Dakota

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Entering its third decade, the Dakota has long been a favorite of jazz legends as well as patrons who savor the best of both art forms, the virtuosity of kitchen and bandstand. You can eat in the dining room and enjoy music second-hand from the adjacent club room; but you can also enjoy the music in the intimate club while making selections from either the bar or dining room menu—the best of both worlds. Patrons must note that online reservations through OpenTable apply to the dining room only. For show information and club reservations please call.

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4.1based on all time ratings
4.1
food
3.9
service
4.2
ambience
3.8
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Scratch
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice kept secret in Minneapolis. We will frequent again

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MrsWilkerson
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wrote a lovely Google Review. My husband enjoyed his birthday. Thank you also to Hannah, our Awesome server.

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DebraN
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

It was our Anniversary and we had a great night of Louis Armstrong music with the Southside Aces, a very talented, noteworthy band! We've been here before and the music is #1, so don't plan on eating big meals. Small plates are the way to go. But I highly recommend the Dakota to anyone looking for some fabulous music in a romantic, cool atmosphere.

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MargoC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing waitress, you are lucky to have her!

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VonnieP
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One suggestion, the red beans and rice dish was not cooked completely. As a southerner, beans should be soft, but firm, beans were hard. Also, you may want to study how this dish is prepared in New Orleans, beans are in a bowl, a scup of rice on the center on top. Wings were great, and 99.9% of the time, I enjoy your food.

Respectfully and best regards.

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downtowner
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole staff, especially the wait staff, are so knowledgable, courteous, and quiet when they need to be (when the music is being played, sung, etc). I go there so many times because of these outstanding amenities. They have a quiet way to let them know when you need another beverage or some other service. I have friends that see me all dressed up and ask "On your way to the Dakota?" and don't bother to wait for the answer as they know. When I come home, I think I smile the whole time just remembering how lucky I am to have a special place to spend an evening. For those ladies who do not think they should go out alone, get over it. I prefer to be alone so my time is spent enjoying what I came for: good music, good food, good service.

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ShannonL
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I visited alone while in MN for work. I was extremely comfortable with dining alone. Great atmosphere!

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Kari
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Lovely place, great food. Wonderful atmosphere. Best ribs and wonderful gnocchi.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance; amazing music. Definitely a special night and I’ll visit again whenever I’m in town.

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vipSuzieH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience5

We always like coming to the Dakota. It is a great atmosphere. Our service was not great but food and entertainment was!

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CorriJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dakota is the jewel of Minneapolis! Great music, food and ambieance! I look forward to every event at this establishment.

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EbonyA
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Overall, my experience at the Dakota was okay. The service, ambiance, and music were absolutely excellent. But the food was subpar and lacked flavor. I would go again, not for a meal, but the music.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service with wine and dessert suggestions!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful music, lovely staff and great food. What else could be asked for?

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Teri
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We (2 of family) were there for Easter brunch and the wonderful live music. My Eggs N Cocotte was "to die for"!!!

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DietrichM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food at the cities best jazz club. Sound is surprisingly good and most tables have a decent view of the stage.

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Amyi
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2018
Overall3food1service1ambience5

The service was horrible and the waitress was not professional. I had to wait 15 minutes before I could order a drink. She was not attentive. The risotto was not cooked and it wasn’t that good. I ordered an appetizer and they completely forgot. This is not a restaurant when you have to pay cover charge maybe separate the two business not everyone have money to pay for a cover when they only going to eat and check it out.

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victorv
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This place is sucks guys i would not recommend this restaurant to anyone ever.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall1food3service1ambience1

It was a terrible experience the hostess was rude and didn’t explain that we were not going to be seeing the show and we were literally seated in a storage area where they were piling chairs while we ate. The waiter literally tossed my wife’s plate on the table. We shocked and left as quickly as we could.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We especially appreciated very prompt service as we were attending a concert. Each of us was happy with our meal.

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Customer
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had friends in from out of town and wanted a restaurant that combined good food with entertainment. Chose the Dakota. Food was excellent, not the same boring supper club choices, and entertainment was the best. Server helpful, drinks were great, just could not say enough good about our evening.

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Mary
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall1food1service3ambience1

The music was great. But the food left a lot to be desired. We ordered 4 different entrees, and only liked the hamburger and fries. And even then, we ordered mushrooms with our hamburger at an additional cost and received two! We each paid twenty dollar cover charge, and two of us had obstructed view of the pianist.

I may be back for the music, but not for the food.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2017
Overall3food2service1ambience4

The food was just ok - nothing special. The service was beyond bad. We waited over 20 minutes to order a bottle of wine, another 20 minutes for it to arrive. Our food actually came out before the wine did. The salt and pepper we asked for never came and we finally got it from another waiter. Our wait assistant was the saving grace, shimming the table, checking on water, delivering the wine (finally) and finding the waitress twice. For us, Connie Evingson and Sam Miltich were the draw and they did not disappoint. I'd come back again to hear them in spite of the bad service.

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Craig
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great music last night. Food iand drinks are pricey but surprisingly good for a music venue. Service was friendly and attentive.

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vipEats
Minneapolis
128 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Excellent wait staff/service: attentive, knowledgeable, friendly
Good food: nice variety, our brussel sprouts and risotto, altho' tasty, were undercooked
Music: live, entertaining
Manager: rude

We hadn't been to Dakota for a while and thought we'd have dinner there before a Symphony Hall event. When we arrived, we were unaware that a Django Festival was occurring; we were seated in a separate room from the music which we had all to ourselves ; ) We enjoyed cocktails, an appetizer, entrees and a bottle of wine with the help of our very attentive wait staff. We could even enjoy the live music coming from the main room on the other side of the wall. So far, a delightful and romantic evening ...
When it was time for us to gather to leave, we stood up by the doorway to the main room to get our waitress' attention. A very rude, abrupt man stepped in front of us and essentially demanded, 'I told you you were a la carte. You didn't pay for the music. Return to your seats!' We didn't know who he was nor had we seen or spoken with him during our meal. Upon our prompting, he identified himself as the manager. When we tried to explain that we were waiting for our coffees and bill, he continued to try to belittle us as if we were lying and trying to sneak in some free music. Fortunately our waitress appeared with our cappuccinos and nearly $200 bill. As we returned to our seats to enjoy our coffees and pay our bill, he stood at the doorway and simply glared at us ~ we felt as if we were being guarded in a prison.
We will likely return to the Dakota in the future, but it will be awhile. If only the manager had been more observant as to what was occurring and had customer service as a priority, then everyone's evening would have been more delightful and we would gladly rate the Dakota higher.
BTW, our evening at Symphony Hall was stupendous - such great talent our cities have: world-renowned symphony and Dessa and her outstanding band!

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CalebA
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

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crowbar
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The show was outstanding. I had the Trout from the menu and that dish had unique flavours which I had not experienced before and that I really enjoyed. I chose the pot beans as a side, which were delicious, however did not accompany the trout well, so should have chosen a different side. Service was excellent and the waitress was very considerate of the ongoing show. I had a lovely evening overall.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at the Dakota, and I was very impressed. Everything seemed excellent--the service, the food, the music. I wish I'd made a point to travel to the Twin Cities sooner to enjoy this gem. Now that I have, I'll definitely return. Our time at the Dakota was a wonderful way to relax after taking in the Twins game.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fabulous meal and ambience with excellent service and jazz music

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Haapi
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The chef's special (grilled lamb) and the Set special (kale salad, pork belly) paired perfectly with the piano trio. Thank you, Dakota, for making the Set salad and dessert ready to split. Wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience4

the food was good but the lemon in the shrimp and sausage is just wrong and the small portion size for the lage dollar amount not fair and the digital sound not a good thing use wires.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous, the music was fantastic, and the drinks were perfect! My husband and I have definitely found our go to date night spot!

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DAKH
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The tamale masa was very dry and was not in good balance to the amount of meat filling. The black bean flavor was ok but the beans were undercooked and cool. The chilpolte sauce was the best. Very disappointing since this was the evening special.

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Notinamillionyear
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Sad to say we won't be repeating! If you like music yes! If you like food and enjoy food then this would not be the place! One little table spoon of steak tartar shouldn't cost $17 - in Paris you'd get half a pound with fries and a salad! LOL Don't do the gumbo either! So very disappointing

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2017
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We did not have the best experience. We he mediocre service, food, and ambiance. This was my first time at Dakota, and I felt like I was eating in a hotel conference room. Not sure I'll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was wonderful at the Dakota. I love the system of letting the servers know when you want attention and when you want to be left alone. It works slick. The music was wonderful too!

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Jnoelle
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2017
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Overall, this was exactly what I'd imagined and hoped for with celebrating my birthday. The music was great, the food was delicious, and the atmosphere was perfect. However, on our way out, we were unsure of the payment method, and were led to believe we paid at the front. My friends and I decided to leave a tip on the table, and pay separately at the front. When the server noticed we didn't put a tip on our credit card slips, he confronted us about it. We explained we'd left it on the table, and he was pleased, but it left us with an unsettled feeling, and almost wishing we hadn't. Despite the enjoyment of the night overall, ending on this made us question if it's a place we would want to return to.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

When calling to confirm, she might have mentioned the $30 cover charge per person.

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Jillybeane
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2016
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The venue for music was great and it was nice to be able to have one place to listen to music and eat. Food was not impressive. Not sure I would eat there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2016
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The food order was over spicy and the initial order was wrong.

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