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.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The Big Boy Lounge
Monday - Karaoke 9:00 PM
Tuesdays - Open Mic 8:00 PM
Wednesday - Artist Showcase 8:00 PM
Parking on Lyndale, Aldrich, Lake and 29th. Also, public lots available behind restaurant and across the street.
On the MTC #4, #21 and #53.
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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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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stopped by to see a friend perform. Had drinks at the bar before the show started...beers are reasonably priced. They offer sake flights though I didn't partake as I'm not a sake fan. The classic Ramen was delicious with a rich and flavorful broth. Would definitely stop by again!
Plenty of different Japanese and various eastern Asian options available. A big draw for me, is that they make their own sake! If you want to try a variety of different stylings of sake, you might be surprised how different sake can taste. Additionally, if you are interested in watching Sumo tournaments, this is probably the best place in town to find like-minded individuals.
We went mainly to try the sake. While they only have five or so on offer the variety and quality are good. We tried several small plate items (sashimi, pork belly, a duck special) which were all very good. Service was attentive but not intrusive. Nice atmosphere but can be a little loud.
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