The innovative Minneapolis food and drink scene is ready to impress- whatever your tastes. Whether it's the famous Jucy Lucy cheese-filled burger at Matt's, a signature Old Fashioned at Parlour, fine dining at its finest at Spoon and Stable, trying to choose between 18 ethnic food vendors at the Midtown Global Market, or two scoops of artisan ice cream at Milkjam creamery. We just ask that you bring your appetite.
WAREHOUSE DISTRICT/NORTH LOOP
Anchored by the Target Center’s Cargo Food Authority, plenty of music venues, and the iconic First Avenue, the Warehouse District is the epicenter of Minneapolis nightlife. A wide variety of tastes can be found, ranging from the Monte Carlo, a classy joint with a century of service, to the upscale Cosmos, a popular spot for elevated cocktails and bites. Kieran’s Irish Pub brings a bit of Ireland to Minneapolis in the form of a traditional Irish pub, while brew pubs and restaurants serve casual American fare and European specialties, while the stylish wine make bar food a true art form.
Right in the heart of downtown, CRAVE’s American/Japanese combo menu manages to do justice to both cuisines, including some epic sushi platters. In the warmer months their rooftop seating fills up fast. Rock Bottom Brewery serves as a nice contrast with its casual atmosphere and crowd-pleasing brews.
DOWNTOWN CORE/LORING PARK
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, Murray’s and Hell’s Kitchen are favorites among locals, Sushi Train entertains with moving eats and Chef Jamie Malone’s Eastside pushes culinary boundaries. Known for seafood, Oceanaire is loaded with decorative booths and retro charm. Trendy Café Lurcat attracts the foodie crowd while cheery Brit’s Pub offers the perfect beer food and a rooftop lawn bowling court with downtown skyline views.
In Minneapolis, we’re all about our markets. The Mill City Farmers’ Market runs next to the Guthrie Theater and the riverfront, and features organic foods. This year-long farmer’s market holds their indoor markets every second Saturday from November to April inside the historic Mill City Museum. Outdoor markets are held on Chicago Avenue every Saturday from May to October. The Midtown Global Market just south of downtown lets vendors display their goods from countries all over the world in the redeveloped former Sears building on the Midtown Greenway.
RIVERFRONT – MILL DISTRICT
The city’s Mississippi riverfront restaurants wow diners with amazing views and memorable food. Historic cobblestone Main Street hosts both elegant and easygoing American eateries, including Aster Cafe, Wilde Cafe & Spirits and the casual Hideaway Burger Bar. In the nearby Northeast (pronounced by locals as “Nordeast””) neighborhood, a 65-foot Ferris wheel and an eight-hole golf course offers a hipster country club vibe at Betty Danger’s Country Club. It is the only country club that serves “Mexampton” food, a unique fusion of Tex-Mex and "preppiness."
The restaurants in this ultra-hip neighborhood have people talking – and eating. Designer martinis, upscale street food, and a tropical vibe make Chino Latino the perfect spot for celebrations or getting the night started. Barbette offers seasonal fare in a bistro setting, while pizza joints and casual eateries round out the Uptown dining scene.
An appetizing stretch of more than 50 ethnic restaurants, Eat Street stretches a mile along Nicollet Avenue, running south from downtown. This culinary hub is home to authentic German, Greek, Israeli, Thai, Vietnamese and more, not to mention ethnic bakeries and grocers. Popular are Eat Street Social, Copper Hen and Black Forest Inn.
Minneapolis is filled with stellar neighborhood restaurants centered on fresh, seasonal and ethnic fare, including Martina, Kieran's Kitchen Northeast and Revival.
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. Minnesota sources provide many restaurants a wide palate from grass-fed beef, lamb and naturally raised pork to fresh local produce.
Northeast’s Red Stag Supperclub is Minnesota’s first LEED-CI certified restaurant serves as many local and organic foods as possible while conserving water and energy and composting waste.
BEST CHEF: MIDWEST
- Tim McKee, now a partner with The Fish Guys and consultant for several other restaurants was known for La Belle Vie, which closed in 2015 (won in 2009)
- Alex Roberts, chef/co-owner of Restaurant/Cafe/Hotel Alma and Brasa Rotisserie (won in 2010)
- Isaac Becker, chef/owner of 112 Eatery (won in 2011)
- Paul Berglund, former chef at The Bachelor Farmer (won in 2016)
- Gavin Kaysen, chef/owner of Spoon and Stable, Bellecour and Demi (won in 2018)
- Ann Kim, chef/owner of Young Joni, Hello Pizza, Pizzeria Lola, and to-come to Uptown in 2021, Sooki & Mimi (won in 2019)