Loring Bar & Restaurant

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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 312 People Are Saying
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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service and food! Sunday nights for ballroom dancing is a must.

A
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Used to go to this restaurant all the time in college years ago. It was always a nice experience with tasty food and great service, especially for the price.

Just went back for the first time in five years and the food was not up to the old standard and the service was slow. At a table of four, three plates came out at once and the fourth entree did not arrive for 10 minutes. The taste of the food was nothing to write home about either.

The ambience and decor was great as always, but there seems to have been a drop off in quality and menu design over the years. Very sad to see this happen as it is a great space, but I can’t justify going back anymore.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Restaurant can highly recommend as the quintessential UIMN dining experience Restaurant was not busy, but looked like maybe one server working on a Wednesday night. Foods like pastas, boneless wings, burgers. were served barely warm- as if waiting too long to be brought out to table. I guess we were expecting a little bit more. Ambiance and decor were cool, but food did not live up to most other dining experiences for pub fare type menu.

b
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was very good, service was lacking.

LD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fun decor and great food! We had a great time after the Gopher Football game!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Interesting ambience. Food not warm enough. Service spotty and rushed.

KN
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place and visit whenever we are in the Minneapolis area. We shall be back! We love the staff, food, atmosphere, the building! We do not love the parking, however.

CJ
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Went on Tuesday night at 7pm. Food was ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!! Unfortunately have to report about the poor service. Sodas delivered without straws. Requested them. Waiter never came back with them
I had to go to the bar & retrieve our own straws. Seemingly Supervisor/ Manager/ Asst. Mgr delivered our ceasar salad, not saying ONE WORD to us and did not offer cracked pepper. My 71 year old mom got frustrated and she retrieved the pepper shaker herself from the open Chef's station and added it to our own salads. Waiter checked back once, actually delivered a soda refill promptly. Was delivered another couple's bill.
My first impression of service was poor, but willing to go back for THE AWESOME FOOD! 👍

MG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

We arrived about 30 minutes before the dining room closed. Band was still playing and the setting is very cool and romantic. Our drinks were more water than alcohol but we couldn’t catch the server’s attention to send them back. My husband liked his meal (braised pork) but I could’ve made my pasta dish (goat cheese ravioli) at home. Our waiter checked back once at the very end of the meal, by which point we had just decided to get it over with and go elsewhere for a nightcap. Too bad the food, drinks and service were so mediocre...the location, music and ambiance are wasted!

C
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love the Loring ambiance and cuisine. Great live music and we had a fabulous table overlooking the restaurant! Attended a show at Varsity after.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Loved the building itself too! Will definitely be back!

NW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time at the Loring. Dan's accordion orchestra was excellent.

SL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the atmosphere, food was delicious and presentation beautiful. They answered an email with a special request. Definitely I'll be back

g
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got together in a group of 9, which included 3 children age 3 and under. The waiter was great and never let drinks dry up, and as always, we were not disappointed with the food.

JB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and the service was amazing. We had a big group but we were served quickly and we all loved the food. We will definitely be back.

AP
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

All 4 of us loved our entrees! The food is always excellent!

TM
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

First of all, the room and setting are very interesting and different. Quite a nice feel. The service was simply outstanding, our waiter was at the level of a fine dining establishment. The food was good to very good. Pasta fresh and tasty, sauce good. Excellent value at the price point. I would go back when I am in Minneapolis.

JS
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Loring is my favorite spot in the cities area. Great ambiance, terrific food and I love the Friday jazz group!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I gave service a 3 because our dinner service was redeemed by our server- he was excellent. Our bar service prior to dinner was not excellent. We had a handful of people who had all ordered separately and were told that the restaurant doesn’t split tabs (even though our server did for dinner..) and then we were told that happy hour ends at 5:30. The happy hour menu says 3-7, the sign outside of the restaurant says 3-6, we asked why there were so many discrepancies and were told by the bartender it’s because there’s an event at the theater next door. It doesn’t say this anywhere on any menu or the establishment and it’s written down differently on the menu AND what’s on a sign outside of the restaurant.

Probably wouldn’t come back here until they figure out what’s going on.. nobody seems to be on the same page.

JL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to celebrate a special occasion. Really enjoyed the live instrumental music.

G
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The brunch is an incredible value. I expected the food to be as good as it was because Loring always has good food, but when I got the bill and saw how cheap it was. I was shocked. Great value for a great brunch.

B
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful place to spend time with friends and family. They had a great live band that wasn’t too loud and it was still entertaining! The food was delicious!

V
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful selection on Sunday brunch. Reasonably priced.

B
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my top 3 places to go! Food is great, service is quick, attentive, friendly, and the decor still stuns me after many trips there! Carbonara pasta is now a new favorite.

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Not very busy but the staff seemed disinterested.

OT
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was very tasty... portions were average... everything we has was great. Ambiance was what made the night, including the live jazz!

H
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We have been to the restaurant several time to eat and dance. This time we were disappointed that our friends who ordered the date night dinner, received their appetizer after their main course was brought to them. They took their appetizer home because they were already eating the main course. Our server was trying very hard to make sure we were satisfied with his service. The food was very good.

A
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a 12 top come in for a celebration on a Sunday night. It was fabulous. Food was delicious, service was prompt and ambiance was fun. The only thing is we didn't know it was tango night which was so fun to watch but was a little loud for conversation. Will be back for sure!

LA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

In general, 2 of the 3 entrees were very good. The eggplant parmesan was very soggy. This is a favorite dish of mine and every place I have ever had it, it was crispy and very tasty. This one was not up to par. The server was very good.

YS
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very great service and food! The seafood linguine was very tasty. I highly recommend the artichoke ramiken

JW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They were closed when I arrived. I was on time but they told me they were closed.

LS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. The piano player was a nice bonus. Two of us walked over from our condo - next time we’ll bring some of our neighbors from our building!

PS
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Been there twice and the food, atmosphere, and service are the best I've ever known. Ask for Sam, he is a fantastic waiter.

HG
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 5

It took our food to be delivered about 45 minutes. We were on a time schedule for a graduation.

JB
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Lots of yummy choices on the menu. Every one I've tried has been delicious.

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

A delightful escape from the hub and bub of life. Eclectic architecture and decor, good food, attentive and personal service, and fabulous live music from The Cafe Accordion Orchestra.

EL
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We had been here before, so decided to go out as a family after hs graduation. Appetizer plates were dirty. Our server replaced but didn't fully sell his apology to us. Chicken for one meal was not fully cooked. When pointed out to server, he just sort of shrugged. Pasta for another meal was over cooked and clumpy. We won't be going back again.

F
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is SO fabulous!!! Such an eclectic vibe! The food was good, and perfect sized portion for me. My husband has a bigger appetite, so he wasn't exactly "full", but our plates were clean for sure! The live string trio was such wonderful background music, just making ther overall ambience perfection! We will DEFINITELY be coming back! The decor makes it feel so cozy! So colorful and different. Love this place!

LD
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great to have a cool place to eat in dinky town. The night we went they were slammed because of a concert at Northrup but staff did their best to accommodate. I will go back again.

JS
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

waited for 20 minutes before waitress came to take our order. Then we waited 45 minutes before getting served our drinks.

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