Esker Grove

4.6
476 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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C
Minneapolis
33 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

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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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very tasty scallop and great atmosphere

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c
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

After our shift at a booth at the Pride Festival, we had brunch. It was very busy, so we were pleased that we had made reservations. While the service was a bit slow, it was due to the place being slammed. & the food was worth the wait.

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AH
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience at Esker Grove. We sat right next to the window--one of best views in Minneapolis. The food was great----a bit different than most venues. We had skate wing, a new experience--we were happy with this entree--even though we had no familiarity with it.

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C
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience at Esker Grove while visiting Minneapolis for work. Small group of colleagues and I dined on the patio in perfect weather. Service was top notch from the bar to the patio, but our server Maija was truly the best. She was super friendly, relaxed, and had great suggestions for us. We all enjoyed our starters - great reviews of the Grove salad and fried cauliflower. Scallops and beets were excellent choices for our entrees. Everyone loved the semifreddo at dessert and the coffee by Spyhouse was also terrific. Highly recommend if you have a chance to visit! (Allow yourself time after dinner to walk through the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden!)

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PL
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Four of us dined here, with four different types of entrees. Each of us enjoyed our meal thoroughly. The service was a tad slow, otherwise good.

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CC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The host/manager there provided stellar service. We had a reservation 45 minutes before a screening we had tickets for. One hour in advance was not available, and we were just getting apps and drinks, so figured 45 minutes was plenty of time. It was busy, so our food and drinks arrived about 20 minutes before showtime (25 minutes after arrival), and one drink arrived just before we had to go. The woman who took care of us was apologetic and gave us a 50% discount (that we did not even ask for) for the time crunch. Outstanding! We paid our tab and walked into the cinema just as the program was beginning.
My only complaint was that the NA cocktail I ordered (that arrived JUST before showtime) was SOUR. I couldn't barely get it down, but didn't have time to fix/change my order.

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TG
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unusual, tasty menu, great service, pleasant atmosphere

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C
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our first time for dinner. We love the brunch selection and quality. While our dinner was very good, we missed having the option of the burger or some of the items from the lunch or brunch menu.
The dinner prices and menu are more "special occasion".

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ET
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great outdoor sitting and beautiful view and delicious food. Highly recommend it.

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IK
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We both ordered chicken with favs beans. No favs beans in sight. Chicken was little drey.

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

Noted with the 5 stars in each category

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G
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Skate wing was unremarkable. Asparagus and seafood small plate was meh-- no relationship between the two. Loved the tuna and citrus dish. Very sadly restaurant was out of sorbet -- at 8:30.

Was surprised that a large wedding rehearsal dinner had booked much of the restaurant (really! and not an event space?) Might want to let guests making reservations know that. Luckily it was a nice eventing and we were able to get a table outside.

Somehow it seems like the patio space could be nicer. Maybe with a tree? or plants? Somehow feels a bit dark and cold.

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

Delicious food, fantastic service!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great place to brings out of town friends. A stroll through the sculpture garden, a great al fresco meal and a view of the city skyline. Delicious scallops! Can’t wait to come back.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Seat right by the windows to the sculpture garden. Food was great, service was awesome. Will book again.

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TB
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day brunch was wonderful. The Avocado Toast and King Crab Sandwich were both delicious. The atmosphere was bright and lively. We enjoyed it!

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DB
Minneapolis
25 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Bustling Mother’s Day at the Walker and same at the restaurant.
Cordial service and great food as always.

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CD
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Great for vegetarians. So many delicious unique vegetarian dishes.

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AD
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I was expecting better presentation of the food, knowing its history of James Beard nominations. Our service was very spotty and lackluster. For example, our waiter didn't seem to know the menu very well and admitted he didn't work there often, which seemed to be a poor excuse for not being able to offer recommendations and showed a lack of finesse - why not ask another server and come back to us? We had called ahead because it was a special occasion and had asked that a bottle of champagne be presented to our guest of honor. That never happened. It's a beautiful space and the food was good but I was very disappointed in the overall experience they offered.

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CR
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The server's suggestion to share each dish was a great idea. My guest and I both loved the salad we chose and the skate wings, which neither of us had ever had. The artichoke dish was ok but wouldn't order it again.

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LM
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We love this neighborhood restaurant. The quality and preparation of the food is excellent. Great views of the sculpture garden as well. Our only concern is the noise level...it's difficult to have a conversation at times. I don't know how this could be rectified but it would improve our dining experience. However, we will continue to dine at this outstanding restaurant....

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m
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner because it is a great space, the noise level is civilized and the tables are spread far enough apart. I had the lamb and loved it. I think everyone at our table was happy with their entrees. My only quibble is that the kohlrabi salad was so over-salted that it was almost inedible. I should have sent it back but I rarely do that in restaurants and feel self-conscious about sending something back after taking a few bites. Anyway, I hope that was an accident but I do notice a lot of over-salting in restaurants. I should note that I am not on a low-salt diet and I love salty stuff but there is such a thing as too much.

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s
Minneapolis
126 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed lunch before touring the galleries. We each had the toasts - one avocado & crab, the other the salmon. Delicious!

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s
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Beautiful views and great food!

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S
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spring has arrived and Esker Grove is a wonderful place to take in the sunshine with their giant windows facing the garden. They have also made some menu changes for the new season and they were outstanding. We stopped in and ate at the bar and enjoyed the roasted asparagus with crayfish and little lemon sections. It was delicious as was the eggplant side. Can't ever go wrong with the fennel and blue cheese salad. Sweet and salty and crunchy!
We had such a good meal that I returned the next day for brunch. First time with the brunch menu and it didn't disappoint. We sampled veggie hash with poached egg and the avocado toast with crab. Both were spectacular
and hearty in size and substance. Gem in the city!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Two of the 5 items we ordered were really undercooked (artichoke, pasta) and the rest were just ok. Nothing special to warrant this price point. I was hoping it would be good because the location is great.

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K
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Our server was sullen, the popover was hard and cold, the skate was tasteless and served in broth - weird!, the scallops were so-so, the chairs were cafeteria style plastic with nowhere to hang a purse. What's there to like??

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DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The view was very nice because of the snowfall. The prices were reasonable because it was happy hour. The service was excellent because that is what is expected. The food left a lot to be desired - grilled asparagus that was served charred black on one side; meatballs were dense and tasteless; kohlrabi salad was fresh but tasted like nothing. I probably will not return.

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Y
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined prior to attending a lecture at the Walker

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Walker Center is beautiful and the modern and airy space of Esker Grove lets that all in, great views of the sculpture garden. The service was familiar and friendly, and overall a really great experience. The food was all delicious, my table got the hominy (omg so good), avocado toast, chicken sandwich (I did not personally try but heard only good things), and popovers. Everything was amazing, good wine selection and cocktails too. Highly recommend for lunch after the museum or just a regular brunch.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. So fresh with outstanding flavor.

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Austin
7 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Attentive service, inspired food. The duck breast was cooked perfectly, and the basil panna cotta is sublime.

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PC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Esker Grove is one of my favorite places for weekend brunch.

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S
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It's the perfect restaurant to go to before a show at the Walker. The food has been consistently great! The ambience is good and not noisy. Plus the large windows are super for looking out at the sculpture garden! super waitress.

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M
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I would like to see more selection, especially entrees. I come here and often find only 1 or no entrees I want. Soup and salads here are great! Service also great!

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LF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time I’ve been. Continue to be pleased and must satisfied. Excellent menu.

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j
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and ambiance

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OC
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been dining at EG for a while. It’s a fantastic experience, brunch, lunch or dinner. Variety and creativity are some of the keywords. Wine list is well crafted without being overwhelming. Service is stellar. I will keep coming back, it’s probably one of the best fine dining spots in the Cities.

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VP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

We usually love the food at E.G. but it was very spotty. Duck and arincini were poor. Service was slow and needed to ask for silver ware plates and wine.

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