upscale MexicanNot your typical Tex-Mex restaurant.
More authentically Mexican upscale with
many very interesting items on the menu.
I had a hard time choosing what to eat and
will return to this restaurants so I can try
more dishes. Wonderful service.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGood food, slow serviceThe last time I was at Masa I was not impressed with the food, but this time it was great! I ordered the fish tacos and they were very flavorful However, the service was BEYOND slow. For example, we ended up bringing our check back to the waitress because she did not return to our table. This is not normally the case at Masa. I have been with large groups before (and this time it was just a table of 4) and never had a problem. Don't know what was wrong this time.6/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWe sat outside on Nicollet,We sat outside on Nicollet, and was a fun evening. Prices were good, great tequilla flights, food and service to go along with it. great place.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMValue and a white tableclothWent to lunch with a colleague from a restaurateur's family; he was impressed. The lunch combo (three items on a platter for ten bucks) is a great value, good way to try a range of dishes. Well-spiced, eclectic combinations, refreshing lunch drinks (lime-ginger fizzy was great). Kinda loud, but in a positive, people-having-a-good-time way. Friendly, attentive service.6/6/2013 12:00:00 AMIf the lunch special, 3 forIf the lunch special, 3 for $10 is any indication, the dinners should be outstanding.6/3/2013 12:00:00 AMService was slow for takingService was slow for taking our order and bringing our check for a business lunch.5/29/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food!Sat at the bar for dinner. Had the chef specials, marlin ceviche and seared marlin. Absolutely delicious! Also tried a tequila flight instead of dessert. Will definitely be doing that again!5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and serviceThe food and service were tremendous. What would you expect from a restraunt that has Jay Sparks as the chef. He is the best chef in the Midwest and a great person.5/23/2013 12:00:00 AMUnusual take on traditionalUnusual take on traditional Mexican,prepared well with good service.5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a great spot!Brought up a friend from Rochester and decided to enjoy the patio. Mec is a great server, I will definitely request him next time. The food was great and the margaritas were better! We planned on patio hopping but decided to just stay there. Perfect people watching and a relaxing afternoon.5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat conversation, great foodNice area to eat and then take a stroll around Nicolett Mall. Service immediate but not overwhelming. Available separate Gluten Free menu.5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMWas great. Asked for a sideWas great. Asked for a side vegetable platter and it was awesome.5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat time for mother's dayI went there with my parents for mother's day. They had a special menu for the day, which was very reasonably priced and plenty of food. The service was really good and the people were super friendly and helpful.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWe made a reservation forWe made a reservation for Mother's Day brunch with knowing what the menu options would be and were very pleasantly surprised. There wasn't a menu or a buffet there were 5 all you can eat courses they brought out and each ot them were fabulous.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMMother's Day brunchGood food served family style- all you can eat. Good value at $28. Would definitely do this again next year.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMmothers day brunchWe had a family brunch at Masa both on Easter and Mothers day. Both times it was a pre-fix, family style menu. Both times the food and service was excellent. It is a pretty bright spot in the morning. Fun to be downtown on a Sunday morning.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMNever had a bad meal hereNever had a bad meal here yet. King crab enchiladas were amazing. Great sangria!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, mediocre serviceThis was my second time dining at Masa. My first was nothing shy of wonderful from the food to the service to the drinks. This time, I experienced wonderful food and atmosphere, however the server was a little frustrating. He rarely understood our questions about the menu and once our meal was over the staff was practically pushing us out the door, despite there being other tables open. My friend and I were not ready to leave yet, as we were planning on having another drink and he seemed almost annoyed when we placed another order. I will certainly give this place another try, hoping for better service.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious, fresh Mexican foodInstead of your stereotype of greasy, cheesy Tex-Mex food, Masa concentrates on fresh, vibrant ingredients. It's delicious and also good for those of us who are gluten-free. They also have a tremendous lunch special: $10 for a choice of 3 small dishes including an excellent mango-jicama salad, a variety of tortas and tacos, and their excellent guacamole. Their margaritas are also top-notich and some are unusual. Finally, now that spring is here, they have a lovely sidewalk patio, and often have open tables on it even when other places closer to the center of downtown do not.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMMexican with a flair!What a fabulous dinner! The ambience is great, the food was fabulous. We had guacamole and cerviche for appetizers with our chips and both were excellent. The drinks we all ordered were very good as well. The entrees were generous, and the difference between Masa and your basic Mexican restaurant was the richness and complexity of the sauces. In addition, our server Ben, was great fun, a great help for dining selections and very attentive. Will definitely be back!5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent LunchA buddy and I went to lunch on a Friday and really enjoyed Masa. Our server was a little slow, but really friendly and attentive when we got her over to our table. The lunch special where you get to pick 3 for $10 is amazing. I ordered that and got the skirt steak taco, guacamole and chips and carnitas torta. The taco and guac were absolutely awesome, the torta however was blah. It was fine, there just were no amazing flavors. My buddy got the enchiladas of some sort and that is his go to so he gets it often. The restaurant is vibrant and energetic, packed w/ people from Target Headquarters. Overall it was a good experience and I would probably go back for lunch.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMMasa is it!!If you are looking for an amazing meal, top notch service, and energizing ambiance- look no further Masa has it all! Such a beautiful patio- and guess what- THEY START HAPPY HOUR @ 2pm!!5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMHighly recommend Masa. LoveHighly recommend Masa. Love the place and the brightness and decor. Very pleasant and our waiter was so good. He used to be at DiAmico Kitchen and have had him a couple of times recently and he is so good. My chicken was heavenly. Loved the Sun night tasting menu and a price of $50 for two with a bottle of wine was a winner. My favorite is the cuke margaritas. Always have to have one. Also will give a shout to friends about the 5th of May $3 margaritas. carol m anderson4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMQuickly becoming one of myQuickly becoming one of my favorite Twin Cities' restaurants. Our server's recommendations were helpful and completely on point. The ceviche of the day was fresh and flavorful. The cocktails and sangria were a cut above and our meals were savory and well-thought-out. The side dishes nicely complimented the main dishes. A little pricey, but worth it for what you get.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThe server was a little pushingThe server was a little pushing with the extras: drinks (other then water) & dessert.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMLove the 3 for $10 lunch deal!Love the 3 for $10 lunch deal! Masa always provides a quick and fantastic lunch experience.4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat first experience andGreat first experience and will positvely return and also recommend to others.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMIt apparent the focus is creatingIt apparent the focus is creating a fine dining experience. It's nice to see they are trying to step up the service levels. The server was eager to go through his monologue so we let him.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMI was very frustrated to makeI was very frustrated to make a reservation and then get to Masa only to be told that they didn't have a reservation for me in the system. This was after I even had a confirmation email that my reservation had gone through.4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMOn Monday night, food qualityOn Monday night, food quality ranged from good to very good. The stuffed pepper appetizer was outstanding although it was a small quantity. The shrimp and fish dishes were very good. The chicken mole was disappointing...perhaps I had too high of expectation. Service and atmosphere were very good.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMMasa is AMAZINGI have been to Masa 3 times now. We reserve it for special occasions. The food is absolutely AMAZING! I have had their Filet Mignon a couple times and LOVE it. The sea bass is mouth watering good. The shrimp was excellent as well. We had the ceviche del dia, which was a calmari,ceviche with mango red onion and cilantro, and was out of this world! The calmari was soft and buttery to the palate, combined with the mango and cilantro, the flavor was incredible. My favorite dessert (if you have room, and to share woule be advised) is the chocolate bread pudding with banana rum ice cream and fried plantains. YUM! Don't forget to try the cinnamon coffee. I generally don't like flavors in my coffee, but this is not just a "flavor".4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMWe hadn't been to Masa forWe hadn't been to Masa for a while. The food exceeded our expectations. Loved the flavors in the salads. A nicely rich tortilla soup. The chicken entree very nicely presented and spiced. It was well paced for our pre-theater dinner. Thanks!4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMLove the flavors at Masa!Love the flavors at Masa! The food is phenomenal, service is perfection. Another thing I love about the place, oddly enough, is the lighting. It's light, without being bright, if that makes sense. Just very comfortable.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMSam is an outstanding serverSam is an outstanding server and knows menu thoroughly.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful food and wonderfulWonderful food and wonderful service, one of my favorite restaurants.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMA True Nicolett Mall TreatIt's a nice modern blend of American cuisine and Mexican tradition. The service is energetic. The prices are reasonable considering its location and quality of food. I felt like this was a place to be seen, as well.4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was a great brunch andIt was a great brunch and we had a really good Easter with family. Would recommend it to anyone. Also the young man who served us was outstanding. They do a exceptional job with serving family still brunch.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMWe have been there for dinnerWe have been there for dinner and on Easter for brunch. I was not very impressed by brunch. It was ok, but know they can do much better than that. Dinner was excellent!!3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Easter BrunchEaster is the first brunch that Masa did this year, and it was done family style. I am a huge fan of family style brunches. The last thing I want to do is go stand in a buffet line. On the other hand, brunch should be casual and not focussed on everyone selecting their entree. Family style just seems to fit the meal perfectly. It was a 3 course meal, and it was excellent. If you are a fan of southwest cuisine, I urge you to try Masa. They are doing their next brunch on Mother's Day, and I will definitely be back.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Food, Great Price!We went to Masa for my husband's birthday, as we were staying downtown for the weekend. We were delighted by our experience, exceeding our expectations and making for a perfect evening out. The food is excellent, combining fresh ingredients in unique offerings; the selection of margaritas is extensive; the ambiance allows for great conversation; the service was exceptional (our waitress was Stephanie), and the pricing is value conscious.
I was also very pleased with the ease of making a reservation via Open Table. I highly recommend this restaurant for both every day and special event dining.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was unique and wonderful.The food was unique and wonderful. Excellent flavors with a variety of preparations. There was someting for everyone in our group. We will be back3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMService was slower than usualService was slower than usual but everything else was great as usual.3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food, imaginativelyExcellent food, imaginatively prepared and presented. Thoughtful, attentive service.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMConsistently awesome!Our visits are always phenomenal. Polished and friendly service, creative, consistent, and delicious food. We are excited to try out their Easter Brunch this year!3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Sunday night date nightThe Sunday night date night deal was amazing! Great price and the food was exceptional! Thank you!3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMD'amico delivers againOutstanding set-up and service. A good location, great ambiance, and you can tell the staff really care about giving you a good experience. The food itself was good, but I had high expectations. Best deal is the Sunday night date night! Outdoor dining would be a plus -- we were there in the winter.3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved itLoved everything about Masa! Food was wonderful -if you like a little kick. Service was great. Our waitress knew menu and ingredients very well. She was helpful but not overbearing. Water was constantly refilled.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMWe shall return!My guest and I dined at Masa for lunch on Friday. We had a fabulous time. Michelle, our server, was very friendly, knowledgable and attentive. The food was flavorful and was delivered within 10 minutes. We chose the 3 for $10.00 special that they have every Monday through Friday. What a great value! The restaurant was packed but you never felt ignored or unattended. The service was great. We will be back again and this time we will bring a large group. Thank you for a relaxing and tasty lunch.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMI go to Masa frequently withI go to Masa frequently with my work group for lunch. We love the $10 menu!! It's the best deal with the best food Downtown for lunch! The flavors and spice are notable, where any one of us can say "You know what I'm craving?" and someone will always answer "Masa!".3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMI love this restaurant, andI love this restaurant, and your "3 for $10" lunch menu is fabulous!3/13/2013 12:00:00 AM