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Permanently Closed - Faces Mears Park

703 reviews
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$30 and under
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French American
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Whether dining in or picking something from our world class bakery, our guests enjoy an array of options made with the best local ingredients, without additives, preservatives or processing. FACES Mears Park has an extensive wine list featuring organic, biodynamic and sustainably farmed options. When weather permits, guests can be seated on our patio and enjoy music in Mears park as well as scenic views. Servicing many local restaurants and events, FACES bakery creates everything from morning croissants and beautiful breads to wonderful tiered wedding cakes. Look no further for your special event than FACES catering department. On or off site, we cater parties from 20 guests to 300+. Our atrium and other privates spaces allow for holiday, birthday or wedding celebrations to become a unique and savory experience for each and every guest.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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French American, Moroccan, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Deli-10am-2pm Monday thru Friday

Restaurant-Monday thru Thursday 11am-11pm

Friday 11am-2am*

Saturday 2pm - 2am*

Sunday: Closed (open Easter and Mothers Day brunch. Available for private events

*Full Menu until 10pm

*Happy Hours Monday thru Saturday 3-6pm & 10pm-11pm
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Phone number
(651) 209-7776
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
David Fhima
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On-Site event planner and off-site catering available. Large or small!
Full Service Bakery; cupcakes, wedding cakes, birthday celebrations!

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Cross street
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Parking details
There is a garage attached to the building daily, hourly fee and one time nightly fee. (175 5th Street entrance) and several lots in the surrounding area.
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Public transit
Union Depot 1 block NW
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Daily Lunch Specials
Evening Dinner specials
Happy Hour Specials
Full Service bakery
Catering onsite and off site

Wild Burger specials

Sat DJ music!
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Special events & promotions
You provide the occasion, we will do the rest! Choose from two versatile private spaces or our exclusive intimate Wine Room. Atrium: Surrounded by windows and 10-story-high ceilings, the atrium features a customizable floor plan that can accommodate reception-style events for 250 or seated occasion for 150.
Set with a private wine and espresso bar catering exclusively to your group, Faces Mears park’s lounge is perfect for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for up to 75 guests.
A Chef’s Table is a celebration of food, wine and friends. Typically, this event occurs in the kitchen, but we have created an occasion to be enjoyed in the intimate setting of our wine room. You and your guests will be entertained with a specially-crafted, multi-course menu from our inspired Executive Chef David Fhima. Each course will be paired with a wine that compliments the unique flavors of each dish. Please inquire for pricing and availability.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9  based on all time ratings
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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VickiCross17 (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

My date and i had a fun time the food was very good except for the soup way to much salt. Just a little disappoint that the tvs were not on to watch the ball drop in New York and no hats, noise makers, or count down to bring in the new year! Will return for birthday dinners but not on New years eve.

bogglexpress (Minneapolis)
1.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

Ended up walking out after an hour and a half with no food. About 45 minutes to get a table (which I had reserved about a week prior) and then another 30 minutes waiting after ordering at the table until we just left. Honestly been a couple times before and was impressed, but this time really makes me wonder if I ever want to go back.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

We did the couples price-fixe menu where they select the courses and pair those courses with carefully selected wines. This was a very exciting night for us. The food was delicious but the wine it was to be paired with was never served with the food. In fact, we needed to request the wine for the third course. The staff was nice and professional but I think they were overwhelmed. Part of that was understandable since we saw other guests being unfair and demanding, which sadly reflects on other guests as the staff was appreciably spending more effort pleasing those rude guests. We were mistakenly billed for two couples menus but our server was brilliant and apologetic with his handling. Not the greatest first impression of Faces but we do hope to return as the restaurant is changing their name. The location and ambience was lovely!

vipMyFav (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2016

Great Moroccan menu with good spices. The steak was first overdone, then underdone, and then our waiter kind of forgot about us, but we love the atmosphere and the desserts we're outrageously good!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2016

Wonderfully delicious food! We started with the Prawn Burrata Bomb which was served with a spicy tomato sauce and was a fabulous starter! For dinner we had the Seafood Tagine, Pot Roast Tagine, and Seafood Polenta - AMAZING! For dessert we shared the Crème Brulee and a triple chocolate cake - both to die for! They are going to be closed for remodeling at the start of the year, but I would highly recommend trying to make it in before that if you can!

Justaguy (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on December 10, 2016

Took a long time to get waited on, then was very rushed. Entree came out right after salad, barely had a chance to start on the salad.

The restaurant was freezing cold. Ate our whole dinner wearing our winter coats. The temperature was so cold the food got cold before we could eat it. The least they could have done was serve it on warm plates so it didn't get cold so fast.

I had the steak which was supposed to have a garlic butter melted over it. The garlic butter was frozen solid, didn't even begin to melt before the steak got cold.

Paula (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on November 29, 2016

Our appetizer was wonderful (scallops). My friend's dish was very good (sea bass with squash).
I could not eat my choice (tagine seafood). It was way too spicy, hot and had a bitter taste which I have come to find out was from too much tumeric. I was so disappointed. Our server was very gracious and helpful, offering several solutions. I ended up taking it home and greatly diluting the sauce. The restaurant's atmosphere was inviting. I would like to return, ordering another choice for dinner.

vipGA67 (Minneapolis)
2.0  Dined on November 15, 2016

Food was mediocre at best. My salad was entirely ends of purple cabbage and escarole - both old and bitter. My husband's lamb tangine was too sweet and the veggies are reduced to mush inside the tangine.

We won't be back. There are too many other options around with good food.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on November 4, 2016

We really appreciated the detail provided by the wait staff (Eli?) on the different menu options and the specifics of how each menu item was prepared. We also appreciated the flexibility of the kitchen for the younger kids / teens in our group. Loved the place and will be back!

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on October 22, 2016

The food was great and service was perfect, but the atmasphear was a bit uneventfuluneventful and cool.

PaulT (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2016

Great tagines!

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2016

My wife and I went to Faces for restaurant week. The staff was friendly, helpful, and timely. The food was delicious and filling. We would recommend that you try Faces for your next evening out.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
1.0  Dined on October 19, 2016

The service was TERRIBLE and the food was just ok. They were so slow that we actually ended up leaving without dessert in order to get to the theater on time.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on October 15, 2016

We really enjoyed the quiet ambiance which is also quite romantic in the evening with the candle light. The maple syrup pot roast tagine was very delicious. The meat was extremely tender and the amount was perfect. My husband had the lamb tagine which was a little bland for his taste. I expected more from the Harira soup because I have had it before at a Moroccan friend's house. The flavor was there, but many ingredients were missing. We had creme brulee for dessert which was not special at all. We have had better ones in other restaurants. Also, the espresso did not taste like espresso, but more like regular coffee poured into espresso cups. Overall we had a nice experience - our daughter had given us a groupon for a date night. The menu prices are quite high. A regular dinner for two will come to about $100 or more.

Jbean (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on October 14, 2016

The tuna was delicious but very tacky to serve with french fries everything else was divine a bit overpriced

Major101 (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on October 8, 2016

Food and ambiance are fabulous - only concern is the value: very expensive.

vipToddL (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on October 1, 2016

Wasn't sure what to expect my first time here. Knew David Fhima's reputation of excellent food from his earlier restaurants. Faces did not disappoint! The food was exceptional! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys a variety of eating choices, warm atmosphere, moderate to upscale priced options and food that will satisfy any palate!

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on September 24, 2016

We have appreciated every restaurant we've tried that was run by David Fhima . Since we've traveled extensively in North Africa and the Middle East, the tagines etc. at the former Fhima restaurant and at Faces have been particularly appealing to us. On the recent Saturday when we had a pre-opera dinner at Faces, our server was friendly and professional, the table near a window was ideal, and (oh so thankfully) we found the gentle noise level so much more inviting than the majority of restaurants we go to in the Twin Cities. We are moving into an apartment near Mears Square and would love to be frequent diners at this lovely restaurant.

vipFritz (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on September 13, 2016

The food was very good - we had the seafood special with fish and shrimp. Service was friendly and attentive. I thought that the prices were a little high, but, overall, a very good dinner and dining experience. I recommend a table by the window to overlook Mears Park.

Charis (Minneapolis)
1.0  Dined on September 3, 2016

With the exception of one or two dishes, overall the food is bland and menu doesn't change often. The service is almost laughable, it can be THAT bad. The manager is stern and does not treat his customers well. The hostess or host is the same person who does the table waiting, as the restaurant tends to be empty even on a Saturday night. We've tried it out on a couple different Saturday nights; even during the popular jazz festival across the street, the restaurant remains empty. Despite its great location, the lack of customer service and pricey yet bland food is not conducive to repeat customers. It is very sad.

BonnieE (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on August 2, 2016

We were there on one of the hottest days of the summer. It was so warm in the restaurant I lost my appetite and ordered something less hot. Mistake. The strip steak was mediocre. One of us ordered the Braised Lamb Tangine. Excellent. The sour dough bread has a beautiful texture and taste. Appetizers were tasty and the bread pudding with caramel sauce was delicious except that the homemade ice cream it came with had ice crystals as though it had been refrozen. Taste OK but not smooth.

vipDave (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on July 21, 2016

Food and service were excellent. We look forward to going back.

vipAdhirhu (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on July 8, 2016

The food was amazing! Loved the variety of the menu.

Lovethisplace (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on July 6, 2016

I wanted to like this restaurant and went with out of town guests before an event. Food was good and brought out as it was ready so was hot. Drinks were pricey and we sent one back because it was really awful. No argument for doing that and replacing it. Service was slow, however even though there were very few people in the restaurant and many empty tables

melissab (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on June 29, 2016

Our server was excellent and the martini was sublime! Shared a meal with my man that was beyond yummy from the locally grown greens for the salad, the organic sweet cream butter to the steak that was prepared perfectly with a rich savory sauce. We definitely will come here again!

vipOpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on May 27, 2016

We enjoyed our time at Faces because the food was good. But we had a terrible table. The restaurant was very empty when we got there, and we were seated in the back corner next to a big curtain that kept flowing over our table, making it hard to talk to each other. We asked to be moved to the window seat, but we were told that all those tables were reserved. I'm not sure why our reservation didn't qualify for a better table. So, Open Table reservation makers-beware! You must have to be very important to get a good table at Faces. Regular people are seated in the corner next to annoying curtains.

vipVeggieDiner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on May 21, 2016

Glad we went back. The last time we ate at Faces Mears Park, the food was good, the service was okay, everything was fine, but not overwhelming. This time we were very happy with the food, the service was great, and eating outdoors on a nice summer day is incredible. We will be back.

TwinCitiesBS (Salt Lake City)
4.0  Dined on May 14, 2016

On the pricey side for what you get, but everyone loved their food.

HappyBday66 (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on May 13, 2016

Lovely view & elegant meal. Great for preshow dinner before going to Ten Thousand Things Theatre

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

Great atmosphere. Friendly and attentive service. Very good food.