Nicollet Island Inn

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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 Dain McMillin , 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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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

My wife and I had a very nice view of the river. The fall colors made it an outstanding view! Great place to eat their shrimp ceviche and share a bottle of wine. Everyone was very nice.

OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Beautiful historic building. Great location. Pleasant staff!!

KM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved every moment and appreciate everyone making the dinner special!

JH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant is a gem for ambiance and exceptional cuisine. We decided to be adventurous and try the Leg of Lamb which in our past experience has not always been successful. Our complements to the chef...excellent !! Our Server was very knowledgeable on the menu and We enjoyed her joyful demeanor. Our 37th Anniversary will be remembered fondly at the Nicollet Island Inn

p
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect from staff to food!!

d
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We always love visiting the Nicollet Island Inn! We started with drinks in the beautiful bar looking out at Harriet Island. We followed drinks with dinner, overlooking the river. The restaurant is stunning and the ambience delightful. The food was very good and the service was spectacular. As always, we enjoyed our evening and will return.

TD
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Firstly, the food was good, but it was not worth the price, to be perfectly honest.

Secondly, The ambiance was nice.

Lastly, I was not a big fan of our server (I believe her name was Liz), it took her a while to come to the table, when she did, she didn’t introduce herself. She was not attentive at all, and I got the impression that she wanted to get us in and out. Overall, her energy was off and off putting.

ER
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nicollet Island Inn was wonderful as always, perfect atmosphere to have a conversation and so romantic. Wonderful service and delicious food. We'll absolutely be back.

NL
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner

KL
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very charming. Wait staff were friendly, warm and inviting. Food was delicious and the view was great on the river with the Fall leaves turning colors.

SL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a pleasant surprise. We were visiting town and took daughter out to dinner. We haven't been here in a long time. The food was awesome, the Fall menu, was well selected, prepared and it was very clear the Chef and team were on their A game. We were able to substitute for the Goulash appetizer---what a delight! The Duck, pasta dish was to die for. The Bread pudding dessert was spectacular. We will definitely come back. This place deserves more stars. On top of that it has history that can't compete with many places in Minneapolis

MD
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the absolute BEST time at Nicollet Island Inn with my Fiance ! We went for our 5th dating anniversary and stayed in a room as well. Food was amazing, service outstanding. The drinks were fantastic!! Great little spot.

PP
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good place for dinner and social gathering

JC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My niece and I were getting together for a long-delayed lunch. And we chose the perfect place. We had a table facing the river, it was quiet so we could have a conversation, and the food was good. The waiter was terrific, and we never felt hurried to move on. So we had a thoroughly enjoyable, long visit.

ST
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great ambiance! Would highly recommend the Nicollet Island Inn!

m
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The food was satisfactory. I had the duck and it was good, not great, good. I compared it to the duck at the Northeast Social which is substantially better. The salmon had a slight fishy taste to it. Service was impeccable. Ambiance excellent. An enjoyable, romantic spot IF you've chosen the right entree.

j
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met all expectations

h
Minneapolis
28 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The charming and cozy ambiance, the attentive and professional service (Beth) and the quiet dining room makes this the perfect place to celebrate a birthday with a friend.
The omelette of the day was satisfactory. The quiche tasted better. Both are served with greens in a light vinaigrette. A bread basket or roll would be a nice addition.
Dessert was the winner. Crime Brûlée was perfect. Chocolate mousse—so so.
The food is a disappointment, but other choices may be more winning. But it is always a treat to walk in the door of the Nicolet Island Inn—and then the dining room.

SC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

VERY disappointing experience with the new Octoberfest (four course) menu including cold potatoes meager portions, barely average dessert. Long wait for service and a smart-aleck response from a waiter, who, when I asked about the pretzel appetizer to accompany our cocktail (it arrived after the soup and salad) replied, "I only have two hands!" I wasn't being critical or demeaning, only inquiring after a LONG wait if perhaps with a new menu the pretzel was forgotten. A very expensive meal for two (meant to be a special date) which left a very bad taste in my mouth. I would welcome a phone call from management regarding our experience and the possibility of reversing my Sunday evening decision, "last time for the Inn".
-Steve C. (612) 702-5889

CA
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the atmosphere inside and outside. Very good service and wonderful food!

T
Minneapolis
141 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of the best places to eat at if one wants a quiet romantic meal. Noise level low so people can talk with each other! Steak we had was the best we had in a restaurant in years.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful location, lovely food and wine. The waiter was good though not great. I would go back again.

SD
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

I've been to restaurant several times
This is first time I've been diappointed
Service extremely slow when it didn't appear to be a busy day
Food was also not up to expectation
Willing to give it a try again because of its ambiance and history

MA
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everyone enjoyed the dinner, all commented on how good the food was.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful, quiet atmosphere. Lovely place for a mid week lunch with wonderful friends. The food was absolutely perfect. Three of us had the walleye entree...it was cooked to perfection and the presentation was perfect as well.

I
Minneapolis
48 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I come to Nicollet Island Inn because it is a wonderful place to have a private conversation over lunch. It is rare these days to not have to speak loudly over everyone else. The salmon salad is always good as was the walleye.

OT
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely old inn with a fabulous menu and food. The waiter made nice suggestions, and we tried several dishes between the 4 of us. Would go again anytime!

M
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really nice brunch Sunday. Christian our server went out of his way to be helpful. He was very polite. He was very pleasant and attentive. He accommodated our special requests bringing separate plates, mixing two juices etc.

R
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

10th anniversary!

S
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some loud guys next to us other then that every thing was good

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

This was the most underwhelming experience I've had in quite some time. I thought being an historic location in the heart of the city, and somehow being considered one of the most "romantic" restaurants in Minneapolis, this would be an easy win for my anniversary dinner. I indicated on the reservation that this was a special occasion. The restaurant was practically empty (on a saturday, 7:30pm). We were seated at probably the worst location, directly in the path of anyone walking in or out of the dining room. Upon being seated, I had to ask for a wine list or apparently they weren't going to offer one. The service was slow but friendly. The food was completely unimaginative. My wife and I both ordered the filet, the meat was mediocre and not well cooked, the sauce lacked flavor, there was no choice of potato, just mashed potatoes that could have been from a box, no salad (with a $50 steak?) We asked for bread because none was provided. I'm not sure if they charged for the bread, probably. Overall this place just seems tired, and stuck in the worst dining habits of the previous century. Maybe being a hotel restaurant they don't expect to impress anyone, but this is supposed to be THE hotel restaurant. On the plus side, my wife and I were able to laugh at how ridiculous our first anniversary meal was, and we now have an easy mission to top it next year. We will not be back.

JM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The food was ordinary and so was the service. Not bad, but one expects more at that level.

j
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was attentive and prompt. Best quiche and hash browns ever. Lovely and quiet room, view of trees and river.

S
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner at Nicollet was absolutely perfect. The food is excellent, but what always impresses me is the accommodating and delightful service we have. They are great at engaging in conversation, recommending options, and making the evening especially fun. I would absolutely recommend and intend on making the Inn a regular visit for special occasions.

R
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, beautiful dining room. We will be back!

BS
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and fantastic food!! Would highly recommend to anyone.

f
Minneapolis
39 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A fine place to dine with caring and attentive staff

b
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, rich history and so much character to this historical building. The food was delicious.

JB
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiet enough so we could carry on a conversation! Many other restaurants are so loud you end up with a sore throat trying to talk above the music and noise. Very relaxing dinner and food selection, professional service.

J
Minneapolis
69 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience! Every time I go to the Inn to dine is an exceptional experience and one
I am always pleased to share with friends.

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