Now, more than ever, some time spent on a patio sounds like the best use of our time.
We’ve pulled together a list of Fargo’s patios that we could possibly think of, from brewery patios to rooftop spots to patios tucked into alleyways. The list is long, so you can jump to the section you’re looking for using the links below.
Classic Patios – Not quite alleys, sidewalks, or back patios, this group includes larger outdoor seating areas.
Breweries – As the name suggests, these patios are all attached to one of Fargo’s craft beverage spots.
Sidewalk – These patios spill onto the sidewalks of some of the city’s top bars and restaurants. Great for outdoor dining.
Alleyway & Back Patio – Tucked between buildings, these patios are private, intimate, and adorable. Back Patios are reached through a bar or restaurant to find the gorgeous back area.
Rooftop – Like the name suggests, these patios live at the top.
Vibe: Bar Nine is a go-to spot for summer fun with a vast 1,000-square-foot patio with great specials all year round.
Must Try: Stop by during their happy hour (M-Th 4-6 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. & all day on Sun.) for great drinks and app deals.
1405 Prairie Pkwy, West Fargo | (701) 356-0099
Vibe: Conveniently located next to the Essentia Health Plaza within the Lights on Sheyenne complex, Bar Down is a hockey-themed bar with great food and a family-friendly atmosphere.
Must Try: The “pizza of the week” is always a good choice.
3150 Sheyenne St S, #100, West Fargo | (701) 532-3696
Barcode Bar & Grill
Vibe: This neighborhood bar has a fun patio right off the restaurant, with great drinks, many yummy appetizers, and homemade pizzas.
Must Try: Taco pizza – a combination of two of our favorite things
835 23rd Ave E, West Fargo | (701) 532-2900
Vibe: A casual vibe with a lot of space for dining and drinks! They have a large patio, and the bar area also has huge garage doors that open to make your new summer hangout even bigger.
Must Try: Irish Nachos – nacho toppings on top of waffle fries and served with the famous Dublin Dip
1910 9th St E, West Fargo | (701) 532-1500
BorderTown Bar & Grill
Vibe: BorderTown is the small-town bar you’ve sought in the metro area. The patio is right off the bar and an excellent spot for a classic meal and cheap drinks.
Must Try: Lavosh – rich and creamy Havarti cheese on a cracker crust with a choice of taco, buffalo chicken, loaded toppings, or a build-your-own option
801 Main Ave E, West Fargo | (701) 277-1968
Vibe: Your patio time is well-spent at Brewtus. The hip atmosphere is reflected in the patios, with plenty of tables, turfgrass (for an incredibly comfortable feel), cornhole boards, and gas lamps that provide light and heat later into those summer evenings.
Must Try: Pizza out of their brick oven brought in from Italy!
635 32nd Ave E, #108, West Fargo | (701) 532-1397
Vibe: The ladies at the Cracked Pepper will always welcome you like a friend… and then make you some delicious food. The patio is smaller but a great spot for conversation and grub.
Must Try: CBR Wrap – chicken, bacon, and ranch. Make it a combo with a salad or soup and a lunch dessert.
Currently, Cracked Pepper is only accepting orders if you call ahead.
4955 17th Ave S, #124, Fargo | (701) 356-0039
Fargo Cork ‘N Cleaver
Vibe: Unlike the dark interior of The Cork, the patio is bright and cozy, with flowers and vines surrounding the seating area. It’s a great go-to for those who like upscale service but love dining outdoors.
Must Try: Ribeye Steak with long grain wild rice – go big or go home!
3301 S University Dr, Fargo | (701) 237-6790
Fort Noks Bar of Gold
Vibe: One of the most extensive patios in Downtown Fargo, Fort Noks, is an excellent spot to grab some drinks with friends. During major events, and sometimes on weekends in the summer, they pull out their second bar outside so you don’t have to leave the sunshine to indulge.
Must Try: Their Moscow Mules are great.
This bar is 21+
52 Broadway N, Fargo | (701) 478-9191
Vibe: This nice neighborhood bar in what the locals call “way South Fargo,” Frank’s Lounge, has nicely-priced food and drinks, and their patio has a comfy feeling with a pergola covering the entire outdoor seating area.
Must Try: Burgers and sandwiches on hoagies are served with buns from local bread makers, Breadsmith of Fargo.
2640 52nd Ave S, Fargo | (701) 356-9356
Vibe: Considered a “polished casual American restaurant” with some great brews made right on-site. The Granite City patio is huge and made for grabbing some drinks with friends on a summer day.
Must Try: The Granite City Meatloaf
1636 42nd St S, Fargo | (701) 293-3000
Hooligan’s Bar & Grill
Vibe: Local neighborhood bar across the street from The Lights on Sheyenne.
Must Try: Everyday happy hour for $1 off taps, wells, & premium wells as well as $8 margarita pitchers, 1/2 off apps, and other food deals.
509 32nd Ave W, West Fargo | (701) 373-0770
Legends Sports Bar & Grill
Vibe: Legends‘ patio has that local, relaxed vibe with excellent bar food and a lot of beer.
Must Try: Legends BELT (BLT w/ egg) + choice of Spud (Moorhead high school’s mascot)
803 Belsly Blvd, Moorhead | (218) 477-1010
Lucky’s 13 Pub
Vibe: Opt to sit outside for a different take on this cozy local pub. Lucky’s 13 Pub has big portions for their food and drinks, and it’s a hopping place any night of the week (especially for Bingo nights on Tuesdays).
Must Try: The turkey wild rice soup is fantastic.
4301 17th Ave S, Fargo | (701) 551-0013
Vibe: This upscale Mexican restaurant will blow you away with its tequila options, elevated dishes, and quaint patio. Right off the bar, enjoy a margarita flight before ordering your chef’s specialties.
611 32nd Ave W, West Fargo | 701-532-1051
Paradiso Mexican Restaurant
Vibe: Not only does Paradiso have excellent Mexican fare (and Margaritas), but they also have a banging patio. Come out for great food and drink specials enjoyed under the spacious, covered patio.
Must Try: Flame-grilled fajitas top the list of must-tries at Paradiso; choose from chicken, steak, shrimp, carnitas, or vegetarian options
801 38th Ave S, Fargo | (701) 282-5747
Vibe: One of Fargo’s Mexican restaurants, now with two locations, features a contemporary approach to authentic food. Order a burrito classic or something new while sipping from their vast tequila menu on their quaint patio out front.
Must Try: Enjoy the experience of table-side guacamole before trying the piña loka, a grilled pineapple stuffed with chicken, steak, peppers, and onions in their homemade “Al Pastor” sauce.
5505 28th Ave S, Fargo | (701) 212-1996
5081 Charles Way S, Fargo | (701) 532-1273
Porter Creek Hardwood Grill
Vibe: For a higher-end patio, Porter Creek should be your go-to. Sit by the stream running through the patio or on one of the big couches surrounding the big fire pit.
Must Try: Fire Roasted Rotisserie Chicken from their hardwood grill – served with veggies, mashed potatoes, and a choice of glaze.
1555 44th St S, Fargo | (701) 369-3669
Vibe: One of the largest patios in town welcomes you for great drink specials (with 16 beers on tap) and various hangout spots.
Must Try: Poutine – Canadian specialty with fresh-cut fries, gravy, and cheese.
3140 Bluestem Dr, West Fargo | (701) 356-9378
Vibe: The Round-Up Saloon is Fargo’s first authentic saloon with a laid-back atmosphere, stiff drinks, and bar food. Come for the daily drink specials, and stay for the neighborhood vibe and great food.
Must Try: Happy hour comes alive – draw a card for each drink you order, and when your number is called, you get one for free!
4501 Urban Drive, Fargo | (701) 499-1397
Spitfire Bar & Grill
Vibe: Inside, Spitfire is cozy and comfortable, while the patio is large and perfect for a summer day.
Must Try: Their specialty cocktail, the Spitfire Sangria, alongside a steak or rotisserie chicken of your choice.
1660 13th Ave E, West Fargo | (701) 478-8667
Vibe: This northern-style Thai fusion restaurant has delicious food to enjoy while relaxing on its patio, with or without your dog!
Must Try: We recommend the Tom Yum Noodle Soup or their delicious Pad Thai.
1201 1st Ave N, Fargo | (701) 212-4851
The Tavern Grill
Vibe: Their beautiful patio next to their bar is where you need to be with build-your-own burgers, pizza, and salads. Make a reservation for Monday fish fry, Sunday brunch, or stop in for a happy hour.
Must Try: Grab their famous onion rings or gyro sliders while sipping a rosemary pear mule.
4504 32nd Ave S, Fargo | (701) 532-0777
Wild Bill’s Sports Saloon
Vibe: Large patio with a whole bunch of TVs, a big fireplace, and full-service bars, not to mention it’s fully heated in the spring and fall for extra long outdoor seasons!
Must Try: One of their seasonal drinks like the Spiked Island Punch – Blue Island Pucker, sour, sprite, and a can of Mango White Claw!
1776 45th St S, Fargo | (701) 532-0301
Vibe: This Viking-themed brewery opened in an old train repair building and is genuinely the coolest building in Fargo. Their patio is enormous and has some great seating areas including around a big, central firepit. Check their Facebook page for the food truck schedule.
Must Try: Techno Viking Sour – light, refreshing, and a great compliment to a summer day on a patio.
1666 1st Ave N, Fargo | (701) 532-0506
Fargo Brewing Company
Vibe: Fargo Brewing Company is back and better than ever! With an updated taproom, new patio, event space, and a barber! They’re throwing out frequent beer releases, and events happen weekly.
Must Try: Wood Chipper IPA
610 N University Dr, Fargo | (701) 478-2337
Vibe: Located just outside Fargo in Mapleton, ND, this brewery has a kid-friendly taproom and dog-friendly patio! Whether you’re looking for classic styles or something more experimental, they’ve got you covered.
Must Try: The Mapleton Margarita
349 Knutson St Unit B, Mapleton | (701) 203-3579
Junkyard Brewing Company
Vibe: The huge brand-new patio at Junkyard fills the front space and spills from the brewery on lovely days when they open their garage doors. It faces 1st Ave N in Moorhead and gets plenty of sun on warm days.
Watch a sunset or hang under one of the large umbrellas shade the tables if you’d rather stay cool while drinking your beer.
Sol. Ave is next door to Junkyard, so you can eat street food while enjoying a lager. Kids and dogs are welcome to hang out here, so bring the family!
Must Try: The taps change almost constantly in one of their IPAs or sours, so check the tap list before you head over to pick a good one.
1416 1st Ave N, Moorhead | (701) 936-5545
Swing Barrel Brewing
Vibe: Putting “swing” in downtown Moorhead, Swing Barrel is a brewery in an old warehouse with patio service out back.
Must Try: Sweet Melissa, a Honey Peach Wheat Ale.
814 Center Ave Suite 1, Moorhead | (218) 284-2121
Wild Terra Cider and Brewing
Vibe: With furniture inside that looks like it came from your grandma’s living room and funky wallpaper made for a selfie, Wild Terra has a free spirit vibe.
The patio is dog-friendly, so you might be able to hang with some four-legged friends while you sip some made-from-scratch North Dakota ciders.
Must Try: Trail Magic – made from community-sourced ND apples, lime, tangerine, and pine light body.
6 12th St N, Fargo | (701) 639-6273
46 North Pints & Provisions
Vibe: Located in the newly developed Roberts Commons district of Downtown, 46 North Pints & Provisions has a sizeable patio focusing on artisan food, craft beer, and a large variety of wines.
Must Try: Gouda stuffed pickles – pickle spears stuffed with Gouda, wrapped in prosciutto and then beer battered & fried (yum)
635 2nd Ave N, Fargo | (701) 532-0986
Vibe: Brew Bird is serving up a retro eclectic vibe that feels fresh and funky. Their cute patio is perfect for enjoying fab tiki food specials on evenings and weekends. Expect a rotating menu of chicken kabobs, tiki pulled pork sandwiches, Hawaiian chicken meatballs, and more.
Must Try: Order the Kona Bird sandwich and wash it down with a Tiki Slushy cocktail in a Golden Girl tiki glass.
30 N University Dr, Fargo, ND | (701) 205-0238
Harold’s On Main
Vibe: This cozy, but with a touch of class, bar that opened up in Downtown Moorhead has a picnic table patio for some outdoor indulging. They often open their garage doors on warmer days so you can sit inside but appreciate the weather.
As a local patron put it, Harold’s has a “lovely mix of upscale aesthetics and dive bar appreciation.”
Must Try: Either a tasty cocktail or a $2 Hamm’s; there’s no in-between.
1330 Main Ave, Moorhead | (218) 233-3477
Vibe: This burger joint has many locations around town, but each one will give you a similar experience. These small patios (generally a few cozy tables near the restaurant’s entrance) are great for grabbing an outstanding burger (& the best fries) and some regional beer with pals.
Must Try: The Rajun Cajun burger with fries and a side of Jalapeno Ranch
518 1st Ave N, Fargo | (701) 492-3377
4240 32nd Ave S, Fargo | (701) 356-4240
810 13th Ave E, West Fargo | (701) 373-8484
All JL Beers locations are 21+
Vibe: Although small, Luna’s patio is a great spot for a nice glass of wine and a cheese plate. This neighborhood staple has a great menu full of Midwest delicacies and a variety of drinks to pair with your meal.
Must Try: Ask your server for their handpicked selection that goes along with whatever meal or cheese plate you select.
1545 S University Dr, Fargo | (701) 293-8818
Vibe: Sandwich spot with great, fresh options. The patio is smaller but perfect for an iced tea and a club sandwich on a hot day.
Must Try: Their Famous Iced Tea is great; pair it with a McAlister’s Club.
5600 28th Ave S, Fargo | (701) 532-3354
Vibe: Mezzaluna’s hip bistro-style patio makes excellent use of the sidewalk space in front of their restaurant. No reservation is needed; just walk up and seat yourself.
Must Try: The carefully selected and expertly prepared rotating weekly special is guaranteed to hit the spot (at the time of publishing, the special was Hoisin-Glazed Sticky Ribs w/ sesame & peanuts).
309 Roberts St N, Fargo | (701) 364-9479
Nichole’s Fine Pastry
Vibe: A European-themed bakery and restaurant places tables on historic 8th Street so that you can feel like you have transplanted to the cozy streets of Paris or Rome.
Must Try: Although they have breakfast and lunch, their desserts are where they shine. We recommend trying a piece of cheesecake or a macaron.
13 8th St S, Fargo | (701) 232-6430
Vibe: Sit and enjoy a meal right on the main drag of Downtown Fargo. Old Broadway recently expanded their patio area onto the sidewalk along Broadway. You’ll have shade and a great people-watching spot as you eat lunch or dinner.
Must Try: The O.B. Reuben
22 Broadway N, Fargo | (701) 237-6161
Vibe: Since Poke Bowl started as a food truck, their food was made to eat outside or on the go. So go ahead, and enjoy this trendy Hawaiian delicacy on the patio, which spills onto 2nd Ave N in Downtown Fargo.
Must Try: All of the bowls are custom-made, pick your favorite fish and toppings and go to town
560 2nd Ave N, Fargo | (701) 478-2442
Vibe: With their 90s-themed selfie spots, drinks, and music, Pounds was made for millennials. The patio consists of several pastel-colored patio tables lining the sidewalk, each with its water dish for your doggo!
Enjoy some comfort food or a giant Bloody Mary while you appreciate a summer day in Fargo.
Must Try: A spiked Capri Sun or a Tipsy Tea is the perfect option for a hot day.
6 Broadway N, Fargo | (701) 478-1234
Sol Ave. Kitchen
Vibe: Sol Ave. is connected to Junkyard Brewing, and they share a patio, so you’ll find they have the same vibe! Enjoy picnic tables, a pergola, and some great food and beers on this patio that also welcomes dogs and kids.
Must Try: The pork belly tacos are to die for, and don’t forget to pair it with one of Junkyard’s rotating taps.
1408 1st Ave N, Moorhead | (218) 284-7653
Teddy’s Eatery and Parlor
Vibe: This hip bar focuses on sandwiches, entrees, and great cocktails. The patio is right on the main drag of Downtown Fargo; sit at one of their chic outdoor tables (with your pups, if you want!) and eat some great dishes.
Must Try: Gouda fondue for two with herb garlic toast points & fresh apples
212 Broadway N, Fargo | (701) 551-0777
Vibe: Let’s taco bout this fun patio area (see what we did there?) Eclectic bike tires form a fence around the patio as you dine below the neon sign. Whether you come for the fantastic street food or the pitchers of handmade margaritas, you will not be disappointed by their outdoor spot.
Must Try: “Let’s get it on” lemonade – lavender-infused tequila, blueberries, and lemonade
This is a 21+ establishment
520 1st Ave N, Fargo | (701) 365-9226
Wurst Bier Hall
With 41 local, regional, and seasonal beers on tap (which can be consumed using a Das Boot) and a bunch of great German-themed eats, Wurst is an excellent spot to start your West Fargo or Downtown Fargo patio tour.
Must Try: Share a Das Boot with your table following the official rules.
630 1st Ave N, Fargo | (701) 478-2437
3179 Bluestem Dr, West Fargo | (701) 532-0484
ALLEYWAY & BACK PATIO
Beer & Fish Company
Vibe: Tucked inside Roberts Alley, this trendy patio gets you away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown. Covered with greenery and high-top tables, you get a private dining space while enjoying the outdoors.
Stop by the casual dining spot for “Happyest” Hour for $2 oysters, high life bottles, and $5 draft tap, mojitos, and wines from 4-6 p.m. daily.
Must Try: Any of the fish + chips options. Total classic!
230 Roberts Alley, Fargo | (701) 532-1342
Vibe: Tucked inside Roberts Alley, this private patio gets you away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown. It sits below ground level, giving you an excellent perspective of the street level.
Must Try: The Scotch eggs are a specialty here.
210 Roberts Alley, Fargo | (701) 478-1990
Vibe: This bar has a bunch of craft beers, delicious food, and fast/friendly service. The patio is tucked away and cozy, so you can enjoy their food and drinks outside when the weather allows!
Must Try: Their Bulldog tops the list of things to try at the Bulldog Tap.
4265 45th St S, Fargo | (701) 356-3827
Front Street Taproom
Vibe: The patio at Front Street can be easy to miss but seek it out, and we promise you’ll be happy you did. It’s intimate, with only a few tables, hidden at the back of the taproom and tucked between the surrounding buildings.
Must Try: A local beer! Front Street only serves beers from the region.
614 Main Ave, Fargo | (701) 566-7226
Vibe: Moorhead’s newest bar, bleeding orange and black (Moorhead High’s colors), enjoy a beer with their yummy bar food while enjoying all the sports.
Must Try: Their big ticket is pizza. See you there for dinner!
808 S 30th Ave, Moorhead | (218) 512-0310
Pepper’s Sports Cafe
Vibe: A small patio great for enjoying some lunch on a sunny day.
Must Try: The Reuben Rolls, hand-rolled Reuben in an egg roll wrapper.
2510 S University Dr, Fargo | (701) 232-2366
Scoop N Dough Candy Co.
Vibe: Scoop N’ Dough fits right in in the busy location of Blu 32.
Must Try: You can’t go wrong with ice cream and cookie dough combos, but we particularly love their loaded M&M cookie dough.
4600 32nd Ave S, Fargo | (701) 639-7152
Tailgators Sports Cafe
Vibe: Side patio with a few tables perfect for enjoying a cold beer and food on a nice night.
Must Try: Their ginormous wings are a must-try.
1322 Main Ave, Fargo | (701) 293-2091
Vibe: Enter the alley beside the Toasted Frog, and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported into a private dining world. Tables line the alley wall, glittering in the glow from exposed bulbs strung overhead. It’s chic and intimate.
Must Try: Their fried cheesy pickles are incredibly popular. Order one of their signature cocktails, too.
Toasted Frog is 21+ after 3:30 p.m.
305 Broadway N, Fargo | (701) 478-7888
Tradition’s Restaurant & Bar
Vibe: A restaurant & bar open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, featuring laid-back nightlife. Charitable gaming, pool, and darts make for a fun & exciting atmosphere inside or out on the patio.
Must-Try: The porker burger or their breakfast sandwich.
3330 Sheyenne Street S, West Fargo | (701) 532-1376
The Zone Bar
Vibe: Anything but work happens at The Zone, which extends to their outdoor patio, with its round tables and comfortable patio chairs.
Must Try: They have specials every day of the week, so grab one with a signature pizza.
701 Main Ave E, West Fargo | (701) 277-5652
701 / Camp Lone Tree
Vibe: Camp Lone Tree features a 4 season patio to embrace the seasons at 701. The rooftop is filled with entertainment, campfires, games, and curling and has a casual hunting/camping menu with cocktails encouraging singing and dancing.
Must Try: The Chumba Wumba Flight, including a whiskey, vodka, lager, and cider drink—also, the Crazy Bob’s Corn Dog.
701 University Dr, Fargo | (701) 532-0734
Vibe: This huge patio on top of Cowboy Jacks overlooks the northernmost part of the six blocks in the heart of Downtown Fargo. Enjoy the views and grab a $2 burger and some brews during happy hour.
Must Try: Tater tot hotdish or sloppy joes – Cowboy Jacks has these great Midwestern favorites to try.
506 Broadway N, Fargo | (701) 532-1802
Drunken Noodle & Slurp
Vibe: Drunken Noodle makes some of the best Asian noodles and rice, while Slurp specializes in Ramen. Enjoy these great dishes on their awesome patio overlooking the ever-changing main drag of Downtown Fargo.
Must Try: either the Pad Thai or Mac and Cheese from Drunken Noodle, while the pork belly ramen should be your go-to from Slurp.
414 Broadway N, Fargo | (701) 232-3380
Vibe: Locals wait for months for this rooftop patio to re-open. It’s large and relaxed, with plenty of shade or sun, depending on your preferences. It’s spacious and grants private views of the most historic section of Downtown Fargo.
Must Try: The T-rex pizza is their top-seller, and Rhombus brews its beers, so grab one of those too.
606 Main Ave, Fargo | (701) 540-4534