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About Permanently Closed - Macy's - The Oak Grill

This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - A Minneapolis tradition was born on October 2, 1947, when the Oak Grill opened for business. Architect Bob Hansen used characteristics from the Jacobean period in the design of the rooms. The ornate fireplace, originally from Salisbury, England, was over 300 years old when it was transported in sections and reassembled in the Oak Grill. With its solid oak columns and vast frame, it soon became the room's focal point. Its distinctive appearance, along with dark paneling, red chairs and dim lighting, help give the Oak Grill its cozy ambiance.

700 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Comfort Food, German

Hours of Operation:

Monday 11am to 3pm
Tuesday 11am to 7pm
Wednesday 11am to 7pm
Thursday 11am to 7pm
Friday 11am to 7pm
Saturday 11am to 3pm
Sunday Closed

Cross Street:
8th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(612) 375-2938

Website:
http://www.macysoakgrill.com/

Catering:
For Macy's off site catering in the Minneapolis area please visit www.designcuisinecatering.com.

Parking Details:
Public parking available in the parking ramp PARK & SHOP adjacent to Macy's Department Store or several other downtown ramps. Parking is included evenings & weekends.

Public Transit:
Located off of Nicollet Mall between 7th & 8th.

Executive Chef:
Carlos Cajamarca

Private Party Facilities:
Macy’s, Minneapolis most historic and unique venue, offers contemporary and traditional event spaces along with exquisite and artful cuisine. Casual to formal, we will create your vision for a special experience.

Private Party Contact:
Kristina Koonce: (612) 375-6542

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Join us for dinner before your concert or theater event. Present your event ticket and receive a complimentary glass of house wine with your entree. Evening and weekend parking included.

Macy's - The Oak Grill - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (1518)
Special Occasion (1108)
Good for Groups (723)
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Romantic (506)
Neighborhood Gem (419)
Kid-friendly (347)
Fit for Foodies (318)
Great for Brunch (191)
Comfort Food (122)
Cozy (101)
Good for Birthdays (83)
Good for a Date (79)
Quiet Conversation (78)
Good for Anniversaries (69)
Seasonal (64)
Authentic (62)
Business Meals (61)
Casual (61)
Worth the Drive (53)
Pre/post Theatre (48)
Outstanding Value (46)
Fun (42)
Notable Wine List (40)
Afternoon Tea (34)
Sunday Lunch (31)
Hot Spot (30)
Creative Cuisine (25)
People Watching (21)
Afternoon Coffee (21)
Disabled Access (20)
Gluten Free Options (20)
Healthy (17)
Scenic View (14)
Tasting Menu (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Late-night Find (10)
Quick Bite (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Happy Hour (2)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 27, 2017

This was a way to say goodbye to a restaurant I had enjoyed for many, many years. I will miss the comfortable atmosphere, the warm popovers, and the memories.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 27, 2017

What a pleasure to be there one last time. Our server told us I had received their very last pot pie ever. And it was delicious.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Great experience on their last day

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Sad to see this icon go after years of enjoyment, we had been going here for 35 years and enjoy it every time the staff was always warm and enjoyable. The food was always great and made us come back

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 27, 2017

So sorry they are closing...Macy's was never in the game!

Tags: Cozy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 27, 2017

The Oak Grill was fabulous today, as it always is. Today, I took my nephew to lunch at this great downtown Minneapolis restaurant (his first time). We enjoyed everything about the event - the food, the service, the atmosphere ... and the history. Oak Grill, your servers and cooks are the very best - professional, polite, respectful, knowledgeable and, quite simply, really good people. So long, dear friend. Godspeed to all Oak Grill employees!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 27, 2017

By the time anyone reads this The Oak Grill will be closed permanently. Along with the original Dayton's department store, it is the end of an era.

This was a wonderful restaurant in a grand store, but no one shopped the store... so the store and restaurant are now gone. We can't change this reality, but if there is a favorite store or restaurant on your list you haven't been to lately, you should go.

We can't lament when things go away if we personally did nothing to support them with our time and money.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Macys oak grill brought back many fond memories.. Meat loaf always our favorite and we can still enjoy it at maces in Ridgedale with our coupons that were given to us at our Oak Grill last meal. We will miss it.

Tags: Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 26, 2017

We are really going to miss The Oak Grill, it was our favorite spot downtown for lunch.

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 26, 2017

The Oak Grill... Ahh we'll miss you so much. We always went there for a special occasion, and also for an annual christmas dinner. We will miss it dearly...

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 25, 2017

As expected it was very busy and while we got water fairly soon, did have to wait about 15 min to have a waitress come to get our orders. A friend and I have gone to Dayton's/Fields/Macy's for years for the annual Christmas and Flower shows and lunch after in the Grill or Skyroom - always excellent food, popovers and have not been happy with Macy's since they had owernship but did like the Oak Grill. We will miss these two restaurants. Our food was very good -

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 25, 2017

Very sad it closed. Shame on Macy's If the new owners reopen it I will be there

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 25, 2017

Closing tomorrow. Just ok. Old tradition ends...has been nice...

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 25, 2017

Sad that is closing, we have been going to the oak grill for years, 1970 and up and the skyroom before that.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 24, 2017

My friend & I enjoyed a final meal at the Oak Grill before it closed on Jan 27th. This fine restaurant will be missed.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 24, 2017

I'm so sad to see this relic go. I wish that despite selling Macy's that they could keep the Oak Grill open.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 24, 2017

Too bad it will be closing tomorrow. Great Swedish meatballs!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 24, 2017

Worked at Dayton's for twenty years. Ate at The Oak Grill on occasion
through out that time. Their popovers are fantastic and a great start for lunch or dinner. The traditional swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes and gravy were outstanding. The keiche
was also fantastic. Very sorry the restaurant is closing.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Healthy
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 24, 2017

We're going to miss this legendary spot! Many fond memories of lunches here.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 24, 2017

We had a lovely time at the Oak Grill. We heard that they were closing on January 27, so we made it a priority to visit as an office. They weren't accepting reservations over 6, so we ended up splitting into two tables. It was a good thing we had a reservation as there was a 2 hour wait when we arrived.

The food was delicious. The servers were very pleasant and considerate. Overall a lovely environment. Wish it wasn't going away.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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food5
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service4
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 24, 2017

Dayton's is closing soon, so we had to go there one last time. I'm sorry to see it go...

Tags: Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 24, 2017

None of the above questions really fit The Oak Grill since it closes on Friday. It would have been better to adjust your questions for that occasion.

Since people are flocking to the restaurant to get one last Oak Grill meal before it closes, the service wasn't great. But then, the place was packed and there was a line of people waiting, with or without reservations. The most striking thing was the smaller servings. My friend ordered the Pot Pie. No skimping there. I ordered the meatloaf. Meat slices were smaller than usual and vegetables were miniscule compared to normal. We were told by a server that they were afraid of running out of food. Didn't anyone there see this rush coming? I've been going to the Oak Grill since the 60s and will miss it. But luckily, we still have the Lakeshore at S'Dale.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 24, 2017

What a great restaurant. So long dear friend, Oak Grill. You will be missed.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 23, 2017

My Mom and I went to celebrate the end of an era of going to Daytons/Marshall Fields/Macys with friends and family over the years. The popovers were hot and crispy and the chicken salad sandwich was the best I'd ever tasted. The service was a bit slow, understandably, as so many people were wanting to come for a last visit. We're so glad we made it.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 23, 2017

Oak Grill closes permanently on Friday

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 23, 2017

The oak grill is closing this week on 12th floor of "Daytons " downtown. So we wanted to dine there one last time!
The menu is the same at the other Macy restaurants. We enjoy the lakeshore grill in Rdgedale also.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 23, 2017

Great service and good food. Sorry to see it closing for good, had to go one last time.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 23, 2017

What a blissful experience! It began with PaulDavid as host, warm friendly greeting, quite welcoming. My group reduced from 8 to 3, PaulDavid quickly made modifications and we got right to our table. Deeply sad that this was my last chance to dine at the beloved Oak Grill, however, I very much appreciate all the years of joy I experienced at the Oak Grill. Farewell dear friend! You will be missed and never duplicated.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Romantic
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 23, 2017

A sad reminder of the lovely place it used to be. Food was still delicious but service and ambiance pretty sad. I wish I had not gone the last time and just remembered it as it was.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 23, 2017

Absolutely love this restaurant - It's a beautiful, classic, historic restaurant. It has a good menu selection, and wonderful food. I am so very sorry that the store is closing, because by default the restaurant will have to close too.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 23, 2017

Had a wonderful last meal at the Oak Grill before Macy's closes this historic location. The nostalgia runs deep. I had the traditional pop over and chicken pot pie. I'll miss lunches by the gorgeous fireplace and trips downtown with the family.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 21, 2017

We had a wonderful experience. We hate to see it close.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Super busy during our visit! Popovers (always a favorite) were baked too long. Chicken pot pie was tasty but much more gravy than chicken and veggies. Crust was flaky and tasty.

We were delighted we snagged a reservation!

So sad Oak Grill along with Macy's is closing. Both store and department showing signs of aging and neglect! Several areas needed a good cleaning...especially carpets!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Will miss this beautiful restaurant. It's a shame that Macy's had to close this original Dayton's downtown location.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 21, 2017

It was sad to see an institution come to an end. Glad I got a chance to witness history.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Fun, Hot Spot, Authentic, Great for Brunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 21, 2017

"for old times sake. . ." I think that may have been the title of a song of bygone years. For us, it was perhaps the culmination of quite a few years of awareness and patronage.
Someone once said, "nothing lasts forever," and in my view, this may be true. I'm not locked into the past but for me (and us), and perhaps others, yesterday's occasion may have been a time to remember.
I have no idea what the future may hold for the Oak Grill, but the bar is pretty high for its successor.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Too bad this restaurant is closing. I hope, as Rick Nelson suggests, they are able to reincarnate it in another location. Not many restaurants like this are left in the Twin Cities. I'm 70. I like the ambiance of a nice restaurant. Forget the "run in and run out".

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Such a classic, sad to see it go

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 21, 2017

The last meal at The Oak Grill 😥

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Have enjoyed going here over the years. Will be sorry to it close!!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Casual
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