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Craftsman Restaurant
  • Address:
    4300 Lake Street
    Minneapolis, MN 55406
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown / North Loop
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Craftsman Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.craftsmanrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (612) 722-0175
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm to 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Wild Game, Organic
  • Executive Chef: Ryan Swaim
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Craftsman Restaurant is available for wedding receptions and other special events.
  • Private Party Contact: Mike Dooley (612) 722-0175
  • Special Events & Promotions: The Craftsman Restaurant is available for wedding receptions and other special events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 43rd Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking available behind the restaurant or on street.
A word from Craftsman Restaurant
The Craftsman Restaurant serves up a unique dining experience. Come and enjoy Midwestern American cooking in a comforting and relaxing environment. The outdoor patio is the perfect place to enjoy the evening, chef Ben Jacoby's cooking, and perhaps a glass of wine or cocktail from the bar. Most of the food products come directly from the growers and producers, thereby eliminating the middleman. This doesn't mean that the food costs are less- usually they're more expensive, but it does ensure that suppliers are paid fairly for their crops and helps support and sustain the independent rural, agrarian economy. Most, if not all of the vegetable products, are certified organic. It's this commitment to quality that shows through the food at Craftsman.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "The service was good. The drinks were good. The food was just okay. And for the prices they charged, I expected the food to be great. The pork chop had a lot of fat on it and hard gristle. The brown butter sauce was way too salty as were the buttermilk mashed potatoes. The polenta was good and the desserts were also good. I really liked that they offered a non sugary dessert, the cheese platter. One of the cheeses was pretty rubbery, which we all disliked. The presentation of the food was beautiful, but it lacked in quality and taste."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "Four of us had dinner here in a late summer evening. It was our first time here, and we were a bit apprehensive about it only because I was able to get a 6:30 reservation for that night (a Friday) only earlier that day. We thought maybe it would be bad food only because there were still openings available. We couldn't have been more wrong. Each person in our party had a different meal, and each of us was incredibly impressed with our meals. We also were impressed by the cocktails and beer/wine selection, and we got dessert too. Everything was fantastic! We will definitely go to Craftsman again!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "The food at Craftsman is always excellent. We enjoyed the salads, the polenta, and the duck bolognese pappardelle. The cocktails were well made, but the two glasses of red wines were not great. Desert choices were varied and good. The service seemed a bit overwhelmed for a Thursday night. Based on the food quality, we intend to keep returning."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Restaurant was quieter than normal, so the waitress was not overwhelmed, but our service was exceptionally poor. To never have my water glass refilled was the final straw. We will go back because we are hoping this was an exception, and just a bad day, but if it happens again, our favorite will be history."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "We loved the turkey burger and the bacon hamburger. Both were done to perfection and had marvelous flavor! We will be back!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "The food was interesting and flavorful so satisfying. We enjoyed their craft summer cocktails, creative and good. Our server was attentive and friendly. It was a wonderful evening !"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Being in my neighborhood, The Craftsman could be my favorite place to go, if only I could overlook glaring inconsistencies in its food. Starting us off, the bartender was generous, competent and creative. Four stars for their signature drinks. The charcuterie plate had a lovely selection and we each sampled each meat offered--an exceptional appetizer at a reasonable price as it served as a true appetizer for 4 of us. If we could stop there or skip to desserts, we would have a hit. Grand Marais herring was very nicely done and got two thumbs up from a man who knows his fish. Hangar steak was tough and quite disappointing. Burger and fries were excellent. Pasta special was just o.k. Craftsman=Twins. Always rooting for them, but ..."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This restaurant was recommended to us by our foodie daughter and it did not disappoint. Craftsman has a wonderful outdoor seating area with vine-covered pergolas and heavy screening from busy E. Lake Street. The cocktail list looked great, but we took a pass in favor of a very nice and reasonably-priced bottle of wine. My wife had the Bibb lettuce salad with green beans and buttermilk dressing along with the gnocci prepared with spinach, peas, creme fraiche. My bite confirmed them as a wonderful seasonal preparations. My hanger steak and pomme frites were done to perfection--the bernaise sauce: addicting. The dense chocolate cake with creme fraiche was the perfect capper for our meal. Our server was delightful. We will be back."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "I've been to the Craftsman numerous times and the staff and the food never disappoint."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The food and cocktails were really good--fresh, tasty, superbly prepared--but the service was very uneven. We arrived before the dinnertime rush but had to wait 45 minutes for our salads to arrive, while a family that arrived 10 minutes after us was already eating. One doesn't expect quick service, but a half an hour is enough to get rolling! Further bumps in what could otherwise have been a great evening: one salad was missing all the walnuts and almost all the cheese listed as ingredients (perhaps food preppers were at fault); and the pleasant, attentive waitress failed, at the end, to take the value of the coupon I gave her off the bill. We may return for the food; but a repeat of poor service will cross the Craftsman off our list."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The menu always changes but is usually good. Excellent vegetarian options, attentive service. Quiet sitting outside despite several large groups. We'll be back soon!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "First visit. On a Sunday evening. Great food and excellent service. We will return in the future."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We were not overly impressed. Service was very slow. Our server was also the bartender so she was not very attentive. Food was OK. My polenta was piping hot with great summer veggies. They were out of rainbow trout by 6:30 p.m. We won't go back nor would we recommend it others."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "While the interior of the restaurant looked cozy and loved the decor, the outdoor patio was not to be missed. Sweet setting under beautiful foliage. The cocktail list was so enticing I had to go with two delicious and different martinis. I will be back to try others! The food was exceptionally good...apps that sounded simple were beyond that, the best hummus I've had and one of my favorite cheese plates. The trout was absolutely perfect - perfectly balanced and interesting flavors. Desserts all looked fabulous but couldn't pass up the delicate and sweet beignets. So much more I wanted to try, I will be back! Waitress was very knowledgeable and service was fantastic."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We had the pork chop and salmon and were done to our satisfaction! I would highly recommend this restraunt!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed our dinner at Craftsman. The service was great. Our waiter, Carlos, knew the menu and wine list very well, made great recommendations, and was there when we needed him. The cocktails were generous and well crafted. I get a little tired of all the mixology and appreciate classic cocktails done well. The food was delicious. The charcuterie lived up to its reputation - also, it's a generous portion. The entrees were really good. If you're looking for a charming neighborhoody place to have good food and drink, this is a place you should consider. A word to the sound sensitive, it gets really noisy in this restaurant. There are high ceilings, wood floors, and plaster walls - the sound bounces around a lot."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food was delicious and the service was very good! The restaurant was a little cold (temperature) - had to go to the car to get jackets. The restauant was very noisy once it got busy - we had trouble hearing each other."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Very disappointing evening! It has been our neighborhood go to spot for a great meal for years and have never had a negative experience until this week. Service was very slow and poor, waitress was not engaged or helpful. Menu lacked inspiration and seasonal flare. Restaurant was half empty and food still took forever. Patio dining was negative experience, weeds and untended flowers, stuff stacked up and sitting around like empty pots and candles, patio tables did not have candles or flowers, simply set our napkin wrapped silverware on the table, I walked inside and found wait staff meandering behind bar, some eating, and rat trap greeted us in the parking lot. Will not go back. Could have had better meal in own back yard."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Duck was good. Steak was tough and not so good. Pork chop was dry, overdone. Sides and desserts were good. I was expecting more, but it was a slow Monday night."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Have dined at the Craftsman many times, and last Friday was an unusually bad experience. Indifferent service (no water, no bread), tasteless trout for $26, leathery steak for $28. Perhaps because we were relatively late (8:30)? They can do better."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My Gnochhi was delicious! And my wife's trout was some of the best fish I've ever eaten!! Highly recommended! A great place for our 10-year anniversary and whatever your special occasion may be!!!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We celebrated mutual birthdays with friends Wednesday evening. We had a wonderful evening, great cocktails, charcuterie plate, excellent entrees and outstanding attention from our server, Jenean. Thanks again Jenean!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Our out-of-town friends had a lovely dining experience with us at the Craftsman Restaurant. We enjoyed the inviting outdoor patio, which was shaded and quiet, the cocktail opportunities, and a very knowledgeable hostess/waitress. Our hostess was able to go into detail about the various dishes, and to make recommendations when we requested them. The duck confit dish was easily the knockout of the night, consisting of an ample amount of duck breast cooked to just medium rare. We had other out-of-town guests the previous week who also particularly enjoyed their meal at the Craftsman, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone who appreciates good food thoughtfully prepared. KM67"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "A tasty chardonnay, good service, and outstanding steaks. A great evening."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Always amazing food and staff! Delicious local ingredients,wonderfully prepared, and doted on by amazing staff!!! Perfect place to celebrate our 11th anniversary!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Drinks were hefty, attentive waitress, great salad, walleye and hanger steak exceptional!! Love, love, love the ambience!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Some of the best food I've had in the Twin Cities!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I took a friend for a birthday dinner here. I've been here several times and know I can count on the food and the service. I was not disappointed. The food was delicious and our server genial and knowledgeable. It was the perfect choice, and we had a lovely evening."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The potato gnocchi was spectacular with the asparagus and shiitake mushrooms perfectly cooked. The sauce added much flavor and was wonderfully paired with this dish."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The Craftsman is one of the Twin City's best. Everything works well, from the prairie-style tables and chairs to the terrific wine list. The food is unsurpassed. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I had been to the Craftsman for appetizers and drinks once before and had a great evening. Anxious to try it again, I took my husband there for his birthday. He loved it, and so did I. The service was great, the drinks and food were wonderful, and the waitress was knowledgeable. We are looking forward to eating there again soon."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I had not heard anything about this restaurant but thought the menu looked like it was worth a try. When you walk in, it looks like nothing special but the food and drinks were amazing! From the drink at the bar to dessert we had not a single complaint about any of the food. Would definitely go back again!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food was exceptional I had the walleye special and my wife had the reuben sandwich. Both were excellent. It was obvious they made the reuben from scratch, including making the meat and all the fixings. Only drawback was they dropped the ball on the flowers I ordered as a part of the reservation with Open Table. On the other hand, when I asked for them to be delivered, Carlos (our waiter) went and found them and delivered them to our table. Unfortunately a manager did not check with us or apologize for the inconvenience. Maybe there should be better notification to the restaurant when they get our reservation, this probably would have avoided the problem (delivered before they were open for dinner service)."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Such a great and unpretentious spot. The food is consistently great and our service this time was particularly good. We sat on the patio which has a lovely charm and we didn't feel packed in like they were trying to seat as many people as possible on the patio. We were able to linger a bit and finish our wine and dessert without feeling pressured to leave so they could fill our seats again. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "They attempt something unusual for drinks. They failed with beet martini's,and others that are off the mark.cheaper grades of alcohol. Food great,nice presentations. Our server was very nice,her co worker who whe asked a question,was not friendly at all. Nice place,we will go again."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "This is our special occasion spot. I've never had a bad bite here! The menu is seasonal and changes often so there is ways new food to try. It's rich and fresh. Creative and hearty. I love the use of game and their crafted cocktails. My favorite spot in the twin cities "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I've had a couple dinners at the Craftsman now, and I've decided it's a great place to have an "interview dinner" when someone asks you where to meet. I had the good fortune of one of those dinners turning into a job offer, so I decided to try the same location and even the same table on the patio for this interview dinner. My dinner partner was from out of state, and he enjoyed getting to see a little known area of the city as well as he LOVED the food. Let's hope it works out, and that I get a job offer."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "We took our adult kids here and everyone enjoyed it. The kids vowed to make it a repeat place. We already love it."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food was excellent. The charcuterie plate was a very nice treat, and very worthy of the reputation of the restaurant. All of the duck, appetizer and entree, was amazing. Both entrees were very good; the gnocci in particular was amazingly done, and something I wouldn't think I could ever get at home. I should've gotten something other than the fries as a side with my steak. In the end I decided to trust the kitchen, which was my mistake. From our experience I expect that if I do go back and ask for another side they'd be perfectly amenable. Speaking of, while being quite friendly and helpful with questions, the service was quite mediocre. Overall this was a very nice treat for my wife's birthday. I recommend trying it out."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Having been to the Craftsman before we know what to expect. Well prepared food, a seasonal selection, and friendly servers. We found all of that in place once more. I had the pork chop which was delightful and included sautéed fiddle head ferns, my wife had the trout which she enjoyed greatly. Thanks for another fine meal!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014