$20 for $50 Worth of Japanese Savories and Sips at moto-i


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  • Only sake brewery outside of Japan
  • Small-plate menu
  • Seven varieties of sake

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With today's Groupon, indulge in authentic Japanese eats at the first sake brewery in the country. For $20, you’ll get $50 worth of drinks and dishes at moto-i, an Uptown restaurant reminiscent of a traditional Japanese pub that is, unlike most Japanese pubs, located in Minneapolis.

Start with the signature sake. Moto-i brews and serves seven varieties of sake, including many unpasteurized namazakes. Side with a dish designed for the potent pour, like lotus chips ($3) or ika (dried squid) served with wasabi mayo ($3). The menu specializes in small plates reminiscent of Tokyo street food, including chicken dumplings ($8) and Japanese pancakes served with bacon ($8). Look for daily specials scrawled across the chalkboard, noodle dishes, sashimi, and classic soups. Moto-i also has a separate menu for vegetarians, those with food allergies, and those who have recently witnessed motorcycle accidents.

Moto-i prides itself on incorporating Asian ethnicities into all its dishes. Small-plate style allows you to sample a variety of original eats while sipping. Break from your traditional breweries, impress a date, or make good on your resolution to try something new each day with this Groupon.


In addition to being one of Travel + Leisure's 25 American Hot Spots, City Pages urges readers to visit for the stellar sake and addicting eats:

  • With this kind of ambition (and a firing-on-all-cylinders start) Moto-i may change the way Minneapolis—and the United States—goes out for a night on the town. – James Norton, City Pages

Popwilleatme.com raves about moto-i's signature sake:

  • Yes Moto-i’s sake is the real deal and yes I want to take it behind the bleachers and get it pregnant. – Popwilleatme.com


moto-i gives diners an authentic Japanese culinary experience without requiring that they leave uptown Minneapolis. Unpasteurized draft sake is brewed inside the izakaya-influenced bar and restaurant; onsite production keeps this staple libation fresh and free of jet lag. Executive chef Omar forges Asian-fusion dishes that meld flavors such as whole fish served with handmade pickles and abura ramen peppered with smoked pork shoulder. Instead of airing football games and soccer matches, the restaurant’s TVs run live and pre-recorded sumo wrestling bouts simulcast from Japan, proving to diners that sports aren’t required by international law to include a ball.

Customer Reviews

Food is just adequate, not bad but not remarkable; but the sake flight is amazing, and so fun to learn about all the different kinds of sake, and what distinguishes them, and taste the different (each delicious) flavors.
Karen W. · October 10, 2014
The ramen is amazing, some of the best in the nation!
Tina · April 11, 2015
We had a wonderful time. I did wish we could have been on the rooftop though. The food was great and the sake was fun. I liked that we could try such a variety with the flights.
Jennifer S. · May 30, 2013

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