Bar La Grassa

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Bar La Grassa is an Italian eatery located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The restaurant features a variety of traditional Italian pasta dishes, small plates and wines in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Bar La Grassa serves dinner daily and offers a wide variety of appetizers, bruschetta, dry pasta, filled pasta, fresh pasta, entrées and sides on the menu. Appetizer options offered at the restaurant include roasted beets and burrata and pistachio, arancini with duck confit and taleggio, la quercia rosso Berkshire prosciutto and seared foie gras with brioche and apples. Entrées served at Bar La Grassa include red wine spaghetti with nuts, linguine with lamb meatballs and penne rigate with shrimp and vin santo.

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vipNicoleN
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Reviewed on May 6, 2019
Overall1foodserviceambience

Absolutely the WORST customer service experience I have ever had. After the server wasn't removing dishes from our table after food was delivered, we helped her by neatly stacking our dishes and placing them on a wine stand that was out of the way and not in use. The manager (who we hadn't seen all night) came by to scold us for over a minute for putting dishes on the wine holder, and insinuated that we were being Impatient with the server. I have never seen a manager behave that way. And then the server decided to treat us similarly for the rest of the meal. TERRIBLE experience. Jackie (the assistant manager) needs massive customer service training. Hope she gets it.

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vipJames
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2011
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Although showing early for reservations we had to wait and additionally people were seated not in order of who showed up and regardless of reservations. It was really disappointing especially when reservations were made a month out. I looked forward to the visit as this was recommended by many people. The food was worth waiting for and I would go back again. I would hope the reception hosts get there act together.
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WillowK
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience4

WE love La Grassa. It was a bit noisy, even more so than usual perhaps. We were a group of 5 and it was basically impossible to talk to anyone other than those next to you, even though we were at a round table. I love the music they play, but perhaps a bit lower on the volume so folks don't feel the need to yell.

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vipAmarie721
Minneapolis
54 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful. I would go back again in a heartbeat, and plan to! Great service and ambiance, and the food was so unique in the best possible way. Don't miss the calamarata with raw tuna...maybe doesn't sound that appealing, but it was heavenly.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2011
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Music is good but way too loud. You can create an energetic environment and still allow your guests to have a conversation. Everything else-Perfect!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2011
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This place is great for the WHOLE family but also has amazing food. If you want fantastic food at a great place, this is the place to go. We had three appitizers, seven small entrees to share, two deserts, 4 cokes and two coffees... this all together was around $100... AMAZING!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2011
Overall3food5service4ambience2

The food was excellent, and the small plates are great for sharing. The service was good, as well. Although we went for an early dinner so it wasn't too crowded, the close proximity of the tables makes for a very noisy atmosphere. The table of four seated next to us were less than 2 feet away, and they were so loud that it was hard to tune them out and have our own conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellant! Service was great, got served right away. Food was divine! WOuld go back again for sure...

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2011
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Way over rated and VERY disappointed. So ridiculously loud we literally had to shout across the table. Pulled pork bruschetta was ice cold out of the refrigerator and our waiter was horribly embarrassed and naturally didn't charge us. I would not go back or recommend to others. With so many great restaurants that have popped up in Minneapolis there is no need to return to BLG.

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vipFoodlover
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2011
Overall5food5service4ambience4

LOVE LOVE LOVE. Everything about this restaurant is good, the place was beautiful. The food was amazing, I personally loved the Gnocchi with cauliflower and orange. I would highly recommend this place.

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DeboragW
Minneapolis
24 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2011
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Fresh pasta at its finest. Lobster and soft egg appetizer was wonderful. Cauliflower and gnocchi with orange was inventive and just right. Desserts were a bit disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2011
Overall4food4service3ambience5

wonderful atmosphere and decor. everyone friendly and helpful. food--all bruschetta and the black sea urchin pasta-delish!

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Steve
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2011
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was spectacular. Notably the Soft Egg lobster Bruschetta, Orange Cauliflower Gnocchi, & Crispy salad. Service was competent however it took our service most of our meal to "warm up" to us. By the time dessert rolled around, he was more engaging. Brought our parents for their first time and they thought the food was quite the experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2011
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Absolutley great food at good prices. The most memorial plates we tried were soft eggs with lobster, white anchovy with avocado and the gnocchi with cauliflower and orange. The restaurant tends to get loud and at this point the customers seemed to be there to say they've been there or be seen instead of being there for the food.

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TjoA
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was fantastic! The restaurant was a bit loud for however, my only mild complaint. Staff was very helpful with suggestions and prompt service. Fabulous, going back!

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EmilyC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Bar La Grassa. The food is wonderful there and we are always happy with what we order. Timing is major strength there also as they wait to serve you food until you are through with the course in front of you.

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vipJulieb
Minneapolis
137 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2011
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Bar La Grassa is without a doubt my favorite restaurant in the Twin Cities. I was there with out of town guests who said the meal was one of the best they have ever had. Always get the lobster with soft eggs bruschetta and this time tried the carpacio bruschetta also. i would highly recommend it-fabulous. Main courses were great-loved the gnocchi with cauliflower! I had the mushroom with tallegio angnelotti. It was superb. A great dining experience.

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smsherm
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The food was great and our server was extremely helpful in making suggestions for our first time there. I can't speak highly enough! Everything tasted great! It does however, share an unfortunate likeness to other great food spots in that it is unspeakably loud, and I mean you really can't have much of a conversation without shouting. Not sure why this has become such a feature of hip restaurants today. Maybe because people prefer to text rather than talk? Anyway, I would go back for the food in a heartbeat.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
35 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2011
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I brought someone to Bar La Grassa who was visiting from India and wanted to treat her to one of our best restaurants. The food and the service lived-up to its reputation. It was outstanding. The noise level seems to have increased over time due to louder music in addition to its expected lively energy.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Bar la Grassa several times. It is a great dining experience. We recommend it highly.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2011
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a treasure

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RobinO
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2011
Overall4food5service3ambience1

Great food. Service a bit unattentive and not super knowledgeable but very friendly. Noise level was so high we left to have dessert elsewhere - too hard to shout all night.

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Willie
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was phenomenal!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2011
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The best Italian food in Mpls, in fact, the best I've had anywhere in the US. Each course is served beautifully and fresh - a culinary delight. Thank you!

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UPandLEFT
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2011
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was again Awesome! Service was great. Very loud though so don't plan on having any in depth conversations with your mates. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it, always do. Options with Bruscetta and half orders of pasta...the best.

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noctambulate
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our second time at bar La Grassa (we went shortly after it opened) and the food is even better. Both pastas we ordered -- orecchiette with rabbit and foie gras tortellini -- were perfectly cooked and full of flavor and the scallops with gremolata that we shared was outstanding. Very casual and friendly staff.

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vipTwosix
Minneapolis
28 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, service and setting but punishingly loud. Four people could barely have a conversation. I have been there a few times but may not return because of the extreme noise level. Too bad, because it is a fabulous restaurant. I know loud restaurants are a trend but more and more people are discussing this as a huge negative in choosing a restaurant.

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Russ
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2011
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This was our first visit to BLG - the reservation worked perfectly on a Thursday evening with a Twins game in progress nearby and we were seated immediately upon arrival. The service and servers were excellent - fast, responsive and very knowledgeable. The food was outstanding with only one choice of several less than extraordinarily good. The noise level was irritating and loud. Overall, I see why this restaurant has been and remains so popular.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time at Bar LaGrassa. Great dinner, nice server, very nice experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit and it was wonderful. The couple we brought with us thanked us 3 times for finding this restaurant. The food was delicious and the staff was very helpful and knowledgeable in explaining the many choices we had.

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AmandaLB
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great prices for reasonable sized portions, food was delicious!

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vipDoug
Tampa
67 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2011
Overall3food3service5ambience3

This was our second visit to BLG. We started off sharing three wonderful appetizers (lobster with soft eggs, ricotta pizzetta, and pork shoulder). This was followed by pasta dishes including fusilli with lamb meatballs, penne with shrimp, both of which were excellent, and foie gras filled tortellini. The tortellini were prepared in a salty-sweet Asian sauce with soy; nobody in our group enjoyed the tortellini dish. Perhaps we should have been warned of the unusual preparation at the time we ordered. Our pasta course was followed by coffee and delicious desserts including the caramel crepes, the mocha tort with latte ice cream and vanilla ice cream.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an amazing restaurant. The staff is excellent and encourage asking questions about the menu. They are very knowledgeable and inviting. It's a high caliber menu (James Beard Foundation award winner) without the all too common uppity ambiance. Very relaxed, casual and warm atmosphere. We were seated next to a large, amazing picture of Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings so naturally, I had to order a bourbon from their spirits menu. The menu offers 1/2 and full orders, providing a great opportunity to try several enticing menu items, especially if you are dining +1. It is also a very reasonably priced, upscale restaurant. The first time I went, the bill was $40 (including tip) for two people, leaving with leftovers. Great place!

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JenniferG
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2011
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We were a group of 8 there for a business dinner. We did family style and tasted just about everything. The food was fabulous, and the bill was far less than we anticipated. It was a little noisy for a meeting, but other than that a perfect spot. I will definitely make another reservation soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2011
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was a great experience. Next time I will have to make sure to leave more time. We had tickets to a show and had to leave before dessert. Overall, it took us almost an hour and a half to receive and eat dinner. The server was knowledgeable and helpful.

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Adam
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2011
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Took my girlfriend here for her birthday because of recommendations online. We were early to our reservation, so we had a drink at the bar and the bartender was great, even giving us dinner recommendations. I was surprised the place was packed even though it was a Tuesday night, so very thankful we had reservations. Was seated at a half booth-half table which was fine and personal enough. The only downside was the place was loud. I almost had to shout across the table to have a conversation. The food on the other hand was incredible. The best pasta I have ever eaten hands down. I cant wait to go back, but I wont be expecting a quiet romantic evening. The food was worth the loudness though.

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JZNH
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and vibe in Bar La Grassa. I have been at least 8 times now, and always bring out of town guests there. There has never been a disappointed customer!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2011
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always fabulous. Always harder to get into without a reservation... The food is above reproach and while I might be looking for negatives, I never seem to find them here. Sure it's a little loud, but what would you expect from a place that is this small and this popular! The items on the menu we had that evening were spectacular! If I hadn't been so full, I might have ordered another "Soft Egg and Lobster Bruschetta" for dessert!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2011
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A lovely location in the warehouse district made for a great setting. The menu was varied and unusual. The Confit of Artichoke Bruschetta was amazing, as was the Crab Ravioli and Fusili with Lamb Meatballs. We also ordered the Soft Eggs and Lobster Bruschetta, sadly the first try on this dish was badly over salted. Our server quickly and graciously had it made again and this time it was perfect. We were completely satisfied with this solution so well handled! When the bill came our server had removed the lobster dish from our check! Unexpected and greatly appreciated! We found the noise level a little on the strenuous side but did not allow it to impact our night! We will absolutely be back and recommend Bar La Grassa to all foodies!

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Bar La Grassa is rated 4.4 stars by 1835 OpenTable diners.