Nicollet Island Inn

4.6
2934 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 2934 people are saying
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KatherineG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Lovely to be outdoors on a nice night! A little noisy from traffic but otherwise a nice space. Probably time to spiff up the seat cushions, which seemed worn. I also think the menu lacks interest: it was more an indoor dinner menu with heavier fare than a cafe menu. We had a hard time finding anything to eat - looking around, lots of people were ordering hamburgers so I think it was a common problem? One waiter serving everyone, which wasn’t enough. He didn’t seem to know the menu very well.

I’d love to see the Inn rejuvenated.

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JudyB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a memorable experience! Very attentive & professional service staff, appreciated his recommendations about the menu.

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vipbgust615
Minneapolis
108 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food & service in a beautiful romantic atmosphere

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jodoig
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dan was probably the best waiter that I have ever had and made our evening wonderful!

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LindaO
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall all was good
Waiter charged us for3 desserts when we ordered one
Waiter was marginal

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vipBigmak
Denver
32 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Lovely room. Brad a great bartender! Sadly hair in our first course, salad took the positive ambience and converted the overall experience to moderate. Surprised that we were asked if we wanted salad replaced!

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vipAVDH
Minneapolis
58 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food took over 40 minutes from time ordered and they weren’t that busy.

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paulS
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food has improved over the years. Service and drinks are good. Very old school style in a good way. Bar attached to the restaurant. Faces the east bank on the Mississippi. Very beautiful. My only complaint would be it’s charging 5 star prices for a 4 star restaurant. But I keep going back. Very cozy restaurant.

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BobH
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great Food and Service! A beautiful evening out to celebrate our Anniversary. Topped it off with a horse drawn carriage ride from the Hitching Company.

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vipHunch
Minneapolis
38 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a quiet lunch with friends. Food and service was excellent

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vipKatharineN
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

It was a weird vibe. We had reserved an outdoor table and were told at check in the patio had been overtaken by bees. I may have rescheduled has someone called me. None of the staff were wearing masks. Also weird since the restaurant is in Minneapolis. I asked the host about not wearing masks as I was surprised because we had just come from the Van Gogh Immersive experience a couple miles away and masks were mandatory. The host shared that the clientele for the restaurant are very rude when masks are worn. Our food was awesome, and the unmasked server and table busser were very nice. I don’t think I will return again though - made for a stranger and less fun day than I had planned for especially balancing the safety surrounding our under 12 year old children. Other more comfortable options in town.

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AllisonL
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views of the area, great food and service.

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Inipiman
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. We were celebrating our 51st wedding anniversary and were treated to a 1/2 glass of complimentary champagne. Our food was excellent and the service was wonderful. We will return.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sat on their patio with our 15 month old son. It was lovely!

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RichG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took an out-of-town friend here because we wanted someplace quiet with good food and a nice ambiance so we could have good conversation. We were not disappointed. Our friend was very impressed and complimentary of our choice. The service was friendly and professional, the food excellent and the atmosphere perfect.

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vipHEIDIANNE
Naples
65 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meals. Waygu Tagliatelle melted in your mouth. Breaded walleye had just the right amount of breading and the fish was thick. The Waygu skirt steak could use a starch with all the vegetables. Portions are very large. Service was top notch and the view of the River was so relaxing.

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vipquickdraw
Minneapolis
32 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent waiter and well prepared food. Ordered from the bar, which was also excellent. Always a soothing, pleasant environment!

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LisaB
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebrated my husband’s 50th birthday. The waitstaff was friendly and service was good. We enjoyed the food which was very tasty and delicious. I would recommend this place to celebrate a special occasion.

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vipSalli
South Dakota
16 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Seabass ever.

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vipplmk
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was

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mickz
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hadn’t been here for years but was nit disappointed. Same old wonderful food with great service

Only downside is the lack of distancing between patron tables, since it wasn’t ghat busy and no masks worn by servers.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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vipShannonP
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic brunch!

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BrendaS
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant experience. Our server, Denise R., was especially attentive, and the food was superb.

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vipLarryB
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely gorgeous setting and fabulous meal and beverages. A wonderful experience from start to finish, will definitely be coming back soon

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TomT
New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had thr pork chop and wife had scallops. Both were delicious. Wait staff was excellent. We'll be back next time we're in Minneapolis for sure.

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JoyceB
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner on a very slow night at Nicollet Island Inn. The waiter was terrific - the food was delicious. Appreciated the wine perk for our anniversary. Couldn't have asked for a better evening.

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LauraT
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

I ordered the lobster roll. 4 small pieces of lobster on a hoagie bun for $27.00
Plate loaded with french fries. Terrible value.

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JayP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Historic, quaint, elegant, comfortable, welcoming.

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JosephS
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Minneapolis! Special props on bourbon selection.

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vipAfoodiesincebirth
Minneapolis
130 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Ah, a perfect Minnesota summer dinner! The walleye was expertly prepared, as were the accompanying green beans. We enjoyed sipping our rosé while we listened to the song of tree frogs on the outdoor patio.

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JimK
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great brunch. I had the corned beef hash, and the corned beef was excellent. The Bloody Mary was good, but could have used more flavor and heat.

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Atmosphere, ambience and service were first rate. Food was very good but short of excellent. Value was not great as we spent $65 on brunch for two.

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vipFaith
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. Generous portions. Terrific wine. Lovely ambiance.

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ernesth
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food, patient wait staff, noise levels for retirees and easy parking. What more could you ask for??

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vipFloyd
Austin
18 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an enjoyable experience! A true treasure!

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vipmichellem
Orlando
143 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined here prior to Covid. We were seated at a window table, nice view, our server was wonderful, pleasant and had a good sense of humor. The food was delicious, we were not rushed. It was our anniversary so at dessert, we were both given a glass of champagne on the house. Definitely return.

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beverlyo
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter made our evening with fine food suggestions and friendly conversation- great for these out of Towners!

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vipKonyaI
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food & service. Our experience from the moment we walked through the doors was amazing! Highly recommend.

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Bria
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Amazing food and ambience, the staff were quirky and obviously hit by the lack of servers in the industry as a whole. A lovely place to have brunch with friends all in all if you have the time and patience!

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 4.6 stars by 2934 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.