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The Most Fun Restaurants in Minneapolis

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated November 18, 2019

As one of the Midwest's biggest cities - the Minnesota capital of Minneapolis has grown into a hot spot for commerce, culture, and cuisine. The most fun restaurants in Minneapolis provide an intriguing selection of classic Midwestern dishes, along with the cutting-edge tastes adapted from its diverse population. But where are the smartest, savviest diners in the city headed out to when looking for the most fun restaurants 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 new restaurants in Minneapolis. From old-fashioned pubs perfect to watch a Twins, Vikings or Wild game to upscale downtown spaces, the most fun restaurants in Minneapolis have something for everyone to enjoy. Grab a table in Minneapolis at one of these great new spots tonight!

A photo of Rincon 38 restaurant
4.9 (1391)
$31 to $50
South Minneapolis
About the restaurant
This classically-styled Grand Avenue spot is one of the most fun restaurants in Minneapolis. It's the place to go in Minneapolis for some of the city's best tapas plates and an extensive craft beer selection. Head in for the restaurant's Happy Hour from Sunday to Thursday, with beer and select tapas specials. Try some of the Rincon favorite tapas, like calamari with parsley oil or the traditional Spanish langoustines with garlic-pimenton wine sauce. Pair dinner with one of the excellent Rincon beers, like the Pryes Miraculum IPA or Fulton "Sweet Child of Vine."
Top review
Dined 3 days ago
The food tasted as if we were back in Spain. The wine was excellent and great Spain selection. Out server was so helpful, happy and there when we needed her. We will return!
A photo of Icehouse restaurant
4.6 (1417)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Icehouse is a two-story hot spot in the heart of the city that remains one of the most fun restaurants in Minneapolis. Converted from the longtime headquarters of a Fuel and Ice company, Icehouse is a fun, chic spot with a creative menu. Head in on Monday nights for the jazz scene or try the Saturday or Sunday Icehouse brunch. The sandwiches at Icehouse are am menu highlight. Go for the pastrami Reuben or the brisket Philly with cheddar fondue. This is also a place for those with a sweet tooth. Stick around for dessert and get the salty caramel macarons, smores, or coffee panna cotta.
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Dined on May 18, 2024
We came to listen to the music (the Dollys) which was fabulous! And our server was excellent!!
A photo of Hell's Kitchen Minneapolis restaurant
4.5 (5447)
$30 and under
Downtown / North Loop
About the restaurant
Hell's Kitchen provides some heavenly tastes in the heart of Minneapolis. This funky underground spot is one of the most fun restaurants in Minneapolis. There's a full menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and one of the best brunches in the city. Check out some of the Hell's Kitchen live music performances and some of the local-favorite cuisine. Don't miss the "Minnesota icon" state-fair cheese curds with a light beer batter or maple-glazed bison sausage with pure maple syrup. The restaurant's famed half-pound caramel-pecan roll is also iconic. For dinner, be sure to try the Minnesota-special and cheese-filled "Juicy Lucifer" burger.
Top review
Dined 1 day ago
I had to go to Hell‘s kitchen.  There is just some thing about going to a restaurant that is employee owned and not a chain. They take pride in their food, in the cleanliness of the facility, and their service. None of that disappointed. We had to have the two dishes that they are most known for. The lemon ricotta pancakes, and the huevos rancheros . I loved it all. I cannot complain about the service. I just was thrilled with how delicious and filling the food was. My husband and I ate every single bite. I am thoroughly surprised this place is not more busy because you can’t beat an employee only restaurant over a chain restaurant at any time.
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