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 - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 2:00pm-6:00pm and Saturday and Sunday 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
199 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (112)great for outdoor dining (68)special occasion (67)good for groups (65)great for lunch (60)neighborhood gem (39)romantic (37)hot spot (35)scenic view (21)late-night find (17)notable wine list (16)great for brunch (10)vibrant bar scene (9)kid-friendly (8)Show More
  • 121926
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    My third time there and this restaurant continues to impress me. We went with a party of three and we were all impressed. Nice attention to details, that don't seem to be the norm anymore. for example.....water glasses were always filled, and when someone got up the napkin was re-folded. The servers as well as other wait staff all had a good grasp of the menu. Also...Hat's off to the bartender...great drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner!
    jillelyse
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Our waitor was fantastic. He really made a connection with all of us and we all basically wanted him to join our dinner! The food was great and the service was fantastic. Great drinks too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Look at Mexican
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The food was great - an enjoyable contrast to traditional Mexican.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Try the guacamole--best I've had! Very fresh with a little kick.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Date Night
    Goodfriendsnfood
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Fun evening for our group. Food was great, wait staff attentive and very helpful with great recommendations. Not your typical Mexican food, instead fresh, flavorful, and fun! Add the wine offerings with Date night special and you have a great bargain. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great experience
    PlymouthRocksVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is likely our 15 time and as usual, the food is great and service very prompt. Always a great experience.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Traditional Mexican with flair
    Tdiner
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great Mexican cuisine with culinary flair. Best Margarita in town. Puerco Veracruzano out if this world tender with amazing sauce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Mexican
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Masa serves the best authentic Mexican food in town. Too bad the horrible music is so loud.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • In the area for work
    IsabellaVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Great spot for lunch, ate here twice while in town for work. Close to the convention center, good menu options and quick service. I love that they offer vegetables with their chips and guacamole!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ate here two days in a row
    IsabellaVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    In town for a convention and ate here two days in a row we liked it so much. Easily walkable from the convention center.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No more great lunch special :(
    downtownluncher
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The service and food were great as always. But SO bummed that they took away their 3 for $10 lunch special. Will have to think twice about hitting up this former lunch favorite in the future. :(
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  • Fantastic mexican
    CDev
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food was delicious, I'm from Arizona and these guys/gals do Mexican food a solid.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful, but ...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Dining chairs are not good, they are heavy so hard to move. Not comfortable, nor attractive. Chairs are important, should be a + not a - Pretty noisy near kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of town guests loved this find
    Adiner
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    You wouldn't expect to travel the heart of the Midwest for good Mexican cuisine, but that's exactly what happened. Our research team wanted to gather for dinner the night before our presentation. I found Masa on open table and if my position on the team wasn't't solid before, it is now. The food was fantastic--true Mexican flavors with fresh ingredients. All 9 in our group were happy with their meal. The only downside--we enjoyed our food so much, we almost forgot to talk about work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    eatsout
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We had the taco trio and the pork shoulder. Both were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    wspmn
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I brought a group of six out-of-towners (Boston, Washington D.C., Seattle), most of whom have pretty sophisticated tastes, to Masa recently. They loved it, as did I. Creative food and excellent service--a good time was had by all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food & excellent service
    KJBaVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We had a concert to go to and the entire staff made sure drinks, appetizers, and meal were all served in a timely manner. Excellent time was had by all. We'll do it again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great mezcal tasting menu
    trev
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Great service as always, had a mezcal tasting plus light bites, plus gourmet tacos and churros. Thanks!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious!
    Delicious
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We are never disappointed when we eat at Masa. It is always a highlight on our visits to Minneapolis. We have only eaten there in the evening, but this time tried their brunch, which was delicious! Food was fresh and tasty. Looking forward to going back again on our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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.
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    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.