About The Normandy Kitchen

Classic. Comfortable. Timeless. The Normandy Kitchen and Bar has been a favored eatery in downtown Minneapolis since opening here in 1941. We've just completed a major renovation that includes an expansion of our bar and a sidewalk café,

The Normandy Kitchen and Bar (www.normandykitchen.com) "upscale -casual" restaurant. We serve the timeless food and classic cocktails you've always known and loved. The Normandy Bar is a busy, street level bar on the corner of South 8th Street and 4th Avenue in Minneapolis.
We feature a "scratch kitchen", a great bar featuring the finest spirits, a list of craft-style classic cocktails and a smart wine list. In addition, the Normandy Kitchen provides all food and beverage service within the Normandy Hotel, including room service, private dining and banquet service.

405 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: 6:30am - 11:00am, Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Fourth Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(612) 370-1400 ext. 570

Website:
http://www.normandykitchen.com/

Entertainment:
Jazz Every Third Saturday of the Month: Great Local Talent

Parking Details:
Convenient off street parking (enter on 9th St.) is available and validated (2 hours) when you dine at the Normandy Kitchen.

Public Transit:
Conveniently located three blocks south of the Government Plaza Light Rail Station. More information is available at metrotransit.org.

Executive Chef:
Tim Favre

Private Party Facilities:
The Normandy Kitchen offers comfortable dining in our Bar, main Dining Room, and Harbor Room, and also offer Private Dining spaces for Banquet Functions. The spacious newly renovated Continental Room accommodates groups of up to 150 comfortably. The Normandy Kitchen also features more intimate dining for parties of 50-75 in the historic Village Room, and dining for parties of 15-30 in the Normandy Room. Please contact our Private Party Contact for inquiries regarding these spaces.

Private Party Contact:
Restaurant: (612) 370-1400 ext. 593

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Jazz Night two Saturdays a month, featuring acclaimed local talent like the Maurice Jacox Trio and the Travis Anderson Trio.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Breakfast will be served from 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM. The Thanksgiving feast will start at 11:00 AM. At 5:00 PM, our regular dinner menu items will also be available until close.

The Normandy Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

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89% would recommend it to a friend

Quiet Conversation (9)
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Cozy (7)
Authentic (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Casual (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Romantic (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Great Beer (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Business Meals (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Fun (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Had a surprisingly good meal with terrific service and great value - all in one. A hidden gem for sure.
Not what you expect from a city hotel restaurant in a Best Western.
Will definitely go backw

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This place is always a pleasant stop. Don’t be dissuaded by the fact that it’s attached to a Best Western - it has a LOT of history. Food is satisfying and from scratch. Good cocktails, AND best of all, popovers, which are a great treat anytime. Parking is easy in the hotel lot on the back side. (Bring your ticket in to get it validated...)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Casual, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our server was outstanding with a great personality. The space was kitschy, warm and inviting. The food was good to excellent between the four of us. Popover and meatloaf were amazing!

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Good memories from family gatherings in the 1960’s. Popovers are still a treat. Wonderful choice of music, relaxing.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Typical French bistro menu with small tables and lively bar scene. Service was friendly but slow and mostly inattentive. Steak frites arrived with almost cold meat and overly salted frites that made them inedible. Steak was sent back to be warmed but with backward glare from waitress. Really?... Meatloaf was okay. Calamari were also overly salted. Shrimp cocktail flavorful and nicely chilled. Cheese platter had good selection of 5 cheeses, 3 U.S.and 2 French with okay accompanimentsof jams and walnuts. Espresso was weak and tepid.

Expensive evening, and would not recommend overall.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Frankly, this place was a disappointment. The servings were good sized, but average in color, taste and presentation. It was an unusually busy night for a Monday, and only 2 servers had to cover both rooms, so half the meal was spent waiting for food, and trying to contact the waitress.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great service and great food! Loved the atmosphere! Very quiet and relaxing. A little pricy but worth it!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Bar Seating, Live Sports, Casual, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Absolutely wonderful! I haven’t been amazed by a restaurant for a while. But the service and chefs at Normandy Kitchen wowed me. Doug, the bartender, was my server. I made a late lunch reservation. He was helpful, friendly, and real. He made a recommendation for the appetizer that was spot on. I came to try out the Restaurant Week menu. I hadn’t been there before and wouldn’t have gone except for Restaurant Week. The salad was deliciously savory, and I don’t even like salads. I had duck for the first time and have fallen in love. My husband always orders duck, so I can’t wait to bring him back to try it. I have a lot of friends who work downtown and I’m spreading the word. I took my time to enjoy every bite. Thank you for a very memorable meal.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Romantic, Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I was extremely impressed by the quality of the ingredients and the overall presentation. A real gem and it’s not surprising it’s been in business since 1941.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Ordered the duck which was excellent but my wife got talked into the Henry 8th burger it was awful!

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The Normandy isn't close to us, but we make the effort for special occasions. It's the perfect atmosphere for a romantic meal. The food is delicious and beautifully presented. The service is always wonderful. Be sure to try the Popovers!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Great hidden gem in downtown MLPS. Live music is often available and is excellent. great venue. Very nice variety in the menus which are changing frequently

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Obviously understaffed and server running all over but had to wait 30 minutes to order our second drink and this is at our dinner table. Food was very average

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 8, 2017

It took 30+ minutes to get our drink order. They were out of both entrees we wanted to order and we were there at 6 pm. Hardly saw our server. Food was decent.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 27, 2017

I've eaten at The Normandy Kitchen several times over the years when in Minneapolis for various events. The food has always been consistently good and did not disappoint this last visit. We shared the mussels, which were cooked perfectly, and the wine sauce was divine. The only criticism of the meal was the inability to substitute a different vegetable for the Broccoli Rabe in my boyfriend's dish - the meatloaf (which was very, very good by the way). He's not a fan of green vegetables and while carrots are offered in another dish on the menu, only asparagus or Brussel sprouts were offered as an alternative. A larger serving of mashed potatoes was ultimately the solution. This was fine but it was a bit disappointing. California sea bass was the special of the night and it was very good, prepared nicely and, while a bit salty, the flavor was excellent. I want to especially point out the exceptional service our waitress provide. While seating us, the hostess said they had been exceptionally busy that evening and were rather unprepared for it with only one server on staff. We weren't in any hurry so we weren't overly concerned. I wish I could remember our waitress's name because she was an absolute delight. She could easily have been stressed and frazzled but she was anything but. She was upbeat and very engaging and the wait really wasn't any longer than expected. All in all a terrific meal at an extremely reasonable price. Don't overlook The Normandy Kitchen because it's a "hotel restaurant". You will enjoy a better meal here, at a far better price, than many of the other downtown establishments.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Had fish and chips basket with fries for lunch sitting at the bar. Great fish and Han cut fries. Beer baxter was crispy the way I prefer it.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 24, 2017

I love anything that looks European and old English. I thought the atmosphere was delightful and the menu was interesting.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Normandy Kitchen is the best kept secret in downtown Minneapolis. The food is delicious and the service is exceptional!

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 (Fargo)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Had a little friend gathering here before a concert. Great staff and delicious food. We'll be back

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 12, 2017

I was part of a group of 7 there for a business dinner, and we had an awesome time. The service was great, the food was excellent. The restaurant is located in an old speakeasy, and had a ton of character.

Highly recommended

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 9, 2017

We spent over 30 minutes in 5 pm rush hour trying to figure out how to get into the parking lot.
Very frustrating. It would have been helpful if the website provided the information. Food excellent . .as the server became busy with other tables, had to ask twice for more bread.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Ours was a Sunday birthday lunch. We were the only ones in the dining space. They validate parking as they are in the Best Western Hotel. Very clean. Now to the yummy food...as recommended we had the popovers they were beautiful and delicious.
We also enjoyed the calimari, the veal and spinach meatloaf and the wild mushroom
Risotto and a surprise birthday dish of ice cream. All were nicely presented and flavorful. Our server was very helpful and
Pleasant.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

The food here was amazing! I feel that this is an undiscovered gem in downtown Minneapolis. I will definitely be making this a regular spot. You should try the French onion soup with a popover :)

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 8, 2017

The Normandy Kitchen is a hidden gem in downtown Minneapolis! We have been coming here for a couple of years and have had a great experience each time. Excellent service, delicious food and wonderful cocktails. The popovers are super yummy! You should really come here.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 25, 2017

A birthday outing ended with excellent homemade ice cream with homemade hot fudge. Food was okay. Few people in the restaurant at the time we were there. Heard a man with a British accent say the popovers are the best. Didn't know that. Mmmm.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 10, 2017

enjoyed listening to Maurice Jacox trio beautiful jazz while eating dinner in the bar. Friendly environment ... good food. There are a few outdoor tables and big windows in the bar that open out to make you feel like you're outside. Nice place for date night.

Tags: Fun, Live Music, Comfort Food
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 9, 2017

They validate parking & make really good cocktails. We sat outside on a gorgeous night. Food was very good. I had walleye prepared uniquely. Boyfriend had the pork tenderloin. Server was well-informed. Reasonably priced. A good value.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Although we have dined out weekly for 20+ years in Minneapolis, this was our first meal at this restaurant. We were both impressed by the quality of the food. They offer a good mix of French and American options. For appetizers, we had a giant popover with maple butter, and a charcuterie platter of home prepared cheeses, meats, and a creamy fois gras pate with breads that was amazing. For mains crab cakes and a really good hamburger. Portions were so large, could not manage deserts. For drinks their Apple Cider Sangria was perfect. Ambiance was a funky mix reminiscent of cafes around the Sorbonne area in Paris and old Minneapolis. Service was efficient, knowledgeable, and friendly. Tab really reasonable. Easy parking. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 31, 2017

The lunch meal was delicious. The place is very nice and so were the wait staff. I had made reservations there because someone who reported to me was retiring and didn't want a big to do over it. So I took her to the Normandy Kitchen for lunch. She enjoyed the lunch and the food she had ordered. I think it is a great place to eat at. I've been there a few times before for lunch and dinner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Casual, Fun, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Amazing food and super friendly service

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Food was good; the beniets were a perfect way to start brunch. Cafe miel was made well.

Our server was not great. It seemed like he was new or very inexperienced. It took a long time to get our food and drinks compared to how busy the restaurant was. Dirty plates were not cleared and he never provided us his name.

I would return if I was in the area but only if I had time to spare.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Enjoyed our dining experience at the Normandy very much. The service was prompt and the food delicious. Especially enjoyed the crab cakes!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 26, 2017

The food was terrific but we had several wait staffers, one of whom pushed the second course onto the table before we had finished the first course. This irritation marred the otherwise excellent service - friendly but not pushy.

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vip
·Dined on April 18, 2017

The food was great for the price. Huge portions. Not a large menu but what they do the do well. We had four diners and each was very pleased with their entree. Pop overs are not to be missed.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Very nice room, most excellent service, friendly. Breakfast was yummy!!

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Went there while on a business trip. It was not busy. The services was okay. I felt as if I was not getting a full attention from the waitress the fact the restaurant was not busy. The onion soup was very good which I liked it very much, however the Henry VIII burger was gross of all - too much blue cheese so overpowering the whole favors. The burger was too frightfully big that I felt I should not have ordered it the first place. Get the onion soup. Avoid the burger. Not worth your money.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 10, 2017

Great food, recently revamped by son taking over business from father. Hotel is meticulously taken care of with gleaming wood everywhere & nicely updated, while staying traditional. Owner came to our lunch table to introduce himself. Classy.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Authentic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 15, 2017

Always excellent. The only improvement I can think of is for the Normandy Kitchen to add a coat/hat check or a rack of some kind.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Didn't expect much because it was in the Best Western but I was wrong. I'll definitely be back!

Tags: Quick Bite
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 26, 2017

Great meal - and our thanks to Dawn for great service. The Mushroom Risotto and Meatloaf were wonderful but, don't miss out on the popovers to start the meal. We will definitely be back for one the the live Jazz music nights. Truly a neighborhood gem!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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