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The Best Restaurants in Minneapolis

Most people don’t think of the Midwest as a culinary hotspot, but Minneapolis’ best restaurants and chefs are changing that idea. The Midwest used to be known as a meat and potatoes kind of region in the past. Now, the best restaurants in Minneapolis offer delicacies from all around the world, boasting the flavors of the diversity in cultures that call Minneapolis home. Notably, Minneapolis is home to large communities of German, Scandinavian, and Irish. But Minneapolis’ top places to dine also offer culinary delights from countries of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Minneapolis is also the best place to enjoy locally sourced fish from surrounding lakes. From fine dining to brewery grub and food trucks, there is a variety in cuisine as well as dining atmosphere which makes Minneapolis one of the best cities to dine in.

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10 Restaurants
Updated January 18, 2022
Restaurants:The Butcher's Tale, Unleashed Hounds & Hops, Italian Eatery
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Steakhouse, American, Italian
Neighborhoods:Downtown / North Loop, Downtown / Mill District, South Minneapolis
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The Butcher's Tale

$$$$
Steakhouse
Downtown / North Loop
4.8
592 reviews
Once known as the Butcher and Boar, The Butcher’s Tale reopened in May of 2021 bringing life back to this award-winning patio and beer garden restaurant serving artisanal meats and craft cocktails. James Beard award-winning chef Peter Botcher is also back in the kitchen serving innovative surf and turf items like Minnesota Trout, homemade sausages, and a variety of high-quality cuts of meat. Don’t miss out on the extensive bourbon-focused cocktail menu with items like midnight Manhattan or the juicy bourbon as well as craft beers. The neighborhood's welcoming feel to the space is evident in all its seating areas. Dine inside anytime or for a private event, enjoy a craft cocktail in the sun in the beer garden area, or award-winning patio outside. Notably, the beer garden is dog friendly so four-legged family members are welcome to join the experience.

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Unleashed Hounds & Hops

$$$$
American
Downtown / Mill District
4.9
415 reviews
If there was ever a perfect place for enjoying a cold beer and craft sausages with man’s best friend, this indoor/outdoor dog park and bar is the spot. Unleashed Hounds and Hops’ mission is to build a strong local dog community in Minneapolis, where the summers can be sweltering and the winters cold to the bone. To enjoy an ice-cold locally made beer and mini corn dogs or sausage dogs with a furry friend, simply fill out the online form to register the pup before arriving.

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Italian Eatery

$$$$
Italian
South Minneapolis
4.9
1930 reviews
Owners Eric and Vanessa Carrara opened this stylish neighborhood restaurant in Minnehaha Parkway in 2016 with great success, serving modern Italian fare with a focus on hospitality rooted in Italian tradition. They have since expanded to a patio area and a popular brunch menu. The modern Italian cuisine consists of sharing plates like homemade whipped ricotta or roman meatballs. They offer seasonal pastas and mains as well as salads and sides. Although the food menu is small but bountiful, the wine selection is vast. Ask the talented staff for pairing suggestions. The decor is much like the menu—simple but elegant, featuring dark wood tables with rustic white linens, matching the homemade pasta and sauces in an elevated plate presentation.

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Rincon 38

$$$$
Spanish
South Minneapolis
4.9
1211 reviews
To find a cozy spot to enjoy Spanish tapas in South Minneapolis, go to Grand Ave and enjoy walking back in time at Rincon 38. Rincon 38 was opened back in 2013 by owner and head chef Hector Ruiz and has been serving the south Minneapolis neighborhood tapas favorites like Spanish style meatballs (Albondigas), Spanish langoustines (Gambas al Ajillo) and stuffed roasted piquillo peppers. To accompany the many tapas offered, ask about the extensive list of Spanish wines and look to the talented staff for pairing suggestions. Enjoy both counter and table seating, depending on the size of the group.

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Christos - Minneapolis

$$$$
Greek
Downtown / North Loop
4.7
516 reviews
This popular Greek taverna has been a Minneapolis staple since 1988. And with its recent award of Reader’s Poll Best Restaurant 2021, they are still as popular as ever. Serving up traditional Greek cuisine for lunch and dinner including favorites like Moussaka, Cyprus Dolmathes, and Gyros in a light-hearted atmosphere reminiscent of the islands. The wine list consists of mostly Greek and Californian wines as well as a locally made craft beer menu, with the nod to Greece with flagship beers like Mythos Lager.

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Pimento Jamaican Kitchen & Rumbar

$$$$
Jamaican
Downtown / Mill District
4.5
80 reviews
Neighbors Tomme Beevas and Yoni Reinharz opened this vibrant Jamaican restaurant in 2018 and have been featured on the Food Network Channel and the Travel Channel. Not only does the brightly colored laid-back restaurant offer dishes like Kingston-style jerk chicken, curry goat, and sweet fried plantains, but they also offer a variety of house-made sauces; some can be hot, others sweet and others habanero hot. To add to all this, Pimento also features live music seven days a week.

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The Smack Shack

$$$$
Seafood
Downtown / North Loop
4.7
1481 reviews
This casual and laid-back sustainable seafood restaurant has been a crowd-pleaser since it opened back in 2013 in the North Loop neighborhood. Owner Josh Thoma began Smack Shack as a food truck in 2010, but popularity and great lobster recipes allowed him to expand. Most famous for its lobster boils and lobster rolls, this open industrial but casual restaurant caters for lunch, brunch and dinner. Try fresh oysters at the raw bar or bring a group and enjoy the boil menu offering not only lobster, but king crab and jumbo shrimp.

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Manny's Steakhouse

$$$$
Steak
Downtown / North Loop
4.8
7519 reviews
Ranked as one of America’s top ten steakhouses by Zagat Guide, Manny’s Steakhouse is a destination not to be missed. With a team of master butchers onsite delivering the highest quality meats from their own herd of cattle, the restaurant is adorned with leather, dark wood and everything a steakhouse with a high reputation should offer. Another award to note received by Manny's Steakhouse is for their list of 300 plus wines from Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. Relax at their full wrap-around bar and order any cocktail or talk to a sommelier on staff about the wines available.

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The Lynhall

$$$$
Unspecified
Uptown
4.5
341 reviews
This ​​multi-functional culinary destination is for dining, of course, but it is home to so much more. Cooking classes, events, bakery, and even its own studio for its own TV channel. The elegant but comfortable atmosphere of the restaurant, dining studio, and event space make it easy to relax and enjoy all parts of this creative place. Come for breakfast in the restaurant and enjoy dishes like the braised bison hash, mushroom tartine or the classic eggs benedict. The restaurant also serves lunch and brunch with brunch cocktail offerings. New to the Lyndhall is afternoon tea. Try an assortment of tea sandwiches and pastries with a sparkling beverage.

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Murray's Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge

$$$$
American
Downtown / North Loop
4.8
5467 reviews
Murray’s is a landmark and historical steakhouse that first opened its doors in downtown Minneapolis in 1946. Now, the third generation of the Murray family runs this steakhouse in one of the oldest buildings in the city. Famous for its silver butter knife steak for two, the restaurant serves lunch and dinner and has an extensive wine list as well as signature craft cocktails. The dining is stylish and comfortable with white linen cloths and dark brown booths to sink into. Or catch their happy hour specials at the bar and cocktail lounge.

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