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Solera - Minneapolis
Solera - Minneapolis

Solera - Minneapolis Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.solera-restaurant.com
  • Phone: (612) 338-0062
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: 6-days a week 5:00pm - 10:00pm CLOSED Mondays Bar: Sunday - Thursday until 12:00am; Friday and Saturday until 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Jorge Guzman
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Affiliations: Dine Originals - Member Restaurants

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 9th Street
  • Public Transit: On Bus Route.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet service available for $8 at the curb on the 9th Street side of the building, it is also open to the public.
A word from Solera - Minneapolis
Featuring an evocative menu, authentically embracing the cuisine of Spain, Solera offers an unparalleled experiance for social dining in a vibrant, Spanish-influenced atmosphere. In addition to spectacular dinner, dessert and late night menus, guests enjoy an extensive Spanish wine list, organized by region, expertly crafted cocktails and signature sangrias. Solera offers several inside dining spaces including a lounge area, main and private dining rooms, and a tapas bar, along with outdoor patio dining on street level, a private veranda dining space on the second floor and a lively rooftop bar. Fresh menu selections, seafood, house-prepared charcuterie and Spanish cheeses are all served with exceptional, personalized service, right in the heart of the Hennepin Theater district. PLEASE NOTE: The bar, lounge, tapas bar, patio and roof are all seated on a first come, first serve basis. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We returned to Solera specifically for their delicious bacon wrapped dates. They were as good as we remembered them!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Though a bit noisy and dark, Solera provided a first rate evening. The menu options were varied and excellent and we sampled many dishes. The service was professional and unhurried; there when needed and not when not."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Delicious Spanish inspired food, small plates to share. The cheese plate features a blue cheese that melts in your mouth! Variety of sangrias. Better to be seated in the rear of the restaurant, quieter and more intimate. The service is also very good."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I think it was a bad night for Solera. Understaffed? We should have known something was amiss when the hostess mumbled something, grabbed 2 menus and took off walking. She turned around at some point and said "I'm not ready for you yet - just taking these menus back to the bar." Then, we saw and heard the manager at 2 tables near us making apologies. One because they had been there 20 minutes with no server contact at all. Another because their main tapas (entree) order had been lost in the kitchen and they were not going to have time to eat it before leaving. We ended up skipping the main dish because the order got lost. Our server disappeared for 20 minutes. They did take the cost of one tapas off the bill. Food we had was good!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We had terrible service, the menu you was limited and we didn't understand most of the items. It took 10 minutes for someone to finally come over take our drink choice. Then it took another 20 minutes to get them. It took 45 minutes to finally get our food. We ended up canceling our last items we ordered because we had to make it to a concert. Wouldn't you think 2 hours is enough time to plan for dinner?"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Solera is a great place to enjoy a wonderful tapas meal with friends. Great food and service!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "It was a perfect Minneapolis summer night, so we decided to sit on the rooftop instead of the dining room, but we were unaware the menus are not the same, the rooftop has a seperate kitchen, food choices were poor and what a dissapointment, I could not wait long enough to get the check and leave. I also wish rooftop patios would ban smoking, hard to enjoy anything when people are lighting up all aroundyou. Gross!!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Had not been back to Solera for a while, but even though it has changed Chefs, the quality was still superb and very inventive. We had about 6 courses and they were all incredibly good. In addition to the great items they have on the Menu now, we are also hoping that they bring back at least one of the perennial favorites from the past, their Mushroom tapa. Anybody familiar with Solera will know exactly which one I mean. We will be back again...and again. Great job!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My wife and I went on a Thursday night before a concert at First Ave. Sat inside to take advantage of the full menu. Although the rooftop seating was appealing, the menu was limited. Everything was on point. The bacon wrapped dates are not to be missed. The service was perfect with our waiter guiding and pacing us through 5 different tapas with perfection. The only criticism I have is the weird lighting and dark interior. Overall, the dark walls and seating colors make you feel like you're in a cave. But, you also might have a ceiling spotlight right in your face giving the feeling of "the third degree" I would definitely go back because the service and food were great."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I'd never been to Solera before, and was hoping to sit on the rooftop. When we realized that the rooftop menu had fewer food choices, we opted for sitting in the open floor-to-ceiling window area. It was a lovely, mild night, so that was the perfect choice. The rush-hour traffic was entertaining, and eventually slowed to a trickle. Our server was excellent - knowledgeable about all the drink ingredients and about the wines; we followed his drinks and food suggestions several times and were not disappointed once. Loved the complimentary birthday dessert, too! We'll be back again soon."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Finally! A restaurant where my dinner party does not have to yell across the table at each other to be heard! I loved the ambiance of Solera! The seating was very comfortable especially with the cushions on the backs of the booths. The lighting was romantic and the colors were soothing. The presentation of the food was appealing, and every dish I tried was delightful."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "One of the best Paella ever. We had mussels and patata bravas which were delicious. Our server w as extremely friendly."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We went to Solera for a friends bachelorette party. We were able to get great seating on the roof- fun outdoor space, but the tapas were a bit pricy and for such small quantities of food. We walked away hungry. The drinks are great! Go for drinks- don't stay for the food."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Nothing negative about this place, went with a group of 6. Had an excellent time the staff was kind and gave great suggestions. Returned a few weeks for movie night with another couple, yet again outstanding service and food good. My only complaint was the oysters were not shucked and they were a bit dirty. Had more than trace amounts of sand. Only thing to note some menu favorites might not be available on the rooftop, but the dates are! I wouldn't order the oysters again but everything else was superb!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The hostess offered us rooftop dining, it was a beautiful evening, so we said 'why not?'. What we later learned, was that the menu was completely different than what was in the restaurant... and left us feeling very disappointed. The entrees on the rooftop just weren't very good. We wound up having a couple, but left to dine across the street."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had 10 or 12 different Tapas dishes for 4 people. We all enjoyed every one! Wonderful flavors, smells & tastes! And just the right amount of food, so that we weren't going to the Theatre stuffed. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Service was excellent, we were seeing a play and only had about 45 minutes to dine, the server made it happen for us. The food was unique and delicious! The bar was louder than I've experienced before, great for groups, but not for a date probably."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "This was my second time going to Solera - my friend suggested we go for their rooftop movie night. We ate downstairs outside on their patio as the indoor seating is a little bit too dark. We shared a pitcher of sangria and a few tapas. They were delicious albeit maybe not the best value. Since it was a Sunday night, it wasn't too crowded, so we could relax, eat slowly, talk, and listen to the music coming from across the street. It was a fun Sunday night! Also, our server, Meghan was attentive and very helpful."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Michelle was our server, and it was our first time at Solera and she was so patient and had wonderful suggestions! She explained everything to us in layman terms and challenged us to try different things and was very conscious of my seafood allergies in her recommendations. What a treasure she is and a great asset to your restaurant. The food was fantastic, but we would come back just to have her wait on us again!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We enjoyed the mussels, cheese plate (although small), dates, and several other dishes. Service was lacking though; several times we wondered if our waitress had simply disappeared..."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The wait staff was having some sort if argument by our table making us privy to the awkwardness. Once the waiter literally dropped a plate on our table and walked away without describing it. If the food was good I might have overlooked the staff. Can't say that. Good sangrias though! Would maybe visit just the bar or rooftop."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "So I went here because of the outside dining and took seats on the sidewalk. The sidewalk seating doesn't get late afternoon sun, but it is nice enough if the day is warm. There roof top seating too, but the menu is very limited there. Service was friendly without being obsequious, and prompt without being harassing. So high marks for service. I didn't find much on the menu that suited my tastes, but the food I ordered was well prepared and of high quality. If you like the kinds of food on the menu, I'm guessing you'd be pretty happy. If you sit inside, be prepared for noisy. It's a buzzing place, good for a noisy celebratory mood, less so for an intimate conversation."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Our service was terrible we were seated and took forever to get waited on and when our guests arrived they waited a long time before getting served. This place was not packed by any means early in the evening 6:00pm so it was hard to understand why such poor service."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We had wonderful tapas prior to symphony--esp nice wines."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This is the 3rd or 4th time we've gone to Solera and it's always good. The new summer menu has some fine additions (we loved the smoked beef heart slider and the potato salad with fried quinoa in particular). The requested outdoor seating, thinking we'd be on the roof, but that has a different menu, so we were just street side. That is not awesome. Lots of traffic and the bar across the street- just not very special. But everything else is great. We love the wine and sangria selections. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "i ordered the prawns for $13 and it came out as 3 little shrimp on a skewer. rip off. the quantity should be labeled on the menu. also should have more options for the rooftop menu."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend here for a special night out to celebrate. I can't praise the service enough, our server was very knowledgeable of the food and drinks. Neither of us had dined at a spanish restaurant before so he was very helpful in suggesting things based on our tastes. The food was excellent and presented beautifully. My only real criticism is that there was no indication of what was gluten free on the menu. Our server was able to tell us, but you can't always rely on servers to know. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We had such a great experience. The family style meal was perfect for our group of 9, and the plates arriving at different times allowed for breaks for conversation."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The Executive Chef Jorge is just amazing. Such a nice guy and such a master of culinary art. The food at this restaurant is unique and you wont find Spanish food like this anywhere else. It is the best place for Tapas, the setting is very romantic and its also great for groups. Service is top notch, Its right in the heart of downtown so you can grab dinner and go someplace else after. They also have a nice sized patio. Best dishes to try The Prawns Rabbit Croquettes Mussels (yum) The Paeas are great too. They have the BEST sangrias, try the Solera Signature Sangria. Valet available as well. I have been there probably 30 times so far and every time they surprise me with a great new menu. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Innovative and tasty cuisine. Service was on point."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "I would definitely recommend Solera upstairs on the roof with the spectacular view, at the start or end, then go for dinner downstairs either on the street or by the fireplace. The tapas were amazing and the wine list was quite varietal. You really felt the flair of Spain going on. We were in Minneapolis from Southport N.C. for a friends meetings, it top our last night off... "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "My husband and I recently went to Solera to celebrate my birthday. We had specifically requested their best table/ or most romantic table and we were seated in the back. The ambiance was not as romantic in the back room as the front and felt more like a diner. The service was the most disappointing part of our experience. They seemed under staffed- our waitress was not only tending all the tables in the back, but tables in the front. We felt forgotten most of the night and even ordered some tapas that we never got. The food on the other hand-the Vegetable Paella, was amazing!! If you are wanting to do tapas style however the plates are super small, yet expensive so make sure to come ready to spend money or eat before hand!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We were impressed with the service and the tapas. The selection was varied and the wine selection by the glass was much better than we find at most restaurants. We are visitors to this city and wish we had this restaurant at home. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Too few options compared with other tapas restaurants, and more expensive."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Great way to sample new tastes. Fabulous wine list. Excellent service and edgy but elegant ambiance. Coming back for movie nites on the roof!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Love Solera - they greet you by name, very friendly, excellent service, food is great. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "the restaurant is awesome for dates, groups, etc. My next outing will have to be watching a movie on the roofq"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Nos gusto mucho la cena en solera pero lamentamos que no contaron con una persona que hable español para poder tener una explicacion mas extensa de los vinos y el menu. Consideramos que al ser un restaurante español es importante poder tener a alguien que hable el idioma. Por lo demas fue excelente. Gracias"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We ordered 5 dishes and each was better than the last. The quail and scallops were delightful! Great drink menu. Our server was attentive and entertaining. Just what we were looking for on a girls night out. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Solera was fantastic! The Spanish themed food was a delight. Our server was knowledgable and enthusiastic. We will be back!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014