With spring comes warmer days, longer nights and the perfect weather for outdoor dining and drinking. In Minnesota, patio season begins as soon as the snow melts and extends well into the fall. Whether you’re grabbing happy hour drinks with friends, entertaining business associates, or feeding the whole family, Lakeville, MN has a multitude of eateries and breweries with beautiful outdoor seating and breathtaking views.
Chart Your Way to the Lake
You won’t find a bad seat in the house at Ruppert’s Chart House Restaurant & Event Center, a Lakeville, MN eatery where the patio offers a view of beautiful Lake Kinsley. With impeccably manicured grounds, live music, an extensive drink list and exciting events such as “Wine on the Water,” visit the Chart House and you’ll understand why fans call this “the best patio in town.”
A Rare Outdoor Dining Experience
Grab a seat on the patio at Porterhouse Steaks & Seafood in Lakeville, MN, and experience the same classic dinner house style and cozy ambience you’d enjoy inside. With a generous cocktail and wine menu, plus every delicious cut of beef you could imagine, Porterhouse’s patio takes your dining experience to the next level.
Drink to try: Makers Mark Old Fashioned – The classic drink done right with muddled fruit, Makers Mark and bitters.
Variety is the Spice of Life
With a name like Barley + Vine Kitchen and Bar, you’d expect to find an ample beer and wine selection. Fortunately, this Lakeville, MN eatery doesn’t disappoint with its vast selection of craft brews and ciders and interesting wines. A spacious, private patio on the back of the restaurant offers the perfect backdrop for your next happy hour or meal.
The Natural Choice
With its rolling hills, wetlands, cascading creeks and deep ponds, you don’t have to be a golfer to appreciate the gorgeous views of Legends Golf Club from the balcony of Legends Grill in Prior Lake, MN. Whether you’re coming in from a round, dining with family, or swinging in for happy hour, you’ll be impressed by the restaurant’s expansive menu and incredible natural scenery.
Soak up the sun on the patio of Rudy’s Redeye Grill in Lakeville, MN as you enjoy delicious comfort food and unique signature drinks. Rudy’s is known for its extensive martini menu, exceptional Sunday brunch and down-home menu featuring items such as blue cheese meatloaf, chicken potpie and their crowd-pleasing bull bites.
Drink to try: Rudytini – This martini tickles your taste buds with Smirnoff Raspberry Vodka, cranberry juice, pineapple juice and a splash of lime juice garnished with raspberries and topped with champagne.
A Hometown Bar with Worldly Wines
With more than 30 wines available by the glass or in a flight, from wineries throughout the world, wine lovers will find themselves at home at Mainstreet Coffee & Wine Bar in downtown Lakeville, MN. Enjoy an interesting red or white, or one of the many craft beers, ciders and imports, on the lovely, spacious patio just outside the century-old bank building.
Celebrate Lake Life
At Charlie’s on Prior in Prior Lake, MN, the lake takes center stage. In the warmer months the two-tiered deck overlooking the water is packed with visitors—arriving by car and boat—enjoying cocktails, scrumptious food and live music. In the winter, don’t miss the annual ice golf tournament, where the lower patio is heated with a full bar. No matter what season you visit Charlie’s, the scenery and lake ambiance will not disappoint.
It’s All Fun and Games
If lawn games are your thing, you’ll love the huge grassy patio at Lakeville Brewing Co. in Lakeville, MN. Compete in a game of giant Jenga or corn hole while sipping one of the delicious beers brewed in the onsite brewery or a handcrafted cocktail. This is a family-friendly environment where all are welcome, including Fido (on the patio only).
Drink to try: Milk Stout – Served on nitrogen, this jet black, opaque ale offers a smooth roasted flavor with notes of coffee and cocoa which last into the finish. Oatmeal and residual lactose sugars in this style keep the finish sweet and smooth.
Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire
From the smoked meats and the fire tables flanking the patio to its flaming signature drink, Bourbon Butcher Kitchen + Bar in Farmington, MN, is one of the hottest spots in the south Metro. The full bar serves up some of the area’s most creative cocktails—one even comes with your own personal s’mores board—plus hundreds of unique whiskies.
Drink to try: Smoked Boulevardier – When you order this drink, your glass is placed upside down over flaming wood chips. After the fire goes out and the smoke has swirled, in goes a cocktail of Old Grand Dad Bonded Bourbon, Gran Classico, Contratto Vermouth Tosso and orange.
An Adult Take on a Creamy Classic
What could be better on a hot summer day than a root beer float enjoyed on a patio? Well…what about a root beer float just for adults? Before hitting Heavy Metal Grill in Lakeville, MN, swing down to neighboring Dairy Delite for a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Then find yourself a seat on the Heavy Metal Grill patio and ask for an alcoholic root beer and a glass. Put them together and you’ve got a tasty summer treat—for adults only!
Hop on Over for Dog-Friendly Fun
You don’t have to choose between a quality craft beer and time with your furry friend. At Angry Inch Brewing in downtown Lakeville, MN, you can enjoy both. Dogs will enjoy a complimentary dish of water while their Adult humans quench their thirst with one of several flagship and rotating seasonal beers brewed in-house. Feeling Competitive? Play bean bag toss or challenge your friends to board game! Hungry? Feel free to bring food in from one of the neighboring restaurants.
Get a Fresh Perspective
Carbone’s Pizza Bar & Grill in Lakeville, MN prides itself on the freshness of its ingredients – and the fresh air patio added in 2013. With partial cover, heaters, a large fireplace and fire tables, you’ll be able to enjoy outdoor dining whether the sun is shining or there’s a nip in the air. The patio is open until 11 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends, so no need to rush home after dinner.
Pull the Trigger on this Patio
Triggers Saloon & Supper Club is located inside Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club in Prior Lake, MN, but you won’t have to hunt long to discover why so many people appreciate the gorgeous views from its patio. Whether you’re feasting on the seasonal Sunday brunch buffet or toasting a successful hunt, you’ll be mesmerized by the rolling hills, lake views, wild animals and roaring fire on chilly Minnesota nights.
Additional Patios to Check Out
There are so many patios in Lakeville, MN, that it’s hard to list them all! Make sure to check out the outdoor dining spaces at Babes Music Bar, Green Mill, Baldy’s BBQ and Buffalo Wild Wings.