Nicollet Island Inn

4.7
2886 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
The Nicollet Island Inn has stood witness to over a century of change on the shores of the Mississippi River. The Inn is consistently named the most romantic restaurant in the area and its river views have been voted some of the best in the city. An immediately recognizable Minneapolis landmark, the Inn offers world-class cuisine created by Executive Chef Michael Rain , whose innovative and constantly updated menu includes a variety of seafood, steaks and gourmet specialty dishes. Our wine menu has been chosen specifically to compliment the food and highlight producers from the world's leading wine regions.

Nic's bar, just off the main dining room, is a casual, old-world tavern and the patio offers stunning views of the Minneapolis skyline. The Inn is a convenient, comfortable destination for breakfast or lunch meetings while the 3 or 5-course Sunday Brunch is the perfect weekend indulgence.
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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recognize the struggle of restaurants during the pandemic. We had not been out since last March with the exception of a very quick business dinner/meeting on the patio in June at W.A. Frost.

We have only recently (in the past few years) been coming to the Nicollet Island Inn, but I would have to say tonight was one of the more lovely experiences.

I do hope your business increases soon though, because we want you to thrive!

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Gribbs
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a great hidden gem inside our city. One of the few places with a view. Professional staff all around and great food served with nice touches.

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mitch
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent! One of the best restaurants in Minneapolis

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JayC
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We were there for restaurant week. We were hoping for a creative meal to be offered, especially since this was our first time at Nicollet Island Inn. Unfortunately there were no great selections offered with restaurant week. The ambiance was good, but the food was pedestrian. Not a great experience to remember. Disappointing.

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MarkG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Riggatoni was excellent. The bread services was not good...scorched and cold, but everything else was great! We'll be back.

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Andrew
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is amazing. The hotel itself is really cool with an upscale feel without being pretensious. The service was outstanding; everyone was very chill, accommodating, and knowledgeable. The drinks and food were absolutely amazing. We had a great time for our Valentine's dinner and hope to be back and see them again when we're in the cities.

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vipShane
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful dining experience at the Nicollet Island Inn restaurant. From the food to the team to the pleasant environment we all had a very enjoyable evening. Thanks to everyone who made the evening enjoyable.

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DennisW
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent food and Mississippi River location. The prices are memorable, too, but for a special event, it's worth it.

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LukeFoz
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn't been here in years and took my wife there for Valentine's Day brunch. She had the french toast and I had the Steak & Lobster Benedict. We both enjoyed our food and it has such an old school charm to the place. What really caught our attention was the drink menu. I ordered a Drake Manhattan which had Bourbon and a twany port. I love both of those but never had them together. The bartender Brad walked by our table and asked what I thought. I said it was delish and after chatting with him for a few minutes and learning how much knowledge he had, we decided to stop by the bar for an after brunch drink. I think my wife had the Isalnd something and I had the hot buttered rum drink, which was to die for. And we were both blown away by the amount of thought and effort that went into all of their speciality cocktails. We will be heading back again soon to try some others. Need to figure out what nights Brad works!

Cheers, Luke

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Highly recommend the French toast. Delicious!

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Jill
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this restaurant and location. Amazing food, staff and service. An absolute go to for a romantic evening.

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vipLeahB
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine's Day with our Daughter.

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vipDerek
Minneapolis
48 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nicollet Island Inn understands that it’s the little extra touches that make it a top-notch experience. Cam, our server, took great care of us. When our order took just slightly longer than he anticipated, he not only stopped by to tell us, he brought two glasses of champagne. We had a great corner booth with a beautiful view, and the food was excellent. Thank you!

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JohnH
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a fantastic venue and a perfect place to create special memories with friends and family.

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GoodandPlenty
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delectable and service was impeccable. We were delighted with the experience!

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Rachel
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful dinner with a friend. We shared the duck and lamb chops. Both were cooked perfectly and very delicious. Loved the char on the lamb. We also tried the espresso amaretto cheesecake which beware is not traditional cheesecake. It was like a ice cream scoop with chocolate drizzle. Espresso and amaretto was hard to find. Cheesecake had an odd texture and in all honestly tasted like it had been in a freezer then slightly warmed up. Wouldn’t get it again.

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SeenaZ
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful restaurant and the food was delicious. Ambiance and service beyond compare!

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JimE
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic historical setting along the Mississippi! River. We had a table with a view of the white horse carriages giving patrons rides around the beautiful island. Very romantic. Start to finish our meals were excellent. Our waiter was friendly and efficient and timed everything perfectly. We highly recommend for a memorable experience and look forward to another visit soon.

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SharonB
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Nicollet Island Inn has always been one of our favorites for a special meal. The staff is very solicitous and friendly, the food is always perfect, the wine list is extensive, and the ambiance is quiet and attractive. It is also nice for a small group party (maybe after Covid.......). We felt very safe there during Covid.

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Murph
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were great! I defiantly recommend there Sunday brunch.

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Getoutmore
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Nicollet Island Inn is a gem in Mpls. Being right on the river, easy access to get there and you can enjoy the view, atmosphere, and wonderful food they offer. We will continue to include Nicollet Island Inn for an evening out, and recommended for friends to stay at when visiting the Twin Cities.

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Mark
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nicollet Island Inn was terrific! We've dined there before several times, and it's always been an excellent dining experience. We were very happy they were finally able to reopen for inside dining. Thank you Nicollet Island Inn!

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vipKeriA
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a wonderful spot. Was a nice place to have our last pre shut down restaurant meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a beautiful time on 11/20/20. Even with the statewide looming restaurant lockdown starting the next day, all of the staff was incredibly friendly and fun and professional and the food was amazing! I highly recommend the Nicollet Island Inn for any day of the week. You won’t regret it!

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vipSavvyDiner
Minneapolis
72 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a lovely dinner, the food was excellent ! Our server Rebecca was top notch. Such a romantic setting, we really enjoyed it.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last day of patio dining on November 7th. Awesome. Thx

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VickiS
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Dependably very good food, even through Covid. We dine here at least once a month because we know the kitchen will always deliver high quality, well prepared food. ....wish the drinks were a bit stronger- they always seem to be a little weak. We like to have one good “sipper” when we dine out.

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vipCarylA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for casual dining or family gatherings. Nic burger is fabulous in the bar or in the dining room.

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KateP
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with great food. Quiet and intimate. lol

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Truegrit
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Went for brunch recently and it is not as I remember. I suspect this is due to covid 19. The menu isn't the same. So, I was disappointed. Although the food we had was good and the service too. I will say the furnishings, flooring could use some updating.

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ChrisV
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was fantastic and the service impeccable! Definitely my favorite restaurant in Downtown Minneapolis!

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vipTiffany
Minneapolis
33 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite - Nicollet Island Inn hit it out of the park again. Had a very enjoyable, leisurely dinner to celebrate my birthday. The Bobby Burns post-dinner cocktail was spectacular and may be my new favorite.

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AmyC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice........
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Goodie
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in the Twin Cities. You can’t beat the ambiance, it’s on the Mississippi River, has a gorgeous dining area with crystal chandeliers, etc.

The food is always exquisite, our table had sea bass and scallops and both were fantastic. We’ve dined there many times before and always had a great meal. I highly recommend this to anyone looking to have a memorable dining experience.

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LisaM
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Gorgeous, historic building. Consistently excellent food. Beautiful views from dining room. Attentive service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were wonderful! We celebrated a birthday and stayed the night in the hotel! The food was excellent, the staff attentive. Everything was very clean and they took their COVID procedures seriously!

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vipWill
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Sunday brunch in covid times. We were there at opening 9a. Only one Wait staff-I totally get that. He worked very hard. So a bit of a wait, but we liked that. Coffee (me) & hot chocolate (Better half) were really good. I like good coffee and it was delicious. Eggs were small but yum. Bacon outstanding. Toast/jam good. The hash browns were perfection-buttery, light and crisp around the edges. By 10a the full staff was there. Highly recommend.

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Monique
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Excellent service. Need an escape from the crazy world ?stop in to the NII. Have loved this place since 1985!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nic’s burger and fries were phenomenal! Will be going back soon.

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JamesW
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing venue. The food was wonderful. You have to try the shrimp cocktail app! Very impressed of the staff through out the hotel, restaurant and bar. So close to home, but we felt like we were worlds away,

FAQs

Nicollet Island Inn does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Nicollet Island Inn also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (612) 331-1800 ext. 1.

Nicollet Island Inn is rated 4.7 stars by 2886 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.