Nam Nam

2.9
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$31 to $50
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Southeast Asian
Southeast Asian inspired restaurant in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, MN.
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2.9based on all time ratings
2.8
food
2.9
service
2.7
ambience
2.3
value
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17% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Minneapolis
38 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This is a very special place!

JC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

The selection of background music was terrible for the dinner hour guest. The constant drumbeat became very annoying. The menu lacked cohesiveness and it was disappointing to see traditional Japanese sushi items missing (seaweed salad, e.g.). You should never be handing out menus where you have to tell your guest that one whole page is not available anymore!!

LA
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I felt the ambiance was terrible. I understand it was a Wednesday evening, but I feel like this restaurant tries to portray itself as a high end sushi and steak restaurant, when all it really is is a very average place. The decor upstairs is terrible. Downstairs a little better, but not by much. I sat at the bar and the service was good. The manager and some of the servers stood around a lot close to where I was sitting and at times seemed borderline unprofessional to me. Admittedly, I am a stickler for maintaining a certain amount of decorum and professionalism when you are working and ALWAYS being cognizant that the person sitting at the bar is your paying customer, not an equal to you at that particular point in time. Some of the conversations that happen between employees should never be exposed to your customers...the upstairs is a big open space with flimsy tables and chairs. My opinion, convert it into a speak easy type space. Invest in better more comfortable furniture. Keep all the food downstairs.

B
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was good, but the service was incredibly slow.

RK
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

A very bizarre ambiance. Some nice features, but then TVs all over the walls and music playing through large speakers like its a sports bar. My girlfriend and I didn't like it. The tables, plastic chairs and tile work made us feel like we were eating in a cafeteria. During our dinner, we witnessed the staff wheeling garbage cans and supplies back and forth through the restaurant on carts. Right through the dining room. The food and service was actually decent, but in the competitive downtown Market you can find better value and experience for your money. Sorry Nam Nam, we will go elsewhere next time.

MZ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

This place is just so weird. It was mostly empty on a Friday night. They said their tap beer wasn't working and they were out of sake. The server was very kind and quite good, but the place itself just seemed like it had opened yesterday even though it has been open for at least 6 months.

RE
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We were extremely disappointed with the service and the food at Nam Nam . We complained to our waiter a couple of times about a couple of things. One was my drink being delivered to my table with a third of it missing, the waiter agreed, but then walked away and did nothing to rectify it. we told him we did not liking the cold cauliflower dish we ordered and only ate a small amount of, but he did nothing to make it better. The tuna shashimi was stringy and tough, and very disappointing. The seaweed paper used on the cut rolls were tough and chewy. The best thing was the grilled asparagus and the salmon shashimi.
We would not recommend this place to anyone.
As we were leaving and heading downstairs to Seven, the other sister restaurant there, I asked for the manager and informed him of our bad experience upstairs at Nam Nam. The manager was very apologetic, and did offer for us to come back and eat at seven on him, or have a drink at the bar to help make it up, which was a nice jester on his part. However, we were leaving town the next day, and we were not able to take him up on his offer to make it right.

MA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We came in with the expectation that Nam Nam would fill the fusion void left by Saffron, but it did not measure up. The Sushi/no-no rolls had too much rice, the thai chicken was too salty, and the beef short ribs were tasteless. The wings were the best part of the meal, relative to rest of the food - Lyn 65 wings are much better. Service was very good, though.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I made an online reservation weeks in advance for a weekday via OpenTable. I entered the restaurant and went to the hostess station, she claimed that Nam Nam was not open during the weekday and does not accept weekday reservations! She had no record of my reservation. After showing her my reservation confirmation on my phone, she was still thoroughly confused, but indicated that I was free to dine on the rooftop where seating was open and they were serving sushi. The rooftop felt crowded and a little loud, but the service was still decent and it was a beautiful evening. The sushi was too unique for its own good; unusual flavor combinations that really did not go well together. We had to return one plate to the kitchen because the flavor was simply inedible. Suffice it to say, I will not return to Nam Nam.

MK
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I made a reservation through Open Table for a Wednesday at 7:00 PM. As it turned out, the restaurant wasn't even open. When my friends arrived before I did, they were told we didn't have a reservation. When I arrived and showed the host my reservation details, she made it sound like the kitchen had to close abruptly due to some issue but that they could seat us downstairs at Seven. That seems like a good explanation and we agreed to be seated at Seven. But then she just walked away mid-conversation and left us hanging. So after a minute I went to tell another guy at the host desk who looked like a manager that we were just going to leave, and mentioned the fact that we had a reservation upstairs. His response was that this was opentables fault because Nam Nam isn't even open on Wednesdays. As I'm writing this review I went to their website and it does say that they are open on Wednesdays. We ended up having a great meal at Mercy just a few blocks away, I recommend it. The reservation issue is a problem I would normally quickly forget about, but I felt as though the host and the manager were unsympathetic to the inconvenience, and in the hosts case a little rude, and for that reason I don't plan on going back.

j
Minneapolis
38 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This place has really gone down hill since the change of management. Rude people such as the 2 hostesses, terrible cleanup or lack thereof at the bar, VERY long wait for a table even though we had a reservation. 2 wines they listed and did not have and the bottle which was served was warm. no oysters on Saturday night? Prime 6 took their people and they are doing a much better job there!

OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was awful. Waited over 60 minutes for food. Taste was fair to midland. Even after expressing concern about the wait, nothing was done to proactively address the situation.

N
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Shows promise. Cocktails were excellent. Service was pleasant and well paced (early reviews here were not indicative of our experience). Food was all good, some great. Space is a little odd. Feels like it’s a place to be when it’s dark outside and there are more people in the restaurant.

CL
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

AWFUL service. Had a group of six, it took ten mins for the first two people to be served their food. Another 20 mins for another two people to get their food. And a full 30-40 mins for our last two friends to get their food. Our server was NO WHERE to be found, while the bus lady was rude and didn't help us find our server at all. The place used to look very nice but the remodel has it looking like a 50s diner, complete with wobbly tables. Not once did our server come by to check on beverage refills, nor to address or apologize for the food coming out so intermittently. AWFUL, will never visit again and will discourage all friends I know not to come.

AD
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was seriously the worst dining experience I’ve had I. The twin cities in 19 years. The service was horrid, they were out of literally every type of wine and cocktail we tried to order and our food took forever. And the sushi was meh. It should be called Bomb-Bomb. DO NOT GO!