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Permanently Closed - Piccolo

4.6
1609 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 8:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Tuesday: closed
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Phone number
(612) 827-8111
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Doug Flicker
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
43rd Street
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Public transit
Metro Transit Route 4
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Special events & promotions
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
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.6  based on all time ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.1
ambience
4.0
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Foodforthought 
5.0  Dined on March 5, 2017

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!

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happydiner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on March 4, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on March 3, 2017

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.

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vipbert (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on March 2, 2017

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!

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jimo (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on March 1, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on March 1, 2017

Thanks! Great meal as usual.

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OneAndDone (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on March 1, 2017

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.

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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.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 26, 2017

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.

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cindy (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 23, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 23, 2017

One of the best meals that I have had in the Twin Cities!!!

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RandTB (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 19, 2017

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.

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RayMN (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2017

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

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vipMimi (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on February 15, 2017

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.

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cazzima (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

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!!

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Brian (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2017

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.

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Badfish (Minneapolis)
2.0  Dined on February 11, 2017

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.

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vipNomz (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2017

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

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vipNellie (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2017

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

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vipmceats (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on February 1, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2017

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!

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kchar (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2017

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2017

Everything was fantastic. Very professional service, but not pretentious.

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vip2bits (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on January 29, 2017

Too bad we waited until it announced it was closing.

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vipHeather (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

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!

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WellFedinmpls (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2017

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.

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vipBlake (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2017

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

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