Restaurants in Minneapolis

$16 or $22 for Food at Bagu Sushi & Thai

Northrup

$30 $16

Japanese and Thai cuisine including specialty maki and thai noodle dishes

Up to 50% Off Tuscan Cuisine at Arezzo Ristorante

Edina

$40 $20

Award-winning pizzas baked to order in brick ovens and handmade pastas tossed with Italian cured meats served amid murals and marble arches

Up to 43% Off New American Cuisine at Common Roots Cafe

Uptown

$42 $24

(209)

Monthly menu highlights local and organic ingredients in dishes such as pan-seared salmon, green curry with rice, and bison bolognese

$8 for Diner Food at 50th Street Cafe

50th Street Cafe

$16 $8

(92)

Classic diner serves organic, free-trade coffee alongside omelets, pancakes, bacon, and burgers

45% Gourmet Pub Fare at Chatterbox Pub

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

(228)

Lobster-laden steaks, artisanal pizzas, and sandwiches pair with 150+ craft beers, ciders, and cocktails amid vintage video and board games

Up to 50% Off at Jimbo's Italian & American Restaurant

Blaine

$24 $12

Mix of Italian and American classics such as spaghetti, patty melts, and pizzas topped with bacon

50% Off Drinks and Small Food Plates at The Tangiers

Minneapolis

$50 $25

Gourmet bistro-style fare includes flatbreads, small plates like tacos and a hummus platter, and inventive cocktails

Up to 50% Off at Stella's Fish Cafe & Prestige Oyster Bar

Uptown

$85.85 $44

(911)

Fresh oysters, sushi, and fish pair with red wine, beer, or specialty cocktails on one of two rooftop decks

Devil's Advocate – Up to 52% Off

Downtown West

$42 $20

(119)

Duck and prosciutto on toast, biscuits and gravy, or toffee french toast for brunch; bacon burgers, falafel, and crab balls for lunch/dinner

50% Off Mexican Food at El Nuevo Rodeo Restaurante

Longfellow

$24 $12

(72)

Sturdy wooden tables prop up plate after plate of authentic, regional Mexican food under warm light of rustic lanterns

Half Off at The Simple Sandwich

Downtown West

$12 $6

(8)

Custom salads, hot sandwiches, soups, and breakfast are made from a choice of five breads, six meats, and locally sourced ingredients

Up to 51% Off Mediterranean Meals at Zakia Deli

Mid-City Industrial

$22 $11

Chicken and rice with almonds, Lebanese spaghetti, gyros, and custom sandwiches pair with classic sides such as grape leaves and hummus

Up to 50% Off Asian Fusion Cuisine at Kiku Bistro 

Uptown

$51.90 $26

(67)

Pan-Asian entrees such as organic beef with orange peel and plum sauce or scallops with black bean sauce, paired with pours of house wine

Half Off at Crooked Pint Ale House 

Downtown Minneapolis East

$30 $15

(53)

Two dozen tap beers and specialty cocktails complement Lucy burgers, lots of entrees, wings, and breakfast served all day

Up to 47% Off Breakfast or Dinner at Basil's Restaurant

Minneapolis

$130 $69

(163)

Chefs craft upscale American fare in a casual dining room located on the third floor of the Marquette Hotel

Up to 37% Off ALM Corner Cafe

Water Park

$8 $5

Chefs fuse American & Latin cuisine to create innovative café fare

Up to Half Off Upscale American Cuisine at Icehouse

Whittier

$38 $19

(204)

Beer-battered cod, cheese ravioli, and lobster BLTs served at lunch; six-course Chef's Table dinner with specialty entrees paired with wine

Half Off at El Burrito Cubano

El Burrito Cubano

$10 $5

Diners customize Cuban-style burritos and sandwiches with colorful add-ons such as pickles, jalapeños, and pico de gallo

50% Off Upscale American Cuisine at restaurant Max

The Hotel Minneapolis

$50 $25

(116)

Upscale renditions of American classics, such as smoked-to-order salmon and spaghetti and meatballs with a three-hour sauce

Up to 52% Off at Miller's Corner Bar and Grill

Columbia Heights

$25 $12

Burgers made from third-pound patties pair with a glass of Blue Moon, Coors Light, or other draft beer

50% Off Japanese Cuisine at Mango Factory

Minneapolis

$30 $15

Japanese food including shrimp tempura, beef teriyaki, and Zodiac-themed sushi rolls

48% Off at Sweet Taste of Italy in Brooklyn Park

Brooklyn Park - Maple Grove

$25 $13

(147)

Chefs create Italian favorites with American twist, from jumbo-sized pizzas to lasagna with hand-grated cheese & special red sauce

Up to 50% Off at Jerusalem’s Restaurant

Stevens Square

$25 $12.50

(46)

Hand-rolled grape leaves, mixed shawarma, and curries served in a dining room decorated with draped fabrics and tapestries

52% Off Murder-Mystery Dinner Show

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

Professional improv actors invite diners to participate in an interactive whodunit as they enjoy a three-course meal

50% Off Indian Cuisine at Dancing Ganesha

Downtown West

$30 $15

(138)

Contemporary Indian cuisine such as tandoor-oven specialties and South Indian dosa crepes served alongside beer, wine, and house cocktails

Up to 50% Off Pub Food and Drinks at The Imperial Room

Warehouse District

$30 $15

Cocktails, wontons, meatball sandwiches, and classic entrees served amid soft lighting & wall murals

Up to 50% Off Asian-Fusion Cuisine at Chin Dian Café

Como

$20 $10

(74)

Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese, and Malaysian flavors combine in chicken with dried chilies and shrimp with rice noodles

50% Off at My Huong Kitchen

Minneapolis

$16 $8

Pan-Asian menu including pho, noodle salads, bubble tea, and crepes

Up to 54% Off Diner Meal at Egg and I

Multiple Locations

$30.50 $14

(83)

Dig into steak and eggs, sandwiches, burgers, and large stacks of buttermilk or multi-grain pancakes topped with seasonal berries

50% Off Sushi Dinner at Wasabi Fusion Restaurant

Downtown East

$58 $29

Chef's specialty JR and Champion sushi rolls paired with house wine or tap beer

50% Off at Two Stooges Sports Bar & Grill

Fridley

$30 $15

(6)

Burgers, sandwiches, wraps, pasta & steak served at a Sports bar with 43 pool tables, weekly entertainment featuring Bands, Djs & karaoke

$10 for Café Food at Defiant Tattoo and Caffeine Bar

Minneapolis

$20 $10

(9)

Coffee shop attached to a tattoo parlor serves fair-trade, locally roasted B+W Specialty Coffee drinks, baked treats, and pizza from Heggies

47% Off Indian Food at Copper Pot Indian Grill

Lumber Exchange Building

$30 $15.99

Chefs prepare authentic dishes from different regions across India, whipping up favorites such as vegetarian saag paneer & tandoori chicken

Up to 44% Off at Pizza Nea

Minneapolis

$43 $24

(95)

Red or white Neapolitan-style pizzas baked in a stone-fired oven and served with craft beers or wine

$8 for Diner Food at Uptown Diner

East Isles

$16 $8

(532)

Menu spans all-day-breakfast & lunch in the form of pineapple upside-down pancakes & chicken salad sandwiches; open 24 hours Monday-Thursday

50% Off Sushi at Haiku Japanese Bistro

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

(19)

Chefs elegantly plate sushi or put on culinary shows at the hibachi grills

Half Off Afghan and Mediterranean Food at Ariana Kabob & Gyro Bistro

St. Louis Park

$22 $11

(12)

Afghan and Mediterranean favorites such as hummus, kabobs, and gyros served in a casual atmosphere

Up to 51% Off at Sarna’s Classic Grill

Columbia Heights

$69.90 $36

Steak and seafood plates served alongside comfort cuisine born from house-made ingredients in well-appointed eatery with landscaped patio

Up to 30% Off Jalsa Indian Fastfood

Columbia Heights

$10 $7

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

50% Off Japanese Cuisine at Osaka Golden Valley

St. Louis Park

$30 $15

Teppanyaki chefs perform culinary feats as salmon, chicken, or steak sizzle upon tableside hibachi grills

45% Off Mediterranean Food at Athens Cafe

Robbinsdale

$20 $11

(33)

Gyro sandwiches and kebabs served with creamy hummus and other Greek specialties

Up to 52% Off Coffee and Food

New Hope (across from YMCA)

$20 $10

(6)

Coffee and espresso served with pastries, desserts, wraps, and appetizers; variety of wine and beer options

50% Off at Outtakes Bar & Grill

Robbinsdale - Crystal - New Hope

$20 $10

Burgers and flatbread pizzas pair with specialty cocktails inspired by your favorite movies

Up to 50% Off Breakfast or Lunch at Peg's Countryside Cafe

Plymouth - Wayzata

$20 $10

(16)

This home-style, from-scratch cafe has served hearty skillets, sandwiches, and homemade soups and pies for more than three decades

46% Off Apps and Drinks at Eichten's Market & Cafe

Shafer

$20.39 $11

Couples enjoy beer or wine along with buffalo wings or homemade cheese fondue featuring gouda from the Eichten family farm

Up to 56% Off Pub Food and Drinks

Fridley

$44.48 $23

Draft beers, drinks, and wine match with black Angus burgers, racks of ribs, wings, and other familiar pub grub

Up to 52% Off Chilitos at Zantigo

Multiple Locations

$20.68 $10

(40)

Mexican restaurant home to the chilito, a blend of cheese and chili in a stretched-by-hand tortilla

50% Off Modern Diner Food at The Grandview Grill 

Macalester - Groveland

$16 $8

(121)

Unique diner dishes such as pineapple upside-down cake pancakes and blackened-catfish sandwiches paired with fair-trade coffee

Half Off at Grand Shanghai Restaurant

Macalester - Groveland

$30 $15

(38)

Individual and family-style portions of classic Chinese dishes such as moo shu chicken, barbecue pork with broccoli, and orange beef

Half Off Mexican Food at El Taquito Taco Shop

West St. Paul

$15 $7.50

(111)

Cooks fill soft-shell corn or flour tortillas with shredded beef, chorizo, and chicken before sprinkling them with cilantro and onions

50% Off Mexican Cuisine at Taqueria Los Paisanos

Dayton's Bluff

$12 $6

More than 9-year-old taqueria uses generations-old family recipes to craft fajitas, tortas, tamales, and its specialty: tacos

Up to 51% Off Thai Food at Bangkok Cuisine

Summit - University

$20 $10

Juicy sliced steak, scallops, and chicken serve as counterpoints to veggies and tofu in stir-fried noodle and curry dishes

Half Off Deli Sandwiches at Acme Deli

Macalester - Groveland

$11 $5.50

Deli crafts sandwiches to go with a range of customizable or classic options such as roast beef and grilled cheese

Up to 50% Off at Sakana Sushi & Asian Bistro

Highland

$40 $20

(31)

Sushi bar in Highland Park houses specialty sushi rolls constructed from lobster, caviar, and mango salsa

50% Off Mexican Fare at Los Arcos

West St. Paul

$25 $12.50

More than 90 traditional Mexican platters line up on expansive menu, including mole enchiladas & molcajetes served in hot rock bowls

Half Off Mexican Food at La Cabana 

Dayton's Bluff

$30 $15

(6)

Tuck into hearty potions of ceviche, carne asada, and pescadas empanadas, followed by a cold Mexican beer

$5 for International Cuisine at Maiv's Egg Roll Basket

Saint Paul

$10 $5

Banh mi sandwiches, sweet and savory egg rolls, and many varieties of bubble tea

50% Off Mexican Food at Manana

Dayton's Bluff

$22 $11

(27)

Traditional Mexican and Salvadorian dishes including pupusas, tamales, tacos, tortas, and sopes

Half Off Mexican Cuisine at Las Sirenas

Plato

$30 $15

Emapnadas are served along with mexican classics at eatery with karaoke, live mariachi music, and dancing

50% Off Mexican & American Food at Capital View Café & Catering

Riverview

$20 $10

(98)

Friendly neighborhood café with excellent view of the capitol building serves homemade Mexican and American food for breakfast and lunch

Up to 49% Off American Food at Twisted Fork Grille

St. Paul

$25 $13

(205)

Locally sourced fresh ingredients make their way into American food such as bison entrees and walleye with rice cakes

Half Off International Food at Collage Global Cafe

Maple Grove

$30 $15

(13)

Culinary designer uses fresh produce to make globally inspired dishes, such as Greek eggplant pizza, pad thai, and chicken teriyaki

50% Off at Sammy's Pizza & Restaurant

Brooklyn Park

$30 $15

(16)

Revered pizzeria serves pies such as the 5 Cheese Bianco with garlic and Italian herb butter sauce, or the bacon cheeseburger pizza

50% Off at Osaka Sushi and Hibachi Steakhouse

Coon Rapids

$50 $25

Nimble-handed chefs cook traditional Japanese dishes before diners' eyes, sending up aromas of filet mignon, scallops, and hibachi noodles

Up to 52% Off Takeout at Aji Japanese Restaurant

Minnetonka - Hopkins

$20 $11

(80)

Chefs tuck colorful medleys of specialty seafood inside sushi rolls, populating party trays or takeout containers with Japanese specialties

Up to 51% Off Italian Food at Little Venetian

Roseville

$37.90 $19

(11)

Made from family recipes, the eatery's Italian classics range from meat-filled lasagna to pizza crowned with chicken and alfredo sauce

Up to 53% Off Burger and Beer Meal at The Lookout Bar and Grill

Lookout Bar & Grill

$35.98 $19

(20)

Bar open since 1958 serves its signature broasted chicken or enormous burgers alongside draft beer

Andiamo Italian Ristorante – Up to 50% Off Italian Cuisine

Multiple Locations

$50 $30

(255)

Family of experienced restaurateurs whips up authentic Italian cuisine at welcoming neighborhood restaurants

Minneapolis Restaurant Guide

Minneapolis stands as one of the great Cosmopolitan centers of the Northwest. Restaurants in Minneapolis could rival any that famed “Second City” Chicago serves up. Like any big city, Minneapolis has produced some characters who have opened restaurants that offer unique and fun dining experiences and that represent the local flair. Visitors dining in Minneapolis restaurants won’t want for anything of good value and good quality when they visit this half of the famous “Twin City.”

At the top of the unique Minneapolis eating list is Elsie’s Restaurant Bar and Bowl. This famed spot lets one nosh on some classic fare while rolling some strikes down on the lanes. There are some great Americana snacks like mac-and-cheese wedges and waffle fries that receive rave reviews and make for perfect snack food between frames. And for more serious eats, Elsie serves up, among other things, 10 and 18-ounce portions of slow-roasted prime rib and maple-glazed pork chops. Apps start at $5 to $9, and mains go from $11 to $23. Head there Sunday to Thursday for $9 unlimited bowling night.

Second to none for pizza in Minneapolis is Broadway Pizza. They’ve been making pies in Minneapolis for about 50 years, perfecting the art along the way. Most head down for the thin crust, but deep-dish is on tap as well. Their Tuesdays “cheap date night” is a great value. Twenty bucks gets an appetizer, a two-topping pizza, and their famous deep-dish cookie topped with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and a cherry. One can order online first, and get a pie that's steaming-hot and ready to eat .

Dining in Minneapolis is unique, fun, and of course, delicious.  One  doesn't need to go five-star establishments to get good eats and ambience. For those seeking something local and unpretentious in Minneapolis, a good restaurant is not hard to find.

Visitors dining in Minneapolis restaurants won’t want for anything of good value and good quality when they visit this half of the famous “Twin City”.
 

Select Local Merchants

Some of the spices and condiments in a Malaysian kitchen—ginger, shallots, chilies—are familiar to American diners. Others aren't as widely known, and it's these that give the seafood, meats, veggies, and curries at Peninsula Malaysian Cuisine their palate-expanding complexity. Belacan, for example, is a dried shrimp paste that provides a salty tang; pandan leaf is an aromatic plant used in desserts as a dumpling wrapper; and galangal is a type of Southeast Asian rhizome that goes well with lemongrass.

At Peninsula Malaysian Cuisine, Chef Tong mixes these ingredients with practiced precision to make nearly 200 dishes, from pineapple seafood fried rice to the Buddhist yam pot—a bowl formed from crispy fried taro and filled with shrimp, chicken, cashews, and vegetables. The restaurant's open kitchen lets guests watch him and the other cooks as they flip the crispy pancakes known as roti canai and toss fresh egg noodles with duck and barbecued pork. The food impressed Jeremy Iggers of the StarTribune along with his Malaysia-born dining companions, who "gave the Peninsula a strong endorsement: they said the food was as good as at the restaurants back home."

The kitchen also displays Peninsula's love for coconut. Jumbo shrimp and beef take on sweetness as they simmer in coconut milk, and a coconut-butter breading turns bites of chicken into crispy treats. To increase the chances that their dreams will take them to a tropical island, diners can finish with another celebration of the fruit of the palm: coconut pudding served inside a real coconut shell.

2608 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis,
MN
US

“Jedzcie pijcie i popuszczajcie pas.” For those who don’t speak Polish, the motto at Nye’s Polonaise Room may seem complex, but its translation is simple: “Eat, drink, and loosen your belt.” In fact, expansion has been the running theme at Nye’s since it set its roots back in the '40s. By 1964 Nye's original form, a bar, provided owner Al Nye with the funds necessary to purchase the space next door. Though he added a dining room, the bar's original features—gold-flecked booths, dark paneling, a curved piano bar, and a portrait of Chopin—remain, creating a vintage and homey feel.

Nye’s lengthy menu dishes up Polish classics, such as cabbage rolls and pierogi, as well as hearty 14-ounce new york strip steaks, cold-water lobster tail, and aged, bone-in, slow-roasted prime rib. Specialty martinis and the eatery’s inherent ambience make it a cozy place to talk, much like a candlelit phone booth. Nye’s also curates a full wine menu with pours from California, Spain, and Australia. All these ingredients come together to create a restaurant that's distinct and locally lauded, earning it a feature on Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.

112 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis,
MN
US

The former owner of local hotspot Taco Morelos, restaurateur Gaspar Perez now reigns over the kitchen at Las Teresitas Mexican Grill. Here, he's ramped up his well-known Mexican favorites with high-quality ingredients and bold flavors, and this time, he's keeping the entire operation in the family. According to City Pages—which awarded Las Teresitas the 2012 Best Taco award for its chorizo taco—Perez's wife waits tables as his cousin cooks up fajitas, mole chicken, and tacos stuffed with brisket, Mexican-style barbecue pork, or beef cheek. The family's even in the restaurant's name, which Perez chose in honor of his mother (Teresa) and his daughter (also Teresa), who gained popularity at Taco Morelos for greeting customers at the door with a smile and fresh tortilla chips.

The free chips are still a thing. In the center of the casual dining room stands a complementary chips-and-salsa bar, showcasing a spread of nine colorful homemade salsas in varying degrees of heat. Perez encourages guests to sample these salsas—which include tomato chipotle and chili de arbol varieties—and use them to customize their meals or secretly spice up a friend's horchata.

5748 34th Ave S
Minneapolis,
MN
US

“You feel like you’re in a museum, or some other metropolis hotspot,” a reporter for the Minnesota Monthly said after a visit to My Burger. The article went on to praise the menu, applauding “beefy, thin burgers with good, sweet, fresh buns.” Each quarter-pound burger is prepared fresh to order, with standard toppings as well more adventurous options such as Cajun bacon. Amid crackling décor infused with pop-art influences, patrons also swap in patties made of fish, chicken, turkey, or veggies like the best friend of a lonely chef.

The staff also claims they have their french-fry process down to a science, which may be true: they were listed in Citypages’ Top 10 French Fries in the Twin Cities in 2012. Robin’s-egg-blue stand mixers churn out fresh malts in chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry, and glasses click together at the small bar, spilling rivulets of wine, hard ciders, and draft Surly.

3100 Excelsior Blvd
Minneapolis,
MN
US

If the limestone walls of the Nicollet Island Inn Restaurant could talk, they would have riveting things to say. They would relate recent memories of romantic weddings and elegant special occasions, filled with the popping of champagne corks, laughter bouncing off the water from an outdoor patio and garden, and soft music wafting from the piano lounge. But the inn's more distant past is what distinguishes its true character; the building is one of the few that survived an island-wide fire soon after its construction in 1893. The site was rehabilitated in the early 80's. Double-hung windows have transformed the industrial exterior with welcoming turquoise awnings, and the old loading dock was glassed in to create a dining room with scenic views of the Mississippi River.

Though steeped in historical charm—including hand-carved woodwork, stained-glass windows, and an antique, steam-powered elevator—the inn appeals to the modern traveler with world-class amenities such as organic bath products and plasma TVs.

95 Merriam St
Minneapolis,
MN
US

Hailed by StarTribune writer Tom Horgen as “two guys who know their beer,” Mark van Wie and Paul Schatz have worked for the last decade to put their pub The Muddy Pig on the maps of local and international beer connoisseurs. At their second venture, The Pig & Fiddle, they have raised the bar even higher with 36 beers on draft—including a slew of Belgian-style brews—to go with chef Stephanie Kochlin’s menu of European-inspired pub fare.

Each day from 4:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m., Chef Kochlin prepares hearty dinner entrees using recipes gathered from rustic European locales and cooking oils derived from melted Renaissance paintings. Along with artisanal cheeses, house-prepared meats, and boiled pierogi, the kitchen specializes in European pasties—pouch-shaped pies filled with roasted lamb and house-made pickles. Aside from the nightly dinner menu, The Pig & Fiddle frequently curates events such as special dinners with course-by-course beer pairings.

3812 W 50th St
Minneapolis,
MN
US