Minneapolis GemOutstanding tasting menu! My favorite dish was the red drum with fried clams, cucumber sofrito, sea beans and avocado purée. My husband loved the Waygu beef tartare with horseradish cream, pickled ramps, asparagus and smoke. This was a wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazingnot surprisingly, this place is well worth the visit. food is creative, atmosphere is different, small plates make great for sharing, this place is a knock out.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMSimply the Best!Piccolo is a remarkable restaurant. The food is beautiful both in taste and appearance and the service was as perfect as the food. I will definitely be back...many times!6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMThe BestWe have been to the restaurant several time and believe that it offers the best food in the Twin Cities. We love it!6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMPiccolo not GrandeThe food at Piccolo is elegantly presented and tasty. Foodies without huge appetites will enjoy. I could have used more food. I was prepared for small, and still would have appreciated a bit more substance. The service was excellent and a lovely experience. Good for special occasions.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMAn experienceInteresting, sometimes outstanding food, carefully presented.. Knowledgeable service. A very interesting concept.6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Food, Great Service!The overall experience of the food and service was awesome - delicious and creative food pairings, with a knowledgable and very attentive and friendly staff! I wasn't sure what type of wine to order, and our waitress was very helpful in finding the right match! The only downfall was the size of the restaurant and the noise level. It's very small and you sit closely with those around you - would love to see this place expand in to a larger, quieter venue b/c the food was delicious!6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Small Plates Indeed!The food is superb, the service excellent. The wine very good and very affordable. Be advised the plates are small indeed. The experience is less a great meal than more of a series of great tastes. This was not a surprise and we were in no way disappointed. But my 120 pound wife told me she could have easily eaten both of our 5 course 'tasting menus" and still stopped for a burger on the way home.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMSmall plates worksMy husband and I experienced Piccolo for the first time and we will be back. I enjoy cooking and it was so much fun to eat the very innovative food; we felt a bit like Iron Chef judges. Each bite was a flavor celebration. This is not the restaurant for you if you expect typical American portions but we left completely satisfied with our meal. Everything was fresh and each ingredient was on the plate for a reason. We chose the 5 course tasting menu and would recommend. The wine is very reasonably priced. We look forward to trying each seasonal menu.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazingThe best meal we've had in the Twin Cities this year.
Creative use of beautiful, fresh ingredients.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways creativeDoug is always creative in his creations. His food is just superb and the servers are knowledgeable and friendly. The wine list is interesting, well-selected and offers a variety of price ranges. This is a Minneapolis gem.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMOver-The-TopAs someone who was seriously bummed when Ariga closed, I'm elated to have found my new favorite Minneapolis restaurant. I've read so many great reviews of Piccolo, and have waited so long to get in, that my expectations were certainly unrealistically high. That said, Piccolo exceeded my expectations on every level. Each and every plate we sampled was executed flawlessly and presented with flair. The myriad of subtle little touches hidden within each plate turned our dinner into a flavor treasure hunt. We haven't had food of this caliber in years!5/22/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was very good, butThe food was very good, but the servings are TINY. You will need to order 2-3 plates per person to be fulfilled.5/20/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent birthday dinnerWelcoming place to celebrate two birthdays for four gourmands. We were greeted with champagne to toast birthdays while waiting for table. Each of us had 4-5 menu items, all were very happy with what was ordered. Coffee & refreshing dessert was an excellent way to end our special evening.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMMother's Day dinnerMade dinner reservations for Mother's Day also had flowers delivered to the restaurant. The wait staff was excellent they had the flowers waiting at our table and they were very attentive. Food was clean,vibrant and fresh. Many flavors in each single dish and all very well done. The texture of the dishes were equally as good as the flavors i.e. the flying fish eggs with the Couscous; absolutely wonderful.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMTiny TastesPrepare yourself for refined eating. Nicely presented very small portions of unusual combinations that have been creatively thought out. Well explained by the wait staff, and our five courses evenly timed. Good wine selection.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMAt First It Seems To Be ExpensiveReally. Five small tasting courses for how much? But then the food starts to come out, beautifully presented on the plate and explained by the server. Unreal pairings of tastes that not only work, they are incredible. The entire meal is relaxed and paced perfectly. There is time to chat and sip wine. And to eat some more. And then, suddenly, it is over. Surprisingly you are totally sated. You think back about the different plates you sampled. There was not one thing that you would not like to have again and again. Price? You stopped thinking about that with your first bite a couple of hours ago. For some amazing experiences, price really does not matter. Not at all.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMgood things come in small packages.The word 'piccolo' means small, and the portions were notably so, but the flavor was oh so big. Fabulous menu and wonderful staff. Love this little gem!5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMAbsolutely fantasticHad the 5-course menu and was delighted by every dish. A great dining experience.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely 5 Course Prix FixeThey were able to accommodate a vegetarian guest on the 5 course prix fixe. It's a very intimate location and quiet, so you can talk without having to be loud. Thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience there and will come again.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMHighlight of the trip, a trueHighlight of the trip, a true foodie place but not unapproachable at all. Staff was super attentive and friendly. Tasting menu was perfect and nobody went home unsatisfied.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMPiccolo is my far and awayPiccolo is my far and away my favorite restaurant in the Twin Cities. Each dish is truly an aesthetic experience, carefully prepared and beautifully presented. I love the five-course tasting menu!4/25/2013 12:00:00 AM2nd time at Piccolo, always2nd time at Piccolo, always treated extremely well. Food was great as usual, staff was very welcoming. We celebrated our 5th anniversary that night and were sent home with a Happy Anniversary card signed by the entire staff. The small touches make this place the gem that it is.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMSteep prices --> 4-stars onlyFantastic tastes! Small portions but intense flavor. Perfect for weight watchers who still want to enjoy life. Would go there more often if prices were a little lower though. But they have a small dining room so they don't seem to have a problem filling it. Oh well, reserve the place for special occasions then.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMDazzling!Amazing meal!!
We had four in our party, and each of us ordered the 5-course tasting menu. The tasting menu allows the diner to select one of three choices in five different categories for a five-course meal. Reading the menu ahead of time made us a bit worried...fermented asparagus? Parsnip milk? Octopus bisque? Never fear. Every item on the menu (and between the four of us we tried literally every menu item) was dazzling. Presentation was perfect for each course. With an excellent red and an excellent white wine on our table, we had just the right complement at all times for the food.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMAs usual the food at PiccoloAs usual the food at Piccolo was outstanding. The wine list is reasonable and interesting with a good selection of wines by the glass and a nice full list. Doug is the most creative chef in the Twin Cities and his small plates are wonderful to share.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMLove this place! DeliciousLove this place! Delicious and creative food with friendly service; can't beat that. We come here to celebrate special occasions and this time around it was for our anniversary. Up arrival we were greeted with two glasses of champagne. The night ended with an anniversary card from the restaurant. I need more special occasions in my life...4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMI took my 17 eyar old daughtersI took my 17 eyar old daughters to Piccolo for their birthday- along with my 14 year old son. My kids enjoy very good/innovative food- we had a great night. The food, as always, was great and inventive- with a wide range of ingredients - octopus, frog legs, rabbit, etc. Our server was attentive yet relaxed - we all had the five course menu, plus cheese and enjoyed it thoroughly. I consider this one of the top 3 to 4 places in the Twin Cities for excellent, innovative food - and probably the best value. A great night.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMMy wife and I went there forMy wife and I went there for the first time to celebrate her birthday. We made the reservation through Open Table, and I let them know we were celebrating her special occasion. We were impressed by everything, except that the space is tiny and the only water closet is unisex and just steps from the front door. They greeted her with a happy birthday, which was nice, and included a little candle on the desert, which is common. However, the unusual act that made her smile was the little happy birthday card for her in our check.
If you like fine dining and can handle smaller portions of food at a fair price, this is an outstanding local treat.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMNothing Better than PiccoloHad just an outstanding experience at Piccolo. We were celebrating my partner's 50th birthday, and requested a special table. We arrived, were greeted with two glasses of champagne, and escorted to a private, quiet area with three tables. It was candle-lit, and beautiful. The food, service and ambiance were just amazing, and they treated us like royalty. We typically only dine at places like this for special occasions, and originally Victoria and Albert's at the Grand Floridian at Disney World took our top-spot for our tenth anniversary over ten years ago. Piccolo has now replaced them as our favorite memory---it simply could not have been any better.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMThe best restaurant in MinneapolisThe best restaurant in Minneapolis never fails to impress. About as perfect as a dining experience can be.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMas usual, an amazing experience.as usual, an amazing experience.
this months menu has an octopus bisque- silky,slightly smokey; beautiful sturgeon.
forget the chicken n waffles craze- go for pousain and frog legs! best gnochhi ever
as well as duck and veal breast (tricky to get right because of the tiny bones, but NONE in chef's hands)
for two, we had 2/3 of the list going for the five course tasting. this is without a doubt not only excitement in every bite but an incredibly vslue
piccolo is what dining can and should be; only a couple spots in town come close!4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was a fun experience.This was a fun experience. It would of been nice if they left the menu so we could have a better understanding of what our next course entailed, but in general it was a great experience. Me and My Girlfriend both loved it.4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had all 15 courses andWe had all 15 courses and were not disappointed. This is a tremendous spot and a total gem.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat place - the menu wasGreat place - the menu was fresh and artfully prepared.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMDined on a Monday eveningDined on a Monday evening with my wife. Server was friendly, informative and not a know-it-all snob! Both had the 5-course. Notable dishes were the duck, rabbit, lobster and egg with pickled pigs foot. Could not believe how small this place is, great for a date.
I would like to add that the 5-course was just the right amount of food.3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMSmoked octopus bisque wasSmoked octopus bisque was awesome. Best carrot cake.3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was beautiful, imaginativeThe food was beautiful, imaginative and delicious. The five course meal was well paced and the servers were friendly and knowledgeable. Overall, we had high expectations and even our high expectations were surpassed.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMBeautiful, intensely flavoredBeautiful, intensely flavored food, thoughtful and affordable wine list. Portions are piccolo so not a good place to share among many, but the tasting menu is a generous amount of food for the biggest appetites. (Plus you can eat their stellar bread and butter without worrying.) Great stop on a midwestern eating tour!3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing Tasting MenuFantastic flavors & presentations in just the right portions!3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMFlavorful Minimalist ArtWonderful combinations of unique flavors and textures lived up to the stunning minimalist presentation. We will return. (Probably not the place to take your Uncle Waldo from Peoria, without giving him a sandwich first.)3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food is excellent, creative,The food is excellent, creative, original, sometimes magical.
In winter when you sit by the door the cold drafts are unpleasant.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was excellent, as wasFood was excellent, as was the service. Staff was knowledgable and friendly, and the food was innovative, fresh, and delicious. Dining area is small and intimate. Seating is close to other patrons, but was not an issue for us.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was spectacular andThe food was spectacular and it is a nice cozy spot to eat. The waitress was a little stand-offish tho.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMFood as art.Dinner was outstanding! - I'm gluten intolerant and was given a separate menu to choose from - Thank you! Every bite was delicious and the presentation was art. We all had the 5 course - I'd highly recommend it.3/9/2013 12:00:00 AM