Loring Bar & Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Italian
Holiday Group Special - Free glass of champagne for everyone in your party! (Groups of 8 or more only) Valid Nov 24th - December 31st.

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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Holiday Group Special - Free glass of champagne for everyone in your party! (Groups of 8 or more only)

Loring loves large parties for the Holidays! From Nov 24th through the end of the year, receive a free glass of champagne for everyone in your party!

For groups of 8 or more only.

Must select this special when booking your reservation. Please notify your server. Non-alcoholic alternative available. Not for use during Bar Happy Hour.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 24, 2019

Ends: January 1, 2020

Availability: Daily 11:00AM-9:00PM

Sign up to our email list to receive a free appetizer coupon in your first email. https://mailchi.mp/loringbarrestaurant.com/signup

Bring your coupon on your next visit to get a free appetizer of your choice on us!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: March 1, 2019

Ends: March 2, 2118

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

What 337 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.0
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C
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and environment! We will definitely be returning

JB
Minneapolis
9 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
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
9 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

CD
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place with a funky vibe to catch up with friends or family.

AB
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

We went here for my daughter’s birthday. We chose it because she goes to the U and would be pressed for time. I think they only had one server , so it took a while for him to take our order. The wine was warm
and we are almost sure it came out of a box. Everyone enjoyed their food and they gave my daughter a free
dessert for her birthday , so that was a win. Would I go back? Only if I was down at the U to see my daughter.
Not worth the drive from the western suburbs.

JG
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We arrived at 6:30p on a Tuesday without a reservation and the hostess said we couldn’t be seated without one. What she didn’t say was that we could just step aside and make one, which we did on Opentable. Silly. There was live music and some couples dancing. Our server was sweet but very unorganized. She came back to the table about 30 minutes in asking us what we had ordered- not a good sign. Food took a very long time to arrive. Appetizer plates weren’t cleared and waters unfilled. Seafood pasta unseasoned. The space is cool, like a theater set, but otherwise disappointing this visit.

W
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This has to be my favorite restaurant/live music venue in the Twin Cities. And the Tuesday date night food specials make it even more appealing.

A
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Avoid tables by windows as freezing had to wear coat while dining which was uncomfortable. Tables too close together so hard to hear own conversation and had to speak loud so tables nearby heard everything. Food was average. Bar area was warm and looked nice I would eat in there next time if they serve in there.

GR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience4

The food is fine and the location was good for the show we were going to see. But the service was appalling. We waited 20 minutes and then had to ask the hostess for water and find our waiter. Drinks took another 15 minutes and he still didn't take the food order. We were there an hour before we had our appetizer.

MI
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Asked for a special better then average table. We believe we got one but...the duct work with a vent was directly above and was blowing cold air on us. Asked to have it turned down or off and the server said she’d take care of it. Didn’t til after we ate our much cooler food (cool because the fan was blowing cold air onto our table).

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food and service were very good.

KD
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The venue is in a great location and a very cool space. The have a nice happy hour that’s only available at the bar. The food was only OK and, though generous portions, very over prices. I wouldn’t go back.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience1

We had a reservation and were taken upstairs to be seated on a Saturday night. Zero ambiance as we were the only table up there but one other huge group in which they had no room for on the main floor. We received all of our food but my little boys because they messed it up apparently. So when we were all done eating he received his meal.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Food always good. In October, 2019 my medium rare steak was fantastic.

A
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

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
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was very good, service was lacking.

LD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

KN
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food5service1ambience5

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
Overall3food2service2ambience5

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
13 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

NW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.