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Nicollet Island Inn
Nicollet Island Inn

Nicollet Island Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.nicolletislandinn.com
  • Phone: (612) 331-1800
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast:
    Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:00am
    Saturday: 7:00am - 11:00am
    Sunday Brunch: 9:30am - 1:30pm

    Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

    Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday Dinner: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary French, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Ryan Stechschulte
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Affiliations: Dine Originals - Member Restaurants
  • Catering: Contact Sarah Gruber 612-331-1800x3
    Island or St. Anthony Banquet rooms
    -An outdoor patio with two-tiered walkout garden
    -Small meeting space available for up to 24 people
    -State-of-art A/V equipment for any occasion
    -Space for 10-100 guests seated and up to 150 for a reception
    -Free wireless Internet access
    Our professional staff provides attentive service combined with excellent cuisine to create a productive and memorable event.
    Please visit our website for more information: www.nicolletislandinn.com/specialevents.html
  • Private Party Facilities: Nicollet Island Inn has three private/semi-private dining rooms and 2 banquet rooms. The Private Dining Room can accommodate up to 8 guests, the Captain's Room up to 13, and the Fireside Lounge up to 24. The Island room can fit 50 seated, 70 for cocktails. The St. Anthony room can fit 100 seated.
  • Private Party Contact: Sarah Gruber (612) 331-1800 x3
  • Special Events & Promotions: We have multiple private dining options for groups of 6-24 guests in either our Private Dining Room, Captain's Room, or Fireside Lounge. Whether it's a meeting, family celebration, or corporate dinner, our experienced staff can create a menu to meet virtually any need. For more information please contact Brianna via email at events@nicolletislandinn.com or by phone 612-331-1800 ext. 7.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Bus Stop
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary parking for guests of the Nicollet Island Inn.
A word from Nicollet Island Inn
The Nicollet Island Inn has stood witness to over a century of change on the shores of the Mississippi River. The Inn is consistently named the most romantic restaurant in the area and its river views have been voted some of the best in the city. An immediately recognizable Minneapolis landmark, the Inn offers world-class cuisine created by Executive Chef Ryan Stechschulte , whose innovative and constantly updated menu includes a variety of seafood, steaks and gourmet specialty dishes. Our wine menu has been chosen specifically to compliment the food and highlight producers from the world's leading wine regions.

Nic's bar, just off the main dining room, is a casual, old-world tavern and the patio offers stunning views of the Minneapolis skyline. The Inn is a convenient, comfortable destination for breakfast or lunch meetings while the 5-course Champagne Sunday Brunch is the perfect weekend indulgence.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "Had a great Sunday brunch at the Nicollet Island Inn. Service was super, food choices and quality were top notch, and it was reasonably priced. Location is awesome, great view of the river, quiet & solitary, etc."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Nicollet Island Inn remains our top choice for an excellent meal in a charming dining environment. The service was superb and the restaurant's location for a romantic meal cannot be beat."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Excellent choice for a restaurant. The ambience, food, service, outdoor patio....all above excellent. My husband will choose to dine here over and over."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I always enjoy the river view and the ambiance. The food was OK. The waiter on the other hand, was alternately brusquely efficient or nowhere to be seen. At one point he practically rolled his eyes when we asked about a dish. Unpleasant, business-like interactions."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The 3 appetizers we shared were outstanding, worth the cost of the visit. Our 3 entrées were very good but not great. Service and ambience were excellent."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The food was excellent. We started off with the fromage (3 choices of cheese) all of which were very good. The bread was not however; it was rubbery. We also wanted to have the lobster bruchetta but were told they were sold out and there was a crab bruchetta instead. Main course we had the strip steak, trophie and the lamb. All were tasty. The scalloped potatoes served with the steak were divine. We also all had dessert; ganache with strawberries was good but a bit too much (WAY too sweet and rich for the amount of strawberries with the chocolate) the rhubarb panna cotta was excellent. Over all nice evening if not a bit overpriced. I also did not enjoy the dated decor however I understand this is what gives the place its "charm"."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Indifferent food and expensive. An old school restaurant, not up to the food standards of the current scene. But a lovely setting by the river, worth a visit just to check it out but not worth returning."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "LOVE the salmon salad...always so fresh and perfect!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Tasting menu was great. They were very accommodating."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Stelhead trout and potato gnocchi both excellent. Trout could have been a little larger portion. Took QUITE a long time for the main course to arrive, and they were not very busy. Beautiful place."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The trout was the best I had, and my wife's strip steak was phenomenal."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "This is a restaurant perfect for a romantic outing. The food is excellent, and the service is impeccable. I would definitely come back again, and recommend this place to anybody."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We took my son there while visiting him on his internship. Cory, stopped by to ask how everything was and also provided us with a bit of background on the island since we were from out of town. The food was very good. We had the lobster bruschetta and the seafood pasta. The bread was not the best kind of chewy. Loved the view!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Amazing to find a nice restaurant with very good food that was also kid friendly. One of the best presentations of a kid's meal. Beautiful and delicious!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The Nicollet Island Inn is a perfect place to celebrate any special occasion. The location is scenic, the ambience romantic, the service impeccable and the food excellent. We were early for our dinner reservation so had a drink in the bar - the bartender was wonderful, friendly and knowledgeable."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I have walked passed the Inn a hundred times and finally made date-night dinner reservations there and we loved it! I's was charming, the food was delicious and the service was great. I can't believe we've never stopped in before!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Good food and attentive service in a lovely setting."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "As always, a wonderful experience! We have dined here many times and the quality of the food and service remains impeccable."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The service was outstanding and the scallops with risotto were amazing as were the lobster brushetta, still talking about how good the meal was. Nice job."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Food tends to be overpriced for what you get. Lovely restaurant, excellent service. Skip the $10 brusssel sprouts, very hard and dry. Chicken was pale, very plain presentation. Basic cocktail and beer were $19.00 + tip. One diner in our group loved the very tender and tasty pork loin. The lemon shortbread dessert was excellent. We were told we would receive a complimentary beverage for celebrating our anniversary but this was never received."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We tried several items on the breakfast menu and the food was great. Really enjoyed the service and atmosphere. Very romantic restaurant and great chef"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great food as always. Had a Groupon which made the experience even better! Each visit our server is always great, water is always refilled quickly. My finance love the Nicollet Island Inn."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "This was our first visit to NII. Wait staff was friendly and very professional. We ordered the 5 course brunch and were pleasantly surprised with everything! I would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Went to Father's Day brunch. There was a choice of 3 or 5 courses and both options were reasonably priced. The food was excellent, service the same, and we weren't at all rushed."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This was exactly what we wanted for our anniversary. The food and service were fantastic. The atmosphere was quiet enough for conversation but not too quiet."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "As always, lovely setting, beautiful space for lunch with dear friends. - Good range of lunch offerings. We enjoyed salmon salad, seared scallops with browned butter risotto, and crab cake sandwich (we requested deconstructed - great idea, otherwise the flavor of the crab would be lost). The only miss was the lobster roll - expected chunks of lobster, instead it was like ground-up bits, weird and unsatisfying. - Nice wines by the glass, not extensive, but good choices. - Inventive, fun desserts. - Our server at first seemed unfocused, but with time she relaxed and made some great recommendations and provided attentive service. - Finally, all of the staff were incredibly gracious with our group, many thanks to them for their patience."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Enjoyed a wine pairing chef's sampling menus and enjoyed not only the food but the attentive staff and beautiful view. While missing some of the ceremony you might find in Manhattan or Beverly Hills, we still felt pampered. --and a $25 wine flight! Don't wait!b"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Celebrating a birthday and anniversary, we expected more than a very average meal. The lobster bruschetta was excellent. From there everything went down hill. The onion soup was not very cheesy and very off tasting as if the onions may have been burnt. We waited what seemed an inordinate length of time for our average tasting meals that none of us raved about. Two had steaks which were cooked as requested; but seemed very salty. In my opinion, a well prepared steak needs no seasoning unless done at the table. Salmon and chicken dishes were ok-not great. We had theater tickets and there was no time for coffee or dessert. Management was advised of our experience and nothing was done to placate us. Very disappointing! Doubtful return"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Nicollet Island Inn is the perfect location for a wonderful, leisurely meal in an atmosphere of charm and understated elegance. We had the crab cake, lobster bruschetta, flatbread and everyone had the walleye - all were excellent. The service was attentive without being distracting. Overall, a great dining experience."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We celebrated our 41st Wedding Anniversary with a dinner at Nicollet Island Inn restaurant. The food was fabulous. The wine was great, romantic atmosphere, and we had a great time!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The food was delicious. My husband and I both ordered the beef tenderloin. Highly recommended!! I tried the Sicilian martini because the bartender recommended it. Best martini I have ever had!! The staff was great too! Nice guiet dining experience."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The food was good, but pricey. There is no incentive to return. I did not enjoy a cocktail that was made for me, so I didn't drink it. I told the waiter, yet I was charged for it."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "For special occasions when you can drop $30 a person the Sunday 5-course brunch is worth every penny and then some! HIGHLY recommended. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We were celebrating our anniversary and it could not have been better. The view from our table overlooking the river was beautiful even saw a horse driven carriage. The food was the star! We had lobster brueschetta-delicious and the strip steak and seafood pasta dish-fabulous. The au gratin potatoes with a layer of mushrooms in a cream sauce-to die for! Service was perfect too! Thank you a wonderful and relaxing evening!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The Nicollet Island Inn didn't disappoint! I remembered how great the lobster bruschetta was--and it was at least as good this time. My husband loves the crab cake as well. He had the strip steak, prepared to his liking at medium rare with a mushroom and potato gratin. I had the scallops with a simple risotto. We shared the asparagus with shaved parm that went so well with the risotto. For dessert, my husband had the dark chocolate and strawberries; I had the lemon tart with just the right tartness. Our waitress, Rebecca, was so attentive. She made the evening special."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The Inn has become our favorite place for dining, particularly for special occasions. The food is always extraordinary, the service superb, and the ambiance of dining at a window table overlooking the scene of Nicollet Island with the horse-drawn carriages, etc., simply delightful and peaceful. (Winter of course means beautiful lighting reflecting off of the glistening snow.) Eating there is a must for anyone looking for a very special evening (or lunch, for that matter)! "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We went here with a group to celebrate my daughter's grad school graduation. It couldn't have gone better. The food was wonderful, the service was attentive without feeling overbearing and the setting was beautiful. A big plus was the noise level. We had a group of 8 and could actually hear everyone at the table. I would definitely return for a similar event."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Our guest was very impressed with the view, the hotel, and the food. She grew up in Minneapolis 50 years ago, returns rarely, and the changes are very overwhelming for her. We were so pleased that our request for a nice view was honored. Husband, who wears two hearing aids, appreciated the low noise level. It was a lovely, relaxing way to begin a busy week."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We had a lovely evening, with a great view. The waiter was attentive, informed, and made wine suggestions. We chose a plate of cheese and the lobster bruschetta. I enjoyed both, my companion thought the lobster a bit fishy. The bread basket was quite nice. He had the pork tenderloin, done perfectly, with a tasty aioli and an interesting veggie hash. I enjoyed the scallops - which tasted wonderful. The risotto was a tad over-cooked. We shared the brussel sprouts - they could have been grilled a bit more, but were fine. The Hogue riesling suggested was just the right touch. And we finished our meal with the lemon tart - the lemon was very tart, I did not care for the crust. Overall, a lovely evening, worth every penny. We'll be back."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We had a delicious brunch as usual at NII. This is my favorite brunch location which is why I selected if for Mother's Day. They had a special menu last Sunday which was excellent. Even though the creme brulee french toast was not on the menu, we had wonderful split pea soup, steelhead, amazing pastries, and highly attentive service. It was a true pleaure. This is my go to brunch location!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014