Minneapolis has a slew of restaurants available that cover every possible food craving you could have. Some say that you can find the best burgers on the continent in Minneapolis as well as plenty of award-winning chefs and innovative cuisine. You will find anything from cafes that serve excellent breakfasts and lunches to fancier fine dining restaurants where you can get fresh seafood, mouthwatering steaks and much more. If you want it, chances are Minneapolis is going to have it. If you are visiting this fun city on business or pleasure or you have just recently moved there it is always nice to know where you can go for exceptional food, great service and relaxing atmosphere. We have listed the best places to eat in Minneapolis below. This is a great list to get you started getting to know the culinary landscape of Minneapolis.
Broder’s Pasta Bar
Visit: Broder’s Pasta Bar
Broder’s Pasta Bar opened in 1994 and has been serving guests quality pasta and risotto dishes since it opened. These dishes are made with a focus on the seasonal and local ingredients that are available as well as on the regional Italian traditions. All ingredients are sourced from farms in the Midwest whenever that is possible. They have a parking lot garden that they also grow vegetables in that are used in these tasty dishes. Broder’s is family owned and it is their goal to cook their handmade pasta the way pasta was meant to be cooked. Across the street from the Pasta Bar is Broder’s Cucina Italiana where they sell the pasta to the public as well. The menu is jam-packed with delicious pasta and risotto selections that will make your mouth water when they arrive at the table. Try the Linguine Con Granchio or the delectable Tagliarini Di Locanda Del Lupo with pasta made from egg yolk, truffle cream, and prosciutto di Parma.
Visit: Hell’s Kitchen
Hell’s Kitchen may sound a little scary at first but once you have a meal here you will be anxious to come back. The family-friendly restaurant is all about American-style cooking that has been described as unique and interesting. One of the most popular aspects of this restaurant is the Grab N Go Power Salad Bar. This impressive, 35 foot salad bar is full of delicious, healthy greens, grains and many other healthy ingredients that you can choose from to make the salad of your dreams. They also have a selection of freshly-made salads already put together if you are short on time. In addition to their epic salad bar there is a huge selection of delicious breakfasts, lunches, dinner entrees, pasta dishes, appetizers, salads, soups and much more. You will want to make Hell’s Kitchen a regular dining destination just so you can try all the things they offer. With their expansive and delicious menu choices, that will fortunately, bring you back often for a long time.
The Local Irish Pub
Visit: The Local Irish Pub
At the Local Irish Pub, food is a high priority. The menu is filled with delicious appetizers, pub classics like Bangers & Mash, Salads, tons of sandwiches and more. The pub features an 80 foot bar that has a back bar that is carved by hand and plenty of places to sit to have an intimate conversation with someone special or sit with a group of friend and just hang out. There is also the Whiskey Lounge, The Boardroom, Kissing Room and other private event rooms including the Sanctuary, the Choir and the Hollow. There are plenty of incredible things to look at and great food and drink to try here at The Local. Their mission is to provide every guest that comes through the door with an experience so good they can’t wait to come back and that is evident in everything they do.
The concept at Zelo is very simple… fresh, exceptional Italian Cuisine made from local ingredients. At Zelo, the entire staff from the hostess to the chefs, are dedicated to providing the guests with more than just a meal, they are providing an experience you won’t forget. The staff treats their guests like old friends, learning their names and remembering how they like their meals served and the drinks they prefer. It is these special touches that turn a regular meal into something spectacular and special. The menu is full of quality food that will bring you back for more and includes entrees like house made ravioli, spicy crab spaghetti, dry-aged New York strip, burgers and more. Don’t forget to choose a great bottle of wine to go with your meal. If you are not sure which to choose, the staff will be more than happy to help so your meal is complete and perfect from beginning to end.
Lotus Vietnamese Restaurant
Visit: Lotus Vietnamese Restaurant
Great Service, Great Food and Great Prices; those are the foundations of what the Lotus Vietnamese Restaurant is built. The restaurant is family owned and operated by Mon and Dad Lotus and their 4 sons. They are dedicated to providing their guests with authentic Vietnamese dishes that are prepared and cooked to perfection, using mom’s secret recipes. All of the sauces and foods that are on the menu are made in house with a lot of love and passion for providing an experience that their guests won’t forget. MSG is not used in any of the dishes that Lotus serves. They also have gluten-free options as well. There is something for the whole family on Lotus’s menu including several varieties of fried rice, noodle entrees, Lotus favorite entrees, and much more. You will not run out of things to try at this friendly, quality Vietnamese restaurant.
Visit: Manny’s Steakhouse
Manny’s Steakhouse is the place to go when you are looking for quality, well-made dishes that are full of flavor including their USDA, center-cut, dry-aged and hand-trimmed to their specifications so it arrives to your table perfectly cooked and with a flavor so exceptional you won’t want to go anywhere else for your steaks. Manny’s staff is dedicated to providing their guests with exceptional service, warm hospitality, and exceptional food. The menu is not all about steak although that is one of the great things they are known for. There are also chicken, fresh vegetables, chops and even fresh Alaskan King Crab legs when they are available. Appetizers are plentiful if you desire and side dishes complement the main courses well. They even have a hot fudge and caramel covered nut brownie dessert that is so big it can feed 4 to 6 people. There is no specific dress code required; they just want you to be comfortable while you enjoy a fabulous meal.
Stella’s Fish Café
Visit: Stella’s Fish Café
In the heart of Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood is Stella’s Fish Café, a unique and memorable place to have a great meal while relaxing with friends and families. The menu is filled with fresh fish, King Crab Legs, Sushi, Pasta, Ribs, Oysters on the Half Shell, Whole Maine Lobsters and much more. There are several places you can enjoy your evening at Stellas; dine in one of their comfortable booths in the upstairs and downstairs dining rooms, at the oyster bar or at the liquor bar. You can also enjoy the roof top seating which provides an incredible view or book the Kitchen Table as well. Whatever you choose to do, the experience will be out of this world.
This lively, vibrant restaurant and tequila bar provides its guests with made-from-scratch, authentic Latin cuisine and delicious cocktails that are so good you will want to make Barrio a regular destination for lunch or dinner. You can choose from a great menu filled with enchiladas, tostadas, tacos, made to order guacamole, tortilla chips and much, much more, to go along with your food, take a look at the selection of tequilas they offer or order any cocktail that catches your fancy. The dining room is the perfect place for that romantic dinner you are looking for with its elegant and sultry décor. There is also a fantastic patio that you can enjoy during the spring and summer while you have a margarita and much on terrific authentic Latin food that is bursting with flavor.
Visit: Pizza Luce
There is a variety of delicious foods for you to enjoy at Pizza Luce. In addition to their award-winning pizzas there are appetizers, salads, hoagie sandwiches, and delicious desserts. They also offer a gluten-free version of the menu and vegan, and vegetarian selections as well. They will even customize selections on the menu for you if you ask. The appetizers that they offer include a variety of foods that are perfect for sharing or making a small meal. They include such choices as the creamy artichoke dip, Bruschetta, or their delicious chicken wings. If lighter fare is what you’re in the mood for, try a salad with your choice of dressing. The pastas are topped with house made sauces that are created with roasted red peppers, red wine, fresh garlic, tomatoes, and Italian herbs. The pizzas are made fresh to order starting with the dough that is made fresh daily. Gluten-free options as well as vegetarian and vegan are available on request.
Visit: Colossal Café
At Colossal Café every guest that comes through the door is treated like a personal friend. Their delicious and healthy meals are perfect for enjoy a night with friends and family. Breakfast is served all day long and includes options such as pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, breakfast plates, omelets, pastries and more. They have a kid’s menu as well with several kid favorites. The lunch menu is full of guest favorites like the soup of the day which changes according to the fresh ingredients that they have in house, a large selection of sandwiches such as the delicious and unique house smoked trout croissant or the Italian pork roast sandwich and several delicious salads. There is also mac n cheese and burgers. Starting your day with a meal at Colossal Café can make the whole day brighter and you certainly won’t be hungry once you’ve enjoyed your meal.