Loring Bar & Restaurant

4.3
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$30 and under
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Italian
Staff owned and operated, and located in the heart of Dinkytown, Loring Bar & Restaurant is a unique, eclectic space for lunch and dinner service, private events, music, and every special occasion. We also offer a splendid brunch buffet every Saturday and Sunday and a daily happy hour from 3 to 7 PM!
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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: March 1, 2019

Ends: March 2, 2118

Availability: Daily 3:00PM-9:00PM

What 363 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.1
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HH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This was such a cute place—much bigger than I expected, but it had a great aesthetic. I will definitely come back!

KK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place! The buffet was well worth $20 (or $15 if you’re a student) and the decor & live music were very lovely. The only thing I would not recommend is the endless Bloody Mary - SO peppery!

N
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite date nights in a while! The setting is really romantic, we had a live band and beautiful lighting. Also the food was outstanding.

RJ
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sam was a great server. Food was delicious!

CS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Valentine’s Day and they had an awesome special with wine, salads/an appetizer, 2 entrees and dessert. Everything was absolutely delicious and the service was wonderful. Also amazed by the space- so beautiful and unique!

CK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place for a date in Minneapolis! The food was excellent, the service superb and the music perfect.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The atmosphere was great! The loaded fries were a great start but my goat cheese ravioli was cold and undercooked. Overall I was unhappy with the food for the price but it’s still a very cute place.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience3

I had to send my steak back 2 times because It was raw on the inside and that’s because they sear it to quickly on the outside and don’t worry about getting it to cook evenly all the way though but are waitresses was very understanding and helpful but still made us pay for the steaks after not eating either of them because they were raw

JM
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Service was terrible and the table and booth were dirty but the food was good

Loring Bar & Restaurant
Responded on February 1, 2020

Dear Jamie, we appreciate your feedback and thank you for joining us on such a busy evening. We are so sorry for the service you experienced and will be using your comments as training with our service staff going forward. We hope to make a better experience for you with service that matches our good food in the future.

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k
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

First of all no server for the first 15 minutes. Finally got someone who said we were not their table. then after a long time order both had salad and pasta. when we finally got our food (very late since we were going to performance at Northrop) we just got for one person. It was mine and the pasta was cold. My friend had to ask for hers after a good 15 minutes. The server said she thought we were going to share one. WOW - that was very odd. We did not get an extra plate from her to share with. Then by the time she got her food - I had given her my salad to eat. Way Bad.

We noticed. knowledgeable person helping on other tables and asked her for help She was a manager and very nice. She comped us one meal and aplogized and said the restaurant could do better. My friend and I were so disappointed it is hard to imgagine coming back to Loring.

Loring Bar & Restaurant
Responded on February 1, 2020

Dear Guest, we are so sorry for the untimely service you experienced with us. As the owner had said when speaking with you that evening, your experience is unacceptable and we are using it for further training with our staff. We thank you greatly for joining us before your event, and we do hope for the opportunity to make this right with you in the future.

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L
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

When we showed up for our 5:30 reservation they didn't have our table ready (waited about 15 minutes). Once were seating it took about 25-30 minutes to get a server. It took almost an hour and 20 minutes before we received our first drink. Overall, we were at the restaurant for nearly 3 full hours. Everything just took way too long, from being seated, to getting drinks, to getting dinner, to even getting the checks. Our waiter appeared overworked and it wasn't all his fault. The food was good, but overall it felt like Loring just could not accommodate a busy restaurant.

Loring Bar & Restaurant
Responded on February 1, 2020

Dear Luke, thank you for your feedback and we greatly appreciate you joining us that evening. Our staffing levels were not up to our standards as a business and we apologize for your wait. We do hope to make this experience right with you in the future.

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OT
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Perfect setting. Meal was great and the atmosphere is fun

AV
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Perfect setting not to busy not to crowded. Dinner music was perfect and food tastes great.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

We weren’t very impressed with anything at this restaurant

B
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us went to Saturday brunch at the Loring bar. Everything about this outing was A+. The ambiance was great, the food was perfect, and service was wonderful - Thank you Sylvia (our server). Look forward to going back again and again.

OT
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had dinner to celebrate our birthdays.
The food was good

CN
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crab guacamole was delicious! Our sever was attentive and helpful. Wine by the glass menu was mediocre at best.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here with my family for my birthday, amazing food and great service!

MS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Booked a reservation days in advance only to arrive to a private wedding. They smushed us in a table in the corner of the bar which wasn't the special Holiday outing we had planned. Food was OK but pasta was served lukewarm. We've enjoyed them in the past, but this was not a good experience.

Loring Bar & Restaurant
Responded on December 27, 2019

Dear Mark, thank you for your feedback, and we are so sorry for the experience you had with us. Your experience has already helped changed our procedure in managing our private event-to-food service change over, and we hope to make your experience right with a gesture from our management if you would like to visit us again. We would love to make this right. Thank you again for your perspective.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tuesday’s are date night, so you get their amazing food at a great price.

c
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at this location. We used to go when it was near Loring Park. Great service and delicious food. We will go again

JG
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food for our entire group. I will be coming back!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall1food4service4ambience5

There was a mouse near our table for an hour and no one did anything about it...

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Unfortunately, one of the worst experiences I’ve had at a restaurant. We sat in the bar and someone, who ended up being the bartender brought us plates, silverware, and water. I said thank you but the person wouldn’t make eye contact or respond. We then waited 25 minutes with no response- I have no problem ordering from the bar but that would have been a good time to tell us that is what he would like. I tried to make eye contact with the bartender and was waved at to come to the bar where I then had to again wait for his attention to order and he then came to our table twice to clarify our order. While waiting we killed two bugs that looked like ticks and were full of blood. I could continue but wouldn’t recommend eating here under any circumstance.

Loring Bar & Restaurant
Responded on December 27, 2019

Dear Valued Guest, We are so sorry for the experience you had while dining with us. The type of service you have described is unacceptable, and we will use your experience as an example during our employee training from here on. No matter the business levels, we are here to serve you to your expectations when enjoying an evening out. We would be happy to make a gesture on your behalf, if you plan to visit us again. Thank you for input and perspective!

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GE
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been there many times over the years and like it very much.

C
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice, cozy atmosphere with quality, rustic pasta dishes. Would recommend to anyone wanting a quality dining experience without lofty prices

SL
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time buffet partakers, it was FABULOUS!!! Our family travels from Iowa to eat at Loring because we love it so.

A
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and environment! We will definitely be returning

JB
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food at The Loring is very good. The menu items are varied and the Tuesday date night special is a good value.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We’ve been to the Loring several times. We love the live music and the food is great.

WM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food & music room to dance interesting atmosphere

OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Buffet was great! Service was poor. Refill on drinks was incredibly slow and we had to ask for refills and our bill after two hours. TV wasn’t working for the football games. Atmosphere was great!

GK
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The Moscow Mule we ordered was not to our liking, so we communicated directly to our server that the drink didn't taste right. In turn, our server told us there was nothing wrong with the drink and that this was the way the drink was supposed to taste. Our server went on to say it tasted different from other Moscow Mules because of the bitters, which is an ingredient that typically isn't found in most Moscow Mules. Not wanting to make a scene we kept the Moscow Mule and continued on with our dinner. The food was fine but this type of service had negative impact on the groups first experience with Loring Bar & Restaurant.

Loring Bar & Restaurant
Responded on November 27, 2019

We greatly appreciate your feedback! Thank you for joining us that evening, and we are so sorry for the lack of candor in the service you received. We are reviewing all drink recipes with our service staff and will ensure that this type of response to our guests will not happen again.

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C
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience5

We have been here many times, but the service fell short the last two visits. Drinks took over 15 min to receive, food came without special requests (e.g. croutons left on when gluten free person asked for salad without and reiterated at the end of their order).

Loring Bar & Restaurant
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thank you for dining with us and sharing your perspective! We are so sorry to hear about the timing and detail of service you received. We will make sure to improve our services based on your feedback, and we cannot wait to provide you with a dining experience you deserve in the near future.

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had a great meal and even better time. There was a live band which added to a very fun atmosphere

OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience3

Under staffed. Our server was great. Need help at hostess station

TS
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a delightful experience for a Sunday Brunch (11/17/19) with my family. The server was very attentive and we enjoyed the ambience. Highly recommend the Sunday Brunch!

F
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a large group of 19 for a special occasion. Our server Ashley did a wonderful job. She was attentive to all our needs. Drink service was spot on, from the milk for the little one to the specialty drinks for the adults. The food service was precise and everyone’s entree arrived at the same time, from pasta to seafood to steak. This was a special occasion and at the end of the evening, felt like it. Thank you to everyone!! I would highly recommend this restaurant for any special occasion, large or small.

JS
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, good food in a wonderful eclectic space. Started with potstickers and edamame and coconut shrimp, both good and generous. Grilled salmon was delicous, seafood linguine was very good, but could use some spice, chicken piccata was very good. Two desserts, tiramisu and creme brulee, the tiramisu was delicious, the creme brulee was just okay-almost too eggy. The service was out standing, we never wanted for more drinks or water, thank you Sam. Also the pacing of the food was perfect.

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place