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HoDo Restaurant

4.2
103 reviews
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$30 and under
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Farm-to-table
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All are welcome at the HoDo Restaurant, a casual fine-dining establishment where exquisitely creative, delicious cuisine and unparalleled, experienced service intersect. We use locally grown and harvested ingredients, humanely and sustainably-raised whenever possible. The dishes are prepared with raw ingredients; if we can make it here, we’ll make it here. From the house made breads and lavosh that start your meal, to the palate-cleansing sorbet you may enjoy before your entrée, to the hand-crafted desserts that add the finishing touch to your experience, the Hotel Donaldson will always be a memorable addition to your culinary repertoire.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Farm-to-table, Contemporary American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11am - 5pm in HoDo Lounge
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: Seating 5pm until 9pm;
Friday & Saturday: Seating 5pm until 10pm;
Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm (Sunday dinner served in The HoDo Lounge)
Brunch: Sundays 9am-2pm
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Phone number
(701) 478-8888
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ryan Shearer
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Private party facilities
Great spaces do more than function. They inspire great actions and lasting memories. That's the philosophy behind the Hotel Donaldson's meeting rooms and related accommodations. Your personal celebrations or business functions will benefit from our approach to quality food, attentive service and attention to the details of your event. HoDo Restaurant can add as many personal touches as you need. Don't forget, the hotel rooms, restaurant and lounge are all under the same roof and can add another dimension to your retreat or function.

Check out the event spaces and see for yourself. You're sure to find something that will inspire you. Hotel Donaldson has room for you and up to 100 guests.
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Private party contact
Kelly Foss: (701) 478-2939
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
1st Ave N
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Parking details
Free on street parking on 1st Avenue and Broadway St. Off street parking available on the East side of the Hotel. Valet parking available - $15.
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Entertainment
Ever-changing restaurant and art gallery. We host and promote the regions visual, culinary, performance and literary arts.
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Special events & promotions
Chefs' personal tasting menus avaialable. Please call 701.478.1000 or visit hoteldonaldson.com. Click on Happenings.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 103 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
3.8
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BobSacomano (Fargo)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was excellent, and the service was great as well. No wait on a Saturday night at 6:00pm. Highly recommended. Try the lobster fettucine.

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MahBell (Fargo)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The staff were very friendly and accommodating. The food was fantastic and would rank it as one of the two best restaurants in town.

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dahasac (Fargo)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

I took my adult children out for a birthday dinner. We stayed 3 hours talking. The host and waiter were good. My salmon was too salty, but I ate it all and didn’t complain. The other meals were good. I was surprised that the place wasn’t more crowded on a Saturday night.

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Zede 
1.0  Dined on January 4, 2018

We had to send our meal back twice. The walleye was burnt and the chicken and dumplings were underdone and rubbery. It was simply awful. We have eaten at HoDo many times and the food has always been wonderful. Later they told us the chef wasn’t working Thursday night. My sister-in-law and I finally went to JL Burgers for dinner. The guys had given. It’s so sad to see such a wonderful place go down hill.

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ParisinDSM (Fargo)
4.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

We were greeted enthusiastically by Mathias, seated promptly as requested when making the reservation. We were the first dinner guests of the evening. Water followed as well as an offering for beverages. Mathias was delightfully personable! Our server didn't have a name tag on nor did she introduce herself. She seemed a bit out of sorts. We've all been there. She was prompt and the food was delicious. Loved seeing Reina Del Cid in the lounge! Great ambiance in both the restaurant and lounge. Thank you!

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Laetitia (Fargo)
3.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

The Coq au vin was very basic. I would change the recipe to something for a restaurant of your caliber. Nate was a phenomenal server (as always). Friendly, welcoming and professional.

The deserts were outstanding ( from presentation to taste). We had the bread pudding and the chocolate mousse duo. The choco mousse looked like a piece of art.

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vipRichardS (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

Pretty good meal, although not as strong as in previous visits. In the past, there were very nice house-baked breads, but not this time. The dishes had some very nice ideas, but execution was a bit off.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was great. Drinks were also very well done. Service was a bit slow/scattered, but this may have been due to very large party that was dining at the same time.

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PKjp (Fargo)
3.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

The meals are overpriced. The carrot cake was just out of the freezer. It could have been so much better.
Good wine though.

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RaoulDuke (Fargo)
5.0  Dined on September 12, 2017

Very friendly staff that was helpful with food choices and wine. Food was very good, some of the best I have had and I have worked in some very nice restaurants myself. I will go back when I stay in Fargo again.

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vipGaryCo (Manitoba)
3.0  Dined on September 5, 2017

The food was good especially the BLT salad and the prime rib. The only concern was that the expensive red wine was alledgedly served at room temperature which it was not. They could improve their wine storage. Red wine should be stored at 16-19 Celsius and allowed to warm to room temperature.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on August 19, 2017

Ordered the filet mignon, which came with an interesting (in a bad way) sauce drenched on top. Anyways, after my unsatisfactory meal, I threw it all up. $40 plate wasted. Too expensive for how drenched my food was in sauce.. it should be good on its own. Crab cake and dessert was delicious however.

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vipDakotah (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on August 19, 2017

First time on the roof patio. Excellent experience and good service for a busy evening. Would recommend this especially on a nice day.

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vipOpticsGuy (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on August 8, 2017

Was recommended HoDo from a friend and we were not disappointed. My manager and I started with the scallops appetizer which was loaded with flavor and cooked perfectly. We each ordered the smojed bison hanger steak, but I got plain white rice instead of risotto. Steak was tender and yummy. Our server was exceptional and guided us in our entire meal including my dessert of rainbows and unicorn ice cream sandwich

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OpenTable Diner (Fargo)
5.0  Dined on July 21, 2017

We celebrated our wedding anniversary at the HoDo Restaurant. We had outstanding service and the food and beverages were fantastic.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 11, 2017

The food and service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined on June 28, 2017

It's nice to find a more upscale restaurant in Fargo. Both the bison and the walleye that we had were locally sourced and creatively cooked and presented. Very flavorful on both. The wait staff was excellent. The only glitch was minor, in terms of finding the restaurant, we were meeting up and didn't immediately realize the lounge and restaurant were separate.

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OpenTable Diner (Fargo)
5.0  Dined on June 27, 2017

I took my wife to the HoDo for her birthday. The appetizers were excellent and we shared the main course which was walleye. Everything was outstanding, a truely enjoyable evening out.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on June 9, 2017

Great special price. Food was good. Light atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on May 19, 2017

Poor service. The server had the remnants of a black eye. Took over an hour to receive our meal.

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Lorijean (Fargo)
5.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

The chef at the HoDo always does a wonderful meal!

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OpenTable Diner (Fargo)
3.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

Had to wait a few times for plates and some food items on the mother's day buffet.

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OpenTable Diner (Fargo)
5.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

Well paced and maintained fancy Mother's Day Brunch for this visit. Server may have been new, not entirely attentive (had to ask for cutlery and more coffee). Typically service is outstanding. Food for normal service never disappoints and they pulled off the same caliber for a buffet.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 10, 2017

Excellent food. The vegan option is always delicious and one of the many reasons I continue to visit the Hodo. Jessica was our server and she did a phenomenal job. It had been months since I was last here and she remembered me and my previous reason for visiting the Hodo. I was very impressed with her memory and her customer service abilities.

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vipNutz4seabrook (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on May 2, 2017

We had spent the days before in western ND and were tired of bar food. This place was just what the doctor ordered.

The staff were were very good. The ambiance was pleasant. The meals were very good. The prices were reasonable.

Not sure when we might return to Fargo, but this will be on our list

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 25, 2017

Amazing food and amazing service. Never had such friendly hosts, or as amazing food.

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OpenTable Diner (Fargo)
4.0  Dined on April 24, 2017

While everything was very good and I will recommend the HoDo, it seems to me that it has slipped in both the quality of the food and service. Granted I was there on a Monday night and there were only 3 tables including mine, I remembered the HoDo as top notch and I feel it's slipped a bit. The presentation of the food was fantastic as always but lacked flavor (we had the lamb and walleye) both seem under seasoned, and though the service was good I didn't expect our server to be in faded jeans and apron.
As I stated above; I'll still recommend the HoDo but I certainly won't build it up the way I have in the past.

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OpenTable Diner (Fargo)
5.0  Dined on April 10, 2017

Great food: innovative presentations, great variety. The only thing better would be to offer half portions (bites?) so I could try even more of the very interesting menu. Exceptional service, just right. Thanks for a great meal and great experience in Fargo.

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Bookbuyer (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on April 8, 2017

I was in Fargo on family business and ate in several of what are recognized as Fargo's fine dining restaurants. The Ho Do restaurant was by far the most imaginative food and best and most complete wine list. The service was good and since the restaurant is separate from the bar you could hear. I would without a doubt say this was the best fine dining in Fargo without being overly formal. I will heartily recommend it to anyone I know

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OpenTable Diner (Fargo)
5.0  Dined on March 27, 2017

We had a great time at Ho Do. It had been a year since our last visit and the server remembered us. We got a great wine on her recommendation and the food was first rate from the new menu. All in all, a lovely time.

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