 total guests). Reservations are required for indoor seating, but not to dine outside. This has led to many Twin Cities restaurants to expanding and/or adding outdoor seating in their parking lots, lawns, alleyways, and sidewalks.
Masks are required for both restaurant staff and guests. You’ll have to wear a mask when not seated at your table, and all tables need to be six feet apart. Party sizes are limited and each restaurant has their own policy, so it’s important to check with places ahead of time. Some restaurants also have time limits for dining (for both indoor and outdoor seating), and these typically range from 1-1.5 hours.
All of the restaurants in the Twin Cities become more lively during the summer months as this is the first opportunity to sit outside for more than five minutes without freezing our buns off. Now, adding on a pandemic, the options to dine outdoors have expanded. So, here’s a list of all the places that are open where you can eat and drink in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
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Colita has introduced a streetside patio with adjustments to their service due to the pandemic. You can make a reservation in advance, but if there are tables open, they may be able to seat you if you provide a phone number. Reservations are highly recommended, though.
Fhima’s in downtown Minneapolis has opened their streetside patio and is offering up a special $40 movie night, which includes champagne and two appetizers all through the month of August.
This new pop-up at Eastside, serves walk-up seafood, ham, burgers, and wine on their sidewalk patio on Washington Avenue.
This long-standing rooftop patio in the heart of downtown has amazing sushi, steak, and city views. They now offer weekend brunch as well.
This French bistro is now open featuring a 5-course tasting menu on their sidewalk cafe each Friday and Saturday evenings. You can expect dishes like Mangalitsa ham chawanmushi and Tonka bean crème caramel with summer fruits and shortbread cookies. Reserve your table on here.
Hola Arepa in South Minneapolis serves cocktails and dishes like their famous arepas or the arroz verde on their beautiful tropical patio.
Nighthawks is serving up delicious draft cocktails and classic American menu with a twist. Try their twice-cooked, house-cut fries and their cheeseburger with special sauce on their new backlot patio complete with umbrella covered tables and string lights. Walk-ins are welcome.
This Linden Hills spot has finally opened their streetside patio for dinner. For the time being, Martina will be operating under a new service model - you will be given an order sheet to fill in your entire order and first round of beverages. This has been done to help with social distancing - check their website for more details.
Known for their burgers, like their rotating featured juicy lucy, and their massive “Nacho Totchos” with queso, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and crema, Blue Door Pub in Longfellow is open for walk-in-only patio seating.
Located on the ground level of the historic Hotel Ivy, Monello is where to go for good Italian food. Enjoy a night out or go for brunch on their semi-private courtyard patio that’s equipped with string lights - this is a perfect choice for a special occasion outing. Choose to either build your own omelette or enjoy an Italian meatball sandwich with marinara, mozzarella, and pickled peppers. Brunch and dinner are served daily from 7am-2pm, and from 5-10pm.
This spot has expanded their patio to the parking lot where you can sit and eat everything from cheese curds to oysters. Reservations can be made by using their website or calling ahead at 612-341-2112. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Inspired by the salons, cafés, and buvettes of Paris between the wars, Saint Genevieve is open on the corner of 50th and Bryant in Lynnhurst with a charming sidewalk patio. Reservations are prepaid and available here.
The Hideaway sits on Main Street looking out on the Mississippi. They have one of the greatest decks in the city, and are accepting walk-ins.
Dine by the Mississippi River on the large outside patio of Jefe Urban Cocina. They serve dishes like carnitas and camarones tacos, and especiales like huaraches. All outdoor seating is walk-up with a wait-list (depending upon availability and capacity restrictions). For outdoor seating, check in with the host upon arrival to be seated or wait-listed if necessary based on availability. Patio seating is available Tuesday-Sunday from 4pm to close.
Check out Alma Cafe and their streetside patio. Parties of up to four people are accepted, six if you’re a part of the same family. Book your reservation for patio seating on their website - patio seating limited to select days and subject to weather.
Get your Japanese comfort food fix, like the “Chuka Niku Ramen” and their new Japanese potato salad, on Zen Box’s expanded patio. They’re only accepting walk-ins, and in the event of rain or severe weather, their patio will close.
Quincy Street in Nordeast is full of amazing spots to eat and drink, including this walk-up food trailer located outside of Able Brewery called Animales BBQ. They have a dog-friendly patio shared with Able Brewery where you can get dishes like their birria tacos and their smoked beef cheeks. They often run out of things, so be sure to get there early so you don’t miss out.
Enjoy this courtyard patio and be surrounded by plants and trees with occasional live music. Walk-ins are welcome.
Betty Danger’s is offering ticketed reservations for up to a 1.5-hour experience on their patio. The ticket gets you admission and a seat for the specific time block that you purchased. They are also using a safe and easy token system for all purchases. Upon arrival to Betty Danger’s, each member of your party may purchase as many tokens as you would like to use for anything they offer, including their Ferris wheel and golfing. Food items include their famous chicken slider and mini donuts.
Tacos, bistro lights, and a sidewalk patio are just a few things to look forward to at Centro. They are not taking advance reservations for dining - everything is on a first-come, first-served basis.
In the heart of the Historic Arts District in Nordeast, dine streetside under twinkling lights on the Erté & The Peacock Lounge patio while slurping down some fresh oysters or savoring a 16-ounce ribeye.
Hai Hai is a Southeast Asian spot in Nordeast serving dishes like the water fern cakes and beef larb that also has a lantern-stringed private patio. They are also offering limited menus for now until they can return to regular capacity. Menus are subject to change and there is an added 20% service charge to all guests checks. Patio menu is available Sunday-Thursday from 4-9pm, and Friday-Saturday from 4-10pm.
Kieran’s has a restaurant, market, bar, and now a full-on garden patio on their lawn. Reservations will be taken at the time of order, on a first-come, first-served basis, and you can place your order at the counter inside the restaurant.
Purchase your tickets ahead of time to enjoy this large Nordeast riverside Tiki-themed patio. Tickets are non-refundable nor transferable. For your safety and relaxation, the restaurant requires reservations, so you have up to an hour and a half to enjoy your food and drinks beginning at your reservation start time. Walk-in reservations and extensions may be available for purchase if capacity allows.
This is one of the best places to get wings in Minneapolis. Ray J’s is now open for patio seating, and you can call 612-353-4554 to make your reservations.
You’ve heard of BYOB, but what about BYOC? Bring your own chair and grab a spot on the expanded Sociable Cider Werks dog-friendly patio and order some delicious food from the Union Hmong Kitchen food truck. Order the “MN Hmong Hotdish” and the smoked mushroom laab online or from the bar.
Not only does Stanley’s have their new Cookies n Custard truck parked outside, but they also feature their famous dog menu. This is Minneapolis’ only three-course menu for dogs, which allows you to treat your best friend and yourself. Order from their all-day breakfast menu or the “My Perfect Burger” where you can build your own starting with your choice of meat (including the Beyond Burger). Their outdoor seating is weather pending, and no dogs are allowed after 9pm.
Come dine in the fresh air on the new outdoor patio at The Anchor Fish & Chips in Nordeast from Friday-Sunday. You may remember their outdoor space as their parking lot, but now it is a socially-distanced patio enclosed in a tent. They’re accepting reservations for tables of up to four people.
Looking for great cocktails and a casual atmosphere? Check out Twin Spirits Distillery in Nordeast where you can sip cocktails on their expanded tented patio. Bring in your own food, or get it delivered from nearby restaurants like Chimborazo.
Borough has a spacious, covered patio, and serves a rotating menu with dishes like the Parlour burger and fresh oysters. They’re currently open Monday-Saturday from 4-10pm.
Looking for a cool spot for drinks and small bites? Check out Cobble Social House in the North Loop. They recently opened their alley-based patio with a menu-takeover by the team from Mr. Taco. All tacos are served on a single corn tortilla and pair perfectly with their rendition of a Mojito called “Mojo-Ito-Mo Problems.”
This sidewalk and dog-friendly patio has contactless self-serve beverages from over 54 taps of craft beer, wine, cider, and kombucha. They’re doing brunch Saturday and Sunday until 3pm, and dinner Wednesday and Thursday from 3-10pm, Friday 3-11pm, Saturday until 11pm, and Sunday until 5pm.
This North Loop spot serves breakfast, lunch, and Happy Hour on one of the few rooftop patios in the neighborhood. Enjoy food from various local vendors like Soul Bowl and Midnord, while enjoying some of the best views of the Minneapolis skyline.
If you’re looking for a new brunch spot, check out the new rooftop patio at Nolo’s. It’s subject to availability, and tickets must be purchased ahead of time, but they’re open on Friday and Saturday nights from 5pm-12am. Enjoy drinks while taking in the North Loop views with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. If you get hungry, you can order one of their woodfired pizzas through their online menu.
Origami, one of the few sushi spots in Minneapolis with a patio, offers a variety of traditional Japanese dishes like takoyaki, ramen, and nigiri. Grab a spot on their patio located on the pedestrian-friendly alleyway off Lagoon Avenue and next door to the MoZaic.
Get your lobster roll on at Smack Shack’s patio. Their outdoor space seamlessly connects through to their dining room with their large garage-style doors.
Spoon And Stable is open for business on their sidewalk patio. Reservations are now available through September 30th.
Tullibee at the Hewing Hotel in the North Loop neighborhood is offering rooftop patio brunch with an option to take a dip in their pool. They are offering a special weekday rate available Monday-Thursday which will give you special access to their rooftop spa pool (reservations are required).
This is one of the biggest Beer Gardens in the Twin Cities. They have pizza, games, lots of parking, and you can make a reservation or just walk in.
Enjoy one of the largest rooftop patios in Uptown, just blocks away from Lake Bde Maka Ska. Make your reservations online for a 90-minute dining experience.
Lake & Irving has a newly renovated patio in Uptown with free parking in the back. Contactless menus (viewable via a QR code) are available at every table. Single-use menus, utensils, and drinking cups are available upon request, and food can also be requested in to-go containers to prevent contact with reusable plates.
Moto-i, Minneapolis’ only craft sake brewery and izakaya, is located in Lyn-Lake and has one of the best rooftop patios in town. You can sip sake and slurp ramen while looking out at views of the downtown skyline.
Facing the busy street of Hennepin Avenue in Uptown, Namaste Cafe offers a homey patio experience on their front porch and yard. You can make a reservation or walk in, and as a precaution, they process all their orders via their online ordering system.
Located across from Lake Bde Maka Ska, Taberna is a new taco spot in Uptown that can seat 50 guests on their patio. Grab a beer or margarita and enjoy the views of the parkway. There’s free parking outside and inside in the heated garage next door.
This market-inspired restaurant and bakery in Uptown has turned their parking lot into a spacious social-distancing al fresco dining experience, complete with a tent to counteract Minnesota’s unpredictable weather. Reservations are strongly recommended.
This cozy Uptown wine bar offers a small sidewalk patio perfect for people-watching while listening to their live musicians inside. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are recommended.
This restaurant has its own farm just 45 minutes away from the city, and they are now available for walk-in patio seating and counter-service ordering. Enjoy a true farm-to-table experience when you order their BLT that comes with their thick-cut slices of bacon and their kale caesar salad while being surrounded by beautiful large potted plants and flowers from Tangletown Gardens. The patio is available Wednesday-Saturday 11am-6pm.
This Ethiopian spot serves dishes like sambusa and doro tibs on their streetside patio.
St. Paul’s Little Italy is made up of Cossetta’s Eatery & Pizzeria, Louis Ristorante & Bar, Pasticceria, and their Italian Market located in the heart of downtown. And their newly expanded Cossetta Alimentari is somewhere you can grab a slice and find a seat right away in their 300-seat Eatery & Pizzeria. Or, head up to the third story with family and friends for pasta, secondi, and dolce in Louis Ristorante & Bar.
This St. Paul spot used to be a gas station and now is one of the best spots to grab a substantial charcuterie board or one of their delicious Italian sandwiches. They are all set up for social distancing with a walk-up window for ordering and an arancini-gelati-sorbetti cart that occasionally pops up. Reservations are required and they are currently accepting parties up to four people.
This Mexican spot in Saint Paul is a deli with groceries, and a beautiful arts and crafts section featuring artists from Mexico. Reservations are required for their patio dining, which seats up to 50 people with six feet distance, and they only allow a maximum of four people per table.
Handsome Hog is a Southern food spot that has a big space with outdoor seating. They serve a pig-centric menu with bold drinks. Try the mac and cheese with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and the three-piece buttermilk fried chicken.
Dine al fresco on Holman’s Table’s tarmac patio while watching planes fly in and take off. Make your reservations online here.
Enjoy a streetside patio breakfast at a former fire-station-turned-breakfast-bar in St. Paul. Hope Breakfast Bar gives a minimum of 3% of their proceeds back to the community via their non-profit, Give Hope.
This food hall has expanded their patio with all types of seating and choice of multiple vendors like Revival Smoked Meats and Pimento Jamaican Kitchen. While you can still shop inside the market, many of your favorite Keg and Case vendors are popped-up throughout their patio and park for walk-up service. There are no reservations required.
Parlour has a decently-sized sidewalk patio open for dine-in service where you can order their famous Parlour burger, which is a mix of ground chuck, ribeye, and brisket served with white American cheese on an egg bun. Make reservations online or call directly at 651-207-4433.
Salut Bar Americain is your neighborhood French spot with a floral garden patio. Call 651-917-2345 or visit their website to make a reservation.
The Gnome, formerly known as Happy Gnome, has reopened. The new space includes an expanded patio which is one of the largest in St. Paul. Like Hope Breakfast Bar, The Gnome will give a minimum of 3% of their proceeds back to the community via their non-profit, Give Hope.
The Lexington in St. Paul offers a private rooftop patio available Wednesday-Sunday from 4-10pm.
Enjoy an open and lush backyard patio in Selby Avenue. Reservations are required, and all reservations are 100% weather dependent.