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About Esker Grove
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.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Hours of Operation:
Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 10:00am - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Esker Grove Ratings and Reviews
Indoor parking is also very easy in the winter. I had the duck with persimmon which was delicious--and the endive salad: a perfect dinner. There's a nice mix of sophisticated and casual in the staff. Beautiful ambiance. Surprised that it was not cold near the windows.
This is a good restaurant for people who are visiting the Walker Art Gallery. We have had lunch and dinner there. The service has been excellent. The food is imaginative and quite good tasting. We had an outstanding endive salad at dinner. We had the duck for dinner. The meat and vegetables are done well and tasty, and the sauces were quite nice. However, the amount of food you get on your plate is almost laughably small. How expensive can parsnips be that you get just one for your $32 entree? The duck was excellent, but again the amount was small. The duck was sliced into 5 or 6 pieces, but each one was just one bite worth.
The food was generally so good that I would have given it 5 stars, with one glaring exception. I had the hubbard squash soup and the duck entree, and both were exceptional. My husband had the quinoa endive salad, which was also outstanding. However, his puny-sized short rib was so fatty that it was essentially inedible. I would give that entree a -1 if that were possible. It was expensive and a terrible disappointment to an otherwise terrific experience.
The food was outstanding but the service was inattentive and really lacking. Wait staff and host seemed unenthused and server did not bother to check back during our meal to ask how our food was, or ask about drink/cocktail refills. Would recommend improving your service overall because this is the second bad experience I've had here. It's a shame that the level of service does not match the caliber of food.
As one would expect, an upscale restaurant at an art gallery would have great people watching. The food was amazing, Lox on a Log, porridge with short ribs, the quiche- it was like nothing we've eaten before. We were there to see the British commercial awards. Plan on 2 hours if you are there for a showing.
Excellent all-around, with a friendly and helpful staff, not to mention exceptional food with creative presentation. Everything we had from the appetizer to the meal to the dessert was fabulous. Like other reviews I've read, the noise level is a bit louder than most restaurants, but nothing that prevented a conversation. Looking forward to my next visit!
Everything was great. I was a little disappointed that having asked it we were celebrating, to which I replied yes, our wedding anniversary, no mention of that was made by wait staff either as a congratulations or small treat. By asking, there was an expectation.
What would I recommend this restaurant for? Basically none of the above, but before or after going to the Walker for a show or exhibition. We did it a year ago for the Arrow Awards shortly after Esker Grove opened in their space at the Walker. Off the main old lobby, the space is more suited to a Starbucks with a lot of sit down seating than a "gourmet" restaurant. Seating is not particularly comfortable and Its very noisy if crowded. A year ago for the same event, one of four mains came 10 minutes after the other three. Noise was unbearable, food interesting preparation, but not worthy of writing home about it or the price. This time service was very good, everything was served in a timely manner. Food was good, but the menu very limited, not unexpected in the space they occupy. Noise the same, don't count on carrying on a conversation at a table for 4. Though compact, if you turn up your hearing aid the ambient noise will destroy it. Now we were with 2 older teen grandchildren again. They don't need hearing aids, nor actually do we. The desert was sub par. The prices right up there with the best Minneapolis has to offer, the food OK. Runner up for the James Beard Award? Grade inflation!
Outstanding food - possibly the most creative and delicious in the Twin Cities right now (and I include places like Spoon and Stable and Heyday and Bellecour and Monello and Bachelor Farmer in my comparison set). The dinner service was excellent -- the wine service not quite where it needs to be in a restaurant of this caliber (bottle was taken away from table to be decanted, wine wasn't presented for tasting).
Mussels were not steaming, luke warm which is not great for cooked seafood dish. Chocolate- beet cake was a little dry. Drinks were nice and strong.
The ambiance was tough with the open glass to the Walker's entrance area. Feels a bit exposed to people walking by and noisy depending on time of day. Would be nice to have a little privacy.
This is a restaurant in the Walker Museum. It's a full service restaurant but appears to be more like a cafeteria when you first approach. Don't let this fool you, the food is excellent and the staff makes you feel like your are in a five star restaurant in Paris. Beautiful view of the Walker outdoor park and a lovely brunch menu. We'll definitely eat here again.
This was our first time dining at Esker Grove. We had brunch on a Saturday so the restaurant was quiet which was fine for us. Any busier, and it would be a noisier environment which we do not like. Food was very flavorful and choices unique, which makes it fun to try some new flavors. Our waiter was very attentive and food and beverage arrived in a timely fashion. We wanted to sit a bit after eating to chat and finish our beverages and we were left to have that time. I am not sure if this would be the case at a busier time. I definitely will return another time for outdoor dining.
I have been to Esker Grove several times now and have really enjoyed the freshness of the menu and the care with which the food is prepared. It is always just the right amount of food, and it is delicious. On my most recent visit I had the semolina porridge with short rib and poached egg. The semolina was delicate and so creamy, while the tender short rib had many layers of flavors. So good!
We had a GREAT time at Esker Grove - the food exceeded the expectations of my foodie friend at the table. It was extremely well crafted, beautiful, subtle yet fun. While it was extremely loud when we arrived, we did stay long enough (due to excellent food and great service) that we could hear one another by the middle to end of our time there. Fabulous place - planning a return visit.
Excellent food - presentation, composition, value, all in all one of the best overall dining experiences I’ve had in a long while. We’ll certainly be back for dinner. We shared everything, and bonus points for how we could dip pieces of different dishes into the other dishes’ sauces and it was still awesome.
Located in the Walker, its a perfect stop before or after visiting the galleries. Happened in at the start of the Winter menu and the Butternut Squash soup, poured over a Goat Cheese Croquette was amazing. Staff was hip, friendly, knowledgable. We'll be back!
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