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Where to (Safely) Eat and Drink in Minneapolis Northwest During Patio Season

Summer in Minnesota is kind of a big deal, and while we’re missing many of our favorite summer activities, there’s one you don’t have to skip – patio season! Below are the best patios in Minneapolis Northwest that are open for business and taking precautions to ensure you can safely enjoy dining al fresco. Cheers to an unforgettable summer!

OMNI Brewing Co.

Make it a beer night at OMNI Brewing Co., a local brewery where hops connoisseurs can sample craft brews on the expanded patio. Try OMNI’s classic Lake Day or Farmer Gerry’s Golden Ale. The Daily Dose Cream Ale is made in partnership with locally owned Daily Dose Café & Espresso. It’s a light, crisp coffee cream ale with just the right amount of coffee. Perfect to wake you up in the morning or to put you to bed! Don’t miss Infuseday Tuesday at OMNI, too! OMNI loves experimenting with new flavors and flavor combinations, so every Tuesday you can find a new flavor twist. 

9462 Deerwood Lane North, Maple Grove | 763-424-6664

The Highlander Restaurant

The Highlander Restaurant at Rush Creek Golf Club overlooks a pristine golf course with a beautiful landscape. The patio’s west-facing exposure gives you a prime seat to view brilliant sunsets. The Highlander is known for weekly food and drink selections, such as a Sunset Martini with pineapple infused Captain Morgan White Rum and the Tenderloin Steak Sandwich with homemade steak sauce. Reservations are required for groups of 6 people maximum; groups of 5 or fewer do not need advance reservations. Waitlist will be available, and Rush Creek will notify you via text when your table is ready. Parties must wait in their car for their table to be ready. 

7801 County Rd 101, Maple Grove | 763-494-0400

3 Squares Restaurant

The spring and summer invite diners at 3 Squares Restaurant to lounge on the patio as you enjoy happy hour or a weekend brunch. The dog-friendly space is perfect for relaxation. As night falls, the patio shimmers with lights on trellises, giving diners a charming and even romantic setting. 3 Square offers a revised menu and is also open for limited indoor seating, as well as curbside pickup and take-out.

12690 Arbor Lakes Parkway N, Maple Grove | 763-425-3330

Brick & Bourbon

After months apart, Brick & Bourbon is thrilled to have diners back, particularly on its newly refinished patio. It’s a fine spot to soak up the sunshine. Order from Brick & Bourbon’s spectacularly unique food menu, and don’t forget to browse the unique drink list. The restaurant offers limited walk-in seating and to-go orders. No reservations are accepted, but a Yelp waitlist will be available.

7887 Elm Creek Blvd N | 763-208-9477

Daily Dose Cafe & Espresso

If you're in the mood for a fresh salad, a grilled panini or an award-winning iced coffee drink, you can't beat Daily Dose in Brooklyn Park and Daily Dose in Maple Grove. Stop in to order or call-ahead and pick up your food. Then step outside and enjoy casual patio seating - perfect for a quick lunch. It's as easy as can be!

9578 Noble Pkwy N, Brooklyn Park | 763-762-8104
15517 Grove Circle N, Maple Grove | 763-657-0919

Rock Elm Tavern

The fun patio is open at Rock Elm Tavern! Start with a signature sumer cocktail like the Fresh-squeezed Blueberry Lemonade or Strawberry Cucumber Lemonade. Both are refreshing non-alcoholic beverages, or you can make it happy hour by adding vodka or rum. Also recommended is the Shrimp Ceviche, a perfect summer patio plate, made with cooked shrimp, pico de Gallo, cucumber, and tortilla chips. 

15641 Grove Circle N, Maple Grove | 763-205-9784

The Brooklyn Restaurant & Bar

Take in the blue sky and emerald greens of Edinburgh USA Golf Course when you dine at The Brooklyn Restaurant & Bar. Stay cool with a light and refreshing almond chicken salad with mixed greens, crisp apples, grapes, and almonds. The menu also includes two new flatbreads: chicken flatbread with queso, salsa verde, poblanos and lime crema, and a margherita flatbread with fresh tomato, mozzarella, basil pesto, and olive oil. Patio seating is spread out and precautions are being taken. Make your reservations.

8700 Edinbrook Crossing, Brooklyn Park | 763-315-8535

Teresa’s Mexican Restaurant

At Teresa's Mexican Restaurant, the patio is open and the margaritas are ready! Tables are well-sanitized and spaced out to keep diners safe. Savor all your favorite Mexican dishes, and even branch out to try the new Carne Asada Fries – steak and bacon on top of French fries, with melted cheese and signature cheese sauce; topped with sour cream, guacamole, pico de Gallo, and fresh jalapeño!

16314 County Rd 30, Maple Grove | 763-777-8431

Lookout Bar & Grill

The Lookout Bar & Grill is a family owned restaurant known for its longtime-favorite recipes, live music and spacious, award-winning outdoor patio. Designed to have a tropical feel, the space features palm trees, bright yellow umbrellas, and a lush botanical garden surrounding the dining area. Try The Lookout's new summer dessert – Funnel Cake Fries!

8672 Pineview Ln N, Maple Grove | 763-424-4365

Blue Wolf Brewing

Normally patio-free, Blue Wolf Brewing has converted its parking lot into a space for you to enjoy cold craft brews under the sun. Reservations are required and sunscreen is recommended! Only 16 oz. plastic cups of Blue Wolf beer and cans of soda will be available to drink on the outdoor patio. Comfy camping chairs are available for seating, and you're welcome to bring your own chair, as well. Try the Mango Booty Shake (milkshake IPA), Wolf Cry (rye ale), or Blue Fang (new hard seltzer!). 

8515 Edinburgh Centre Dr, Brooklyn Park | 763-390-6700

Malone’s Bar & Grill

Local favorite Malone's has transformed it's large parking lot space into tented patio seating with plenty of space between tables. Walk-in’s only, check-in with the host. A waitlist is avaiable, and if there is a wait, it usually goes quickly, and Malone's will text you when your table is ready. Sit under one of the big red umbrellas as you relax with a fruity and delicious Malone's Mojito!

12635 Elm Creek Blvd N, Maple Grove | 763-447-6500

CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar

The new CRAVE opened to glowing reviews last year, and now features two patios for summer dining. The first-floor patio provides casual outdoor seating under the lights, and the rooftop patio will provide lovely views of sunsets on Main Street. On those extra-hot days, sip on a refreshing strawberry margarita with the Pollo Mango Habanero. Please call 15 minutes ahead during lunch hours and one hour before dining hours.

12734 Elm Creek Blvd N, Maple Grove | 763-777-8431

Granite City Food & Brewery

Brunch on the patio? Great! Best head to Granite City where you can be the boss of your stomach with the Lawless Brunch. The new menu also features slider towers, flatbreads, noodle bowls, and signature sandwiches.

11909 Main St, Maple Grove | 763-416-0010

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