moto-i

4.5
791 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 791 People Are Saying
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5.0
Dined 4 days ago

The restaurant was accommodating to a large group. The food was good as always. A must on our list is the benny buns. If you haven’t tried them, I highly recommend you order them next time your there.

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OT
Minneapolis
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

Service was great, the food is why we keep coming back. Especially the Benny Buns. Overall we had an awesome experience.

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MC
Minneapolis
3.0
Dined on July 4, 2018

The patio does not take reservations though opentable. So you book, you get there and “sorry” only tables inside.

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OT
Minneapolis
5.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

Great service. Food was excellent. Will be back.

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p
2.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

I've been here a few times and it has always been great! This last time, however, was completely different. I thought the hostess could have been more welcoming and our waitress barely came around to check on how things were going. Our appetizers came out with our dinners, my Diet Coke was super flat, and my dish was so salty I couldn't finish it. I'll give Moto-i another chance since maybe there's just off days but I was really disappointed this last time.

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DD
Minneapolis
5.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

We’ve come since they’ve opened and have always had consistently good food. It’s my go to with family and friends.

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HL
5.0
Dined on June 18, 2018

Rooftop seating was fun on a Monday MNO! Service was attentive. Food was delish - particularly the fried rice and the pork belly bowls & the Rangoon. Will definitely be back with my husband, friends, and/or another couple or two.

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Des Moines
5.0
Dined on June 18, 2018

Went out for Father’s Day. 4 adults. 3 toddlers. Service was fast and friendly. Food is always amazing. There is no kids menu, but you can find something on the menu to split with or share with kids. Food comes out as it is ready so nothing is cold.

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s
Minneapolis
4.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

We had some small plates and the BiBimBap. Almost all of it was excellent. The pork belly bites are still one of my favorite small plates in the TC. The BiBimBap was spicy and the pork was really good. A really good take on a Korean classic.

The only thing we want to nitpick is the fact that the pickle plate has turned into a pickle jar with some kimchi. The jar makes it difficult to get the pickles out. It is a bit messy. The daikon radish and the fennel are missing from the pickles which was kind of disappointing. Bring back the pickle plate.

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J
Minneapolis
5.0
Dined on June 12, 2018

Wonderful service and great food. We had a wonderful time on the rooftop patio.

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KP
5.0
Dined on June 11, 2018

Best ramen ever! Steamed buns were delicious too. Best sake ever!

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AV
5.0
Dined on June 3, 2018

Went for my 22nd birthday with my best friends (who have all different dietary needs) and we all had a blast. Everyone got food that was amazing (the steam tofu buns are AMAZING) and the cocktails were so so yummy. Our server was super sweet and checked on us just enough. Will be going back.

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ML
Minneapolis
5.0
Dined on June 1, 2018

Food was great, rooftop was awesome. One of the only places you can get okonomiyaki in Minnesota.

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MD
Minneapolis
5.0
Dined on May 30, 2018

Been living in Uptown for 3 years and just discovered this place. We frequent The Herkimer, the sister restaurant to this place a lot, but never tried Moto-I. What have we been missing!!! This is a great spot. The food was delicious, and the Ramen was outstanding. Will be back many more times now!

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JR
5.0
Dined on May 28, 2018

The food is exceptional. I had the kale ramen. Amazing flavor and color.
The cocktails need work. Roo sweet or too weak.

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Chicago
5.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

So many good options, great sake, and was able to have a delicious meal easily with everything being modified to vegan! Can’t wait to come back!

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OT
2.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

Expensive for what your get.

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OT
Minneapolis
5.0
Dined on May 19, 2018

Delicious Ramen and unique Japanese whiskey flight.

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Minneapolis
3.0
Dined on May 12, 2018

We went for an early Mother’s Day dinner. Everybody really enjoyed their dishes, except the mushroom ramen. The mushroom ramen was deemed terrible by our whole table. Other than that we had a great time, once we found the place. It’s a little hidden.

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DG
3.0
Dined on April 7, 2018

Lively restaurant in Uptown. Atmosphere/ambience was ok. Service was poor. Food was ok-to-good. As far as Japanese or Japanese fusion, there are better choices in Mpls - my opinion.

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ML
4.0
Dined on April 1, 2018

Had a great time at Moto-i with family for lunch. The food was excellent and the staff was helpful and attentive--even with a big group! Will be back!

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OT
Minneapolis
4.0
Dined on April 1, 2018

Very good sake and rice beer choices. Food was good, but read menu closely. Liberal use of fish flakes!

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LW
Minneapolis
5.0
Dined on March 31, 2018

We both wanted ramen; drove in from Minnetonka. Loved it, will be back.

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AP
Minneapolis
3.0
Dined on March 24, 2018

The food had really good flavor but the ramen bowls were pretty much only noodles, not a lot of other added ingredients. We tried a rice bowl that was awesome!

Service was slow, but it was really busy!

Overall I would recommend to go.

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D
Minneapolis
5.0
Dined on March 21, 2018

Great food and tasty house-brewed sake! The ramen and special duck gyoza really hit the spot. Late night upstairs is fun too!

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OT
Minneapolis
5.0
Dined on March 20, 2018

Great food and service!!

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KS
3.0
Dined on March 16, 2018

Very fun and cool atmosphere. Food was good not great. If you're looking for authentic asian food this is not the place for you, very hipster.

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KR
5.0
Dined on March 11, 2018

The service and food was excellent. We were there at 7:15 and were sat in the bar area on the main floor. The noise factor was a little bit louder than expected but overall excellent experience. We will definately be back.

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LW
Chicago
4.0
Dined on March 11, 2018

Interesting menu. Knowledgeable staff. The drink menu was unique. The service was quite good and staff was attentive. Only complaint would be the noise level--hard to hear the conversation at the table.

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Minneapolis
2.0
Dined on March 4, 2018

Went to try moto-I for Raman. It was very disappointing. Little flavor to no flavor. Tasted like eating noodles in water. Restaurant was so dark - couldn’t read menu. Noise level was very loud. Won’t return.

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OT
Minneapolis
4.0
Dined on February 25, 2018

It was good but not great.

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Minneapolis
5.0
Dined on February 24, 2018

Great food and drinks.

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JW
4.0
Dined on February 22, 2018

First experience eating authentic ramen and it was everything I hoped for. I could tell the ingredients were high quality and I was happy with the price. The waitress was helpful in helping me navigate the items and recommending an appropriate sake. I can't wait to go again!

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MX
Minneapolis
5.0
Dined on February 20, 2018

First time but by no means the last-!! A tad challenging for us wussies who cannot do 🌶 but I found enough to make me happy-!!! Great servers-!! Give it a try-!!

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ML
Richmond
5.0
Dined on February 19, 2018

We were a party of four and all of our entrees were delicious - the service was great and everyone was super friendly.
Nice vibe in the space - just a very pleasant evening.

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Minneapolis
5.0
Dined on February 17, 2018

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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SG
5.0
Dined on February 17, 2018

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!

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GO
Minneapolis
5.0
Dined on February 15, 2018

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!!

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RS
5.0
Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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OT
Minneapolis
5.0
Dined on February 14, 2018

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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