Barbette
Barbette

Barbette

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.barbette.com/
  • Phone: (612) 827-5710
  • Hours of Operation:


    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 11:00am

    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 1030pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Sarah Master
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact the restaurant manager if you'd like Barbette to cater your next event!
  • Entertainment: Barbette features late night music every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday night, starting at 10pm. Click HERE.
    for our music calendar!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Irving Ave
  • Public Transit: Our intersection (Lake & Irving) is served by the 12, 17, and 114 bus lines. In addition, the Uptown Transit Station is located just 5 blocks away, servicing the following bus lines as well: 6, 21, 23, 53, 115.



    There is also a Nice Ride MN bike station located at Lake & Humbolt, just 2 blocks from Barbette!
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available behind the restaurant, with the parking lot entrance on Irving. If the lot is full, there is street parking available.
A word from Barbette
Named "Best French Restaurant, populist vote" by Mpls St. Paul Magazine (CLICK HERE to see our menus), Barbette has also received "best of's" from local press for its late night dining, desserts, wine list, date spot, music, and, of course, those French fries that accompany the steak frites. We use local and organic ingredients as often as possible, presenting beautiful food in a casual, eclectic, bistro atmosphere.
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Barbette reviews from OpenTable diners
110 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (71)neighborhood gem (71)special occasion (38)romantic (36)late-night find (26)great for brunch (24)notable wine list (23)great for outdoor dining (22)hot spot (22)great for lunch (16)good for groups (15)vibrant bar scene (5)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • One of my concierge favorites!
    VIPs
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    As a downtown minneapolis hotel concierge - barbette is certasinly one of my top 10!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • My girlfriend and I had a very nice time.
    Kenthebuilder
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Went there for an anniversary with my girlfriend. Waitress was quick and attentive, had good suggestions and found a wine my girlfriend liked. She let us try two before we ordered. She also had great silent service which I appreciate... I don't need to know every time a server does something for me and she was fantastic. Food looked absolutely gorgeous and tasted just as good as it looked. I thought the music was pretty loud, but that's just a preference thing, and it would certainly not keep me from going there again. Also, espresso creme brulee? Awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Dinner
    CRFoodie
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The chicken was perfectly cooked--crispy skin and juicy meat. A Carrot-Ginger soup was nicely gingery. Another guest described her lamb as very good. It would be nice to have more bread offered. The beignets were excellent-light and airy., They were out of chocolate sauce that night, but the caramel sauce that replaced it was good. We had four guests at our table, and the server made sure we got four beignets when we said we would share.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • delicious
    alisag
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We have been to Barbette a couple times - it's in the price range for only special occasions for us. But we love everything about the place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Barbette, THE place to do business.
    ClinicalStudiesEurope
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Hi - I bounce between Minneapolis and southwest Germany, where I work for CERES GmbH evaluation & research, selling European clinical studies for medical devices, and literature-based clinical evaluations that achieve CE approval for medical devices. In Minneapolis, I don't have an office outside my home. So, I've used Barbette as my "office" in which to conduct business meetings, with one or two other people at once, at 10 am for "coffee," or 11:30 am for lunch, in December, 2013; in April, 2014; and now, in October, 2014. The food is great, and the staff is understanding. Both myself and those that I have met at Barbette always have a positive opinion about our experience there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Barbette
    louiseinMSPVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I have been here late at night, Sunday afternoon, winter or summer (outdoors of course) and the food is always delicious, beautifully presented and with great service. This is my go-to place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Felt like I was back in France
    alster
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Barbette truly brought me back to being in France. The vibe, the food, the décor, everything reminded me of being in France. Service was wonderful, food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We want to talk as well as eat
    letseat2
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Lively, friendly, good food. But it was so noisy that we could not carry on a conversation. Maybe our mistake was going on a weekend. Maybe it is not a place for seniors who consider that a good dining experience includes the opportunity for good conversation. Tables very close together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy
    Susan
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We went for restaurant week and found the portions to be small (quail is not a big bird) but tasty. Lots of activity with tables close to each other, so not ideal for a romantic dinner. Service was attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • will not be back
    fatty
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We dined here during restaurant week. We had a last minute change to our reservation. Upon arrival we were seated in a cramped corner to accommodate our additional diner. We ordered both off the restaurant week set dinner and the regular menu. The butternut soup was watered down with no flavor. I can do it better without ever trying. The main course was pretty good. Dessert was nothing special. Overall 1 for 3 in our book means we will not be returning. Service was fair, my glass of water ran dry a few times and we had to ask for extra bread for our table. Restaurant week is an opportunity for a restaurant to put your best foot forward and show new diners what they have. With that said we gave them a chance and will not be returning.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable
    Co5000
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Really had a good experience. The food was excellent and the service was attentive and professional. Loved the lively atmosphere (acoustically a loud place), and would definitely go again. Great for a night out. Took my 70-something parents there and they had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent Quality
    LOVEtheMussels
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    My wife and I really enjoyed our dinner during restaurant week. We have dined there many times before and always enjoy the energy of this place. Although we did not have them this time, our favorite there is the Mussels. They also always have a good beer and wine selection available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Third time was a...disaster
    StevenE
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    On this, my third time back, I was enormously disappointed. A server with zero personality or warmth, cold appetizers and severely undercooked lamb...have they lost focus? I'll have to determine whether I'll give them another chance, or just move on...after sending $200 down the drain.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent!
    beats
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Excellent service, great food, great wine. The marlin was awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Ocassion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We decided to splurge on this restaurant for our 25th wedding anniversary and it was perfect. The champagne was delicious and reasonably priced and the food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Minneapolis Must
    Josh
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Don't let the French name intimidate, this place is welcoming to all. The Nicoise salad with smoken salmon was delicious and worth the trip alone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Less is More!
    xpditeVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    At first glance the menu seemed a bit limited. However, once we made our selections, (shrimp risotto, ham and cheese crepe with pom frites) the food was outstanding. In a day when most restaurants give you a 4 page menu, it's nice to find a place that offers fewer items but does them very, very well. Merci'
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food... once it finally came
    MissLadyMac
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I went to barbette on a Sunday afternoon with a friend of mine. Had reservations for 1pm and we were greeted and seated right away.We opted for outdoor. The menu was fairly versatile, considering I don't eat pork there was a number of other options. I opted for French toast and hash browns while my friend had croque misour. The food was delicious! Best French toast I've ever had! Our server was nice and friendly as well. The only downfall with my time there ....the food took 45+ minutes to arrive. I get it was peak brunch hours but had our server at least given us updates here and there to ease our minds it would've been better. Nonetheless it was great food and great weather!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love this place but...
    briMPLS8
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    sometimes the service and food don't live to how much I dig this restaurant. I've been patronizing this place for a decade. I love the ambiance. The light levels are always perfect. The food is usually pretty good. This time it took over an hour to get our food. The server was gracious enough to take a round of drinks off the tab - and I was in the best company - but we were p r e t t y hungry by the time our food arrived. We weren't a big party (5) but I think that gummed up the kitchen or something. Whatever. Still love the place. Don't eat here if you're in a hurry, don't like loud busy restaurants or want a large variety on the dinner menu. But - you'll like this place if your chill and like hanging out for a bit.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • More hype than delivery
    FoodieLover
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Barbette has a reputation for providing excellent food, but I find it often falls a bit short. The mussels had tons of rocks in them, the corn risotto was cloyingly sweet, and the portion size for the $27 lamb dish was quite small (two small chops on a bed of salad greens). I'll keep going to Barbette, but it will be for the wine and frites, not for the overpriced and mediocre food.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still a favorite
    SanFranVisitorVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We go to Barbette a lot for afternoon/evening drinks and dinner, but my friend had never been for breakfast so I took her there. I had a hash that was outstanding - vegetables sliced thin in a delicious broth, topped with two basted eggs. My friend had granola with yogurt and fresh fruit. I've had their waffles and eggs with potatoes before, too. Always delicous and prepared well, and in an atmosphere that's comfortable and hip. Love Barbette.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Predictable
    50somethingVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Barbette 's food is always delicious. The atmosphere is upscale casual with a slight hum of good conversation. Servers are knowledgable, always close by when something is needed. Love, love Barbette.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find
    foodiegirl
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This is a charming little bistro. My steak salad was excellent, just what I needed before heading off to the airport.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • sportzVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Ordered the 2 pound mussel and large fries. Mussel were very disappointing. Large sheels and small mussels. Fries were great. Service good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy but too noisy
    Janeyloohfa
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food at Barbette was outstanding, and the service was fabulous. But, it was SO noisy that we could hardly hear each other converse. The music was way too loud. It had a sort of "chaotic" atmosphere, I'm supposing this may be mainly due to the music (and loud conversations, as a result), but also because of the colorful and fun, but over the top, mixed, retro decor. The mosaics on the pillars are chipped and shabby which distracted me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy hour!
    DebHVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We arrived while Happy Hour was still going on, so were able to have the mussels and the pate at an incredibly reasonable price. Good choices of wines. Great service too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef Sara
    JUdyK
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    She presents an awesome menu of interesting and delicious dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening for dining outside
    chitowngirl
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    It was a lovely setting for an outdoor dinner with friends. At times the traffic was distracting, but should be expected when sitting outdoors along the street. The fish of the day was wonderful and light, however I was not as impressed with the charcuterie plate and would not order it again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    ElishaEats
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My husband and I had dinner at Barbette Saturday night in Uptown and enjoyed it. The decor is definitely bohemian, we enjoyed the steak frittes (both flat iron and NY with the au poivre crust), the red wines we sampled as well as the abundant portion of warm olives and the pate beforehand. It can become quite loud and if you're over 40 it's tough to see the menu and bill at night with how low the lights were. All in all a very nice experience though and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Christie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The staff are swift and helpful, the ambience is nice. The food was disappointing. The Salmon Nicoise was a mountain of lettuce hiding one piece of potato, five green beans and a whole hard boiled egg, no anchovies or salmon. The salmon arrived a few minutes later on a separate plate. Not a Niçoise salad. The fondue was salty and arrived with a peculiar assortment of vegetables clumsily cut and not in bite size chunks. The vegetable side dish of the day was greasy, strangely presented and basically unappetizing. Our waitresses commiserated with me on the nicoise but made no attempt to get the manager. She offered complimentary dessert but by that time our dinner was ruined.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dinner for two
    pietro
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We both had the rack of lamb. Our wine was an Austrian red, Zweigeit. For desert, my wife had the tartlet, I, the cheese plate. Everything was excellent.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful
    mjlaurent
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Absolutely perfect. The atmosphere. The food. The service. Everything about this place is simply wonderful.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French setting
    Crossyouki
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Customer service was phenomenon! Love the outdoor setting with colorful tables. Didn't get the chance to enjoy the night scene but believe it would be great! Only wished that it had a more French feel to it and some French speaking workers as my wife is French.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Little Tired
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I have always been a fan of Barbette. The atmosphere is bohemian ecclectic meets classic bistro, the service has always been friendly and professional, and the food unpretentious. And, I am a big fan of Chef Sarah. That said, this visit found Barbette lacking. The service was clumsier than usual. The cocktails lacked the finesse that you find in many Twin Cities restaurants (such as Bachelor Farmer, Haute Dish, Union), and which you expect to get for $10 and $11 cocktails. And the food, while technically ok, seemed to lack passion. Aside from the outstanding rillettes and mortadella on the charcuterie plate, nothing was memorable. Too many broken little frites and mussels broth completely lacking the garlic and herb flavor I'm used to.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for brunch
    AudyGodwech
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food is delicious! From the truffled scrambled eggs to the waffle, can't go wrong!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice. Parking not too bad
    Barbie50
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My biggest concern, when my friend wanted to meet at Barbette, was the parking. As it turned out, it was not a problem. Both of us found on street parking within a block of the restaurant. Employees greeted me promptly and with a smile. Server was very good. I had the French toast with fruit compote. "Fruit compote" seemed to be limited to blueberries. The French toast was a diagonally siced bagette-i-artfully presented and tasty. There were several vegetarian options.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We had to wait awhile for the host to acknowledge and seat us, but the food and wait staff was superb, as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great French Food, Casual Setting
    Rich
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Food was excellent, simple French inspired dishes with local ingredients and much attention paid to the details. Atmosphere much more casual that similar French restaurants in the metro area but with prices similar to more upscale establishments. If I were going to spend nearly $100 for two with drinks i would prefer a more formal setting but if you want good food and are willing to pay the premium it's worth a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food poor wait staff...
    Neaj
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I love Barbettes & have gone there late night a few times. It is quirky & fun. This time however I was there with my book club & our gal wait staff wasn't very nice. She argued about whether or not the mussles were curry--even though we could taste the curry (we'd asked for wine, butter & garlic mussles) one is spicy the other sweet--we could tell the difference. We told her we wanted seperate checks up front but she put the bill all together because two of us shared the mussles. I just hope she settles into a nice friendly person who realizes customers know what they like.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Late Lunch
    beka118
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The bloody's were great and dining outside was extremely enjoyable. I have to admit, the food was good, but not spectacular. Our service was awesome though, and I'd go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 70 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 337 reviews are from the Barbette reviews archive.