Butcher & the Boar
Butcher & the Boar

Butcher & the Boar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.butcherandtheboar.com/
  • Phone: 6122388888x
  • Hours of Operation:


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


    Beer Garden: 4pm - Close (daily)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • 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: 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 WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Butcher & the Boar reviews from OpenTable diners
379 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (283)special occasion (197)hot spot (185)good for groups (133)great for outdoor dining (130)vibrant bar scene (127)neighborhood gem (82)romantic (49)notable wine list (45)late-night find (44)great for lunch (8)scenic view (5)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Always Great
    DGH1
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We have been here 4 times. Each time was a treat. This time, Chris, our server, was especially nice. Food was great. We like everything but the oysters and sausages were REALLY great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We had a great meal at Butcher & the Boar. I have a medical need to eat gluten free, and our server ensured that I received a safe, delicious meal. I highly recommend the wild boar ham!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AKA The Salt Lick
    BenVivant
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Unctuous and salty prepared meats did not need the unctuous and salty vegetables that accompanied them. We had an assortment of sausages: the Texas hot link was delicious with just enough heat; the wild boar sausage tasted like . . . Salt. The Chinese duck sausage was overpowered by the gooey hoisin sauce and the turnip cake it sat on was cold and seemed to have had all the flavor cooked out of it. The cedar planked mushrooms which might have offered a nice complement to the fatty, salty meats were flavorless and cold. Very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Definitely a place to go if you enjoy great bourbon and meaty dishes. Our food was incredible - our overall experience was great! Lots of fun and great for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Come away smelling like smoke
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The service was great, but the atmosphere in the restaurant was smoky from the kitchen--they need much better ventilation. I came away smelling like the smoker, and it was irritating my eyes and nose while eating. The food was fine, but in my view was not worth the relatively high prices. I don't think we'll be coming back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and experience
    StephVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    While not our first time dining at Butcher and the Boar by a longshot, we took my dad from out of town here to celebrate his 60th birthday. As a man with a weak spot for bourbon and meat, he left absolutely amazed by everything we had. From the turkey braunschweiger to the smoked long rib, everything was spot on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's All Good
    Gregor
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had a great meal starting with smoked olives, corn bread, carmalized broccoli and two great mains. Steak or fish, they both were perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stan
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Unique and excellent food and drink choices. Excellent, efficient service. Reasonably priced for the high quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    If you're thinking about going to this place, do it. It is just absolutely outstanding. From the moment we walked in, we were impressed. The food was not only good, it was perfect and the service was to die for. Do it, spend the money, get the Long Rib and mussels. Just friggin do it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great if "In the Know"
    HodgesVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We learned some things by virtue of going. Make a reservation. If you want to sit at the bar, there's a reservation for that as well. Given all the dining options in Minneapolis, I might not rush back but make no mistake, everything we ordered was excellent and we had a great server. The red hot Brussels sprouts might change your life. The blood sausage pierogi(s) and skillet cornbread also excellent. We would have tried many more dishes but would have had to roll back to the hotel so when you go have a hearty appetite as you will be satisfied! Take into account the size of your party, time/day you plan to go etc. and pre-plan and it will be smooth sailing. Extensive spirits selection and I even drank beer (never happens) and loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner for two
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Table for two in bar area. Cozy but a little awkward for my 5'4" wife. The table was too tall for her sitting on the couch. Noise level was high. Oysters for an as a starter were fresh and light. My wife had the Lamb shank and it was excellent. As it was our first visit I had the boar sausage. I will say it was good but now that it is checked off my list I will try something else next time. The sweet corn bread and sweet potato went well with our meal. The service was good. Overall a good meal, a little expensive considering the negatives of seating and noise. I walked through the dining room and found that a little tight too. Although fitting with their theme I judged it to be a little more about how many chairs would fit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    One of the best spots in the city. I bring all of my favorite people here. It is my favorite in the city. Meat lovers paradise. Great drinks too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Crusted Salmon was great. Boar tails were overdone. Drinks were generous and service was top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SO delicious!
    SmalltownMN
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I went here on a Sunday after an Orpheum show with a group of six women. We are from outside the cities and don't often go out in MPLS so this was a "big day out", ha! We were seated right away, our server was so kind in explaining the specialties, making suggestions, and even trading out a drink my friend didn't care for. We all shared (at server's suggestion) beef ribs, pork chop (even meat hater liked it), lobster sandwich, cauliflower, broccoli, mashed potatoes, & fried green tomatoes (the BEST - even veggie hater liked it). Everything was uniquely prepared and flavorful but not "weird" for the regular non-foodie people. Was delicious! Would love to go again! Ended up being $30-40/person depending on drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    My husband turned 65 and I don't know about you, but I think that's special! Our dinner at the Butcher and the Boar was just perfect. Great food, ambiance and especially service. We will be back. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ahhmazing
    lov3lylady
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I had heard great things but wow.. the taste and flavor blew us away. Such unique combinations and interesting options. We absolutely loved it! Butcher & the Boar seriously now sits at #1 on my favorite restaurant list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVE THIS PLACE
    Npoole
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Always great food and atmosphere!! Best sausage on the planet, and I don't really like sausage. And the cornbread, i've had dreams about it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    ProwlingFoodiesVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food was extremely salty. We ordered the sausage sampler which consists of three sausages of various meat blends (wild boar, beef and pork)- the expectant taste of variety in the meats was met with SALT!! - so over powering that you could barely distinguish the taste of cheddar that was in one of the sausages(pork). When the server stopped by to ask "how is everything?" we commented on the saltiness of the sausages - sadly - he didn't seem overly concerned and presented the check without further discussion. The surf and turf dish (the surf part is tiny prawns) - was okay - but nothing you would come back for. We decided to try this restaurant thinking it was similar to the Purple Pig in Chicago…it's not.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, too hard to hear!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    First time dining at B&B. Menu very interesting. Server was fantastic. Very patiently described menu items until all 4 of us found something that sounded like it suited our palates. She definitely steered us right. Everyone enjoyed dinner. Steaks were done perfectly. I tried sausages--huge portions, but all delicious. I highly recommend the food and service, but as "seniors," it was VERY hard to carry on a conversation, even sitting on the outside edge of tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Meal
    mjdine
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Our waiter made the suggestions for what my wife and I should share and it was excellent. Four courses, Plenty of food, come with an appetite. Service was very good. It was interesting watching the food preparation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    If you're in Minneapolis, this is a must! Everything we ordered was amazing, with a few standouts being the pork chop and the mac&cheese.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tuffy
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Food was spectacular! Best dinner we've had at a downtown restaurant in years. We knew our service would be exceptional when our server took orders from memory and didn't miss a thing. We'd go back in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 25th anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 25 years at Butcher & the Boar on a Sunday evening. We loved the variety of menu items, especially the sausages. Vegetarian is not in our vocabulary, so we enjoyed the green chorizo, pork and cheddar sausage, as well as the 20 oz. ribeye. Carmalized broccoli, grilled sweet potato and the pancetta mac and cheese were our choice of sides.....amazing! The wine list is adequate and the cinnamon, apple ice cream hit the spot. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We enjoyed the variety of meats and side dishes. Unlike any other restaurant in town. The noise level is a little annoying..makes you have to shout to be heard. But, other than that a completely satisfying experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    Yma906
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Went here with my boyfriend who just moved to Minneapolis. We had a really good time. Would definitely go again! The food was great and the service was even better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • triage1
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Excellent pork chops and ribs. Great service. Large portions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meat Adventure
    adoff
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    My boyfriend's 30th birthday wish was to try some weird meats, which... we did. It was a pricey meal but a special event-- and very delicious. I'm a first time foie gras eater, but I would classify it under "delectable, utlra rich, meat butter." I'd made a reservation and we got the table right inside the door (in the corner), which wasn't ideal for my first meal inside the actual restaurant, but not that big of a deal. I'd left my credit card there by mistake, and the staff was very accommodating about getting it back to me safely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lamb Pattie
    Jaya
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Out of this world.....the huge pork chop was good,too...turkey pate was interesting....will try the long beef rib next time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truffle oil issues
    xxxxVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I wanted to explain my low ratings for food and service. The arugula salad has truffle oil on it that is not mentioned on the menu. When it arrived I mentioned to the server that I am not fond of truffle oil. The salad turned out to be manageable for me but the server didn't bother to mention that there is also truffle oil in the mac & cheese which we had also ordered. A service fail. So, basically we didn't eat the mac & cheese. I didn't even bother saying anything else as clearly the server was not interested in providing a good dining experience. Also, I normally enjoy house-made sausages but found these to be exceptionally salty as were the brussel sprouts. The cocktails were great and the atmosphere is fun but this is not great dining.
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  • Poor Service resulted in bad night
    TravelgirlVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I wouldn't tell people not to go to the restaurant but I wouldn't recommend going if someone asked where to go. If a restaurant only has one chance to make a good first impression then our waitress completely blew it. We were treated as if the waitress was annoyed that she had to wait on us from the time she first came over, snooty was the best word we could come up with at the table.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    minreview
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food although very good is aimed for those who prefer meat to any type of seafood. The restaurant is quite noisy and certainly is not a place to go if you are looking for a romantic night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy food
    crystalh230
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    From sausages to ribs to pork thus place has great meat! Fried green tomatoes are also delicious! Known for its bourbon but also has good local draft beer selection. Downside is noise level is high. They do not do anything for birthdays so don't expect free dessert. I've has 2 desserts here and been disappointed with both so skip dessert and go somewhere else. Honey cake and s'mores were both not tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Just Spectacular
    JeffieB
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The osters. The sausage. The lamb. The lobster. I could go on and wanted to try everything on the menu. The drink I got (diamond fizz) wasn't special but the food was just amazing. Recommend the lamb shank the potatoes and the cheddar sausage.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely fantastic experience
    faemorpheus
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I brought my boyfriend here for his birthday, it was the first time for both of us. We were seating earlier than our scheduled time, which was awesome. The bourbon flights and the cheese plate were utterly delicious. Our main courses were brought out by what I assume was the front end manager and the kitchen manager. The food was top notch, no complaints at all. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome food!
    likegreatfood
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Awesome food and a great menu of items to choose from. Something for everyone. Loved the decor and the "private" outdoor eating area. It was fun watching the chefs hard at work too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rushed!
    Smk1
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Food was excellent esp.The king crab special. The server was asking for our dinner order before our drinks arrived! He did not allow us to take a sip of cocktails before he was ON us again to order dinner and made a difficult situation when we wanted to order appetizers. He pushed for ordering all of our food at once and everyone was confused as to why we couldn't enjoy our drinks with appies and then order wine with dinner. I'm happy that Butcher & Boar is so busy but do no appreciate being rushed into ordering dinner. Unfortunate. 4 women, we were there approx. 1 1/2 hrs total. Approx. $300 tab.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food!
    Italiano
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We had a great evening at Butcher & the Boar. Our server was very attentive and kind, but not overbearing. The drinks, food, and dessert were all delicious and beautifully prepared. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappoined
    JAS0522
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    BB was highly recommended by several people we know. It certainly did not live up to the hype. The atmosphere was great and we would go for drinks. The food, however, was lack luster. The spareribs were very tough. The green sausage was just ok and the mashed potatoes tasted like they came from a box. The best part of the meal was the cornbread, 2 thumbs up.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience, but loud!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Awesome food, awesome service, but not the place to go if you're looking for a quiet dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Carnivore's Paradise
    Ryan
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Butcher & the Boar was an excellent dining experience. The restaurant specializes in house made sausages and pickles, terrines, and features a vibrant bar. Portions are for sharing and ordering a few sides is recommended. I thought the lamb shank with pappardelle noodles was delicious and recommend the fried green tomatoes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic