The Most Fun Restaurants in Minneapolis

The OpenTable Team

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!

Restaurants:joan's in the Park, Gasthof Zur Gemutlichkeit, Fhima's Minneapolis
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, German, French American
Neighborhoods:Saint Paul, Northeast Minneapolis, Downtown / North Loop

joan's in the Park

$$$$·American·
Saint Paul
2,175 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Head out to this charming and intimate spot in Highland Park for one of the most fun restaurants in Minneapolis. Joan's in the Park is the place for a quiet dinner with friends andRead more
97% recommended
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Gasthof Zur Gemutlichkeit

$$$$·German·
Northeast Minneapolis
282 reviews
  • Great Beer
  • Good for Groups
  • Fun
This lively German hot spot on University Avenue is one of the most fun restaurants in Minneapolis. There's plenty of accordion music, colossal beer steins, and traditional German Read more
95% recommended
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Fhima's Minneapolis

$$$$·French American·
Downtown / North Loop
279 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
City Center is the location for Fhima's, one of the most fun restaurants in Minneapolis. This lively restaurant and nightlife spot features an excellent social hour menu. Go for thRead more
89% recommended
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Costa Blanca

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Northeast Minneapolis
723 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
One of the highlights of the Northeast Minneapolis dining scene, Costa Blanca is one of the most fun restaurants in town. This stylish and intimate tapas place is an excellent optiRead more
100% recommended
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Al's Place - Minneapolis

$$$$·Italian·
Northeast Minneapolis
186 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
  • Romantic
Al's calls itself a “bad***” speakeasy“ in the midst of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. Head into Al's for ”Thursday night date night“ or live entertainment on Friday and Read more
97% recommended
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Rincon 38

$$$$·Spanish·
South Minneapolis
859 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tapas
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 extRead more
100% recommended
Best Service in Twin Cities / Minneapolis
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Restaurant Alma

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown / Mill District
3,296 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
An intimate place on University Avenue, Alma is a restaurant, cafe, and hotel. It's one of the most fun restaurants in Minneapolis. Head in after exploring the city for a relaxing Read more
96% recommended
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Cast & Cru

$$$$·American·
Excelsior
1,076 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
This welcoming spot is the place to go before or after a show at the acclaimed nearby “Old Log Theatre.” Stop into this New American cuisine restaurant for a creative, engaging menRead more
95% recommended
Good for Groups in Minneapolis - St. Paul
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Osteria I Nonni

$$$$·Italian·
Saint Paul
1,541 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
Only a few blocks away from the mighty Mississippi River, Osteria | Nonni is one of the top seafood spots in the Minneapolis - St. Paul area. During good weather, grab a seat out oRead more
96% recommended
Notable Wine List in Minneapolis - St. Paul

318 Cafe

$$$$·American·
Excelsior
274 reviews
  • Live Music
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
This coffeehouse and cafe is one of the more chill spots in all of Minneapolis. Head in for a drink, a hit of coffee, or some live tunes on the weekend. This hot spot in Excelsior Read more
99% recommended
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Icehouse

$$$$·American·
Whittier
1,367 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Live Music
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 coRead more
97% recommended
Good for Groups in Minneapolis - St. Paul
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Victor's 1959 Cafe

$$$$·Cuban·
South Minneapolis
1,036 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
This intimate Cuban cafe in the heart of Grand Avenue is one of the most fun restaurants in Minneapolis. A longtime favorite of the Minnesota crowd, Victor's is a warm and welcominRead more
97% recommended
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Wise Acre Eatery

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
South Minneapolis
286 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Local Ingredients
  • Fit for Foodies
Wise Acre Eatery is a lush and engaging spot that is one of the most fun restaurants in Minneapolis. Stop into this acclaimed eatery to enjoy a meal in its striking industrial-acceRead more
91% recommended
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Hell's Kitchen Minneapolis

$$$$·American·
Downtown / North Loop
3,446 reviews
  • Fun
  • Casual
  • Great for Brunch
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 breRead more
89% recommended
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Don Raul

$$$$·Mexican·
Saint Paul
210 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
A neighborhood favorite on Xerxes Avenue, Don Raul presents some of the best Tex-Mex cooking in Minneapolis. The seasonally-driven menu features a selection of local flavors and faRead more
91% recommended
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Sanctuary - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown / Mill District
3,044 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
  • Pre/post Theatre
An atmospheric and lively spot in downtown, Sanctuary is a welcoming place for great food and some fine spirits. The ever-changing menu is a worldly selection of creative favoritesRead more
91% 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 the heart of St. Paul's Keg and Case Market, In Bloom is an upscale favorite with an emphasis on seasonal and wild dishes. It's one of the most fun restaurants in Minneapolis. SRead more
86% recommended
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Fig + Farro

$$$$·Vegetarian / Vegan·
Uptown
451 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Healthy
For fans of the plant-based food movement, Fig + Farro is the place to go in the city. This modern and stylish place is one of the most fun restaurants in Minneapolis. There's a fuRead more
86% recommended
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La Fresca

$$$$·Mexican·
Uptown
642 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
This cozy Mexican hot spot on South Grand Avenue is one of the most fun restaurants in Minneapolis. Grab a seat in the welcoming, colorful dining room to enjoy some of the restauraRead more
88% recommended
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Town Talk Diner and Gastropub

$$$$·American·
South Minneapolis
386 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Town Talk is one of the most famous Minneapolis restaurants. This Minnesota institution is one of the most fun restaurants in Minneapolis. Converted from a former diner, Town Talk Read more
95% recommended
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