Nicollet Island Inn

4.6
2864 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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Safety precautions

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
What 2864 people are saying
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4.6
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vipKeriA
Minneapolis
7 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
65 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
1 review
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
5 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,

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Leah
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The outdoor patio is pleasant and the food is as good as that served indoors before the pandemic.

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RieT
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere, not enough vegetarian options.

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vipMike
Minneapolis
65 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food. Great patio and maybe the best hamburger you will eat.

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vipEE92
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose to go here for our first outdoor dining date night since the pandemic began, and we were impressed not only with the food (delicious!!!), the drinks and the ambiance, but the servers made us feel extremely safe while still being friendly and open. We are so thankful for a great meal here! Ps try the seasonal cheese plate - a real winner!

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viploves2eat
Minneapolis
121 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sat on the patio, great Reuben sandwich and Bloody Mary.

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vipNancyL
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat in bar, had the nick burger and it was awesome. The bartender, Brad is great. So friendly and fun to talk with.

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Phyllis
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent ambiance....Loved the whole experience! Phyllis

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PaulJ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Beautiful patio location. The service was very well done and friendly even with a mask on! This is beautiful and positive place to celebrate any special occasion.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service during difficult pandemic times. Good table spacing outdoors. We had the latest reservation time and appreciated being allowed to linger outdoors until almost 10:30. That made for a great family birthday celebration.

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MichaelB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were married there years ago. Return annually for our anniversary. Always splendid service and fantastic food.

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EdwardThatch
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great patio dining and never a bad meal, what more could you ask for?

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StevenS
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Received a tequila and tortes invitation and had to try it.
Thought it was going to be bad tequila but it was very good, so,good I had to buy another..

We always attend when you offer a special meal.

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vipphilatour
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Another lovely evening at along time favorite eatery. Creative dishes

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Wittski
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We booked a Reservation for our 44th wedding anniversary. The ambiance was good & service outstanding. The sea bass entree was excellent. However, my wife ordered the filet cooked medium. Unfortunately, the steak was partially over done & partially medium rare. Very inconsistent cooking.

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vipDaveR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really great and the service was superb.

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djs1
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy dining at the Nicollet Island Inn! Wonderful food and service!

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vipHEIDIANNE
Naples
55 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebrated my husband’s birthday. Enjoyed the beautiful setting along the water. Scallops were delicious a great blend of flavors. Shorts ribs and walleye are always exceptional. Miss sitting in their cozy bar for an after dinner drink but next year we will look forward to it.

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KandMdiners
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were disappointed in the food quality at this visit. It may be that the Inn has so few patrons that they don't keep up with the quality we've seen in the past. The filet mignon ordered was to be medium rare and it was medium to well. The restaurant did offer to redo the steak (my husband declined) and they comped our dessert as a result. That was nice. I would still recommend Nicollet Island Inn for its location, however to have quality that is just 'good' for their prices, I would caution people.

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Randy9
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, drinks, service and ambience were all excellent!

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vipPaul
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service from Christian. Enjoyed the brunch menu items especially the eggs Benedict. Nice patio setting. Will be back.

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MLWSP
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We went to the Nicollet Island Inn on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in August. The temperature and the day were spectacular. Our waitron was inexperienced and we had some delays, but we didn't mind. We were seated on the lovely patio. We split a wedge salad (not exactly a wedge, it was made with romaine lettuce), but the blue cheese dressing was excellent. I had a fillet mignon, with asparagus and potatoes, while my partner had sea bass. My meat was wonderful, but my partner said that the sea bass was "just ok." Drinks were very good. I had a special cabernet blend that was extremely good for $15!) All together a very pleasant weekend meal.

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SPetersen
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, excellent service. Will certainly visit again.

FAQs

Nicollet Island Inn 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 2864 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.