Rochester MN Guide to Patios and Outdoor Dining

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2020 Editor’s Note: What a strange year it’s been for dining.  That being said, restaurants have been given the go-ahead to open for limited seating on outdoor patios and dining.  Below is our comprehensive list of outdoor dining options in Rochester, MN.  Please call or visit their website before you go to check their hours and if they are open. 


It’s finally patio season! As Minnesotans we all know how important it is to relish in every single second of summer. That being said we are looking forward to long evenings sitting, sipping and sampling all that Rochester’s patio scene has to offer! We hope this guide will be your go to list when picking the perfect place to enjoy Rochester’s finest outdoor dining options.

Bar Buffalo

The Bar Buffalo slogan is “Cocktails. Small Plates. Craft Beers.” We love the cool vibe of this quaint and trendy bar located on Historic Third Street in Rochester, MN.  Known for their extensive knowledge and selection of gin, they also offer vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free small plates (and options for omnivores as well!)

Address: 20 3rd St SW, Rochester, MN 55902

Phone: 507-258-6616

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Beetles Bar and Grill

Casual, laid back, convenient location and endless popcorn! What more could you ask for?!

Address: 230 20th Avenue SW · Rochester, MN

Phone: 507·529·9599

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Casablanca Creative Cuisine & Wine

European fine-dining at its very best!

Address: 1151 6th Street NW

Phone: 507·288·0274

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Chester’s Kitchen and Bar

Chester’s is perfectly located in the quintessential Rochester location…the Peace Plaza. Enjoy a view of the fountain and the Chateau Theatre marquee while you dine.

Address: 111 S Broadway, Rochester, 55904

Phone: 507.424.1211

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City Market

Located in the heart of downtown Rochester and serving up New York style deli sandwiches. You cannot go wrong with City Market!

Address: 212 1st Ave SW Rochester, 55902

Phone: (507) 536-4748

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Crooked Pint

With classic pub entrees and 30 beers on tap Crooked Pint is sure to be a summer favorite!

Address: 2723 Commerce Drive NW, 55901

Phone: 507-282-4222

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Dooley’s Pub

Dooley’s offers up some classic pub grub! With different options for lunch, dinner and late night and the best people watching spot right on 1st Avenue downtown Rochester!

Address: 255 1st Ave SW, Rochester, 55902

Phone: 507-208-4085

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Five West

With breakfast and two happy hour options you can’t go wrong with Five West. They offer several menu options from salads to full meals.

Address: 1991 Commerce Drive NW, Rochester, 55901

Phone: 507-361-5555

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Forager Brewery and Restaurant

Forager specializes in wood-fired pizzas and craft beer made on site! The menu items (both beer and food) are made up of locally and regionally sourced ingredients! We LOVE their lawn and covered outdoor dining area.

Address: 1005 6th Street NW, Rochester, 55901

Phone: 507-258-7490

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Grand Rounds Brew Pub

The vision of Grand Rounds is “to craft beer, food and an experience worthy of our guests and community.” To accomplish their vision they offer a variety of pub style food and locally brewed craft beer in the heart of downtown Rochester.

Address: 4 3rd Street SW, Rochester, 55902

Phone: 507-292-1628

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Hefe Rojo

A twist on Mexican food, several tequila options, margaritas and craft cocktails. As well as tap Mexican and American beers…what more could you ask for?

Address: 216 1st Ave SW (Street Level), Rochester, 55902

Phone: 507-289-1949

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Hot Chip Burger Bar

“Not your Dad’s burger bar.” Voted best burger in Rochester in 2019!

Address: 1190 16th St SW #600, Rochester, 55902

Phone:  507-424-0080

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Hy-Vee Market Grille

Enjoy menu items that are made-to-order with fresh ingredients at Hy-Vee Market Grille. Top off your meal with one of their on tap beers.

Address: 4221 W Circle Dr NW • Rochester, 55901

Phone: 507-292-6000

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Kung Fu Tea

Kung Fu Tea is located right on Broadway to the owners’ other restaurant (and local favorite) Pho Chau.  Kung Fu Tea serves up a variety of tea based drinkies, slushies, and smoothies.  This is also where you can get boba tea! If you haven’t tried this fun tapioca tea drink, go ahead and give it a try.  They have a cute patio for you to enjoy your drink at right outside the restaurant.

Address: 1006 N Broadway Ave, Rochester, Minnesota 55906

Phone: 507-206-6466

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Little Thistle Brewing

Little Thistle Brewing is Rochester’s newest brewery!  While food is not prepared and served by Little Thistle (it’s a tap room only), most days of the week there is a restaurant set-up inside to serve food or a food truck there to satisfy your cravings!  The patio is spacious and open and great for families.

Address: 2031 14th Street NW, Rochester MN, 55901

Phone: 507-226-8014

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The Loop

The Loop has a unique dining experience where you can dine inside while the garage style doors are open to the outside to let the beautiful weather in! Enjoy a variety of menu options from sandwiches to full dinner entrees right in downtown Rochester.

Address: 318 1st Ave SW, Rochester, 55902

Phone: 507-226-8644

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Mango Thai

A taste of Thailand right here in Rochester. Mango Thai’s is sure to satisfy your Thai cravings!

Address: 318 South Brodway, Rochester, 55904

Phone: 507-288-2360

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Old Abe Coffee Co

Your favorite bike coffee cart guy has a permanent location serving up delicious vegan fare and of course your fave coffee drinks!

Address: 832 7th St NW, Rochester MN, 55901

Phone: 651-410-4137

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Opa! Opa!

If you are looking for a Mediterranean meal Opa! Opa! has it covered. They offer a wide range of authentic Greek food and a family friendly atmosphere!

Address: 1106 15 Ave. SE, Rochester, 55904

Phone: 507-282-1212

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Panera (North)

A great place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Panera has several menu options that will satisfy a range of appetites and ages.

Address: 3780 Marketplace Dr NW, Rochester, 55901

Phone: 507-280-9185

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Pasquale’s Neighborhood Pizzeria

Grab a bite to eat in their extensive deli, hot-bar, or grab-n-go case and head out to their patio! perfect place to end a bike ride!Enjoy authentic NY style pizza along with simple, traditional Italian food right in the heart of our beloved downtown. Quality, fresh ingredients are the foundation of this neighborhood pizzeria and they do not disappoint!

Address:  130 5th St SW, Rochester, 55902

Phone: 507-424-7800

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People’s Food Co-op

Grab a bite to eat in their extensive deli, hot-bar, or grab-n-go case and head out to their patio! Perfect place to end a bike ride!

Address: 519 1st Ave SW, Rochester, 55902

Phone:  507-289-9061

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Pi Wood-Fired Pizza

At Pi their specialty is authentic artisan pizza baked in their custom made oven. Their open kitchen create an exciting and unique dining experience!

Address: 3932 Marketplace Dr. NW, Rochester, 55901

Phone: 507-424-3885

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Porch and Cellar

At Porch they want to feed your soul and fill your stomach through family style comfort foods! Let the sharing begin!

Address: 20 4th St SE, Rochester, 55904

Phone: 507-322-6551

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Salute! Wine Bar

If you’re in the mood for relaxation Salute! is your spot. A variety of wines, fresh cheese and authentic Italian small plates compliment the perfect downtown atmosphere.

Address: 101 1st Ave SW, Rochester, 55902

Phone: 507-285-2766

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Smoak

SMOAK mixes a modern and casual ambiance with traditional Texas-style BBQ. We want our BBQ to be the ultimate comfort food – flavorful and memorable. The open dining room features spacious farm tables for large parties, a beautiful bar with smoked handcrafted cocktails, and vast windows and garage doors. SMOAK also features a beautiful patio with a large pergola, string lights, and outdoor bar seating – the perfect spot to relax during those warm summer months.

Address: 2291 Commerce Dr. NW, Rochester MN, 55901

Phone: 507-361-7427

Taco Jed

Taco Jed is one of Rochester’s Newest Taco joints.  Serving seven different breakfast tacos, nine varieties of lunch and dinner tacos, and all the extras – chips, salsa, queso, pico de gallo and guacamole. Their full bar offers beers on tap, wine and mixed drinks. Their newly built patio would be the perfect place to enjoy a taco and margarita!

Address: 808 South Broadway (Soldiers Field Plaza), Rochester, 55904

Phone: 507-258-9064

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Terza

Terza is hand-crafted classic Italian and was created in the spirit of Dell’ Anima which means “soul of the pasta” and celebrating the bountiful flavors of Italy with friends & family. Their patio is just off Broadway and Historic Third Street so the people watching is excellent!

Address: 30 3rd Street SE, Rochester, MN 55904

Phone: 507-216-9190

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The Tap House

The Tap House offers over 50 beers on tap and a menu to compliment! The rooftop patio seating and view of downtown make for a picturesque backdrop!

Address: 10 Historic 3rd St SW, Rochester, 55902

Phone: 507-258-4017

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The Tap House – West End

The Tap House offers over 50 beers on tap and a menu to compliment! The rooftop patio seating and view of downtown make for a picturesque backdrop!

Address: 2365 Commerce Dr NW, Rochester MN, 55901

Phone: 507-361-3250

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Twigs Tavern and Grille

Twigs offers a variety menu items from full on entrees to small plates to share. They also offer an extensive menu of truly gluten free options.

Address: 401 6th Street Southwest, Rochester, 55902

Phone: 507-288-2677

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Victoria’s Ristorante and Wine Bar

Victoria’s is known for their large portions and fresh ingredients. Located in the heart of downtown it’s a great place to enjoy a hearty meal!

Address: 7 1st Ave SW, Rochester, 55902

Phone: 507-280-6232

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Whistle Binkies Old World Pub (North)

Whistle Binkies (North) offers a variety of classic pub food, a vast array of beers and the perfect pub like atmosphere.

Address: 3120 Wellner Drive NE, Rochester, 55906

Phone: 507-289-9200

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Whistle Binkies on the Lake (South)

Whistle Binkies (South) also offers a variety of classic pub food, a vast array of beers and the perfect pub like atmosphere…and bonus a lakeside patio!

Address: 247 Woodlake Drive SE, Rochester, 55904

Phone: 507-424-1227

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Coming Soon…CRAVE America Kitchen & Sushi Bar!


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