Esker Grove

4.5
353 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Sunday: 10:30am - 5:00pm
Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Thursday: 10:30am - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 10:30am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(612) 375-7542
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Doug Flicker
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Cross street
Hennepin Avenue
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 353 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Sunday brunch with friends on a summer mid morning in Minneapolis was the perfect spot. Food and drinks were creative, and perfectly cooked. We found something great for everyone. Ambiance was top notch. Lots of space for us.

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3.0Dined on August 11, 2018

The outside seating and location next to the Sculpture Garden are fantastic. And our server was so great, friendly, prompt, and keeping our water filled at all times and on a hot evening. However, for the price, the food is just ok. And there is no children's menu, which means choosing a high-end meal that won't get eaten for $30+. Our server kindly negotiated a grilled cheese sandwich for our daughter (she has picky food preferences). While the location was perfect for our plans that evening, I feel there are better venues for the price.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

We enjoyed everything we ordered, especially the cauliflower appetizer. Our server was great. We loved it!

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Went on a girl's trip from DC to Minneapolis and LOVED Esker Grove. The food was outstanding; I had the best tomato salad. The few of the Walker sculptures added to the overall experience. It was a lovely experience.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Dined with family following a wedding the night before. Food and cocktails were very good, a couple of the entrees were on the small side but very flavorful !

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2.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Three of us dined last week, and we all thought the food was horrible...No need to go into specifics as we ordered 8 items from the menu, and everything was awful..a disaster of a menu..Do not go if you actually like food that tastes good...

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

The floor-to-ceiling windows make it feel as though you're seated outdoors even if you're not lucky enough to get outdoor seating on a pleasant evening.

We enjoyed several unusual menu items that were quite tasty, albeit a bit on the small side portion-wise. The pea flan was a standout!

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3.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Scallops were tasty - but you only got 3 for $24

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

It was just fancy. Food is not that great. Limited items. Good view of the city.

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1.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Fool me one, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Sorry Eskar Grove. As much as I appreciate your manager cutting most of our bill, it was such a bad experience (twice, no less) that I am wondering how you ever got such glowing reviews. I'm not a critical person because I have worked in a restaurant in my youth and I recognize that it's not an easy business. But, in this case, we waited about 70 minutes to get our entree and it was poorly done at that. The fish was tasteless and bland and there were no accompaniments on the table to flavor it. It was raw in the middle and I ended up leaving it. It's really a shame because we both are Walker members and wanted to enjoy at least 30-40 minutes of viewing the galleries prior to going to our film. Alas, we were stuck waiting and waiting and waiting for a very unsatisfying meal. There are too many options out there for us to have this happen again.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

great food unfortunately not matched with great service. the exception to this was the bartender who was lovely.

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2.0Dined on July 27, 2018

This is a tough review to write because I want to like Esker Grove. We ate supper two Fridays in a row and our experiences couldn't have been more different. Unfortunately, we had the same inconsistency with the predecessor, 20.21, which we warned people away from.
Our first Friday was great, service was superb and all four meals and assorted starters and deserts were very good. I would like to add that both days, we were there a little after 5:00, so the place was not packed and crazy yet.
The second visit was the opposite. Our server was fine to start, but it started to take a while for the food to appear. A meal was brought to the table that wasn't ours. One of our party asked the server for the drink menu, but he never brought it. Three of our meals were brought to the table and a little later, the manager came and told me my meal was given to someone else - she did bring me a complimentary cocktail. The two fish dishes were underdone (we eat sushi and medium rare meat, so it wasn't just us wanting cremated food) and that was the last we saw of our server. We asked for the fish to be cooked a little longer but were given two new plates of food, eventually. Two more meals were brought to the table that we didn't order. My order was finally brought and we eventually all had a good meal.
We were polite, but I think our server was embarrassed by the chaos and was afraid to ask if "everything is O.K.?" The poor manager was running her feet off trying to put out the fires.
Our server got an "F" for deserting us, the manager got an "A" for her efforts, and whoever runs the restaurant better get it together or it will go the way of 20.21. So if you asked me "how is the food there?" how should I respond? Mostly good? Good sometimes? For the price paid, I would have to say "only fair." Would I recommend this restaurant? Just like with 20.21, I would say "no" they're inconsistent and there's too good a chance someone in your foursome won't enjoy the experience.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Great food and drinks. Really recommend the verde Bloody Mary and croque madame entree. We were there for brunch, was my daughter’s birthday.

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Went for the restaurant week menu. Solid, sometimes great, fresh and creatively cuisine.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

a perfect restaurant in a museaum. I have visited many museums in the nation and their restaurants and Minneapolis finally have something comparable

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Our server that night was excellent, very personable and friendly.

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3.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Great people watching through the glass into the Walker Art Gallery but the service here was very disappointing. Could be a systems problem as our waiter seemed competent but it took forever to get four glasses of wine. Food was quite good but service, wine, noise level all relatively bad. I honestly cannot recommend this place to people who know a good restaurant when they visit one.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

The food that we ordered was delicious, and we sat outside on a beautiful day, which was lovely.
The service was slow, but our waiter appeared to have lots and lots of tables, both inside and outside of the restaurant.

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

This place continues to be a wonderful addition to the Minneapolis dining scene.
The food is very good, verges on the outstanding at times, but can be just a bit
"fussy". Sometimes a bit less is more. Drinks are great, wine selection excellent
but very overpriced as is the case everywhere else in town now. The outdoor ambience
is unmatched, and that is where we prefer to be. Indoors is stylish but unbearably
noisy, so we much prefer the outdoors patio and the ambience rating is based on that.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Really great food, amazing drinks, and the space is perfect because you can walk around the galleries of the Walker (or if it's nice outside the Sculpture Garden) afterwards. Also, a really nice patio for outdoor seating. Highly recommended.

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3.0Dined on June 28, 2018

The service was extremely slow, we had to wait over 30minutes just for our cocktails, only got bread basket after repeatedly asking for it. Food was good, noise level too high for a date.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Lovely in every way.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Our server was delightful and the food was creative and so good. The outdoor patio is pretty with a quick to Loring Park and great views. Nice cocktail.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Delightful experience.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Enjoyed our food and the place immensely. Really enjoyed being able to hear conversations while eating the delicious food, easily.

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

First time visiting. Very warm and knowledgeable staff. The food was delicious, but it was too loud to have a conversation with my companion. Not sure I will return, but a great food experience.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great food and menu options! Lots to choose from and the brunch was wonderful. Our waiter was great. We love that it was part of the art museum. Would definitely eat here again!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Andrew our server was fantastic; attentive,

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Problem: Wait staff was great but service very slow. Could not order coffee or dessert and get to performance upstairs.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

We had a fabulous, very tasty meal! We tried four dishes, and we loved everything we had. Particular favorites were the apple-kohlrabi salad, which was the perfect blend of savory and sweet, with pecorino cheese and almond butter, and had a very satisfying texture; and the chicken, which was so moist and flavorful - utterly delicious. We'll be back!

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Esker Grove's brunch menu is a people pleaser, but doesn't offer many options that allow the chef to show his real talents. My quiche, and my guest's veggie hash were fresh and delicious, but nothing to write home about. Props for the NA drink menu.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

I loved the respect for the ingredient Esker Grove showed -- I tasted veggie combinations I had never tried. The apple and Kohlrabi salad was crisp and refreshing -- and fun with the peanut butter dressing,. The Beet main course was fabulous! Not inexpensive, but definitely a fun culinary adventure. I used the restaurant to show my son how much I love him -- he loved the lamb and the gnocchi...

Thank you Esker Grove, a high point of my trip to Minneapolis!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Esker Grove offers creative dishes in various "sizes" (starters, shared plates, entrees) - filling enough to leave with a content belly! The service was great and the staff was attentive. We sat right by the window, which I highly recommend, and watched the sunset and people enjoying the sculpture garden during our meal.

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2.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Enticed to come for a drink and dinner. 630 on Thursday night and almost empty. Had a voucher for free drinks and a booking so decided to stay. Not a good choice.

Pleasant day so seated on patio. Long wait for first drink. Only had one Saporo, then they ran out. Very limited menu, which was why we didn’t come when they opened. Inside dining room empty but for one couple.

Experience wreaks of EC who doesn’t care or is not empowered to fix it. We’ll be back for drinks on the patio.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Terrific spot for Mother's Day (or weekend day) brunch. Creative menu without being over the top. Healthy options, but also a very fine hamburger.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

My favorite place for in the Twin Cities. THE BEST quiche ever made. I have been here for dinner and brunch (not lunch yet) and have never had a fail. The food is superb.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Very interesting space. Food was very good with a lot of complex flavors. Loved the scallops. Top notch people watching.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Birthday brunch for a friend

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

The food was exquisite. Outstanding dining experience

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

I was really impressed. The food is very creative and very good. But the service takes it over the top. Very hard to get such good service. The ambiance is exceptionally nice.

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