Don Raul

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67 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Don Raul is the eccentric uncle you wish you had. Hardened by many years of hard work and worldwide travels, he always has an interesting story to tell and a great drink to share it over. He's traditional and old world. He can tell you about your ancestors, and be modern and fly. He knows what molecular gastronomy is and uber's on the weekend . He is the authority on a great plate of food. We want the restaurant to make you think of the Don Raul you've met, and if you haven't met Don Raul in your journey, come on in. The food will change, but the great experience is a constant.
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CL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was interesting and excellent. Every small plate we ordered had unique flavors that we really enjoyed. Our server was great, very knowledgeable about the food and made some great recommendations. The only negative happened up our arrival. We had a reservation and went we arrived at the host stand, the host did not smile, did not make eye contact, did not greet us, yawned and eventually just asked if we had a reservation. We were seated very near her during dinner and noticed her leaning on to the counter where the cooks were placing food, her hands and chin on the counter. She looked bored and was always looking at her phone. Very unprofessional for a restaurant with this caliber of food. The initial experience could have been much better. Still, I'd recommend it for the food!

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KB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! Our service was great and the red Mexican wine was the best I’ve ever tasted!

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m
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous weekend dinner! Certainly better than average. Super fun on a date or with friends. The small plates are incredible, very creative and delicious. Excellent service.

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TB
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hector Ruiz and team have created another fantastic restaurant. Don Raul is a small space that packs a big punch. Excellent food (I have gone twice and tried 8 items from the menu-all top notch-Nopales, Ceviche, and Lubina are my favorites so far), excellent service (by Hector and some of his family members on some nights), good wine/beer selection. The patio space is well done also. The only thing Don Raul is missing is a full liquor license so Hector and team can create craft cocktails with tequila, mexcal, etc. That may be coming in the fall of 2019. You will not regret going to Don Raul.

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AS
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What another great restaurant in Minneapolis. Food is scrumptious and the service is outstanding. A real gem!

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k
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening! Our second time there. The food was fabulous, as was the service. We'll definitely be going back!

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CB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the food and the experience but found the servings, one apiece, to be a bit skimpy. No bread came with the meal either. If we had ordered a fifth serving to share, that would have been better, but I am used to ordering one entree per person and that being enough and enough cost too.

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BL
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

An elegant neighborhood restaurant that delivers interesting and tasty food in a pleasant space, good service too. The food is small plates and 3 or 4 entrees are ample for 2. Nice wine selection too. Tables are not jammed together which is nice, also a small patio not on the street.

Highly recommend for a fun meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Excellent flavors and combination of flavors. Unique food items combined with great sauces. Lamb shank is the best!!!!!!!!!!

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent venue overall

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BB
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We love this place. The food is exceptional. Very interesting combinations. Always the freshest ingredients. The chefs are amazing. Service is great.

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MB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Food was wonderful. Very flavorful and eclectic dishes. Scallops were cooked perfectly and seasoned nicely. Duck tacos were also excellent. Service was very confused and brought food to wrong tables and more than once to some tables. I think the wait staff has some kinks to work out as the restaurant is still very new. If they can work out the service kinks it has the potential to be a great restaurant as the food is amazing.

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LK
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual, his food and service were wonderful, however, I think the space could us some work.... window shades on the west facing windows and maybe three less tables

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f
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, each plate is a different culinary journey. Superb flavors paired with an unforgettable experience. Definitely coming back!

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DK
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was good, but it was very hot in the room and a sticky evening.

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T
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoy Cafe Ena so we'll say that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Outstanding small plates. Very nice by-the-glass wine list. Service is spot-on (Thanks Tim!).

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been there twice and are working our way through the entire menu. So far everything has been outstanding. Our server both times was Tim who is knowledgeable and friendly. Great local dining option.

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L
Minneapolis
45 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual Hector has outdone himself with his latest restaurant. All the small plates we ordered were great. The wait staff even gave us one on the house. It is a little on the expensive side.

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FP
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Liked the small space and the service was attentive. The food was well presented and tasty. Just a bit expensive for the fare overall. Wine suggestions were very good.

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LT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous wine list, the food was delicious and our waiter was outstanding!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Service was great very knowledgeable and friendly, prices were a little high for the small portions, it is a tapas style menu but the prices are more like a full size portion. The patio is nice but some flowers or something was missing.

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AA
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food is good but not great. A bit too expensive for the quality level

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KC
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the evening The food was interesting and creative and beautiful to the eye. We had the cervice and the duck tacos, both delightful and are eager to come back to try several other dishes. Even though the room is small it was not noisy and we could carry on a conversation with ease. Darrell, our waiter was very accommodating and knowledgable about the food. Would be nice to have a house wine by the glass more moderately priced. All in all a great experience

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic dinner for my husband’s birthday. We split 4 dishes, which was perfect for us.

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RS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife and I shared 3 dishes. Two, the Langostino and ceviche were among the best dishes I’ve had in the Twin Cities and I’m a meat eater. The 3rd was a meat dish which I can’t recall the name of but it was very good too.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service like all of hectors restaurants...

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is spectacular if you like fusion food this is great just remember the plates are small i think I ended up trying at least 3 items which was fun to do

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m
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was outstanding. Mixed service - our server was not all that attentive at first, but eventually was on point. Weirdly casual tome to the service from our server; not poor, just didn't fit the ambiance or the way other servers/hostess seemed to be.

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BO
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very interesting menu. We enjoyed sharing 4 dishes plus a dessert. All were well prepared and delivered with a good explanation of the dish. We look forward to dining here again!

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S
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food. Great service. Nice wine list. Can't wait to use the cute patio!

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DS
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Group of 4 ordered 8 food and 2 dessert items and shared. All were delicious with favs being the tomate frito, langosta, tacos de pato and the pato dish. Yum!

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OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic, flavorful small plates.

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KB
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don Raul 49 was an incredible surprise. The food was extraordinary. Darryl our server, was a delight. He knew the menu and made excellent suggestions. The sea bass was some of the best I have had. I highly recommend it, and will return soon!

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CD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Beautiful food and friendly staff

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t
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We decided to try Don Raul for the first time on Mother's Day and it did not disappoint. What a great find! The food and service are great, so we will definitely be back (especially because we live only a few blocks away).

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PW
Tampa
30 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The tapas are pricey, but when you look at the quality and unique mixture of flavors it is worth the experience. The mole sauce is wonderful and delicate, not heavy as tasted in some Mexican dishes. You must try the lamb chops! They were in incredible!!!! I would appreciate the beer list upgrading a bit to include Belgium style or a small variety of craft beers. All in all we had a very satisfying and fun experience.

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ML
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I would definitely recommend Don Raul's. The service was excellent and the food was interesting and quite good. I would like to return and try some tapas that we didn't try the first time. I would love to see a salad choice added to the menu as I personally missed having some greens. Our waiter Darrel was so personable, informative and was available to give us information and help with whatever we needed. He encouraged us to try one of the Mexican wines and I had the Cabernet which was quite nice with our meal.

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T
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an overall great experience at Don Raul, the tacos and scallops very my favorites. Very good wine list, we enjoyed a white wine from Mexico. The service was excellent. The noise level was moderate. The food came quickly, we had 3 dishes which seemed like the perfect amount. We'll be back. I do hope they open the outside seating soon.

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n
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was outstanding, service was excellent, elbow-to-elbow with the people next to you...but that's part of the charm. Definitely a "must go"... but not a regular neighborhood "go to" because of the $$$.

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BB
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food! The only issue we had was a 30 minute wait, even though we had a reservation. Perhaps they will smooth out this type of issue once they are open a bit longer. There's no place to sit and wait (or even get out of the way) and have a glass of wine, so it's awkward. We felt we couldn't order a glass of wine while waiting because there was hardly enough space to stand. Once we were seated, our server was attentive and could "feel" our frustration. He quickly worked hard to bring our wine and the various items we ordered. Overall we loved it! We will definitely return and have already recommended Don Raul to our friends

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