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Taco-bout Tasty Tacos in Minneapolis

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated January 28, 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota mixes affordability with wealth and opportunity. Home to many Fortune 500 companies, Minneapolis has a thriving economy spanning retail (Target), health care (UnitedHealth), and food (General Mills). When it comes to the restaurant scene, Minneapolis specializes in comfort food with influences from its Nordic immigrants, as well as a dozen other ethnic groups. Restaurants with the best tacos in Minneapolis combine the classic flavors of the Midwest with styles from around the region to create a unique, unforgettable taste. But where are the smartest, savviest diners in the city headed out to when they're looking for the best tacos in Minneapolis? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. Here, we've gathered information from in-the-know diners throughout the city to put together this list of the best tacos in Minneapolis. Grab a table at one of these top spots tonight!

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4.3
4.3 (5010)
$30 and under
Seafood
Edina
About the restaurant
The Twin Cities location of this nationally-renowned seafood chain is also home to some of the best tacos in Minneapolis. Try the restaurant's sizzling fish tacos for a local fusion favorite. Go for the signature simply-prepared fresh fish with seasonal roasted baby vegetables. Other signature specials include sea bass with potato and grilled swordfish. For a local favorite, try the Minnesota walleye with shrimp etouffee and steamed white rice.
Top review
Kirstivip
Dined 2 days ago
We were there to celebrate our son's graduation. There must have been a prom going on as well as people just wanting to go out to eat. It was very busy! Our server did well, but forgot a couple of things. It was terribly busy. Our food arrived at our table hot and it was delicious!
A photo of Hell's Kitchen Minneapolis restaurant
4.6
4.6 (5407)
$30 and under
American
Downtown / North Loop
About the restaurant
A captivating underground space, Hell's Kitchen is a Minneapolis favorite for "comfort food with an upscale twist." The menu at Hell's Kitchen has a focus on Minnesota-inspired dishes. Go for the walleye tacos, made with the famous state fish, house-made salsa, and shredded purple cabbage. Pulled chicken tacos feature a spicy Cajun seasoning and black beans. The "Juicy Lucifer" is a twist on the Minnesota burger classic, with a side of house-made sweet and spicy red pepper jelly. For another local taste, try the Minnesota "toasted sausage bread" with sausage, walnuts, currants, and black coffee.
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SteveS
Dined 2 days ago
Great food and service with a nice menu that has plenty of variety. One of our favorite pre-orchestra dining spots.
A photo of Nolo's Kitchen & Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1054)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Downtown / North Loop
About the restaurant
Head out to the North Loop neighborhood to find some of the best tacos in Minneapolis with a local flavor. Headquartered in a historic North Loop building, Nolo's Kitchen & Bar is a welcoming spot for dinner with family or friends. Start with the locally-inspired crispy walleye tacos, made with Brussels sprout slaw and "yum yum" sauce. Wood-fired pizzas include the sausage and pepperoni with whole milk mozzarella. Try the duck burger, made with gravy aioli, sweet and sour onions, and shoestring potatoes.
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JannaN
Dined on May 7, 2024
Our server was outstanding! The food was all delicious! The noise level was a bit much but tolerable
A photo of The Loop Bar + Restaurant - West End restaurant
4.5
4.5 (588)
$30 and under
American
St. Louis Park
About the restaurant
For a full view of Minneapolis, head up to the look. This hip, modern spot in the Warehouse district includes one of the city's best 360-degree bars. It's an excellent place for a drink or a bite while watching a game or before dancing the night away. The Loop also features an engaging tacos menu. Try the steak tacos, with pico de gallo, queso fresco, and Sriracha mayo. The menu also boasts chicken or carnitas taco styles. On the pizza menu, try the "Dock Street." This pie includes sausage, pepperoni, onion, and a five-cheese blend.
Top review
Skmom21
Dined on Apr 21, 2024
Fast service, great menu selection, and affordable.
A photo of Rojo Mexican Grill - St. Louis Park restaurant
4.5
4.5 (767)
$30 and under
Mexican
St. Louis Park
About the restaurant
This local-favorite Mexican hot spot is in the blossoming suburb of St. Louis Park. Head out to enjoy an excellent Mexican meal in the middle of modern themed decor with an excellent menu of Mexican classics and new recipes. The tacos menu includes a carne asada selection with grilled marinated skirt steak, pico de gallo, and Cotija cheese. Vegetarian tacos feature roasted corn, sweet peppers, squash, onions, and black beans. Try the fish tacos, made with sauteed red snapper along with chipotle mayonnaise, pico de gallo, and sweet cabbage slaw.
Top review
VirnigC
Dined on May 12, 2024
Sat outside on a beautiful day. Lovely server. Food was great! Wind was an issue and umbrellas were not safe to be using so were taken down. Unfortunately a lawn service company on the nearby property decided Mother's Day at noon would be a great time to have their staff mowing and using leaf blowers...that was disappointing, but out of the control of Rojo. We had a great time and would not hesitate to go there again! Free mimosas to all of the moms as well!
A photo of CRAVE - LaSalle Plaza restaurant
4.6
4.6 (4220)
$30 and under
American
Downtown / North Loop
About the restaurant
A place for the food of the "New American palate," the LaSalle Plaza location of this local-favorite chain is one of the best places for a meal in the Downtown part of Minneapolis. Start with the blackened fish tacos, made with Cajun-roasted fresh fish and coconut jasmine rice. Chicken fettuccine boasts a fresh-cut chicken breast sauteed with fresh garlic and onions. Try the seafood paella, with saffron-infused risotto-style rice and New Zealand mussels.
Top review
smruoho
Dined 5 days ago
We love Crave. We had the Chicken Egg Roll Appetizer and 2 Sushi Rolls, all was fabulous! Kevin and Nick were great servers, as well as all of the other people helping. Would definitely recommend this place
A photo of Doolittles Woodfire Grill - Golden Valley restaurant
4.3
4.3 (602)
$30 and under
American
Golden Valley
About the restaurant
The suburb of "Golden Valley" is home to some of the best tacos in Minneapolis at Doolittles Woodfire Grill. Specializing in rotisserie cooking on the wood fire grill, Doolittes features a menu of hearty grilled favorites. Start with the woodfire buffalo wings, walleye fingers with tartar sauce, or coconut-curried mussels with red bell pepper and grilled crostini. Fish tacos feature a golden-fried tilapia alongside cider slaw, chipotle aioli, and salsa verde. The restaurant's signature burger with smoked bacon jam features smoked Gouda cheese and mayonnaise.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 6, 2024
Everything was great. Appreciated our waiter allowing us space snd time to visit!
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