The Best Outdoor Patios in the Twin Cities

The Best Outdoor Patios in the Twin Cities Right Now | Twin Cities Mom Collective

I’ve learned to truly appreciate the beautiful warm summers that bring life back into the Twin Cities after months of cold weather. One of the best things to do while out and about is to checkout the outdoor patios of some of our favorite local Twin Cities restaurants.

So with this in mind, whether you want to have a romantic date night or spend some time outdoors with your family, there is a restaurant with a great outdoor patio for you. These are some great restaurants with outdoor patios in and around the Twin Cities right now.

W.A. Frost and Company

Located on the historic Cathedral Hill, W.A. Frost and Company is a great option for a romantic date to get some time away from the kids. The patio is surrounded by beautiful greenery with different types of flowers and plants everywhere you turn. W.A. Frost’s has a great contemporary American menu with many things to try.

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The Handsome Hog

If you’re a fan of southern style food, The Handsome Hog is the place for you. Chef Justin Sutherland is well known for making enjoyable plates, famously known for winning the Iron Chef America.

The Handsome Hog recently moved to a new location which provides a beautiful outdoor patio. I love that you can sit near the picturesque flowers that line the perimeter of the patio or sit towards the front and do a little people watching. Serving its infamous chicken and waffles as well as shrimp and grits, that are to die for, The Handsome Hog’s patio brings the south up to the Midwest.

Keg and Case

Keg and Case has a huge outdoor space that is perfect for a family outing. The popular food market has succeeded in bringing all of their common seating outdoors for a socially distanced dining experience. You can grab your food indoors and then eat at one of the tables on the expanded patio. Many vendors are making it even easier by offering pop-up tables and food trucks outdoors so you don’t even need to go inside.

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Psycho Suzi’s

Psycho Suzi’s has always been a fan favorite and had to be added to the list.  Known for providing a vacation-like experience, dining on their outdoor patio will make you feel like you’re on your own private island.

Seven Sushi and Steakhouse

The rooftop at Seven Sushi and Steakhouse provides amazing views of downtown Minneapolis and is a great place to lounge and relax. This is another great place to go for a romantic date night or a daytime brunch. Seven offers a great menu of Asian and American food.

Make sure you check out their Facebook page to find some of their ongoing events, like their Rooftop Theatre Nights on Tuesdays.


If you want to get out of the city for a little, 6Smith Restaurant in Wayzata offers beautiful views of lake Minnetonka on their patio. This steak and seafood restaurant has a ton of outdoor socially distanced seating.

The staff is very welcoming and it really does make you feel like you’re on a vacation. You can make reservations online.

Smack Shack

The Smack Shack’s Minneapolis location offers an outdoor patio that is spaced out and is also a great place to go with your family. Indulge in casual costal seafood and make sure you try their Smack Shack original lobster roll.

Although you can walk right in, I recommend making a reservation online to make sure you aren’t waiting too long for a seat.

Sweeney’s Saloon

Sweeney’s Saloon definitely has one of the best patios in Saint Paul. There’s plenty of trees and plants to take in while enjoying the fun atmosphere. Sweeney’s provides delicious bar food including a ‘build your own burger’ option.

Although it isn’t required, Sweeney’s recommends that you make a reservation before going so you can reserve a spot for patio seating.

And there you have it. Even though this year looks different in so many ways, restaurants have adapted well to allow us to enjoy some of the best outdoor patios safely and with ease. So before the weather turns too brisk, be sure to check out some of these incredible options in and around the Twin Cities!

Born and raised in South Florida, Teralyn and her family recently moved to Saint Paul after spending six years in Boston. She is a mom to a one year old and two year old which she describes as beautiful chaos. When she's not changing diapers or potty training, Teralyn spends her days as a global HR manager and her weekends running her blog Teralyn is passionate about uplifting women, especially new moms by helping them be their greatest self during the magical journey of motherhood.



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