Nicollet Island Inn

4.6
2357 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Romantic
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
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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What 2357 People Are Saying
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4.6
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

I've been to the Nicollet Island Inn many times. This visit was one of the best--great food (duck), good service, quiet.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Great view of the Mississippi River and excellent food, wine and desserts. We liked it so much we came back the next night for dinner to try other menu items. So glad we did.

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

I really like the Inn--I always have. The food is delicious and priced well and you can have a comfortable conversation. I wish more people would come here again for the location, free parking and a place to talk. More restaurants should be like this.

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Food was very good but I thought a bit high in price

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

For what you’re spending - there are simply better options out there.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon. We had a delightful brunch with a lovely view on a beautiful day. The service was reserved, professional, and welcoming. The food was perfectly prepared. We each (3 of us) had the 3-course brunch - 1st course of yummy pastries for all of us, 2nd course of one quiche and two eggs Benedict, then 3rd course of one each of the sirloin bavette, shrimp risotto, & mushroom gnocchi, all with champagne. After brunch, we took a lovely walk around the island and over the bridges and all around the area to do some sightseeing. Highly recommended!!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

And excellent meal at a great location. The food was good and the service was crisp and unobtrusive. I had the summer fixed price menu and my wife had the walleye and both were excellent. We went on a Saturday night, which saw their dining room full but not overly noisy. The location is a gem - right on Nicollet Island and the historic building is well maintained. We look forward to returning.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

My husband and I came for our 28th wedding anniversary. We got engaged here and spent our wedding night. We having been trying to get back, but we live out of state and haven't been able to, but we were in town for a family gathering and came a day early so we could stay here. From the time you walk in everything is amazing! We went to the bar and had a few drinks and the bartender was Awesome!! We had dinner and breakfast in the dining room and the waitstaff and the food was above amazing! The place is quiet and relaxing as it's not a huge hotel. Thank you to everyone there as y'all made this a perfect anniversary for my husband and I. We will try to get back soon!!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

This was the highlight of our weekend. We hope to stay and dine with you again!

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Great food and service. Wonderful river views as well.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

This is our favorite special occasion restaurant. I had the lobster bruscetta and the walleye. They were perfectly prepared. My husband had the seasonal menu of an asparagus tart, a wonderful cut of steak and a chocolate mousse. He thought they were wonderful as well. Our waiter was knowledgeable and willing to guide us to some fantastic food. The GM stopped by to give us a touch of history. It was a beautiful night at a beautiful site.

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2.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The service was so slow! It took 45 minutes for us to order our drinks. The waitress upon presenting the check, told us that there was a problem in the kitchen. The waitress should have mentioned that much earlier in our dining experience. Additionally, the serving sizes are ridiculously small. I understand the concept of small plates but this was ridiculous.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We went for Sunday brunch. Excellent food and even better service. I can highly recommend the Nicollet Island Inn for everyday dining or special occasions. There was a bridal shower in a private room while we were there👍

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Rebecca was a wonderful server and the food was fantastic! Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a quiet and intimate experience to celebrate a special occasion. Thank you for an anniversary that my wife and I will always remember!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Very nice Mother’s Day! We even brought our toddler and they were happy to accommodate.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Beautiful ambiance and amazing food.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It was excellent for Mother’s Day brunch.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mothers Day. 2018. 5 course fixed at $48. Valet park. Sunny table. Good food but not memorable. A bit dated but good for mom. Needs outside dining

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Super service! thanks

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Mother’s Day

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Consistent in areas of exceptional service, fantastic menu, great seating with views of river, this place never performs in any aspect below a 5 star rating. Have been a patron for decades and will continue without question.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Good food! Nice dining space

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We were there to celebrate a birthday - the meal was outstanding, the onion soup was delicious, and my steak was perfect, couldn't have been better. One of my all time favorite places to eat , love the ambiance and the service is always wonderful.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

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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