Where to Eat and Drink in Minneapolis Northwest During Patio Season
Minnesota’s fifth season is here – patio season! Spending time outdoors is a must, and dining and relaxing outside is one of the best ways to enjoy the spring and summer. Minneapolis Northwest does patios right. From sipping on a cool beer under the sun or clinking cocktails under the stars, here are some of the top places to eat and drink in Minneapolis Northwest during patio season.
Lookout Bar & Grill
The Lookout Bar & Grill is a family owned restaurant known for its longtime-favorite recipes, volleyball court and spacious, award-winning outdoor patio. A lively crowd fills the space each night, enjoying cold drinks while snacking on ribs and burgers. It is designed to have a tropical feel with palm trees, bright yellow umbrellas and a lush botanical garden surrounding the dining area. Look for nighttime specials such as all-you-can-eat crab legs or broasted chicken, and live music with no cover charge every Friday and Saturday night. The Lookout hosts three seasons of volleyball, which is as much fun for diners as it is for the players. Stop by Sundays through Thursdays to check out the action under the lights, or visit the Lookout website to join a league!
8672 Pineview Lane North, Maple Grove
Highlander at Rush Creek Golf Club
The Highlander Restaurant at Rush Creek Golf Club is an excellent outdoor date-night option. Overlooking a pristine golf course with a beautiful landscape, the restaurant is in one of the most scenic spots in Minneapolis Northwest where you can enjoy craft cocktails, a seasonally influenced menu and weekly pub specials. Sunsets at Rush Creek are especially brilliant. The restaurant and patio’s west-facing exposure gives you a prime seat to view the sun’s descent behind the ever-changing clouds and hilly terrain. Enjoy Sounds at Sunsets – live music on the patio 6-10 p.m. every Wednesday, May 30 through September 5.
Bonus tip: If you’re interested in planning a golf outing or special event at Rush Creek, check out our advice and tips from Jenny Stendahl, Golf Operations Manager.
7801 County Road 101, Maple Grove
Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge
Psycho Suzi’s in Minneapolis sits on the Mississippi River and offers an immersive escape to an island paradise with its grass umbrellas, palm fronds, tiki drinks and island décor. While many people know of its famous riverfront patio, many haven’t yet discovered the Forbidden Cove – a quaint and quieter upstairs balcony suited for more intimate dinners. A full bar is available and tiki drinks are served in kitschy tiki glasses that you can take home for a couple of bucks. Try the Psycho Zombie slush drink, a rum-soaked slushy in cherry, cola and lime flavors, and the Coconaut, a cross between a White Russian and a Pina Colada.
Bonus tip: Go with a group and try the “extra special drinks,” one-of-kind concoctions that serve 2-4 people, like Eruption in Paradise or Leilani’s Fire Bowl.
1900 Marshall Street Northeast, Minneapolis
Pryes Brewing Company
Like Psycho Suzi’s, Pryes Brewing Company hugs the Mississippi River and has a welcoming, dog-friendly patio with great summer views. The atmosphere and décor complement the craft brews, casks, infusions and daily specials. All food is made in-house by Seventh Street Truck Park’s Taco Truck, so you can order a hoppy IPA and some street tacos, quesadillas or nachos. Signature brews are the award-winning Miraculum – a citrus, malty, balanced Midwest IPA – and the award-winning Barleywine – warm, figgy and malty with a 9.0% ABV. The Minneapolis Bouldering Project is nearby, along with scenic walking paths and bike trails, making Pryes Brewing an ideal spot to stop for a pint when you’re out and about this season.
1401 West River Road North, Minneapolis
OMNI Brewing Co.
Make it a beer night at OMNI Brewing Co., a local hangout where hops connoisseurs can sample craft brews like Hopfull and Muddy Runner, and everyone can play shuffleboard or enter a cribbage tournament or Mario Kart league. OMNI’s patio is action-packed with cornhole, a food truck and live music, and yogis can enjoy yoga in the sun on the second Saturday of every month (weather permitting). Sample worldly cuisines when you grab a bite at OMNI’s food truck of the day. Check the schedule ahead of time to see who’s coming. A few of our favorites include:
The Big Red Wagon
MNW Recommendation: pulled pork sandwich – the best pork north of St. Louis – and the Jamaican turkey sandwich
MNW Recommendation: definitely a gyro (the portions are large!) but don’t forget the amazing homemade Tzatziki sauce
FUSED Craft Brew Eats
MNW Recommendation: flight of three hot dogs and/or a bowl of chili with bacon-cheddar cornbread
9462 Deerwood Lane North, Maple Grove
A block from OMNI Brewing Co. is Maple Tavern, a fantastic spot to grab a cold beer and classic fried foods like onion rings, cheese curds and mini donuts. The tavern is popular for its comfy, no-nonsense bar, which is surrounded by flat-screen TVs, and its large and lively patio, which is adjacent to a sand volleyball court and surrounded by lights. You and your friends can compete in a volleyball game or two, or just sit back and watch league entertainment on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Better yet, get a group together and join the league or sign up on a new team and meet new friends. Throughout the summer Maple Tavern also hosts live music, ladies’ nights, bingo and karaoke.
9375 Deerwood Lane North, Maple Grove
Betty Danger’s Country Club
Want a little danger with your patio experience? There’s never a dull moment at Better Danger’s Country Club (membership not required). Go for a leisurely ride on the Danger – a Ferris wheel with open-air dining cars – and have Mexi-Cali food and drinks while you rotate and get a bird’s eye view of the diners below. For a true taste of summer, go with the Elote – fresh sweet corn on the cob with chipotle mayo, lime salt, scallions and parmesan. Or have an Arnie Palmer while you putt around the new Poodles and Palms Putt & Play course, one of the only interactive and dog-friendly golf courses around.
2501 Marshall Street Northeast, Minneapolis
Roasted Pear in Brooklyn Park provides both rustic and refined dining. This family owned, full-service bar and restaurant features a predominately made-from-scratch menu with sophisticated salads, homemade desserts and everything in between. Drink specials are offered seven days a week, and catering is available for any occasion, from corporate events to weddings. The patio, with its brightly colored umbrellas, is perfect for a work lunch or casual dinner with family or friends. We recommend the Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken and Roasted Pear Empanada for dessert
9690 Colorado Lane, Brooklyn Park
3 Squares Restaurant
For an upscale vibe, head to 3 Squares Restaurant, where a stylish cocktail bar with craft beer on tap is available. The spring and summer invite diners to lounge on the patio as they enjoy a weekend brunch of chicken and waffles, huevos rancheros or roasted veggie hash. The dog-friendly space has cushioned, oversized chairs that are perfect for relaxation. As night falls, it shimmers with patio lights on trellises, giving diners a charming and even romantic setting. You can also liven up your week with trivia on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. presented by Geeks Who Drink.
12690 Arbor Lakes Parkway North, Maple Grove
Arbor Lakes Shopping & Dining District Patios
The Arbor Lakes Shopping & Dining District features a plethora of patios perfect for taking in warm weather and warm laughs. Looking to catch a game in a bar or meet up with friends in a lively place? Look no further than Malone’s Bar and Grill. The patio is a favorite hangout for locals and visitors, and it includes high-definition flat-screen TVs, so you’ll never miss your favorite sporting event. Walleye finger, pizzas, burgers and Cuban sandwiches can be found on the menu and are perfect to pair with your favorite brew.
A few steps away is Patrick’s Bakery & Café – a bustling spot resembling a European cafe that is known for its gorgeous glass display of French pastries, such as macarons, fruit tarts, napoleons and miniature cakes. Eat alfresco on the patio, on one of the outdoor Parisian-style chairs, for an authentic dining experience. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served here, and diners can order a wide range of European-style dishes like omelettes, tuna tartare, crab cakes, quiche and decadent desserts.
Redstone American Grill is recognized for its upscale and romantic patio that is dimly lit by lanterns and an outdoor stone fire pit. Enjoy seafood meals, steaks and wood-fired flatbreads while admiring the stonework architecture. Save room for dessert – you’ll want to fill up on the Redstone’s signature chocolate cake.
Craving a place to enjoy the weather and a slice of pizza that packs a punch? Then Punch Pizza is the place for you. Create your own Neapolitan-style pizza and then devour it seconds after it leaves the wood-burning brick oven. Sit outside on the long patio with lights and rustic wooden tables for a great outdoor experience.
Dine on the patio of Claddagh Irish Pub, where the award-wining fish n’ chips, corned beef and cabbage rolls and other Irish dishes taste even better outside with a pint. Also, enjoy breakfast on the patio with Claddagh’s new brunch menu. The traditional Irish breakfast includes rasher bacon, black & white pudding, bangers, eggs, sautéed mushrooms and Claddagh’s authentic soda bread. Come back Tuesday evenings to test your pop culture knowledge with themed trivia, with themes like Disney, The Office, Harry Potter and more.
Bonus tip: Every Monday, Claddagh’s delicious fish n’ chips are buy one entrée, get one free!
New restaurants open each year in Minneapolis Northwest and we have two more great eateries with cool patios you’ll want to check out. CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar is now open in Maple Grove and features the city's first rooftop patio. Then mke a stop at Topgolf in Brooklyn Center. The nationally known golf entertainment center opened in September 2018 with a restaurant, multiple bars, and a rooftop terrace with a fire pit and views of the downtown skyline.
Read about the best ways to spend long summer days in Minneapolis Northwest with our Summer Solstice ideas, and when you’re not dining on a patio, Hit the Road, Jack! and check out some of the fun and quirky things to do only a short drive from our area. Also, continue to enjoy more area breweries with our Guide to Art Galleries & Breweries.
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