Nicollet Island Inn

4.7
2922 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 2922 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSuzyQ
Minneapolis
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Unfortunately, must say that our visit on Mother’s Day was disappointing. We have dined here for many years and have always enjoyed the food and ambiance. We were scrunched into a booth for 2 which only allowed a straight-on view of the river. Somewhat uncomfortable, especially since there was a table at the window which remained empty and then seated a couple 15 minutes before we left. Very annoying… I should have asked for that table but I foolishly assumed it was saved for a party of 4. Service was amiable and professional. Food was disappointing: First course included donut holes which were cold and stale paired with partially ripe strawberries without stems removed… hard to cut. Second course included French toast which was good and salmon Benedict which was excellent. Third course was soup or salad… we enjoyed the soup but it was no show stopper. Fourth course included seafood linguine or lamb chops or gnocchi. We had the lamb chops which were terribly over cooked and the linguine which had a large shrimp and a scallop, plus pieces of overcooked lobster. Although the seafood was reasonable, the sauce was watery and flavorless. Both were a real disappointment. Last was a dry and characterless cheesecake with blueberry compote. We each had a few bites and left the rest. Since it was a special day, we ordered a bottle of wine from a list which was barely adequate. So…. after all is said, we hope that the Inn can find its gastronomic footing in the future so diners can be treated to a special dining experience.

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RenyS
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We (3of us) celebrate Mother’s Day special 5 course meals, start with donuts, well donuts are dried can’t even use fork without scrambled then we had salads were very good, main course pasta with see food Not very impressive it looks like noodle soup! We were looking forward for the last one a surprise chef’s desert ... came out as cheesecake... none of us like cheesecake Really???overall very disappointed with meals fortunately the place is very nice and that’s all.

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vipDeborahK
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Mother’s Day brinch

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Sadi
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service5ambience5

We ate Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday May 9th. They were not ready for people who had made 9 am reservations and the food wasn’t good at all. It’s a beautiful place and our server was nice! The food for $65.00 per person totally not worth it. Manny’s or Murray’s steak house does a way better job and the food is delicious! Now we at least know!!

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MikeH
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stayed at the Inn and had a great 40th anniversary meal and stay. I've never seen Lobster Bisque Pot Pie on a menu and it didn't disappoint. My wife had the sea bass and really loved her choice also. I recommend staying and dining there any time.

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Deanna
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around excellent experience. Personable but not invasive service. Fantastic food!

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vipPlympat
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really enjoyed chatting with server, fun guy.

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KristiR
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great day for lunch on their patio by the river. Appetizer, salad, and entree were fantastic.

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retiredprofs
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding seafood dishes and a short, but spectacular dessert list. Several wine specials were a really good value. Service was, as always here, impeccable.

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Scout
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic celebration food, delicious! Very professional staff and a charming setting. We had a great time!

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vipLisaS
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just delicious, and perfect for a special lunch.

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paulS
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

we thought the food was fantastic. has been improving over the years. location, service and food was great. coffee was a little on the weak side.

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ManJan
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect place to celebrate our anniversary! Loved the food, awesome server and enjoyed the quiet atmosphere. The location was great to enjoy a nice walk before and after dinner!

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kittie
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a great experience! Beautiful. Amazing staff, terrific service

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Traditional
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tremendous view of the Mississippi River and fantastic food and service!

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vipJaney
Minneapolis
75 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were delighted to be back in this beautiful dining room.

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vipLeLu
Minneapolis
93 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about dining at the NII is unique from the decor to the view and the food. We enjoy their weekend brunch selection and especially the steak and lobster benedict combination, excellent. Service is attentive and cordial. Thanks to the Abdos for enhancing this Minneapolis historical site.

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BonnieR
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed the 5 course Easter dinner and service we had at Nicollet island inn.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We went for the pre fixe Easter Brunch and had a wonderful time! It was out first experience at the Nicollet Island Inn. Sweet ambience and very nice staff. We had an excellent brunch and plan to come back for a staycation in the near future!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Easter Brunch was delicious and served at appropriate intervals. The service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter brunch...amazing!

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ErinM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the world! Food is so good, fancy and not fancy options are all fantastic. They have gone above and beyond to make it safe for visitors. I felt more comfortable than any other restaurant I have been to in the last year. We even saw a beaver next to the water, dinner and a show! Make a reservation today!

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Ramberg
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect brunch. Wonderful menu and fantastic cocktails. The staff was great, perfect spot anytime of year.

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CindyR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We loved being inside this lovely restaurant after not being inside a restaurant for months. Cozy. Great food. Beautiful view.

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Patty
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

This elegant restaurant with beautiful views and wonderful service makes dining a delight!

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vipNonamw
Minneapolis
26 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NII is always a great place to eat. Wonderful setting, great service and great food!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, views, service, & food.

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vipPhieland
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food

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vipCaraF
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great Service and dinner at a historic place.

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vipMplsEater
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing server, and the entire service team was great. Food was perfect.

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JamesL
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love to celebrate our important events at the Nicollet Island Inn, from our wedding night to our (delayed) 30th anniversary. So happy we are able to enjoy your food and presentation.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view and friendly staff.

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LisaT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Visiting with an old friend and we were never pressured or rushed.

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vipcarolina
Minneapolis
28 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We had a wonderful attentive server she did a wonderful job, the restaurant is very charming but the food lacks creativity, there is bacon in the majority of the dishes, which is really over kill, this menu could also use a few vegetarian items.

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LauraC
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Excellent food our dinners were amazing! Beautiful setting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recognize the struggle of restaurants during the pandemic. We had not been out since last March with the exception of a very quick business dinner/meeting on the patio in June at W.A. Frost.

We have only recently (in the past few years) been coming to the Nicollet Island Inn, but I would have to say tonight was one of the more lovely experiences.

I do hope your business increases soon though, because we want you to thrive!

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Gribbs
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a great hidden gem inside our city. One of the few places with a view. Professional staff all around and great food served with nice touches.

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mitch
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent! One of the best restaurants in Minneapolis

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MarkG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Riggatoni was excellent. The bread services was not good...scorched and cold, but everything else was great! We'll be back.

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JayC
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We were there for restaurant week. We were hoping for a creative meal to be offered, especially since this was our first time at Nicollet Island Inn. Unfortunately there were no great selections offered with restaurant week. The ambiance was good, but the food was pedestrian. Not a great experience to remember. Disappointing.

FAQs

Nicollet Island Inn does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Nicollet Island Inn also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (612) 331-1800 ext. 1.

Nicollet Island Inn is rated 4.7 stars by 2922 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.