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Piccolo - Permanently Closed

4.6
4.6
1609 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Piccolo presents a modern approach to dining by creating dishes moderate in portion size which we feel enhances the dining experience by allowing you more variety in taste while eating healthier.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 8:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Tuesday: closed

  • Phone number

    (612) 827-8111

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Doug Flicker

  • Private party facilities

    Piccolo is the ideal place for hosting intimate and impressive events for friends, family, and business colleagues. Piccolo can accommodate up to 39 guests for a private event. (Private back dining room for parties up to twelve, front dining room can be reserved for up to 24; and the entire restaurant reserved for parties up to 39.)During the weekdays, we charge a rental fee based on the space reserved. Rental fees range from $250 to $1,000 depending on the space requested.During the weekends, we do not charge for private dining space, but have reasonable food and beverage sales minimums based on the space requested. For private dining or room rentals, please visit the form page on our website: http://www.piccolompls.com/private-dining.html or send us a email at info@piccolompls.com.

  • Private party contact

    James Springer II: (612) 827-8111

  • Neighborhood

    South Minneapolis

  • Cross street

    43rd Street

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Metro Transit Route 4

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,609 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. F

    Foodforthought

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Talk about going out with the bang! We enjoyed the 5 course meal with wine pairings and every course was a sensation; so good I could have licked the dish. It's just a shame that this is Piccolo's final week week open. We can only hope the new restaurant will leave the same impression on us! Well done!
  2. h

    happydiner

    Minneapolis

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are so sad to see our favorite restaurant in the Twin Cities go but had a wonderful last meal.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    What a memorable treat. Our children sent a tasting menu certificate for my 75th birthday. With my wife and me each selecting a different choice for the five courses, we shared and enjoyed ten of the fifteen offerings. The kitchen staff created the edible art and the wait staff gracefully served and described our plates. Although as infrequent visitors to small plate restaurants, after reviewing the excellent tasting menu descriptions on the Piccolo website we had a very good idea of the food combinations we would experience - without knowing how they would look and taste. Most amazing, the textures and flavors and colors on the individual plates complemented each other without excessive spicing or difficult to handle pieces. (We sometimes have a challenge appreciating food that is overly flavored to make a signature statement.) As senior citizens we rarely eat after seven, yet a well-paced five-course meal after nine was comfortable and relaxing. We even got to park right in front of the restaurant, something that so rarely happens. We left with an appreciation of new tastes and a birthday card signed by the staff. All around very enjoyable and certainly memorable. Thanks to all.
  4. b

    bert

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    the tasting menu bites are small but very tasty and really good and plenty for a meal. go for the cauliflower soup, gnocchi, skirt steak for sure. I asked our waiter and his suggestions served us nicely!
  5. j

    jimo

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is unfortunate to see such a wonderful venue for a remarkable and memorable food experience closing on 3/11. We ate here only once, but it will be fondly remembered for a long, long time. We hope everyone adversely affected by the closing finds a suitable substitute for work and dining experiences. I think it may be hard to find.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks! Great meal as usual.
  7. OA

    OneAndDone

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2017

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We'd been wanting to try this restaurant for years and just never got around to it - finally decided to jump on it when we saw the restaurant was closing permanently soon. Pros: The ambiance of the place was very nice. And I was very impressed with the menu and the flavors that the chefs had put together. When I saw the menu, I was very excited. And the flavors didn't disappoint. The butter that comes with the bread - oh my goodness - heavenly. My cauliflower soup with crab was very nice, and the veal tenderloin with tuna conserva and egg ravioli, swiss chard, and reggiano - also very delicious. BUT- Cons: I'm sorry to say that we were disappointed. And perhaps it's partially our fault - we were expecting the food to be "small bites" but not "two bites". $15 for a 2 bites of veal and $17 for the skirt steak was disappointing. The service itself was initially nice, very pleasant - but it takes a very long time to dine there. We were there for 2 hours and didn't even eat something from all 5 categories of that evening's tasting menu. We'd ordered one soup and we 2 entrees. We'd have been there all night if we had eaten from the other 3 categories. The waitress tried to talk us into more, but when we saw the portion sizes of the meal, we said no. We also opted out of the $11 desserts which we knew would be about one bite (and went to get frozen yogurt instead!). Her demeanor changed when she realized we were done - her attention and pleasant nature immediately went to other tables and we felt like we were rushed out, as though our patronage was less than the nearby tables who were ordering more. Also, when we left, I wasn't even able to get out of my seat without having my torso brush against the plates of the table next to us - and I'm not a large person. Thankfully, they were gracious and understanding but I was embarrassed. If this place were staying open, I wouldn't go back. I'm happy we did get to try it once, but one and done is just fine with us.
  8. SH

    SofiaH

    Minneapolis

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had to make it in one more time before they close. Best of luck to those working there as they embark on new endeavors. Great and inventive food. Wonderful service.
  9. c

    cindy

    Minneapolis

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really sad to have this restaurant going away in March. Have truly enjoyed everything we have ever had here. Hope Doug Flicker's next stop is as phenomenal as this ways
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals that I have had in the Twin Cities!!!
  11. RT

    RandTB

    Minneapolis

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We wanted to try this restaurant out before it closed. We had heard good things about the food and the quiet atmosphere. It was wonderful to have to get to only choose one item out of three choices for each category. It made it so much easier for my wife. It was also wonderful to have the wine pairings.
  12. RM

    RayMN

    Minneapolis

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had not gotten around to visiting and wanted to try Piccolo before it closed - it was worth the trip. The wine pairing was nice and they pair the wine with the specific item not the course. The food was very good - the chowder, beef tartar, crab ravioli and duck were particularly good. The service is casual but very good and professional. Although it is fairly expensive and Tim McKee portions it really is not fine dining - better for foodies.
  13. JC

    JulieC

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing and interesting food. Try it before it's gone!
  14. M

    Mimi

    Minneapolis

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2017

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    First time to go to Picollo. Creative and unique dishes and presentation. But I must agree with the other reviewers that commented on the portion sizes. Small plates/tasting menu is one thing but OMG. This broke the record for petite, especially given the price paid for each dish. Everything was tasty with the exception of the first course salmon mousse which my husband said had a strong flavor. I realize they are closing soon, but if not this is a place I would consider one and done, interesting to try but not a place I would choose to return to.
  15. c

    cazzima

    Minneapolis

    63 reviews

    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Well sadly this wonderful restaurant is closing March 11, 2017. The food was WONDERFUL, and so glad we got in for Valentines Day. Thank you!!
  16. B

    Brian

    Minneapolis

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We've been meaning to try Piccolo for years and we finally did it for Valentine's Day after Chef Flicker announced they were closing. The food was delicious! Go before you can't.
  17. B

    Badfish

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2017

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Fish was overcooked and tasted incredibly fishy. Complained and was told hamachi is an aggressive fish. Several dishes were under salted. a few dishes were actually quite good, but didn't seem to be inspired and could be mailing it in because they are closing in March.
  18. N

    Nomz

    Minneapolis

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We will miss you piccolo. Truly fantastic all around. Thanks for eveything!
  19. N

    Nellie

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been fortunate to frequent this restaurant a few times a year throughout it's existence - from routine visits as well as wine tasting functions. We truly will miss this gem of a restaurant. Thanks to Doug and his excellent staff for creating a warm, friendly, and welcoming environment.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A truly outstanding restaurant. I am so glad I had the chance to eat here before it closes.
  21. m

    mceats

    Minneapolis

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2017

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I think maybe the hype I heard beforehand set me up for disappointment. But it was really, really slow service - took over 2 hours from start to finish. 20 minutes for anyone to even take our wine order. Food was good, but 2 bites (even for a tasting menu) is pretty tiny. For 2 of us to do the 5 course tasting menu with a bottle of wine was over $200. Plus tip. And you are literally on top of each other at the tables. The waiter clearing the table next to us actually brushed her butt up against our bottle of wine. Yum. Not worth it and if it was staying open - I would not go back.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great meal that allows you to try so many flavor profiles in one sitting! Small plate venue, so make sure you know what you are signing up for. Don't screw around...Just go with the sampler and the wine pairing. Food and wine is spot on so you can't go wrong. Staff is great! Very knowledgeable and excellent time management. You will never be in need, but not be interrupted either. It ain't cheap ,but menu is farm to table spectacular, and it did not disappoint. Menu changes, but squab was really outstanding. Beef tartare was deliciously rich and flavorful. Panna Cotta was fabulous. Make sure to get there before they close the doors.
  23. J

    Jimmy

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, outstanding service, from moment you enter. Food--the taste, the presentation--always delightful. They go above and beyond to help you celebrate special occasions. Will miss Piccolo, but look forward to Doug's new adventures!
  24. k

    kchar

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service, delicious food, perfect for a special date night. Love upscale food in relaxed atmosphere. Cheese plate was worth it and the squab/parsnip/black truffle hollandaise/huckleberry jam combo might be the most exquisite bite of food I have ever consumed! Bummer this place is closing, but so excited to visit Tenant when they open up later this year!
  25. S

    Seth

    Minneapolis

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic. Very professional service, but not pretentious.
  26. 2

    2bits

    Minneapolis

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    Too bad we waited until it announced it was closing.
  27. H

    Heather

    Minneapolis

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again, our dinner proved why Piccolo is our favorite restaurant in the Twin Cities. Went to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday and ate the entire menu...and then some. The service is (ALWAYS) awesome and the food is interesting and delicious. Please don't close!
  28. WF

    WellFedinmpls

    Minneapolis

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    This makes me so sad because Piccolo is closing. The food here is just amazing. We again opted for the 5 course tasting menu and the wine pairing. Salmon mousse, scrambled eggs/pigs feet, salsify, skirt steak and maple mousse dessert. Loved them all. You must go before this gem closes.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2017

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    It's too bad that it's closing in March. Be prepared for SMALL, but wonderfully tasty, plates that are not inexpensive. The presentation of the food & the servive is superb.
  30. B

    Blake

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, very sad to see them close in March. Go while you still can!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Each dish is painstakingly planned and executed...and delicious Staff is knowledgeable, attentive, and professional. Outstanding.
  32. D

    David

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2017

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding food and very good service, although a little over-priced. We are so glad we dined at Piccolo because we are big fans of Doug Flicker. We are sad that Piccolo is closing, but look forward to Doug's new creative efforts.
  33. p

    persephone

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2017

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    I'm so glad I gave this as a Christmas present to my daughter, who is a food geek! The experience was so enjoyable and smooth. The food was delicious, different and distinctly haught cuisine. We did the tasting menu, which encourages the shy to try more than a couple of things.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2017

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We tried this place as a birthday surprise for my girlfriend who always wanted to go.  She is an enthusiast for small plate dining, several courses, long meals, etc.  This seemed like it would be a good experience.  Unfortunately, everyone in our party was disappointed.  Here is why: The service was very slow between courses.  I think this was an attempt to get us to order more wine, as the waitress was aggressive in refilling our glasses and suggesting this.  I understand restaurants make tremendous profit on the wine, but she was unfriendly to us after she realized we were very moderate drinkers. The food portions, relative to the pricing, are very, very small.  We're talking literally about three bites for items that cost as much as $17.  I think pricewise, the "small" (miniscule?) plates should have been tripled in size, or the price reduced considerably.  After, when I told one of my friends who has been to Piccolo our experience, he chuckled, commenting, "I hope you ate beforehand!" I have dined in tapas/small plate restaurants all over the US, Mexico, southern Europe and the Middle East.  I honestly have never experienced such tiny portions, especially relative to the price.  I do think one of the main reasons people eat out is to be nutritionally fulfilled, and satisfied when the meal is finished.  Everyone in our party left hungry. The taste of the food is not extraordinary, yet the choices seem deliberately calculated to intimidate the guests:  there are no simple selections, such as beef or chicken.  We had to resort to googling before we were comfortable ordering.  Even so, the resulting combinations are unimpressive. For example, I had duck with some type of horseradish sauce.  The latter overwhelmed the taste of the game, perhaps because the meat was not very fresh.  Others in our party tried the lamb: it was overdone, tough, and hard to eat.   Piccolo has announced they are closing soon.  I think this is likely due to a lack of repeat customers.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous New Years Eve dinner -- 7 courses with a couple of additional surprises thrown in, and wine pairings that were wonderful. The Dungeness crab ravioli, aged squab and venison loin with celery root tart were particular standouts for me. And, as usual but in particular on this special night, the service was outstanding. Gonna miss this place real bad.
  36. d

    dmou

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a phenomenal experience - the food was exceptional, the service immaculate. My husband and I just happened to come here during a 24 hour layover in Minneapolis. We stumbled upon what has to be the best restaurant in Minneapolis! Such a pity they're closing in March, but we'll watch what the chef does next, for sure. If only he would come to LA!
  37. MA

    MAAAA

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful meal, every dish was a delight and the wine pairings were excellent.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top Three Restaurant in Twin Cities. The perennial eggs always delight. My friends loved the sturgeon and black cod. Just awesome all around.
  39. B

    Bobo

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We choose Piccolo to celebrate our birthdays every year. It's always offers the most knowledgeable staff and best flavours on the Twin Cities.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time and the food was wonderful. We thought if was a little to pricey but would recommend to friends.

FAQs

Piccolo - Permanently Closed is rated 4.6 stars by 1609 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    43rd Street

  • Neighborhood

    South Minneapolis

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 8:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Tuesday: closed

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Metro Transit Route 4

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Doug Flicker

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (612) 827-8111

  • Private party facilities

    Piccolo is the ideal place for hosting intimate and impressive events for friends, family, and business colleagues. Piccolo can accommodate up to 39 guests for a private event. (Private back dining room for parties up to twelve, front dining room can be reserved for up to 24; and the entire restaurant reserved for parties up to 39.)During the weekdays, we charge a rental fee based on the space reserved. Rental fees range from $250 to $1,000 depending on the space requested.During the weekends, we do not charge for private dining space, but have reasonable food and beverage sales minimums based on the space requested. For private dining or room rentals, please visit the form page on our website: http://www.piccolompls.com/private-dining.html or send us a email at info@piccolompls.com.

  • Private party contact

    James Springer II: (612) 827-8111

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