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Loring Kitchen and Bar
Loring Kitchen and Bar
  • Address:
    1359 Willow Street
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown/North Loop
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Loring Kitchen and Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.loringkitchen.com
  • Email: sales@loringkitchen.com
  • Phone: (612) 843-0400
  • Hours of Operation:

    Breakfast: Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm

    Lunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

    Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Comfort Food
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • 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, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Loring Kitchen & Bar offers many areas for hosting your special event, whether your event is a grooms dinner, business meeting, holiday party or corporate function. Whether you prefer passed appetizers, buffet or plated service we are happy to customize an event for your group's needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Rachel Lindstrom (877) 860-4296

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Grant
  • Public Transit: There are many Public Transit options close by on Hennepin or Nicollet. Bus Route 25 stops right in front of the restaurant on Willow Street.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complementary Valet is available at 5pm daily, at 9am Saturday and Sunday, and from 11am-2pm Monday through Friday.
A word from Loring Kitchen and Bar
Situated on Loring Park in the heart of Minneapolis, Loring Kitchen and Bar features delicious food and an enticing bar. A neighborhood kitchen with destination appeal, we feature contemporary cuisine in a comfortable and inviting atmosphere.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "Admittedly, we had a large group with several kids and were the first ones in the restaurant... But our server hadn't had her coffee yet and wasn't up to the task of taking care of us; she disappeared several times - and we had to go in search of someone to help us order more food since our little monsters devoured everything. Long wait for the food even though we had the place to ourselves. Food was good, great location, but not kid-friendly in the least (they have highchairs and kid-sized cups, but no kids menu). Nice place, trendy-foodie-esque, just get a babysitter. :-)"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Some dishes very good, some fair, uneven preparation. Service friendly, thoughtful."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We love Loring Kitchen - it's our go to. Always fabulous food and great atmosphere. Unfortunately, our last dining experience was a bit of a let down. It started with another restaurant employee telling us it was happy hour, giving us the menus, ordering from the menu when our server finally arrived and after she put in our first round, told us that it actually wasn't even happy hour. We waited unusually long to get drinks (if we ever got them), order food, or even see our server. I even had to go to the bar to order our next round of drinks because we hadn't seen our server in over a half hour. This same night, they were also out of ALL pizza, calamari and a dessert. We know how great Loring Kitchen can be. Hope they can figure it out."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "All three of us had the walleye - which was recommended by our server, Alvaro. It was terrific! The mushroom soup was very tasty, too."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The single reason that we went to the Loring Kitchen was for the GF pasta. After we ordered we were told that they were out. The only thing our server did was apologize. No manager follow-up at all. No alternative GF menu options given either. Leaving hungry we wound up going elsewhere for more food. GF fail. If you are looking for GF, go to Eliy's. Its practically around the corner. They do it way better."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We had a blast! The mimosas were amazing and the food was delicious and came in a timely manner. Service was great! We'll definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Free valet, incredibly friendly folks at hostess stand, & our server (Finn?) was terrific (my teen daughter was still talking about him the next day). Daughter and I were headed to the theater afterwards, & everything came out quickly, but never felt rushed. House music a huge hit for both if us. Very cool vibe, but not pretentious. Every group looked at home there -- hip dating couples, seniors out on the town, families enjoying dinner, singles at the bar. And the food was great! Wines by the glass had a great selection, which isn't always the case. As we left, my daughter proclaimed it a success, and asked that we go back again soon. We will -- probably when the weather warms up and we can walk in the lovely park across the street!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "A great place to enjoy some eclectic, creative comfort type food for brunch with some good friends. The host was able to seat us at a quieter table by the window with a nice view of the park."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Had the Lobster Mac and Cheese and Brie Cheese Curds and they were awesome."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food was delicious and the service was great. It also wasn't too noisy so you could carry on a conversation. The mussels and calamari were outstanding!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We took out of town guests considering a move to the Twin Cities to this usually charming spot to try to convince them how urban and cool we are here. The reservation was for four - they gave us 3 place settings, then when we ordered proceeded to tell us that half the stuff on the menu wasn't really available - something about a new menu starting next week. okay. The food was okay. Fried chicken served with waffles? huh? Nothing for the vegan except deep fried black bean fritters - which were good. This restaurant should do better - it is a beautiful place with great views of Loring Park and outdoor dining in the summer. Someone there seems tired."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Not Today. Felt Rushed, Server Somewhat Abrupt When Asked A Question."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We were all very pleased with everything we had. Ceasar salad was crisp and perfeclty dressed, anchovies were so salty and FRESH. Beet salad is also recomended. Calamari was so lighlty breaded, it just melted in your mouht. Walleye was excellant and Mushroom Pizza was perfect. I will come back. Got a little noisy, but it will be nice to sit outside if summer ever arrives. Ambiance was nice as well. Just nice and cozy. Prices were not too high either for this calibur of restaurant food."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I've been to Loring Kitchen for dinner and happy hour several times and really enjoyed the food and experience. I decided to try brunch and was very disappointed in the experience. After asking the server for advice on the menu, my husband's meal was brought out with mine and was completely burnt. It took several minutes for us to flag someone down to ask for a replacement, at which point no one apologized for serving us burnt food. In addition, the meal was not at all what our server described. The only upside was that the manager comped our bill for one of the meals after we told her about the burnt pancakes. Overall, this was a surprising let-down for what was supposed to be a nice brunch."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My husband and I had a rare night out on the town without our children. We like to try places we have never been. Loring Kitchen and Bar was fabulous!!! The food was phenomenal!!! I had the gnocchi and my husband had the special, which was house made pasta with king crab and scallops. The dessert was even better, we had the fruit torte. It was the perfect ending to a perfect meal! The service was top notch!!! She was very attentive and very helpful and knowledgeable with the menu. I would go back in a heart beat!!!!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Last Sunday was my second time in a month visiting Loring Kitchen for brunch. Both times amazing food and service. The first time we did not have a reservation, and waited 45 minutes to be seated (our fault). I wised up the second time and made a reservation online the day before. Thank goodness I did because when we arrived I heard the hostess over the phone tell someone they are no longer taking reservations for the day... I had the biscuits and gravy, and my mother ordered the crab cakes benedict. We were both super impressed by the food."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Great menu. Great Atmosphere. Very fair prices. Good staff. I really hope they keep it up because I would love for this to be a place I can continue to come when I am in town."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The welcome was friendly, seated promptly. The sliders were delicious, the pasta disappointing. The pizzas are maybe a safer bet."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Service has improved. It used to take a long time to get your bill, etc. this time ut was very timely and food was good."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Although my wife and I have eaten here a number of times with no complaints, this was the first time for the Sunday noon brunch and the first time with our two grandgirls (4.5 & 6). The place was packed, but our reservation was available on time. Our waitress Sarah was excellent but there was no kid menu and the waitress allowed us to split a meal between the two kids. The long wait for food was hard on the girls, but not unexpected due to the crowd. We will return but w/o the kids and probably not for brunch. We fully realize that the girls were probably the only little ones there and my wife and I were substantially older than the crowd. We were the odd ones out."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Fun, vibrant place for brunch with friends. Good menu and good service!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "The food is very good and the service as well. it is a great spot for a weekend brunch, specially during the warmer time of the year with seating area outside. Their bottomless mimosa deal on Saturday and Sunday is fantastic! But be sure to make reservations ahead of time, specially you have a group of more than 4 ppl."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We are from out of town and this place was recommended by a local friend. We stayed downtown and it was a little out of the way but it was worth the trip. We split some appetizers and an order of mussels and we were very pleased with everything. The original cocktails were also very nice. Our server, Sara, was most helpful, a real professional. I would have rated the service as outstanding but we stayed at the bar for a drink and the bartender did not quite live up to the Sara's standards. He was short with us as we were picking out a drink and seemed to be bothered by our questions. Nevertheless, the experience was great and, since we dined during happy hour, very reasonably priced."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I asked for a good table because it was my wife's birthday. Table was great and comfortable for 5 people. Waitress was excellent!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "had originally booked party of 8 and called twice to add people,hostess was very helpful both times. Staff was great, service was really good, kept us on track, food came out on time. Had a pasta special with lobster and mussels that was amazing. Great spot, never had been before, definitely will go back!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The atmosphere here was lovely and the server went out of his way to accommodate us. We came for a late date (10:30pm). I was disappointed to find out that only the happy hour menu was available, the Open Table site did not make that clear, neither did the restaurant site. There was one dish left from dinner menu - rigatoni. Unfortunately, the chicken was extremely dried out by then. The pasta and sauce were tasty however. My husband had a burger and enjoyed it - huge bun but not as huge a burger. Lovely atmosphere, we sat on the porch and looked out at the lights and the park beyond. I would go back during the dinner hour to try the menu then."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I've enjoyed this venue when the bartenders are doing the wait service, and the hostess was wonderful and professional, however the actual waitress seemed nonplussed, unprofessional and negligent once she found out we were just doing drinks and heavy apps."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Hella rad. Just make sure your waiters are a bit more friendlier. Our waiter, was proficient at what he was doing and he knew the menu well, but he came off as cold and unemotional. So make sure that your staff are bit more lively (not pepped up) so customers feel more invited."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Way TOO cold near the door. Waitress had too many tables and we had to wait 10 minutes for drink order. This happened x2."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We love the Steak and Bleu salad and come here just for that. The manager is great; really helpful and friendly. Steps in to wait on tables when needed. Always accommodates our request for a bar booth."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Walking to this neighborhood cafe was a perfect destination on a snowy evening. We enjoyed happy hour well priced martinis and tasty sweet potato fries. The black bean fritters appetizer was flavorless and solid inside rather than spongy like fritters. The pan roasted salmon was nicely done with a beurre blanc sauce served with crispy green beans and thick slices of German potato salad. The pan roasted chicken included three nice pieces of meat in a wine and mushroom sauce along with crispy green beans and mashed potatoes. Good service and attentive waitress. We enjoyed a romantic evening sipping our wine and enjoying the cascading lights hanging in the trees overlooking Loring Park."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Everything is good here except the food. We have eaten LK&B at least a half dozen times, returning largely because of the location and with hopes that the food will improve. Dinner this week was likely our last effort. The food is bland and uncreative; my pasta was overcooked, then doused in a prepared sauce. Our kids ordered the pizzas, which were just OK. It isn't even good bar food, and the restaurant aspires to be more than this. It's too bad, because aesthetically the restaurant is terrific and it's hard to beat the location overlooking Loring Park."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "We had a good meal and great service, but had to change tables due to the extraordinary noise from one table. We were originally seated on the patio, which was great, but another table was unbelievably loud. I am sure is no problem when the patio is open, but during the winter, it really was a problem. The wait staff was accommodating to our concerns. Our breakfast were very good, but did not have that particular memorable component or experience. Having said that we have very high standards."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We stopped in on a Friday night and had one of the thin crust pizzas. The pizza was very good. The setting is lovely and the service was friendly and attentive. I would go back."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "We were seated next to the door; way to cold to enjoy dinner because of being so cold. The waiter was very slow, had to stop him to get checks and place food orders. Food is great but not worth it when you have to wear a jacket the whole time."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The food at Loring Kitchen and Bar was wonderful! As someone with Celiac's Disease it's not always easy to find gluten free options. Almost all of the meals on the menu could be converted into a gluten free dish. The service was impeccable. Never was a water glass below half full and when an eating utensil was used for one course, a new one was brought for the next. Our waiter was polite and enthusiastic. He helped us to choose our dishes and the only time we were looking for him was after we had finished our meals needed the check. I usually come here for their happy hour with my friends but this was a great choice to bring my family and I will be bringing them again! Thank you."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We took our friend for lunch at this place because of the raving reviews. However, for us the food was just edible but not tasty or warm, which would be expected on a snowy day. We had omelets, and our fiend had a steak. No coming back or recommending it to friends."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "We met friends for a Christmas gift exchange and drinks before a Walker show. Nice wine list, respectable tap beer list too, but the food was what surprised us -everyone had a great experience and commented on it the next day. Try the hunter's pie, just saying."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "We have dined at Loring Kitchen numerous times and enjoy the food taste, creativity and presentation. Sunday breakfast/brunch is a frequent favorite since we attend services nearby. This past visit, the server did not seem to fit the general standards we have always enjoyed. She was cold and not overly friendly. We also ran into another group of friends who had the same server. They had similar reactions regarding her lack of personality and warmth. Additionally, she charged them a flat gratuity based on 8 people in the party when, in fact, their group was only 7. Not sure of the outcome."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "we had an early dinner and then hustled over to a show with our group of 8. food was very good. The only issue was one entree that came very late. awkward. server was pleasant, helpful and there when needed. i know it's a cold minnesota winter, but they've got to do something about managing the frigid air blowing in. we sat basically in the middle of the restaurant and were blasted often. it did impact our experience because the food and later the irish coffees were chilled quicker than they should have been. we will return, most likely when it's warmer out."
    Dined on 12/21/2013