Deliciously diverse and always evolving, the Minneapolis dining scene packs a flavorful punch. From Uptown to downtown, the city bursts with top-notch restaurants, talented chefs and friendly staff ready to serve.
Anchored by the Target Center’s Hubert’s Sports Bar & Grill, scores of music venues and the iconic First Avenue, the Warehouse District is the epicenter of Minneapolis nightlife. A palpable energy feeds an exciting dining scene that ranges from the Monte Carlo, a classy joint with a century of service, to sleek, sexy Cosmos, a stunning temple to edible opulence. Kieran’s Irish Pub brings a bit of Ireland to Minneapolis in the form of a traditional Irish pub, while exotic Saffron and swanky Wondrous Azian Kitchen exude global taste and ambiance. Brew pubs and restaurants serve casual American fare and German specialties, while the stylish wine bars elevate bar food to an art form.
Restaurants in the city’s bustling theater district serve dramatic, inspired fare. Showcasing contemporary Italian cuisine at its finest, D’Amico Kitchen located in Le Meridien Chambers Minneapolis, never ceases to delight guests. CRAVE’s chic atmosphere and locally sourced food impress as much as their rooftop views, while the more casual Rock Bottom Brewery satisfies with handcrafted beers.
The depth and quality of downtown’s restaurants – more than 50 in the core alone – is impressive. Offerings span the globe and excite the palate: established visionaries such as Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, Barrio and Hell’s Kitchen push the culinary envelope, while Bon Appetit darlings Mission American Kitchen and FireLake Grill earn positive buzz. Ambiance ranges from simple to stunning. Clubby Oceanaire is loaded with leatherette booths and retro charm. Trendy Café Lurcat attracts the hip and discriminating crowd while cheery Brit’s Pub offers the perfect beer food and a rooftop lawn bowling court with downtown skyline views.
Co-ops have made their mark in Minneapolis and households all over the city have gone organic. But those who insist on sustainably grown organic food can go out to eat too, because many Minneapolis restaurants have the same values. A creation of long-time natural restaurateur, Brenda Langton, Spoonriver has been serving the finest gourmet natural cuisine since 2006. Minnesota sources provide the restaurant a wide palate from grass-fed beef, lamb and naturally raised pork to fresh local produce. The Red Stag Supperclub, Minnesota’s first LEED-CI certified restaurant, serves as many local and organic foods as possible while conserving water and energy and composting waste.
AWARD-WORTHY FOOD EXPERTS
Four Minneapolis chefs have won and earned nominations for James Beard Awards – commonly referred to as the Oscars of the food world.
BEST CHEF: MIDWEST
> Tim McKee, chef/co-owner of La Belle Vie and Sea Change (won in 2009)
> Alex Roberts, chef/co-owner of Restaurant Alma, Brasa Rotisserie (won in 2010)
> Isaac Becker, 112 Eatery and Brasa(won in 2011)
> Lenny Russo, chef at Heartland in Saint Paul (nominated in 2010, 2011, 2012)