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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LG
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great duck

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Nice, quiet special experience

OT
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KM
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JH
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
13 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect from staff to food!!

d
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

BZ
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Our meal was bland tasting...we had a fish and a pasta dish. Not memorable so a forgot what we ate. Maybe the chef had an off night??? The venue is lovely. BTW the guy host (older gent) had a odd sense of humor.

TD
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

KL
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

DD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good place for dinner and social gathering

JC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

m
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met all expectations

h
Minneapolis
28 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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
Overall1food2service1ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

T
Minneapolis
146 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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
Overall2food2service1ambience5

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
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!