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moto-i

4.5
742 reviews
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$30 and under
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Asian
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Asian, Contemporary Asian, Japanese
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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
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Phone number
(612) 821-6262
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ryan Lee
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lake
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Parking details
Parking on Lyndale, Aldrich, Lake and 29th. Also, public lots available behind restaurant and across the street.
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Public transit
On the MTC #4, #21 and #53.
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Entertainment
The Big Boy Lounge

Monday - Karaoke 9:00 PM
Tuesdays - Open Mic 8:00 PM
Wednesday - Artist Showcase 8:00 PM
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Special events & promotions
Private Spaces available for Special Events
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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

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.

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What 742 People Are Saying
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4.4
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vipJake (Minneapolis)
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

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

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SCyoyoyo (Minneapolis)
5.0
Dined on January 7, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
3.0
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.

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Angel 
5.0
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!

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Karen (New York Area)
4.0
Dined on December 19, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on December 3, 2017

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

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MamaMurph (Minneapolis)
4.0
Dined on December 3, 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.

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vipLindsayP (Miami)
4.0
Dined on November 26, 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!

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Out2lunch (Minneapolis)
3.0
Dined on November 25, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0
Dined on November 18, 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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