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Nicollet Island Inn

4.5
2300 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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 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.
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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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What 2300 People Are Saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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IdentityCrisis (Columbus)
2.0  Dined 3 hours ago

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

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kcmickelson (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

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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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

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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vipTiffany (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined 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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vipsteve (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on February 11, 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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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Very special environment for an intimate dinner.

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TWeb (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined 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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vipLoisD (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

I was a little disappointed in the freshness/quality of the food and beverages selection. The coffee was weak, for my taste and there was no option for specialty coffees. Also, a couple of the pastries were dry as well as my dessert choice.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

We did the lobster fest .
Would not recommend it.First course was good but not even the tip of my finger of salmon,
Second course was scallops and cod with a sauce that you couldn't tell the difference which was which since it was in a dumpling form.
The sorbet was good.
The lobster was cut in half and that was what you got. The biggest part of it was a dressing of some sort and no chunks of lobster in it. The tail part was 3 bites but tasty.
Might try going there again and see what their menu food is like.
The waitress and waiter staff was awesome.
Love the atmosphere !

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

we went to nicollet inn for lobster week, and the meal was creative and very tasty. service was spot-on. was a great date/dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Lobsterfest was outstanding, especially the Lobster Thermidor.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

We went for Lobster Week and were disappointed. One of the courses that we enjoyed was cool in the center. One of the five "courses" was a small bit of sorbet. Not worth the visit.

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davee (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

As always, a wonderful time and wonderful food. They remembered us from previous visits and welcomed us warmly.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Lobster Week 5 course special was absolutely delicious. Service was prompt and friendly. Kudos to the chef, Gibson Wood, James Foote and Maddy.

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vipSpelly (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Salmon salad does not disappoint! It’s always just perfect.
Nic’s burger was very tasty and the sweet potato fries are the best we’ve had.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
1.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

The lobster week vouchers were a horrible value. The food was disappointing and we joked that the lobster must have been caught/purchased in December when they decided to advertise lobster week- it smelled fishy and the texture was not that of fresh lobster.

The server offered more bread with each course which was the only thing you could get any amount of full from.

What is odd and makes you leave with a further sense of regret for buying lobster week vouchers, are that the Nicollet Island Inn advertise a “full price” to make you feel like you are getting a value online by buying the discounted voucher, however there doesn’t appear to be any way to order the lobster course besides the voucher. When we arrived a manager was handling an unhappy customer who showed up wanting lobster week but hadn’t purchased the voucher.

Lobster week “full price” would be insane. The voucher price wasn’t even a good value for what it included.

The kicker is that they then charge you tax based on the fictional “full price” so the bill ends up much more than you would expect.

The only things we enjoyed were the wine pairings. All of the French wines included were wonderful.

Sadly we made a later reservation at Young Joni during our meal at the Nicollet Island Inn, and headed there for some fresh market fish afterward.

Thumbs down- first and last dinner experience here. Do not go here for seafood at least.

And shame on the owners for the scammy voucher pricing.

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MikeCz (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on January 10, 2018

Classy upscale restaurant that's OK with jeans. Excellent food and service in an old-fashioned unique building.

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vipTeeps (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on January 10, 2018

Lobster Bruschetta a great starter. Aside from a fisherman's shore lunch, the walleye entrée is consistently the best walleye I have ever eaten. The only subpar elements are very weak, tasteless coffee and average desert offerings.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on January 10, 2018

It was good. Grilled cheese bread and bacon was hard. Could not eat the bacon.

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