The Third Bird
The Third Bird

The Third Bird

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://thethirdbirdmpls.com/
  • Phone: 6128226302x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Maple St.
  • Parking: No
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The Third Bird reviews from OpenTable diners
68 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (54)neighborhood gem (42)notable wine list (23)special occasion (18)romantic (13)scenic view (12)hot spot (12)great for brunch (10)vibrant bar scene (9)good for groups (9)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • SunshineVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Expect that you will eat like a bird here. They give you very lite portions. The chef here is magnificent, tops really. However, we wont return due to the value and the weird entrance thru an alley with garbage dumpsters in view. Ruth Chris, Lurcat, Capital Grille, Nonna Rosa, Masa, Alma and even of course JJ,s will be chosen before first.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • patr
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    the food is very creative but portion sizes vary greatly. It is very noisy. I live in the neighborhood and really want it to succeed. To that end we have gone several times. This location has had several restaurants in the past few years and we are hoping The Third Bird will have staying power. Loring Kitchen and Bar seems to have a read on the neighborhood. They are busy a lot of the time and have been there several years. Same with Café Lurcat. I understand this is the 8th restaurant for the owner. I sure hope she has done her homework. Gene and Pat Radecki
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mixed results
    4some4dinner
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The entrees were low on quantity and mixed low/high on quality. Some items were quite tasty (e.g. scallops), some pretty disappointing (e.g. clams, broccoli, flat bread). Service, location, the alley entry are all very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty breakfast!
    svenskatjejVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Very much enjoyed our two breakfast meals. Nice portion size and delicious flavors. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Third Bird
    AfoodiesincebirthVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Three things we especially liked: 1) Friendly and efficient service, 2) unusual ingredient combinations that you probably don't make at home, and 3) a number of small dishes that encourage sharing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food4thought
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    well thought out menu with reasonable pricing in a priceless setting overlooking loring park fills the bill for an evening date.For starters,try the asparagus as well as the flatbread . We had the pasta infused with a liver pate' and the salmon which were both excellent and satisfying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Veggie Friendly
    Renee
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My husband and I eat vegetarian and were super impressed by the number of options available to us, as in we have a reason to return because we didn't get to try everything we wanted. The Vegetables from the Field sounds kind of boring on paper, but it was a standout salad, composed, savory, with touch of sweet and crunch. And don't scared by the mention of soy, get the broccoli, it's delicious and there are no cubes of tofu. The restaurant is beautifully done; our server was warm, knowledgable, and the perfect amont of attentive (usually a signature at any of Bartmans restaurants in my opinion). A very nice meal near the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday Brunch
    goodeaterVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Stopped here for brunch. It was pretty quiet, but our meal was overall enjoyable and service was good. Chicken club was well-prepared. I would probably skip the pork belly next time - it was a thin, rather chewy piece of meat.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Place
    ColdClubLove
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    This is a nice little place to grab a bite to eat. Seems the average price for lunch is about $11 ranging from a salad, burger, sockeye salmon and cold chicken club. I had the chicken club and only ate half of the sandwich. Very rich food items. I would come here maybe once every few weeks for food - only due to my eating habits and spending habits. I think it is a good place to come and eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worst meal this year
    Downtowner
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    My wife and I live in the Loring Park area so we wanted to love this place. We eat out for dinner 10-15 times a month. We didn't expect La Belle Vie quality, but we didn't expect to leave the soup and one entree uneaten (I didn't eat my soup and my wife took two bites of her entree). I did eat the (overlooked) chicken thigh, but the SINGLE piece of very small and very over cooked asparagus shoot that accompanied the small chicken thigh literally made me laugh at the totally uninspired effort. I also didn't understand putting a DJ in the lobby to play background music. There are so many better restaurants to choose from in Minneapolis and this one NEEDS a sign and drastic improvement or people will forget about it in six months.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Impressive
    FineFoodie
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This was my second time dining at Third Bird, now called "The Bird"...I wanted to impress my uncle who came into town from Seattle. The wine list is worth looking at; Bill Summerville's vision for wine list never disappoints. Here I tried varietals I never heard of! I had the Fermint, which is a Hungarian wine. I drank Jacquere, a fresh varietal from France. We started with the Burrata and shared 3 entrees. The Pork belly had perfect flavor and texture. The chicken thigh comes with a corn purée that is to die for. But my favorite is the Tajarin pasta with rabbit sugo and chicken liver. Our server was funny and knowledgeable and made GREAT recommendations. I will come again and again!! Worth trying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth finding...
    Admirescraft
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Charming restaurant down an almost European alleyway with innovative takes on fresh ingredients. Attentive, informed service. Good wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place to start the night
    Woodrumb
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    As first time guests, we were immediately impressed with the atmosphere. The buffalo blue cheese fries were a great compliment to the unique house cocktails, the dinner was good, but the dessert portions left us a bit disappointed (though the flavors were great). We decided it'll be a great place to start out an evening on the town, but we likely won't come again just for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie worthy - still comfortable
    SanFranVisitorVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The chilled watermelon soup was delicious, as was the roasted chicken. Our salad was imaginative, and everything on the menu was served in a new way. The food is cooked so that all the flavors stand out. After we tried a few things, we were confident that everything on the menu would be interesting and tasty, even if it was something we wouldn't normally order. Since the restaurant is so new, they're still working out some of the kinks like lighting (it went up and down a few times), but like with any new place, they'll get there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mark
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Food was marginal. service not good, overpriced and not attentive
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  • Disappointing effort...
    Spy4foodVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Loved coming in from the alley...very cool. We were seated against the wall tucked into a little inlet. The spot looked like it could support a few booths as opposed all the smaller tables. The lights didn't hang down to the middle of the table so the server had to negotiate this each time she came by. Cocktails were good, not great, but slow. Ordered beef tartare and it was good. Then ordered bison burger medium, salmon carpaccio, fries and asparagus altogether. Fries and asparagus came to the table a full 8 minutes prior to the meal. Bison burger came out rare and the chips tasted like they were fried in fish oil. Didn't come close to finishing my meal. We were both very disappointed...hopefully they can get the bugs worked out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kate
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This was my first time dining at The Third Bird - I am a fan of Kim Bartmann's other restaurants, which is what drew me to her newest one. The food was very tasty, well prepared, and beautiful to look at; our server, David, was attentive and knowledgeable and quite delightful! I appreciated that the other staff paid attention to us as well - filling our water glasses, clearing our plates, picking up our credit cards, etc. That tells me that staff are cross-trained and pay attention to the needs of the customers. Thanks for a great dining experience - I will be recommending The Third Bird to others!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We were impressed on how well they had it together even though they opened just recently.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Treat
    Funnos4food
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    To begin with we loved the side entrance to the restaurant. We sat at the bar for dinner so had the view of Loring Park which was nice. The food was the real treat. The bison steak was flavorful, tender and juicy. The salmon was perfectly done and went reall well with the fennel and red cabbage. We started with the most delicious French fries we have ever had. Wait staff were great. Attentive and anticipated our needs. We will definitely be going back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!!
    foodiegrl
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    A welcome addition to the Minneapolis restaurant scene. Playful menu, absolutely divine food, wine list is out of the world. I wanted to try everything on the menu. Though I didn't love the desserts, the unique approach to the beef tartare made up for it. Plus it isn't snobby or unapproachable. Given the prior turnover in that neighborhood, I hope this one is here to stay! Well done, Third Bird, well done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We very much enjoyed our first meal
    Sylvia
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This was our first visit to the Third Bird and we really enjoyed it! The wine list was amazing. It was our family of adult four and we all have different wine and food tastes. We loved all our wine choices! The vegetarian options were amazing! We also enjoyed the salmon and flat bread with walnut gremolata - delicious! The meat eaters, loved the chicken and bison filet, however they did not love the pasta with chicken liver - it was just OK. Overall our dinner experience was very good! We will return many times!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exciting new restaurant!
    amyfrommpls
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The Third Bird recently opened in Loring Park and it's a gem. When I found out Kim Bartmann is the owner and the chef comes from Tilia, I knew I would not be dissapointed. The food is exquisite and unique. I had the sockeye salmon and literally wanted a spoon to get every last bit; it was that good. What I like about this place is that they serve super high quality food without any pretention. Not trendy, not a chain, not overly expensive. Just a great meal, friendly servers, and a cool/artsy room to enjoy it in. Can't wait to try lunch and brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good - Dessert FABULOUS
    TeachMN
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The restaurant has barely been open 2 weeks, so I feel like it is too early to judge. Timing needs to be perfected. Service was inconsistent; the kitchen clearly has room for improvement along 'timing' lines, the bar needs to pick up the pace and the wait staff shouldn't wait so long. That being said, I do think those things will take care of themselves as the operation gets more practiced and smoother. The people there are clearly eager to please their guests and that attitude, along with an interesting and diverse menu, will carry them through. I do have faith they will get it under control. One thing they absolutely need to do, is to turn down the volume. I like to be able to hear people at my table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Loved everything, from the 'alley' entrance to the oops I dropped my creme brûlée. Highly recommend the watermelon soup and the scallops with clams. Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Third Bird is good.
    AfoodiesincebirthVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Lots of lovely, seasonal small plates. Nice wine list with unusual choices and a mix of affordable and expensive options. A great addition to the Loring Park area! Note that the sound system hasn't been dialed in yet--be prepared for booming bass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • kelly
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Our group of three had a wonderful first time dining experience!! The drinks were inviting, thoughtful and delicious. The food options were so hard to choose from - eventually, after our servers' suggestion, we went with a little bit of everything and shared it. It was the best way to go. Our server was amazing! She quickly built rapport with our group and was very knowledgeable and thorough in describing menu items (without taking the menu too serious). We'll definitely be back soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • STCfoodie
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The menu was very interesting and had a lot to offer. We did a variety of small plates and everything was very good. the Wine list was weighted toward French and Italian wines. Our group tried several of the house drinks and they were exceptional. Overall they need a little time to get their feet under them but will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New restaurant.
    He8She8
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great food! Great service!! Reasonably priced!! We loved the atmosphere and the location. We will definitely be returning when traveling to Minneapolis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great First night at First Bird
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This is a great new neighborhood restaurant on the edge of Loring Park. A really pleasant, subdued atmosphere. Small but excellent menu. FAbulous food and, in our case, an incredible wait person. We hope this catches on because it is a real gem.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • localfoodies
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    There was so much to like at The Third Bird. Because it is walkable for us, no parking issues. The bistro feel is still there but thankfully without all the ear splitting "club" music so we could easily talk and hear. Wait person was delightful, better yet, he knew the menu and understood the concept and flavors. Everything we tried was truly delicious, small portions which was fine. We loved the desert ending with a perfect Meringue floating on choke cherry and rosemary sauce. A desert we could all split. Oh and the drinks were wonderful!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent addition to Loring Park!
    happycustomerVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We visited Third Bird for dinner during it's first week open to the public. Each of our five items (chicken thigh, bison, caesar salad, smoked burrata, brownie) was outstanding, as were the service, cocktails, and beer list (not extensive, but well curated). We had been waiting patiently for something to come of this space to provide an alternative to Loring Kitchen and Lurcat (both fine, but nothing to write home about). Third Bird is on a different level (I would say this is true even relative to many of Kim Bartmann's other offerings, even though we like those quite a bit). Our only concern is that it seemed relatively quiet for a Friday night. I hope that changes soon. This place deserves to last.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
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