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.
What better way to see the city than on a rotating patio? What is a rotating patio, you ask? It’s Betty Danger’s Mechanical Tree. We like to call it a Ferris Wheel, but potato/potato right? Grab a cocktail or some tacos and hop on the wheel year-round to get amazing views of Northeast Minneapolis.
Café & Bar Lurcat is a foodie must-see in Minneapolis. Their spacious dining room overlooks Loring Park, and provides a beautiful overview of the park during the day, and the comforting twinkle of lights at night. Head to this foodie hot spot to grab a cocktail or sit down to an amazing meal and enjoy the sights through the windows.
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.
Head up to the 27th floor of the Foshay tower to get to Prohibition, the 1920s-era speakeasy in the sky. A look into what was intended to be Wilbur Foshay’s private full-floor getaway along with the 360 degree views of downtown make Prohibition unlike your typical Friday night spot. Grab a cocktail, slip into the 1920s and enjoy the beautiful views of Minneapolis.
In Minneapolis, it’s patio season year-round. We’re so into dining outdoors that we even have a retractable glass covered and heated rooftop that provides great views of downtown. A little rain on our parade? We don’t think so.
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.