The Best Restaurants in Minneapolis, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

Situated alongside the Mississippi River, Minneapolis offers a bike-friendly city in the Midwest with parks, bridges and sculpture gardens. Discerning diners hunting for the best restaurants in Minneapolis have a wide range of cuisines to pick from. The Twin Cities offer food ranging from some of the best burgers in two states to stunning seafood and even vegan fare. Try traditional Italian dishes or Minneapolis favorites like Walleye. Taste vegetarian cauliflower gnocchi in the fast-growing North Loop neighborhood, or indulge in modern farmhouse cuisine in Downtown St. Paul. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We've pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find Minneapolis's favorites, with the help of OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Use our guide to book the best restaurants in Minneapolis tonight.

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

Grand Cafe

$$$$·French·
Whittier
955 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
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
90% recommended
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Esker Grove

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown / North Loop
570 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Healthy
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
88% recommended
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Corner Table

$$$$·Contemporary American·
South Minneapolis
1,374 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
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
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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
88% recommended
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Restaurant Alma

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown / Mill District
3,295 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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
94% recommended
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Zen Box Izakaya

$$$$·Japanese·
Downtown / North Loop
507 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
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
97% recommended
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Borough

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown / North Loop
1,569 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot
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
92% recommended
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Kaiseki Furukawa

$$$$·Kaiseki·
Downtown / North Loop
88 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
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
97% recommended
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joan's in the Park

$$$$·American·
Saint Paul
2,176 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
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
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JUN

$$$$·Chinese·
Downtown / North Loop
129 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Spicy
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
86% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Minneapolis - St. Paul

Fhima's Minneapolis

$$$$·French American·
Downtown / North Loop
278 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
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
87% recommended
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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
90% recommended
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Cafe Alma

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

$$$$·American·
Whittier
1,347 reviews
  • Live Music
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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
91% recommended
Hot Spot in Minneapolis - St. Paul
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The Lexington

$$$$·American·
Saint Paul
1,169 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
95% recommended
Romantic in Minneapolis - St. Paul
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Rincon 38

$$$$·Spanish·
South Minneapolis
817 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
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
100% recommended
Best Overall in Minneapolis - St. Paul

Tullibee

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Downtown / North Loop
818 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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
88% recommended
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Sea Change

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown / North Loop
4,405 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
88% recommended
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Blackbird Minneapolis

$$$$·Contemporary American·
South Minneapolis
259 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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
90% recommended
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In Bloom at Keg & Case Market

$$$$·American·
Saint Paul
758 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
86% recommended
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