Esker Grove

4.7
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516 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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G
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service seemed a bit amateurish. Hostess seemed timid. We just wanted to order from the server not make friends.

Why is this restaurant not lively on a Friday night?
Felt dead.

We find the menu annoying. Can't tell what anything is-- and don't want to have to go into lengthy discussions with a server. Just tell us what the dish is on the menu! Right now each dish is just a list of ingredients, with no indication to what ingredient is dominant. A real turn off. Easily disappointed with results.

Please add some interesting snack/small plate dishes.

GL
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed the Arrow Award special menu!

S
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

One of the prettiest tables in town. Our server was just lovely and very attentive. My companion thought the salad was a little bland, but loved the beet entree. My endive salad and scallops were perfect.

j
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous food, delightful view of sculpture gardens and the downtown skyline.

RB
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience2

The quality and imagination of the food will never concern me at Esker Grove. Doug Flicker is a champion--even ordained by the late Anthony Bordain as the best chef in the Twin Cities--and his imaginative presentations are a delight.

We had a tough time during the evening because of a noisy reception held on the other end of the dining room. Our single waitress had to cover a lot of tables that evening, so the service was as best as she could manage. I think they need to find another room for big, noisy, alcohol-fueled after work events--especially when they run from 6 to 8:30, at the height of dining by folks who are enjoying the meal, but would like to talk about it and be heard.

Ofcourse, I'll go back often, but I might inquire about work parties, and avoid those evenings like the plague.

A
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great along with the drinks, the view makes your time there even better. I was not disappointed at all and I will be returning.

OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We had a wonderful time, wonderful food and we can't wait to return:)

KB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are seeing a show at the Walker, this is your best bet

JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful room and a worthwhile addition to any trip to the Walker Art Center!

D
Minneapolis
31 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food in a great space. Close to two art galleries and our wonderful sculpture garden.

l
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a show to go to, and the wait staff gently reminded us it was close to show time. Very helpful and so friendly!

D
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Esker Grove. Great menu that involves simple ingredients with a unique twist to really being out the flavors. The menu also changes with the season, creating new tasty items to try. Unique cocktails, with flavors unlike other spots. Lastly, great views of the city!

PL
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, attentive service. Interesting, flavorful food. Creative cocktails.

LF
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here. The food that we ate was delicious. I really like the new tastes and ingredients that the chef worked into the various vegetarian dishes that we ordered. also my mother has a difficult time hearing in noisy places and this restaurant was very quiet due to the fact that there wasn't any large event taking place at the Walker. Service was spectacular.

OT
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Visited on a rainy night because it was close to home. Pretty much ignored by wait staff and restaurant was not busy. Never offered or received bread though our next door dining companions did. Never offered more to drink or asked how our meals were, and had to ask for another glass of wine.

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Our server was excellent but the food was only so so. I expected the food would be better but we didn’t even bother to finish the pasta dish we ordered - it was boring.

G
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of the best outdoor dining spaces in the city, great views of the city and the sculpture garden. Great menu, always good service. Esker Grove is not just a museum restaurant. It totally stands on it own, the museum adds some extra ambiance.

RL
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places to eat. Highly recommend it.

R
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

server should have introduced themselves, name, dishes of the day etc, lacked attentiveness

OT
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always superlative, food and service.

CM
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We loved the view of the sculpture garden right out the window, and the restaurant itself was clean, artsy and modern. Our server was kind and professional. Coffee was excellent and the breakfast sandwich and both salmon and avocado/crab toasts were also very good. The steak and frites did not meet expectations, as the meat was gristly and the dish, overall, was underwhelming. As the most expensive item on the menu, this was a disappointment.

M
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice! We ate on the patio. Spider issues but it’s outside so an occasional bug is ok!

JL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is absolutely outstanding. I could eat the beet entree every day and never tire of it. The portions are sized perfectly, and the food is innovative, not fussy and on the healthful end of things. The wine list is lovely and the mixed drinks are excellent. I prefer the dinner menu, but the lunch menu is also better than the average. I find the outdoor seating the best in this neighborhood. Being removed from the street makes it much quieter than most patios. The wait staff is attentive and polite, not the overbearing in your face one too often encounters in restaurants.

SG
Minneapolis
41 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The terrace in the summer here is the finest al fresco dining spot in the Twin Cities, especially at dusk.
(My rating for 'quiet' is out here - inside is uncomfortably noisy). The food is always good here and sometimes just outstanding. That was the case this time. The pea soup was superb, the crayfish with asparagus very nice (a bit less vinaigrette would have been helpful), the chicken with maitake delicious. The halibut, substituted for the skate wing in the same prep was however the best halibut dish I've had this season anywhere - including Spoon and Stable and The Kenwood, other paragons of fish cooking. Gorgeous fish, perfectly cooked, lovely broth. A winner all around. Service was delightfully friendly as always, though
the gap between courses was far too long (a kitchen issue, not service - but since the food came out so well we were not unhappy!)

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Menu was limited but executed well. Wish there was a little greater variety but we were able to eat and leave full.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, best outdoor patio in the Twin Cities.

F
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great people watching. An excellent date night with my husband!

HE
Minneapolis
30 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. Always delicious food. Great service and a lovely night all around.

MN
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Esker grove is inside the Walker Museum. The setting is wonderful. We take all our guest here for dinner. The menu changes with the seasons and I have never been disappointed. It is costly though, but worth it.

b
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect date night spot for us (when we have time away from baby). Everything from drinks to starters to dessert was phenomenal. Highly recommend the pea soup and the beets. Both the Pot de Creme and the Chocolate Peanut dessert was amazing. Look forward to being back for brunch!

G
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We were there for drinks and hors’deurvres. Drinks were ok, but calamari was lacking—little amount if fish lost in salad ingredients. Not tasty. Artichoke was uber greasy—why? This is a finger food. And so little artichoke flesh.
Bread was good.

RJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate Saturday brunch here before touring the Sculpture Garden. Food was fresh and delicious, service was great!

JS
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ll definitely go back! The food and service were both amazing and the view from the patio was gorgeous.

n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delicious interlude to compliment a great day of art viewing. Friendly and knowledgeable staff, imaginative menu with a variety of seasonal flavours. Whether it is for a quick snack or a full meal I would highly recommend

SE
Indiana
19 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Short vacay in Minneapolis. Brunch was delicious. The French Toast is really good. Get a side of their bacon to round it out. Cocktails hit the spot too! Setting is bright from the big windows. Was a bit warm but otherwise we enjoyed.

EI
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

sorry, I don't write food reviews, just as I don't sing for my supper.

DC
Minneapolis
28 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor patio is to die for. Can’t say enough about the beautiful view.

JL
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food from brunch menu, not too crowded so not noisy, accommodating service. A fine experience.

j
Minneapolis
98 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding on all levels. Best dining experience in TC. Book a table now! Charlie was so accommodating and sweet!

C
Minneapolis
40 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Food was incredibly fresh and delicious. Good server. Atmosphere was nice but dead. Felt like we were eating in a coffee shop/cafe. Probably better for lunch or a coffee. Not a great dinner/date vibe.

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