Nightingale - Minneapolis

4.5
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194 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Welcome to Nightingale, a Whittier neighborhood food and cocktail lounge helmed by husband & wife team Jasha Johnston and Carrie McCabe-Johnston. Opened in October 2012, the restaurant offers a menu comprised of snacks, bruschettas and small and large plates designed for sharing. We embrace the social aspect of dining and look to deliver a full experience to our guests. Come in and get comfortable in one of our plush booths and enjoy yourself over dinner and thoughtfully crafted cocktails or interesting wines from our bar staff. Kitchen is open until 1:00 am Monday – Sunday.
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4.5
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4.4
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GG
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met four friends at the Nightingale and chose it because of an article that said you could have a conversation there without the noise level being a problem. It was great. We really enjoyed our table and the food. The service was wonderful from the hostess to the wait staff. We would definitely come back.

KK
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We all enjoyed our meals and the thoughtfully crafted cocktails. Our server was very attentive and good at reading the energy at the table.

C
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, service and beer list

P
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great ambiance for drinks, we didn’t get food so no rating there

H
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambiance. Very interesting food, well presented and delicious. Staff were very friendly and accommodating. Only improvement would be if it could be a bit quieter it would be easier to talk.

C
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great food and drinks in my favorite neighborhood!

AH
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All four of us commented on the amazing service. I plan to contact the restaurant to let them know...it was that ideal.

d
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very cute space with a good vibe and nice ambiance. The server was prompt and friendly and was sensitive to our need to be on a schedule. Overall quite enjoyed our meal as well, although my brother was only moderately impressed by his pasta dish with mushrooms. I had the squid ink pasta and an arugula salad both of which were tasty. I appreciated that nothing was overly salty. The chocolate pot de creme for dessert was heavenly.

t
Minneapolis
32 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My husband had a seafood chowder or gumbo, he said it was good. I mistakenly bought a cheeseburger and the meat was bland. It's rare that these "designer" hamburgers are good so I don't know why I tried it. The fries were crisp though. The maple carrots were very sweet and only lukewarm. I think he liked his oysters too. It was a little pricey for the quality of food served.

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around experience, as usual.

M
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food3service3ambience3

We went came to celebrate a birthday. Overall everything was good until the server said “ I’M NOT SURE WHAT YOUR PLANS ARE BUT WE NEED THIS TABLE FOR ANOTHER RESERVATION!” and walked away. We were there for 90 minutes. We finished our meal about 10 prior to him saying this! Is this the policy? I won’t go back there.

JM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here! Awesome service, love the ambiance and the food is bomb!

RL
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service were excellent .Noise level of music way too high.Domt understand the need for a disc jockey!

p
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great people, great food, a bit noisy, atmosphere was OK.

YL
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I never write reviews but must do so now. I went here with our friends, who tend to roll their eyes at the prospect of being my guinea pigs at new restaurants. I am often disappointed when I try new places and vow never to return. That was not the case here! The food was outstanding and interesting. Whenever the excellent server came to our table we could not stop singing the praises of the food. My friends said I earned 4.75 stars for this pick. I was docked a quarter star for the lack of parking. Despite the inadequate parking, I am going back!

T
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good dinner
Dessert was so so

CA
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Hosted a birthday dinner at Nightingale and it was a delight. It was our first time at the restaurant and we were very happy with the evening. Prices were reasonable, there were a few vegetarian items and they were able to accommodate gluten free food as well. We wanted to linger over cocktails and the waitperson was patient with us. I was really happy that it felt intimate and lively with most of the tables full but we did not have to shout at each other.

JT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went for brunch on a Saturday with friends for the second time. Great bottomless mimosas for $10! It was crowded so service reflected that but great food and experience!

MW
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience4

It’s such a good ambient. The host on the other hand,...he sat us on the one table close to the door and refused to move us to couple of other open tables with same number of chairs away from the door. (it was rainy and cold). He kept on saying that we needed to book ahead of time which we did. The other tables we asked for were empty for over an hour. Funny how he saved it to these 4 Caucasian males and not the ladies who showed up way earlier and happen to be of different ethnicity. Sad to say the least.

LA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed Girl’s dinner out! Food was unique, fresh and very tasty! I’ll be back...

JM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Second Harvest Heartland ‘Plates For Good’

b
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Greeted warmly, wonderful waitstaff. Was thrilled with non gluten menu. Small plates with unique flavors-thought the octopus was wonderful as was the charred corn, chicken pate, roasted mushroom bruschetta.
Large plate of ribs delicately flavored. What was underwhelming were the mussels that were small, almost shriveled and lacking taste and desserts were not thrilling-ginger ? crumble and pot de creme. I was looking forward to the desserts listed on the website but only the pot de creme was offered. Would go back in an instant and try other things. Nice beer, wine, cocktail menu. One person thought the cider was quite good. We parked about 2 1/2 blocks away.

LJ
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time at Nightingale and they never disappoint. Food and bottomless mimosas are both great

IM
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant, It was my first time being there. I went for brunch and it was delicious! The cherry on top was the $10.00 bottomless mimosas. The Waite staff kept my glass full! I’ll be back for brunch and dinner. If you’re smart, you’ll make a reservation. It was packed before 11am!

V
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fun place! Celebrated our anniversary with brunch. Trevor as our server rocked!!!

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent time at Nightingale. The food was delicious, the host and our server were incredibly kind and helpful, and the restaurant itself was lovely. Looking forward to going again.

c
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Food was mediocre at best. Lobster spaghetti was disappointing. We ordered two orders and both people at the table thought was unmemorable, no pizzazz and lobster was chewy. Maybe we were expecting too much.
The cold avocado cucumber soup was very good but the grilled octopus was another disappointment.
Peach and tomato salad with cottage cheese would have been great but the peach was hard and unfortunately not nearly ripe.
Overall, service was good, food presentation was good, ambiance is great. A little loud at times with music and patrons. I would give it another try but there are just too many other great restaurants in the area.

B
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nightingale is my favorite place to go for special occasions. The menu is varied and highlights seasonal produce. The food is always executed and presented perfectly. Chef Carrie McCabe-Johnston creates wonderful menus and her staff carries out her vision without fail. I've been in the restaurant business as a cook, baker/pastry chef, owner since 1983 and still am. I do not go out to eat often because I usually take home food from my restaurant and also I am jaded from being in this business for so many years. That's why I so appreciate Nightingale: the front-of-the-house staff are welcoming and knowledgeable, the ambience is A-1 and the food never fails to delight me. My recent meal featured oysters, an heirloom tomato salad with peaches and cottage cheese, eggplant tempura with burrata and seafood gumbo. And I haven't even mentioned prices which are super reasonable. Kudos to Nightingale!

J
Minneapolis
123 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner. Nice variety of both small plates and entrees on the menu, plus good wine list. Service from Ingrid provided perfect pacing.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I love Nightingale for the ambiance and the aesthetic. The food is usually delicious. Sometimes, service can be a toss up. While never outright poor service, there are some of the staff I certainly prefer over others. Overall, I love the place!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was creative and tasty, but piecemeal in terms of service, entrees didn't come out at the same time. but a minor issue. Overall worth a visit though. Small plates and snacks are the way to go. Chicken wings were crispy 👍👍👍

o
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came home and told my husband that every Sunday morning for the rest of my life he can find me at Nightingale!

LJ
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was great but service was kind of slow. Overall would still recommend

S
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place for dinner and drinks. Fresh, fun menu!

CC
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved all the small plates for sharing. A diverse, creative menu.

m
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nightingale is my favorite place for girls brunch, bottomless drink options and great food that's a twist on the standard brunch menu.

WG
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent creative food and specialty cocktails in a pleasant room with very good wait staff.

OT
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great cocktails. Nice wine selection. Low key friendly service. Delicious and unusual cheese board. Noise level not so high as to drown out conversation. We would go back.

SR
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went tapas style for our dinner and it was fabulous as always!

SS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great Happy Hour menu! Excellent service. Nice location.