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The Best Restaurants in Minneapolis, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

You’re in Minneapolis for 48 hours, and you’re hungry. What’s the plan? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the best of the best among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find the best restaurants in Minneapolis—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. You'll want to follow their lead.

Restaurants:Grand Cafe, Esker Grove, Corner Table
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:French, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Whittier, Downtown / North Loop, South Minneapolis
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Grand Cafe

$$$$·French·
Whittier
933 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Grand Café on Grand Avenue is an award-winning, French-inspired restaurant that manages to impress diners time after time. Every detail is sublime, from two-year aged ham to perfecRead more
95% recommended

Esker Grove

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown / North Loop
499 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Brunch is a sacred weekend institution in Minneapolis. Not many places do it better than Esker Grove at the Walker Art Center. Floor to ceiling windows allows for splendid views ofRead more
97% recommended
Contemporary American in Minneapolis - St. Paul

Corner Table

$$$$·Contemporary American·
South Minneapolis
1,374 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Nick Rancone and Thomas Boemer are the brains behind this top Nicolette Avenue eatery. Their vision was seasonal food with French inspiration, and ideas that would continue to exciRead more
94% recommended
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Monello Cucina - Mpls

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / North Loop
757 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Creative Cuisine
Hotel restaurants always have a lot to live up to. They have guests of all different tastes to cater to and are usually open all hours. Despite high demand, Monello in the Hotel IvRead more
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Restaurant Alma

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown / Mill District
3,151 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
When looking for the best restaurants in Minneapolis, some of them seem to have it all. Alma is one such place, boasting a café, boutique hotel, and the famous restaurant that starRead more
93% recommended
Best Overall in Minneapolis - St. Paul
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Blackbird Minneapolis

$$$$·Contemporary American·
South Minneapolis
258 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Casual
A bright and cozy neighborhood restaurant in Nicollet Avenue celebrating the flavors of the Mid-West. Blackbird serves dinner, lunch, weekend brunch, and even a variety of small plRead more
Neighborhood Gem in Minneapolis - St. Paul
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Zen Box Izakaya

$$$$·Japanese·
Downtown / North Loop
493 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Good Vegetarian Options
At first glance, Zen Box doesn’t look like the typical Japanese joint. The tables and chairs are smart, polished wood, in a style reminiscent of a gastropub. Then the eye pulls towRead more
98% recommended
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Borough

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown / North Loop
1,569 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Light and dark polished wood contrast with bare pipes and industrial racks at this North Loop ‘New American’ restaurant. The interesting décor matches the creativity of a menu thatRead more
90% recommended
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Kaiseki Furukawa

$$$$·Kaiseki·
Downtown / North Loop
88 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
A few steps from First Bridge Park and a stone’s throw from the Mississippi River stands Kaiseki Furukawa: a Japanese dining experience like few others. Kaiseki cooking draws its iRead more
92% recommended
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joan's in the Park

$$$$·American·
Saint Paul
2,032 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Neighborhood Gem
Joan’s in the Park in St Paul is a well-rounded fine dining experience. From the excellent hospitality and warm welcome to crisp, white tablecloths, every detail works to ensure guRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Minneapolis - St. Paul

JUN

$$$$·Chinese·
Downtown / North Loop
45 reviews
  • Casual
  • Bar Seating
  • Creative Cuisine
North Loop is home to some really exciting restaurants right now. Jun is up there with the best. A modern and stylish take on Sichuan cuisine, Jun is the brainchild of mother and sRead more

Fhima's Minneapolis

$$$$·French American·
Downtown / North Loop
226 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Huge, ornate mirrors, high-backed booths and one of the best-stocked bars in Minneapolis await at Fhima’s. St Paul chef and restaurateur David Fhima heads up the kitchen, serving uRead more
93% recommended
Best Ambiance in Twin Cities / Minneapolis

Kado No Mise

$$$$·Japanese·
Downtown / North Loop
244 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
There’s something comforting about the clean, white lines of Kado No Mise. The long, stark counters and black chairs contrast beautifully with the vibrant colors, smells and tastesRead more
93% recommended
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Cafe Alma

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown / Mill District
476 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
St Anthony Main is one of the ‘must see’ districts of Northeast Minneapolis. With the famous St Anthony Main Theater for entertainment and stunning views from Water Power Park, it’Read more
95% recommended
Contemporary American in Minneapolis - St. Paul
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Icehouse

$$$$·American·
Whittier
1,253 reviews
  • Live Music
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Nicollet Avenue’s Icehouse resides in the old Cedar Fuel and Ice and retains many of the original industrial features. Bare pipes and brickwork contrast with smart chairs and comfyRead more
92% recommended
Hot Spot in Minneapolis - St. Paul

The Lexington

$$$$·American·
Saint Paul
862 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
An old speakeasy-turned-neighborhood-bar, The Lexington is a head-turning establishment on the corner of Grand Avenue and Lexington Parkway. From the stunning entrance way to the lRead more
91% recommended
Best Overall in Twin Cities / St. Paul

In Bloom at Keg & Case Market

$$$$·American·
Saint Paul
595 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
In Bloom has been making waves since its hotly anticipated opening in 2018. It’s run by the same team behind Corner Table, with a track record of excellent restaurants offering greRead more
87% recommended
Best Overall in Twin Cities / St. Paul

Rincon 38

$$$$·Spanish·
South Minneapolis
682 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
They say the best things come in small packages, and Rincón 38 has certainly proved that. This Grand Avenue tapas bar is a true neighborhood favorite, with the food, beer and excelRead more
99% recommended
Best Service in Minneapolis - St. Paul

Tullibee

$$$$·Nordic·
Downtown / North Loop
695 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Nordic cuisine is a fairly new term, and includes not just the menu but traditional practices of foraging, fermentation, and even butchering techniques. Tullibee at North Loop’s HeRead more
93% recommended
Best Ambiance in Minneapolis - St. Paul

Sea Change

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown / North Loop
4,292 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
The Guthrie Theatre is home to one of the absolute best restaurants in Minneapolis- particularly for lovers of seafood. The whole vibe is aquatic, from the blue tiled bar to the cuRead more
89% recommended
Scenic View in Twin Cities / Minneapolis
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