moto-i

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moto-i is Minneapolis' only craft sake brewery and ramen house, located in the Lyn-Lake neighborhood. We feature namazake on draft and serve asian inspired small plates.

The menu features Tokyo straight style ramen noodles, rice bowls, rotating specials and asian inspired street food paired perfectly with house brewed sake.
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Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had great food and cocktails. Service was mostly well-paced but there were some lags. However just about the time I was wondering where our next food was, it would appear. Maybe I’ve been overly conditioned by restaurants that rush everything out.

s
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

awesome service from our waitress and delicious food. I'm gonna go back.

AN
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Food and drinks were very good! The only thing I would say is that our waitress took some time coming back and forth from the table but I can understand since it’s a Saturday night and we had a party of 9

OT
Cologne Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Unfassbar gutes Ramen, eigens hergestellter Sake, gute Craft Beer Auswahl. Ambiente ist alternativ / hip, allerdings sehr dunkel - man sollte definitiv nicht hin, wenn man noch Jetlag hat, das geht auf die Müdigkeit. Ansonsten top Tipp für einen ungezwungenen Abend mit guter japanischer Küche und alternativem Flair.

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JP
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and ambience. The Classic Ramen was delicious, loved the smoked pork shoulder! Will be coming back for more! The Sake was amazing.

GF
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son decided he wanted to try this restaurant for his birthday. The food was delish, services was professional and the environment was quiet. We will be back!

S
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious and our waiter was very nice!

ME
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The drunken noodle lacked the usual flavor associated with the dish and had no spice to speak of.

HS
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hadn't been there in quite a few years...it was soooo good!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience2

We were seated very quickly and out server was quick to our table. Once our order was in, however, she seemed to forget about us. We saw three different people. One took our order, one delivered the food and one delivered the drinks. We had to send one entree back. It was listed as spicy but was very very sweet. We didn't get checked on at all, our drinks stood empty long enough that we left and went to a bar for more.

JC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ramen!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we sat on the roof and enjoyed the food, service,and flicking pennies at the deranged street fodder. it was amazing.

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Food was super average

J
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time to Moto-i. Loved it. We sat on the main level in a quiet booth. Candle lit ambiance. The food was fresh and inventive. Asian with a modern flare. Service was good, and we had a great time. They invited us to check out the outdoor patio, and after checking it out, we thought we would sit up there for a different approach next time. We will definitely be back!

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! The service was good and our servers were attentive.

AN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Ramen and a wonderful atmosphere! Will for sure be back again soon!

AP
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food, large portions, nice server, and delicious mocktails. Only downfalls were it being so dark we had to use our phones to read the menu clearly and a couple food items were out of stock. Will for sure go back again and maybe try the rooftop.

d
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food1service1ambience1

We did not ear there. The upper level outside dining area was closed so we left disappointed.

D
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made a reservation and even though there were open tables on the patio they sat at a ledge hanging over the edge of the roof patio basically looking at another building with people just rammed in there, eating of the ledge like a food truck. The food was nothing special at all and the service was the kind where the servers are just tolerating the people who are there. The decor was cartoonish to the point of cultural appropriation.

IM
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Moto-I is a perennial favorite. I brought guests from Tokyo and they thought it was delicious and memorable.

KD
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service was a little slow, but not terrible. The little electronic pad thing they use now was kind of bogus and kept acting up. But the food was DELICIOUS and we got a lot of food for what we spent!! We will definitely be back.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food came out slow and service was mediocre. Been there many times and this may have been the worst experience I’ve had there. Hopefully a onetime thing

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love moto-i. The food is amazing and a must taste of Minneapolis

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The restaurant was fine food-wise, but SO HOT. Uncomfortable for us and for the wait staff.

OT
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so much fun to find a place that serves food late till 1:30 AM and that too super yum food.The roof top is a dream love to sit n just dream away time.Wonderful and happy staff.This place rocks

OT
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Their selection of sake is great and the rooftop and is awesome place to hang out for pre party drinks. The buns are fantastic

DT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was fabulous. Great customer service from the minute we walked through the door

TH
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Way to dark. It was even hard to see the person next to you let alone the menu. Food was good, but I had the Duck ramen that had no duck in it. Also we had to wave down the servers way to often. Lucky the company I had was what made the experience better.

JW
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Took an hour for them to make our ramen. They should’ve told us it would’ve taken that long so we would’ve been able to decide whether or not we wanted to wait. Instead, they’d just say it’d be soon. In the end, the classic ramen and the duck ramen that we ordered tasted alright, but weren’t worth an hour’s wait. I thought that the pricing and portion were okay, but I preferred the taste of the ramen from Icchido ramen, which was also a little bit cheaper and much faster.

S
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice sake list. Decent ramen.

NS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Good food slow service. Took an hour to get the appetizer out.

KN
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Great patio and views but the food was over priced and just okay. Wouldn’t go out of my way to eat here again.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great food and wonderful service I will be eating here again

RW
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place. If we ever come back to Minneapolis, we will definitely be going back to here. Food and ambiance was great. They brew their own sake and its delicious.

EC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food, sake, and service here is top notch! It's a little dark, and a little loud, but so incredibly worth it. Highly recommend!

T
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fried pork bites and classic ramen are amazing!!!

CP
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the food and service at Moto-i! I have been several times and plan to go back frequently. I recommend the bistro steak for those who just aren't sure if they will like the traditional Japanese ramen. If you are looking for an appetizer, I would recommend the pork steam buns.

The brussel sprouts are amazing and perfect for my vegetarian daughter so are the tofu options. The miso soup is very good but be warned, a bit on the spicy side so are the chicken steamed buns.

They only downside I can think if is the small tables they have for parties of one or two people shoved in the corner. Honestly, those tables need to just be a booth. So if it is just you or you and a friend, just sit at the bar.

TB
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impressed by everything. Server was great, knowledge about sake was great, food was better than expected. We will be back.

JH
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Attentive and friendly staff, excellent apps and entre. Will return!

2
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Happy hour was fantastic, would definitely return!

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