Beacon Public House - Graduate Minneapolis

4.4
140 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation


Breakfast M-F: 7:00am - 11:00am

Lunch M-F: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Dinner Daily 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Brunch Sat-Sun: 7:00am - 2:00pm
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Phone number
(612) 362-6666
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Tyler Malson
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Parking details
Valet Parking, Meter Parking outside the main entrance to hotel. Public parking is available in and around the side streets.
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Public transit
Right off the Green Line at East Bank Station.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 140 People Are Saying
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MM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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!

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

The Elk and Salmon were fantastic

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Burger and fries are the best!

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k
Minneapolis
32 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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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

There was no acknowledgement of the special occasion.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent menu variety. Some restaurants are just so loud. This was not, which was absolutely perfect. Great burger! Get the Beacon Burger. Though I just had the traditional fries, the truffle fries are just great I’d be willing to wager.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience. We were seated immediately and served promptly. We had lovely outdoor seating and the staff was respectful and attentive.

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SH
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pre-game location, food, and atmosphere.

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NB
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

My friend and I both ordered the soup of the day, Reuben Soup. It was very salty. My friend sent hers back and was brought a salad instead, which she said was okay. I ate some of my soup.

On the basis of that one visit, I wouldn't recommend the restaurant. Perhaps if I have occasion to come again and I enjoy my food more, I might recommend it.

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AR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was wonderfully attentive, still checking on us even after we had paid our bill and stayed a little longer to chat. Delicious appetizers and the main courses were equally good.

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L
New York Area
130 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dinner was great! We loved the ambiance, the service, the food, the drinks! Highly recommend.

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DM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Visit was to catch up with friends over Sunday Brunch/ lunch. Great location on the U of M campus that isn't chain or fast food. Decor is modern and pleasant. Small outdoor seating space that would be great for nice days. Menu was small, but had some nice options. Pricing was average. Beer and full bar available. Booths are positioned in such a way as to offer very private spots to converse.

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MM
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We have always loved eating at The Beacon. We chose Beacon to meet friends before going to the United Football (Soccer) match at 7pm. We were there at 5pm, and the server was nice. The meal was wonderful as usual. We weren't asked if we would like a second "round", but we were asked about dessert, which was odd. It was also a bit frustrating to be given our checks before 6pm. The server knew we were going to the 7pm match, and the restaurant was not overly busy. He then stopped by many times to check in on payment. It was annoying, and although I always tip well (after decades in the serving/bartending world), I would not want him to be our server again.

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CP
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stopped at the Beacon on a whim. We were in the area, opened up the Open Table app and booked a table for a quick lunch. Boy, were we pleased! Great food! We just had burgers, but these burgers are above and beyond. They have a small tap list, but offer a good variety. The staff is SO nice, too! Great food, beer, and service. You can't ask for more!

They also have several shuffle board tables. We were too much in a hurry to play, but I thought that was a very cool feature.

(Oh and the NICEST bathrooms you'll find)

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M
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were 8 for Easter and made a reservation only 2 days before the date. It was easy to reserve, and our table was tucked away. they had a nice and interesting Easter brunch menu- which many of us tried . They also had live music- a guitar player- who was great but we were probably a little too close as we had to talk over his playing. the restaurant was not full and our meal was great and not rushed at all. The service was good. I would definitely recommend for groups, for an easy bite etc- The Graduate Hotel is darling and great to just hang out in the lobby w a coffee!

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s
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to the Beacon for a drink at night and then for Easter brunch. Food and drinks are good, service is good. Nice place and connected to the Graduate Hotel, so great spot on U Minn campus.

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JC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Located right in the middle of the Minnesota campus, this little jewel saved us from the mundane food near our hotel. We were in town for the NCAA Men's Swim Finals at the Jean Freeman Aquatics Center. The restaurant was hidden inside the Graduate Hotel. The outside sign wasn't even lit but it is right next to Appleby's. The salmon was delicious, perfectly cooked, as were the Eggs Benedict and their burger. Lovely atmosphere. The service was superb which we thought was a reflection of the Minnesota population, friendly helpful people everywhere!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great stop before sporting events on the U of M campus

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s
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had breakfast before the Gopher Women’s Basketball game. Service was excellent and efficient. Food was good but not exceptional. Bloody Mary is very spicy, but u was forewarned! The air hockey tables in the lounge area were a little noisy. But no real complaints. Great pre-game spot.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good stop prior to a Gopher game. Higher quality than most other restaurants in the immediate area around the sports facilities.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Greatly updated from the days when I went to the U. Great atmosphere and beer selection.

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AT
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We discovered this place when we were looking for somewhere to eat before a Gopher basketball game. It fit the bill. Not overrun by students (probably a touch too expensive for them), but still gets busy so get there early or make a reservation. The food is very good--I've had the turkey burger and we went for brunch once when I had the breakfast tostada--also very good. The service is efficient. I highly recommend it.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Stopped for a quick dinner before gopher hockey game. Restaurant was very cold due to outside temp and revolving door not working at hotel entrance. It was not busy when we first arrived. Had to wait for beer and remind server after other items arrived but overall server was attentive. Chips and salsa claim to be homemade but t chips seemed stale and salsa tasted like pace picante. Pecan crusted walleye had slight fishy taste and veggie pilaf was a minute portion. ( Very disappointing for a high ticket item). Fish and chips just so-so. House burger was the best of three items ordered. Apple tartlets for dessert had only a tiny piece of apple (total waste of money) bread pudding was just ok. 3 people, 2 beers each , ok service and less than ok food for price (avg of $40 per person) , I felt overall the experience was pretty spendy and really disappointing.

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S
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I wanted to grab a quick dinner before the Gophers’ game. We made a reservation and had prompt service, very good food, and overall an enjoyable experience.

I had the beet salad with chicken and it was fantastic.

Thank you!

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SO
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We eat here three or four times during each volleyball season. The location is the biggest reason but the food and the value keeps us coming back. The salmon entree is as good as any restaurant in the twin cities. The side dish of winter vegetables is great. The Bearnaise sauce is as good as any.

Leaving a special instruction on the Open Table instruction is useless.

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JD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Great Surprise. Interesting diverse menu. Well prepared. Loved our meals. Very friendly and engaging staff. Atmosphere is nice ... a good vibe when many people are there.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Thanksgiving meal. My son, grandson, husband and I had a hearty Thanksgiving meal. The squash soup was delicious! Thanks to the chef. The wait staff was right there whenever we needed them. Thanks to the app Open Table, for connecting us.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service, but mediocre food. Went for Thanksgiving and got the traditional-style dinner. Turkey was moderately dry, cranberries nice but uninspired, mashed potatoes seemed unseasoned in any way. Gravy and stuffing were tasty. Candy corn ice cream was a better novelty than I expected it to be, but the apple crisp was lacking in both flavor and crisp.

Given, this was a one-off holiday menu. The service was excellent and I really enjoyed the privacy of the high-backed semi-circle booths, and I wouldn't be surprised if they execute their regular menu with more success.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eight of us went for Sunday brunch, and everything was great. Friendly, responsive staff. Excellent food quality with a unique selection of options. Definitely recommend!

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l
Minneapolis
143 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I was disappointed that the express lunch had less vegetarian options on it this time then times past. I got the flatbread but it wasn't my favorite. Service was outstanding, as always.

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SO
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The salmon and root vegetables taste good and are a great value. Easy walk to the Pavilion is main reason to eat here. A great conversation with the waitress -

W. How would you like your salmon prepared?
Diner 1 I would like it pink in the center.
W. It will come that way. And you sir?
Diner 2 I would like it red in the center.
W. They all come pink in the center.

Diner 2 Why did you ask us how we want it prepared if they all come the same way?
W. I have to take your order.

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l
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Love the ambience and the food. Not equipped for dinner before a game at Williams Arena.

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A
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WONDERFUL service! Our server was outgoing, extremely helpful, and really made for a great dining experience.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pecan crusted walleye was outstanding. Sweet potato burger was just ok. Service was great, attentive and knowledgeable. Nice atmosphere, quiet Tuesday evening. It was very nice to shoot pool and watch the Twins game after dinner.

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BS
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

First time eating here. Celebrating my wife's birthday. We will definitely be back. Great food. Really enjoyed the atmosphere.

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R
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had such a great meal we came back the next night.

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R
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great rack of lamb. Fabulous service and food beer.

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OT
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu numbers quite a list of wonderful items. Our group tried the Atlantic Salmon, Roasted Beet Salad with chicken, and Curried Sweet Potato-Wild Rice Burger - all excellent. We also shared the Wild Mushroom Toast - wonderful! We enjoyed these crafted cocktails, Rosemary’s Baby, French Connection, and a Dark and Stormy. The service was excellent - we will be back.

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DA
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy trying something new. Quite a nice beer selection.

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OT
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great server (ask for Dan's tables). Will go back.

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