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Butcher & the Boar
Butcher & the Boar

Butcher & the Boar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.butcherandtheboar.com
  • Phone: (612) 238-8888
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - Close


    Beer Garden: 3pm - Close (daily)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Beer Garden, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Peter Botcher
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: We have live music, tapping and other events in our Beer Garden on occasion. Check Butcherandtheboar.com for the latest.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Call for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 12th Street
  • Public Transit: Direct line stops on the #4 and #6 routes along Hennepin.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is found in the lot on the 12th St. side of our building.
A word from Butcher & the Boar
American craft food, beer, and bourbon
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "We took my out-of-town in-laws here for dinner and they couldn't stop raving! The food was amazing. Each dish hit the mark, most notably the smoked beef rib. From the wine to the appetizers to the desserts our expectations were exceeded. We will be back."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "As the name implies, this is a meat place, and an excellent one. A 22oz pork chop done to perfection with a fine bourbon and peach glaze. Needless to say, I took a lot home. The bourbon list is extensive and the bartender knows how to mix great drinks. Can't speak to the beer list as I stopped at the bourbons, but I suspect it too is very good. They had very tempting fish dishes on the menu. Must return"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Hoped to get outdoor table but only room indoors. Tables very close to one another; could almost touch food at table right next to us. Extremely loud. Hard to converse with person at your own table. I would call this restaurant THE MOST UNHEALTHY place I have eaten in the twin cities. Large portions of oversalted, overseasoned meats. Ribs with mega barbecue sauce. Worst appetizer ever-smoked olives-felt like I was eating smoke. One and done at this place. Is there anything remotely healthy to eat here?? ."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Overall we were not real pleased with the food. Started out good with the grilled oysters and then the salad and both were good. My wife and I had the long ribs and our daughter had the lobster sandwich. Didn't taste the sandwich but my daughter said it was good. The long ribs were to saucy and to spicy. The meat was cooked well, good and tender, but couldn't really taste it because it was overpowered by the sauce and spice. The menu was lacking in selection and variety and the food is definitely over priced."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "From their charcuterie to their main dishes, your mouth will water with the fascinating flavors that the chef has produced. Every bite seems to be an adventure, specially if you take the sample cuts as an appetizer - it's good enough for two! The side dishes are also excellent. They have grown up mac and cheese and the cornbread is on a small square skillet. You can't go wrong with any of your choices. A good place to eat. Beware though, the noise level can be loud during busy time. So not a good place for a first date but a great place if you enjoy food!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Beer list amazing and all of the meat dishes very good. Really enjoyed the sausage sampler. Vegetable preparation ranged from ok to terrible. Cole slaw with sampler was great! Cauliflower and brussel sprouts pretty awful and extremely over priced."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Great menu options. I chose the 20oz Pork Chop and it was delicious. Plenty of meat to share - too much for one person. We also had the Marlin (very good) and peanut butter stuffed jalapenos. It sounds weird, but if you like jalapenos, they are super good. It works. Fried green tomatoes were very good too. Atmosphere was energetic - fun. We went on a Wednesday night, later in the evening."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Dined inside on a Wednesday evening, party of four. Food very good, especially the spare ribs (enough for two) and pork cheddar sausage, as well as several of the sides. Excellent if pricey beverage program. But the noise level was painful, and we were on the quiet side of the room! If you want to talk, reserve a table outside."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our evening meal at Butcher and the Boar. The waitress was so informative and the meal and atmosphere were perfect. It was romantic and relaxing.We had the double pork chop to share and it melted in our mouth. We also had the sampler appetizer and we tried many things that we had never eaten before ie. wild boar:)- it was all delicious. The asparagus with yogurt mint sauce also had sliced radishes on the platter."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the first trip to Butcher & the Boar when we ordered sausage and sat in the bar. This, our second trip, we ventured beyond the casings to steak and spaghetti. Steak was great – a fine t bone cut, seasonings delicious. However very pricey at over $40 so expected perfection. Spaghetti was odd – a Thai dish and not at all like Italian food. We were cautioned by our server but tried it anyway. Disappointed but didn't complain. By the time we were done eating the restaurant was so lively and loud, our instinct was to head out."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We were disappointed. The portions were large, but the spices and sauces overwhelmed the taste of the meat. If you are a meat lover, we would not recommend this restaurant. The waitress was excellent, but the hostess refused to call a taxi for us even though we had forgotten our phone and had a card with the number of the taxi we wanted. Having spent well over $100 for dinner, you would have thought that calling a cab was the least they could have done."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Very good food, the pork chop, Texas hot link and fried green tomatoes were wonderful. Our server recommended sharing as the portions were very generous, and we were glad we did! Love the valet parking,too."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I was amazed at the taste of the pork ribs with a sweet chili sauce. The ribs were succulent, juicy and tender. On tap I was elated to see Surly Cacao Bender!!!! Wow."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The food was great, the staff was great, but the level of foot traffic around you and the too small 'table for two' took away from the ambiance. Rather than hang out and enjoy the mountain of fabulous food on our tiny table, we actually took a lot home in the doggy bag."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The food was excellent, we sought out new items (to us) and were very well pleased. We came early on a Fri. night with theater tickets in hand. The gracious/intelligent server, became almost unreachable, as the crowd size and the noise increased. The difficulty in getting the server's attention and the server's difficulty in extracting menu items from the "kitchen" left us deciding that we had to go after two hours and cancel the as-yet-undelivered dessert. A pity for us and for the Butcher & the Boar."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Great flavors with our menu choices. Perfect room setting for our group. Spendy....but. overall worth it....especially for. Those special occasions."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "The food is fabulous! Service was exceptional...very attentive. The noise level is very high, but the food makes up for that negative."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Delicious food, huge portions, creative menu, trendy ambiance. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "One of the reasons I dine out--besides good food, is friends if I am with friends we want to talk and visit . . . IMPOSSIBLE! The noise level was way beyond "Energetic" -- acoustics are just about the worst ever experience--cannot be blamed on a lot of people being jubilant! Lot could be done to suck up the sound. Also, tables so close together adds to the noise level. Besides, everyone has to shout to be heard (including the wait staff), so level is going to be unbearable. The food, service, ambience great! I'd love to go back, but will think before deciding doing so--other good restaurants downtown (and I live downtown). Tempted to go somewhere else because of noise problem. That would be too bad, since I really liked it otherwise."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Brought a party of 4 and had a reservation on a Sunday night. Place was full and vibrant and we were seated quickly. Had a very knowledgable and wonderful server. Tried many things on the menu and they were all fantastic. I'll be back to try more items on the menu for sure! The overall ambiance was a rough for my taste, but didn't detract from the overall experience."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We enjoyed our meals, but the waiter recommended THE most expensive items on the menu for appetizers, mains, and small plates. The spare ribs were suitable for sharing because the portion was so large. While we enjoyed the sausage appetizer, $31.00 for 3 links doesn't represent good value to us; the asparagus side was 4, yes 4 spears of asparagus for $9.00. It was a great meal, but certainly not everyday for us because of the value. Service was fine, but we never were offered a chance to order a second round of drinks to go with our meal."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We ended up having friends join us for dinner and they had no problem adjusting our reservation. After a short wait in the beer garden (and dealing with a surly waitress) we were seated on the patio. Instead of ordering our own dishes we chose to share multiple dishes and they were very accommodating with this request. Everyone had a great time and it was well worth the hefty check at the end."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We planned a dinner for 8 to celebrate my wife's birthday and it was amazing. The food, the atmosphere and particularly the service was AMAZING. Our server was great from the opening drinks all the way through the end of splitting our check 4 ways between the couples to a level of specificity that was simply the best we could've asked for (even though we just asked to "split it"). Then, there was the FOOD... one of the best meals we've each ever had... appetizers, entrees, sides... ALL amazing."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I've eaten at Butcher and the Boar maybe 6 or 7 times and my last experience was just as great as all the others. Yes, the restaurant is noisy, however the food is AMAZING!!! Don't be scared of the prices....most of the entrees are huge and can easily be split or shared. The pork chop, ribs, and stuffed jalapenos are the best!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The food here is great, but you have to like red meat. My wife ordered the fish, and it was overcooked and not very good. Everything else we got was creative and fantastic. We didn't order sausages (which looked great!), but did order the charcuterie which was delicious, interesting, and unlike any charcuterie we've ordered elsewhere. I also got a bourbon flight, which was great, but the waitress wasn't overly helpful in helping me choose which one to order."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I have already recommended Butcher and the Boar to family and friends. Come with an appetite!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "There's only one way to put it, if you haven't been yet, you have to make time to add Butcher & the Boar to your restaurant list! The vibe was energetic, sophisticated and casual yet trendy. The food was unique but classic. The prok chop and cedar plank mushrooms was the best meal I've eaten in MN. The service was informative and timely. Nothing bad to say about this restaurant with the exception of it taking 4 weeks to get a Fri dinnertime reservation.... which means they're busy.... which is fine by me!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We had a reservation for 7:15 and weren't sat and offered drinks until 7:40. If it would have been overly busy I wouldn't have minded but the place wasn't all that busy. I was a little bit surprised at the lack of effort made to please their guests. I thought the food (steak and marlin) were tasty. I would have liked our overall experience to be better."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "One of Minneapolis' great eateries! The food was spot on on, best seared marlin I have ever had, fabulous sausages, the arugula salad, mashed potatoes and the butchers cut steak was out of this world. Looking forward to our next visit!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Fat too loud and seat too close together. Food was great but my date and I had a difficult time having a discussion"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Being from a smaller town and not used to the service in a large city I have to admit I was luckily there for the food. Now this isn't a complaint per se more of an observation. The waiter doesn't necessarily check in regularly with the table...... which doesn't bother me or my wife since we don't drink, but may be a problem for those who do. But that being said I went for the food only. And lets just say the food is absolutely amazing! We had a sampling of just about everything the menu had to offer, all except the veal brains which we just didn't have room for in our over stuffed stomachs. From the beef long bone, to the pork chop, to the pickles, head cheese, and sausages........ if you want meat this is the place for you!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "It was a wonderful, noisy experience. I would definitely return."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "The dining room is deafening. I would only return for outdoor dining. If you're having a sausage, you'll want to add a salad and/or a side. The lamb sausage is a nicely seasoned grilled patty about 3.5" diameter, 2 triangles of flatbread on top and diced cucumber garnish. The wedge salad is tasty and enough to share. I added brussels sprouts which are not "hot" as the name would suggest."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "WOW! We visited Butcher and The Boar expecting the meat to be good, but what we got was outstanding. We started with oysters and fois gras, and shared the Long Rib, Spare Ribs, and Lamb Shank along with several sides. EVERYTHING was delicious and the service was great as well as our great table right in front of the kitchen and all of the action! Best night out in a long time!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "The spare ribs were fine. But for $30 they should have been great. The fried green tomatoes were too greasy and bland. The wood fired oysters are why we came. Those are delicious. Great cocktails."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We were celebrating a birthday and it was perfect. Atomsphere, wait team, and food was all terrific. The ribs were fall off the bone. Try the sausage platter for starters!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "i heard this place was amazing… but really the food was just, you know, fine. equal or lesser than other restaurants of its price range. but the overall feel of the place was very arrogant. like it the restaurant thinks its better than its clientele - way too hip. so, overall i thought it was overpriced and over-hyped. they could do with some humility."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The main dining room is incredibly noisy - if you have four people at your table, plan on talking to just the person next to you. There is no way you are going to hear anything, or you will be shouting across the table. The service was awful. After our salads were brought out we didn't see our server for at least 45 minutes. We had ordered a cold charcuterie and some vegetables, didn't seem too difficult. She just didn't come around to check on us, and it took way too long to get our food. A $9 valet parking seemed like highway robbery. This was just not a good dining experience, I really regret that I chose this place for a long awaited reunion of former co-workers. Absolutely will not go back."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The Butcher and the Boar offers fast/knowledgeable service, rustic, yet unique, food and a warm, group-gathering kind of ambiance. Our server had exact descriptions of the food that helped with making delicious choices. She was very detailed about how each option would taste and what paired well together. The food was very filling but each bite left you wanting more. The ambiance was very warm and inviting, but had a modern flare with marble top tables and industrial light fixtures. My husband and I will be bringing our family and friends in the future as this is a great spot for groups. We didn't sit outside, but could see through the wall of windows that it would be a great patio to do so."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I know this place's goal is being a meat haven - and it is, don't get me wrong - but the side dishes cannot be ignored. The Red Hot Brussels Sprouts, Blackened Cauliflower, Skillet Cornbread and Fulton Beer-Battered Fries were all mind-blowing. I have resolved to never go here with less than four people because I simply couldn't live with myself if I didn't get to eat ALL of the things."
    Dined on 7/23/2014