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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Feast of St. Nic

This season, as part of our Holiday Celebrations at the Inn, we will be featuring the Feast of St. Nic! Join us any evening from December 5th-8th for a four-course dinner for two for only $89! Or add paired wines for only $119. Call and make your reservation today, and be sure to mention the Feast of St. Nic when you reserve your table!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 5, 2019

Ends: December 9, 2019

Availability: Sun 5:00PM-8:45PM
Thu-Sat 5:00PM-8:45PM

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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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JC
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good service offered in a lovely setting. Staff were extra helpful in pairing a wine with my food.

CF
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed our food and the beautiful setting for our brunch with friends.

MM
Minneapolis
55 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Scored a very nice booth for two for my birthday dinner. We enjoyed another delicious meal, this time sharing the pear burrata salad and then the sirloin with a very tasty hash. We love the setting, the food and the experience each and every time.

SB
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

I booked a table for lunch, the day after Thanksgiving. Given the positive reviews of others, and recommendations of friends, I was looking forward to the experience. It was very disappointing. We wanted a couple of appetizers off the “bar” menu and was told they were not available until late afternoon. Why provide the menu then? There were no appetizers on the lunch menu. I decided to have a salad, which for nine dollars was a disappointing pile of leafy greens, a bland vinaigrette, and mound of Parmesan cheese. My date’s French onion soup was fine, arriving piping hot. My entrée was walleye. It had a dry thick coating of breadcrumbs over a fairly small thin fillet. It was dry and flavorless. The rice medley it was on was fine, but the green beans were multicolored and unevenly cooked. My date’s lobster salad wrap was OK, but had a lot of filler and a lemon and mayonnaise-flavored lobster inside. My date had originally wanted the seafood risotto, but was told they were “out of it“. There were only about eight people in the entire place, and we were seated next to most of them. It’s hard to understand how they ran out of it. The bill was ridiculously expensive for food comparable to what one would expect at Perkins. I can only assume the Chef had the day off, and the kitchen staff was trying their best. My advice? Go for dinner on a busy evening, and don’t waste time or money for lunch.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks! Wonderful service, beautiful view and delicious food.

W
Minneapolis
25 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

We go out for dinner on thanksgiving. We enjoy the no fuss, let someone else cook day. We have been going to Jax for many years until food quality went down. Prices remained high. They are still the best wait staff. Love them. Last year we tried the lex. Great food. Ho hum staff no ambiance. This year it was Nicollet Island Inn. Wonderful ambience on the river. Staff was overwhelmed and very underwhelming in service they even argued with me, huge bad. Food was served cold. Courses were forgotten. For $70 you get food slapped on a plate, really? Maybe a different day would be better? The take home of a turkey sandwich was a nice idea, however executed poorly. Three small pieces of turkey ran through the bread slices. Don’t offer if you can’t deliver.

j
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we had absolutely nothing to complain about.

TK
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a table with a beautiful view of the river. The same vice was very attentive and professional. The food was excellent. My meat was served as ordered. E
We thought the turkey sandwiches given to dinners as Thanksgiving “left overs” was a great finishing touch to a wonderful evening

F
Minneapolis
92 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The Nic is a neighborhood favorite for us. We were there for Thanksgiving dinner along with a whole lot of other people. Their service was excellent. The food (somewhat dry turkey and under-done green beans) reflected, I think, the simple fact that they were cooking for a lot more full tables than is typical for them. We'll keep coming back. They do almost everything very well and are very nice folks

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre Thanksgiving dinner with family.

DS
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great views and excellent food for celebrating a special occasion.

N
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A gift from our Grandson

S
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have intended to have dinner at the Nicollet Island Inn for years and just hadn’t been able to get it on our calendar! It was a wonderful evening. The service, the cocktails and the food were all top notch. And we really lived that it was a quiet venue. We didn’t have to shout to talk to one another. Thanks Nicollet Island Inn for the great experience!

JL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect dinner to celebrate our anniversary. The walleye was beautiful; the crab salad on green tomatoes was inventive -- divine.

g
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Nicollet Island Inn. I'm usually there on a week day and love the salmon salad, but was there this time on the weekend for their brunch. I had Nic's Benedict with ham and leeks. It was scrumptious. You will never be disappointed at this restaurant. The food is great and the service is excellent. They never rush you. Lovely place to meet a friend for a chat!

DN
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy dining at the Nicollet Island Inn because of the quiet atmosphere that allows us to easily visit with those at our table.

q
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service from the matter d’ to the server. Unusually tasty quiche

SD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for an enjoyable experience. A very good place for an important conversation.

S
Minneapolis
61 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A cozy delicious experience graced by excellent service and surrounding beauty.

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We thought they had the brunch buffet. Nope. Just the menu now. Took too long for water and coffee refills. Food just ok for price. Service just ok.

Expectations were high and it was my birthday. This was noted but they didn’t even mention anything. I won’t rush to go back.

s
Minneapolis
139 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We participated in "Date Night" and had a wonderful 3-course dinner. Food was well prepared and presented. Service was just the right speed.

AL
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of our favorite restaurants and didn't disappoint this time. Perfect ambiance and nicely prepared food. Also can't beat the riverfront setting in the historic St. Anthony area.

T
Minneapolis
149 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our favorite place for a quiet great meal in an outstanding location

DE
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely time

SD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always one of my favorites in Minneapolis! Thanks.

MC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!! Get the creme brûlée!! Fried green tomato salad with blue crab was also delicious!

l
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The menu felt quite slim for a restaurant of such a reputation. Service was disorganized and I ended the evening unsure who was our server. We requested a quiet are, due to hearing loss...instead we were placed in an active transition. Again. A booth have been a better choice.

LG
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The "hostess" on duty was alone and seemed to be running the entire show, from the restaurant seating to the hotel front desk. Once seated we waited a bit to be acknowledged by a server. From my vantage point it appeared there were only 2 servers in the restaurant. It wasn't extremely busy, but busy enough that they were hustling. The roasted red pepper soup was very good, but could have stood to be a bit hotter. My steak (the Steak & Eggs breakfast) was more gristle than meat. My over easy eggs were over hard. My companions walleye sandwich, though she said it was tasty, had a horrible plate presentation. The tartar sauce and coleslaw were indistinguishable, and it came with a huge pile of greens that she did not order (and were not mentioned in the menu description). Our dessert, a pecan roll, was black on the bottom and served with rock solid butter. Overall, I wish I would have selected a different place to have brunch for my birthday. Sadly disappointed.

JB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We had a terrific experience at Nicollet Island Inn. Sat in the bar at first and the bartender was great! Dinner was delicious! Would definitely recommend!

SF
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food came out cool to warm not hot and the service was just okay seemed like they were doing us a favor by helping us. 4 people, 4 drinks total with dinner $232 before tip soothes are getting all the money maybe just banking on the history of the place.

A
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great duck

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Nice, quiet special experience

OT
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for lunch. Very scenic view of the river. Quiet older crowd.

J
Minneapolis
69 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always my favorite lunch spot. Really busy this time and that stretched the staff considerably.

J
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Boy, is this place tired. The only saving grace is the view of the Mississippi River from the dining room. Fourof us met for breakfast at 11:00 - we had a reservation. We ordered standard breakfasts - bacon and eggs and omelettes. 45 minutes later, after I had gotten up from our table and chased down our server, our food finally arrived. My easy-over eggs were rock-hard and the hash browns were greasy and tasteless. Terrible coffee. Tiny omelettes . Other than that, it was a perfect experience.

A
New England
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This gem of a restaurant is as lovely as ever. The setting is serene, the food exquisite and the service top notch. I need to go there more often :)

SP
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent.The ambiance was very quaint and very historic. The windows overlooking the river and park was great.

p
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jane is our favorite server. She does an excellent job! We eat at Nicollet Island Inn often and always ask to be seated in Jane’s section.

BD
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. It is nice. It is quiet. The service is always friendly and welcoming. The food is delicious. I have been coming here for several years, whenever I get to Minneapolis, and will continue to return to this restaurant with each visit to this lovely city. I brought two colleagues with me on my last visit, neither had ever been before. They too loved the place and were quite satisfied with the food. The wine list is nice, too.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

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.