The Best Brunch Restaurants in Minneapolis

Minneapolis started as an outpost for settlers heading west on the American frontier. Sawmills and flour mills sprung up, powering the "Mill City's" early economy, and two well-known US milling companies, General Mills and the Pillsbury Company, originate here. The development of railroads and banks further boosted the riverfront city's thriving industry attracting immigrants from far and wide. Hard workers certainly build up an appetite, and the diverse, vibrant city of Minneapolis has a reputation for international cuisine. Located in the heart of the Midwest, the city boasts cuisines from around the world -- many of which influence classic American dishes people know and love. But where are passionate food lovers enjoying brunch? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. OpenTable's expert diners have put together several contenders for the best brunch list in Minneapolis. In this town, diners enjoy a mouthwatering array of juicy steaks and sumptuous burgers. But thanks to its thriving diversity, cultures from around the planet influence the city's cuisine in a big way. Book a table for the best brunch in Minneapolis today.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:The Bad Waitress Northeast, The Copper Hen, Hell's Kitchen Minneapolis
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:American
Neighborhoods:Northeast Minneapolis, Whittier, Downtown / North Loop
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

The Bad Waitress Northeast

$$$$·American·
Northeast Minneapolis
205 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • Fun

Housed in a fully-restored industrial building, The Bad Waitress offers a quirky dining experience in unique surroundings. Despite its name, this neighborhood eatery has a reputation for friendly, lai...

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The Copper Hen

$$$$·American·
Whittier
1,622 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem

Located in Downtown Minneapolis, The Copper Hen is a farmhouse-style restaurant with a unique sense of style. From its stone walls to its oak-beam ceilings, this place oozes rustic charm. Everything o...

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Great for Brunch in Minneapolis - St. Paul
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Hell's Kitchen Minneapolis

$$$$·American·
Downtown / North Loop
3,789 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Fun
  • Special Occasion

Hell’s Kitchen Minneapolis is an underground eatery with a difference. The management describes the food here as “unique but not fancy.” And this is just one of the reasons why locals love this place...

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Great for Brunch in Minneapolis - St. Paul
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Nicollet Island Inn

$$$$·American·
Downtown / North Loop
2,931 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic

Nicollet Island Inn offers what many locals believe is the best brunch in Minneapolis for romance. And the views of the Mississippi River are spectacular. This elegant eatery offers a range of brunch ...

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Scenic View in Twin Cities / Minneapolis
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Lord Fletcher's- Minnesota

$$$$·American·
Spring Park
1,526 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Lord Fletcher’s is a laid-back eatery that has been serving fresh fish and meat dishes since the late 1960s. And it’s home to stunning views of Lake Minnesota. Diners eat a lot of the food here with t...

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American in Minneapolis - St. Paul

Good Earth Edina

$$$$·Global, International·
Edina
1,275 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good Vegetarian Options

Good Earth Edina has a reputation for using only the freshest local produce. And it's all made through sustainable practices. The cuisine here is hearty and healthy, but it’s always presented on the p...

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Healthy in Minneapolis - St. Paul

Nightingale - Minneapolis

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Whittier
221 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

Opulent decor, plush booths, and attention to detail characterize Nightingale on Lyndale Avenue. This food and cocktail lounge delivers the perfect combination of elegance and relaxation. The culinary...

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Cast & Cru

$$$$·American·
Excelsior
1,159 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem

Cast & Cru serves the very best in modern American cuisine. Many of the ingredients used in the kitchen come from the on-site gardens. Freshness and quality guaranteed. The dishes are elegant and arti...

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Best Overall in Twin Cities / Western Suburbs
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Lela

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Bloomington
801 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups

Lela offers an “urban-style” dining experience that often borders on the experimental. The dining area is ultra modern and minimalistic. And the same goes for many of the dishes on offer. The menu fea...

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Cafe Alma

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown / Mill District
603 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem

Cafe Alma offers a classic bistro experience with a quintessentially American flavor. Diners can walk up to the counter and choose their own pastries and baked goods. There’s also an a la carte offeri...

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Grand Cafe

$$$$·French·
Whittier
955 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date

Grand Cafe has a reputation for serving classic French food the old-fashioned way. The style of service here is semi-formal. The tables are set in advance. And they feature ornate glassware, stylish c...

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The Lexington

$$$$·American·
Saint Paul
1,568 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem

For a more formal brunch experience, The Lexington in Saint Paul takes some beating. This institution has been serving elegant, original dishes since the final days of Prohibition. The elegant dining ...

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Romantic in Minneapolis - St. Paul
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Icehouse

$$$$·American·
Whittier
1,355 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Hot Spot

Icehouse on Nicollet Avenue South is much more than a restaurant — it’s a local institution. A huge dining area hosts laidback dining that’s quintessentially American. And a casual service style puts ...

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Hazelwood Bloomington

$$$$·American·
Bloomington
3,181 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

Hazelwood Bloomington combines the theater of cooking and the beauty of contemporary cuisine. Around a central bar is a selection of comfortable dining booths that offer privacy and space. But an open...

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American in Minneapolis - St. Paul

Pub 819

$$$$·American·
Hopkins
265 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual

Pub 819 arguably offers the best brunch in Minnesota for partying. Locals love it. This place is home to around 100 imported whiskeys and dozens of craft beers from around the world. Classic grilled d...

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Hazelwood Food & Drink - Tonka Bay

$$$$·American·
Excelsior
873 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date

Hazellewood Grill & Taproom is home to a huge range of grilled specialties from around the world. The service style here is warm and casual, and the food is both hearty and rustic. This combination is...

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Best Overall in Twin Cities / Western Suburbs

M ST. Cafe

$$$$·American·
Saint Paul
748 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Casual

Located inside the beautiful Saint Paul Hotel, M ST. Cafe offers a sophisticated dining experience in traditional surroundings. Brunch here is an elegant affair. Choose from a dazzling array of mid-mo...

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Fig + Farro

$$$$·Vegetarian / Vegan·
Calhoun Isles
451 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Healthy

Fig + Farro offers an eclectic selection of flavors from around the world. Color and plant life pervade the bright and airy dining space. And the service style takes its inspiration from European bist...

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Esker Grove

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Calhoun Isles
570 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Scenic View

Esker Grove serves arguably the best brunch in Minneapolis for people who like contemporary cuisine. The restaurant’s seasonal menu changes throughout the year. And this adds an element of surprise th...

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Muddy Waters Bar & Eatery - Minneapolis

$$$$·American·
Whittier
44 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun

Muddy Waters is a classic American bar. It offers comfort food in unfussy surroundings. Guests can choose from a range of craft beers, house specialty cocktails, and artisan coffees. And the food on o...

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