Dakota
Dakota

Dakota

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.dakotacooks.com/
  • Phone: 6123321010
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Kristin Tyborski & Derik Moran
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: There is no better place to celebrate a special occasion or to entertain important guest, then the Dakota. Throughout our space you can hear world class music or visually incorporate it into your event. The event menus are specially created by our Chef team to take full advantage of the finest seasonal ingredients. Our private dining rooms accommodate groups up to 35; our main dining room will hold up to 72 and our mezzanine (62) and club (90) are also available for private events. To inquire or to reserve, please contact the restaurant.
  • Private Party Contact: Joe Doermann 6123321010x723

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 10th Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Safe and convenient parking is across 10th Street in Public Ramp. It is only $5 anytime after 4 PM. Entrance is on LaSalle Ave. between 10th St. and 9th St. (closest to 10th St.). Target store logo is over ramp entrance. Use "Public Parking" option in ramp. Take the elevator in ramp to street level or skyway level and cross 10th St. on street level or skyway level. The Dakota entrance is easily visible from skyway entrance. Many other parking options are nearby.
A word from Dakota
Entering its third decade, the Dakota has long been a favorite of jazz legends as well as patrons who savor the best of both art forms, the virtuosity of kitchen and bandstand. You can eat in the dining room and enjoy music second-hand from the adjacent club room; but you can also enjoy the music in the intimate club while making selections from either the bar or dining room menu—the best of both worlds. Patrons must note that online reservations through OpenTable apply to the dining room only. For show information and club reservations please call.
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Dakota reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food3.9
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (15)fit for foodies (9)good for groups (9)late-night find (7)romantic (7)great for outdoor dining (7)hot spot (6)great for lunch (6)neighborhood gem (6)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Da1960ve
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    A chance to hear some of your favorite music artists and some great talent in a close-up personal setting. A comfortable crowd of jazz followers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We had a business meeting and it was the perfect setting, quiet with great food and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GS50
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    music was outstanding and nice service provided; there's a unique place where to listent Jazz or a similar type of music; appreciate it. thanks also for the good organization regarding reservation, time and service
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, good music
    Snowy
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Nice friendly environment for God jazz music and even better food. Nice and interesting menu, good wine list. Cold coffee and erratic service attention.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • superb combination of food & music
    billsanfrancisco
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    No need to stop elsewhere before the show. The food is as good as any as is the music. Great to have this combination in one spot. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great music and food
    nsd1VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The Dakota is the place to enjoy Twin Cities music with creative excellent food.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Music yes, Food hmmm...
    Scoots
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    For a concert venue, it's pretty great. Acoustics, sightlines, proximity are all dandy. If you're eating, bring the spare wallet as it adds up quickly.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Over the top
    Pete
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had a duck dish that was the special and everything about it was over the top! Including the gnocchi and pea pods. We saw Trace Bunde and he put on a great show. Everything about it was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to celebrate
    allfoodizgood
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Fantastic atmosphere, cheerful and helpful waitstaff, accommodated our early arrival.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wouldn't recommend for lunch!
    Birthdayblah
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Probably a better spot for late night with jazz. Lunch was just so-so, had the black bean burger, was just ok. Pasta only had a few pieces of chicken in it. The place was sparce with only 2 tables with guests. Atmosphere was meh that time of day. Our service was outstanding however, just wouldn't recommend for a lunch spot. We took my mother there for a birthday lunch and we were disappointed with the food, but didn't want to say anything to spoil the celebration.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dining experience!
    Goldy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The ambiance, staff and food were all great. We had a great time and would recommend Dakota to friends. We will be coming back again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I was a little surprised when I was charged for the bread they brought to my table. Other than that the food was good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tubaman
    tubaman
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    My family from SC enjoyed the food and the music while there.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Dakota isn't just for jazz!
    vbugs407
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I came here for a casual business lunch. The food and staff were great, and service was quick. We sat on the patio and enjoyed the summer day. Would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lousy Food, Great Music
    EddieW
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Fish sandwich was slimy and not at all crisp. Fries were small as though taken from the bottom of the pile. Salad was soggy but OK. The music was unbelievably good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MattieVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Went to hear tommy lieberman and he was wonderful Our dinner ok but the steaks weren't as good as we desired Our waiter very good
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I was just here for an event and saw the famous Patty Peterson perform. Overall it was a great night and would come back to Dakota again
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 545 reviews are from the Dakota reviews archive.
  • The Dakota still has pazzaz
    Andrew9
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I recently went to the Dakota for a special occasion and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the service and the food. Despite the Dakota having been around Minneapolis a long time it's not worn out its welcome. A great wine list, knowledgeable wait staff and very good food made gor a wonderful night out. And the jazz wasn't half bad either!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very dissapointed.
    DGILB
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    I was at Dakota for a special occasion - a birthday dinner for my girlfriend and going away dinner for me. However, this experience was terrible. We were effectively treated like second class citizens. Our server ignored us all night long, while providing excellent service to other tables. After taking our drink and meal order, our server never spoke to us again until he brought us a dessert menu - meaning we couldn't order bread, or another drink , or anything. We were ignored and another server actually ended up helping us out. Then to top it off, they screwed up on the bill. They added things that we hadn't ordered, and took off the wrong amount of my gift card, overcharging by $30. Being treated so poorly ruined the evening.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just right dining experience
    TomF
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We chose to be in the dining room rather than the music venue as we we're not staying after dinner and did not want to pay the cover charge. We really liked the "plate" options -- smaller servings. The food was wonderful (sirloin strip and baked sole) as was the service. We have probably had three or four dinners here and have enjoyed them all.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good pre-concert spot
    svenskatjejVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We enjoyed a tasty dinner before heading to Orchestra Hall. Next time we'll stay to hear the great music at Dakota!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top Notch Food & Service
    foodfan
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Great atmosphere for a date night! A little pricey with the cover charge but WORTH EVERY DIME. The food and service exceeded expectations. The music was bonus (a sold out show yet the place never felt overcrowded). Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first date
    reiner
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    I had a first date comming up, and needed an activity. I googled ( entertainment in minniapolis ) and found ( The Dakota ) I heard of it before, and it was great. Dennis Spears was playing that night, and what a show. She will not forget our first date nor will I.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    Vick
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Food, drinks, service and music were all fantastic. An exceptional venue to celebrate a special occasion, or just for a great night on the town. The crab cakes and sea bass with cabbage rolls were tasty. We truly enjoyed our night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Love the atmosphere and the service. Great music for a relaxing Friday night. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dakota provides a great evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Great food. Nice portions. Wonderful music. Interesting drinks. The Dakota provides a great evening. The staff is professional and knowledgeable. The named cocktails bring unusual flavors together. 'Your Cheatin' Heart' was fruity and potent. 'Silky Girl' brought out jazzy citrus flavors. Of course, the music is the reason for going to the Dakota (thank you Debbie Duncan), but the food and drink are first rate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super menu
    LAALZ
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    We had a truly great meal--great New Year's Day celebration. But why was there a country/bluegrass band playing in a jazz club? Could really have done without that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A notable experience at the Dakota.
    foodie4life
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    As a first-timer guest I wasn't entirely sure what to think before walking into this comfortably inviting yet contemporarily organized restaurant and jazz club. The stage seemed to be an added feature giving way from the bar, allocating attention almost immediately to when the performers would take stride onto stage, in our case Davina and the Vagabonds, the music provided a perfect, almost harmonious ambiance to their artistic and savory menu while enjoying the company of friends, family or other. If you're looking for an enjoyable experience where a preformers showmanship and culinary adventure intertwine for an unforgettable dining experience look no farther.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good overall
    Greg
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    Seating isn't optimal, tables are bunched together such that you sit closer to your neighbor than your date. Seeing the musicians requires turning your head until your neck hurts. I'm not trying to nitpick, the layout really needs to be improved. All that said - the music was great, the food was great, and the service was exceptional. We'll go back, but only if we can choose one of the handful of tables that won't annoy the heck out of us.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Irish guy
    Annie
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    We usually come for the music which is outstanding. but the food is always excellent as well. Hence this is a real gem for an evening enjoyment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Davina made my Thxgiving!
    beavela
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    We took our parents to the Dakota for Davina and the Vagabonds. We arrived at 5:45, had some drinks and appetizers and eventually ordered our entrees right in time for the band to start. The band was excellent, service was great and the food very good. The Dakota was perfect for Thxgiving. Enough time to talk until the band started and no room for uncomfortable political conversations. My 80-year old parents were completely transfixed with the food, Davina and the ambiance!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing food for the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Disappointing food for the price. Called to request a table with a view of the stage, and got seated with another couple that we didn't know. Then when the Jazz started we couldn't see the stage because the couple that were seated with us turned there chairs and completely blocked our view. Paid $20/ person for basically an obstructed view. I expected a fun night out with my husband, away from the kids, and then felt like I couldn't even talk to him because of the awkwardness of the seating arrangements. Very disappointed. The best thing about the night was the Jazz. Would reccomebd going to listen to that and have a drink. Food was very expensive and not very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dark in the loft
    Haapi
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Food tasted great, and we had a great view of the band. When the band began, the lights went down, and we really couldn't see our food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    Perfect for workweek lunch. Get you and and out within an hour!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a Business Lunch
    MitchV
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    I ate at Dakota for a business lunch, so I didn't see the wine list, and the "Romantic" category was not applicable. The food was very good; the service was great -- attentive without being pushy, efficient and knowledgeable. I especially liked the creative non-alcoholic beverages and the offerings of salad/sandwich/soup combos. It was quiet for lunch and pleasantly crowded, which I appreciated. I look forward to returning for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Andrew
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    I've heard so many things for the longest time, but never found the right time or occasion till my anniversary with my girlfriend. Needless to say, I could not have chosen a better place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bday Dinner
    Jazzey25
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    This place is a really good place to go for a romantic date. I really enjoyed myself and the food and drinks were pretty good. I would love to come back again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & jazz
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    Talented musicians paired with phenomenal food, it's a win-win!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waiter was terrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Very poor service. I wrote a complaint letter to the manager a week ago and have not received a response back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was adequate but
    EdgeMinneapolis
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    The food was adequate but it was a very limited menu.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate