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Cafe Lurcat - Minneapolis
Cafe Lurcat - Minneapolis
  • Address:
    1624 Harmon Place
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown/North Loop
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Cafe Lurcat - Minneapolis Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafelurcat.com/
  • Phone: (612) 486-5500
  • Hours of Operation: Café Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Sunday- 5:30pm - 9:00pm Bar: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Adam King
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet & street parking available
A word from Cafe Lurcat - Minneapolis
TOP 50 RESTAURANTS, TOP 10 FOOD: Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine
BAR LURCAT BEST SUMMER PATIO: City Pages "Summer Guide" 2004
BEST FRENCH FRIES: City Pages "Best of the Twin Cities" 2004
BEST BURGERS: Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine
BAR LURCAT BEST WINE BAR: City Pages "Best of the Twin Cities"
TOP 10 WINE LISTS: Food and Wine 2003
TOP 20 WINE LISTS: Monterey Wine Festival 2004

Sweeping views of Loring Park, innovative American food, a captivating bar featuring 200+ wines with 30 by the glass make this venue a complete destination. Open every evening. Reservations Recommended.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "We took some friends to this restaurant that were visiting from out of town. We were asked if we wanted to be seated in the back patio area. We had never dined on their back patio, and were presently surprised. If we would not have known it, we would have thought we were at a street café in Italy. The brick walled area was quite secluded and was very quiet, which was great so we could catch up with news from our friends. The food and service were excellent. It was one of the more enjoyable dining experiences we have had in this area. We could not have asked for more."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Excellent! Very pleased with food and service. Wonderful salads and love the fries."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I always enjoy this restaurant although my wife thinks it is a bit noisy. Elegant, all white interior. Expansive view overlooking Loring Park. Food is beautifully prepared and perfectly presented. Halibut was extraordinary. Service is perfect. Everyone is served simultaneously. They don't bother you with unnecessary questions like, "How were the first few bites?" Or, my favorite, when looking at an empty plate: "Are you finished?" My Opentable request to seat us by the windows was honored."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Lurcat never ever disappoints. Always a wonderful and appealing presented menu with a nice wine selection."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We had never been there before. Just so happened to pick Sunday when they had the Date Night special. Great stuff. Would highly recommend. The Sunday Date deal is a good deal, portions are a bit smaller but not ridiculously small by any means. We left happy :)"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "After the two scallops fiasco last time, Lurcat redeemed themselves. Without going into great detail, there was a problem with our meal. Both the waiter AND the manager immediately took action to remedy the problem and instead of ruining our evening, it still made it a pleasurable time. Most outfits might have barely rescued themselves from the problem, but how they went above and beyond ensures we'll continue to visit Lurcat, especially on their Date Night."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Café Lurcat is our 2nd favorite fine dining experience in the Twin Cities. However, it was only OK last week. Our salads took an hour to arrive, but they did comp. these and apologize. The lamb shoulder pappardelle was very good and my wife's tuna as well. The deserts were just OK. The spice cake had a nice flavor but the huckleberry ice cream was bland. My wife's Chocolate was OK, but I can compare it to a milk chocolate Hershey's bar versus a rich Ghiardelli dark chocolate bar. We go to Corner Table often as our favorite restaurant in town. Maybe we have become spoiled? Unfortunately they weren't open last week due to staff vacation. Really unfortunate. We'll probably give Lurcat another try in the future before writing it off."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Had a fantastic date night here. The food was really, really good all the way around. I'm not normally a crab cake person, but they had a Dijon sauce that was awesome. I love Dijon so that helps, but it was great anyway. We split the roast beef entree and also a salad with bacon and blue cheese. Also split the mini donut desert. Awesome as well - especially with espresso. Even loved the fresh bread and whipped butter. Ordered a second. Service was great. Andrew was our server. Parking after 6 on a Saturday - FREE. Had a great night."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We went to celebrate a birthday! Great Experience - kids loved the place too!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Lovely ambience, with huge windows overlooking Loriing Park. The service was slow and disorganized, which spoiled the whole experience. One of our party was served a cocktail and finished it before the server could be flagged down. We wondered where our bottle of wine was - several minutes later, it was served. This is how the whole night progressed. As for the menu, the choices all seemed quite heavy on the sauce and embellishments. Crab cake appetizer was tasty. The bread was a wonder - warm, crusty and delicious - the best part of the meal."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Husband and I tried out Lurcat for a much needed date night out without the kids. The cafe is very fancy, and romantic. The wine list is lengthy, but we decided to order cocktails. Both were very good. We decided to split an appetizer, side and the beef tenderloin. The portions are huge,mother than the $14 crab cake that came to us burnt. After quietly saying something, our server immediate (seriously, we were weirded out by how fast it happened) brought us a replacement that was delicious. The tenderloin was to die for, but I probably wouldn't spend the money on it again. Overall Lurcat was good, but for the money, we will probably be going elsewhere on special occasions."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed our experience at Cafe Lurcat - the menu offered many options that I would not prepare at home (a normal measure for me). We enjoyed our fish selections, the red, white and blue salad was very tasty. The real surprise was the cauliflower (a seasonal vegetable selection); it was oven roasted delicious, and I do not normally like cauliflower. The service was attentive but not intrusive. The views of the park are lovely - we enjoyed a walk to and from our car. We would go back for another special occasion."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Went on friend's recommendation, staying in a hotel nearby. Walked through the park, it's a great place to sit outside or in. Service is excellent, bread yummy (crusty warm baguette), squid ink pasta with lobster divine, miso sea bass (renowned) good but a little too sweet. Donuts for dessert were good, fresh. Only detraction was the we had to walk by the bathrooms and kitchen/dishwasher to get to the dining room. Kind of an ambiance killer."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Great classic cocktails! I ordered the Halibut with summer vegetables and it was fabulous. The salad was mediocre - I ordered the spring greens with goat cheese and peppers. The atmosphere was nice and the coffee at the end of our meal was the perfect finish, some of the best I have had at a restaurant. Clearly freshly made."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Beautiful open dining room. Excellent service. Great food. Noise level was moderate on a Wednesday night with the restaurant not quite full. Highly recommended"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We were in Minneapolis for the week, and this was our last dinner there! We definitely saved the best for last. The big windows overlook the park which is beautiful in the summer. I had the Sea Bass which was devoured. My husband was not as thrilled with the steak, but he knew that going in. Get fish - not steak - it is not cooked over a high heat so it is hard to get to the right temperature all the way through. The salads were fresh and excellent. Would definitely go again on our next trip back! One random note - the chairs are super comfortable so relax and enjoy!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We were in town attending a conference and had an impromptu group of 11 that needed quick accommodation. I went to OpenTable and was fortunate enough to find Cafe Lurcat had availability. I read the plethora of complimentary reviews and - wow! - were they right. From the service to the location of our table to the diverse yet accessible food to the exemplary wine list, every aspect of our meal was fantastic. Everyone in attendance had a wonderful evening and I highly recommend that this restaurant be included in the "go to" list for anyone looking for a culinary treat."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I first went to Lurcat with a bunch of college friends during our yearly night out. Since first discovering Lurcat I have been there 3 more times and have never been disappointed. Food is awesome and the service is impeccable. The pork tenderloin is cooked to perfection both times and their chicken was great. The last time I went my girlfriend got the Halibut and it was outstanding...this is from someone that doesnt typically like fish! The Restaurant can get a bit noisy but never so bad that it becomes an issue. Great place for date night and for grabbing drinks with firends."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Lurcat continues to be a highlight. It never disappoints us!! The food is always exceptional! We go there for every special event we can. One of the best in the city!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The wait for our food was too long. I enjoy the ambiance at Cafe Lurcat, but this night was too noisy and difficult to have a conversation."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "You must try the sea bass . . . it is outstanding!!!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Just about everything about Café Lurcat is spot-on. I eat here about four times a year and have never had a bad experience. And even though it all is good, my favorite is the Sunday $50/date-night special. Simply perfect!"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "A great place to take you're significant other. Great atmosphere! Service and food was awesome!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Thanks for the wonderful night out on Friday, I brought two out of towners and first time Lurcat visitors and they were both very impressed. We had the apple, cheese and chive salad, which the waiter had the kitchen split in to thirds, the Sea Bass, Filet and Pot Roast along with a side of roasted cauliflower. Everything was outstanding, but as usual I thought the Sea Bass outshone the meat dishes. In addition, we got to meet a local celebrity at the table next door!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We loved our time at Cafe Lurcat. The short ribs lettuce wrap appetizer was very impressive and had wonderful flavors and spice. The sea bass was cooked perfectly, however I did not love the sweetness of the miso glaze. I realized after scraping it off that there was a spicy sauce on the plate that perhaps was intended to balance the sweetness. The sliders (from bar menu) were very tender and fries perfectly seasoned (and a huge serving). Our waiter was wonderful, friendly, and knew the menu well. The tables were somewhat close together but typical compared to other city restaurants. Great building and ambience, spectacular nature views of the park, only downside- the mens/women's restrooms only have a single stall and share a sink area."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My new favorite restaurant in the Twin Cities! The food is awesome and service is impeccable."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The food was excellent, but the service was mediocre at best. Our waitress was completely going through the motions. I have received better service at an Applebee's. I expect much much more from a restaurant the caliber of Cafe Lurcat. Given the numerous excellent dining choices available in the Twin Cities, it is highly unlikely that we will return."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Used to be my favorite restaurant in Minneapolis. Not any more. Granted it was the end of the day but after 20 minutes of waiting we had to ask someone to get our server so we could place our orders. When we finally got our food, fries were cold, too crispy and nasty, halibut was cold and salty. I hope this was a one off bad experience. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We had a large group (reservations, of course!) the evening we went to Lurcat. All of us had been there before, but only one couple had been there for Sunday "Date Night". It was fantastic ad everyone was pleased. We were given a great table right near the front window. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Will was an attentive and capable server."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Great spot for our anniversary. Our dinners were wonderful, drinks perfect. Plenty of vegetarian or seafood options. We always order the Sea Bass with miso and seared Tuna, roasted cauliflower. This time we tried the Hamachi with udon noodle starter and a spring greens salad. Thanks for your consistency in the kitchen!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food here is superb and the waitstaff unfailingly atttentive. We came with a party of French speakers and one of the staff spoke French to them, which was very kind. We really appreciated his thoughtfulness!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Sunday night date night menu....great night.....great deal.... great time. Corn crepe and steak tartar were delicious."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We love Care Lurcat, especially the Date Night. We have been there several times for Date Night and have always brought other people. At the Date Night price we have often treated other family members also. Not only is the price wonderful the service is great. We hope it lasts forever."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I went Lurcat to celebrate my birthday. Cocktail and wine list are fun and include enough variety. I began the night with delicious cava. I had a server who was very attentive to the tables needs and explained the menu in great detail. He paired my veal pappardelle with an amazing red wine I won't soon forget. The veal was cooked to succulence. The fries are amazing...the shrimp spring rolls are tiny, so prepare for small portions. Food came out a bit late, but that is to be expected when the kitchen is a little behind. Food, overall, I give a 3. Lurcat does well in the service department however, I was surprised with an elegant and tasty chocolate dessert with chantilly creme! Would return for drinks and apps. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Every aspect of Cafe Lurcat is spectacular: the food, service, location and ambience are all first-rate."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I always enjoy going to Lurcat because the food is amazing but the service is beyond amazing... My colleagues were very happy with the restaurant!! Keep up the good work!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We chose Cafe Lurcat to celebrate our son's graduation from the University of Minnnesota School of Law and the restaurant staff did everything possible to make it a memorable evening! Our server, John, did everything just right for our party of 6, including taking several group pictures for us. Our meals were all terrific and the special cake I had ordered in advance for dessert was delicious. Thank You to Cafe Lurcat!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I always reserve Cafe Lurcat for Mother's Day. It's one of my mother's favorite restaurants in Minneapolis. It never fails to please."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "...and, unfortunately, our most recent visit to Cafe Lurcat was an off day. The service was incredibly slow, and the server did not once apologize for it. This is our favorite restaurant and we would still recommend it wholeheartedly, but this most recent dining experience will be better forgotten."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Dinner was wonderful! Great ambiance, service and the food was fantastic! Thanks!!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014