an exceptional surprise, enjoyable.
we picked this place after reviewing on line, it far exceeded all expectations. The food delicious,service-knowledgeable and professional. My family ,friends and I ,plan on frequenting this establishment on many occasions. Excellent.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really like the noon pick-three
Really like the noon pick-three meal deal. Great choices of great food at a great price. The lunch crowd was very busy and understandably so.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant was a pleasant surprise. The Mexican was not your traditional tacos and enchiladas. The sauces had depths of flavor. Even the complimentary chips were paired with creative salsas. If you want to try a different type of Mexican, I suggest giving this place a try. The service was outstanding as well.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Date night Deal - great value
On Sunday nights they have a special date night deal: two appetizers, two entrees, two desserts and a bottle of wine for $50. The choices are fantastic. I highly recommend the guacamole...it was almost the best part of the whole dinner.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
At times we did not see a server for 5-10 minutes and then at one point we had 3 surrounding our table clearing plates and checking in on us. My food the chicken mole was overly sauced and I was a bit surprised that it was bone in chicken. My husband had the strip steak which was out of this world. Tender and juicy. Dessert was also great - the chirros especially. I am on the fence whether we would go back. Maybe for happy hour for the tacos and a plate of chirros.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
everything about Masa is great;
everything about Masa is great; great location, layout is fun and modern, the staff is friendly and the drinks are tasty.
Where I thought things fell flat was with the food. It wasn't bad at all, it was just underwhelming.
Our table ordered 3 appetizers and all three were just OK. I ordered the beef tenderloin and it was perfectly cooked (m.rare) but it was luke warm. (maybe i just like to receive my food hot??) Oh and i felt like i left hungry, the portions are small.
I like what Masa is doing with trying to gourmet Mexican food - but at their prices, this somehow it missed the mark.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good outdoor dining
Excellent guacamole appetizer, although one more vegie (carrots?) with it would be good. Very good seabass and shrimp entrees. Nice dining outdoors on the Nicollet Mall in the heart of Minneapolis.
9/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Downtown Lunch Spot.
Mas has a great lunch special menu. I have never ordered anything I didn't enjoy. The fresh limeade and the Cafe' Olla are always delicious as well.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unique & great tasting entrees
We enjoyed the variety of the great mexican food offered. What we selected wasn't the same old cuisine but was unique and extraordinarily flavorful. The service was friendly and we hope to come back when we visit Minnesota again.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fit for Foodies
Truly. A wonderful gastronomic experience. I will return on my next trip to Minneapolis.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Haven't been in here in years!
We hadn't been to Masa in years, but I am glad we went. I had the sea bass and my husband had the taco trio (fish and 2 pork). We both loved our generously portioned meals. We had the tres leches cake for desert and thought it was some of the best we've had. I'd definitely go again and am glad that we gave this restaurant another try.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Mexican Food ... with a twist
Masa is not your standard Mexican restaurant, although it does have the "standards" (guacomole, tacos, enchiladas etc) on the menu. There are enough special touches in the preparation and presentation to make this a great dining experience. I had hibiscus tea as a beverage (unsweetened), which was refreshing with the food since I don't drink beer. The home made chips came with three different salsas - a green tomatillo, a smoky red and a "take the top of your head off" habenero. I recommend the jalapenos relleno (with chorizo) but only if you can take the heat. I was glad I ordered this. For an entree, I tried the "mix and match" taco trio, and had grilled steak, carnitas and a roasted pork with pinapple and other spices. Excellent!
9/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Matt was a great help in navigating
Matt was a great help in navigating the beverage and food menus. My guests had a wonderful evening!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the food, the ambience, etc. Nothing bad to say!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, great service.
Good food, great service. Cheap date night was a GREAT deal.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had a salad with pears ( I think) and cheese that was excellent. The chips were really good, too.
I had the chicken enchiladas, which were fine.
9/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Can't say enough good things about the food. Prices were reasonable for downtown. Wine list was extensive and the Margaritas were perfect. Service was great. All in all it was a wonderful dinner dining experience.Sadly we didn't have room for dessert, but we'll go back and will recommend Masa to our friends!
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always, the food was amazing. Service was also great. Took a while to get the chips compared to the other tables, but who wants to fill up with chips before a great meal?!
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to Masa after going to see Wicked. The food was great and it is a really fun place. If you are looking for a quiet evening this is not the place to go. The atmosphere is very warm and energetic. The only complaint that I have are the chairs. They are wooden and look great but are not that comfortable. I am looking forward to going back again to try some of their adult beverages. I am currently pregnant so had to stick to non-alcoholic, of which I might add the Limeade is amazing.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
I really enjoy eating here,
I really enjoy eating here, great food, great service, and a great atmosphere. I will be back soon!
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
however the wait time for our party of 16 for food was over an hour.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch options are great! We
Lunch options are great! We each tried 3 different items from the menu - and all were great! I especially enjoyed the mango and jicama salad. Hope to return soon.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious fresh Mexican
Masa has a lot to offer, including a terrific lunch deal of 3 small plates (including taco, 1/2 torta, or soup) for $10. It's also a great place if you are gluten-free. I especially love the Camerones al Mojo de Ajo (shrimp with garlic and chilis, served with white rice and avacado). Addictive!
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for a work lunch
Loved the food; moderately priced lunch menu offered great choices; service was very good (I only kept it from "outstanding" as they were very, very busy and you could tell the staff was on the run!).
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the bar
Had an awesome dinner at the bar. Love the Chicken Tamale. The service at the bar is great too. Fun conversation and a tequila tasting. Thanks Ryan and Lance!
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
After a great lunch at Masa last week, my family joined me during MEA weekend when they were out of school. We ordered the lunch specials and split one of them. That way we had room for the three desserts we ordered to share! Food was wonderful - especially appreciated by the two mejicanos in our group. The five-year old ordered his own sandwich with salad and rice which he completely devoured. The desserts we ordered were the churros with chocolate (delicioso), the flan, and the crepes with cheese and caramel sauce. Not a bite was left! Generous portions of food. Excellent service all around.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Latin delight every dish was
Latin delight every dish was so fresh & the flavors were delicious. The ahi tostadas must try!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Masa is outstanding! The Diablolita Margaritas are a great combo of flavor and spice. I was with a date and the service was excellent and our server knew the menu to helpuss with our choices. While our dinner took a little longer than expected it didn't make the experience any worse. I honestly could have waited another hour for our food to arrive and wouldn't have minded. The atmosphere is bright and welcoming, one of the best restaurants I've been to in my life.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Masa before a concert
I'll get the bad news out of the way first -- they have 3 beers on tap, none of them noteworthy. If a poor beer selection is the worst thing you can say about a restaurant, I guess that says something too.
Service was excellent, and except for a brief period where a nearby large table was capturing our server's attention, they were at our table at least a half dozen times during the meal.
The food was great, simple and full of flavor. My wife's dish was too spicy for her, but she is not a fan of hot food. Nothing, in my opinion, was overly spiced, although we did not try the habanero salsa -- I'm not that crazy.
Dessert -- tres leche cake -- was possibly the best tres leche I've ever had, and it is a favorite of mine.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good meal but felt rushed
The service at Masa is incredibly attentive... to a fault. We loved our waiter, but felt that we were being rushed to order dinner, finish, and get out of there so they could turn the table.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
great end to resturant week
We had a great server and great food. We will be back!
10/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Modern Mexican cuisine
Traditional flavors and dishes served in a clean and modern way. Great service - manager goes to all of the tables to ask how is everything. Servers are very helpful. Overall experience is excellent.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Margarita de Diabolito!
My brother and I along with our spouses were looking for a place to eat before the Sunday Night Football game. Both relocating from Colorado and not residing in the Cities proper, we naturally took to the web looking for a spot. Masa indeed fit the bill.
We ordered from the Happy Hour menu and it is a great deal. A la carte gourmet tacos at $2.50 a piece can't be beat! I also had a tamale de Puerco and being of Hispanic descent and picky about tamales, this tamale was FANTASTIC. My husband has deemed Masa the best Mexican food we've found since moving from Colorado.
We sat at the bar and the bartender was very friendly and helpful navigating the menu. I had the Margarita de Diabolito by his recommendation and was very pleased.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, excellent service
Took advantage of Masa'a Dia de los Muertos menu, and enjoyed it thoroughly! The waiter was extremely helpful in suggesting options without being overbearing, and his recommendations proved to be spot on. I will definitely consider Masa for future dining opportunities.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Masa is great!
My husband and I went out for a nice dinner as a date night without the kid. Masa was wonderful. Food was excellent. Service great. The Black rice with calamari is so good my husband almost ordered it for desert
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
wonderful dining experience
So much fun. Wesley our server did an outstanding job and made my out of town friends feel at home. I would definately recommend this restaurant to friends.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent in just about every way, and the Date Night special is a bargain that's hard to beat. In spite of the very reasonalbe price, nothing is compromised, from a good selection of truly fine items to unexcelled service and decent wine. One complaint: I presume the music is Mexican Pop, but whatever it is it's too loud and distracting.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Lunch Spot
I always find myself going back to this favorite. They have a great pick three menu for 10.95 that can't be beat!
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not for little ones.
The food was delicious! I will definitely go back there again! I love Mexican food with flavor and spice, and this place had both. That being said, it was not somewhere I would bring my child again. They did have menu with kids items on it but it was far from a "kids" menu. The server's idea of quick was 20 minutes. And that was just to ring my card.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
I was expecting Masa to be good, but the food even exceeded my expectations. The ceviche had a nice twist to it, and the meals were hearty without being TOO filling. Loved the salsa, too!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Don't overlook this unique eatery.
Fresh, upscale, fantastic take on Mexican cuisine. Not a bad item on the menu. Excellent lineup of unique margaritas including the Diabolita, a blend of fresh juices and habanero tequila that has moderate heat. You will not regret eating here or taking someone here for something a little different than the usual boring steak dinner. Quiet, upscale, modern but not too modern ambience. Great for a romantic evening or a quiet client or business meeting.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enjoyed the food and atmosphere of the restaurant. Quality dining and service!
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
I live in Chicago but travel to downtown Minneapolis a few times every year. I ALWAYS eat at Masa. It's menu is interesting, fresh and delicious. A fantastic dining experience. The drinks are outstanding as well. A fantastic dining experience.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a hit
I have been to Masa on three occasions for lunch. I am always so impressed by the delicious food and awesome service! I love this place and feel like it is a hidden gem for lunch or dinner. I have had a couple of dinners here as well, and have been equally impressed. Great job, Masa!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Just love the food at Masa! Ambiance has a very modern feel, and service is great.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have been to this restaurant and been pleased before, brought my parents here for date night. WONDERFUL across the board. Food is delicious and service was great. It was pretty quiet for Sunday date night, would have been nice to have a more full restaurant.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went for dinner with my mom an old friend from California. Last time we were all together was in Mexico so this place seemed fitting. It was fantastic, the tamales are to die for and the drinks are just as good! Liz was an amazing server, loved hearing her talk about the menu. Tried a drink called the Piñata with vodka, grilled pineapple, jalapeños and cilantro. I've been trying to figure out how to recreate it since I got home. I will definitely be back!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food, good service
Both the food and service were good. We were not rushed out of our table which is nice these days.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful dinner experience!
A long time favorite - wonderful, innovative (yet not "out there") dishes, exceptional service and a warm, contemporary vibe.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
We hit MASA pre-holidazzle parade. Service was fast without being pushy, food was great and the margaritas were tasty (half off during happy hour). Our 5 year old enjoyed the decor and the food. Gluten free items available.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM