The food and service here were great as usual. There is always something new to try and their specials are always flavorful and original. We had the fish tacos and honestly there was enough food for two dinners. Of course I finished it all though.
2/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful food, skilled and
Wonderful food, skilled and excellent service and top notch drinks. It was a mid-week evening and very quiet. Will definitely return again.
3/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had a large party there
We had a large party there for a birthday, and everything was wonderful. The service was fantastic. This is the second time I have had a large group event at Sapor and both times they have been incredibly accommodating.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Upscale food at good price!
Great service and interesting and tasty food choices.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Can't go wrong at Sapor
Sapor is one of our city's true gems. The bar is as pretty and cozy as any. The food as been great and inventive for years and remains so. Not a pick-up spot, but a great place for a intimate date or a for a group of friends to eat great food and enjoy interesting drinks. Ps try the Kung Pao fries!
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a nice downtown neighborhood restaurant.
Also so unusual to see a menu that had entree's in the $18 to $22 range that weren't burgers and sandwiches.
The carrot soup was outstanding, the eggplant was voted the best entree of our table. Stewed Chicken nice and spicy and the curry shrimp delightful.
Our server Julie, made it an wonderful evening. One of the best servers we have had in the last 3 years.
Oh... try the olives!
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another great experience!!!
My wife and I are big fans of Sapor. We have have always had exceptional services, great food, inventive cocktails, and just overall great experiences. This visit was no different. I had a wonderful play on a bloody mary for a cocktail. My wife had an excellent eggplant dish and I had a wonderful shrimp dish. Sapor is truly one of our Top 3 restaurants in the Twin Cities.
We hope Sapor continues to provide this level of service and quality of food.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Sapor is a real gem of a "neighborh
Sapor is a real gem of a "neighborhood" restaurant. The Thai grilled shrimp was exceptional, and my three companions all enjoyed their dishes. There is a wide array of deliciously drinkable cocktail/beer selections, and the welcoming and attentive service was spot on. This place has a great, cross-generational vibe!
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Gathering with colleagues
We were a group of 10 and the setting was excellent for that. The service was good...not 'interuptive' but 'attentive', the food was excellent, and the decor is lovey and allows for conversation. I noted the bar area as we were leaving and plan to come back with my partner and have dinner there one weeknight!
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
We'll go there again.
We are very fortunate to be friends with another couple whom we have dinner with on a very regular basis. The decision of where we have dinner changes from month to month. This past Thursday (5/2/2013) it was my responsibility to chose a place to have dinner and after checking out the reviews provided by "Open Table" I decided on the Sapor Café. Much to my delight we were all more than satisfied with the setting, the service, the meal, and also the cost of our dining experience. That being said, we all agreed that in the not to distant future we will return to the Sapor Café.
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Business Lunch Location
Good place to meet for a business lunch discussion. This is one of the few lunch places that you can actually hear without loud side chatter and clanking dishes to talk above. The waitstaff was respectively attentive. Simple interior, tastefully done. Reasonable prices for lunch - a sit-down sandwich down the street starts at $9, so there are some good choices here in the $7 - $14 range. Portion sizes were just right for lunch. Menu is short but mixes up different flavors and cuisines. We ordered the falafel salad, pancetta burger, grilled chicken romaine salad. All were very good and simply presented. Do NOT skip the warm sourdough rolls, dab of herb butter served on the side OR the chocolates you get with the check!
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
A nice restaurant close to
A nice restaurant close to downtown Minneapolis where I can always get a reservation.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
great food, bartender, waitstaff
everything welcomes you to Sapor. We sampled 4 different menu items and they were all excellent. Try the specialty drinks.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
I liked the tastes and the ambiance.
Our group was really happy with the modest noise levels.
This is a function of not trying to crowd too many in the dining room
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was great, like the
The food was great, like the mission states, they had tastes from around the world. They had really good housemade drinks as well that paired well with the food. We went on a weekday night, and while it was kind of late we were the only group there and had pretty poor service. Our waitress was nice when she was there, but we went long stretches where she just vanished. I hope that it was just an off night and that the people at the bar had better service.
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent service. We had
Excellent service. We had a group of 24 that grew to 27 at the last minute and they dealt with the huge party with no problems. The menu is short, simple, and full of excellent choices.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
It's a secret gem!
We always come away from a meal at Sapor's wishing we lived in the neighborhood. Good variety in what's offered for carnivores and vegetarians of all sorts. We appreciate being able to choose among small or large entrees. Great cocktails and very food-friendly wine list. Service is always amiable. Lots of good vibes all around.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
I recently held a big group get-together here for dinner. Sapor was very accommodating as the group number grew. The wait-staff were quite friendly and made good suggestions, and kept a good eye on our drinks throughout the evening. We even had a friend that couldn't make it send 2 bottles of champagne for those attending! Overall the ambience, staff, and food were really good. Perhaps a little pricey, and maybe not as many food choices as other restaurants but an overall good time, good experience.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food, Attentive Service
Sapor is a wonderful place to bring your friends - foodies or not. The setting is soft contemporary w/ comfortable seating, and big expanses of window. The small but well laid out bar is active w/a good drink menu. It is separated from the dining area which minimizes noise.
But enough about the lovely setting. The menu features a small number of well- prepared dishes from a variety of world cuisines along w/many locally sourced ingredients. We shared a soft shell crab sandwich cooked in cornmeal and served w/aioli, Thai shrimp with/jicama, and an Ethiopian dor wort(sp?) w/injera (a flat bread), Harissa spiced yogurt, and curried chick peas. The mix of flavors and quality of ingredients received raves all around.
Service was great, too.
5/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
We always enjoy the unique
We always enjoy the unique menu and presentation of the food at Sapor Café. It is always fresh and local" in-season food". We are never disappointed. One benefit of eating here is that you do not have to go all the way into the downtown congestion if you are coming in from the suburbs. They are located just north of the warehouse district on Washington so you do not hit the congestion. Plus they have a free parking lot across the street in the evenings so it is an easy "in-out" if you want it. It is so simple to enjoy Sapor that we find ourselves coming there often.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Oh, what a night!
We, 2 couples, had a wonderful evening. Started with drinks and apps on the patio, then they happily moved us inside when the mosquitos appeared - both settings were lovely.
Our server, Topher, took very good care of us and we enjoyed every dish and drink immensely.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the food! The service
Loved the food! The service was great! I would highly recommend this restaurant
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good food and excellent
Very good food and excellent service. A good value too.
6/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food, no fuss
Had the warm shrimp with jicama and other veggies - fabulous. I also had the grilled asparagus which had a delicious flavor. A lovely place with good food and good service. Most of the folks sat outside that evening but we chose to be some of the only folks inside. Great place to catch up with friends!
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great fun
If you're looking for something a bit different and very tasty, Sapor is the place to go. From Topher's homemade cocktail concoctions to Tanya's appetizers, main dishes and dessert, it's all wonderful. The staff is super friendly and very interested in making sure you enjoy your dining experience. Free parking in downtown is a bonus.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the cocktail selections! Would love to go back and hang at the bar. Food was good, too.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great summer dinner outside
We sat outside and enjoyed a light dinner early on a Saturday in July. Flavorful food with excellent service.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love Sapor! The menu has a few items that always there in addition to the worldly ever changing specials. I have eaten cuisine from Cuba to Ethiopia to Korean to Thai and beyond as well as a Sapor's delicious French fries (always with a spirally aioli) and their great happy hour burger. I LOVED the Black bean Juicy Lucy with chihuahua queso served open face on a homemade tostada topped with delicious homemade salsa and guacamole. SO Friggin GOOD! And Topher makes the most fabulous cocktails, my favorite is the Parsienne Roux. I would HIGHLY, highly recommend Sapor for any occasion!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the established warehouse-dis
Loved the established warehouse-district feel. Not trendy, in a good way. Small, but interesting menu. Personable service. Will return.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Semi special occasion for four. All food choices were wonderful. Good list of cocktails, wine and beer. Excellent service with pleasant and very attentive staff. Looking forward to returning again and won't need a special occasion to do so.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Such a great Lunch
My girlfriend and I had an extra long lunch on a crummy Monday afternoon at Sapor Cafe. We shared the mac n cheese and Pancetta burger and they were both wonderful!!
Made the rest of our Monday afternoon bearable.
Thank you Julie for the awesome service and recommendations.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best night in along time
I dined with my husband and 21 year old daughter. We all had something different and everything was wonderful. Every bite was delicious, so delicious we felt we couldn't pass on dessert which was also phenomenal. I will highly recommend this restaurant to family and friends.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sapor Great as usual
Will be coming more often...some new things on the menu..great staff...KEEP IT UP!
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
I met a friend for an early dinner. It was beastly hot, and the restaurant was very quiet—which was great for us as we chatted. I had Thai grilled shrimp, and it was quite lovely—just the right amount of heat, served on a bed of jicama and mango. Topped off the meal with a molten chocolate cake. Very nice. Would definitely like to try some of their other dishes.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Finally, great food, quiet dining
Sapor is an amazing place. Choices from Steak to Thai Shrimp to a flavorfull Ethiopian dish and choices in between. Julie Steenerson has done it all jusr right. And the bartender has been quite creative with handmade tonics, and handmade Lemoncello - with - I think - lemon thyme. And the prices were all quite affordable. If you want great service, creatively done entres and drinks, an affordable wine list - and you are able to have a conversation with the person across the table from you, actually hear them, then Sapor is for you. A delightful change in the usual over-charged atmosphere with the rock star chef and - while great food - but everyone around you is inaudible due the din of noise from the room. Quiet, tasteful, first rate!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a pleasant surprise!
It's nondescript entrance opens to an inviting interior. Excellent service. Food nicely presented and delicious.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food, superb service
Sapor offers a small, perfect menu that offers unusual and well-executed dishes, it seems, from around the globe. My party of three enjoyed the entrees -- steak with nectarines was rated very highly, as was the spicy chicken. Buttermilk-based cucumber soup also wonderful and a great complement to the spicy chicken. Topher, our bartender and waiter, was engaging, informed and was excited to share what he knew at the bar and at the table. A great experience.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We frequently return to this
We frequently return to this neighborhood gem. Always something interesting and different on offer along with very well-prepared comfort items. Try the Chrystal Mary cocktail. Yummy.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gem in the Warehouse District
Great, inventive menu and excellent service. Awesome craft cocktails. Has always been great for larger groups as well. Love this place!
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Julie and Tanya provided a fabulous dining experience in all ways. Personal service, delicious food, quiet yet lively atmosphere. Menu ever changing and something for both of us even tho we have different tastes in food.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for catching up with friends!
It was perfect for catching up with friends. Service was flawless. Menu is short but quite varied so all will find something. Particularly imaginative vegetarian options. Noise level allows for conversation. Great cocktails. Overall fabulous evening.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sapor - excellent!
I was there for a friend date and wanted to go someplace quieter so we could actually catch up without yelling. We absolultely loved the drink menu (I had a Parisian Redhead...delish). The food tasted amazing but was not super filling (it would probably be perfect if you got a couple of appetizers though). Parking was easy. Atmosphere was perfect for us, although I probably wouldn't go there for a first date or any occasion where you need distractions or a high energy vibe, as it's more on the quiet side. I will go back.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great romantic setting
Quiet, quaint, great for a date. Limited menu but very good. Highly recommend.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Hops & Pork
I was pleased to find Indeed Mosaic on tap. As always, the food was delicious, this time the pork tenderloin sandwich. I'll be back soon.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed a very pleasant evening of fine dining in quiet room with excellent food and service.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
When you are looking for a dining option downtown, with an eclectic mix of flavors, head to Sapor. The servers were friendly and attentive. The cocktails were excellent, as was the food. Added to this all, free parking in their lot!!
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great option for vegetarians interested in unique and varied options. Food presentation exceptional. Also great service.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was the very first time 3 of my vegetarian friends had a jucy lucy. Recommended.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Will be back
Very impressed with Sapor! They were so wonderful to accommodate our group at the last minute. Everyone commented on how good their meals were. Our waiter (I believe it was Julie) was very attentive!!
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
An old friend revisited
I haven't been to Sapor for years - but I was looking for a place for a birthday dinner with friends - one of whom has hearing issues - and I remembered Sapor not being as loud as so many of the new restaurants are - and I remembered good food. What a delight to make acquaintance with this great place again - not loud, a genius cocktail menu, a small but perfect menu with a wide range of choices (2 for my vegetarian self) and prices that are reasonable. Add a server who was charming, as was the host (when I arrived freezing cold from my walk I was whisked to a table, my coat was taken and a cocktail menu brought immediately!) - I would not have asked for a better dining experience. I will visit again - much sooner...
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM