Louie's Wine Dive - Minneapolis
Louie's Wine Dive - Minneapolis

Louie's Wine Dive - Minneapolis

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.louieswinedive.com/
  • Phone: 6126126126
  • Hours of Operation:

    Monday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Tuesday - Wednesday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Thursday - Friday: 11:00am - 1:30am, Saturday: 10:00am - 1:30am, Sunday: 9:00am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Louie's Wine Dive - Minneapolis
Louie’s Wine Dive is obsessed with really good grapes, creative gourmet comfort food, and a funky fun atmosphere to share it in. We search all over the world to find you great wine, many of which come from our relationships with small, lesser known vineyards, at a great value to our guests. Wine is supposed to be Fun, not pretentious, so let us know when you taste that new varietal and how it changed what you thought wine was supposed to be.
Our gourmet comfort food is made fresh using eco friendly and local ingredients whenever possible. As for the fun, we instigate it but count on you and yours to see it to fruition (literally through the fruit!). It’s meant to be your place, so please enjoy...and if you enjoy it as much as we do, grab one of our unique bottles to share at home.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Louie's Wine Dive - Minneapolis reviews from OpenTable diners
57 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (37)fit for foodies (31)neighborhood gem (31)great for outdoor dining (23)good for groups (23)great for lunch (16)great for brunch (14)vibrant bar scene (11)late-night find (10)hot spot (9)special occasion (8)romantic (6)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Definitely a hidden gem!!
    Amazing
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    My fiance and I finally went to see what Louie's was about for a Jazz Brunch hosted by Thee Urbane Life (a must group to know about for all hip events catered to the grown/working crowd that likes to have fun without the drama). I must say, seeing the chef/owner Patrick himself mill about and serve food was great! It has a chill vibe and TONS of meal options, including shrimp & grits! The crab cake benedict ($12) was AMAZING! They even serve 3 different bottomless mimosas ($12, or $6 for a single glass) chilled to a perfect temperature. I must say, it is truly a hidden gem that you must try. Do not let the food/location/staff fool you, this place is owned by a respectable Black man. Support black businesses!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Three of us went. We are not incredibly picky people. All of us had below average food. My shrimp grits was cold and really not interesting. The other two people felt the same about theirs. We would not go back. Jazz music was way too loud. I had a hard time hearing the person sitting next to me talk when talking directly at me.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent service, fab food!
    sandina
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    my girlfriend and i went there for lunch to celebrate my birthday. not only was the service excellent, the food was perfection- (i highly recommend the chicken fried steak). the staff were all very friendly, the beer and wine selection was vast. we had an excellent time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Comfortable Dinning
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    A great place where you can go and have some great wine and food that you can recognize as food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid service and meal.
    WVUHammy
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I've been to Louie's a few times and enjoyed each time. Two of us had the 4 pork gnocci and one had the spicy chicken pasta dish and one had the lobster mac and cheese. All of us enjoyed our meals and hung around for a couple hours enjoying our wine and the company of each other. The one drawback was that we did have to ask our server to keep the wine "specialist" away as he was aggressive and not very engaging. He approached the table and hovered behind our server and proceeded to cut both her and us off during the ordering, redirecting us away from the wines we chose and onto more expensive ones and forced onto us samples we didn't want. The server apologized (and was wonderful herself!). Overall, Louie's is a nice neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed...
    MMDMN
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We showed up to a barely full restaurant on a Friday evening. We were seated next to a service station that was very disorganized along with a bucket of dirty water and rags on the floor. We waited more than 10 minutes before someone swung by to take our drink order. We asked our server what were some of his favorites on the menu (all of it, he said which wasn't helpful) and if there were any specials ("ummm, (laughs), good question, let me find out"). It was another 10 minutes before we saw him again. We ended up deciding to have one drink and an appetizer and then move on.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • susan
    susan
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    great food and service - the noise level was a bit hard to hold a conversation without some lip reading
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We were very pleased with Louie's. The food was great, the wine was fabulous and the service was excellent. We left saying we would return and recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Great Find
    plymouth
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Went to Louie's Wine Dive with 2 other couples. We all thought the restaurant was a great find and would go back there again. Stephen, our server was lively, fun, attentive to our questions and provided us with awesome service throughout the night. He also threw in a few "jokes". Too fun! The food was delicious - great presentation, serviced quickly and was hot and flavorful. Timothy, the Sommelier came over to our table to discuss what types of wines and flavors we liked, then made recommendations and brought wines over for us to taste. He was very knowledgeable and made selecting a great wine a lot of fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch
    Brunchlover
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My girlfriends and I go out to brunch once a month to keep in touch. I had heard about Louie's Wine Dive from someone else in Twitter. We decided to give it a try. The food was fantastic, between the five of us there was not even a bite left amongst us. The service was awesome. Our server was personable and attentive. If I lived in uptown I would make it a regular place n
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great staff except for one
    Scotty
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Looking for a bite Friday evening, decided to try Louie's. plenty of free underground parking and the host was very nice, as was the support staff. Just wish we hadn't got the one snotty, incompetent waitress. After correcting my pronunciation of the wine I was considering she went on to say what she would recommend in the cheaper wines. We asked about the choices on the cheese plate. 10 minutes later she returned, without an answer, had to disappear again to get the info. After finishing our bottle of wine and a nice cheese plate we waited too long for a check. Then the wine was mispriced on our bill, yes, the error was in her favor. If you get the short "stocky" blond, ask for a different waiter.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love2eat1314
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    If you have made the reservation through OpenTable.com, make sure the host check you in before being seated to avoid the no show dispute email later. Myself and a friend of mine had the same issue happened on us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and Service
    SklarVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We started out with appetizers that were great. Our main entrees were very bland. Our server seemed to keep forgetting about us. There are so many great restaurants in the Twin Cities. You can definitely skip this one.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Brunch
    CariVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had brunch there today - very creative dishes, excellent crab-cake benedict - I think they make their own English muffins which were huge & fluffy. They also had homemade biscuits which were great & a croque madame made with cappacola - yum! I had a bacon bloody mary and there was a large bloody mary selection as well as mimosas - the blood orange one looked really good. Can't wait to go back for dinner - I will order the crab cakes for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    TrystNightOut
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My wife and I ate at Louie's and had a great time. The hummus was a little cream-cheesey or something that made it less flavorful than some hummus. Was still okay. Our entrees were great, wine was good. Great policy of opening bottles if you will drink 2 glasses and leave the rest for another group to order. Great desserts. My wife said butter cake was the best dessert she has ever had. I had the cookie skillet and also was terrific. We ate outside which was nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Date-Nite Spot
    foodietraining
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great food choices, that made it hard to choose! Sit outside if you can, great for people watching and road noise is not too bad. Easy going and did not feel rushed. Owner/Chef Louie seated us...very cool! Would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but might become great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I had excellent service, I loved the location and ambience of the restaurant. The gluten free noodles in my dish were undercooked, but that is because most people do not know how to cook gluten free noodles. It took me a long time at home to get the tricks to gluten free cooking. However, I was extremely happy that at least they offered gluten free dishes, or dishes that could at least ben modified. I will definitely be trying them out again. Additionally, their wine list was great. Their "open any bottle for you" policy is great. If you want a spot to drink good wine, this is your spot. If you love people watching a diverse area of Lake St, even better. We ate inside, but the outside patio looks awesome!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun
    smiley
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    My daughter and I met for a 'light' dinner. We were greeted by friendly faces and chose to sit outside. Our server was very knowledgeable on the wines and shared with us the Happy Hour specials. We enjoyed the Squeaky Cheese appetizer with two dipping sauces which was delicious. (very quick to come to the table) and shared the Vegetable Ratatouille. DELICIOUS and they were VERY kind to split the dish in two plates with out our asking! Great food, wine, atmosphere and service!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved Louie's!!
    kcfoodies
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My boyfriend, my daughter and I had dinner at Louie's Wine Dive on Sat. night and everything was excellent! The food was really good, the service was spot on and the overall atmosphere was happy and laid back. We, too, had the homeless person situation come up towards the end of our meal and one of the waiters was there immediately to handle. He spoke to the gentleman kindly but firmly, asking that if he was not planning to dine with them that he continue on his way. Would definitely return as this is a great addition to the dining scene in Uptown!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We went to Louie's for lunch during Restaurant Week, to kick off a long weekend without the kids. Greeting us with a complimentary glass of sparkling really set us up to enjoy! The shrimp bisque was tasty, with a hint of heat. Squeaky cheese and BLT deviled eggs were nicely done, but nothing surprising -- kinda hard to screw up deviling an egg and deep-frying cheese curds. My husband liked his burger, which was cooked perfectly. I liked the slight twist on classic ingredients in the salmon nicoise salad, although it was overdressed (as are pretty much all restaurant salads). We sat outside, which was fine except my chair wasn't under the overhang so I got drizzled on a little. Service was pleasant and accurate, but a little scattered.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was great, Service not so much
    MCNZ
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    My girlfriend and I went to Louie's Win Dive for restaurant week. Each course took an increasing amount of time to reach us. We had been in the restaurant for roughly an hour and a half by the time the our main courses arrived. Several other tables left prior to receiving their main courses due to the amount of time. The waiter was nice, but didn't seem to acknowledge the length of time we were there. By the time we were given the check at 2 hours in, it took about 5-10 mins for him to run the card. The food as good which makes me want to give it another shot, but I am hesitant to go on a busy evening.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We went during restaurant week. They seemed to be under staffed. Our food was delivered to the table next to us, and the other side table got up and left because it took too long, and they had another commitment. I loved the food. I will try it again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun food and wine.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We went for my birthday dinner and were very happy. The service was amazing and the food was great. We all got something different and everyone loved their choice. We will go back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Des Moines- 9, uptown-3
    AmberVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    After having a great experience in Des Moines, we were excited to try to the new mpls location. I don't normally do this as I eat out 5-10 times/ week as I travel for work so I'll keep it simple. - have a staff more interested in your customer than their phones - have a staff that knows of cares even a little bit about wine, I wanted to try something new- didn't happen - your menu is simple and you were slow,you're food should be great, instead we got a piece of salmon jerky and chewy steak drenched in garlic. I left feeling like I could've gotten more satisfaction out of burning a $100 bill than having dinner at Louie's. I wish I would've left after my first sip of turned wine .
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • InterestingVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Our servicer Monnie was awesome, and accommodating. The bottomless Mimosa’s in various favors, very good our favorite was the “hibiscus bubble, and cranberry juice. Brunch was just “okay”. I had the Harvest Benedict, with a side of microwaved, paper thin bacon, of which left much to be desired at $3.00 - really Louie’s. The benedict overall had a tasty hollandaise sauce, sweet and subtle brussel sprouts, nicely pouched egg. Good job! My companion had the Shrimp and Grits, of which I wasn’t offered a taste, and I can only assumed they were enjoyable, as the bowl was clean to the last spoon full. I’m sure I’ll go back if for no other reason the Mimosa’s – the jury is still out of the food. P.S. Better bacon please?!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had a great time!
    DateNiteReview
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    This was our first time at Louie's and we enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere as we sat outside. The food was alright, nothing too special but reasonably priced which is appreciated. The music was a bit loud for great conversation. All and all we had a good time and can see us going back again. Their house wines are great!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprised by the food!
    WVUHammy
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I've been to Louie's a couple of times and I've had a great time each time. The first time we went just for drinks but the menu intrigued us and we decided to go again. The wine list is respectable and the signature drink menu is fun but we were really surprised at the food. The menu is full of stuff not normally seen on menus and everything we tried was well received. I had the pork chop and it was well cooked and delicious and our appetizer of deviled eggs was fun and something not seen as a selection many places. I can't wait until I have a reason to go again!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 4 reviews are from the Louie's Wine Dive - Minneapolis reviews archive.
  • Ok spot
    TCRestaurantLovers
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We went here to celebrate a family dinner and it was ok. Everyone liked their food well enough to eat it but no one exclaimed over how much they loved their food. They did have a kids' menu and high chairs, but we were seated at this strangle table atop a platform. The high chair fit so that the back was right at the edge of the platform which made me a bit nervous. The restaurant wasn't crowded as it was early, but the music was playing so loudly that we couldn't hear eachother at the table. We had to shout across the table to talk to one another. Finally, we asked the server if they could turn it down a little. They did, but it was still strangely loud for a resturant with few people in it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An enjoyable experience
    tulip455
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Went to Louie's on Saturday, June 7. The food was very good. I had the crab cakes, and they were very good but a little too brown for my taste. They had good flavor and had a lot crab chunks in them. My friend had the chicken and that was very good as well. Wine prices are a little high, but there is a good selection. I had the flourless chocolate cake/torte for dessert. I was a little surprised that they served that cold. I would have preferred at closer to room temperature. The cheesecake was good, but they should serve it with fresh sliced strawberries for a better appearance. I would go there again though.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eclectic
    Nathan
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Strange mix of young and old gathered in a space that seemed confused in its own definition: Sports Bar meets Wine Bar meets Neighborhood Pub meets Fine Dining Establishment. Food service was fast. Food was very well cooked. Wine selection was plentiful. Tables were very small. Good food, good wine, good people watching time. All-in-all, not a bad experience. Need to return for a 2nd opinion, but in general it was a fun and tasty experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Went last Friday night with daughter, sister and future daughter in law to celebrate engagement and just getting together. Got the booth (but one had to sit in a chair - which took her a little further from the group conversations unless you leaned over and talked loud, The noise level was very loud - but packed and everyone seemed to like the place. Get the pig stix!!! YUM! Our server Terrance was on his toes and recommended wines we really liked. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic