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10 Must Visit Patios & Rooftops in the Twin Cities

By Eddie Carter
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Categories:DefaultOutdoor Dining Guide 2022

Scenic rooftop terraces, picturesque patios, lush courtyards, and tree-lined gardens. Here are a few must-visit places in the Twin Cities where you should be dining and drinking outside.

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Khâluna

Southwest Minneapolis

Satisfy your cravings at Khâluna. This resort-style eatery bridges the gap between Minneapolis and Southeast Asia with a colorful array of Laotian food and drinks. Grab a table on the covered patio, equipped with fans and filled with greenery.  With a clarified milk punch in hand, you’ll feel like you’re on vacation.

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W.A. Frost

Cathedral Hill

Once a 19th century pharmacy, W.A. Frost is now a turn-of-the-century establishment serving contemporary American cuisine atop historic Cathedral Hill in St. Paul. Go for the small plates, salads, and sandwiches, or treat yourself to a cowboy bone-in ribeye under the patio’s lush canopy. End the night with mango cheesecake and a glass of sherry.

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Travail Kitchen & Amusements

Robbinsdale

Head to Travail Kitchen & Amusements for curated beverage pairings, elaborate tasting menus, and a host of table-side culinary antics. The rotating New American tasting menu is influenced by French cooking techniques, and derives inspiration from seasonal, Midwest ingredients. Enjoy a cocktail flight on the rooftop patio overlooking downtown Robbinsdale.

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Riva Terrace

Central Minneapolis

Where the Italian Riviera meets the banks of the Mississippi. This poolside terrace sits on the fourth floor of the Four Seasons hotel in central Minneapolis and serves coastal Italian fare by executive chef Martín Morelli. Soak in the sun while snacking on black truffle fries and sipping on aperitivos by the water.

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Lat14 Asian Eatery

Golden Valley

Travel along the 14th parallel with this shareable plates concept from chef Ann Ahmed. Here, guests are introduced to the cuisines, ingredients, and cultural traditions of Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and the Philippines. Gather in the wood paneled garden patio for snow crab wontons, Thai basil duck, red snapper filet, and chocolatey espresso martinis.

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6Smith

Wayazata

Built for the urban suburban, 6Smith serves artisan inspired meats and seafoods on the shores of Lake Minnetonka. Grab a seat on the lakeside patio for loaded mac & cheese, miso marinated sea bass, and key lime pie. Or come on the weekend for fresh baked monkey bread at brunch.

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Duke's on 7

Minnetonka

Duke’s on 7’s pawtio is a pet-tacular summer spot for food, drinks, and treats for you and your pup. Bring in your K-9 companion for boxer bite cookies, turkey meatloaf, and complimentary peanut butter Nilla “woofers”. For the owners, “yappy” hour starts at 3 p.m.

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The Gnome Craft Pub

Cathedral Hill

The naturally covered patio of The Gnome Pub makes for a perfect weekend brunch spot. Dive in for beignets, biscuits, bottomless mimosas, and bellinis. The bloody mary board is a “gnome” run too!

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Spoon and Stable

Central Minneapolis

James Beard Award-winning chef Gavin Kaysen brings his talents to Minneapolis with Spoon and Stable. Located in a former horse stable dating back to 1906, Kaysen blends the seasonal ingredients of the Midwest with French cooking techniques. Saddle up on the charming, European-style sidewalk patio for bison tartare, dry-aged duck, and vanilla bean crème brûlée.

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Park Tavern

Lenox

Eat, drink, bowl, party. These are the words Park Tavern has been living by for more than 60 years while serving American tavern favorites to the St. Louis Park community. Enjoy beer, burgers, pizza, and more while hanging out on the outdoor patio. Don’t miss live music every Wednesday and Thursday starting at 5:30 p.m.

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