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cookkevin Jun 4, 2010 09:44 AM

Looking for restaurant/sports bars with large outdoor patios for lunch/appetizers/drinks?

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    BigE Aug 8, 2011 06:39 AM

    In the northern burbs, Rudy's Red Eye in WBL just opened a rooftop patio. Not exactly tops on my chow list, but it looks like a pretty nice setup.

    1. Uisge Aug 5, 2011 09:29 AM

      Did anyone else know that Cheeky Monkey now has a patio? Stopped by for takeout yesterday and was surprised to see signs pointing to a patio out back. (not the tables out front).

      Very cute space. Fenced in. Some tables and some couches. Plus they've got water out there (a big plus for me). Looking forward to going back and checking it out.

      1. ceej2008 Aug 4, 2011 02:43 PM

        Crema on Lyndale in Minneapolis has an awesome patio...very secluded and has a real Mediterranean feel. The ice cream is fantastic. I've never eaten anything but when I'm there but I understand they have "real" food as well.

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        Crema Cafe
        3403 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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          soupkitten Aug 4, 2011 06:52 PM

          +1 on the romantic grotto at crema.

          has anybody hung out on the rooftop patio at moto-i? i can't speak from any personal experience about the food there, but it looks "fun" and is in a great location.

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          moto-i
          2940 Lyndale Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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            moomon Aug 4, 2011 08:21 PM

            I went to moto i a few times in the Spring. The rooftop is quite nice, but not that elegant. Im not so sure if they have changed things up there at all cos I havent been there for a while. From what I recalled, they have several bar stools and also kind of like picnic tables up there.

            The food there is not that consistent. Three - four times I was there, I ordered a few same dishes every time, but somehow they always taste different. Well, I went there only for HH though so maybe the regular might be good?

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              soupkitten Aug 5, 2011 10:02 AM

              pity. i must say that it seems like moto-i is consistent. . . about being half-assed about stuff.

              in contrast, i will say that obento-ya has a delightful tiny fenced in patio behind the restaurant, with shade and decorative accents. it is a non-smoking patio.

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              Obento-Ya Japanese Bistro
              1510 Como Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

              moto-i
              2940 Lyndale Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

        2. Davydd Aug 4, 2011 02:05 PM

          In addition to the $4 half-pound hamburger served on Manic Mondays, Lord Fletchers also has a Wednesday special starting at 4 PM on the outdoor dock called Lobster Night. They serve whole lobsters with roll, cole slaw and ears of corn for $15. We tried it for the first time yesterday.

          Like the Manic Monday burger you go up and pay cash and get served in line. If you want anything else like other sides and drinks, the wait staff takes care of you. This is a sample of what you get on Lobster Night.

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          Lord Fletcher's
          3746 Sunset Dr, Spring Park, MN 55384

           
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            foreverhungry Aug 12, 2010 09:11 AM

            Was Psycho Suzie's Motor Lounge already mentioned? To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of the place, but it is very popular, has good (and stiff) drinks, and their pizza's are pretty decent. If it's more about the drinks and the scene than the food, Psycho Suzie's is a good bet.

            Also (and apologies if this was already mentioned) is the new entry in Uptown, the Uptown Cafeteria and Support Group. The view is excellent, the drinks are very good, and the few appetizers I had were very good given it's role. It's more about the view and the drinks than the food there. But compared to it's competition across the street (Stella's), the food at Cafeteria is much better, while the views and prices are parallel.

            I think it depends on what your emphasis is. If it's food first, then places like Solera and Craftsman are great bets. If it's on the view (and you want to stay in MPLS or STP), then Stella's and Cafeteria are possibly your best choices.

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            Solera
            900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

            1. cheeseguysgirl Aug 12, 2010 07:46 AM

              What about in downtown Minneapolis? Any good outdoor dining there? I have Solera, Joe's Garage, and Lurcat. Others?

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              Joe's Garage
              1610 Harmon Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403

              Solera
              900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

              1. ceej2008 Aug 9, 2010 05:08 AM

                Try la chaya on Nicollet Ave. and 46th St. in Mpls. The food is really good and interesting and their patio is delightful, but a bit on the small side. http://www.lachaya.com/

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                  meljohns Aug 9, 2010 07:38 AM

                  How do you feel about the prices at La Chaya? I want to like it there but I always feel like it's waaayyyyy too overpriced for a neighborhood restaurant (unless all you want is a pizza).

                2. Davydd Aug 6, 2010 11:42 AM

                  In continuing my photo gallery of Lake Minnetonka outdoor patios we went to the Caribbean last night. This one is an easy walk from our house. The Caribbean was closed for a few years and then opened again last summer on weekends. This year during the boating season it is open 7 days per week starting at 5 PM during the week and noon on the weekends for mainly the boaters. The menu is limited to bar food that you can pick up and eat with your hands.

                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                  1. Davydd Jul 27, 2010 12:10 PM

                    Last evening we took in Manic Monday at Lord Fletcher's Old Lake Lodge outdoors on the wharf. The place was packed mainly because they have a special featuring grilled full half-pound hamburgers for $4 and Miller bottled beer for $1.75. Lord Fletcher's has to be about the largest patio seating wise. People watching is great as it watching a constant stream of boats coming through the channel. There couldn't be a better summer spot.

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                    Lord Fletcher's
                    3746 Sunset Dr, Spring Park, MN 55384

                     
                     
                     
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                      WeZeL27 Jul 27, 2010 07:26 AM

                      The patio at the new Parma 8200 in Bloomington is pretty nice looking, and they have a pool table out there to boot.

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                        shirlsew Jun 7, 2010 08:54 AM

                        Black Forest is my favorite!

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                          Fudist Jul 26, 2010 02:17 PM

                          Burger Moe's is pretty rad.

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                          BigE Jun 7, 2010 07:02 AM

                          Not the best, necessarily, but a few more outdoor dining options...

                          Happy Gnome
                          Saji Ya
                          Obento Ya
                          Brasa

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                          Happy Gnome
                          498 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102

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                            snoboardbabe77 Jun 7, 2010 07:23 AM

                            W.A. Frost.
                            Decent back patio - Ngon Bistro
                            Solera

                            If we're talking great patios, but only decent food -
                            Happy Gnome
                            Stella's
                            Brit's

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                            Happy Gnome
                            498 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102

                            Solera
                            900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

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                            rockyd Jun 4, 2010 11:55 AM

                            Second the Craftsman.

                            It's Greek to Me has a great patio and I understand a great bar (I don't drink much). Food is OK.

                            I also like the little patio at El Norteno on 40th and Lake, beer only and I admit the food has not been as great as I thought it used to be. It is an ever so pleasant space with the nicest people running the place.

                            Joe's Garage is a great deck/patio and the bar food is not bad.

                            There seems to be an explosion of outside space this summer. Please let us know what else new and exciting you find.

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                            Joe's Garage
                            1610 Harmon Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403

                            It's Greek To Me
                            626 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

                            El Norteno Authentic Mexican
                            4000 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

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                              meljohns Jun 4, 2010 12:46 PM

                              The patio at Greek to me is fabulous. There's also a rooftop patio across the street at Moto-i. The food the is remarkably average but I hear the patio is nice.

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                                rjayasuriya Jun 4, 2010 02:11 PM

                                Maynard's and Lord Fletcher's patios are always great if you don't mind the drive.

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                                Lord Fletcher's
                                3746 Sunset Dr, Spring Park, MN 55384

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                                  Davydd Jun 5, 2010 08:36 AM

                                  Heck, I can walk to Maynard's and Lord Fletcher's. ;) I agree. The people watching, boat watching and view is unmatched. I could add Lola's Lakehouse in Waconia on Lake Waconia to that list. On weekends for an excellent burger, Casablanca in Tonka Bay is fun and relaxing.

                                  My overall vote goes to Lord Fletcher's Wharf on "Manic Mondays" where you can get a $4 half-pound grilled burger and a $1.75 Miller beer and watch the parade of boats go by.

                                  The Wharf: http://www.lordfletchers.com/thewharf...

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                                  Lola's Lakehouse
                                  318 East Lake Street, Waconia, MN 55387

                                  Lord Fletcher's
                                  3746 Sunset Dr, Spring Park, MN 55384

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                                    ibew292 Jun 5, 2010 03:19 PM

                                    Davydd where is Casablanca in Tonka Bay???

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                                      zfwp Jun 5, 2010 03:44 PM

                                      it is lacking in many amenities yet i still enjoy the patio at dustys dagos

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                                        jenniegirl Jun 5, 2010 03:51 PM

                                        I like the little patio, flowers, and fountain at Swede Hollow-they always have yummy lunch specials...

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                                        Davydd Jun 7, 2010 08:49 AM

                                        Woops! I misstyped. I was referring to the Caribbean Restaurant at the Marina, 110 Sunset, Tonka Bay, MN

                                        I must have had a "Bogey" moment. ;)

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                                          ibew292 Jun 7, 2010 11:18 AM

                                          What hours are they open? I've heard that they were going to open for a few years but didn't realise that they had.

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                                            Davydd Jun 7, 2010 01:34 PM

                                            Last year the Caribbean was only open on weekends during the summer boating season. I haven't checked to see what the status is this year. They grilled a huge burger outdoors on the wharf.

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                                        Davydd Jul 26, 2010 07:31 AM

                                        I would be remiss in not adding Bayside Grille in Excelsior to this list. It is right next door to Maynard's tucked behind the Bayview Events Center so you sometimes forget it is there. They have a very large outdoor patio with two outdoor bars and a fairly extensive menu. We had Walleye wraps, Walleye sandwiches and Philly Cheesesteaks last night. The place was packed as was Maynard's next door on a perfect summer night.

                                        http://www.bayviewevent.com/grille.html

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                                        Bayside Grille
                                        687 Excelsior Blvd, Excelsior, MN 55331

                                         
                                         
                                         
                                         
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                                  meljohns Jun 4, 2010 11:10 AM

                                  Monte Carlo.

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                                  Monte Carlo Bar & Cafe
                                  219 3rd Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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                                    KTFoley Jun 4, 2010 10:07 AM

                                    Craftsman
                                    Moscow on the Hill
                                    Longfellow Bar & Grill
                                    Psycho Suzi's

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                                      eajohnso2000 Jun 4, 2010 11:06 AM

                                      Sweeney's (food isn't great, though)
                                      Black Forest Inn

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                                      Black Forest Inn
                                      1 E 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404

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                                        churchka Jun 4, 2010 02:40 PM

                                        Second the Black Forest Inn

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                                        Black Forest Inn
                                        1 E 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404

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                                      semanticantics Jun 4, 2010 09:56 AM

                                      W. A. Frost.

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