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About Nicollet Island Inn

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.

95 Merriam
Minneapolis, MN 55401
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary French, Mediterranean

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

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(612) 331-1800

Website:
http://www.nicolletislandinn.com/

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

Parking Details:
Complimentary parking for guests of the Nicollet Island Inn.

Public Transit:
Bus Stop

Executive Chef:
Noah Balow

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

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.

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.

Nicollet Island Inn Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

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Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (61)
Special Occasion (52)
Quiet Conversation (49)
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Good for Anniversaries (48)
Romantic (47)
Good for a Date (41)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Cozy (37)
Waterfront (35)
Neighborhood Gem (26)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Great for Lunch (19)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Great for Brunch (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Business Meals (15)
Afternoon Tea (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Authentic (10)
Seasonal (10)
Afternoon Coffee (9)
Fun (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Healthy (6)
Casual (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
People Watching (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Organic (2)
Hot Spot (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 2 days ago

Very special environment for an intimate dinner.

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·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 3 days ago

Lobsterfest was outstanding, especially the Lobster Thermidor.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

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

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View
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·Dined 7 days ago

The food was very good and the service was excellent. It is a very beautiful place to eat; the atmosphere is great.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 9, 2018

We have been to the Lobster Fest for years and enjoyed trying new items. The service was wonderful and 4 of the 5 courses were very tasty. However, the main entree was not up to previous standards.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 9, 2018

First dining inside the restaurant and it was great. Our first time to the lobster week celebration so we thoroughly enjoyed the different courses of the meal.

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·Dined on January 8, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the relaxing environment. Our waiter was efficient and humorous. The Christmas decorations were still up and were beautiful.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

My wife and I went with our friends to Lobster week, a 5 course lobster dinner with wine pairings in each course. I had messed up the reservation and they quickly were able to accommodate us in spite of my mistake. The lobster mousse appetizer was something out of this world. The wines were all very good and beautifully complimented each dish. The beautifully restored historic building was filled with delightful details and antiques. It was a 3 hour escape right next to down town. We had a fantastic evening, good food, good wine and old friends is a combination is really hard to beat and the setting was perfect.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 8, 2018

We were there for The Lobster Soecial. It was lovely and the food was excellent. They do it annually in January; don’t miss it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great food service and views. Tasting menu is a great idea for Sunday brunch.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We had a delicious lobster dinner at a quiet table on a busy evening. We look forward to coming back.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 6, 2018

This was a special birthday dinner, taking advantage of the coincidence of my birthday falling within Lobster Week. The food was truly spectacular and the wine pairings, inspired. My one tiny quibble is that the lobster thermidor had cooled down perhaps too much by the time it arrived at the table, but this factor was more than offset by the patient and knowledgeable waiter who made the meal such a delight by letting us in, fully, on what we were consuming. It was not just dinner. It was an education. We will be returning, and recommending to others for special occasions. This is not inexpensive dining, but it is high-value dining.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Went for Lobster Week (with wine pairings)...the food was delicious, the pre-dinner cocktails was good, the wines paired with each course were phenomenal choices (especially the sparkling Rose, it just delighted with the course it was paired with). Service was attentive, even though the restaurant was busy. We enjoyed our experience thoroughly. Had never eaten there...so was surprised by the lovely ambiance (still decorated with tasteful white holiday lights) of the historic building...

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Nice ambiance..great food..service was ok but could be better

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We came for the lobster week and we were mildly disappointed. The second course was tasteless but the rest was good. The lobster thermadore portion was very small. Also, when I signed up for the Lobster Week I had no idea that tax was not included and were we surprised when the wait person delivered the check. We invited another couple and needless to say I was embarrassed. That should be clearly stated when you sign up for this special We do frequent Nicollet Island Inn a couple times a year and the food is normally excellent and service superb.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Atmosphere was great, as always
Food good not fantastic

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The lobster week menu was terrific. I loved the mousse and it’s fun presentation although it could have stood more seasoning
Wine pairings were outstanding and of course the setting and cozy ambiance on a desperately cold night was so wonderful

Tags: Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We were there for the Lobster Fest. The setting, ambiance, food quality, and service are outstanding. The portion sizes, however, are small. I left the restaurant still feeling hungry. Even my wife felt that she would have liked and expected more.

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We celebrated our 30th Anniversary at Nicollet Island Inn. We wanted to go somewhere out of the ordinary, and did we hit this one out of the park. We ordered the chef's tasting dinner with wine pairings and could not have been more pleased.

Everyone was so nice, and new when to check in and when not when we were in conversation.

We will definitely be back.

Thanks again to Corey and Todd for making the night special.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 1, 2018

A once notable option is now just nostalgic. The scallops and risotto dish was gritty and under cooked. The gnocchi was good but nothing special for the price. And you can skip the chocolate mouse and mix Hersey powder and whip cream at home for the same effect. Over all it was the company that made the dinner.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The service was great and the view of the river was nice. My steak was good but the crab and noodles was not very good to much spice you could not taste the crab.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We went to NII for early dinner on New Years Eve. The setting is so lovely; it was a cozy place to be on a cold evening. The service was excellent. The menu, as we expected, was limited. One of us had scallops, another prime rib. Both were good, not memorable, possibly because we started with the fromage plate so were not really hungry.
We will return.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I always enjoy dining at the NIcollet Island Inn.
Delicious food, friendly staff, and calm conversations are most enjoyable.

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Tea, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Coffee, Waterfront, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Cozy, Great for Brunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great atmosphere and service. Food is incredible. Great value for the money. We will be back.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food and service made brunch a great experience. We will be back again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had a wonderful waitress. She was so attentive and even gave us Champaign to toast my birthday

Tags: Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Wonderful dinner with excellent service, delicious food and delightful experience.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 25, 2017

This was my second time having Christmas Day dinner at Nicollet Island Inn. Both times, the valet attendants were very unprofessional. The parking lot is the size of a postage stamp, yet the valets insisted on parking my vehicle. I didn't want them to and one of them actually started to step in front of my vehicle to block it. Both last year and this year they hassled me unrelentlessly but I was eventually able to park my own vehicle. This year, however, the second valet stepped in front of me as soon as I got out of my car and blocked me from going into the restaurant. Mind you, it was below zero temps. He insisted on taking my key fob. When I told him he wasn't going to get it, he eventually moved out of the way but stayed beside me, hassling me the whole way to the door. His parting comment was, "Excuuuse me for explaining the policy!" When I went inside, I attempted to complain to the manager, who only said, "I'm not a marionette; I can't control what they do." I thought about leaving but there weren't really any options on Christmas Day. I think they knew that and that only fueled their unprofessionalism. We were seated in a dark section of the restaurant where no holiday lights were turned on. The waitress shot us dirty looks every time she came to the table. We had to wait 30 minutes between each course. The food was good but there wasn't much to it for $200. The menu said 3 large scallops-mine were medium at best. The carrot cake dessert was more like a Minnesota dessert "bar" and had so many spices in it, I could hardly eat it. It was so small, it wasn't even as large as a credit card. Guess I should have complained abut the valet service AFTER my meal! Not worth it. Won't go back.

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

We had an amazing experience at the Nicollet Island Inn. The service was phenomenal, I proposed to my now fiance and they did a wonderful job bringing her the bouquet of flowers I requested and they were exited to take pictures for us. The food was amazing as well, the view was great, this is a very romantic restaurant. Highly recommend coming here! Thank you Nicollet Island Inn.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fun, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Did the tasting menu which was amazing. Especially with the wine pairing!! Highly recommended.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Nice ambiance, attentive staff, easy but elegant dining, good food. Waitress was a bit brusque, viewing her other tables while taking our order, as if our desires were not uppermost on her mind at that moment.

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