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Two women enjoy a romantic date together on the expansive patio at Birch's on the Lake / Paul Vincent

Local to Global Flavors, Outdoor Dining & More

Whether you're kicking back on a lakeside patio with a fresh-caught walleye filet or sipping Minnesota-made craft beers at a rooftop bar high above the city, it's easy to dine outside and embrace summer in Minnesota. From intimate fine dining at off-the-beaten-path gems to bustling food halls, dive bars with Juicy Lucys and the nation's best Somali and Hmong cuisine, let Minnesota's nationally-recognized food scene fuel your next adventure.

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Unwind with Waterfront Dining

From old-fashioned supper clubs to fast-casual seafood joints, nothing says "summer in Minnesota" like waterfront dining. Head to these eateries on the shores of the state's rivers, lakes and waterfalls to bask in the summer sun with delicious food, refreshing drinks and laid-back vibes.

Dine on the Water
A close up of a signature dish on the outdoor patio of Birch's on the Lake

Dinner at Birch's on the Lake / Paul Vincent

Close-up photo of a lobster roll and beverage with Lake Harriet and sailboats in the background

Lobster rolls and sailboats await at Bread and Pickle in south Minneapolis / @ameliamfish

A family with teenagers sits at a lakefront bar, laughing and enjoying their time together

Lakefront bar seating at Lake Shore Bar Harbor / Paul Vincent

Sip Craft Beer, Wine & Spirits

Minnesota-based craft distilleries, breweries, wineries and cideries, many offering both tours and tastings, produce a host of uniquely flavorful beverages that are winning fans around the globe. Sip and sample this hand-crafted goodness at tasting or cocktail rooms around the state, or in local restaurants.

Discover the Drinks
Bartender at Tattersall Distilling in Minneapolis / Photo by The Restaurant Project

Tattersall Distilling in Minneapolis / The Restaurant Project

Bent Paddle Brewing beer flight Duluth

Bent Paddle Brewing's colorful taproom in the Lincoln Park Craft District is the perfect home base for Duluth adventures

Outdoor view of Four Daughters Winery

Four Daughters Winery in Spring Valley / Photo by Ruth Olson

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