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?
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.
Really enjoyed the Arrow Award special menu!
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.
Always fabulous food, delightful view of sculpture gardens and the downtown skyline.
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.
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.
We had a wonderful time, wonderful food and we can't wait to return:)
If you are seeing a show at the Walker, this is your best bet
A beautiful room and a worthwhile addition to any trip to the Walker Art Center!
Great food in a great space. Close to two art galleries and our wonderful sculpture garden.
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!
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!
Wonderful, attentive service. Interesting, flavorful food. Creative cocktails.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of our favorite places to eat. Highly recommend it.
server should have introduced themselves, name, dishes of the day etc, lacked attentiveness
Always superlative, food and service.
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.
Nice! We ate on the patio. Spider issues but it’s outside so an occasional bug is ok!
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.
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!)
Menu was limited but executed well. Wish there was a little greater variety but we were able to eat and leave full.
Food was delicious, best outdoor patio in the Twin Cities.
Great food great people watching. An excellent date night with my husband!
We had a great time. Always delicious food. Great service and a lovely night all around.
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.
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!
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.
We ate Saturday brunch here before touring the Sculpture Garden. Food was fresh and delicious, service was great!
We’ll definitely go back! The food and service were both amazing and the view from the patio was gorgeous.
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
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.
sorry, I don't write food reviews, just as I don't sing for my supper.
The outdoor patio is to die for. Can’t say enough about the beautiful view.
Lovely food from brunch menu, not too crowded so not noisy, accommodating service. A fine experience.
Outstanding on all levels. Best dining experience in TC. Book a table now! Charlie was so accommodating and sweet!
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.