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Nicollet Island Inn

4.6
2334 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Perfect For:
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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 Noah Balow , 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary French, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Breakfast:
Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:00am
Saturday: 7:00am - 11:00am
Sunday Brunch: 9:30am - 1:30pm

Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday Dinner: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(612) 331-1800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Noah Balow
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Catering
Contact Lindsay Kunz
lindsay@nicolletislandinn.com 612-331-1800x3

Island Room or St. Anthony Event Spaces

-Newly Remodeled, Hardwood flooring
-An outdoor Private Garden Patio
-Space for 10-120 guests seated and up to 200 for a reception
-Free wireless Internet access

Our professional staff provides attentive service combined with excellent cuisine to create a productive and memorable event.
Please visit our website for more information: www.nicolletislandinn.com/specialevents.html
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Parking details
Complimentary parking for guests of the Nicollet Island Inn.
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Public transit
Bus Stop
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Special events & promotions
We have multiple private dining options for groups of 6-24 guests in either our Private Dining Room, Captain's Room, or Fireside Lounge. Whether it's a meeting, family celebration, or corporate dinner, our experienced staff can create a menu to meet virtually any need. For more information please contact Ryan via email at events@nicolletislandinn.com or by phone 612-331-1800 ext. 7.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Nicollet Island Inn has three private/semi-private dining rooms and 2 Event Spaces. The Private Dining Room can accommodate up to 10 guests, the Captain's Room up to 16, and the Fireside Lounge up to 24. The Island room can fit 50 seated, 70 for cocktails. The St. Anthony room can fit 120 seated.

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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Celebrate Mothers Day at the Nicollet Island Inn! We are offering a lovely 5-course menu for $48/ person (not inclusive of tax or tip-coffee, tea, soda and juices are complimentary) We also have complimentary valet!
*we are only offering our 5-course menu for food options. no other food available*

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 2334 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The Nicollet Island Inn is such a special place. It’s so accessible, not expensive and a beautiful place for any occasion. We had brunch and it was so reasonable and tastefully done. $5 Mimosas and a three course offering that hit the spot!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Superb food, superb ambiance, superb service. We were so happy with our meal on Wednesday that we returned Thursday with our London guest. We all left delighted and sated.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch. You're going to pay for top notch food. Timing was good, food temp and flavor right on the mark.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I dined at Nicollett Island Inn for an Easter brunch with family. This is my 3rd year having brunch here for the holiday. It is a wonderful setting and the food and service are wonderful! This will continue to be a family tradition.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Brunch virtually identical to last years menu, or very very similar. Food was very rich, other than the quiche not all that enjoyable. We will find a different venue for Easter next year. Disappointing but we likely will not be back.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Freindly hostess, Superb service, Elegant as to how the courses were presented, Great tasting food and beverages.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The Easter menu was extremely tasty and just the right amount of food.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Wonderful evening. Very good meal presented by a wonderfully erudite and fluent waiter. Strongly recommend this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Three of us had dinner on a Wednesday. We all commented on the fact that we could actually talk and be heard. Very enjoyable atmosphere and the food was very good. Service was first rate.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

This was a very enjoyable brunch. Great food. Great atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Step back from busyness and into a lovely, peaceful setting. The service is attentive and professional. The menu is creative and small enough to give care to anything that comes out of the kitchen.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Anniversary get away. We spent several nights at the inn. The inn and the meal was outstanding. The menu and staff were amazing. They went out of their way to create a memorable evening at our dinner. A great meal! They brought out complimentary champagne! They put candles on our desert plates to celebrate our day! I had the shrimp risotto and it was dense with shrimps. The flavor was very very good. My wife had the crab tagliatelle and it was wonderful. If you want an amazing meal, or you have a special day this place is wonderful. The staff took extra time and care and really made us feel pampered.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Good food but not spectacular. Great environment and service.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Fantastic food and service. The hostess was prompt and highly accommodating. Manager came through several times to see how everything was going.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Our server knew the menu extremely well and the service was top notch. There are many tables in the restaurant with windows to view the river and St. Anthony area. We were really impressed with everything - easy parking, top notch service and the food was fantastic.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Always enjoy the Nicollet Island Inn. Such a pleasant environment and excellent service. Our waiter efficiently managed our appetizers, entrees and desserts so that we weren't rushed but were finished in ample time to get to our theater performance. I had the halibut which was perfectly cooked, however, I was not enthused about the accompanying "legume porridge". It felt too heavy for the delicacy of the halibut. My companion had the duck which had been recommended by our server but she found it tough. The chocolate mouse dessert was wonderful. I am sure we will return as it is a go-place for pre-theater dining.

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3.0Dined on March 15, 2018

I felt the menu was small and very over priced. $8 for a side of sweet potato fries. $16 for a "gourmet" grilled cheese sandwich. $16 for a pulled pork sandwich with chips. If the food had been spectacular, I would be less harsh, but the food we had was nothing special. I won't be back.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Great as always. One of my favorite in Mpls

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The service was outstanding, as usual. Our appetizer (mussels) and entrées (lamb shank and scallops) were outstanding also. Unfortunately, the dessert (carrot chiffon cake) was terrible -- dry and heavy, not light and moist as we were expecting. Our waitress handled it very well -- she took it off the bill and offered a replacement (we didn't take her up on a replacement).

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2.0Dined on March 8, 2018

I have been to the Nicollet Island Inn several times for brunch or drinks and always enjoyed the food and the setting along the River. This time three of us went for lunch. The server was excellent - friendly and efficient. However, the food was very disappointing and over priced. Perhaps it was what we ordered. Two of us ordered the chef's special - chicken pot pie. The dish was like thick soup and served in a soup bowl with a pastry crust floating on top. The dish was also unusually bland (even for chicken pot pie) and outrageously over priced at $16. The third diner ordered a similarly priced entree. We were not served bread or any other type of accompaniment. We did not have dessert but each of us had a cup of regular coffee that tasted a bit burnt. We each had an $11 glass of wine. The bill, before gratuity, was $103 including tax and MPLS SST Fee. I'm not usually one to complain but I thought this lunch bordered on awful. However, my companions were satisfied or at least said they were as they had come at my invitation. I remember enjoying brunch here but I will not be coming back for lunch.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

My wife had an amazing time here. Highly recommend it and will be returning soon. The lamb and scallops were amazing and our server was on top of it. We never felt neglected.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Absolutely lovely! Staff is very friendly, food is incredible and the atmosphere during breakfast/lunch time was perfect for a casual date.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We had the place to ourselves on a cold snowy night. Attentive service, delicious food. It was our first time there and we will definitly go back. Our table had a window view of the river.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Lovely with old school charm

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We loved the dining area. You could some of the city and also the old bridge over the river.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Anniversary

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Very disappointing ... food, service, and ambiance. Great building and location but that didn’t carry the experience.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We have come to celebrate most special occasions at the Inn because it is upscale dining in a very comfortable setting. I love that a small room can be used for small parties. Our guests were two college students who had never been to the NII before. Tres Leches french toast was divine and the mushroom gnocchi were excellent, too. Our server Joe was knowledgeable, congenial, and efficient. Thank you! And the bloody mary was so fine. See you again!

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Arrived for date night early dinner time reservation. Service was pleasant right from the beginning throughout the night. Crab cake appetizer was good. I had the prime rib special and wife had chicken Osso buco - she had soup and I had a wedge. Overall, better than average. The prime rib was above average. Decent portions for both meals. We ordered desert. We’re carrot cake fans, but what was served tasted like stale cinnamon cake. It didn’t really resemble carrot cake. They brought out a second piece - same deal. The raspberry sherbert was okay. Overall, for the price this is a once a year type location for us. It’s a unique venue and very relaxing despite it sharing the building with a hotel and with banquet rooms in the basement.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Always a pleasure to dine here. The ambience is the best. Quiet lovely setting with views out to the river and horse drawn carriage passing by. It is easy to have friendly conversation and gracious atmosphere. Food is traditional and usually quite good.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

loved the location and the privacy that the restaurant offered. Did not feel rushed at all

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Met my clients for lunch. They aren't from here and they loved the experience. I meet in the private dining room twice a month, so I am very familiar with The Inn. LOVE your food! Love the look and feel of The Inn. Thanks for consistently delivering a great experience.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Wonderful ambience. Reasonable prices.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Went here for Valentine's Day dinner with my partner and had the prix fixe special menu with wine pairings. Everything was prepared perfectly, the portions were just right, and we felt pampered. Lovely service, lovely atmosphere. We've been here before and have always been happy with our experiences.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Always a pleasant place for a meal. Food is always well prepared, attractively served and hot when delivered. There is generally a wide assortment of options on the menu so most any taste will be satisfied. There are several relaxing views of the Mississippi River available to make this a welcoming venue.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Valentine's Day - and our anniversary - falls on a Wednesday this year so we decided to celebrate 2 days early with a leisurely Sunday brunch at Nicollet Island Inn. We both got the 5-course brunch and the selections were incredible (the smoked salmon Benedict was hands-down the best Benedict we've ever eaten!). We loved having the time to sit and enjoy the beautiful view, each other's company, and the food without being rushed. Seriously, there are so few places that make you feel like a valued patron and respect the luxury of a paced meal. Thank you so much for another great meal - as always, we'll be back!

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

This is a mainstay spot of ours. Quiet, romantic, great views.
The food is very good although not a very creative menu.
This visit we had the filet and lobster. The filet was excellent, the lobster so-so.
The lamb shank was great.
We had brussel sprouts as an appetizer, although tasty, they were somewhat boring being just sauteed in butter.
Still one of my favorite romantic spots!

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

A favorite place with family and friends. Excellent food, superb service, lovely ambience.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Very special environment for an intimate dinner.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Always treated like royalty when a restaurant guest at the Inn. Food is always fabulous and the staff kind and attentive!

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