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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.

723 Vineland Pl
Minneapolis, MN 55403
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Thursday: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 10:00am - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Hennepin Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(612) 375-7542

Website:
http://www.eskergrove.com/

Executive Chef:
Doug Flicker

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Esker Grove Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (31)
Creative Cuisine (30)
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Scenic View (26)
Good for a Date (26)
Special Occasion (18)
Bar Seating (17)
Local Ingredients (17)
Great for Brunch (16)
Fun (15)
People Watching (14)
Healthy (13)
Great for Lunch (11)
Casual (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Authentic (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Romantic (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Seasonal (7)
Afternoon Tea (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Organic (6)
Business Meals (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Cozy (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 11, 2018

This was a friend night dinner pre-film at the Walker. Interesting, tasty menu, and got to our seats on time.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

Tags: Organic, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Our server described all the menu items in wonderfully descriptive language. She was able to offer suggestions without being pushy. Great experience, especially for our out-of-town guests.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Everything was great except that we were sat near the portion of the restaurant near the door and it was FREEZING. I would suggest the restaurant put up a curtain during the winter months.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 30, 2017

A bright, light filled restaurant with an interesting menu. For the less adventurous diner, one may have a only limited choices, but the quiche, cheeseburger and croque madame are safe options. Full bar with fun cocktails is a plus.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Our server was excellent - went above and beyond in my opinion. Only downside was that the portions were extremely small...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Such a beautiful setting in one of my favorite places - the Walker Art Center.
The food is beautifully designed and equally delicious;
the service is excellent.
You’ll love it - I know we did. We’ll be back soon.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Very casual, convenient place to eat when visiting the Walker. The food was very good as was the service. I will plan to meet friends here again.

Tags: Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Tea, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Decent food. Ridiculously slow service, despite the fact our server knew we were in a hurry

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Gathering of friends for a holiday meal then Arrow Awards.
Wonderful meal and afternoon!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great if taking in Walker. Food quality does not live up to cost relative to other options
in the area. May be worth investing a few $ for an UBER to go elsewhere.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Beautiful looking and fantastic tasting food! This is my second time eating here - once for lunch and once for dinner - both excellent experiences!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Something went wrong in the kitchen, took a very long time for our entrees (did not appear to affect other tables). They did comp half the cost. Hard to know if this was a random problem or something more.

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·Dined on December 14, 2017

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I wish they had told us that members of Walker receive a discount

Tags: Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

We were seated immediately. Excellent service. I had the chicken with horseradish remoulade. It was wonderful. The restaurant was noisey
The could use some native American weavings hanging from the ceiling to muffle the sound.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Interesting menu with a lot of creative flavors. Small dishes so it’s hard to say there is a value for the food. The flavors were great, so if you’re looking for a meal at the walker worth a try.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Very nice brunch. I love the open room. The food was very good and I look forward to visiting for dinner.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Went to dinner after a show. Server very attentive. Food novel and interesting. My cosmopolitan however did not have much flavor. Was quite noisy making conversation difficult.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Doug Flicker has done it again! What an amazing experience. The butternut squash soup is my absolute favorite but both salads and the ravioli were delightful. Thank you!

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fun, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Healthy, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent. Just excellent.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We arrived 75 minutes before a show. The waitress said we could only order apps so we felt very rushed. The food was ok, not great, and the service was sub-par.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 29, 2017

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).

Tags: Seasonal, Healthy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Everything was delicious and done perfectly. Dishes were nicely seasonal, and perfect portions. Best meal I've had in the cities for ages (or maybe ever).

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

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.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great food. Sat at bar and we were only ones sitting there.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Organic, Scenic View
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Although waiter was attentive, it took over an hour to receive our food and wine bottle took 20 mins to get to table. Restaurant did not seem overly busy.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Casual
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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!

Tags: Seasonal, Tasting Menu, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Best meal I have had in the Twin Cities. Outstanding flavors..not to be forgotten.

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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