Dakota

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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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DN
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

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.

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

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

VP
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

d
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

SL
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

K
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

SH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

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

CJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

EA
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service with wine and dessert suggestions!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

T
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

DM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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

A
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 5

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.

v
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

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.

OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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

C
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

M
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

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.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

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.

C
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

E
Minneapolis
123 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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!

CA
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

c
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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

Fabulous meal and ambience with excellent service and jazz music

H
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

DA
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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.

N
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

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

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

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.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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!

J
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

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.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

J
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

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

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend has been dying to go so we invited our closest friends and went. We had a lovely time! The food was great and the music was amazing. Will def be back!

t
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I made a reservation for a friend and I to meet for dinner during a recent conference in Minneapolis. I made the reservation fro 630 pm; when we arrived, we were asked how long we were going to stay (live music started at 8 pm and there was a cover charge if so). I didn't think we would be there that long as we had a long day and the next would be the same.
The food was okay...nothing to write home about as they say. Waiter was very nice; around 730 pm, one of the older "hostesses" came by our table (place was still pretty much empty) and asked if we were leaving soon as they could use the table for an entertainment guest.....
We skipped dessert and coffee, etc., paid our check, and headed out...needless to say quite dismayed at their unwelcoming attitude.
Skip this place; there are so many better places...try Monello's!!! Great food, ambience, and staff.

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