5 to Try: Best Patios in Minneapolis

Forget sidewalk dining. These Minneapolis hot spots offer up a truly unique outdoor dining experience. (Photo courtesy of Brit's Pub)

Updated: October 12, 2009

5 to Try

Sea Salt Eatery

4801 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417

This isn't just a patio; this is a park. Located in the park pavilion at Minnehaha Falls, the swoosh of the trees and the splash of the Falls make up Sea Salt's dining room. Families, daters and friends flock here for the always-sunny setting.

Brit's Pub

1110 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

No list of patios would be complete without Brit's, offering a rooftop patio that doubles as a bowling green. The downtown after-work crowd gathers here en masse to soak up the suds and the sun in the shadows of the downtown skyline.

Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge

2519 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Think it's a tad too chilly to hang out and sip fruity drinks from coconuts? Have no fear. Pshcho Suzi's Polynesian-inspired outdoor lounge comes with heaters and plenty of seating, making it perfect for late-night get-togethers.

Jax Cafe

1928 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

This classic steakhouse offers a classic and classy patio: Ponds, vines and twinkling white lights take over the city space. And lucky guests get to fish for their own trout in Jax's famous trout pond.


2940 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

The very first sake bar in the United States is also home to a killer rooftop bar that overlooks Uptown in all its splendor. It's a perfect spot for star-filled late-night happy hour, which includes cheap sake and small plates for under $5.