Several years ago, when I had lived in Minneapolis briefly, Barbette was one of my absolute favorite places to go. I found myself back in the cities recently and decided to bring my parents. Barbette did not disappoint. The food was fresh and original and delicious, the server was knowledgeable and the ambience was as beautiful as I'd remembered. Next time I'm in Minneapolis I will definitely make a point to go back.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Exquisite food, inattentive service
The scrambled eggs and rosti were absolutely perfect .The service was very slow.
5/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've dined here over a dozen times in the past four years, and Barbette is consistently outstanding. They change their menu periodically to keep from getting stale; even the art work changes. Not paticularly suited for larger groups of more than four, it's more of an intmate setting and a great place to take a date or to celebrate a special occasion.
6/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
loud and proud
wonderful food but the place is loud! dishes clanging. loud music piped in (on a Friday night). tables close together. Would reconsider on that fact alone (but I'm over 40 so it may be generational!)
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
My favorite restaurant!
I have never been disappointed at barbette. The food is excellent and thy have a great cocktails. The must haves are the mussels ( I don't eat them anywhere else) and the French gimlet
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Spot Near Lake Calhoun!
My wife and I stopped in for lunch around 1:00pm during the work week. We were planning to go to Tin Fish at Lake Calhoun but the line was way too long. Barbette was a great find and short walk from Lake Calhoun. The Royale with cheese sandwich was fantastic as were the pommes frites! Service was attentive, and we will come back again.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, fun location and decor
we had a nice meal - royale burger, turkey sandwich and the chai creme brulee. The chai creme brulee was the most creative dish we had and it was very tasty.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
A little spendy buy nice
We really enjoyed Barbette this last Sunday for brunch. They have awesome eggs bendict specials for brunch and tasty bloody marys! We each had a bloody, he had eggs benedict with zuccini, spinach and bernaise sauce, and I had classic eggs with ham and delicious hollandaise sauce. Our server was a little under-enthusiastic which is a downer since the place is so charming, wish her personality matched. We also love the art displayed inside and the eclectic decor. Makes for a relaxing environment, they have the option to sit outside but on this day it looked like rain. The only other downside, this place is spendy. $50 for drinks and breakfast for two. While it was delicious, we'll reserve this for special occassions only.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
I met a girlfriend there for
I met a girlfriend there for breakfast and had a wonderful time! We arrived a little early and there was only one gentleman serving the entire restaurant and patio. He was clearly busy, but we never felt neglected and our meals didn't take too long. We really enjoyed his use of language, "would you care to enlighten me as to how you would like your eggs cooked?" And, "might I bring the lady a bit more jam or honey?" I took a peek at the extensive wine list and will have to come back to enjoy it! We were also amazed that with such good service, food, and atmosphere that our meals were so inexpensive. A great first experience!
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, awesome ambiance, well worth the trip.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Brunch Group eats at Barbette!
Our brunch group meets monthly and trys to find new & interesting food. Barbette was a good choice. Four of the six of us had the specials and were delighted. The other two ordered the traditional breakfast (eggs, bacon & rosti) and found it good, though the rosti was bland. Coffee was delcious and plentiful.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall the experience was
Overall the experience was very good. I don't understand why the specials were priced so much more than the regular entries.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went for brunch- food was delicious, but even better was our waiter Peter! He was super happy and eager to serve us! Recommend the Brie omelette.
8/3/2013 5:00:00 PM
Definitely a do-over!!!!
Our first time there - food was amazing - fresh, awesome and so not your typical Perkins breakfast food.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Menu, Great Patio
I love Barbette. It's one of my favorites in Uptown, with a casual but funky atmosphere and an amazing, seasonal menu. The only disappointment from my recent visit is that the mussels were really small. Disappointing, but otherwise perfect! Also, if you check in on Yelp, you get a $4.00 glass of house wine or $3.00 draft beer!
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
My partner and I eat here once a week. While the staff can seem indifferent at times, the are all friendly when they get to know you. For is always fantastic. Nice night out.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great brunch spot!
I had been meaning to try this place for over a year and the built up excitement was not let down. It was great and I will definitely be coming back for brunch and dinner in the future. Great mimosas and delicious waffles with fruit!
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Inventive and delicious!
Our first experience at Barbette was a great one! We dined on a Monday night, and decided to take advantage of the Prix Fixe menu... 4 courses for $32/person! We really enjoyed 3 of the 4 dishes in this menu (the chicken livers were just okay). At the end of the meal, my husband and I decided to order a second dessert to split... the bourbon pecan pie! It was outstanding! I think next time we will forego the Prix Fixe and order entrees instead, because they all sounded delicious! Great place for couples as well as small groups. The presentation of each dish was amazing and the servers were very attentive and knowledgeable :-)
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great place to have a very good meal, glass of wine and delicious dessert at a very reasonable price.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had only been to Barbette
I had only been to Barbette for a quick lunch years ago...but I went back on Friday for a very important business dinner..and I have to say I was BLOWN AWAY! The food was AMAZING!! Every item that came out was just even more superb! The seasonal veggies ~ WOW! I have told more people...I was in heaven. The carrot cake reminded me of my grandmother's. Our server was great, the food was perfectly prices and the atmosphere was just fantastic. I already made my friend make her reservations for her 25th wedding anniversary next week. Thank you for a great experience!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thanks for dinner grandma!
Barbette has been on our list of places to try since moving to the Twin Cities a year ago. It is usually out of out price range as young professionals working in the non-profit/education world. However, grandma gave us a hundred bucks to spend as we liked so we did dinner and a movie at Barbette and the Lagoon. The dough only covered dinner and a round of drinks for us. That being said, we each ordered entrees and shared a salad and an "amusement." Our food was good...not excite your taste buds to the point of drooling...but quite good nonetheless. I'm sure we'll consider Barbettw in out possible dinner spots for the future though we'll certainly need another wad of cash from grandma to make it happen.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love this place for brunch, and the good news is you can get it every day.
8/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
I love Barbette
This is my favorite French restaurant in the twin cities. It's less expensive than the really fancy places (like Meritage) but tastes just as good. Although it is a bit of a splurge for my family, we like to come here as much as possible!
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
I would probably call this place more of a French fusion. I had the steak frites. It was good. The green beans were stellar. We started out with the blue and brie cheese plate which was amazing. The brie was very creamy. The wine selection was lacking. We asked for a recommendation which turned out to be too fruity for me but everyone has their own tastes. There was also a weird sediment on the bottom. I've seen sediment in wine before but this was weird because it looked like kosher salt but had no flavor. At first I thought it was broken glass but my date had the same sediment in hers. That was my main complaint. Also, it wasn't as cozy as I would have like it to be. Overall a 4 out of 5 in my book.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Charming Ambience and Great Service
Barbette is fun and cozy and the waiters are terrific. A very nice menu offers meals for the meat-eater and the vegetarian. Food is nicely prepared and inventive. We will be back!
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved our meal at Barbette! I think we were all members of the clean plate club!!!
Loved the mussels, the fondue, the fries (don't make me sound pretentious with saying pomme frites - we all know they are french fries!!!).
Friends adored the shrimp risotto and I finished every last morsel of the ravioli.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Main Course Meh
My girlfriend and I ordered the cheese plate, the pommes frites, and the brocolini. These items were incredible, almost perfect. Truffle honey, who knew? But the main course, the grilled shrimp risotto, was underwhelming. The risotto was only tolerable with the spicy, smokey flavor of the shrimp - those bites were great! But there was too much risotto, which was weak and unpalatable on its own.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Funa nd Funky
Great meal at Barbette. Interesting menu, nice specials. The "regular" greens salad really, really good, and big enough to share. Steak tartare to die for. Excellent risottos and fish special very tasty. GINORMOUS piece of carrot cake, enough to feed three or four! Reasonable prices. I brought out-of-town business folks who are foodies and they were very pleased.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
LOVE this neighborhood gem! The atmosphere is perfect for a romantic date night, ask for a quieter table. The servers are great and make really good recommendation so don't be afraid to ask.
Top choices: French Fries (award winning), herb whipped brie (you will want to eat it all yourself but its rich so I suggest you share), steak, and great drinks – ask for a Pimms Cup for one of the best in town.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
a bit of France
Delicious steak frites. My husband had moules & frites. Both excellent. We were in Minneapolis for a wedding and later discovered the bride and groom had had their first date at Barbette! Nice atmosphere, unpretentious but still somewhat elegant.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Exceeded My Expectations
Barbette provided my wife and I with one of the best dining experiences we've had in a long time. The service was terrific from start to finish. The food was exceptional and definitely the star of the evening. We were amazed to find that our lofty expectations were exceeded on this occasion. I highly recommend dining at Barbette to anyone.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Salad Ever
The green salad at Barbette is revelatory. I generally enjoy salads. Their's was so amazingly delicious and came piled satisfyingly high on the plate. I offset the good vitamins of the greens with equally delicious but less nutritions potato frites with saffron aioli. Yum!!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hip and delicious
Totally fun scene. Inventive, delicious cuisine. I had the whipped Brie - still talking about it - and the herb ravioli; my date had the charcuterie and the tartare.
Our service was perfect and the waitperson efficient and charming.
A lovely evening. Definitely will go back.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service
Jean-Paul Rousseau is always a gem. The brunch food is amazing. Be sure to order the Pommes Frites for a truly decadent brunch.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Food and Friendly
We went to Barbette the first time (this was our second time) because we were looking for a place to have a family party for my daughter, who was turning eighteen. At the time, their deserts tended toward the ethereal and they didn't take reservations (or perhaps not for so large a group as ours), but the restaurant set seats aside for us anyway and they ordered a cake. The food was great for the foodies, and they worked cheerfully with some members of my family who are, ahem, ahem, not so into food. So coming back to Minneapolis, we wanted to go back. The restaurant was just as good as we remembered, splendid food--superb lamb and goat, fab fries--friendly and careful service (the server took note of a food allergy). It is noisy though.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous food. OK service.
Food was simply fabulous. Service wasn't up to par for a resteraunt of this level. Very polite but not as attentive as it should have been.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had dinner there tonight for the first time. Carol, our server, was extremely helpful. In fact, she chose most of what we ate and was spot on! The wine was perfect. The duck was outstanding, tender and flavorful. The steak au poivre with frites was done to perfection; the sauce was marvelous. To top it off, we shared the carrot cake - perfection! We'll be back......a lot!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
hate to wait
our overall experience was good (again), though we waited a l o n g time for our food. we hadn't ordered anything complicated (eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes). perhaps there needed to be more people in the kitchen.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I wen to have lunch there. We enjoyed eating there, food was delicious.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a mixed bag lunch at Barbette during restaurant week. I regretted my decision to try the galette, especially after tasting my dining companion's delicious Beef Burgundy! The galette was definitely disappointing, it was not a galette at all but a philo pastry square that was way too crunchy and small. Oh well, I enjoyed the soup and I helped finish the delicious sauce from the Beef burgundy with some yummy bread, so that almost filled me up. The service was very attentive in any case!
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Definitely will come back!
I visited Barbette with a friend during restaurant week, & this has easily been my favorite meal this year! When we got there, for some reason, they couldn't find our reservation, & offered to seat us at the bar (which we were ok with). It was still very intimate and the ambience was nice. We had food from their restaurant week menu as well as oysters. Both were delicious, the oysters were really fresh, & the food portions were a good size. At the end of the night, I was extremely full & satisfied!!! Service was really great & we got a coffee & dessert on the house because of the mixup! My favorites were the pumpkin cheesecake & oysters. Definitely will be coming back here to try the rest of the menu out, or come for happy hour!
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Restaurant Week Choice
We found out about Barbette on our computer during Restaurant Week. We had never been there, so decided to try it
for lunch. It was a wonderful experience! The food was excellent! Our waiter was very attentive. There was a delay with
our second course because the kitchen only prepared one instead of two. However, our waiter surprised us with a free
dessert to share since we had to wait,
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dinner with friends
Excellent service, warm, efficient, and unpretentious. Fabulous wild acres chicken, superbly moist generous portion on this dish and amazing flavor. Friend ordered the fish special and raved about it as did my husband about his NY Strip. Our first visit, and we will definitely return often for the comfortable casual atmosphere with outstanding food.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Loved my first visit and the seasonal vegetable hash! I will be back!
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
We've been here before but always try something new and have never been disappointed. This time we had to try their french fries and they were delicious and served in huge portions. It is definitely a hot spot for brunch so a reservation is a good idea.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food. Glad we had time.
We arrived at 5:45 and didn't leave until 8:30. True, the 6 of us were chatting and had apps, main course and desserts, but the service was painfully slow. The waiter was very knowledgeable, but the time between courses and we often had to flag down the waiter to get assistance.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great from start to finish
This place went beyond my expectations. The food and service could not have been better. The Brie was excellent and we went right for the daily specials for our entrees, the mahi mahi and beef tenderloin were great. We will be back!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Took m' lady for her birthday dinner. Love that place, great food, service and ambience. Love the art that covers the south wall too. Perfect night.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beaujolais Nouveau Prix Fixe
My wife and I had a very enjoyable evening dining on the prix fixe menu for the celebration of the Beaujolais Nouveau. My favorite course was the soup it was my first ever taste of Apple Celeriac Soup with toasted walnuts now I crave it. All courses were wonderful but I was abit taken aback by the acorn squash, very light on roasting, skin on. The meat of the squash would have required a serrated knife to remove so I enjoyed it with its skin as I suppose Chef had intended. No disappointments from the time we walked in to the time we left. This was a great special occasion place for us. Portion size is very French, you aren’t going to leave sleepy full, but we left very happy to have found Barbette. Oh and thanks again to our server Ted.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything we have here is delicious, we have never had a bad experience and everyone we bring here loves it as well. We will definitely be back soon.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM