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moto-i Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.moto-i.com
  • Email: events@moto-i.com
  • Phone: (612) 444-1962
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 12noon - 2am
    Saturday & Sunday 11am - 2am
    Daily Happy Hour 2:20pm-6pm & 10pm-2am
    Saturday & Sunday Brunch 11am-2:20pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Asian, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Omar Gillego
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Big Boy Lounge Nights Sunday - Thursday - 10pm

    Sundays - Sake Sunday's featuring Turtleneck
    Monday - Mashup Monday
    Tuesdays - Open Mic
    Wednesday - Lipstik Wednesday (First Wed of each month)
    Thursday - Throwback Thursday
  • Special Events & Promotions: Private Spaces available for Special Events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lake
  • Public Transit: On the MTC #4, #21 and #53.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking on Lyndale, Aldrich, Lake and 29th. Also, public lots available behind restaurant and across the street.
    Valet available for Private Parties.
A word from moto-i
moto-i is a sake brewery restaurant located in the uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis. moto-i is a full service restaurant with liquor, beer, wine and of course sake! Our sake is brewed on site, unpasteurized and served on draft.


The menu is reminiscent of an Izakaya, a Japanese Pub, with small plates as well as noodles and rice dishes, the restaurant incorporates many Asian ethnicities and keeps the focus on street, comfort and tavern food from Asia.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I took my husband to Moto-I for his birthday. Our reserved table was open to the bar which we found unpleasant. We asked to be moved and it wasn't a problem. The music was too loud. My husband's ramen was flavorless, and the meat was a gelatinous blob. He did not enjoy his birthday meal at all. My yakisoba noodles were tasty, but very salty. I think I drank 3 glasses of water just to tolerate them. But at least they had a flavor. The wait staff was friendly and fine, And fortunately the meal cost was reasonable. Those were the only saving graces. We will not dine there again based on food and ambiance."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Truly, this place is always excellent. The food and sake warm the soul. You must try the Bene Buns. Go now. You won't regret it. Also love the Aburra Ramen, pork buns, and Japanese fried chicken."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I'd been to Moto-i a few times previously and while it was good, it wasn't high on my list for the neighborhood. A recent MSP review of "Best Ramen in Twin Cities" rated moto-i #1, though, so I gave it another try. I had the pork belly ramen and my wife and I split one of the new buns. Both were really good. Really high quality food at good value. It's now solidly on my go to list! We went on a Tuesday night, and they also had pretty good live music at the upstairs bar, so something for everyone!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "We have eaten here a number of times but the food this time seemed more bland. Have they toned down the spices."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "My husb & I are both foodies & we've been here many times on the patio for great ramen & sake. Romantic indoor setting & flavorful maitake ramen."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I love the food at Moto-I, I haven't had a dish there that I haven't loved. I've been there 3 times and I'm always impressed on how great the food tastes. I think about going back when I haven't even left the place. The only thing that I've had issues with is the staff seems a little over worked. Our waiter was running around like crazy and this happened another time with our waitress. I think if they had one more person waiting or assisting I would give the highest rating."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Was a little nervous I would not be able to find anything I wanted to try but it turned out I wanted to try too many things. My friend got a few small plates that I got to taste and it was all very good. I got the Chicken Porridge and really enjoyed it. Will definitely be going back so I can try some of the other dishes."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Chose Moto-i for a Saturday night out. Three out of five sakes were not available. Our food was fine but nothing special. It was also disappointing that an Asian restaurant would charge extra for gluten free. Will be choosing other Japanese restaurants in the future."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Celebrated my 50th at moto-i. As always, we had a great time. The food is simply delicious, the sake is truly amazing and the service is top notch. Minneapolis is fortunate to have such a unique establishment."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Excellent staff, very helpful, chicken was awesome."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "My friend lived in Japan so we went to moto-i to check out the cuisine. She loved the bibimbap entree, great flavor and textures with a surprise poached egg inside. A little Korean flavor was a surprise in the dish. Moto-i is known for its houemade ramen noodles and a bowl of soup did not disappoint with our pork addition. The calamari appetizer was delicious and coated with a fine seasoned panko. Our waitress who was in charge of the cafe was very accommodating and kept our tea pots full of hot water and was most pleasant and helpful. We will return to enjoy other items liked the steamed buns."
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "When you want small plates instead of 1 plate of something. Super tasty. Love the food here."
    Dined on 11/1/2013