The Best Brunch Restaurants in Minneapolis

The OpenTable Team

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.

Restaurants:The Bad Waitress Northeast, The Copper Hen, Hell's Kitchen Minneapolis
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:American
Neighborhoods:Northeast Minneapolis, Whittier, Downtown / North Loop

The Bad Waitress Northeast

$$$$·American·
Northeast Minneapolis
205 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Casual
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 reputatiRead more
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The Copper Hen

$$$$·American·
Whittier
1,404 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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 rusticRead more
87% recommended
Great for Brunch in Minneapolis - St. Paul
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Hell's Kitchen Minneapolis

$$$$·American·
Downtown / North Loop
3,439 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • Fun
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 locRead more
91% recommended
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Nicollet Island Inn

$$$$·American·
Downtown / North Loop
2,854 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Scenic View
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 offerRead more
89% recommended
Scenic View in Twin Cities / Minneapolis
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Lord Fletcher's- Minnesota

$$$$·American·
Spring Park
1,455 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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 Read more
98% recommended
Best Service in Twin Cities / Western Suburbs
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Esker Grove

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown / North Loop
570 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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 elRead more
89% recommended
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Good Earth Edina

$$$$·Global, International·
Edina
991 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Healthy
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 alwayRead more
93% recommended
Healthy in Minneapolis - St. Paul

Nightingale - Minneapolis

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Uptown
221 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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 relaRead more
98% recommended
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Cast & Cru

$$$$·American·
Excelsior
1,045 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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 Read more
90% recommended
Best Ambiance in Twin Cities / Western Suburbs
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Lela

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Bloomington
801 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Quiet Conversation
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 onRead more
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Cafe Alma

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown / Mill District
603 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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 Read more
96% recommended
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Grand Cafe

$$$$·French·
Whittier
955 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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 Read more
92% recommended
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The Lexington

$$$$·American·
Saint Paul
1,149 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
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 ProhibitionRead more
94% recommended
Romantic in Minneapolis - St. Paul
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Icehouse

$$$$·American·
Whittier
1,347 reviews
  • Live Music
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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 casualRead more
92% recommended
Hot Spot in Minneapolis - St. Paul

Hazelwood Bloomington

$$$$·American·
Bloomington
1,865 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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 anRead more
97% recommended
American in Minneapolis - St. Paul

Pub 819

$$$$·American·
Hopkins
265 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Happy Hour
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 worlRead more
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Hazellewood Grill & Taproom

$$$$·American·
Excelsior
355 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • 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 rusticRead more
94% recommended
Best Overall in Twin Cities / Western Suburbs
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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 dazzRead more
87% recommended
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Fig + Farro

$$$$·Vegetarian / Vegan·
Uptown
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 inspiratioRead more
86% recommended
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Muddy Waters Bar & Eatery - Minneapolis

$$$$·American·
Uptown
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 coffeeRead more
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