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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JC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing ramen!

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

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
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Food was super average

J
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AP
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 1service 1ambience 1

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
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

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
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

TH
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

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
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice sake list. Decent ramen.

NS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

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

KN
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

RW
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

CP
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

2
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Happy hour was fantastic, would definitely return!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great & love the vegan options!

S
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is absolutely delicious! The ambiance is nice. Some corners are a little too dark, but it did not completely take away from our experience. The service is also phenomenal, our waitresses always made sure our water was filled and came to check up on us often. I highly recommend the bibimbop!

U
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, drink and service. Our server was very knowledgeable about sake and gave us samples to try. Only complaint is too dark!

MB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Slightly overpriced for a Ramen joint. Very dark and loud inside but they have a great rooftop in the summer! Food is yummy!

R
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ramen was average, but all the appetizers were outstanding.

TF
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and food. Especially the buns, they were fantastic. Matt our server was really knowledgeable and efficient.

B
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food

K
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

A little too dark in dining room and a little loud

OT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Terrible time finding parking but once we got there, the food was awesome. Everything was so flavorful and the service was knowledgeable and generous.

AB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flavors were excellent. Plenty of options for our 11 and 13 yr olds too.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent!
My wife and I got a bunch of different stuff to share. The staff was awesome. We basically let our waiter order for us. We will definitely be back.

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