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Libertine
Libertine
  • Address:
    3001 Hennepin Avenue South
    Minneapolis, MN 55408
    Neighborhood:
    Uptown
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Libertine Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://libertinempls.com/
  • Phone: (612) 877-7263
  • Hours of Operation: We’re Open:
    Monday – Thursday 3 PM - 1 AM
    Friday 3 PM - 2 AM
    Saturday 3 PM - 2 AM
    Sunday 3 PM - 1 AM
    Roof Top 3 PM - 1 AM

    Weekend Brunch Coming August 16th
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, American
  • Executive Chef: Steve Hesse
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lake Street
  • Public Transit: Metro Transit routes: 6, 17, 21, & 23
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public parking ramp adjacent to Calhoun Square (rates listed in link below) or free street parking beginning at 33rd and Girard and South.

    http://www.calhounsquare.com/parking/
A word from Libertine
Traditional butcher cuts of meat dominate the food offerings at James Beard winner Tim McKee’s casual, accessibly priced neighborhood bar and restaurant. Master drinkmaker Johnny Michaels’ collection of cocktails, spirits and beers complements McKee’s à la carte, shareable dishes, creating an environment that’s equal parts restaurant, bar, lounge and neighborhood hangout.Continued
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "We wanted to try something new and notable for our Twin's birthday and landed on the Libertine. A gimmicky, but must try is the bone marrow toast where you carve the marrow out and spread it on the toast (delicious) then the manager comes around and has you hold the bone to your mouth while pouring a shot down it. Pretty comical! The side dishes we tried were delicious (potatoes with crème fresh, scallions with lime and kale with cheese) but the crown jewel was the pork chop with the bacon end left on it - a must try. I'd recommend it, although I'm not sure I'd go back soon."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "We were really impressed with everything we ordered at Libertine. The Bacon Chop is a must! Our server, Emily, was one of the best servers we've experienced in a while. We go out to dinner a lot, and she truly blew us away- very personable, knowledgeable and entertaining. The ambiance wasn't my favorite. Considering the quality and level of the food, I felt the environment didn't quite fit, but it's certainly not bad. Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "This has to be one of the most disappointing dining experiences in the Twin Cities. Food is mediocre at best, and service is even less impressive. Believe everything you read about food not coming for the table...our side orders arrived AFTER we had finished our entree. If this is the best Tim McKee has to offer, he should retire. And they should take his James Beard award away from him permanently if this is an example of his work. Apparently, our opinion is not unique as the place was more than half empty at 8:30 on Saturday night. There are too many really outstanding restaurants in the area, with much better service, to ever think about going back here again. If you go, I can assure you that you will be disappointed."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Food was delicious! Unique and eclectic, but not over the top. Really enjoyed it."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "we had the tomatoes excellent, potatoes excellent, feather steak very good service was prompt and pleasant. cocktails energetic, and fun. view and eating outside on the roof is a wonderful way to spend the evening."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Not a ton of options but good ones. Veg side dishes are fantastic!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "My wife and I went to Libertine when we were in Minneapolis for one night. We were impressed by their enthusiastic and knowledgable service. Chef/Restauranteur Tim McKee was working the room, answering questions, making recommendations, educating patrons, and supervising his team. Most impressive, however, was the food on the plate. The avacado & crab salad, smoked salmon, fried oysters with Remoulade, Korean ribs, smoked chocolate torte, and fresh fruit with meringue were ALL outstanding. Libertine is not a wine-centric eatery, but there are plenty to worthy selections on their wine list. I strongly recommend this place!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Poor service and food not up to par with competition. Not at all what we were expecting. Waitress criticized our selections and rudely continued to tell us what her favorites were. Restaurant is not a good concept. Dessert was very good."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Love, love, loved Libertine! Went there for a Friday night dinner and was expecting quite a bit given all that I had heard about Tim McKee opening a new hot spot. Libertine definitely delivered on my expectations - amazing cocktails and a great menu with so many things that were outstanding. Definitely recommend the Cheddar Bratwurst burger, the various oysters, and the smoked tart for dessert."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We went to Libertine for Brunch and were disappointed. The menu has a few unspoiled staples, but most dishes are a mess. I want to ask Tim Mckee to try to cook breakfast without using jalapenos, habenaros or any other peppers. I order the Hemingway Rum Colins, which was terrible, my wife got the Kickstarter which she liked. She ordered the Dutch Baby and wasn't pleased. I got the Ham steak, which had an odd taste to it. We split Pancakes and bacon, which were both very good. We have been impressed with dinner so far, even with the hit or miss menu, but Brunch was a bust."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Libertine and it hasn't been open long. We began in the bar while waiting for friends. Our bartender, Dave, was amazing. We asked him about the food and his recommendations...he talked like a chef! His descriptions were exciting and delivered with culinary excellence. It blew us away. The food WAS wonderful and the drinks different and innovative. We particularly enjoyed The Shadow Knows. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Libertine has one of the most appealing menus I've ever come across. It seems to be very meat-heavy, but there are actually quite a few non-meat choices -- and each holds its own against all the others. My favorite dish is the lamb saddle chop -- which is a steak more than chop, and is everything a lamb lover like I could want. Also love the crispy pigs ears, which are basically a meat calamari, and the pork shoulder steak, and the charbroiled oysters. What's great about Libertine, too, is that it's super casual, yet stylish and very food-forward, and the small-to-medium plate format (with the exception of the ham steak, which is enormous) allows you to try a lot of different things without breaking the bank."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Including dessert, we tried about a dozen items on the menu. Only one, the Bacon Chop was decent. Everything else suffered from the same thing all Parasole restaurants suffer from. Poorly attempted food in a nice space. We tried oysters three different ways, and I still don't remember tasting oysters-even the raw ones. Don't even get me started on the fried oysters that allegedly had chorizo in it. Anyway, this place should be a pass if you are a person that likes good food. If you are one of the lemmings that thinks the Parasole formula is right for you, then you'll fit right in here as they have pulled that scam on you once again. At least I won't have to worry about you taking up a seat in a really good restaurant around town."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "I like the overall concept of this restaurant--I think it's perfect for the area it's in. This restaurant is designed for groups of people. You can dine side by side with folks you've never met at communal tables. The dishes are meant to be shared. The food of course is outstanding (I had the flank steak and cauliflower dishes). The cocktails are delicious, too. Tim Mckee even swung by our table to greet us, which was really nice."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I was excited to try this place,bc of all the buzz. it was a disappointment. The food was just ok, the service was mediocre, and portion sizes were tiny & overpriced. The rooftop was nice, but the tables were wobbly, chairs unbalanced and the lighting was weak; I found this to be odd since the place is so new. I also found it odd that the food was "supposed" to come out at different times. I was looking forward to the bone marrow toast due to other reviews, but it wasnt even on the menu and my server had no clue what it was, even though there are photos of it on their yelp... i'll try again in a few months, may they would've worked the kinks out."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Libertine feels very 20-something, L.A-ish in vibe--appropriate, I guess, for the neighborhood. However, the food was as outstanding as we'd expect from Tim McKee, so we'd return even though the sweet, but interrupting server kept calling our aged 40-60 co-ed group either "guys" or to the men, "sir". A touch of fine-tuning to the service to add to the sophistication and a few more noise-absorbing decor touches, and you're golden."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Kale with melted manchego cheese was fantastic, one of the best veg side dishes I've ever tried. Wax beans sautéed with peppers also great. Loved my lamb/brie burger. For dessert I ordered a rum chai cocktail - it was perfect. Rhubarb gin and tonic was ok but I'm going to try it again next time and see if it comes out a little less sweet and a little more rhubarb."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "I like the concept of this restaurant and seeing Tom McKee's name attached to it made us want to check it out. Parking was a breeze, and all the staff were amazing from the host stand to the food runners. We loved the big cocktail list and beer selections. I tried three different drinks just because they were so unique (and I loved two out off three). The food was great. The Jamaican jerk shrimp wasn't outstanding, but we were surprised that a side order of baby potatoes was out of this world. We also enjoyed the lamb juicy lucy with brie and the beef spare rib. The adult twinkie with nutella stuffing was a fun way to end the meal. The rooftop bar boasts a fantastic view, and the service up there was awesome also."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I wouldn't recommend this place. It was too noisy, the food comes out as it is finished, so you either eat before others get their food--rude--or you wait and your food gets cold. The portions were extremely small considering the price. The food was good. Not great, but good. When I spend $65 on a meal for two, it should be a much better experience and better food than what we got at Libertine. This is just another typical Uptown place--too noisy, too busy, too mediocre, and probably will be gone within 10 years, replaced by some other "trendy" urban start up."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Exceptional food, amazing service and fun! Will definitely be returning soon. While 'affiliated' with Parasole it doesn't feel 'corporate' at all and it shows"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Went to Libertine for a date with my fiance. The food was decent, but their prices did not match my expectation of quality as well as their service. The attention of the staff favors the large groups, which left me flagging down my server on more than one occassion. The biggest disappointment was that my fiance's entre came out 25 minutes before mine. The waiter claimed that was intentional as they pride themeselves on bringing out the food right when it is ready. I would argue it was a mismanagement of our order, or my order was lost altogether. I was left to chow down my meal in a hurry, as my fiance was finished before mine ever arrived."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Our food was delicious, but several items were difficult to share, even though you are encouraged to share plates. Our server was inept. he brought cold coffee and asked if it was hot enough - if you have to ask, you know the answer. Room is too noisy. Wine list sucks."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We went on a Tuesday night. There was a pretty good crowd but service was punctual. Waiter was a little on the too talkative side and bussers were constantly trying to clear our plates before we were done eating. Those were the only negatives of the experience. Food was very good. Ambience had a cool vibe inside (we didn't make it to the roof top). Much better than the old cafeteria. Great inexpensive creative cocktail list. Desserts were amazing!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Slightly limited menu on patio but understandable given it recently opened. Great patio for sure though and great drinks too. I didn't love the way things came out as they were ready. Eating a steak all alone while everyone else stared at their drinks isn't my favorite way to enjoy dinner. Interesting menu though. Burgers were decadent. The caramelized cauliflower was amazing. As were the fried artichokes with curry dipping sauce. Also tried the Avocado dish which had a surprising amount of crab on it. That said, it was a smaller dish. The steak tartare wasn't my favorite - had kind of a sushi/japanese spin to it. I appreciate that they were trying something new though. But I don't like my raw steak to remind me of raw fish."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Came here on our anniversary and had an excellent time! Food was great(especially liked the short ribs!). We loved sitting next to the open window and our server was very attentive and friendly! I highly recommend this place!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "This restaurant is a must try! We had the jalapeno buttermilk fried chicken with a honey chipotle glaze, baby potatoes with creme fraiche and chives, and kale with manchego creme. The foods are designed to share. Best kale I have ever had. Our dinner selection sang a beautiful love song to my southern food roots and my new and I ever increasing foodie side. Impeccable service even on a busy Saturday night. Cocktail list is yummy. You have to try the yo la tengo margarita! Actual spice in MN, which in my experience since I've lived here is a rarity. Starts off a little sweet and a litle kick at the end from the habanero. I will without a doubt return. Waiting in anticipation for when the restaurant opens for brunch. It's coming soon!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We had really high expectations of the new Tim McKee joint. Seeing "head-on" shrimp and bone marrow on menu in Minneapolis is kind of rare - unfortunately, in our experience, it was a novelty rather than an amazing food experience."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Service was prompt, food was delicious. All entrees were very well priced and delicious. Great change from typical steakhouse fare."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We enjoyed an early dinner at Libertine. Not very crowded at 5:30 in a Friday evening, so the noise level wasn't bad. The food was very good -- especially the Korean-style spare ribs. One order of our was delayed, but that's probably due to the new kitchen still finding its pace. Wait service was excellent. This place might be trying a little to hard to be chic, but we'd go back."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Start off with food: excellently prepared. Not your normal cuts of meat, but the entrées were home runs. Cooked to perfection and delicious. Again, not typical cuts, but very flavorful. Appetizers we're great too. Loved the tartare- chunks of meat vs diced and carried a lot of flavor. Smoked salmon is smoked salmon, but the flavors worked well on the plate. Bone marrow - yes, you may take a shot from it, but the narrow was succulent. And lastly, drinks were reasonably priced and good. Nothing over the top, but nothing I wanted to send back. Service was amazing. Had an awesome server who knew it all, and if he didn't, he asked and got right back to us. We'll done, libertine."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "So the food here was WONDERFUL however I don't think I will go back because of the concept of bringing it out at it is ready. Four of us went for dinner and ordered 4 entrees and 4 sides. Three of our entrees and two sides came out and then it was almost 20 minutes before the final entree and sides came out. Eating for me is an intimate, community event so having our final guest basically eat alone did not work."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The four people in our party sampled many food items and drinks. All were very good. The portions tend to be a bit small. We had one starter 3 sides and four meat selections, plus two deserts. Prices are a bit high, but overall we enjoyed the experience."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "A promising place, needs some fine tuning. Loved the avocado, crab salad, tomato appetizer and tuna tacos. Be sure to wear sunscreen since umbrellas don't tilt and make early evening dining a bit warm and blinding. Service was good and friendly"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Since this place has only been open a week, I didn't have high expectations. There were some odd service issues, such as our waitress not knowing how to open a wine bottle. The other issue: the restaurant's "policy" according to our waitress of brining food to the table as it is ready. This is not a problem if you order small plates or are sharing everything. If you want to eat a traditional entree and sides, this means you may receive the amazing kale with manchego first...and your steak ten minutes later. And your companion may not have his/her entree when you get yours. Our server said she could time our food together, and it worked fine. Loved the charcuterie plate, burger, poke tacos."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Enjoyed some cocktails from the drink list. Our first round of drinks and the baked Alaska were the highlight of the meal. The second round of cocktails were not as good as the first. Food was good, didn't knock it out of the park though. Kinda bummed on the ham steak, I guess I expected more, especially for the price."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I dined here a few days after opening and was so impressed I came back the very next day. This has easily become my favorite place to bring friends, a huge selection of virgin cocktails, as well as yummy cocktails, a ton of vegetarian items, and lots of meat eater choices too. They are sure to have something for everyone. Bonus, several tall boy beers for just $3 up on the rooftop!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I just ate appetizers so I might be inclined to try again and have some dinner. Portions seemed fairly small for the cost. Some different things on the menu. The music was a bit louder than I like for a restaurant."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "-The drink menu is very creative and prices are reasonable. -The meat mains were o.k. - but didn't wow. -The noise level is through the roof! -Shares come in threes - hard to split with four people. -The delivery of food is extremely cumbersome. Our food was delivered like this: one main, several mins later one salad. 5 mins later, a main. 3-4 mins later a main. Then another salad. Then the last main. The total service time 20 mins. The excuse for this is that they want to serve food when its ready and not have it sitting under a heat lamp. I can agree. However, I don't want to be eating while others wait. One way or the other the food isn't being consumed when its fresh and hot. It feels like a very mismanaged kitchen."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Lovely cocktails and interesting creative dishes. The beet salad and onglet beef were absolutely delicious. Our server was good, but the hostesses seemed a little new to the game."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great opportunity to try different cuts of meat. The "bacon chop" was excellent! Service was good. Definitiely will go back to try different things. Only objection - it was a perfect night weather wise but they do not serve food upstairs outside. However, the staff was helpful and suggested we have drinks upstairs and they would hold the table downstairs when we were ready to eat."
    Dined on 7/19/2014