Masa
Masa

Masa

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.masa-restaurant.com/index-MN.html
  • Phone: 6123386272x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm, Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Happy Hour: Monday-Friday and Sunday 4:00pm-6:00pm, Saturday 4:00pm - 6:00pm/ Half price Margaritas, beer, and wine / $2.50 Tacos and other great happy hour food choices.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican, Latin / Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Nyle Deane and Saul Chavez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please visit our website where you will find out Corporate Take-Out menu.
    We do have a delivery service.
  • Private Party Facilities: Masa offers many options for your event needs- Semi-Private dining (70ppl), Full Restaurant Buyout options (120ppl), Bar Buyouts and Patio bookings.
    Please contact General Manager- Michelle Hummer gm.masa@damico.com for event information
  • Private Party Contact: Michelle Hummer, General Manager 6123386272x
  • Special Events: TASTING TUESDAYS at Masa- mini-samplings and light bites featured 4:00pm-6:00pm-$10.00 per person. Please call 612.338.6272 to reserve your spot.

    Join Masa for Happy Hour 7 days a week! Monday- Friday 2:00pm-6:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 4:00pm-6:00pm. Happy Hour is available in the bar area only. We do not accept on-line reservations for Happy Hour.
    If you are planning on hosting a larger group for happy hour, please call Masa at 612-338.6272 so that we can take care of your needs. We look forward to serving you!!!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 11th & Nicollet
  • Public Transit: Nicollet Avenue (1000)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There's street parking available on 11th. The closest parking ramp is located on the corner of 11th and 2nd at the The Hilton hotel. Rates vary depending on downtown events. Valet is available Firday andSaturday from 6:00pm-11:00pm on the corner of 11th and Nicollet Mall.
A word from Masa
Masa is a contemporary & cosmopolitan style of Mexican cuisine with strong regional authenticity. Masa offers a rich & enticing menu in a cool & sophisticated decor of rich colors & textures of Mexico. Masa features great Margaritas and other specialty cocktails, delicious non-alcoholic selections, and a unique selection of tequila.
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Masa reviews from OpenTable diners
185 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (101)great for outdoor dining (80)special occasion (69)good for groups (60)great for lunch (57)romantic (37)neighborhood gem (35)hot spot (30)scenic view (24)notable wine list (19)late-night find (16)kid-friendly (12)vibrant bar scene (12)great for brunch (11)Show More
  • Bland, Disappointing, & Expensive!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Upon reading the reviews online, which stated things like this was the best Mexican restaurant outside of Mexico, we decided to give it a try. This was most definitely NOT the best Mexican food outside of Mexico, for that matter it wasn't even close to being the best Mexican food in Minnesota. There were three of us dining and not one of us enjoyed our meal. The food was lukewarm at best when served to us and all dishes, two different taco plates, one tamale plate and two aps, were bland and flavorless. They boast wonderful margaritas and sangrias; however, I would suggest that rethink that boast, perhaps they might consider adding some alcohol. We each had one WEAK drink and then switched to water, it was stronger.
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  • Love this place!
    Sarah
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We have eaten here twice now and it has not disappointed. Everything we ordered was delicious. I would highly recommend the Huarache appetizer. It was amazing! The mango salad and guacamole appetizer were great, as were the tacos. I wish we had ordered the Frijoles Borrachos again, but we had so much food on the table we just couldn't do it.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting Menu
    Michael
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The menu doesn't change much, but the dishes, influenced by the cuisine of Mexico, is creative, interesting and well-prepared at reasonable prices. If you like Frontera Grill in Chicago, you will like Masa, and Masa takes reservations and is not so noisy.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Big disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Arrived on time for our 5:45 rez and were seated promptly. Told server we had to leave by 7:15. Service was astoundingly dawdling. Dinner arrived at our table at 7:14. Had to box the entres for p/u later. Then had to jump through hoops to retrieve the dinner after the concert we had attended. Won't be rushing back . . .
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  • Great cocktails, superior meal.
    Susie
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Loved the cucumber margarita, and Masa has a great guacamole. Yucatan chicken very moist, nicely paired with fingerling potatoes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    nsindt
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I recommended this place to a couple of colleagues from out of town and it did not disappoint; as always the food and atmosphere were spot-on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Planning Meeting
    icmevents
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We were taken here by the city for a site visit. Came back for our planning meeting and remembered this great restaurant. We will recommend to our attendees later in the year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Needs an Update
    sssss
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I haven't been to Masa for awhile so was excited to go back. The food is still very good but the environment needs an update. The tile floors are dirty and chipped. The drapes hang over the dining tables. The waiter's shirt was dirty and spotted with food. Looked like he had worn it for several days without washing. The Masa margarita was too sweet and could not even taste the tequila. Overall the above missteps over took the good food. I probably will not go back unless the owners do a major overhaul.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Need to manage Supply & Demand
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Slow Service & Middle of the Road Food....not sure I'd ever go back or recommend to others?
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  • Anniversary dinner
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner at MASA. Stacie, our server was wonderful. I had the hangar steak and it was delicious. My husband had the braised pork shoulder which was also yummy. Great food, nice atmosphere. And the restaurant treated us to a wonderful chocolate bread pudding with banana ice cream. OMG. We will be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Date Night: Yum.
    FoodieWannaBe
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We took advantage of the Sunday Date Night deal at MASA before seeing a show. The food was great. We both loved it.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch is amazing
    otterloop
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Excellent brunch--the huevos rancheros and the crepes with chorizo are to die for. Masa offers a great selection of both traditional Mexican breakfast items and lunch entrees. The food is artfully prepared as well as delicious, and we received attentive service in a beautiful, sun-filled dining room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner with friends
    Slwymer
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Sat at a large round table which was great for conversation. The house margarita was delish. Not too sweet or strong. The tenderloin was fantastic. The pinto beans and stuffed poblano were ok.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Wonderful food and service. Only drawback is how Loud it is inside the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ever fresh take on Mexican cuisine
    Coolloon
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    First, they make great Top Shelf Margueritas! Next, the place is run like a top, service is excellent. Great location on Nicollet kitty corner from Orchestra Hall and great for people watching either from a patio table or from inside through floor to ceiling windows. Cuisine is definitely based in Mexico rather than Tex,Mex or Southwest, but a very refined, elevated, and modern fresh version, from Mexico City to Vera Cruz. Meals are as light or heavy as you want. Dressier crowds before concerts, but otherwise, casual is the general rule in Minneapolis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food
    alp0308
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We went to Masa before a show. The service was fantastic and the food was very good. We will return.
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    hot spot, special occasion
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  • Not your typical Mexican restaurant
    Jeanmb
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We enjoyed Masa's unique interpretation of many Mexican standards. We took advantage of their Sunday Date Night menu. Everything we ordered was wonderful. Our waiter provided great guidance and attentive service. An enjoyable evening out.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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  • Great time
    midge
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a wonderful time, great food, and special kudos to the wait staff.....just the right amount of attention.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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  • Fabulous!
    Lili55
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Masa was a great find. A lot of wonderful choices on menu and they were all delicious! No one was disappointed at our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Rasmussen22
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My friends and I had a great first experience at Masa. The service was good. The food was amazing. Looking forward to going back sometime soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, special occasion
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  • First Timer!
    Brainhack
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We are coming back for sure. Great food and attentive, speedy service!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food and great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We could not be happier with our dining experience at Masa. We were stuck in traffic on our way there and when I called to let them know we would not make our reservation time they were very accommodating. The service was fantastic!! My husband spilled on his white shirt and the staff was able to find a Clorox pen for him! The food was amazing as well. The portions were just right and the chips and salsa were great too. Overall we had an awesome experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A downtown favorite
    Choozy1
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Food is always wonderful as are the margaritas! The location is also perfect with several ramps close by. It's a personal favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Michelada... Yumm..
    devsultan
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    It was very surprising to me to find very well made Mexican food in the middle of Minneapolis. The quesadillas, the micheladas, and the tres leches were all very good.
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  • VeggieDiner
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Even though there were only two vegetarian options, the food was very good and we will probably be back. The service was very good.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Clean and Contemporary
    dcfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I booked Masa for a quick lunch. I was a little disappointed in the menu, because it offered very little carb-less options. I went with the ceviche and found the flavors fresh. It has a very modern decor and what looks like a good outdoor dining area. It was worth the bit of the walk from the convention center.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    SillysynapseVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our servers were fabulous; kind and knowledgeable. Food was delicious. Small plates wonderful - Ceviche on the most delectable caramelized sesame cracker ever. Shrimp quesadillas would make you drool. My husband ordered the shrimp (Camarones con calabasa a la Parilla) & I ordered the sea bass con salsa huichol. These entrees were slightly salty for my taste. The churros are absolutely to die for. Don't pass these babies up. Their café de olla is a great accompaniment to the dessert, but served lukewarm. The sangria rosada was delicious; I'd highly recommend it. The limonada agua fresca was over-saturated with sugar, but not undrinkable. Overall, I highly recommend this restaurant and will be dining there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Great food at Masa
    Rick
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We enjoyed a great meal with friends at Masa. Great food, interesting decor, very good service...a wonderful evening.
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    special occasion
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  • Always a great meal
    GranaryGear
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Masa is a restaurant where you know the food will be terrific. Their guacamole is a must!
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • highly recommend
    tivnet
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Fantastic place. The food is just perfect. Prices are OK. Service is fantastic.
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    neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding service
    T1mn
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Some of the best restaurant service I've ever had. Our waiter was excellent and helpful and we never had an issue where we were waiting on him to arrive. Food was of course excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
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  • Super Lunch!
    JimDell
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The service was grand! The food was excellent, the right portion size for lunch and the price was appropriate. I would recommend Masa for lunch any day and I'm looking forward to trying their dinner menu soon!
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    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at MASA
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Food was great as always. Miss the pick 3, guess it's been longer than I remember since I've been there. The restaurant is very loud, and if you make a reservation they want to put u in the big room where there is music and talking...best to go later, closer to 1 when everyone from Target goes back to work. Service is slow though and wait staff is not always on top of things.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for early lunch on weekdays
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We had some issues with food not being hot when served. The problem was handled efficiently and to our satisfaction. Wait staff was extremely helpful with describing dishes and very friendly.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • We had a great dining experience
    Dineoutoften
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    My wife and I ate here before a show at First Avenue and got right in. The wait staff was friendly, knowledgable and took care of us. The food was good and our favorite was the ceviche we ordered as a cold starter. The wines and mixed drinks were obviously an important part of the menu, taking up more than half but to we will come back.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • TbutleeVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    This was my first visit to Masa and a great experience was had by myself and my wife.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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  • Fantastic!
    ChicagoJohnVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    My wife and I were visiting Minneapolis for the first time and had a great time at Masa! We dined on a Sunday and got the Prix-Fixe Sunday night menu that came with a bottle of wine, two appetizers, two entrees, and two desserts each. What a deal! The food was above average, some dishes were much better than others, but overall, our server Mel made our experience worthwhile. She was accommodating, knowledgable, and overall just a nice person to have as your server. We never felt rushed and we will be back for sure when we visit again. Thanks Mel and Masa team!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • We were not impressed with the food
    StPauldiners
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We went for the date night offer; neither the bartender or our waiter were able to tell us about the wines offered; i.e. which was red or white; the wine provided was carbonated and terrible. I understand for the price; we should not expect a great bottle of wine, but carbonated? This would have been nice to know ahead of time and we could have made another selection. The food was fair/average, nothing really was amazing and we were dissappointed. I do not expect that we will return anytime soon.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We dined Saturday night with my elderly parents whose taste buds no longer tolerate even moderate spiciness. They both ordered the shrimp, which came on a bed of rice and a red sauce which our waiter had prepared without the hot peppers at their request. They still found it too spicy, and he graciously took the dishes back to the kitchen and had them re-plated on rice alone - perfect! Throughout, our waiter was kind and not the least condescending in dealing with us despite the difficulty. The hostess and others on the staff checked in with us and were perfectly attentive and considerate.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • meh
    Love2write
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Slightly disappointing... food tasted good and arrived hot. Our server was slow slow slow between stops at our table, so we didn't dare order another cocktail. We sat outside and got stuck next to the building. Was hot out and felt crowded. Won't go back. Too many restaurants to try.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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