Minneapolis.com is pleased to present this selective restaurant guide for Minneapolis, Minnesota. Try our online reservations. It's free and books the table immediately in the restaurant's reservation system. You'll also receive Dining Bonus Points redeemable at thousands of restaurants nationwide. Minneapolis is home to a vast array of delicious dining options, from steakhouses to French restaurants to American grills, there's something for everyone. Black Forest Inn offers fine German cuisine with old-world charm, while Loring Pasta Bar serves some of the best noodles in Minneapolis. Those in search of top-notch pierogi should look no further than Nye's Bar & Polonaise Room, a popular Polish bar complete with live polka music. Even the pickiest eaters will be able to find something great with the many options Minneapolis offers.
International Center II, 920 2nd Avenue S., Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Come dine at Twist Restaurant and Bar. Famous for serving sizzling steaks all around the world, Ruth's Chris in Minneapolis has an excellent reputation for serving aged, corn-fed USDA Prime steaks and providing top-notch service. Offering a fabulous selection of savory appetizers, delicious entrees and scrumptious homemade desserts, Ruth's Chris Steak House is a restaurant that everyone will enjoy. From romantic dinners to large groups, this Minneapolis restaurant is great for all occasions. Online reservations are suggested.
Sweeping views of Loring Park, innovative American food, a captivating bar featuring 200+ wines with 30 by the glass, & live music make this venue a complete destination. Open every evening. Reservations Recommended. (Description provided by Opentable.com)
801 Hennepin Ave. (in LaSalle Plaza), Minneapolis MN 55402
New York style chop and seafood house specializes in dry-aged beef. Definitely a high-end dining experience, the atmosphere is warm and dark with mahogany and brass. The lowest priced menu item is roasted chicken, and the highest is a porterhouse steak. The popular martini is the "Stoli Doli" made from Stolichnaya vodka and Dole pineapple juice for a kick of vitamin C. Dine with friends and loved ones because dishes are served family style. A side of mushroom and asparagus will serve three to four people. The concept is working: this is the 10th in a chain.
Cosmo's at Graves 601 Hotel
601 First Ave. North Minneapolis, Minneapolis MN 55403
At this signature Art + Tech design hotel in downtown Minneapolis, the food gets a similarly sleek treatment. Offering contemporary cuisine and a chill lounge on the fourth floor of the Graves 601 Hotel, Cosmo's offers fine Minneapolis dining.
FireLake Grill House
1 South 7th St., Minneapolis MN 55402
Convenient to Hennepin Theater District, the bustling FireLake Grill combines the flame theme with the flavors of the Midwest and Meditteranean cuisine. Wood-burning ovens and grills add a fiery touch to local produce and meats.
The Independent - Minneapolis
3001 Hennepin Avenue, Suite A201, Minneapolis, MN 55408
The Melting Pot
80 South 9th St., Minneapolis MN 55402
Fondue makes a comeback in downtown Minneapolis at this interactive restaurant. Attentive service, the highest quality fresh ingredients, a variety of cooking styles, unique sauces and chocolate fondue make for memorable Minneapolis dipping.
Morton's, The Steakhouse - Minneapolis
555 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Murray's Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge
24 South 6th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Minneapolis Restaurant Reviews
Loring Pasta Bar
327 14th Ave. SE at 4th St., Minneapolis MN 55414; Tel. 612.378.4849
The way to make a space both cozy and huge is to let the owner and designer behind the Loring Pasta Bar have his way. Lushly over-decorated with a 35-foot high ceiling, it's part paradise a la Antonio Gaudi, and part red brick (literally) imported from Chicago. Photos cannot do the atmosphere justice. Of course there's pasta, pizza and salads but try their signature artichoke ramekin appetizer. Live music accompanies both lunch and dinner at this unforgettable spot in Dinkytown near the University of Minneapolis campus.
Nye's Polonaise Room
112 Hennepin Ave. E., Minneapolis MN 55414; Tel. 612.379.2021
Nye's first opened its doors in 1949 and fortunately, the décor has remained the same. Gold glitter booths, red velvet wallpaper and monstrous chandeliers reign supreme at the city's finest supper club. The food is Polish American fare, from pierogis to Polish sausage to Surf and Turf. This spacious place also touts a piano bar where sing-a-longs are always encouraged. Peek through the dining room doorway to find Nye's Bar: the perfect little dive, with live polka music on weekends to dance off your dinner.
1432 West 31st Street at Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55408; Tel. 612.825.1572
Lucia Watson loves food. So apparent is this love that it's no wonder her American bistro has been thriving since opening in 1985. Expect a perfectly elegant dining experience with a frequently changing menu to maximize on in-season and locally produced meat, poultry and vegetables. Couples celebrating their anniversary often request (and get) the same table as the previous year. The staff is welcoming and accommodating. The original dining room has expanded to the space next door which hosts a gorgeous wine bar. Memories are made of this.
Black Forest Inn
1 E. 26th St., Minneapolis MN 55404; Tel. 612.872.0812
"Fine German Cuisine" since 1965 has Old World charm. There's warm wood and stained glass on the inside and the outdoor patio is a rare garden style treat. They serve a full dinner menu with their own bratwurst and breads, spaetzel and cheese casserole with broccoli. The same wonderful breads and pastries are available during the daylight hours at the corner of the same building: The Strudel and Nudel (at 2605 Nicollet), where you can grab coffee, breads, strudels, black forest cherry torte, and box lunches with pepper jack dill havarti and some serious meats. Proximity to the Children's Theatre as well as the Minneapolis Institute of Arts but if you stuff yourself silly, you might have to grab a nap first.
Lunch has never been so indulgent. Set on the 12th floor of the Marshall Field's department store with floor-to-ceiling wraparound windows and squeaky white linoleum gloss, this is like being in a movie. Set in heaven. Seeming miles of all-you-can eat salads, entrees and desserts are yours for the taking. If you can imagine it, it's probably here on a serving platter. Heaps of fresh salad, soups, vegetable tacos, pizza, pasta and even chocolate malts to go with your burger are available for indulgence. But be warned: this is lunch-only here. All the better to take in the view with, my dear.
100 North 6th St., Minneapolis MN 55403; Tel. 612.338.2401
The first and finest venture of the brothers and partners D'Amico is their restaurant of the highest echelon. Sophisticated northern Italian cooking is complex, with upscale treats like foie gras, veal, duck, lobster and homemade pasta. Just in case the food isn't convincing enough, consider the Italian wine collection (valued at $200,000) and choose a bottle or two.
Top quality French cuisine near the Walker Art Museum and the Guthrie Theater. Appetizers like Sautéed Lobster Risotto Cakes with Roasted Red Bell Pepper Puree and entrees like Duck Confit with a Warm Cranberry-Fig Compote prove that it takes time to prepare such fabulous food. Epic and elegant dining fit for a king -- or you.