moto-i

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$30 and under
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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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vipdollface187
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our bartender rocked. Everything came out quickly and delicious!!! I would recommend this place.

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Briana436
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We arrived around 5 mins late for our reservation and the hostess indicated it would be awhile but we were happily sat only minutes after ordering a drink from the bar. The cocktails and bar service were very good. We were sat in the back by the kitchen and the service was a bit slow, there was confusion with our small plates(apps), then we nearly received someone else’s. Our ramen took a substantially long time to get to our bellies, and as the night wore on we saw our server less and less, making it hard to get another drink when needed. All in all, I think it is worth another chance, some night when me husband and I get another chance away.

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Tommyrey
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent choice for Restaurant Week! Loved the ramen and beignets

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CarlL
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food very nice laid back atmosphere great music a very nice chill spot!!

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CyndeeC
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Happy hour with girl friends and we will all be back. Food was outstanding and great value besides We had assortment of happy hour specials

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is absolutely amazing.
Best ramen ever

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food very good

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great Mushroom Ramen was AMAZING

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johnh
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent service (although took a bit of time for drinks to arrive). Food was very tasty. Maybe a little too much fat on the pot stickers, but tasted really good.

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StefanieG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Overall the food was just okay for us. We ordered their popular appetizers “benny’s buns” and also the “pork belly bun” along with their classic ramen and bibimbap. This place came highly recommended so we got high expectations. The place was quite dark and it’s hard to read the menu. The service was a bit slower giving it was crowded at all on a Thursday evening. Service was good and the price is reasonable.

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DanaM
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Service is a little slow sometimes but the food is so good! The mochis are good too! Would recommend.

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BL1963
Minneapolis
32 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall would rate as very good but be aware that the happy hour is fairly limited. Went here for a birthday celebration...FYI restaurant/bar doesn't do anything special for the guest of honor. I would say a bit overpriced so probably hurts my overall rating as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love Moto-I! Delicious ramen! Great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service!

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JessicaW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The Ginger Egg Rice Bowl is the best (brunch food)!

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LorriJ
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit...love the menu and atmosphere. Haven't tried the saki yet...

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Allison
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I just had my first meal there, but it won't be my last. We started with rangoons which were really tasty. The mushroom ramen was delicious with many other flavors of sliced vegetables and cilantro. The saki was interesting. I have no knowledge of saki, but the variety seemed to cater to many tastes. We ate at 6 p.m. in order to go to a play afterwards. When we left the play, there was still a line going out the door. I think they've been open for over 10 years. That's a great endorsement.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very pleasantly surprised by our meal at Moro-I! We often go to the Jungle Theater and have never been inspired by the restaurant options nearby. This is a game-changer for us. Dinner and theater right across the street from each other. Yippee!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
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.

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sc23
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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AlexN
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

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OpenTable Diner
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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JohnP
Minneapolis
2 reviews
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.

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GeriF
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!

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Sam14
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MargaretE
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.

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HoneyS
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
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.

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JenniferC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ramen!

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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

Food was super average

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Jeff
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!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

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

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AshleyP
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.

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dfwesw
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.

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Didnotlikeit
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.

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IanMSP
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.

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KristinaD
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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

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moto-i offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (612) 821-6262.

moto-i is rated 4.6 stars by 915 OpenTable diners.

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