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  • Address:
    1070 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    Downtown/North Loop
  • Cuisine:
    Mexican / Southwestern
    Price: $30 and under

Masa Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.masa-restaurant.com/index-MN.html
  • Email: masa@damico.com
  • Phone: (612) 338-6272
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 2:00pm-6:00pm, 4:00pm - 6:00pm on Saturday and Sunday / 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, Latin / Spanish, Mexican
  • Executive Chef: 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 (612) 338-6272
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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 and there's limited happy hour seating in the main dining room.
    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.
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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "the food was simply outstanding. the flavors all danced beautifully in my mouth. i will absolutely be going back!!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We have eaten there frequently over the years, And we both always enjoy our food,I love the chicken mole,the sauce is very delicious,spiced just perfectly and the fish dishes are usually excellent, And the tamales are also very good, i did see some other dishes that looked excellent, The Chicken Mole is cooked in Oaxaca Mexico and many seafood dishes come from Veracruz, My husband had sword fish with a mango sauce ,lime and a taste of jalapeno ,absolutely a delight to the taste buds I highly recommend eating there,"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Easy to get to the concert on time. It is a fun, colorful place with interesting food flavors and reasonable costs. The snapper was excellent. I definitely recommend this for many reasons."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Masa used to have one of the best lunch specials downtown, where you could pick 3 of a bunch of small dishes for $10. they got rid of it a few months ago, and while the new lunch specials do indeed give you more food, you have to pick 1 large dish instead of getting to try 3 smaller things. The food at Masa is great, and I loved being able to try 3 new things. At $10, it was an amazing deal, but I'd rather they have raised the price than done away with it. our waiter was very pushy- tried to upsell drinks 3 different times, then told my bf that his main lunch choice (after we ordered an appetizer) was "too small." Instead of getting his original $16 choice, he got $12 tacos. Strange move after attempted drink upselling. Won't be returning!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Nice service, drinks and nice setting. Entrees beautifully presented but did not taste as great as they looked. Swordfish and cauliflower were underdone and salsa topping was fiery hot, which we were not warned about and killed the taste of the fish.. Pork served on banana leaf was also tough. So the food did not quite live up to the concept or appearance."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Masa is able to take even traditional Mexican menu items and turn them into an explosion of flavor! So refreshing! The tints sangria is the best I have ever had as well!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "MASA has become my favorite affordable lunch spot in downtown Minneapolis. The food is alway excellent, the atmosphere is inviting, and the service is great. I will be back soon!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Masa Date night is the best deal in Minneapolis. Three courses for two people and a battle of wine for $50. Great food and service and overt he top presentation."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We just love MASA and go as often as we can. We tried lunch this time, never knew they had it, and it was super! We'll always go back for good food."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I took my friend here for her birthday dinner celebration before seeing a concert at Orchestra Hall. Despite the restaurant being very busy that night, the service was excellent and well-timed. I highly recommend the Diabolita, a margarita made with Habanero pepper-infused tequila. The sea bass entree was well-balanced and delicious and my friend enjoyed the Pork Shoulder entree. The Tres Leches cake with lime crema, served with a candle on top, was moist and flavorful, without being overly sweet - the perfect finish to a fantastic meal."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We had a night out seeing a show at the Dakota, and decided to try dinner at Masa. We'd had great happy hours there in the past, and knew they had great appetizers, tacos and cocktails - and we weren't disappointed for dinner. Same great appetizers (ceviche, guacamole) and drinks (caipirinha, mojitos, sangria) to start our meal. Then we moved on to the entrees which were also great, high-end authentic mexican is how I'd describe it. The chicken dish was amazing, as was the pork shoulder. I wish we'd have had enough room on the table to try the sea bass dish."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We brought our 16 year old to Masa for her birthday dinner on a Friday night. We chose Masa because she really like mexican food. We signed up a note that said it was her birthday and 3 people, including the manager came up to us and wished her a happy birthday. She thought it was magical! We had the Steak Chipotle, which was perfect, along with the carmelized chives, which exploded with flavor in your mouth. My daughter ordered the Tamales and was sad when she had to pack up half of it to save room for the Coconut Flan! If you need a special night out with the family or friends, Masa is a wonderful choice!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The lasy, who greeted us was super rude! I had a reservation for 3 people, and we had a 5-person group. I asked if we could use a 4-person table, which was available right when we got there, and she went off on me. She didn't have to be so rude to tell me that she could not use the 4-person table, but we will have to wait 10 minutes until a table for 5 was ready. The food is generally great, but NEVER get their chicken tacos. It's really not good because there's no flavor to the chicken."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I ordered the Enchiladas de Carne and should have listened when the server said they were "mild". Mild and flavorless, I ate half of one at the price of 17.50. My friend ordered the Chicken tortilla soup. Perhaps, this is how authentic chicken tortilla soup is made, but its a first for me. It had a brown base, possible adobe? The server should have explained that it is very different from the typical chicken tortilla soup we have here in MN. The stuffed jalopenos and chips and salsas were very good. Excellent service. Tried it, wont be back except maybe for happy hour to try the 2.50 tacos."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "The hostess Mindy and server Rachel really made us feel welcome for our special occasion lunch. It was a wonderful experience with excellent service and excellent food!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "I'd passed Masa many times going up and down Nicollet during visits to downtown Minneapolis and was always curious about the modern-looking Mexican restaurant with the bright orange-lit bar. Made reservations for dinner and, upon arrival, my party was promptly seated. Our server was very attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable about the menu. The food and drinks were both very good. It is quite noisy in the restaurant. Several times members at our table had to lean forward and ask each other to repeat something. All in all, though, I'd be happy to dine here again!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Great enchiladas, really great as good as you would find them in Mexico. Guacamole, just OK. Salsas were served very cold which is not ideal for food temperature. Beans are also incredible. They use epazote which is not common in the US cuisine."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Great service, food was better than expected and location close to MN Orchestra Hall made our evening a 9.5"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The food was very good-I had authentic Mexican tasting tacos. Hard to find tacos like this. But you definitely pay for the food-$12 for 2 little tacos for lunch. I chose this restaurant for a group of 5 for a birthday lunch, partly because online I saw they had $10 lunch specials (this was on the Masa website the same day I went there). When we arrived, I was told it wasn't going on anymore even though the website said it was. They didn't believe me. I later called and showed them where I found that information. I thought the restaurant would be apologetic, or honor the price they advertised, or given us some kind of deal for their error, but no. Great food, but not likely to return after that poor customer service experience."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Masa was amazing! I brought my friend who had never been to Masa before. The restaurant is beautiful, the moment you walk in it's like being on vacation. Our server, Mark, was great, warm smiling the whole time. The wait assistant was very knowledgeable and explained our delicious salsas. The food was so good we ordered a second bowl of guacamole! The manager even stopped by to make sure we were enjoying everything! The new lunch special sounds amazing too. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Highly recommend the Chilean Sea Bass. It was amazing!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This is a great spot for dining before a Saturday night concert at Orchestra Hall. A special gluten free menu was brought to our table for the diner on a gluten free diet. Love the margaritas! Lots of choices! But I didn't want to be sleepy during the concert, so I limited myself to one. Loved the guacamole, too. Probably the best I have had, but don't tell my son. I tell him his guacamole is the best. Exceptional, well trained, well managed wait staff. Everyone who came to our table was courteous, efficient, helpful and seemed to enjoy waiting on us."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We had a party of 10 and it was a perfect fit. There was plenty of room and the service for a large party was great."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Food and service was great. Our party had the ceviche and guacamole as appetizers. Both were excellent and the chips were fresh and tasty. That is generally the first clue as to what the rest of the meal is going to be and we were not disappointed. Our group had the soup, vegetable enchiladas. steak enchiladas and a very flavorful chicken dish that our server recommended. We were celebrating a birthday and the staff surprised us with a dessert to share. Will definitely go back!!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Went to Masa about a year ago and went back with some friends a week ago. It was excellent! Better than we remember. Waiter was very helpful in pointing "recommended" dishes and he was correct. We will certainly go back."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Picked Masa for convenience to client and expectation for good, slightly fun, food based on past experience. Was not disappointed with food - Masa has fresh and intriguing combinations that are mouth-watering and well presented."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "good food served quick. new menu changes have few choices for more money."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "The Sunday date night special at Masa is an excellent value, and it offers several of their usual fine dishes."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "I was at Masa during Restaurant Week and we had a fantastic meal. A sauteed cheese appetizer served with yummy corn tortillas, shrimp adobo with cilantro rice for the entree, and then for dessert a wonderful chocolate flan which was super light and not overly sweet. For wine, I wanted a Spanish Red and our server made a fabulous recommendation. Speaking of our server, she was great! Very professional and polite and just the right amount of time between courses. We lingered over coffee and didn't feel at all hurried. The women's restroom was very spacious and you had to walk through the bar to get there. The bar is small, but it looked liked a lot of fun. Btw, the chips are the best I've ever had! I will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We made a last minute reservation for the $50 Sunday special. They were very accommodating with fantastic, authentic Mexican food, great tasting wine good music and great service. This would definitely be one of the first places I would dine whenever I return to Minneapolis."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Felt rushed, lunch was served before our drinks arrived, order was wrong, received check with out a mention of dessert. Was there especially for Reataurant week menu."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I visited on a Saturday night since Masa had received positive reviews from several sources. Their cocktails were delicious (hence 3 stars); the food was the opposite. The homemade chips and salsas were well-executed but that was it. He had chicken enchiladas ($17.50 with no sides) with a side of rice ($4.99); I ordered chicken mole ($19.50), which was served with plantains and rice. The enchiladas were not terrible but were forgettable. The rice was AWFUL. Sticky, overcooked, and flavorless. My pollo con mole was incredibly overcooked and served drowning in sauce; I didn't finish it or want the leftovers. This seemed to shock the staff, who then awkwardly hovered and fretted around our table until we left. Won't be back."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Had lunch with a friend of the restaurant week menu. Good selection if options. Everything was good, slightly unexciting. Service was top notch. Would go back."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "From waiter to food selections, could not have been any better"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "All four of us in our group loved everything about Masa. We will all be back!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Convenient downtown location with really good food. A bit loud music but did not interfere our business discussion. Try it! You'll like it!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Had a good enough meal, yet no netter than any other Mexican restaurants much closer, not requiring valet. Was told they have great margaritas, yet again, just normal. Attractive facility."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Came in for restaurant week but ended up ordering off the regular menu anyway. Always a great deal. Eddie was great and explained the menu very well. Can't beat a great deal like that!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "What you pay for is what you get at masa. Things may be a tad pricey but everything from the food to the wait staff are excellent!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Our server was excellent, very attentive but not smothering. Some of the group ordered from 'Restaurant Week' special menu , others from regular menu and all items were great. Starter of a fried cheese with tortilla was a standout Tre Leche cake desert also a standout"
    Dined on 2/26/2014