The Best Breakfast Restaurants in Minneapolis

The OpenTable Team

When diners need a great start to the day, it's time to hunt down the best breakfast in Minneapolis. From hash browns and bacon to pancakes and buttery biscuits with gravy, Minneapolis does breakfast right. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We've pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Love eggs Benedict? Head to St Paul to try the classic breakfast meal served with the genius addition of short rib. More of a pancake person? Then check out St Anthony's Park cafes. Order flappers, with apple or brie, and choose between traditional pork or adventurous bison sausages. Get a great start to the day with our guide to the absolute best breakfast in Minneapolis.

Restaurants:318 Cafe, Bennett's Chop & Railhouse, JD Hoyt's
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Steakhouse
Neighborhoods:Excelsior, Saint Paul, Downtown / North Loop

318 Cafe

$$$$·American·
Excelsior
274 reviews
  • Live Music
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
A popular Excelsior joint with a history rooted in live music and a love of great food. Run by locals, the ownership has passed from founders to employees, with a legacy of friendlRead more
100% recommended
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Bennett's Chop & Railhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Saint Paul
1,173 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
A Saint Paul steakhouse might not be the obvious choice for breakfast, but Bennett’s happily makes an exception. Owners Joe and Meghan pride themselves on their outstanding hospitaRead more
92% recommended
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JD Hoyt's

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / North Loop
1,540 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Sundays are the ideal time to hunt down the best breakfast in Minneapolis. Sunday Breakfast runs from 10 until 2 and includes a mammoth ‘all you can eat’ buffet, or several choicesRead more
95% recommended
Best Overall in Minneapolis - St. Paul
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Italian Eatery

$$$$·Italian·
South Minneapolis
926 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Italian Eatery, or simply ‘ie’ as it’s known locally, is moments away from the Minnehaha Creek and a short walk from Lake Nokomis. This neighborhood restaurant gets inspired by theRead more
99% recommended
Best Overall in Minneapolis - St. Paul
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Thirty Bales

$$$$·American·
Hopkins
367 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
Billed as ‘Spirited Midwestern Flavors’, Thirty Bales in Hopkins offers an all day menu from 11 am and breakfast choices from 9.30. Locals rave about the specialties from the main Read more
96% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Minneapolis - St. Paul
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Lola's Lakehouse

$$$$·Seafood·
Waconia
1,471 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
Is anything more relaxing than waterside dining? Fans of Lola’s Lakeside don’t think so, and there are plenty of them. This Waconia eatery looks right out across the marina; perfecRead more
97% recommended
Hot Spot in Twin Cities / Western Suburbs

Twin Cities 400 Tavern

$$$$·American·
Northeast Minneapolis
191 reviews
  • Casual
  • Happy Hour
  • Bar Seating
This Mid-City Industrial restaurant is totally independent, family run, and proud to present some of the finest flavors of the state of Minnesota. The décor is an incredible mix ofRead more
91% recommended
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Axel's River Grille - Mendota

$$$$·Steak·
Saint Paul
1,376 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Axel’s River Grille, or simply Axel’s Restaurant, is regularly hailed as the top restaurant in Mendota. It’s no surprise then, that this is where diners can find some of the best bRead more
91% recommended
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Nicollet Island Inn

$$$$·American·
Downtown / North Loop
2,865 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Scenic View
Quiet and tranquil, yet moments from Downtown Minneapolis, the Nicollet Island Inn has managed to create one of the most desirable destinations in the area. Filled with icons of a Read more
95% recommended
Great for Brunch in Minneapolis - St. Paul
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Axel's Chanhassen

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Eden Prairie
654 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Chanhassen might be famous for fishing and walking, but it also offers some of the best breakfast in the state. Axel’s is primarily known as a fine dining joint, “where traditions Read more
92% recommended
Romantic in Twin Cities / Western Suburbs
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The Local Minneapolis

$$$$·Irish·
Downtown / Loring Park
398 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
This Nicolette Mall based, Irish inspired pub bids guests Cead Mile Failte: A hundred thousand welcomes. This place is redolent with the tradition of the ‘local’ watering hole. HigRead more
96% recommended
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Downtowner Woodfire Grill

$$$$·American·
Saint Paul
2,850 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Quiet Conversation
Downtowner was a popular café in St Paul for many years. In 2001, it reopened as an American Bistro, with an open kitchen to allow guests to watch as their food was lovingly preparRead more
97% recommended
American in Minneapolis - St. Paul
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Cast & Cru

$$$$·American·
Excelsior
1,051 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Neighborhood Gem
This Greenwood restaurant is right by Solbergs Point, beautifully placed for views of both Excelsior and St Alban’s Bay. The bright, airy space is open and welcoming and allows forRead more
91% recommended
Best Service in Twin Cities / Western Suburbs
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Wise Acre Eatery

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
South Minneapolis
286 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Healthy
Farm-to-Fork is a popular dining ethos these days. Wise Acre Eatery is one of the few restaurants taking that tagline really seriously. Most of their ingredients come from their owRead more
92% recommended
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McCormick's Pub & Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Wayzata / Long Lake
617 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Diners looking for the best breakfast in Minneapolis should head to McCormick’s every weekend from 9 am. Light bites or full meals, this traditional looking pub and restaurant in dRead more
97% recommended
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The Sheridan Room

$$$$·American·
Northeast Minneapolis
181 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
Named after the neighborhood they serve, The Sheridan Room bills itself as a casual restaurant offering comfort food alongside craft cocktails and beer. A vibrant part of the localRead more
88% recommended
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Lyn 65 Kitchen & Bar

$$$$·American·
Richfield
577 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Lyn 65 is trying to redefine the limits of the neighborhood restaurant. The menu is full of inspiration from cuisines from all over the world, and the service and hospitality are sRead more
98% recommended
American in Minneapolis - St. Paul

Grand Cafe

$$$$·French·
Whittier
955 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Light and airy with greenery all around, the Grand Café near Lyndale is a breath of fresh air. There’s a wonderful feeling of space combined with a welcoming atmosphere, helped by Read more
96% recommended
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Town Talk Diner and Gastropub

$$$$·American·
South Minneapolis
386 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
When is a diner not a diner? When it’s a true farm-to-table gastropub experience. Town Talk in Longfellow stands in the same building as the iconic Town Talk Diner did in the 1940sRead more
95% recommended
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