Patio Season Has Arrived

As the warmth of summer envelops the Willmar Lakes Area, patio season emerges as a cherished time for locals and visitors alike. Located in the heart of Minnesota, this charming spot transforms into a vibrant hub of outdoor dining, social gatherings, and leisurely relaxation. From the serene shores of Green Lake to the Crow River in New London, patios become the perfect vantage points to savor the season’s beauty. Whether you’re indulging in a gourmet meal under the stars or enjoying happy hour with friends, the Willmar Lakes Area offers an idyllic backdrop for creating unforgettable summer memories. Start making your memories by exploring the six restaurant patios below.

Goat Ridge Brewing Co.
As the saying goes, it’s always cooler by the lake (or river in this case). So even if it’s hot and humid out, you’ll find a relaxing getaway in the backyard of Goat Ridge Brewery. With plenty of trees for shade and the sound of the flowing water of the Middle Fork Crow River, you’ll love the tranquil environment. Order an appetizer, pizza and a delicious craft beer and sit back and enjoy life at this peaceful spot. Goat Ridge hosts live music most weekends throughout the summer. Check out our Events Calendar to see their schedule.

Max’s on the Green
You can’t beat the view from the patio at Max’s on the Green located at Little Crow Resort & Conference Center in Spicer. Overlooking the scenic golf course, it is the perfect setting for a quick snack before you play a round of golf, a family lunch between swims at the hotel pool or a night out with friends! If you’re wanting just a little bit more, stop by on Thursday nights for live music out on the patio!

Whether you are going there before or after a day on the lake, or you are just looking to unwind after a busy day, O’Neil’s has an amazing patio with gorgeous views of Green Lake. O’Neil’s has become a local favorite when it comes to summertime outdoor dining and live music.

Ruff’s Wings & Sports Bar
The outdoor patio at Ruff’s has everything you could dream of with an outdoor bar, fire feature, heat lamps, and 3 TV’s including a 70″ HD TV. Ruff’s is the place for every occasion, anything from a business happy hour, sports binge, or late night high energy atmosphere. Ruff’s also hosts live music most Friday nights!

The Oaks at Eagle Creek
The Oaks at Eagle Creek is a restaurant, bar, and event center located on Eagle Creek Golf Course. Situated across Willmar Lake, the view from the outdoor patio deck with a gorgeous fireplace is unbeatable. Aside from the relaxed atmosphere, you’ll get to delight in the best new and upcoming wines, craft beers, and daily happy hour specials!

Zorbaz on Green Lake
Enjoy not only the view of Green Lake, but also the sandy beach and cool waters of the lake as you enjoy your favorite meal on the patio of Zorbaz! Come by car, boat, or float plane and enjoy the largest beer selection on tap. The kids will love the game room and you’ll love the weekend live music on the patio stage. Be sure to get there early to grab a seat by their fire pit.


From the serene lakeside views to the tantalizing flavors of locally sourced cuisine, every moment spent on these patios is a celebration of the area’s natural beauty and warm community spirit. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, we invite you to savor the summer sun this season. So, grab a seat, raise a glass, and toast to the simple joys of outdoor living, on the patios of the Willmar Lakes Area.

Fish our lakes

The possibilities are endless on our 30 recreational lakes…boating, swimming, fishing, water skiing, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boating, hydro biking, paddle boarding and so much more!

Fishing Report

Explore our Trails

Surrounded by beautiful lakes and scenery…who wouldn’t take a hike or a leisurely bike ride to enjoy the view? With miles of trials to choose from, you can always find new places to explore.

Trail Report