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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in Twin Cities / Minneapolis

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining in Twin Cities / Minneapolis? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Dan’s Bar and Grill restaurant
5.0
5 (603)
$30 and under
Burgers
Red Wing
About the restaurant
CLASSIC FOOD with a TWIST is the fare at Dan’s Bar and Grill! The menu features country favoites with a little taste of the city! You’ll always find good food, well prepared and something for everyone! Our menu changes quarterly, so make sure you stop back often!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Great food choices. I love their unique choices. I had the turkey club, with apricot jam and slices of Granny Smith apple. Delicious!!!
A photo of Ciao Bella restaurant
4.8
4.8 (6420)
$30 and under
Italian
Bloomington
About the restaurant
CURRENTLY, ALL RESERVATIONS MADE WILL BE FOR INSIDE SEATING.  PATIO SEATING IS ALL FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE. THANK YOU.

At Ciao Bella, we serve simple, fresh Italian cuisine made from local ingredients. Our handcrafted meals are accompanied by a thoughtful, approachable wine selection. We believe dining is more than food: it is an experience, and ours is quality. Enjoy your handcrafted meal on our lively outdoor patio, or take in the local art collection in our dining room. Our philosophy is simple: quality food and wine presented with welcoming service. Every meal. Every day. Please join us.

A Minneapolis metro favorite, Ciao Bella was opened in 1997 by Minneapolis restaurateur Rick Webb, whose pursuits have set the standard in Twin Cities dining for over 40 years. Heading downtown? Visit Ciao Bella’s sister restaurant, Zelo, for another dining experience from Rick Webb featuring handcrafted food and dedicated service.

Top review
lovetoeatout
Dined 4 days ago
I love this restaurant. It is my go to for best experience in food and service!
A photo of Patrick's Bakery Cafe restaurant
4.8
4.8 (772)
$30 and under
Contemporary French
Richfield
About the restaurant
Patrick's Bakery and Cafe features the best of French and American cuisine. Located in Southdale Square, the restaurant offers guests a warm and inviting atmosphere with a selection of the finest pastries available in the Twin Cities. The menu offers such classics as Coq au vin, Beef Bourguignon, Steak Frites and Escargot. But, classics alone do not make up Patrick's menu. Grilled Salmon, Sea Bass and other coastal selections are available to tantalize your taste buds. Prefer something a little lighter? Try one of our many creative salads. Patrick's famous Patou burger is a fabulous choice, just one taste of the Patou burger and you are instantly taken away to Paris. Patrick's also offers a wonderful selection of french wines. Dinner at Patrick's is an experience that always leaves you wanting more, this want is enhanced by affordable prices.
Top review
KayJay
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
Patrick's is our go-to neighborhood place. The food is uniformly delicious, and you can't beat the pastries. We eat here a couple times a month, and have been through the menu. We have too many favorites to list, but the duck a l'orange, the filet mignon, and the Patrick's burger are items we order frequently. The place has a great vibe, too. No TVs, just quiet jazz or French music, and one of the best outdoor dining patios anywhere. The wait staff are friendly, too.
A photo of The Smack Shack restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1691)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Downtown / North Loop
About the restaurant
Casual, coastal restaurant in the North Loop. Reservations taken for dining room only, patio seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Please check in with hosts upon arrival for patio seating.

Although named for the boats used to catch lobster, Smack Shack was launched as a food truck in 2010 serving lobster rolls from a land-locked downtown Minneapolis parking lot. Owner Josh Thoma had a great recipe and a belief that appetite for fresh lobster in the Twin Cities was as strong as any coastal city.

Smack Shack is committed to serving sustainable seafood and is a current partner in the Minnesota Zoo’s Fish Smart program. Sustainable seafood is wild caught or farm raised seafood that has established practices to ensure the long term growth and thriving populations of seafood with limited harm to the environment.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
To be fair, we sat outside on the gorgeous day we went and the street and commercial truck noise was loud but otherwise (which we expected in Minneapolis) an excellent experience. We don’t get many gorgeous days so we took advantage. Service and food was outstanding
A photo of Yard House - St. Louis Park restaurant
4.6
4.6 (211)
$30 and under
American
St. Louis Park
About the restaurant
Yard House is the modern American gathering place where beer and food lovers unite. Known for great food, classic rock, an energetic vibe and endless fleet of tap handles featuring the best craft and local beers, each Yard House location offers 100+ beers on tap along with an array of craft cocktails. Our menu features favorites such as our signature Poke Nachos, street tacos, USDA prime burgers, seafood and steaks. Founded in Long Beach, Calif; in 1996, Yard House now spans across the U.S. with over 80 locations and is open daily for lunch, dinner, happy hour and late-night dining.
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DavidJvip
Dined 4 days ago
Great happy hour deals and sitting outdoors in the summer was perfect. Service was good, appreciate that any server will deliver your beer rather than just sitting at the bar.
A photo of Pinstripes - Edina restaurant
4.5
4.5 (634)
$30 and under
American
Edina
About the restaurant
Pinstripes: Where Sophisticated Fun Meets Exquisite Dining. With over 30,000 square feet of entertainment space, indulge in scratch-made Italian-American cuisine, handcrafted cocktails, and a robust wine list. Enjoy our weekday happy hour from 3-6pm, or don't miss our famous bottomless brunch buffet on weekends. Experience modern bowling and bocce with full-service dining and entertainment options. Perfect for corporate gatherings, celebrations, or family events, our versatile spaces accommodate parties of 20 to 1000 guests. Book your unforgettable experience today!
Top review
Mcgoovip
Dined 4 days ago
Unfortunately we in the sun which wasn’t great but had a good meal with friends. Like this neighborhood gem!!
A photo of UNION Rooftop restaurant
4.4
4.4 (3285)
$30 and under
American
Downtown / North Loop
About the restaurant

A word from UNION Rooftop

Experience the Union of talent, creativity, art, food, and design.

Kaskaid Hospitality has been credited with bringing dining in the Twin Cities to new heights, and UNION Rooftop is the crown jewel in its latest unveiling of unique hospitality concepts. Painstaking attention was paid to every detail, from restoring the building’s original architectural treasures to installing the one-of-a-kind retractable rooftop. UNION has engaged a talented culinary team that holds themselves to the highest standards, ensuring every dish is special, surprising, and cohesive. We have created a menu that can be experienced in just the right proportions, from an elegant snack before the theater, to a celebratory private dining tasting menu featuring ingredients that change daily.

Valet Parking Available Nightly

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Great food (I had the seabass entree) and excellent service (very helpful wait-staff), all perfectly timed for a pre-show dinner.
A photo of Tavern23 restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1904)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Edina
About the restaurant
Tavern23 is a contemporary American Grill; we feature high-quality food in a warm and inviting setting.
Featuring a wood fire oven, savory steaks, sushi, fresh salads and a variety of burgers and sandwiches to please anyone and everyone!
Try us out for brunch or sneak in for a great happy hour on food and beverages.


Top review
Terryvip
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
The Kale and Cashew salad with blackened chicken is the best summer salad to enjoy on the outdoor patio at Tavern 23!
A photo of Chevys Fresh Mex - Bloomington restaurant
4.4
4.4 (86)
$30 and under
Mexican
Bloomington
About the restaurant
Chevys Fresh Mex® is Mexican un-chained. We serve up delicious simplicity in a casual but energized atmosphere. Whether you’re with friends or family, there’s a fiesta waiting for you at Chevys.

We pride ourselves in the freshest food and drinks, made every day from scratch. Think California inspired Mesquite-fired flavor with farm fresh ingredients. We use only fresh, top-quality ingredients in our beloved recipes to create a one-of-a-kind fiesta of the senses that inspires celebration amongst food lovers, spice lovers and fun lovers.

Top review
CindyW
Dined on Jun 15, 2024
Had not been to Chevy’s in years. Food was outstanding!
A photo of The Howe Daily Kitchen restaurant
4.3
4.3 (87)
$30 and under
American
Longfellow
About the restaurant
The Howe Daily Kitchen & Bar located on Minneapolis' south side. Dog-friendly patio, local spirits, local beer. Sports bar.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
I have been to The Howe multiple times and always have a good experience. The food is good, not too expensive, and the atmosphere is nice. The dog patio is great, too! There is a parking lot and a lot of street parking.
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