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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 WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "When my husband and I have a special occasion this is our go to place for the great ambiance and good food."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "A window seat with a river view, ambience to spare, a server who was knowledgeable and helpful, and fish that was prepared perfectly and deliciously made this a date night we were happy to have had."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Have wanted to go for a long time. Attended a great play at Guthrie, Othello, followed by dinner at Nicollet Inn. Perfect day. I had duck breast and loved it. Love to try new and different food, was not disappointed. Loved the beet, cabbage, spinach combination, duck was tasty and tender. We split the toffee dessert, again, very good. Would return as often as possible.Carol Havanac"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The atmosphere was very romantic with soft lighting. We were fortunate to be there on a night there was live music in the bar which spilled over into the dining room. The food was outstanding as well, and our waiter was very attentive. It was my husband's birthday, so his dessert came with a candle! We've come here for years, and the current staff and chief are much better than we had on other occasions."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Everyone makes mistakes...it's the way they are corrected that leaves an impression! A+ for your correction!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Wonderful lunch here . . . loved the salmon salad, and the view of the river was beautiful. The service was excellent as well."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "I would say "waitress" but I don't want to date myself. Kim H was pleasant. friendly, and an excellent server. She clearly enjoys her work and that was refreshing to experience. Emery"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The lamb was our favorite, but everything else was very good we usually go out 2/3 times a week to different restaurants. Honestly this place does a very good job, of course it depends also on what kind of atmosphere are you looking to enjoy a dinner, for us was very relaxing and quite"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "It was our first time dining at the Inn. It was a charming place with our table having a water view. The food was great, the service was wonderful. We liked that it was in the city, but felt like a destination."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The waiter we had was horrible, he never explained or asked anything. When you spend lot of money for a meal you expect good service."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We both took the $18 Sunday Brunch fixed menu. I took the quiche and gnocchi - both had great flavors. However, the quiche was not technically a quiche -- it was a small sliver of custard on top of a puffed pastry sheet. The gnocchi portion was the SMALLEST I've seen served - only five tiny pasta pillows! The pearl onions in the dish occupied more room in the bowl than the pasta. The chef should be embarrassed to serve this! My husband took the eggs benedict (delicious) and beef strogonoff. At least his portion was larger than mine, and had a huge hunk of meat in the middle. The service was poor by our waiter, he spent most of his time in the empty bar watching the NCAA basketball. We had to flag another waiter down for tea."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "the Inn is a small place with great service and food. The menu linited but a good variety of great dishes. The view of the river is nice."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Two of the party were disappointed, which is why I did not check the Brunch/Lunch boxes above. We were told the beet salad was small, but when 3 beets with a few green were served, it was really small and perhaps should not have been an "entrée".. This person was splitting with another who ordered the quiche, so she thought the small portion would be OK, but it wasn't. The quiche was bland and seemed to be more of a custard rather than a quiche. Size was fine. Two others had the omelet and walleye sandwich. Both were good. On Valentine's Day, my review was good."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Didn't mind a bit that the coupon we had was only for weeknights. Loved the quieter atmosphere, and virtually personalized service. Were able to snag one of the prime window seats overlooking the river. Food and service were everything that Nicollet Island Inn has built their stellar reputation on. Each course was served promptly without ever making us feel hurried. Just wish we had had room for dessert by the time we finished with the lobster bruschetta, entrees and side of roasted brussel sprouts. Will have to go back just for wine and dessert soon."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The view of the river is great. The service is good and the setting very elegant. The food is very good."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Nice for dinner. Service was fine. We were not rushed. Greeted by the manager on duty. Nice touch. someone is paying attention to the service. We could actually carry on a conversation without having to shout. Four dinner selections and appetizer, all were great. Will be going back again."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "After driving past Nicollet Island Inn for many years, I finally got to experience the elegance and charm of the city seated in a corner booth overlooking the Mississippi. From the welcoming entry way to the knowledge of the staff to the palate pleasing cuisine, I cannot wait to return and will recommend this place to everyone. This is a perfect venue for a romantic night out."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My husband and I tried the Nicollet Island Inn after buying a Groupon. We are so glad we did! We arrived and found ourselves the only diners (we came at 5:30 - so early) for awhile and were impressed by the charm of the place. Our server, Sean, was attentive but not fawning and the food was delicious. We especially loved the beef tartare appetizer and both entrees: the half chicken and smoked duck breast were beautifully presented and so tasty. I was delighted to find the kir royale on their cocktail menu and indulged in one. Even once the restaurant began filling up, the noise level stayed low. We will definitely return to this gem!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "24th anniversary and we were greeted by the owner who knew it was our anniversary. The flower bouquet I ordered was on the table and beautiful. We were given a private booth and several comments were made by staff over the evening about our anniversary. The food was good, the service attentive. Perfect."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "This was a very positive experience. The food was delicious. We all had the 3 course brunch. The muffins, croissants and breads were very good. Collectively we had the creme brulle brioche French toast, eggs benedict and the quiche (bacon and swiss) for the second course and the gnocchi and beef stroganoff for the third course. It would have been good if coffee were included. Perhaps a greater number of choices would have been been more attractive for those who like to return. We found the three course option. It would have been nice if the music were a little more refined to fit the décor."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "My husband and I were celebrating my birthday, and it was a perfect location and great food, but what I give top-notch marks is the wait staff. They were warm, helpful, gave wonderful recommendations and thoughts on the food, etc. The only thing about brunch is that it comes only in a 3-course meal or a 5-course meal. Even the 3-course, though excellent choices, was too much food for my husband and me. I wish they could just have an a la carte menu."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I had eaten the brunch a the inn many years ago. It was typical buffet brunch with slightly better food. The new brunch gives you the options of a 3 course or a 5 course brunch. The meal was delicious and the artic char was perfect! I will keep this on my short list of places to brunch."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Couldn't be better for lunch or dinner. Impossible to ale a bad choice. Because there are not any bad choices :-)"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "This is a remarkable place to hold a business meeting breakfast or lunch! Love it!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "One of my favorite places in the city. Elegance without pretension."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The service was fantastic from the second we entered the restaurant. We were very well taken care of that night, and the pace of the meal seemed to be set perfectly. There wasn't too much time in between the appetizer and entrée, but a little bit of a breather break to enjoy the view and your drinks. The food was amazing. Good size portions for the higher end meal."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Was surprised at the way Restaurant week is done here as opposed to other restaurants (apparently you have to buy voucher before coming). But waitress was really nice. Once I tasted that strip steak I couldn't believe it. Excellent food, view, ambience etc. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Even in the dead of winter the view was delightful as was the food, especially the Artic Char. Just delicious!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "The Nicollet Island Inn is a great spot to go to for a romantic night out. The ambience was superb! The restaurant was full of other diners, yet we felt we were the only ones there; wasn't too loud, we weren't stacked right next to the next tables, etc. The food was fabulous as well. A definite must do restaurant to celebrate with a loved one."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The Nicollet Island Inn is THE most romantic and scenic restaurant in the Twin Cities in my opinion. We choose to dine there when we want to celebrate special occasions or impress our out of town guests with the lovely ambience and fantastic view.. The staff is attentive and professional without being intrusive. The food is good. The beet salad with whipped Gorgonzola and maple vinaigrette is best I've ever tasted. Five of the six of us chose the Beef Stroganoff with buttered noodles. It tasted more like a pot roast and I think while we enjoyed it, no one really raved about it. The other choice that was made was Artic Char with fingerling potatoes and roasted Brussel sprouts which again was good, but not great. We will be back!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Beautiful spot, excellent, friendly service. Loved the pastries."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Went here on Valentine's Day. Pretty pricing considering there were only two menu options available for that night, however, the food was delicious. Service was organized and accommodating. Will definitely be back for seconds."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • ""Quaint" is probably the wrong word choice for a restaurant with the history and reputation of the Nicollette Island Inn. The staff was very attentive without being overbearing. Helpful, had great suggestions when asked, and the atmosphere was very pleasant. The food was well prepared and served as requested. Decent wine selection and unique booth seating for couples. With the soft glow of the interior, the winter background outside, and sitting in the middle of the river, I can see why this is repeatedly considered one of the more romantic dinner spots in the cities. And did I mention there is an "inn" attached, should you wish to save yourself a drive home! The brunch looks outstanding....that will be our next trip back!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "my first time at this restaurant. will definitely go back"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My wife and I went to the Nicollet Island Inn for Valentine's Day and it was such a great experience. The food and service were excellent and the wine list very extensive. We would definitely go back again for another special occasion!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had a fantastic four course meal - scallops for me, steak for my husband. Yummy salads, main course and dessert. We will go again. Two years ago had the valentine's brunch and it also was great"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We ate here on the Saturday after Valentine's Day, and we had a wonderful experience. Everyone was extremely helpful, from the mandatory (but complementary) valet to the wonderful wait staff. The food was cooked perfectly, and my personal favorite part was the view. We had a seat by the window and could see St. Anthony Main, the old 1887 bridge over the Mississippi, and at one point during our meal we saw a fox run down the river on the ice. Simply a spectacular evening."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My husband and I spent a romantic winter evening at the Nicollet Island Inn. We started with drinks in the bar and loved the atmosphere, the dining room is charming and the food delicious. I would recommend the scallops and risotto. The scallops were perfectly cooked and very tender. We lived our evening and would like to come back and stay overnight."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "NII has had a loyal following for decades but it isn't frozen in time. The chefs put out outstanding dishes, creative and beautiful. The wait staff are educated about the wine and the dishes and are attentive without feeling like you are being stalked or interrupted every 5 minutes. The noise level is wonderfully quiet-- a rare find these days. You can actually hear your sweetheart tell you how he loves you without him having to shout."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Not only was our food spectacular, but our server Jason was attentive, professional, and did not rush us in any way. The wine list is diverse and robust, and while the starters list is shorter, most items on it are absolutely delicioius. You pay for what you get, and this restaurant is romantic, beautiful, and deserves all the business it continues to have through its doors. I cannot wait to go back and try more menu items!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014