We love dining outdoors. Patios are blissful and rooftops give us life. If we can’t eat outside, we at least want to be able to see it. Luckily, some of the best views of the city can be found at our downtown restaurants. Dining is more than just eating in Minneapolis. It’s an experience. You want to see the the downtown skyline from a Ferris wheel? We’ll give it to you. Cocktails along the river? Absolutely. A glass-enclosed rooftop deck? Of course. Here are some of the restaurants with the best views in Minneapolis.
Located on the bottom level of the Walker Art Center, Esker Grove is the museum’s new eatery that’s already earned a James Beard Foundation nomination for Best New Restaurant. A large, glass wall, modern décor and an outstanding menu by esteemed chef Doug Flicker make Esker Grove a foodie’s dream and much more than a “museum restaurant”—this spot is a destination in itself! Get a seat next to their glass wall and enjoy the colors of the season.
Located in the oldest part of Minneapolis, Aster Café is sure to charm you. Walk along the cobblestone road in the St. Anthony Main area and feel like you’ve walked into a whole new city. Grab a table at Aster Café and get an amazing view of the downtown skyline, and enjoy live music on most nights.
Get a glimpse of the river at Psycho Suzi’s. Escape into a tropical oasis, sip on flavorful tiki drinks and chow down on some delicious pizza. Enjoy cocktails like Mai Tais, Beachcomer, Coconaut and The Cannibal (whatever that is). Their pizza is the star of the menu, but they also have great wings, burgers, salads and pasta. Whether you’re being entranced by the river or staring in awe at the tiki lights and tropical decorations, Psycho Suzi’s has some killer views.
Okay, not technically a restaurant, but they do have a guest kitchen residing in-house, so we think that counts. You'll currently find woodfired pizzas, salads, and appetizers from Cason Italian Eatery. Enjoy alongside a view of the Mississippi River, and trees reflecting all four of our seasons.