Beacon Public House - Graduate Minneapolis

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Gastro Pub
The Beacon is a warm and inviting neighborhood gastropub. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, we serve up a menu of American classics and feature an extensive selection of craft cocktails and beers. Get your game on over a local brew at our pool table, cozy up with friends at a booth or high top, or gather 'round the communal table in our private dining room for more intimate conversation.
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D
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food great atmosphere, the food ? AMAZING, for us any way , we will be back again and again and repeat . Tried the chicken sandwich toasted with bacon and tomatoes and a yum yum sauce. Best ever. I wanted to take half home due to having their chili with all the fixings - so savory and delicious on a cool autumn day ! Tried the Bloody Mary. Nothing short of a buffet. Nice selection of sticked treats and meats and cheeses .the Clamato with a splash of the mild was great .stole bites from the kids burgers #excellent. Fries =yum ,

PL
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 2

Overall - the service and the food was excellent. Our server was prompt and really knew her job and she treated us well. We were a table of 8 and they put up near the entrance so it was a little bit noisy. It would have been nice if they could seat larger groups further back in the restaurant and away from the hustle and bustle of the hotel.

BJ
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place. Good food (had the ribeye). Service was friendly. Good atmosphere. Nice variety of seating. Happy hour is a good value

CE
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

The food that the seven of us received was not very flavorful and most of us did not finish our meals. It was not busy by any means and we still had to wait almost 45 mins to get our food from the time we ordered.

Beacon Public House - Graduate Minneapolis
Responded on August 30, 2019

Dear Sir, First allow me to sincerely apologize for your negative experience at The Beacon Public House. I would appreciate an opportunity to learn more about this situation and what exactly happened. I want to make things right for you and your guests. Please give us a call at 612-362-6629. You can also email me at jkoch@graduateminneapolis and I will get back to you promptly. I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Joshua Koch Director of Food and Beverage

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JC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great. Nice portions- we split a dish. Had some fun cocktails that were quite tasty, but were pretty spendy. Would recommend. Parking was close by for the U, but not all that convenient.

OT
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed our meal at Beacon Public House , a spur of the moment and first time choice. We were seated in a circular booth with a high back that gave us a little privacy and made it easy to have conversation. The menu had a nice variety of choices of what I would consider "elevated pub" fare. The grilled portabella mushroom sandwich with avocado and goat cheese was excellent as was the grilled turkey burger. Both came with house made chips which were also very good. The apple pie dessert was actually three small apple tarts which we ordered ala mode and they came to the table warm with delicious vanilla ice cream. Our waiter John was friendly, attentive but not intruding . The Moscow mules were good and there was a good selection of local beers. A most enjoyable meal.

Beacon Public House - Graduate Minneapolis
Responded on July 18, 2019

Thank you for choosing to dine with us this June. We are so pleased you had an excellent experience and we appreciate you sharing that here. It is music to our ears that you recognized our Gastro-pub style fare. We look forward to seeing you in the future! Sincerely, The Beacon Public House Team!

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was great. Food was good

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was wonderful. Great place to have a drink or app before a show. A little overpriced.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service is great, food is great, please allow budget to have TV’s replaced because backlight on 3/4 TV’s were out. The TV’s did *not* detract from our experience!

TB
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious, and our server, Dan, might be the nicest person we’ve ever met. He was wonderful! We will definitely return the next time we visit our daughter!

KG
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OK. So we were a bit lazy and decided to eat at the Beacon in our hotel. Well, we ended up eating there every night. I even had the Lobster Gnochi twice. It was that good. And the boom boom sauce with the crab cakes were just as good.

ST
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a really good time and food was great. It good really loud after 9pm. We were seated in the back by the bar. So avoid seating next to the bar after 9pm

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extra high back booths make for private conversations. The food is artfully made and the wait staff affable. This is the go to in Dinkytown.

KS
Minneapolis
30 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu for appetizers and cocktails or a meal. Comfortable. Good TV screens tuned to sports. Craft cocktails.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My loved the fish and chips and she’s particular. I had the walleye which was also excellent. The new blueberry shortcake was awesome!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food. One of the best and go-to’s when in Minneapolis!!

GT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

My husband and I went there for dinner prior to a show we were going to at the Northrop. We thought the ambience was nice but service was very slow. Our drinks were served out of plastic clear cups. The food looked good, however lacked any sort of flavor. The most flavorful thing I got was the curry ketchup for my fries and the chips my husband got with his burger. Not worth it for the price at all.

RW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food and drinks, and great service. Would definitely be interested in going back.

JK
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service from Dan and a comfy booth to visit in.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Dance at Northrup

DZ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Really did not have a gluten free menu as advertised. I was told to figure it out. I did. We chose it out of convenience as we were staying @ the attached Graduate Hotel.

L
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to the Beacon either before or after Gopher basketball games. It's ideal for that! On this occasion, we had breakfast there with friends before an 11:30 a.m. game. The menu was a well-rounded breakfast menu and service and food were very good. We also like the Beacon because we can make a reservation, which is very handy when you know they will be busy. We'll go again!

MW
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went there for a birthday lunch celebration. Dan sang and brought a treat, and was overall a energetic and fantastic server!!! The food was good and we got in and out very quickly. Would go back.

KB
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

That was the best caesar salad I have ever had! Kudos!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daughters dance concert brought us to the university and we decided to have breakfast here

L
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

I chose this restaurant specifically because of its proximity to a concert venue and because of its "curried sweet potato wild rice burger" (my partner is vegetarian). Because I know menus are prone to change, I was checking the website's AND Open Table's listed menu up to the day of the reservation. Because of that, I was disappointed and aggravated that the menu had changed 3 days prior. When I explained to the server the reason for my frustration (we'd traveled over 3 hours for the show and didn't have enough time to eat elsewhere before the concert), she was very apologetic and empathetic; she said she'd inform the manager that the online menu was incorrect. The manager came over right away, apologized, and offered to comp us a drink, which we accepted. That was appreciated, so we decided to order the fish and chips as the only other vegetarian burger option was a portobello mushroom burger which my partner does not care for (he's OK with shrimp and some fish). The meals arrived quickly, but the quality of the food is the impetus for this review. My partner's fries were salty to the point of being inedible (fortunately, mine were less salty and no problem to share with him as the portion was quite large). The more egregious food error was the frying of the fish. It was greasy and soggy (zero crunchiness) and tasted of old oil. The batter was so soft it had stuck to the basket's paper liner. I could not eat more than a few bites of one of the two fillets in the basket. The taste of old grease lingered in my mouth - I had to chew some mint gum to get rid of it. It was, hands down, the worst battered fried fish I've ever eaten. My partner ate his fish, but said it was greasy and had indigestion all night as a result. Ordinarily, I would have returned such an unacceptable meal, but we were in a hurry to get to the show and did not have the opportunity to do so. Service? Beautiful. Our meals? Yuck.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Basketball game

JB
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The walleye was good but heavy on the breading. If the breading I was “lighter” it would have been better

KS
Minneapolis
30 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot for drinks and appetizers or lighter fare.

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Gopher football game

OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Service .... what service. ... we sat for 25 minutes before anyone acknowledged us. Wait staff continued to ignore us even after I made eye contact with one of them. They helped every table around us but continued to walk right by...
The only way that we were served was after I yelled out to a waiter.

CB
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food and service always good! Great spot to stop before and after gopher sporting events.

H
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Friday night, sell out crowd at Williams arena, and yet only 1 bartender? Come on Manager, bad planning! Was told it would be 45 minutes to get a craft cocktail - CRAZY! and the place wasn't even full at that point. That plus the grease should've been changed as the fish and chips was OMG greasy!

NL
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We should’ve read the reviews before we made the reservation. We normally do not complain and it’s rare we give a bad review, but our experience was very disappointing. After not having a waitress for 15 minutes, we had to flag someone down. We put in our appetizers with our drinks - as the waitress brought those, she realized we still hadn’t received our drinks... we ordered our food but as time dragged on, part of our party left to add money to our parking meter. The waitress never checked on us until we complained to management and similar to the waitress, all he said was “I’m sorry, this is rare” with excuses of being busy. As we looked throughout the restaurant, we could see disgruntled parties at each table. We did not order a 2nd round of drinks, and asked for our tab before we received our food in hopes of still making the hockey game. We had at minimum, allowed an hour and a half for dinner. Part of our food was cold and we hesitated to send it back...the rest wasn’t anything to brag about. We will not be returning.

SG
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

I wish I could write a great review for The Beacon. I found the restaurant on Open Table and it looked like it would be perfect for dinner and drinks before the U or M Hockey Game. I made a reservation and was surprised at how few people were there before the game. We were seated right away but found that our server was terribly inattentive. Since it was't very busy, I'm not sure what was going on, but we rarely saw her. The food was generally good and most drinks were as expected, but unfortunately one of my tablemate's first Brandy Old Fashioned was spot-on and the second one was not even close. Our waitress (once we finally saw her again) said that bartenders switched between orders. After another try the drink was suitable. Once we were ready to leave we gave our waitress our credit cards (there were 8 of us and we needed our items on 3 checks). She didn't return until one of our group finally found her after numerous attempts to scour the restaurant to find her (including three trips inside the kitchen doors). We were running late at this point and needed our checks, so we finally asked for it to be put on a single tab to move things along. This is certainly not what we expected and I wish I could give a better review, since it looked like a great restaurant to visit when we were on campus.

L
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat here before we attend Gopher basketball games. It's within easy walking distance to Williams Arena and best of all, you can make a reservation! The food is very good as well. The burgers are delicious.

MM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good, as was service. I didn't realize the format was a restaurant with fairly loud sports bar. It was not the best choice for a business meal because it was a bit loud to have a meaningful conversation. But, would be great for having a good meal while watching a baseball or football game!

RW
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Elk and Salmon were fantastic

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Burger and fries are the best!

k
Minneapolis
34 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I recently ate here with my gals night out group. The food and service were both good. The only complaint is the place is a little on the loud side if you are part of a larger group and trying to have a conversation. Would definitely eat here again! I had the walleye and loved it.

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