Bardo Minneapolis

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American
Bardo opened in August 2017 in the Northeast neighborhood of Minneapolis and draws its name from the transitional experience of rebirth in Tibetan Buddhism. We serve modern American cuisine – creative, precise, and seasonal food in a relaxed, yet elegant, setting.

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Private Dining

Bardo is available for private hire. We have a number of different options, from large parties to the entire restaurant. Please email angela@bardompls.com to inquire about options and availability.
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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bardo is my girlfriend and her family's favorite restaurant in Minneapolis. It is where they go when it's time for a celebration. This is my first experience. The entrees we all ate were expertly prepared and cooked to perfection: steak, duck, and fish. We will definitely be back.

OT
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our sixth or seventh time at Bardo. The food was simply outstanding: as good as any place in the Twin Cities or any major metropolitan area. The menu changes just enough to keep things interesting but the mainstays —like the homemade bread— are valued keepers. We drive about 15 miles to eat here, and we’d go twice a month if it were closer. I recommend it without qualification.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We were celebrating our 1st year anniversary. The hostess was nice and helped us find our seats. Food was good but salty and took a while. Server also took a long time to take our order and was slightly awkward. We asked for the leftovers to be boxed and they forgot to give us when we were leaving. The ambience is slightly dark and can get noisy. All in all, it was an expensive affair with little to remember. We won’t be going there again

DU
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Date night

Bardo Minneapolis
Responded on October 20, 2019

Thank you for spending you date night with us! We hope that your evening was splendid and that you dine with us again soon! Best wishes, Diamone Allen GM Bardo.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

My boyfriend and I went for a date night and had high expectations given reviews. They sat us in a nice booth with ample seating. We ordered two appetizers and two mains. Our appetizers came out quickly but after our plates were cleared, we then proceeded to wait 35-40 minutes for our entrees. During this time, nobody came by to ask if we were ok or to apologize for the wait. After this long period, we were getting hangry and finally waived over a waitress to ask about our food. She said she would check and then came back and apologized for the delay. It was clear that they had forgotten it. 10 minutes later, our entrees arrived but the lobster roe tagliatelle was missing any signs of lobster. Rather than wait again, we just ate our food.

The restaurant only apologized once for the delay and never apologized for the botched entree. They didn’t offer to comp the entree or offer a free dessert on the house. I understand mistakes happen but good service can make up for it. In this case, Bardo failed on the service front.

Bardo Minneapolis
Responded on October 20, 2019

We are so very sorry that your evening did not meet your expectations. I will be reaching out to you privately in an effort to gather a bit more detail, and as well to work towards finding a better solution for rendering exemplary service in the future. Diamone Allen GM Bardo

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RK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience4

We were excited to try Bardo and went to celebrate a birthday. After being seated we waited almost 10 min to a server, so by this time we figured out what we wanted to eat, as well as drink. We placed our order then saw two other tables get seated, attended too, and their drinks brought to them before we got our wine glasses. After this service was fine, but this was not a good first impression. Some plates, shrimp and grits, ricotta dessert and chocolate dessert, were wonderful; our entrees were fine - scallops and the lobster tagliatelle. Glad we tried it, it's not on our "must get back to" list.

DG
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary, our cocktails were both excellent, the wine list lovely. We shared several items for dinner and all of them were delightful. We will absolutely celebrate here again.

OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and setting (outside on terrace.) The sommelier was particularly helpful. Nice staff. Crisp service. Pleasant experience on a Sun night.

KS
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we first walked in I was immediately reminded of a place we ate at in Paris called Champagne and Canard. Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised to see foie gras and duck breast on the menu. I must say that both were better than what we had in Paris! So impressed by the ambiance of this place as well. The patio was a delightful place for a cocktail before our meal. The cold scallop salad was so flavorful and just the perfect amount before the main course. The Wagyu steak was also outstanding. The Aligot potatoes were a perfect complement and so incredibly delicious. The wine selection is second to none. This was the best dining experience we have had since our trip to Paris and would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves to eat great food. What a gem!

K
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent Service with very good food. Had Shrimp and Grits: A-; Scallops: A; Tagliatelle: A; Pork Belly: C. The first three items were delicious and unique. Heavy salt hand across all dishes. Pork Belly was a miss - lacked depth and texture. Portions are very, very small.

l
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful inventive food great service, although small portions for the price.

MM
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Menu is excellent; most main plates offered in half sizes. Great bartender; cocktails reasonably priced, wine a bit less so. We shared a great greens salad as well as mushrooms. We each ordered a different half sized main and I had an excellent food gras.
Restaurant was very busy on great patio due to amazing weather. Seems they may have been down one wait person, as service was a bit slow but otherwise good. Staff was knowledgeable about entire menu.
Seems like inside seating could be a bit noisy, but front of bar area is also quant and cosy. Definitively will return.

CP
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time to Bardo and we really enjoyed it both times. Service is excellent. Great recommendation for wine from the sommelier.

A
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have an amazing time here—so appreciate the sommeliers and the servers for hooking us up with perfection every.single.time. The food always has amazing flavor—it’s just sooo good!! We had salumi, pork belly, duck, aligot potatoes, diver scallops, and a gorgeous bottle of Borolo this last time. All fantastic!!

A
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bardo is consistently excellent. I love the menu -- so many good choices and always evolves with the seasons. I personally love the fact that you have the option to get smaller portions, as it makes it easy to mix and match a variety of dishes. The wait staff is always friendly, informative and thoughtful -- I appreciate that I can just order a selection of dishes and they will course it out perfectly. And of course the cocktails -- always interesting and so delicious. Fabulous food, lovely atmosphere, and excellent service -- Bardo is a real gem.

GH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Food, Had Great service. sat outside, it was a beautiful night and a pleasant dining experience.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Took too long and very expensive

A
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Menu is interesting and diverse - perhaps 5-10% overpriced, but basic execution errors on entrees, such as undercooked steak. Decor and outdoor space are charming.

TT
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The stuffed morel was incredible and the Trebbiano d’A bruzzo was a perfect pairing. The patio is fabulous!

LW
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was very personable!

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food did take a while, I asked for bill early and they rushed things along

TC
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Appreciate that food was served promptly, so we could make a show at the Orpheum on time.

Only issue was that we had wanted to sit outside, but weren’t able to and it looked like there were ample spaces. The secluded spot we were offered was a nice compromise.

JL
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We loved our main courses, but the dessert menu was surprisingly short—3 choices, one of which wasn’t sweet.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

DT
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is nothing I don't love about Bardo! The food the service the ambience, did I mention the food?

FG
Minneapolis
95 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been wanting to get into Bardo for quite some time, so when a last minute reso was available for a Friday evening, I took advantage of it. And I was not disappointed. We started out with their sparkling rose which was the perfect mix of sweet and dry. At our server's recommendation, we started with an amuse bouche - their morels stuffed with a guinea hen mousse. YUMMY and the perfect start for the evening. An order of their house bread with lavender honey butter was next. Still warm and fresh. Could have used a sharper knife to cut the bread rather than tearing it, but it was tasty nonetheless.

2 of our party ordered salads: one was the microgreen salad with carbonated grapefruit. The grapefruit lent a special freshness and brightness with the carbonation. The other salad was the beat and turnip. That friend is a fan of beets and said these were wonderful.

Dinner was the duck breast (always a favorite of mine), and the Wagyu steak. The duckbreast was cooked perfectly. The confit that came with it was a little chewy and the fava beans were scarce but perfectly cooked. But the sauce beneath the duck was splendid. And we ordered a side of the Alitot Potatoes which were some of the creamiest, tastiest mashed potatoes I've ever had. And as perfect as they were, they were even better when dragged through the sauce the duck was served with. And the wagyu was both tender and tasty. A big hit that would be ordered again.

The dessert menu is short, but if it is on the menu, don't get anything else but the meyer lemon sorbet with the rhubarb, olive oil and sea salt. It was amazing. We also tried the Harbison cheese, which was a nice finish as well, though it paired better with our rose than with the excellent cappuccinos we had.

Service was flawless and friendly. Fallon, our primary server was spot on with his recommendations. And Yessica, another server, offered excellent advice as well. And Sierra, our runner, was friendly, quick to deliver and remove!

GO!

TC
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The food was good. The service was a train wreck. After every table around us was getting their food and finishing, I had to find the host and object. Once the food arrived it was good, but I can get good food and great service together at a lot of other places.

BD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bardo staff was wonderful. They greeted our family and immediately brought us to our table. The service was spot on and the food was amazing. Highly recommend! We can’t wait to get back.

OT
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service, and aesthetics!

CW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Poor service, small portions and very highly priced.. presentation was very lovely and flavors were delightful.

k
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I was excited to check this place out. The service was amazing and the wine was delicious but the food was not great and way overpriced for the amount you got. I was disappointed as I had looked at the menu in advance and thought there appeared to be great options. The atmosphere was cool. Perhaps I’d go back just for a glass of wine and sit up at the bar!

D
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is just plain awesome!!! Highly recommend.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was cold and seemed to be a little overpriced

GL
Minneapolis
101 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think I would add Bardo to one of my favorites now... everything was a pleasant surprise and I'd love to return! We arrived early to partake in the bar HH before supper, who does that anymore on a Saturday night!? The bar was striking and beautiful, a great aesthetic addition! The bartenders were quick and attentive... while my cocktail was just ok, my bubbles were 3 glasses worth of excellent. Also convenient that they allowed us to add our bar tab onto supper, we left a nice tip before heading out.

Another nice surprise is they have these cute, see-thru geodesic dome tents to dine outside. Someone canceled so we got to enjoy! We lucked out on a "warm" night in the 30s... our feet were chilly but everything else was cozy and quiet, nice since it was extremely loud inside. Service was great out there and we highly recommend this place - scallops, shrimp & grits, duck and lamb were all excellent along with sides of kale and shrooms... can't wait to hit the bar on another chilly winter night or the patio this summer!

DT
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have been to Bardo several times and we keep going back for more. The food is excellent, we have had may of the entrees on the menu. This time we shared the cheesy grits and shrimp, a little sweet, savory and of course a little cheesy (delicious). Then we both had the duck and it was wonderful as well, no need to have the foie gras it's rich enough all by itself. They have a nice wine selection and the staff seems to be good at pairing a good wine with your food choice. We will go back again!

JR
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The restaurant is beautiful and the food was delicious however, I was surprised I was unable to secure a reservation later than 6:00 for our party of 3. When I arrived, I was the first diner in the entire restaurant and at the peak of the night the restaurant was no more than half full. Perhaps I should have called directly. The only other issue was the two female servers were extremely soft spoken and difficult to hear at times. You would think once someone in your party announces they are having trouble hearing the server, she might speak louder. They both seemed to have only one volume, quiet. The male host and wine sommelier was easy to hear.

ED
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Service was a little scattered, and food arrived tepid, although tasty. We pointed this out to waitperson, after eating it though, and the kitchen kindly comped us a delicious dessert.

C
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I ate here about a year ago and it was great, but went here recently and was very disappointed. The offerings were too ambitious/experimental and overpriced.

H
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience4

It almost killed me! I took one bite of thd scallops and burned my mouth with the chile. Took a bite of braised kale, inhaled the very heavy vinegar and had a coughing fit for five mins. (Had to wave off my friend from giving me Heimlich.) The three or four tasty morsels of the lamb were great (the small portion...$18...gives you two tiny lamb ribs.)

So, not going back for the food/value. But I would say it is a beautiful space and the waitstaff were truly wonderful. I could see going back for a cocktail (very creative) and a mild! snack.