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About moto-i

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.

2940 Lyndale Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55408
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Asian, Contemporary Asian, Japanese

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 12pm - 2am
Saturday - Sunday 11am - 2am
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 11am-2:20pm
Early Happy Hour: Everyday 2:20pm-6pm
Late Night Happy Hour: Sunday - Thursday 10pm-2am

Cross Street:
Lake

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(612) 821-6262

Website:
http://www.moto-i.com/

Entertainment:
The Big Boy Lounge

Monday - Karaoke 9:00 PM
Tuesdays - Open Mic 8:00 PM
Wednesday - Artist Showcase 8:00 PM

Parking Details:
Parking on Lyndale, Aldrich, Lake and 29th. Also, public lots available behind restaurant and across the street.

Public Transit:
On the MTC #4, #21 and #53.

Executive Chef:
Ryan Lee

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Private Spaces available for Special Events

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Private Dining

moto-i has three levels of event space that can be transformed to cater to your needs. Our staff has considerable experience working with large groups and doing special events. The house brewed sake and chef Ryan's Izakaya fare will make your event a night to remember.

moto-i Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

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Hot Spot (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Authentic (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Healthy (6)
Late-night Find (6)
People Watching (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Business Meals (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Romantic (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 3 days ago

Our waitress was amazing and on top of everything! Was in charge of the whole floor, but did it with no errors! That and the food was perfect and we ordered the Benny Buns twice because it was so good!

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·Dined 4 days ago

I love their ramen - it’s delicious! A waitress also stopped by and said, “We have an extra pork belly - would you like to have it?” Free tasty thick cut bacony deliciousness? Yes please!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

Absolutely fabulous!! I am already trying to figure out when I can get back to Moto-i so I can try some other menu items. Everyone in our party loved their food and drinks. The service was fabulous too, and sever was very knowledgeable about all menu items and helped some in our party decide what to get for their first time eating Japanese. I recommend their fruitier Sake. So delicious!!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for a Date, Casual, Spicy, Healthy
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·Dined 6 days ago

The Benny Buns are our favorite! Everything on the menu is delicious and the staff is always friendly! Great place to eat!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

It was good! It was a nice and dark place for my Valentine’s Day date! The food was good too and the staff were nice! The food came as it was finished in the kitchen. I recommend it. Price were expected because it is Japanese food. :)

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

Good food, good service and good vegetarian options. We also really enjoy the sake cocktails.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

Moto I is our go to place when we go to the Jungle Theatre. The food is reasonably priced and the service is great. We especially like the beet salad, pork buns, edamame and JFC (Japanese fried chicken). Great portions, fabulous food!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

I've said it before, and I will say it again--LOVE MOTO-I!! I am not embellishing to say that every time we visit, we say how much we love Moto-I. Great food, great atmosphere, great staff, great music. Thanks for keeping it GREAT!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Good for a Date, Great Beer
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food, great space, great service. The tofu lettuce wraps were amazing and so were the sake cocktails. We had a large group (11 people) and truly outstanding service from our waiter. Thank you!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great as always! Mushroom Ramen was delish, great local beer, great service.

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, People Watching, Disabled Access, Bar Seating
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Good food, good service, good Sake - nothing was outstanding.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food , nice environment but very dark , not able to read the menu , the service was regular , waitress was rushing trying to get our food however i can understad that we were +6

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We had a sake flight, recommended by the staff. All three sakes were delicious and unique. The atmosphere is cozy, lots of booths.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Casual
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 17, 2018

As always the food is amazing, and equally as amazing is the wait staff.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We love the ramen at this place. It has a cool vibe with sumo decorations and local art upstairs. They brew their own sake and have some good local beers available. It is a will return for us and worth the drive to uptown.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fun, Spicy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Our Korean children along with myself and my wife, having visited both
Korea and Japan, have frequented many of metro establishments for Ramon. Our Ramon meals fell short of their places we've tried, mostly in the flavoring of the broth.
The Duck Ramon I had, was good, but I was surprised by the spicyness and the different type of noodles, that I've come accustomed to in my Ramon.

The staff was excellent, always someone stopping by to check on us or refelling beverages and taking away plates. Had at least 4-5 different people, stop by our table. The Malbec wine I had was excellent, and the "Moto Mule" that was mistakenly brought to our table, looked excellent as well. Made me wish I hadn't pointed out the mistake, and had simply drank it.

People watching was excellent, everyone looked like they were having fun. The drawings on the chalk boards, looked like they could have benifited from being replaced by the animae characters that my daughter creates.

Tags: Hot Spot, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Moto i always satisfies! Love the spicy red coconut beef curry ramen! Also, try a godzilla bomb and whatever the specials are at the time. $2 steamed buns during happy hour are the best. Highly recommend for casual or for a date night or group dinner!

Tags: Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Authentic, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Healthy, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Spicy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Outstanding customer service and waiter. Good food and a nice atmosphere.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Service was fantastic. The food was amazing!! It wasn’t our first time, and it definitely won’t be the last!

Tags: Spicy, Late-night Find, Fun, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Romantic, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We went to Moto-i for a birthday celebration. We enjoyed our appetizers including the rangoon, pickle plate, and tempura shrimp. (Though I would have loved tempura veggies along with it as well.) We really liked the small, soft bun options and will probably go back for brunch and order the beni one again and try their house Bloody Mary. The beni was the Japanese version of eggs Benedict and our favorite. The BBQ pork-rice dish with chili sauce (can't remember the name) and the drunken noodles were are favorite entrees. Yes we will go back but probably not on a Sat. eve. as the parking was tough.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Enjoyed the food! I ordered the buns and the ramen. Wish the buns were a little warmer they were slightly cold. They had a good variety on the menu with some vegetarian options that I was able to eat. Server was great and attentive. Slightly pricey though. Would return!

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 24, 2017

I had heard raving praise about this restaurant so maybe my expectations were too high. The appetizers and small plates were very good but main dishes were just average. The dishes which were described by menu and server as spicy (which we desired) were minimally so. The noodle dishes also seem very salty. With all the options for Asian food in UpTown, we will probably try a different one.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Gluten Free Options
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Fun atmosphere! It was busy and our server was knowledgeable and personable. Our appetizers were slow to come out and the server was aware and apologized for he delay. But the food (appetizers and main courses) was great which made up for the delay.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Home brewed saki at its mid-West best! And great plates to share.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Casual, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We love Moto-I and will def be back many times! Sake, Ramen, and Buns! Oh yeah, and shuffleboard.

Tags: Worth the Drive, People Watching, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Casual, Healthy, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Spicy, Comfort Food
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food was tasteless.... I had the classic ramen had no taste... the bun were good... I think it could have been better if they have some like seasoning on the table so we can add on as our taste.... Like soy sauce, salt, and chili oil

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Duck Ramen was killer!! The sauce on karaage was a little too strong, otherwise the homemade kimchi was good and the free tea ice cream mochi was also just so good

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

This was a nice late night option after flying in to Mpls. Their take on okonomiyaki USA ng potatoes was interesting. The brothless pork abura was tasty with a nice little kick.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 18, 2017

This is a difficult area to park. I prefer smaller neighborhood Asian restaurants.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Absolutely loved this place. Devin was an excellent server, taking time to explain the many different dishes and sakes. The food was excellent. Not a high classy environment, but if you’re looking for way above average cuisine without the $$$$ sign, this is a knock out.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Casual, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Great food! The steamed buns and Ramen were amazing. Nightmare Parking! It took me 10 minutes to find street parking because restaurant doesn't have a parking lot.

Tags: Spicy, Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Awesome fried rice and service. Love this location!

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Very good raman, excellent sake and very good service. We opted to eat on the rooftop patio enjoying a hot summer night in September -good choice. Food and service were very good, a little slow, but was quite busy. The raman was excellent and so was the sake. Will go back.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 1, 2017

We went because they had okonomiyaki on the menu and my nephew, who was based in Japan for a couple of years, hasn't been able to find any in San Diego. This is a great place that does what I'll call Japanese tapas. lots of small plates and we tried just about all of them and they were great (including the okonomiyaki). They also brew their own sake right on the premises. I'm not a sake drinker, but those in the group who are said it was great, both the hot and the cold. Service was quick and friendly (shout out to Mattie) and we had a blast. We will definitely be going back.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 25, 2017

I went on a date night to moto-i on a whim, and it was fabulous! We had cocktails, which were incredible, and ramen + bibimbap. Oh, and the pork buns? I could wax on and on about how delicious those were! We'll definitely be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 17, 2017

This place is always excellent, the hot sake is amazing.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 8, 2017

As someone who deeply appreciates sake and Japanese cuisine I was overjoyed to hear about this sake brewpub! This is a gem and as far as I know the only sake brewpub in the US. The people of the US are just starting to wake up to the delicious flavorscape and depth of sake. This is the best way to try fresh pressed sake and Nama (unpasteurized) sake. The sake is as fresh as it comes and bursting with flavors, no one the same. The Ramen is top notch!
WE DROVE FROM NEW ORLEANS TO EXPERIENCE THIS ONE OF A KIND GEM and recommend YOU DO TOO!!!! Thanks for the wonderful hospitality MOTO-I!!!! Kanpai!

Tags: Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Organic, Casual, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Cozy, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 25, 2017

I love the food at moto-i. It is absolutely delicious. We talked with our friends for 2 hours and time flew by...we had so much fun. The service was awesome. Our friends we ate with were so delighted they planned to return very soon. We had 4 appetizers...all delicious. Most of us had Ramen as entree - loved it. We had our own Sake tasting too amongst ourselves by sharing. Great time had by all.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Food was great! The servers brought around mad libs! We had a great visit!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 18, 2017

We ways have a great time here. We did the restaurant week menu and everything was great. The dessert was a little weird but not bad, just not what we expected.

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