moto-i

4.6
1087 Reviews
$30 and under
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moto-i is a local ramen shop and sake brewery in the Lyn-Lake neighborhood. We feature house-made steamed buns, tokyo straight style noodle ramen, weekend brunch, rooftop patio with a MPLS skyline view, rotating chef specials, and streamed sumo wrestling tournaments.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
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vipTauW
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place, they never do any wrong

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vipnavykat
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Food was good, but not as good as hoped. Service was great. Sake had poor descriptions and were all very similar and underwhelming.

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CathyA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my son out to experience a restaurant that was not fast food. We enjoyed the rooftop patio, had great service and the food was very enjoyable. We will be back.

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SandraL
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my go to places for consistently delicious quality Ramen and ambiance…..

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dollface187
Minneapolis
28 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again had a great time. The food was amazing, the special sake was delicious, and the staff were extra friendly. Because many people served us, i really can name anyone personally but you all were on top of your game. I look foward to coming back.

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KateG
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

moto-i is a singular destination. House-made sake of complexity and variety of tastes, an interesting and unusual menu of house made ramen small plates, and specials, friendly and attentive waitstaff, and the rooftop patio! Been coming here for years. Go.

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CandanS
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing, prompt, informative and super friendly (unfortunately forgot his name). As a Vegan, I never knew how many options I would have at Moto-i, and it is my new favorite spot!

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nath55
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First of all, the food is absolutely DELICIOUS! This was my second time in 3 days coming. I had shown a picture of our food to some family and they wanted to come!

The service is something to get used to--but it's not a bad thing! It's like most Japanese restaurants where the servers don't bug you unless you press the button and call for them.

Both times I went, the staff was extremely friendly and the food was BOMB. If you get a chance, hit the rooftop on the weekend :)

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ScottR
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

awesome. would love to come back. everything was great. only negative was the whole down town ambiance remains less than desirable. windows of plywood graffiti and feeling of lawlessness still.

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tessie
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Moto-i was a great experience! Our server was fun and very knowledgeable about Japanese cuisine including everything about saki! Sitting on the rooftop on a beautiful warm evening is a must if you can. You will be disappointed if you’re wanting a Chardonnay however- not a great wine selection. Otherwise all was good.

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RyanA
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious food, great atmosphere! Service was spot on!

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious. Modern. Excellent staffing. Very thoughtful insight from wait and host staff. All cooked to order. A reasonable wait for food, however considering the quality and all, definitely worth a little patience.

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LauraL
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always exactly what I need. Curry Ramen, Benny Bun, and a few beers!

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ChristinaC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for ramen! Excellent service! The hostess (Tyler?) was very accommodating, professional, and friendly.

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EmelyZ
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience2

This was our first time visiting Moto. Service was great! It was the bartender too, I forgot their name but super nice. The food was eh. My mother got the classic ramen and she couldn’t eat it. She said “there’s no flavor” and the smell of the pork started to make her nausea. I got the vegan mushroom ramen and it was average, the mushroom gave it flavor but the broth could’ve been better. I got the vegan mock duck bun and honestly was the best thing. Sucks it was only one though. Don’t think I’d be coming back:(

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TaraR
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I greatly enjoyed my visit! The only thing I was let down on was the mochi, which wasn’t very flavorful.

The entrees, drinks, and customer service are superb though! Would definitely recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

House brewed sake. Nice variety, all very good. Good and ambiance also good. Service is excellent

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall2food5service3ambience3

Moto I is one of our favorite places. I want to start this by saying we are big fans and will be back again. Unfortunately last night was an embarrassment. I had made reservations in June for a party of 10. When we arrived early to make sure things were okay it seemed that we were a huge inconvenience for the staff. They were rushing to figure out where to put us. I've never brought this group before to Moto I and had said such great things about it. I'm assuming the air conditioning was broken because the restaurant was boiling we had to use menus like fans at the table. We also tried to keep orders between parts of our group but due to I'm imagining our server not writing down food orders we ended up with extra things coming to the table. I don't feel the bill was directed correctly for the correct diners. There was just a lack of care and it was disappointing. I know many of my 1st time friends will not return.

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MarkS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always so nice going here. servers are so nice too.

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JoeZ
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic ramen and bun appetizers. Atmosphere was nice and the place wasn't packed, albeit it was a dark inside. They have a button at your table to call your waiter if you are ready to order or need anything which was nice to get help whenever you needed anything. Overall a great place with great food, will be coming back!

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LiztheGriz
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great bathrooms. Well decorated, nice ambiance and equipped with sound system.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We ordered a green salad as well as a beet salad. The beet was diced small and somewhat hidden under a bed of greens. Not what I expected of a beet salad. Both salads were very salty and I had to ask for a bowl of water to raise the leaves. The Japanese Fried Chicken (JFC) was done quite well but the generous use of teriyaki sauce again made the dish quite salty. Ramen broth was very good and not too salty. They ran out of beef for the ramen but was willing to substitute pork shoulder. Next time I should stick with just ramen

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Great food, but the hostess could be better utilized elsewhere. There is not been any improvements in the hostess

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vipSDoc
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrace is nice

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MariaJ
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’d never bothered even looking at Moto-i’s menu over the years, as I’m a vegetarian, and had assumed there was fish in most of it, and pork in the ramen. NOT TRUE! I had a fab meal w a pal— great veg dumplings, a tofu bun, and meatless bibimbap (I hadn’t realized there were Korean dishes there either). All delicious. Reasonably priced wine/drinks. Wonderful service from the hostess through server and several others who whisked our piping hot orders to the table. I can imagine I’m the noise level could get loud when it’s allowed to be compile full again, but it was really comfortable for conversation last night at about 50% coming out of covid capacity. Great experience, and I look for to returning.

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chris
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience4

Felt forgotten, I get the covid button at the table, however, if I am expected to tip 20+% on my bill, I would like to see my server more than 3 times... The hostess checked up on my date and I more than our server did.

But I also believe our server was solo on our side to about 9 tables?

I have gone to Moto-i many times of the years, this is one of my favorite joint to go to, and I will continue to go here.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service always takes a really long time but the food is great

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ZYee301
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Servers are very helpful and put a lot into what they do! The flavors are always spot on - not to mention they have ramen with mushroom broth instead of pork broth! The whole place is beautiful, even the bathrooms.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both servers were great. I love the button on the table that lets them know you need something!

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MikeM
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food, great service and a nice view from the rooftop! Molly was great and very helpful for this sake novice.

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LauraL
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good. One of my top go to places. Crispy Chicken Bun, Sake Flight, Red Curry Coconut Ramen.

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vipteddy
Minneapolis
78 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was good-service was good...some of my favorite things are gone from the menu. We were not fond of the extra service fee and was told it was for the PPE loan but those were not repayable is my understanding. We will hope this extra fees go away or we may stay out of that area going forward!

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Flavorgal
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Dark and bland in the dining areas; a bit depressing for a celebration dinner. Saki flights are fun. Drunken noodles we're good. Menu is rather small.

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buznuz
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

came for busienss. lefet for busiens. bewe wed did geal real good! gozilla

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Katehrl
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service was stellar, the Shishito wontons and pork buns are delicious! All 3 entrees were well prepared! Loved the Sake flight!

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AbbieM
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super yummy! Service was very friendly and helpful! Drinks are always good

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Incredible! Every. Single. Bite. !!! I wish we could have tried everything on the menu. Cocktails were amazing and beautiful as well. Can’t rave enough … will be back and will bring friends!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh my God, I will be coming back for the JFC, Classic Ramen, everything was fantastic, great selection of house made sake

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Christina
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love my time at Moto-I. If you're looking for a great patio, it's first come first serve. If you're looking for a quaint, semi intimate setup, inside is for you and you can make a reservation ahead of time! If you're looking for delivery- they can do that too!

My fave drink is the Goodluck cocktail or moto-mule. My favorite goto for food is the Tofu bun, Mock Duck bun, Tofu wraps, Drunken Noodle, or Thai fried rice! Great ramens too. Also, Matt is the BEST server ever. We also had a good experience with Tyler, who was being trained in! Matt was awesome to introduce him to us. See you next time!

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JoJo
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Was a good experience. Wish there were more gluten free options otherwise everything was good. I would recommend 👍

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from moto-i using the Order Online button. moto-i also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (612) 821-6262.

moto-i is rated 4.6 stars by 1087 OpenTable diners.

moto-i does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/moto-i/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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