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Izakaya-influenced bar and restaurant brews sake onsite and showcases sumo wrestling matches simulcast from Japan

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Promotional value expires May 15, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Valid only for option purchased. Limit 2 per table. Limit 2 per visit. Reservation required. Dine-in only. Not valid for happy hour specials. Not valid with other promotions or discounts. Must purchase 1 food item. Not valid for rooftop seating. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Fusing international cuisines creates provocative new dishes, whereas fusing international languages still just sounds like Latin. Savor flavors without borders with this Groupon.

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  • $15 for $30 worth of Japanese and Asian-fusion food for brunch, valid Saturday or Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • $25 for $50 worth of Japanese and Asian-fusion food for dinner, valid Friday or Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight
  • $25 for $50 worth of Japanese and Asian-fusion food for dinner, valid Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to midnight

Brunch dishes include egg oko ($6), ginger-and-egg fried rice ($12), and the Big Boy breakfast with daikon hash and Chinese sausage ($12). Dinner meals include ginger rice porridge with roasted chicken ($15), bistro steak with sweet-potato fries ($18), and seared Scottish salmon ($16). Click here to see the restaurant’s full brunch and dinner menus.


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

479 Ratings

The ramen is amazing, some of the best in the nation!
Tina · April 11, 2015
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
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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    2940 Lyndale Ave. S

    Minneapolis, MN 55408


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