Nolo's Kitchen & Bar

4.6
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Two Minneapolis restaurateurs and one of the region’s top chefs are transforming the historic Gardner Hardware Building at 515 Washington Avenue North in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis The team consists of Marty Collins, Brett Johnson and Peter Hoff, each native Minnesotans with extensive industry experience. Marty owns McCoy’s Public House and several restaurants in Kansas City, Missouri. Brett and his family have owned and operated The Hilltop Restaurant for the past 40 years. Pete, the head chef, brings his most recent culinary experience and creativity from California to NOLO’s and The Basement Bar. His culinary vision and passion for local ingredients will help create the new modern comfort food. The team shares a passion for the restaurant and bar industry and sees an opportunity to fill gaps in the market in the North Loop.
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EG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Their food and service was excellent, had a later reservation because of the shortage of parking.

MV
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Kitchen forgot a key ingredient in a dish (the meat), and the server took it back and nothing ever happened from there- no new dish, no attempt to fix the issue, and no credit on the bill. We were waiting for the issue to be corrected and the waitress brought out final bill assuming we were done, with no mention again of the issue. It was really weird- maybe she's never been a server before? Food was ok- linguine carbonara (without the aforementioned pancetta) was really bad- extremely garlicky, but the brussels/cauliflower side was excellent. Kale ceasar salad was average.

Looks like the bar scene appeared strong (it was Valentine's day evening) but the lighting was really bright for a bar/ restaurant. This is a personal thing- to each his or her own, but in my opinion it was really too bright in there.

RS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoy Nolo's every time I go. I've had breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner there and each experience has been a positive one.

The service is outstanding.
The drinks are some of the best in town (they even made me a mocktail mojito to enjoy while pregnant).
Order a side of fries and split them between your table.
The cheeseburger is something I crave...often.

There is something on the menu for everyone.

LJ
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated galentines day with a group of friends and this was the perfect spot. Ambiance is modern and stylish. Cocktails were great, appetizers delicious and food options for everyone.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, bottomless mosas were 🔥🔥🔥

MM
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great North Loop eaterie with a neighborhoody vibe. Food and service were great. It is definitely a bit on the louder side.

MJ
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time to Nolo’s and it exceeded our expectations! Our service was excellent, personal and fun. Food was terrific; we shared a few things, all were good and the salmon was perfectly portioned and delicious.
We’ll definitely be returning!

JC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was divine, the Rosemary drink was amazing. Bright airy ambiance.
eager to go back.

F
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A "hip & with it" establishment. Our table was in a spot where my husband's view behind me was an empty white wall, but I guess that meant he had to look directly at me 😉 Our waitress was very talkative, which wasn't a bad thing. She also gave us just the right amount of attention.
My husband loved the cheeseburger, which is something they're known for. My salmon was good, but I felt the broccolini was on the crunchy side with too much salt/seasoning. Our waitress offered to get me a fresh order, but I declined. Instead, they picked up our dessert & the Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake was delish!
It was a pleasant experience, but we probably wouldn't go out of our way to come back.

CS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a really awesome experience here! Drinks and apps were great (highly recommend the duck spring roles). Food was also delicious. Good portion sizes and overall a good value!

AV
Minneapolis
47 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for my daughters birthday. Everything was absolutely outstanding! Can’t wait to go again.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nothing exceptional - food, service, atmosphere were all average - There is nothing drawing me to return.

TJ
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was friendly, knowledgeable, and we were not rushed. The food was excellent, and prices were reasonable. Plenty of variety. It’s a cool atmosphere. Parking is the only issue, but it’s Washington Ave. I will be back soon.

LS
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

TRULY OUTSTANDING!! Service. Food. Environment. ALL of it was amazing but our server by far was THE BEST part because of her recommendations and humble and sincere personality. She recommended the caramel toffee desert and I can’t wait to go back just to have it! DIVINE!

OT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good in all respect

DM
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Nolo's food was fantastic, vibe for brunch was great! Service was on-par for New Years Day - relaxed, maybe
a little too relaxed. I'll definitely back for another brunch or dinner!

V
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Everything but the food was really good.

TD
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service at a nice location. Parking generally available and convenient.

LN
Minneapolis
85 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious food. Terrific service. Our server knew everything about the dishes we ordered and enthusiastically endorsed our choices. Nice wine and beer options. We will return!

N
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

College graduation celebration

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F
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Smoked chicken pizza, tomato basil soup, and salmon - all so yummy!! Plus the service was outstanding!

DK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The Açaí bowl was terrible

S
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So impressed with NOLO, from the food to the service to the actual physical space, we loved it! The lighting was especially pleasing ,soft but yet light enough to read the menu! (Am I that okd??) will definitely be back!

L
Minneapolis
53 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

What a fun restaurant! Food and drinks were excellent. We loved sitting in a booth—it helped to reduce noise so we could hear each other talk. While our waiter was pleasant, she really couldn’t offer any guidance other than ‘everything is good’ when we asked questions. Most of the food came piping hot to the table except for a few side dishes which may have been sitting/cooling off while the main dish was completed. Definitely a lively restaurant with a good crowd. We’ll be back!

p
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nolo's never disappoints! All of the above!!!! The food, the service, the atmosphere...AND, it's within walking distance from home!!!

IF
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

I have eaten at Nolo's for breakfast/lunch a number of times and loved it! This was my first try at dinner. The menu is simple - pasta's and pizzas, sandwiches, salads and a couple of true entrees. While the food was very, very good, I was underwhelmed, to be honest, with the overall experience. Our server was not exactly attentive. If I have to track a server down for a second glass of wine, which I did, I get frustrated. Also, it was disappointing that the place doesn't evolve into a dinner place very well. It felt like a lunch/breakfast place that just got dark. It was pretty dead on a Friday night so the energy was disappointing. I think even having candles at the tables would add a lot to make it more like a festive dinner venue. Oh - and one thing I really like about this restaurant is that they have a small parking lot... not at night though!! They turn it into paid valet parking. Bummer. Parking was found on the street without too much issue, but it was just enough of a bummer all around to not come back for dinner.

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here twice so far and I know I have raved about this place at least 5 times or more. Staff here really knows how to make the customer experience amazing!

D
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

We booked Nolo’s for my husband’s and daughter’s birthdays. I indicated that in the booking and to the waitress when we arrived. The waitress was MIA for most of our time there and when she was there the service was terrible. She continually forgot things like the water we asked for. Four times. She never even mentioned the birthdays or gave us an opportunity to sing. The food was just okay - not good enough for us to go back to endure another meal with terrible service. Maybe this spot is better for brunch. Cool atmosphere though!

Y
Minneapolis
60 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent all the way around

OT
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Want to love this place, and have given 3 tries, but it no more. The service is spotty and if one asks for something, some attitudes comes with that. The coffee is sooooo bad. I have been there for brunch and do not drink alcohol. Just want a decent cup of coffee and I think they serve Folgers!! it is bad. Food is typically cold and tasteless. The waffles had this strange cream on top and for fruit topping, we got half a strawberry and 4 blueberries...really???? It is very expensive for a Perkin's quality food, the servers are not trained to practice kindness. Why go back?

O
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service
Great vibe !
Such an assortment and varied foods and fun environment!

K
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

my favorite brunch place in the twin cities...especially for bottomless mimosas

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Service was kinda slow and my food was luke warm (French Toast and also the cheddar biscuits). The ambience was great and usually the food/service is better.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had an amazing time at NOLO’s. It is a little more than I would like to spend on an every day breakfast/brunch but it was a special occasion! Great place to go for any kind of celebration. The food is delicious and they had a bottomless mimosa deal.

C
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a casual, comfy atmosphere. Wonderful service. Can't wait to try more of their diverse menu!

C
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Great food and great staff. Had Lexi as our waitress and she is a rockstar!

BL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice decor. Cozy. Food was salty. Good value for the money.

CA
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a very nice lunch experience. Server was very friendly food was delicious. We had the walleye tacos, and let’s face it anything with Yum Yum sauce on it is going to taste awesome! As a sidenote they also serve a nice strong cup of coffee. I’m always disappointed when I go to a restaurant and they don’t serve what I would term restaurant quality coffee, Noloa did not disappoint.

GP
Indiana
18 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice touch to provide complimentary dessert to our birthday person.

WM
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Went there for the first time for happy hour. Decent options and prices, but the food was quite greasy. We got the duck spring rolls and the pepperoni/sausage pizza. Grease dripping off both items. Taste was just OK, not amazing. Service was amazing, but the food wasn't up to par, even with the cheaper prices.