Beacon Public House - Graduate Minneapolis

3.9
187 Reviews
$30 and under
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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3.9based on recent ratings
4.0
food
3.8
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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StuartB
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Friendly service, comfortable booth, good food. Close to our sporting event made it convenient.

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Craig
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

had a really bad experience here this week. I've been 3 other times with fine experiences. this one though put a bad taste in my mouth for how the business is run. unfortunate the one bad experience will likely cause me to not return. we had a reservation, but weren't seated for 15 minutes past it once I requested an open table I could see. however, they weren't staffed appropriately for the evening to handle the customer load and we were never served or had anyone come by within the 15 minutes we sat there waiting. ended up leaving and going else where on the fly on a busy night on campus for sure. unfortunate :(

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Baylorwest
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I have coming to thaythrough numerous ownerships.
They still have not bothered to identify the events going on at the University of Minn.
In this case it was the Wisconsin badgers ( duh that should be a big crowd) and the staffing was completely overwhelmed. You also lost an overworked Bartender who according to others had been on for 7 straight days.
Either way you were grossly unprepared and this more the norm than the exception.
My two customers were very unimpressed with the staffing.
To my point- we sat from 6:30 to 7:15 and were never waited on. Sounds unbelievable but that is fact.
To most business owners we long time ago realized a few additional $ for additional staff will generate more-more- more than enough revenue to justify additional staff.
We weren’t even allowed to spend one dime when I expected to spend in excess of $100.
THIS NOT A PROBLEM WITH STAFF-THIS IS A PROBLEM WITH MANAGEMENT.
A VERY DISAPPOINTED LONT TIME GOPHER FAN.
STAN AMIDON

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Jane
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We very much enjoyed our brunch on Sunday before the basketball game. I would have given service a 5 but the food was slow. We had to rush a bit through eating and then one in our party had to stay back to get the bill paid. I am sure we will be back but will try to allow even more time than 1 &1/2 hours.

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LindaS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome waitress! Great food! Wonderful atmosphere.

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vipConnoisseur78
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I would still recommend Beacon, although my experience there was sub par. I ordered the ribeye during this trip, and it came out grossly over cooked. My medium was a tough, livery gray inside. The server (who was excellent, btw) had the cook remake mine, but unfortunately even that one was cooked improperly. As the restaurant was closing I didn’t have a chance to get yet another one. So that effectively ruined my meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was poor. Took forever to get drinks. The server dropped part of our onion ring order.

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vipRobertM
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The Beacon's food and service is excellent. The noise level becomes unacceptable with the air hockey tables just outside of the restaurant. These tables need to be removed--this is a chronic problem.

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VickiM
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Great service allowing us to eat and get to the hockey game.

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odie
Western NC
19 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Shared appetizers. Prosecco. Long chat with friend. Excellent service from mckenzie

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SportsM
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Did not have our reservation from Open Table, no table ready.
Not enough staff on to deal with the number of customers in the restaurant.

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Docsev
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 ,

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PamL
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience2

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.

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vipBondJames007
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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ContEdGuy
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience2

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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JeffC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was great. Food was good

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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TanjaB
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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KarenG
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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ShadyT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipKarenS
Minneapolis
30 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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GTiedeman
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

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.

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RachelW
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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JonelleK
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipVirginiaB
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Dance at Northrup

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DebraZ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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.

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vipLovethisplace
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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MelW
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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KrisB
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Leigh
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall2food1service4ambience2

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Basketball game

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vipjbjorkl1
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience3

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

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vipKarenS
Minneapolis
30 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great spot for drinks and appetizers or lighter fare.

FAQs

Beacon Public House - Graduate Minneapolis offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (612) 362-6666.

Beacon Public House - Graduate Minneapolis is rated 3.9 stars by 187 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.