Porter and Frye
Porter and Frye
  • Address:
    1115 Second Avenue South
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown / North Loop
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Porter and Frye

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://porterfrye.com/
  • Phone: 6123533500
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: 6:30-11:00 (Mon-Fri), 7:30-2:00 (Sat & Sun)
    Lunch: 11:00-2:00 every day
    Dinner: 5:30-10:00
    Bar Menu: 3:00-11:30
    Happy Hour: 4:00-6:00 Mon-Fri, 10:00-12:00 Mon-Thurs;
    $4 beer, $5 cocktails, $6 wine, $5 food
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Parties up to 20 are welcome. We offer semi private spaces with curtains separating the space from the main dining room. We can also accommodate a group of up to 30 for cocktails and light fare Sunday through Thursday on the main level. Porter&Frye is the obvious choice. Event space available for functions up to 100 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Restaurant Manager 612-353-3500

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Eleventh Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Nearby parking facilities are available for self parking. We offer valet parking at the entrance of the Ivy Hotel on Eleventh Street for $8.00 for up to 4 hours.
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Porter and Frye reviews from OpenTable diners
1 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelQuiet
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  • Independence Weekend '14
    JeanMW
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Interior decoration is as refined as the wonderful Hotel Ivy which the restaurant is within. Range of entrees suited our party of 5 gentlemen. Each dish was interchangeable among us and not one less satisfying than the next. As the only party present, service was understandably attentive. With reasonable prices given the overall quality of the establishment I would recommend this restaurant to anyone within reasonable driving distance and certainly everyone staying at Hotel Ivy.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic
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  • The wait staff was wonderful,
    Texasimmigrant
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The wait staff was wonderful, and the food was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Great food - terrible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    The food is worth it if you are willing to put up with painfully slow service. Our waitress could not get our drinks to the right person not matter how many rounds we ordered - which resulted in mixed up bills. Waiting long periods between drinks, ordering apps, food arriving, ordering dinner, etc. However the food was spectacular and for the price worth waiting for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good - service was lacking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Food was fine, though a little uninspired. Service was very, very slow.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I assumed Porter and Frye would be a good date night spot on Valentines day due to the proximity to Hotel Ivy but I was mistaken. The service was sub par, our hostess and waiter seemed out of place; both were extremely awkward and not engaging at all. The food was a major let down, we ordered the artisan cheese starter and what came out was embarrassing. There were 5 small blocks of cheese, a few store-sold butterfly shaped crackers, some generic dried apricots, a few sprinkled seeds and a dash of honey. The saving grace were the fig halves but there were only 3 of those on the plate and they seemed store bought as well. I ordered the risotto and was delivered a bland dish that seemed more like oatmeal. Do not recommend.
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  • Eh...
    vday
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    It seemed to me that my entrée (Steak Diane) was pre-prepared. While it wasn't a bad steak, I felt like I was getting a meal at a wedding reception. My other complaint was that our server (who was very nice) did not seem well versed on the wine selection and pairings. I did like the feel of the dining room and thought the location was good.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    SandraVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went there on Valentine's Day with my husband as we were staying at The Ivy. We ordered the lobster tail dinner for two for $75.00. The lobster was fine, not great, but the sides were very disappointing. The baby carrots and broccolini were barely warm and the potato side was luke warm as well and uninspired. Would not go back.
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  • Valentine's dinner
    mladeahVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We Decided To Have Dinner Here For Valentine's Day. Our Server Was Great And The Food Was Fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • decent food, not Midwest modern
    trev
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Our nicoise salad was composed of well prepared ingredients, but had poor construction. I should not require a knife to enjoy a salad. Matching yams Obrien to duck breast may have seemed creative, but did not work well with the rhubarb glaze, and would have been a better starch for breakfast than dinner.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the food and the creative
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Love the food and the creative cocktails at this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pleasantly surprised
    judester
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Porter and Frye was a great place for a pre-symphony dinner - we parked in the ramp and walked in the skyway - protected from the below zero weather. Nice wine list. Food was very good - served hot - and cooked to each diner's liking. About the same price range as the Hilton, where we've gone often - but Porter and Frye was much, much better in all ways. All 4 diners gave it a thumbs up - we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, convenient location
    Tentpeg
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    We enjoyed a business lunch meeting here. Good food and close to the convention center.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but service needs work
    bogieproVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    My wife and I ate here for dinner due to a stay at Hotel Ivy. We were hesitant due to previous reviews about bad service, but we decided to give it a try. Food was great! Both of us had the Steak Diane. We also had the Caesar salad and calamari to start. Given our expectations beforehand, we were not surprised by service issues when they occurred. Second cocktail (ordered during appetizers) arrived after meal was finished. Overall, we both enjoyed the food. However, a $100 credit from our hotel reservation helped bias my review. We also ate here for breakfast on Sunday. Again, great food but service issues were very noticeable.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average experience for price points
    UrbanDiners
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Charcuterie plate very disappointing and we've had several at similar venues. The salad was also ho-hum and unremarkable. We shared a moderate priced entree Tilapia pineapple that was nice but none of the dishes were inspiring for the value. The cocktails were a tad more interesting. Two starters, an entree and desert with 4 drinks $125 plus tip. I can think of a dozen places I would have been happier with we wanted to try something new
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  • NYE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    The calamari was amazing! The New York strip was a great cut of meat although it lacked any flavor. It could use a rub. I was surprised how quiet it was for NYE. The ambience was nice. Our server was really nice. I would probably try this place again.
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    special occasion, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Typical hotel restaurant
    NotAfoodie
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    Went there for lunch. Maybe a half dozen other tables occupied. Bartender was our server (ok, it's lunchtime in a hotel restaurant, I get that). Menu has some different things on it. Food presentation was good. Food taste was average at best. I wouldn't say the experience was a disappointment, however I wouldn't go back. There are much better places to eat downtown.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Girls Weekend Dinner
    JusinDine
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Great place to hang out for a few drinks and get a bite to eat!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ask for Nancy!!
    William
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    I have entertained clients for years at Porter and Frye and must say the only constant positive is server Nancy. The hotel has been through multiple management changes, yet Nancy is always upbeat, professional and knowledgeable. I have endured prima donna bartenders, missing or untrained hosts, and managers that wouldn't cut it at Perkins, yet Nancy soldiers on with a smile. I go back for the Caesar salad, Steak Diane, but some idiot nixed hash browns from the menu. Rumor has it there is yet another management group coming to town. Hope they keep Nancy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Porter & Frye is a nice surprise!
    jonb
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    Food & Ambience is very nice @ Porter & Frye. Its not a top-of-the-mind place but its very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ribs
    toner
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    The evening special was ribs (german potato salad) and we were not expecting it to be such a good portion. We assumed that because it is a more upscale restaurant that the portions would be smaller. In this case the there were over 12 ribs. We split a caesar salad and the rib dinner and it was more than enough for both of us. The bread and butter were excellent too. We don't drink so cannot comment on beverages.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meza Meza
    tnlee
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    The service was exceptional, but the food was not as good as it used to be when it first opened--and neither was the dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would Go Elsewhere
    MCM1
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    Food was fair. Noise level was way too loud. Even though made a reservation, table was awful (next to front door), server doubled as bartender so you can imagine how much attention we got, food delivery person had no idea who ordered what, prices way too high for this kind of quality/service. Would take your money elsewhere.
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  • Enjoyable Dinner for 8
    jlou
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    I came here with a group of 8 and had a very enjoyable night. Good food, good service, good ambiance, etc. This is my third time dining at this restaurant and all have been very positive experiences. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Porter & Frye Improvements
    JannyVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Porter & Frye is now a place to go for good food & cocktails! The menu has been much improved by a new chef and will please the diner who wants American food with a twist. The lobster mashed potatoes are a big hit, as well as the ever-popular Steak Diane.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Business Dinner
    KeroseneVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    P & F handled our 11-person business dinner flawlessly. There were very few other patrons in the restaurant from 7-9 pm on a Tuesday, so it was quiet and we were in good hands. Servings were generally hearty, with a few interesting recipes. Drink options were fairly basic.
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  • Usually better, but...
    MikeBVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    I am usually impressed with the food at Porter & Frye. Had lunch there the other day and while the server recommended the walleye sandwich, I was not impressed. The portion of fish was small compared to the bread/bun and it was fried too long. The breading was too crispy and that made the fish not moist. We were almost the only two in the restaurant over lunch, so I would hope that they would have time to take extra care that the meal was perfect. Disappointing effort.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    JSper
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    The food was excellent. We ate there and ordered food to go to eat later. It was excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Entertaining for business
    Ferazz
    Dined on 8/12/2013
    Knowing the restaurants downtown I expected the food to be better especially for the price. I thought the restaurant had a nice ambiance but the food and the service was lacking.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Convention Center Convenient
    SolOVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2013
    Was in Minneapolis for a trade show at the Convention Center. Both an associate and I had scheduled lunch meetings with clients. Surprisingly there are almost no restaurants near the Convention Center. Found P&F and though it had mixed reviews, decide to give it a try as did my co-worker. Restaurant was a few minutes walk from the Convention Center. Ambiance was fine although after it filled up, it got fairly noisy. There was a limited lunch menu and the food was good. Wouldn't say outstanding but definitely some interesting choices. I had duck quesadilla. Charged extra for guacamole which they could never get away with in LA. Bottom line is that Porter and Frye is great for a break from the the junk they serve at the Convention Center.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great experience
    Primates
    Dined on 6/4/2013
    excellent food. service was a bit slow but was a busy nite. would definitely go there again. view of park at sundown is lovely. very nice experience and host was very acommodating when we had to add one more person to our party at the last minutes.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • May be better for dinner
    Mariana
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    Nice Restaurant, but food was not that amazing. Don't get me wrong, food is not bad at all, but it didn't seem any fancy either; plates are a little pricey for their portion size. Bummer that not all items on the on-line menu are available for lunch
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing dinner
    pacer
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Out of 6 people dining only one was happy with the meal and that only after the initial meal was replaced by a second one. The meals are nothing special, overpriced and service is very average.
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  • We were treated as insignificant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/7/2013
    Met a vendor at this spot close to the Convention Center, who was working the AATS Meeting, for proximity. We had noon reservations and were 10 minutes early. We were pushed through the meal because the staff feared the Docs coming from the convention at noon would make the experience troublesome for the serving staff to serve us. Speaking with the Host, and while we were seated interacting with the waiter, the staff had reiterated the impending rush from the surgeons at the meeting. They rushed us in and out of the restaurant. Not particularily professional or welcoming. Surgeons put their pants on the same way you do, eat the same food and tip the same way. As a local who could promote a good experiance locally, it failed to impress me.
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  • Lovely dinner
    PrairieDad
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Everything was fine. It is a very nice atmosphere. There were not many people in our area so our group was able to have a nice dinner conversation among the whole table. The one comment I would make is we were seated on the street level near the open stairway. A group downstairs started to get loud and the stairway was like a megaphone. We couldn't quite hear the jokes but we knew if it was funny. I would be concerned if there would be a full house how loud the volume would be.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was good, however, the
    Aruba99VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Food was good, however, the service was slow and out of sync. Waiters tried to deliver food to our table several times from other orders, not ours. Took longer than seemed reasonable.
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  • I thought P and F was solid;
    GWGLVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2013
    I thought P and F was solid; however, I was not blown away.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was okay, but short
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/19/2013
    The food was okay, but short of my expectations for this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had 8 pm reservations.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    We had 8 pm reservations. We arrived a little early and were graciously shown to a table when one opened up. We ordered a bottle of wine before our meal, which the waitress opened it up at our table. We were seated at leather high-backed chairs which made our experience feel rich. Our candle went out twice and our wait staff very obligingly relit it for us. This restaurant is very suitable for a date or a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great space in Elliot parkish
    keithVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Great space in Elliot parkish neiborhood -- not many in this location, so great for us east side downtowners to have a place like Porter and Frye to get to!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • Good main course, uninspired
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Good main course, uninspired salad courses and decent chocolate cake. B+ overall for Valentine's day.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic