Current Restaurant and Bar

3.8
179 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
CURRENT's menu is fresh, lively and healthy... along with a few items for splurging! We support locally owned, independently operated farms and businesses whenever possible.
CURRENT brings to you 100% natural or free range raised products only from farms using best practices and we strive to offer natural, organic and local produce and ingredients whenever possible. Our culinary team has a passion for scratch cooking and uses only the highest quality of fresh ingredients available. CURRENT cares about it's community and footprint and gives back a portion of proceeds to others in need in our community and around the world.
For full menu go to www.CURRENTrestaurant.com
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Sunday Breakfast/Brunch Menuy 9am - 2pm - regular menu 2-9pm
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Outdoor Patio open daily May - October
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Phone number
(651) 436-8883
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Marc Paavola
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Private party facilities
Reserve our top level of our restaurant for groups of 20-32 guests. Minimum food and beverage required.
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Private party contact
Dan Jarvis: (651) 436-8883
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Catering
Offering off-site catering for groups of 10-400 guests. Please contact our event coordinator at 651-436-8883 for all of your event planning needs.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Cty Road 21
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Parking details
Complimentary parking available at our restaurant and Afton House Inn hotel.
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Entertainment
Please visit our website for entertainment schedule.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 179 People Are Saying
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3.8based on recent ratings
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good choice. Best kept secret East of Twin Cities.

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved the free kids meals on Sunday! Thank you! Great service and food.

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PB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

My fruit bowl was only watermelon and honeydew. I could have accepted the lack of variety but the fruit was most the core of both the watermelon and honeydew. Almost completely white and inedible. Don't say the french toast comes with fruit compote if it's only blueberries. Say blueberry compote. The over easy egg on the hash was not runny. Completely hard. Soda was almost flat. Service was extremely slow. Waitress from the bar was nice. Wasn't her fault. Edamame was inedible. A huge bowl of teriyaki sauce (I think), didn't go well with the meal. Ate a couple. I thought the edamame would come without the pod. Pods were inedible with their hard tips still attached. Will not go here again.

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KB
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Extremely slow service. 60 minutes for appetizers and 1 hr 45 min for food.

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W
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Good food but every time we have gone to The Current the service has been very poor. Slow, inattentive service; disappointing because the food is good but we won’t be returning.

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s
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a great meal at Current. Fresh, flavorful & in fun small river town atmosphere

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RK
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We thought everything about Current was great! Nice location, great patio and patio seating. Service was good; the staff was very friendly and helpful. Good menu choices.

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C
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Family in town from Philadelphia. Had a wonderful lunch outside. Staff/bartender was great.

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Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mother’s Day Brunch

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UB
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Should be a little more open about brunch only. saw 2 other parties walk out. Staff over whelmed You cannot host, clear tables, and run to the kitchen. Food OK I guess we may as well gone to Swirl or the Afton Inn for the same buffet for a more enjoyable experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. The food was great as always. Always have the Spicy Chicken Drops and the Grape Brie flatbread. Service was great.

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CD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoy dining at the Currant. Due to the season, this weekend was not very busy, but during the boating season, it is hopping. The food was still great and the menu showed that some thought had went into it. Great gluten-free and locally sourced options.

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SK
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for Friday fish and chips. The fries were in a cute little basket and very fresh crispy on the outside and tender. The fish was nice and meaty with the light coating on the outside very good. All in all it was a wonderful meal and a beautiful location.

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CB
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I've eaten here for both brunch and dinner now and I've been amazed both times.

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GE
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, great food, very relaxing and comfortable. Wonderful menu selection but a little pricey overall. Would recommend to friends with warning its a little high priced but very nice place. Will go back again.

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Badly outdated dining area, in need of paint and upgrades through out. The food was subpar given higher priced menus.

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful menu! Everything that came out of the kitchen was a winner. The guacamole wontons with spicy strawberry dipping sauce was great as was their Margarita flat bread pizza. Best crust and sauce around. Also had the grilled chicken salad with berries and candied pistachios which was fresh and light. Polished the lunch off with warm peach cobbler. Incredible!

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Nice beer and wine selection. We will be back.

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Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all had great meals! The short ribs were fabulous!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thought we would try something new, and Current was the placed we picked. The Staff was great and everyone enjoyed what they ordered. We for sure will visit again in the future.

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great for families with kids!

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great spot...menu was full of great selections! Our table tried several appetizers, flatbreads and sandwiches and everyone loved it. The wontons were a favorite of the whole table!

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a nice meal with my husband. The Pho was awesome...it took a little longer but it was worth the wait. Our waitress was upbeat and bubbly, and she was stopping by periodically to refill our drinks and checking on how we liking our food. it was a nice visit. We will be going back.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had gone online to find a restaurant with a good patio where my husband and I could celebrate our anniversary and Current was on the list. The review said the patio was along the St. Croix river. Technically I guess you could say that's true (and it wasn't the restaurant that said that - it was in a newspaper article) but you couldn't actually see the river from the patio. So, that was a bit disappointing. But, the food was delicious and we had a great time. We'll definitely go back!

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Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grape & Brie flatbread keeps us coming back!! Excellent service, food selections and quality as always. A gem with great outdoors seating close to the river. Servers were and are always extremely pleasant, friendly and menu knowledgable. A continuing favorite especially when boating on the St Croix river. Easy boat parking. Thanks

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

This restaurant did not take Open Table reservations even though our seating was confirmed by the app.

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Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Honestly I was a bit disappointed. I made reservations for a Mother's Day diner for my parents and family. When I booked the reservation it did not state anywhere they would only be serving appetizers. At this point it was about 630 in the evening on Mother's day and knew we wouldn't get in anywhere else. We would not have booked if we would have known they didn't have a full menu. The waitress was nice, however she forgot to bring out two of our flat breads we ordered. Once we realized they weren't coming we asked about them and had decided it was too far into the diner and for her not to bother. Then we were charged for said flat breads. We had to ask for plates, silverware, and straws- on separate occasions. It was very disappointing as it was for a Mother's day celebration, I would not go again for a special occasion.

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s
Minneapolis
115 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

A nice, tasty lunch after hiking at Afton State Park.

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SK
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had Friday night fish and chips. It was very good. They had the option of all you can eat or just a single portion. Was very family friendly and comfortable. A warm and inviting local find with good food and drinks. We're looking forward to trying some of the other things on the menu as well.

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m
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Tried Current for a family meal, including a 10-year old, a couple teens, 40/50 year olds and grandma in her 70s. Excellent options for everyone. Seafood (clams, mussels, salmon) were all prepared well and very tasty. Delicious pastas, and steak was a perfect medium-rare for my daughter. Shrimp flatbread was so-so, but it's flatbread so expectation wasn't terribly high! Friendly service. We were seated in the "upper room" and it was awkwardly dim (like a dark pub), but could be easily solved with a couple votive candles. Overall recommended, and I'd argue definitely worth the drive to Afton - especially in the summer!

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant, went there for brunch on New Years Day and was very pleased. Hidden gem in the east metro

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AJ
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I always enjoy Current. This was our first time here for brunch. It took about 10 min to get our drinks after we ordered and it was not busy at all. Fair service for not being busy.

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our server was great. He had good recommendations and was friendly but not overly. Food was delicious.

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SM
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The fondue dish was not that good the cheese was more like a paste. Seems like it was not hot enough.

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Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent food!

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food and drinks. A very full night, the servers were very busy but did their best to stay on top of things.

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s
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great choice! Love this Afton gem. Great service, fantastic food.

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C
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

My husband and I went to dinner with another couple. We had a wonderful time - mostly due to the fact we love each others company so much. Please don't get me wrong, we like this restaurant and my husband and I will occasionally go back again but the kitchen was way to slow. This has happened before. I believe it took about an hour for our dinner to arrive. I'm not going to label this as; "The service was slow," because from watching other tables, it was clear the problem was in the kitchen. When our dinner arrived it was very good. Please do something to elevate this lag in the dining experience. Maybe have the waiter acknowledge that the kitchen got backed up, offer a small appetizer or something. It's a shame, but most people we know would not go back.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I took my Mother to The Current for Mother's Day. We had a wonderful time. It was a beautiful day and we sat outside with a view of the marina . The staff was friendly and courteous. We had the salad with salmon and it was cooked delicious. My only "complaint" would be that the service was a little slow, however they only had one server working at the time we were there and she was new. She did an amazing job though and kept a smile on her face the entire time.

The price point was a little high, however it was the two glasses of wine that were priced high. Next time , we skip the wine and just order food. If you do that the prices are pretty reasonable.

I definitely will go back.

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E
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is our go to stop for a low key date night. Burgers and salads great. Entrees yummy if you want to get a full meal. Staff usually great- they were a little overwhelmed on Valentine's Day.

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