Nicollet Island Inn

4.6
2960 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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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GregoryS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was Excellent. Had the Skirt Steak. Was tender and cooked to perfection. Enjoyed the Cheese Plate. The Chocolate Mousse was delicious. Had a table with a view of the river. Beautiful. Our server Dan was excellent.

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jodoig
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our servers Ben and Anne were outstanding!

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parnelli
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service

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RB73
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was hot and Very delicious. The staff was helpful and courteous.

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Elizabeth
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The cocktails were phenomenal, lamb chops and wedge salad were delicious and the patio was the perfect summer setting!

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NikiT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic and absolutely delightful. Everyone was kind and invested in our experience. Our server was wonderful, knowledgeable and made spot on recommendations.
The entire inn, restaurant and bar is gorgeous. Easy to get to and fantastic off the street parking.

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vip3Sapphires
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service, elegant setting, great food, and pleasant view of East Island Avenue. Calm and comforting.

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MarkJ
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place in town for a wonderful menu, excellent service, and extraordinary view

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vipToddA
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was beyond Excellant. Heidi had the Lobster Bisque Pot Pie that was so good.
I had the Scallops. Done to perfection on a bed of Slaw Salad that was perfect.

Great view of the street and walkers.
Great night. Highly recommend.

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PaulG
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful people, food and setting. A great setting for our anniversary dinner, followed by a lovely walk along the Mississippi

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Bobby
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful hotel and restaurant. The service was superb. It was our friend’s birthday and was a perfect place to celebrate.

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vipwhock
Minneapolis
62 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Four of us had lunch at Nicollet Island Inn. We had an excellent server. There was no pressure to move on and we had a very pleasant, leisurely lunch. I had the chopped salad with grilled shrimp and the 3 other diners had the omlette special. We were all quite satisfied with our meals. There is a short but very interesting wine list. Coffee was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were there for brunch. Our meals were great. We had a very friendly server and welcoming hostess. Looking forward to returning.

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vipPhyllis
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The four of us shared two terrific appetizers and then ordered four different entrees -- all of which were delicious. Plenty of food -- I had a doggy bag! The wine was also fine. A delightful evening....Phyllis

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PennyJ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the brunch corn beef hash and a wedge salad...........the hash was awesome! Best ever! Our service was very pleasant and attentive.......the waiter was very good.
Will be back again.......soon!

JS
vipJanetS
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The service was a bit slow but the waitperson nice. My food was better than average. The ambiance is quiet and pleasant. My friends and I enjoyed ourselves.

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vipAlLynnB
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 7 wedding anniversary by having Brunch at Nicollet Island Inn. From the Host down to the bus staff, the service was impeccable and unparalleled. Our server Daniel deserves special consideration for all his attentive service.

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Derek
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My wife and I had a fantastic brunch at Nicollet Island Inn. We had the corned beef hash and it was absolutely delicious. Great atmosphere and easy parking too.

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vipElectronLady
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter Dan was a hoot. Great food. Nice ambiance. The whole package.

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Katie
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great spot for a special occasion - not cheap but worth every penny!

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WFJJ
Minneapolis
25 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific omelet!! Love the salmon salad. Always peaceful settings and great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
41 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had lunch with a colleague. Very nice setting, service was friendly and attentive. Lobster roll was very good, if a bit spendy.

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OBWan
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We have dined at the Nicollet Island Inn several times. The wait staff are great - engaging and professional. Their strength on the menu is appetizers and sandwiches. Dinner entrees are very average at best. Not much flexibility to accommodate people with food allergies.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Gluten free options are very different then what the regular menu option is. They should have separate descriptions or menus available.

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vippeggys
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Nicollet Island Inn has always been one of our very favorite restaurants! We missed it during Covid and were very happy to return!!

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DanielK
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Although they have three lobster dishes on the menue, we could not even get two orders of lobster cakes and we were there at 6 pm. They had about 6 white wines on the wine list, none were available, only the house whites. We asked if they had just re-opened but the waiter said they had been open since January. Are they planning to close soon?

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

It was decent but overpriced!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Fathers day

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FrankM
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful venue, always good service and good food. A nice experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Waited 20 min before I got up and asked for some service. Food took forever to come out. I ordered the steak and lobster benedict. Steak was pretty much overdone. I got a drizzle of hollandaise sauce. Waiter barely came by to refill water and when he did, he said his spidey sense told him we might want water. I didn’t think that was really funny given we were waiting forever for water. Another table wanted their umbrella up and we had to help them push it open. The waiter never came over to assist and instead provided instructions when we had some trouble. I had high hopes for a great brunch and was greatly disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a delicious brunch, unique cocktails and a fantastic

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RobertM
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Overall a decent experience. Wine list (white) was greatly depleted. Walleye was excellent. Seafood linguini was good, but greatly overpriced at $40.00. Dessert (cheesecake) was a disappointment--no real flavor and the advertised "berries" was a single strawberry cut in 1/2 . No espresso or cappuccino, really? The regular coffee was very weak--dishwater. Server was very good. Will give them one more chance.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience1

It was a decent experience until a party was escorted in that was so loud, it ruined the rest of our dinner. They were literally FaceTiming people from the table and were completely oblivious of the fact that they were the only loud group in the entire restaurant. Staff/management did nothing about it. That's not the ambience I would expect from a place like this.

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ElainneB
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely and peaceful evening at Nicollet Island Inn.

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jodoig
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was Ann and she was amazing!

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BenJ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Nicollet Island Inn, lives up to it’s reputation of being romantic and charming. The Inn sits on a small Island with fantastic views of the surrounding shores of the Mississippi. We celebrated our 7th anniversary together dinner at the Inn. Our initial greeting was warm and inviting, something that always helps to start the evening with calm anticipation. The service was professional and attentive and each of our courses arrived without rush and with good timing. The cuisine was wonderful and our paired wine (Prisoner Zinfandel) an excellent accompaniment. Espresso and chocolate for dessert is our tradition and a warmed chocolate chip cookie with rich French vanilla ice cream was the perfect ending to a most enjoyable dining experience. We will certainly be back and recommend with confidence the Nicollet Island Inn for any dining occasion.

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vipNancyL
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Say in the bar. Nice ambiance, great waitstaff.

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vipMidwestMaiden
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The patio, food, and general ambiance was very nice. However, our server persistently interjected himself into our conversation, and really crossed the line when trying to pressure us into ordering dessert with our lunch. I think it was innocuous, but his social awareness was really deficient.

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vipSnbay
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous brunch. The steak and lobster eggs Benedict and mimosas were perfect. The Nic never disappoints, a beautiful setting, elegant, great service, and of course awesome cuisine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch is terrific. Their bacon best in the city. Drinks are delicious and window seats are beautiful. Love this place. Staff is the best!

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 4.6 stars by 2960 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.