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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

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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Worth the Drive (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Authentic (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Great Beer (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Business Meals (3)
Healthy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Romantic (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
People Watching (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
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Great for Lunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Scenic View (2)
Vegan (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
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·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!

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 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy
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 (Miami)·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!

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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 (Minneapolis)·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.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Gluten Free Options
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 (Minneapolis)·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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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 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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·Dined on November 12, 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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·Dined on October 23, 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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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 22, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 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 19, 2017

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

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·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 17, 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 16, 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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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 2, 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 26, 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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·Dined on August 9, 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 26, 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 22, 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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 (New England)·Dined on July 15, 2017

won't return because it was way to loud for our age (70s), Too bad...food was delicious!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 8, 2017

we sat on the patio which was fun. Service was food and a cheap date night.

Tags: Fun
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 (Omaha)·Dined on June 24, 2017

They must use Lucky Charms as the secret ingredient because it's magically delicious. Amazing.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 13, 2017

The best ramen in the twin cities. This was the first time I've visited the restaurant and will definitely go back!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 6, 2017

On prem fresh brewed sake was great, apps, were great, service good and eating on the roof top excellent. The ramen was ok not not as good as other places I have been.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Overall just great food. Would visit more often if traffic wasn't so horrible for us to get their.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Great view but service was poor. Took 40 minutes to get our drinks. Good was not flavourful at all. Only stayed for the company and the view.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Great food. Great service. The rangoons were incredible! Yum!!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We had a group of 11 on Mother's Day for brunch, and we were not disappointed! Very reasonably priced mimosas and bloody marys. Everyone adored the benny buns (steam buns egg benidict style). The server was awesome! 10/10 would bite again

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The food is excellent but the service is horrible. The staff never apologized for the wait or their rudeness. The noise is too much too. I'll order food but bring it home.

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 (Houston)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Excellent menu and friendly server Anthony! We loved the food. Service was a bit slow in the beginning due to being there at a peak time but then it was great.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Spicy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Food felt high quality but a little lacking in the salt but healthier that way. My husband loved it. Comfortable booths and friendly waitress. Dark atmosphere.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 23, 2017

The food and the waitress were fantastic

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Hasn't been in here in a while and was craving some ramen. Got the Rangoons as an app. Very good flavor and the dipping sauce a good acccompaniment. Our main courses of classic ramen and Japanese fried rice. Pork from the ramen was excellent. Very good flavor. Otherwise both dishes were king of bland. I'll have to search around for some other ramen shops.

Tags: Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 4, 2017

After an hour wait for two bowls of soup, ( ramen), the manager told us our order was never given to the kitchen. We were given a free round of drinks. Another half hour went by with no news of when our two bowls of soup would arrive. We left, went over to Kung Fu Ramen and was eating delicious ramen within ten minutes.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 31, 2017

The food was great and we loved the sake options. Our server could have been more attentive however. He was not very personable either, my husband loves talked to waiters and asking wrist they like and other questions about the menu. He wss not interested at all. And I was never asked if I wanted a pop refill until after we paid and were ready to leave. My pop was empty for about 40 minutes before that. I would have asked him myself but every time he walked by to table, it was quick and with a quick glance.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Never been before. Food was really good!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 21, 2017

Service and food are always wonderful. This is our favorite date night destination. Anthony is the best sever!

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