Named "Best French Restaurant, populist vote" by Mpls St. Paul Magazine (CLICK HERE to see our menus), Barbette has also received "best of's" from local press for its late night dining, neighborhood night on sundays, desserts, wine list, date spot, music, and, of course, those French fries that accompany the steak frites. We use local and organic ingredients as often as possible, presenting beautiful food in a casual, eclectic, bistro atmosphere. We only book a percentage of our restaurant with reservations and hold tables for walk-ins on a daily basis. All walk-ins are seated on a first come first served basis. Barbette does not accept checks.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 11:00am
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
$30 and under
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Barbette features late night music on Wednesday and Sunday night, starting at 10pm. Click HERE.
for our music calendar!
Please contact the restaurant manager if you'd like Barbette to cater your next event!
Parking is available along the alley side of the parking lot behind the restaurant with the parking lot entrance on Irving. If the lot is full, there is off street parking available as well as metered parking on Lake Street.
Our intersection (Lake & Irving) is served by the 12, 17, and 114 bus lines. In addition, the Uptown Transit Station is located just 5 blocks away, servicing the following bus lines as well: 6, 21, 23, 53, 115.
There is also a Nice Ride MN bike station located at Lake & Humbolt, just 2 blocks from Barbette!
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Barbette Ratings and Reviews
Barbette is probably the most maddeningly inconsistent of the better-tier of restaurants we frequent a lot. Over the 18 years it has been open the food has never been less than decent, but sometimes for months on end, has been just outstanding. So we get excited, go more, and then get disappointed when it changes again. Lately, it's in a down-cycle and that is too bad. They've made a special out of risottos for several years, and when good, have been absolutely outstanding. The other night was the nadir of the current cycle, we hope - we sent one back and almost sent the other and would have except the bay scallops were tasty. No excuse for this, and our server knew it and was most apologetic.
So, at the moment, we love the place but it's best to stick to charcuterie, mussels, salad and steaks. The chicken entree suffers the same inconsistency as the risottos. Clearly, the kitchen needs a stronger hand overseeing the line cooks. And last, this place has always had one of the more interesting and reasonably-priced wine lists so unlike at many of our other regular spots, we don't bring our own and pay the corkage. Not so much now. Only one red at 30 or less...too bad. There are dozens and dozens of superb wines restaurants can buy from distributors at 10-15 dollars and still make a 100% profit while the diner keeps a reasonable tab. Neighborhood spots should have a large selection at or under 30 dollars and still make plenty of money. Most don't alas, yet I rarely see all those 50-70 dollar (and up) bottles being drunk! This is true everywhere in town right now. The local places
should check out the wine lists in Portland, Seattle, NY and SF....high-end fancy places, sure, makes sense to have all this expensive (and vastly overpriced) stuff. Places where you want to eat weekly? Silly.
So loud my husband couldn’t hear me talk throughout dinner. Asked our waiter what he recommended, he shrugged, thought about it and said that he has had the Burratta and Chicken. (Note that he didn’t “recommend” it. Ordered the Burratta which was strange. I had the chicken, my husband ordered the Salmon. Both underwhelming. Would we recommend (shrugs), nope!
I made a reservation, arrived at 10 mins before, subsequently seated outside- at the corner of the building in the full mid-morning sun. When I requested another table, I was denied because I was dining alone. Fully disappointed.
The espresso was nothing special, and the French toast was good, but a small portion without a side item. Lots of yellow jackets flying around the outdoor seating area.
I'll try somewhere else in Minneapolis for brunch next time I'm in town.
The service was good, however- friendly waitress.
unfortunately a couple problems.
The nicoise salad meant to be an entree for a vegetarian was on the small side and the coho salmon came undercooked which the kitchen fixed but then one of our people had to wait.
Also, a mouse ran across the floor. I've seen one before when sitting outside on the patio but this was indoors
Barbette's French toast on authentic baguette is the best in the Twin Cities. There was a bit too much blueberry compote for my liking, but the ft was cooked well and finished to perfection. Their fresh-squeezed orange juice is worth the splurge, but half a portion would be sufficient. It would be nice if they offered a better choice of veggie omelet and the toast was a tastier multi-grain. Barbette was nearly perfect: the food was not delivered when ready, and the coffee not as hot as we like it. I'd definitely try again, though, since the ambience is unique, and it's a peaceful atmosphere for conversation, in the early morning hours.
Met some friends for an early meal on Labor Day. We got there before brunch so it wasn't busy and we were able to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful weather! Our waitress was great...attentive but not too chatty. The four of us each had something different to eat and we all enjoyed our meals. I also enjoyed my Bloody Mary. :-) A cute little place with great outdoor seating...will definitely venture back another time, hopefully for the Prix Fixe meal for a date night.
We were celebrating our anniversary of our meeting. It was a lovely walk around the lake then a glass of wine on your sidewalk tables. We had to return to the scene! This time for dinner and drinks. Everything was wonderful! We will be back, and more often.
I've been dining at Barbette for many years and have always enjoyed the food and ambiance. I hadn't been to Barbette for awhile and during this visit I found the food to be uninspiring, the art to be lackluster, and the rest room facilities decrepit. In general the place needed to be cleaned. Very disappointing experience overall.
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