Our 5 Favorite Patios in Minneapolis/Twin Cities

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Updated May 14, 2019
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We’ve been posting a lot about some of our favorite places to eat in the Twin Cities recently, and with the weather warming up, we thought it would be smart to list our 5 favorite patios in the area.

Eating inside is nice, especially if the atmosphere is pleasant. But, there is certainly something to be said about eating outside when the weather is perfect — especially when you’ve been cooped up inside all winter. To put it simply, eating outside can just put you in a good mood.

So, whether you’re looking for a spot to have a couple of after-work beers, or somewhere you can spend time with the whole family and enjoy a meal together, here are the 5 Best Patios in Twin Cities.

Butcher and Boar

Courtesy of Butcher and The Boar

1121 Hennepin Ave

Minneapolis, MN 55403

Meat-focused menu: Check. Craft brews: check. Bourbons: Check. Beer Garden: Check.

Butcher and the Boar has just about everything you need when it comes to dining on a patio with friends or family. Their covered beer garden offers outdoor refuge from the elements when the sun is too hot or when it is raining. You’d also be hard-pressed to find a spot that serves better meat.

With a 4.6 Google Review rating from over 1,000 satisfied customers, Butcher and the Boar is a must-see spot for foodies everywhere.

Their beer garden menu includes such delicacies as their sausage sampler, smoked chicken wings, and green chili dusted fries.

Monello

Courtesy of Monello

1115 2n Ave S

Minneapolis, MN 55403

Located near the heart of the action in downtown Minneapolis, Monello is still hidden enough to allow for some great patio eating and drinking. While there are some great patio happy hours around the Twin Cities, Monello sets itself apart with their extensive cocktails and wine collection.

Monello also has a solid brunch, with grilled octopus, oysters, a build your omelet option, and a delicious breakfast sandwich.

Monello is fairly upscale, so make sure to dress accordingly if you do go.

Brunson’s Pub

Courtesy of Brunson’s Pub

956 Payne Ave

St. Paul, MN 55130

Taking things to St Paul, we have Brunson’s Pub. While probably better known for their dive bar atmosphere inside, Brunson’s Pub has a lovely patio filled with green foliage — creating a fresh, lush area tucked away from the city. On Monday’s they have various specials for $3, $4, $5, and $6 and on Tuesdays they have trivia!

Some of their most savory apps include their loaded fries, Brunson Wings, seared togarashi tuna, and of course, cheese curds.

Centro at Popol Vuh

Courtesy of Centro

1414 Quincy Street Northeast

Minneapolis, MN 55413

Centro has the best of both worlds: delicious Mexican food and a gorgeous patio setting. Complete with intricate street artist designs, Centro offers an authentic Mexican food experience with a modern interior and patio to boot.

Some of the best tacos on their menu are the tinga (chipotle-tomato chicken, crema, queso), papas con chorizo (chorizo, potato, roasted salsa verde), and pescado (beer-battered fish, cabbage slaw, guajillo aioli). All pair perfectly with an ice-cold margarita.

Meritage

Courtesy of Meritage

410 St Peter St

St. Paul, MN 55102

The Meritage Terrace is one of the top spots in St. Paul for a fine dining experience outside in the gorgeous spring or summer breeze. The terrace is the perfect place to reconnect with old friends or to meet up for a family lunch. A few of there dishes include their Meritage chicken salad croissant, steak frites, and steak tartare.

If you consider yourself a foodie, then you need to get down to Meritage this Spring.

Are there any patios we missed? If your favorite patio isn’t on this list, leave it the comments and tell us why it’s your favorite!

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