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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Carbone's Pizza and Pub, The Butcher's Tale, Unleashed Hounds & Hops
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Pizzeria, American
Neighborhoods:Minneapolis, Downtown / North Loop, Downtown / Mill District
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Carbone's Pizza and Pub

$$$$·Pizzeria·
Minneapolis
85 reviews
  • Kid-friendly
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem

Located in Northrop neighborhood, Carbone’s opened its doors way back in 1954 and hasn’t stopped serving locals and tourists alike their famous pizzas, pastas, roasted chicken and ribs. First opened b...

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Best Ambiance in Exclusive

The Butcher's Tale

$$$$·American·
Downtown / North Loop
270 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

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. Ja...

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Best Service in Minneapolis - St. Paul

Unleashed Hounds & Hops

$$$$·American·
Downtown / Mill District
234 reviews
  • Fun
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • People Watching

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...

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Best Overall in Minneapolis - St. Paul
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Bauhaus Brew Labs

$$$$·Brewery·
Northeast Minneapolis
149 reviews
  • Great Beer
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

This vibrant-colored taproom opened its doors in 2014, with its rotating food truck offerings, every night is unique as it offers a different cuisine to pair with its rotating German-inspired craft be...

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Italian Eatery

$$$$·Italian·
South Minneapolis
1,488 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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 t...

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Best Overall in Minneapolis - St. Paul
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Lago Taco - LynLake

$$$$·Mexican·
Lyn-Lake
112 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Happy Hour
  • Good for a Date

Serving up creative tacos and famous frozen margaritas, Lago Taco opened back in 2014 in the heart of the Uptown neighborhood. This laid-back restaurant offers a full bar, although they always recomme...

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Guavas Cuban Cafe

$$$$·Cuban·
Richfield
292 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • Creative Cuisine

Owner Frank Machado opened this Cuban cafe in 2018 on 56th and Chicago Avenue. Serving up classics like the Cubano sandwich and paella, they also have a variety of rice bowls and shareable plates like...

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Best Food in Twin Cities / Minneapolis

Rincon 38

$$$$·Spanish·
South Minneapolis
1,041 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

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 h...

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Best Overall in Minneapolis - St. Paul

Christos - Minneapolis

$$$$·Greek·
Downtown / North Loop
394 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch

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 cu...

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Best Value in Minneapolis - St. Paul

Pimento Jamaican Kitchen & Rumbar

$$$$·Jamaican·
Downtown / Mill District
51 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date

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 l...

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Surly Brewing Company

$$$$·Brewery·
Northeast Minneapolis
421 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great Beer
  • Good for Groups

The massive beer hall, kitchen and upstairs dining was opened by Surly Brewing owner Omar Ansari in the Prospect Park neighborhood. The taproom features over thirty taps pouring house favorites that c...

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JD Hoyt's

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / North Loop
1,794 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem

Located in the historic warehouse district of Minneapolis, JD Hoyt’s Supper Club opened over 35 years ago. This local favorite offers Cajun-influenced cuisine with craft cocktails, beer and wine. JD H...

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Steakhouse in Minneapolis - St. Paul
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The Smack Shack

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown / North Loop
1,265 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies

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 201...

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Outdoor Dining in Minneapolis - St. Paul

Manny's Steakhouse

$$$$·Steak·
Downtown / North Loop
7,200 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic

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 the...

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Best Service in Minneapolis - St. Paul

The Lynhall

$$$$·European·
Uptown
251 reviews
  • Cozy
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch

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 ...

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Great for Brunch in Minneapolis - St. Paul
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Murray's Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge

$$$$·American·
Downtown / North Loop
5,282 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries

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 b...

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Best Overall in Minneapolis - St. Paul