The Normandy Kitchen
405 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404Neighborhood:
Downtown / North Loop
AmericanPrice: $30 and under
The Normandy Kitchen
- 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, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, 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.
- 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.Continued
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The Normandy Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
7 reviews since July 23, 2014
- Ambiance3.1Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (2)great for lunch (2)neighborhood gem (2)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)special occasion (1)Show More
- Great Spot for Quiet ConversationWiningisgoodDined on 10/17/2014I've been here before, but I picked this spot because of the unique menu items. My guest and I conducted our business quietly, and without interruption, thoroughly enjoying the evening.Special Features:
- Will not returnOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 9/12/2014There was a smell of garbage wafting from the kitchen to our table, our crab cakes tasted fishy and were a bit cold in the middle and my martini was made incorrectly - twice. We went somewhere else for our anniversary dinner after just having an appetizer.
- great experiencearthurdgdgVIPDined on 9/3/2014First visit. Will be coming back. Gluten free options on the lunch menu would be a nice addition.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice people, okay foodOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/21/2014We 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.
- Decent Late LunchdcfoodieVIPDined on 8/19/2014After arriving and staying for the first time in Minneapolis, I booked the Normandy Kitchen for a late lunch. I was surprised to find it in a Best Western, which made me rethink my booking. The ambiance is dated and very mute. I sat at the bar and ordered the rotisserie chicken. The chicken was very good. I thought the service was accommodating for the late lunch. The Normandy Kitchen exceeded my expectations.
- The following 97 reviews are from the The Normandy Kitchen reviews archive.
- Henry VIII NostalgiaecolieredelagastronomieVIPDined on 5/20/2014I 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Relaxing dinner with familyKathrynDined on 3/8/2014The 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.Special Features:
- valentines day dateOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 2/14/2014very enjoyable. the truffle oil mac and cheese is to die forSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- best steak of my lifeBillCDined on 2/14/2014I 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!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Awesome V-DayBretDined on 2/14/2014Had 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!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful ExperienceBirthdayGirlDined on 1/27/2014The staff treated us graciously. The menu had a variety of choices. The food was beautiful and delicious. An excellent special occasion restaurant.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very Nice Christmas Dinner2OldFoodiesDined on 12/25/2013I 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!I would recommend this to a friend.
- EnjoyableKandyDined on 11/28/2013A very good Thanksgiving dinner. Good food and as much as you want to eat.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful time!NanekiDined on 10/7/2013We had a wonderful time and the food was excellent!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Anniversary visitOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 9/1/2013Its 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!Special Features:
- We had a nice dinnerDebbieDined on 8/9/2013Nice dinner before a Vikings game. Nothing to exciting but pleasant, food was fine too.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food; quiet on a Sunday nightSweetmanVIPDined on 7/14/2013I 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Don't let the exterior ofMoJaqDined on 5/22/2013Don't let the exterior of the building fool you - the restaurant is very nicely decorated and the food is great!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Normandy--I would say Normandon'tIreneVIPDined on 4/22/2013In 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.
- Yummy food!SmurfetteDined on 2/16/2013We 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!Special Features:
- We had the duck confit. SimplyOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 2/14/2013We 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. ,,,,nnSpecial Features:
- I thought it was an enjoyableOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 2/14/2013I thought it was an enjoyable place to go. I would certainly go again!Special Features:
- Wonderful dinner and attentive,OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 2/2/2013Wonderful 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.Special Features:
- Food was great. Best calamariOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 12/25/2012Food was great. Best calamari in Minneapolis. Service was exceptional. We enjoyed our holiday at this comfortable restaurant.Special Features:
- Minneapolis Classic SpotMplsDinerDined on 12/18/2012Delicious 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.Special Features:
- Took my Dad to the NormandyOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 12/15/2012Took 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.
- Great lunchtime spotMplsDinerDined on 12/7/2012A classic--comfortable, delicious menu with a lot of choices, great service!Special Features:
- Average food, average service, cozyNotAfoodieDined on 12/3/2012I 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.
- Food was excellent and serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 11/22/2012Food was excellent and service good. Nice quiet dining area.Special Features:
- Good but not outstandingOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 10/20/2012The 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.Special Features:
- Surprise Yum!OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 10/13/2012We 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!Special Features:
- Nice place for a businessOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 9/25/2012Nice place for a business lunch. Good food & service, noise level made it easy to talk.
- Wonderful experienceOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 8/27/2012It's the first time I have been at the Normandy. The food was excellent, the service was quick and the atmosphere was very pleasant!Special Features:
- Where's the vegetables !!!OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 7/31/2012After 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.
- Just GreatOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 7/29/2012Spotless restaurant with impeccable food and attentive service.
- We needed a place that couldRickranDined on 7/15/2012We 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.Special Features:
- Nothing SpecialArlingtonianVIPDined on 6/24/2012A 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.
- We were about the only onesOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 6/15/2012We were about the only ones there, but food was surpirsingly good. I think they had popovers.
- The food here is consistentlyOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 4/19/2012The food here is consistently delicious, reasonably priced and is accompanied by prompt, courteous service. I've never had a bad experience here.Special Features:
- Great spot for a working lunch.Tractor29Dined on 4/17/2012Great 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.