Esker Grove

4.6
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570 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
As a contemporary, casual restaurant, Esker Grove is a favorite destination in Minneapolis for lunch, Saturday and Sunday brunch, and dinner six nights a week. Esker Grove’s menu is thoughtfully designed around the seasons. The light-filled, 94-seat dining room and bar offer dishes created by James Beard–nominated chef Doug Flicker and are inspired by local farmers’ harvests, regional cheese artisans and protein purveyors of the highest quality. The 60-seat patio is surrounded by a grove of honey locust trees and boasts views of both the downtown skyline as well as the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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N
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I visited for brunch. The atmosphere is great. I'd recommend as a date spot or somewhere to grab a drink at the bar. It was very quiet in the morning and the abundance of natural light is wonderful. The view onto the sculpture garden is nice too. I didn't find the food to be anything special, average at best. I might have ordered the "wrong" thing. A friend had the Cobb salad and thought it was delicious. Service was great.

IT
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service were divine. I enjoyed the casual atmosphere but WAY too noisy. Not a relaxing dining experience to say the least. Perhaps on the patio in summer I’d enjoy it more.

r
Minneapolis
46 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

My husband & I made 7:30p reservations online. The restaurant was packed with people when we arrived, many attending a show at the Walker. After waiting for a table to open, we then immediately ordered a drink. The staff was so crazy busy we didn't get it until 8p. I just think they would have been much better off to manage the reservation times better. Don't book a 730 reservation if you cannot serve people at 730. The food was really outstanding. Highly recommend the endive salad and tuna crudo. We will give them another try but will check the show calendar 1st to make sure we don't get stuck in the theatre rush again.

EV
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fantastically prepared and innovative meals. Exceptional service.

Z
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

It’s very stupid of you to demand a minimum of 50 characters review b/c people don’t like to be told what to do....be smart...

JT
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went there for restaurant week with my girlfriend, and was not disappointed. Everything was so good. The vibe was nice, the food was good, the lighting made it more romantic, plus the seating by the window. It was perfect. The only con I would say was the creme brulee. The texture was more jello-y than custard. And you could really taste the egg. It wasn't as sweet was we thought it was supposed to be. Other than that, everything was SOO good. Would definitely still recommend my friends going here.

JL
Minneapolis
25 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really good brunch! I’ll be back for dinner.

D
Minneapolis
124 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pop Tarts - Do not leave without one!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Waitress kind of forgot about us. Would have ordered another round of drinks, but didn’t get the chance.

DD
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is one of the hidden treasures of the Twin Cities. It has style. The food is original without being too precious, and absolutely delicious. This was my third meal there. I have never been disappointed.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Restaurant virtually empty. More waiters than tables; but service was slow and food took over 40 minutes to arrive. Food was excellent; but, given how bad the service was, I don’t plan to return to this restaurant again.

RQ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic Happy Hour menu and prices T-Fri from 4-6. Highly recommend the ribs and cauliflower.

B
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal...I had the scallops and they were delicious. My sister had the beet salad and she enjoyed that. We had the appetizer of cauliflower....I wish it were roasted instead of fried...that is my only complaint. The staff was friendly and informative and the ambience was nice with the full glass window views and candles.

WF
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were slightly late. They called to check whether we were coming. The whole group of staff members couldn't have been more helpful, kind and caring. We ended up being there at close. They were so hospitable and calm. It was such a pleasant experience. I honestly have eaten at Esker Grove quite a few times. It is a real treat every time. Thanks for the great and creative food and lovely atmosphere.

BG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server, Erin, was fantastic! We enjoyed the ambience and the meal (and a fantastic smoked IPA from Hammerheart) before heading to After Hours at the Walker.

C
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We liked everything including the fact that we could hear each other talk. We took our time and enjoyed each course. The only slight bummer was our actual table. Ours was round and the top would slightly rotate. No big deal but odd.

KW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Service was not good once the place got busy. Atmosphere is lovely. Maybe stick to happy hour.

m
Minneapolis
25 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Second year in a row have some Valentine's weekend dinner here and was as good as last time. Also did quick stroll thru the sculpture garden prior to dinner. Plus scored free parking on street near garden.

RR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Overpriced. Great service, drinks, atmosphere. Food wasn't great.

ML
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect for Valentines' Day. The menu was the regular dinner menu (I do NOT like pre-fixe menus). The service was not rushed, which means our dinner was not rushed. We enjoyed wonderful evening together, in a beautiful setting with attentive (but not too much) service. This place is a gem!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very creative dishes.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and romantic valentines experience. A beautiful culinary experience. Thank you!

RR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Food was good but quality ranged from one item to the next. Salad was average, trout was excellent. Portions are obviously very small. I always appreciate a menu that reflects the size of the portion being served. Drinks were marginal. Too much sweetner.

Please consider investing in some comfortable chairs, more fashionable tables, and tablecloths. Ambience is that of a museum cafeteria.

MM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and not frenetic in a beautiful space with kind service!

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the drinks to the main course was beautifully prepared, delicious, with each dish having a unique twist but no overkill to the taste buds. A bit noisy but wonderful ambience and great service. It surpassed our normally high expectations and we will definitely be back with family and friends!

LB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love esker grove. Love the staff, the view, location and the food. The food presentation is gorgeous and delicious. The ribs, the beets, so so good. I’m just ready for a new menu. I miss some of the more casual food too. The chicken liver mousse was something I craved and we would go to EG because of that. It’s been gone from the menu and so missed by many. Having a burger isn’t a terrible thing but theirs was so good.

n
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Loved my kolrabi salad and eggplant "boats". Pumpkin mousse dessert was THE BEST.

D
Minneapolis
36 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great Sunday brunch. It was delightful.

VM
Minneapolis
26 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Perfect location and delivery food but service very slow and inattentive.

JL
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, cool vibe and great service. We will go again!

EG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

So disappointing. Going to Esker Grove before the British ad awards show is a tradition for my friend and I and we always look forward to this special treat. We had Poor/slow service. Seating very crowded because extra chair added to the table next to ours . Bacon was fatty and not at all crispy. Mimosa was sour.

PS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service made the brunch even better. Delicious food and we especially loved the pop tart!

DH
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

When making the reservation I noted that we would be celebrating our anniversary. We were treated to complimentary wine and dessert.

G
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had a reservation on Open Table but when we arrived, the check-in person couldn’t find it. I showed them the OT reservation on my phone, and there was still confusion. We were finally seated, and they told us we would need to leave by 7:30 since another table was coming in. We would have been long gone by that time, but the whole greeting process was not welcoming at all. The waitstaff was busy but did a good job. The scallops and gnocchi were delicious. The ambience was very nice after the lights were dimmed. Noise level lively but not too loud for conversation.

SP
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Maybe for a salad if you aren’t in a rush and aren’t overly hungry

PD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience, except for the noise. One of our favorite places. Thanks for a wonderful night out!

OT
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch is lovely. All 4 of us had different and beautiful entrées that were fully enjoyed. Aesthetic, tasty and generous/appropriate portion sizes. The setting is lovely.

TG
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food, interesting menu, fabulous staff and service. Thankfully there's no background music, but nonetheless the noise level was so high we almost had to shout to hear each other.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our food was delicious. Claire, our server, made the experience so positive, we gave her an extra special tip. It was for my 50th birthday and without telling anyone, they made it a great day!!

m
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a reservation for 7:45 but were able to seat us early, which was good. Could use some acoustic sound-absorption products to tamper down noise a bit.

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