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The Normandy Kitchen
The Normandy Kitchen
  • Address:
    405 South Eighth Street
    Minneapolis, MN 55404
    Downtown / North Loop
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $30 and under

The Normandy Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.normandykitchen.com/
  • Phone: (612) 455-1204
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: 6:30am - 11:00am, Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Join us in the well appointed Harbor Room for private gatherings of 15-25 guests. The spacious newly renovated Continental Room accommodates groups of up to 150 comfortably. The Normandy Kitchen also features more intimate dining for parties of 50-75 in the historic Village Room. Please contact the restaurant about the Parlor and Saylin rooms.
  • Private Party Contact: Jasper Rajendren (612) 455-1204

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fourth Avenue
  • Public Transit: Conveniently located three blocks south of Light Rail Station Metrodome and Government Plaza.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Convenient off street parking (enter on 9th St.) is available and validated (2 hours) when you dine at the Normandy Kitchen.
A word from The Normandy Kitchen
Serving classic, comfortable, and timeless American cuisine.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We were the only ones in the restaurant and the waitress brought me a caesar salad without any dressing on it. She said she had gotten it confused with another person's order, but no one was there. Not great food, but the people there were very nice."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "I remember this restaurant from my childhood. The kitchen was the grill for the Normandy Inn, with a more formal restaurant behind it. What was most notable was the prominence of Henry VIII, a true gourmand, as the kitchen's north star. So I had to have the Henry VIII buyer, the last vestige of those wonderful days. The burger was good, the service excellent, my glass of pinot noir ample and well-priced, the ambience a little too quiet (perhaps Henry VIII in a pensive mood). The fries were quite good. Like most trips down memory lane, it's not possible to go back, but the Normandy Kitchen provided a solid dinner. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "The three of us decided to enjoy a nice dinner at the Normandy Kitchen after wandering around at the Auto Show. It has been many years since we ate here and we enjoyed our food very much. The service was good, my chicken was great as was our daughter's pork tenderloin. We finished with their Chess Pie - never heard of it before but it was quite good. Also, the hot chocolate is the best treat ever. Give it a try."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "very enjoyable. the truffle oil mac and cheese is to die for"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I almost never get steak at a restaurant because for me it is generally overpriced and I'd be just as happy with something else. The Au pouivre (i know i spelled it wrong) which is steak in brandy cream sauce caught my attention as being something different and I really just wanted to try it. It was so friggin' good. I cannot imagine that it gets much better than this. I don't really have the funds to do a steak house tour and find out. So for me, if I want a really good steak - I'll probably just come back to Normandy Kitchen. Don't get me wrong, I will try to duplicate a close second of this recipe at home. I also tried the beet Manhattan martini. I thought it was very original and well balanced. I had the house merlot - very solid!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Had a really lovely Valentine's day dinner at Normandy. The owner of the restaurant was bouncing around and talking to tables. We found her very energetic and polite. Had a really great steak....ambiance was excellent. Place was decorated and everything was amazing! Would for sure recommend it!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The staff treated us graciously. The menu had a variety of choices. The food was beautiful and delicious. An excellent special occasion restaurant."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "I hadn't been there for over 30 years, but wanted a casual dinner destination. The dining room was warm and cozy and not crowded. Only one server was taking care of everyone, but she was very efficient and personable. I had the brined pork tenderloin with au gratin potato, and my fresh carrots were supposed to have a mustard glaze, but it was forgotten. Our server offered to have it remade, but it wasn't a big deal. My spouse had the crusted walleye with a lovely wild and white rice side, and a Caesar salad. The salad was not good. Fresh romaine, a few dry croutons, anchovy and an absolutely tasteless dressing. No garlic, no lemon, no flavor. Popovers were fabulous. Would recommend and we won't wait another 30 years to go back!"
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "A very good Thanksgiving dinner. Good food and as much as you want to eat."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "We had a wonderful time and the food was excellent!"
    Dined on 10/7/2013
  • "Its been 35 years since we last ate at the "Kitchen". The last time-- the day after our wedding. Happily our positive memories were reinforced by brunch last Sunday. The popovers were light, yet crispy on the outside--the cinnamon was a wonderful feature. We shared a plate a plate of apple fritter French toast with real maple syrup and an omelet that consisted of sausage, avocado and tomatoes. The texture of the French toast was sweet and chewy--perfect. The maple syrup made it taste like dessert. YUM! The omelet was light with wonderful texture. Te accompanying English muffin was thicker than what is generally available at stores. The service was top-notch. The staff was so prompt there was no need for second requests. We will be back!"
    Dined on 9/1/2013
  • "Nice dinner before a Vikings game. Nothing to exciting but pleasant, food was fine too."
    Dined on 8/9/2013
  • "I couldn't even remember the last time I ate at The Normandy Kitchen, but my wife was really in the mood for a great hamburger and I suggested that we give one of the original great hamburgers a try. We had the hamburger, rotisserie chicken sliders, and a popover to share. All were great! Bonus points for great skin-on fries. There were a number of other casual and full meal items that looked good and we'll try them next time. We ate on a Sunday night at about 7:30. It was beyond quiet, which was actually a nice change from the places where you scream at each other to be heard."
    Dined on 7/14/2013
  • "Don't let the exterior of the building fool you - the restaurant is very nicely decorated and the food is great!"
    Dined on 5/22/2013
  • "In my travels I've eaten in restaurants all over the U.S., and this place managed to take the prize for the worst service ever. 25 minutes before I got any type of service, and then another 25 minutes before I received my first course! Also, while my server tried to be nice and apologetic about the slow service, he offered other diners a free drink, including the patron right next to me, and bypassed me. The food, while better than the service, was strictly so-so. At least it was not expensive. I think that's about the best thing I can say about this dining experience."
    Dined on 4/22/2013
  • "We loved the food there! I substituted au gratin potatoes for fries and I was so happy I did that. They were the best au gratin potatoes I've ever had. My husbands twice baked potato was delicious. Steaks were prepared as ordered. The service was pretty good. They had a mix up on who was waiting on our table and as the restaurant got busier, the waitress was less attentive and asked us twice if we wanted dessert. Overall, the experience was good and I would definitely go back there again!"
    Dined on 2/16/2013
  • "We had the duck confit. Simply delicious! I don't normally like to eat duck, but I would definitely go there again to get that dish. The server was friendly and helpful and the atmosphere of the restaurant was nicely lit and relaxing. ,,,,nn"
    Dined on 2/14/2013
  • "I thought it was an enjoyable place to go. I would certainly go again!"
    Dined on 2/14/2013
  • "Wonderful dinner and attentive, friendly service. Our food was even delivered by the chef. We had a special birthday dinner for my 88-year-old mother, and she - along with everyone else - really enjoyed it. For years The Normandy has been known for their popovers, and although they are no longer complimentary ($3 ea.) they are as good as I remember. The place was not busy at all on a Saturday night, which makes me sad because we had a very good experience."
    Dined on 2/2/2013
  • "Food was great. Best calamari in Minneapolis. Service was exceptional. We enjoyed our holiday at this comfortable restaurant."
    Dined on 12/25/2012
  • "Delicious classics and new favorites as well. The service is always great. I love the atmosphere, like days gone by. Give it a try--you won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 12/18/2012
  • "Took my Dad to the Normandy for the Lutefisk dinner. Food was pretty good, but the service was a bit lacking. Our waiter was nice, but disappeared for most of the night. Our glasses were often empty, and we didn't see our waiter for long periods of time. My Dad asked for some melted butter for his Lutefisk, and was told they did not have any butter to give him. (What restaurant does not have butter?) When we ordered dessert, I got the Banana Cream pie. Presentation was nice, but a few bites into it, the bananas were overripe (brown), and the pie crust appeared undercooked. The waiter said he would deduct it from our bill, but again, he disappeared for a long period of time and never came back."
    Dined on 12/15/2012
  • "A classic--comfortable, delicious menu with a lot of choices, great service!"
    Dined on 12/7/2012
  • "I took my team here for lunch. Quiet/cozy place. Burgers were really good. Salmon special was decent. Shakes were more milk than ice cream. Kitchen took a VERY long time for main course, even though the restaurant was nearly vacant. Desert - which consisted of 4 slices of pie and some coffee - took almost as long as the main course to arrive. It wasn't a horrible place, but with all of the available options in downtown Minneapolis, I won't be going back."
    Dined on 12/3/2012
  • "Food was excellent and service good. Nice quiet dining area."
    Dined on 11/22/2012
  • "The food was good. The wine was very good. The calamari was cooked nicely but a bit greasy. The pork was flavorful and tender but a bit salty. The new au gratin potatoes were bland and could have been done more; they needed more cheese and I wish I could have transferred some of the salt in the pork. The waitress was nice (but a bit slow considering it was really quiet). The atmosphere was nice, quiet, romantic and we didn't feel rushed. I would visit the Normandy Kitchen again."
    Dined on 10/20/2012
  • "We were excited to try Normandy because the menu looked fantastic and the few reviews we read were mostly raves vs rants. I will admit we were apprehensive when we walked up and saw that 1) the entry was through the hotel lobby and 2) it was nearly empty on a Saturday evening. Service was exceptional (no surprise since we were one of only a few tables), drinks were fabulous (I wish I hadn't been driving because I wanted to try more), and the food was absolutely delicious. The other 3 in my party went for the horseradish crusted walleye with Yukon gold mashed potatoes and all were oohing and yumming the whole way through the plate. I tried the lobster Mac and Cheese and it pretty well shut me up for 25 minutes while I savored it. Go!"
    Dined on 10/13/2012
  • "Nice place for a business lunch. Good food & service, noise level made it easy to talk."
    Dined on 9/25/2012
  • "It's the first time I have been at the Normandy. The food was excellent, the service was quick and the atmosphere was very pleasant!"
    Dined on 8/27/2012
  • "After reading all the great reviews, we were disappointed when we went there for supper a few days ago. We ordered the Steak Frites. A nice bit of steak and a few fries. tasted OK but there was not a single vegetable to be seen ! A little overpriced ( $ 18 ) for what we got. Service was OK. We won't be back."
    Dined on 7/31/2012
  • "Spotless restaurant with impeccable food and attentive service."
    Dined on 7/29/2012
  • "We needed a place that could readily accept a group of 10 for brunch. Half wanted lunch and half wanted breakfast. The food met our expectations and the location was a simple stroll from our hotel. Service was great. All were pleased with the quality on a spur of the moment decision."
    Dined on 7/15/2012
  • "A slightly above average hotel restaurant at a mid-priced hotel on the fringe of downtown. My salad Nicoise was fine but unremarkable. Server was pleasant. You could do worse, but don't go out of your way."
    Dined on 6/24/2012
  • "We were about the only ones there, but food was surpirsingly good. I think they had popovers."
    Dined on 6/15/2012
  • "The food here is consistently delicious, reasonably priced and is accompanied by prompt, courteous service. I've never had a bad experience here."
    Dined on 4/19/2012
  • "Great spot for a working lunch. Food was good, service was good, didn't have to wait long for our food and it was relatively quiet compared to other downtown restaurants."
    Dined on 4/17/2012
  • "We had not been to the Normandy for years, and were gratified to find they still had complimentary popovers and they were as hot and delicious as we remembered --- worth a visit just for that."
    Dined on 4/13/2012
  • "I was happy to see the Normandy Kitchen was on Open Table. My office is near the restaurant, so I'd always wanted to go there. A friend & I had plans to have a quick dinner, and the Normandy Kitchen fit the bill. I had the fish & chips, my friend had a steak salad. Both were good!"
    Dined on 3/22/2012
  • "Met some young professionals for a networking meeting. Very appropriate place. Great service -- attentive yet didn't interrupt. Food was very good. Reasonably priced."
    Dined on 2/22/2012
  • "Food was excellent! I ordered crab cake and my girlfriend had the fish and chips. The waiter was very accommodating and friendly. The portion on the crab cake was too small for my liking but it tasted excellent. The fish and chips on the other hand was huge, maybe even too much but I ate some of that too :) Wonderful service, food, and atmosphere and definitely would come back. Thanks!"
    Dined on 2/14/2012