Nightingale - Minneapolis

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180 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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YL
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good dinner
Dessert was so so

CA
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second Harvest Heartland ‘Plates For Good’

b
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

IM
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
121 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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

S
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

CC
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

m
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

OT
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Happy Hour menu! Excellent service. Nice location.

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

I usually love nightingale and I have been many times and had nothing but great experience. Today however that was not the case. We got our drinks and then waited 40 minutes before I had to ask our server if I could order...
we also ordered bottomless mimosas and got passed by multiple times while they filled other guests glasses around us. Not sure what was going on this morning because I’ve never had this experience but the service was absolutely awful. Food was great as usual. Sad that this was the experience we had today. Next time instead of jumping immediately to this as my go to brunch spot, I may have to think twice.

BA
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has always been great. Love the staff, and love the selection of everything. You guys are great!

BG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. Eva, our server, was fantastic.

CB
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nightingale was a perfect spot for a delicious birthday dinner - our server was knowledgeable about the menu, gave great suggestions, and coursed our meal perfectly. The small plates were perfect to share, the bruschetta on lightly toasted & pillowy bread, and the duck entree a nice size to round out our meal after the starters. The cocktails were delicious and nicely presented. We will definitely be back!

HM
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Always a fun place for brunch! Bottomless mimosas are only $10 so this is my go to place to brunch with the girls. The food is good, very hipster in my opinion. Serving sizes seem small, I always feel like I could eat more, but honestly it’s probably the correct size and every where else just has huge portions.

MR
Minneapolis
36 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A get together to reconnect w/a business client I hadn’t seen in over a year - Great evening outdoors with fabulous service & great food.

j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was great. Bar seemed to be really backed up for orders of "house wine"...Our server was great - but the bar and kitchen seemed backed up as we had to ask our server several times about the status of different items. She was apologetic and managed to get us what we needed/ordered. Would come back again.

b
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice range of food choices. I especislly enjoyed the pickled plate

m
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best server ever! 5 enthusiastic STARS for Trevor! Entertaining, knowledgeable, attentive. Food recos were spot on. Fun night!

J
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Our server admitted she "forot" about us because it was so slow that she got distracted sweeping. Strange. She was otherwise friendly.
The food was terrific.

KM
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite brunch spot in Minneapolis! You can't do wrong with $10 bottomless mimosas.

H
Milwaukee
28 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The space is adorable, and it is conveniently located in Uptown. We had a very pleasant server who was incredibly knowledgable of the food and its contents - very appreciated for someone with food allergies. We were disappointed in two of the dishes we had - we actually sent back the mussels, and we received a new order that was still just okay. The halibut was just okay as well. The cheese plate was delicious, the hanger steak, rabbit pappardelle and scallops were perfection. I would eat here again if invited by friends, but it may not be my first choice.

SS
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed our brunch only hiccup was sunny side eggs had actually came out basted medium.

r
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food plus bottomless mimosas! What more could you want?

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