La Fresca

4.6
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
La Fresca is a Mexican Nouveau Restaurant. Representing new age style of Mexican cuisine with French techniques. Located in the heart of South Minneapolis. From the Same owners of Cafe Ena, Rincon 38 and Costa Blanca.

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Half price select bottles of wine Tues & Wed

Select half price wine bottles all day Thursday and Wednesday

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$7 margaritas and $2 off specialty select cocktails

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious margaritas and unique food combination!

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vipElizabeth
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our dinners were excellent and the service was cheerful and quick.

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JohnS
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Being it our first time and not knowing what to expect, we were pleasantly surprised. Food was very good as was service. Will definitely be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was exceptional! The service was very slow.

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christineb
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

This is a fantastic neighborhood gem of true Mexican food. The food you will find in a coastal town on the Pacific. -- Not the cheese-drenched Texmex of America. Perfectly done fish with fantastic flavor and creative sides. Loved LaFresca.

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Cathy
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, unique food.

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alejandro
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything was absolutely wonderful at la fresca. very cozy atmosphere and the food was phenomenal

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KeithB
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best seafood in town. Everything here is always the best, along with 1/2 price bottles of select wine on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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FernD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like all the restaurants in the Rincon 38 group, the food is amazing and the place is unique. It almost feels like you are dining in a friend's home. Intimate space with a lively vibe.

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Danny
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always amazing food. This place is a diamond in the rough.

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vipkmkm
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING FOOD! Loved the queso with chorizo!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Valentines Day

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Had reservations for 6:30 on Valentine’s Day. There were multiple couples that had reservations at the same time and we all had to wait about 15-20 post reservations to sit down. They did offer to serve drinks while we waited, but it’s a very small waiting area. Although the food and service when we sat down was great.

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vipJohnH
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and evening! We made two orders that the waiter said he would check on, side of tortillas and a beer order, and he never followed through with verbal feedback or the order. Maybe just overwhelmed on Valentines evening. Will try again at some point.

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TandK
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food and drink were excellent. We had the guacamole and ceviche as starters and the haddock and snapper. All were very well balanced and flavorful. It was Valentine’s Day and the restaurant was packed so there were a few service errors that I wouldn’t anticipate on a regular night. The Tegroni cocktails were good- tequila replaced the gin in a negroni.

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vipKoberules
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Valentines Day eve experience! Our server was attentive and gave us great advice

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vipmmhaupt
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Limited menu, but both selections we had were EXCELLENT! Will go back during summer to sit out on patio and have another of their awesome margaritas!

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LibbyF
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We really enjoyed our meal with friends at La Fresca ! We are frequent diners at Rincon 38 and were anxious to try this restaurant in the group owned by Hector Ruiz. First of all, the restaurant is tiny so I suppose it could get very loud but it was fine the night we were there. The decor is very informal. Every morsel was delicious! Husband had the Carne Asada which was outstanding and I had a salad and the appetizer portion Mariscos Calavacitas which was also mouthwatering and not too rich. Desserts were also excellent, especially the Key Lime Pie. We will definitely return to this neighborhood treasure!

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vipScottA
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

La Fresca is a fabulous example of high end Mexican gastronomy. The food is well planned and executed with excellent ingredients. The combination of flavors plays so well in each dish. I recommend the halibut or the snapper. Great service as well. A neighborhood gem.

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JamesD
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food except for the creme brulee which was tasty but didn't care for the texture

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KateS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a hidden gem! La Fresca was perfect for a quiet date night on a Wednesday in January. It is TINY and I could easily see it getting really loud and crowded on a popular night, or when the patio is open. However, it was cozy and perfect for this evening.

We started with some incredible guacamole - tangy and smooth, plenty of flavor. There was just enough for my husband and I to split, and the amount of chips was exactly right for the amount of guac. My husband had the Carne Asada, which he deemed "the best carne asada he'd ever had" - it was done perfectly medium per his request and came with a nice portion of au gratin potatoes. I had the AguasCalientes and it was so tender and flavorful. The fish had a beautiful pistachio crust and was flaky and firm with great flavor, while the spinach and green slaw on top were tangy and complimented it perfectly. It all came in a nice tower presentation - atop a baked cake of truffle polenta - which easily withstood the demands of all the other flavors, and came through with a savory base. It was all heavenly!

The espresso creme brulee was rich and flavorful - and although it looked a little odd after we cracked into the caramel crust, the flavor was totally worth it.

La Fresca is definitely on our list of places to return - it has the vibe of a trendy neighborhood nook with the attitude of a high-end bistro. Really lovely service too - big compliments to the whole crew. Truly enjoyable and definitely one of Minneapolis's best little places near Lake Harriet.

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Lynn
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything tasted so good. This was our second time eating here and we brought our kids. They loved it as well. And that Tres Leches cake was outstanding!!

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SuzeH
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, friendly service, everything I always expect at a Hector Ruiz restaurant ☺️

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PaulaL
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at La Fresca never disappoints. We went with a group of 10 people for New Year's Eve and enjoyed a delicious meal.

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PhilO
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything we ate was delicious. I'm looking to forward to our next visit.

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Lynn
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to La fresca and we were not disappointed! I’m still thinking about the food. The flavors were exceptional, the appetizer Mariscopa (?) was my favorite with the scallops and shrimp. And the desserts... heavenly! We loved the atmosphere-just a quaint neighborhood place. We were able to talk and be heard as well. Service was excellent and the food came quickly. We were so glad we have gift certificates for our kids to try. And we will definitely be back!

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SusanK
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My boyfriend took me to dinner here for my birthday. We split a cheesy appetizer with chips, and a very fresh salad. I had excellent scallops in a great sauce, and my boyfriend had beef tenderloin. The beef was indeed tender, and, somewhat amazingly, there was a lot of it.

Oh, and I forgot the drinks; I had a traditional margarita, and he something unusual (but I can't remember the name of it).

A very nice meal, friendly and efficient service.

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RebeccaF
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dined there on Christmas Eve. Our server was great and the food was outstanding. Overall very good dining experience. We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh, interesting version of Latin dishes. My friend is lactose intolerant and they were very helpful about recommending dishes and adjusting ingredients.

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Den52
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful place excellent food
We come here often

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious and lovely atmosphere

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Will
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Minneapolis

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KimberlyM
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks! Very attentive service!

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KrisC
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were there on very quiet Sunday night. Had looked restaurant up online and wanted to try. We had great meal. Just the right amount. I live in Wayzata so a drive. Very different. Although the restaurant is billed as Mexican I would say this is more South American, lots of fish entries. Will come again and recommend,

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Tammy
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food is terrific. Environment is unpretentious. The tables are a little smooshed together making it a little uncomfortable.

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vippdjones
Minneapolis
26 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the guacamole and fish options on the menu. They now have a full bar. Great service. It's a favorite spot.

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vipFreakbag
St. Louis
22 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good, consistent service, food quality and awesomeness.

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GailQ
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best Mexican food I've had in the twin cities. Fresh flavors, great ingredients and unique presentation!

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JennieM
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Small but charming Spanish inspired eatery. Food was very good, tables are a bit tight, but some xtra room at the bar for eating. Clean, friendly staff.

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vipDebbie
Minneapolis
183 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great neighborhood restaurant with unique Mexican and Latin American food. We ordered the guacamole (plenty for two diners) the empanada, which was delicious, and the mariscos con calavacitas to share. My dinner companion ordered the huanchinango which he thought was excellent. All of our dishes had very interesting presentations and lots of authentic ingredients. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. The neighborhood is quiet and parking is pretty easy on side streets.

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