Nolo's Kitchen & Bar

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394 Reviews
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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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Chicago
35 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had an excellent Sunday breakfast. The breakfast tostada was really delicious. There were a lot of different and wonderful flavors and textures in the carnitas, beans, tortillas, eggs, etc. My wife had the simpler country breakfast, which was ample and well-prepared. The staff was friendly and attentive, and we never wanted for coffee and drinks. It seems we were at the front of the thundering herd headed for the Vikings game, yet the restaurant seemed to handle it just fine. We'll be back!

PR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and the entire style of this place is polished but relaxed. It set a really nice tone for our happy hour business meeting. Our server was so friendly and helpful (they even told us the best way to eat the duck egg rolls and was absolutely right- delicious). I'll definitely be back!

OT
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

so nice, our server was so fantastic!!! lovely people

BU
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were amazing! Would love to visit again!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It was great! Loved the quality of the bottomless mimosas!

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

The appetizers and main courses were great. The wine was excellent. Unfortunately, however, our server was not very attentive, which detracted from the evening.

j
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent!

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C
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t go wrong for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Brett and his entire staff are always great. One of the best spots for any meal in the Twin-Cities.

G
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails, great location. Food was okay. Pasta was undercooked. Server was very attentive.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go here every year before a Vikings game. They open early enough for us. Their food is amazing. Fast service. Good prices. Best bottomless mimosas I've ever had! Would highly reccomend this place!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was excellent but over shadowed by the lackluster service while dining at the bar. It was a busy night for the well, however the bartender never acknowledged us to order our food, order additional drinks, refill our water, or package our leftovers. We had to stop our enjoyable conversation to track her or someone down for every food or beverage need. It was disappointing, but when I spoke to the manager he was very responsive, apologized, and asked us to come back to try it again. I will give it another shot as the food was delightful.

TL
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Bright environment, great for a business lunch. Good food.

MM
Minneapolis
55 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly, helpful server. Quick service. Nice wine and cocktail selection. The burger is a very delicious rendition of the Big Mac. The salads and dressings really stand out too.

NL
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fun, reliable place for dinner. It is one of the hot spots in the North Loop.

B
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service by a knowledgeable server. Excellent monitors and margaritas!

CL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it here! Came here for brunch on a Sunday. There was a short wait for our table (had a reservation). The French Toast was soooo good! The Breakfast Sausage was also really tasty and loved the Bottomless Mimosas too! Can’t wait to come back!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bottomless Mimosas. Enough said!

MC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was wonderful and the food and drinks were great

s
Minneapolis
58 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good food good drinks good service
North loop crowd

B
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to choice when we want consistent high quality with no complications. Especially like no charge for corkage so we can bring a quality wine. We also tip extra for that privilege, typically 30%. Even with tip it’s very reasonable considering the quality.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. The Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower was exceptional.

SK
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This trendy restaurant had a nice selection of food options. I opted for the tomato soup and the shrimp taco appetizers, both of which were good; my two friends liked their entrees as well (gnocchi and the pasta with meat marinara sauce); additionally, they liked the small green salad they each ordered & commented how good it was & that the dressing was light with a unique and delicious flavor. The bar menu provided a nice variety of choices.

EM
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I normally give Nolo a five every time. I love this restaurant, but one thing is becoming an irritant. There is a valet guy that comes up to you when you park in the designated customer parking for Nolo and tries to get $8 out of you to park even though it is complimentary parking. I'm told he isn't even employed by the restaurant, and it starts what is usually an enjoyable experience off on the wrong foot and actually makes me less likely to come as often. I've spoken with the restaurant several times about this but nothing has changed up to my last visit. I hope that they get this resolved or my trips to Nolo will be fewer, because it is otherwise a great restaurant. I just don't want to deal with the parking guy any more.

DH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Awesome time! We got to sit outside so it was an amazing BRUNCH for the ladies day! I wish they had more outdoor seating, but it worked for us, as always food & drink was great! Their Immunity booster and mixed greens drink was phenomenal!

KO
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

The breakfast fried rice is so amazing! I want to eat it every day! My only issue were the flock of obnoxious girls sitting directly next to us when the restaurant was almost empty.

RP
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went to Nolo’s Saturday night to celebrate a birthday. The service was excellent. It was loud, but there did happen to be 2 bachelorette parties in progress so it’s probably a bit more mellow normally. We both thought the food was excellent. We had the Burrata, BBQ cauliflower, and the king crab Bucatini. All three were well prepared and had a nice little kick thanks to some light use of jalapeño. I would call it MN spicy. Overall experience was very good and would happily stop in again.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Once we ordered our drinks and entree, service slowed down. The server took a while to check on us once we got our food. I was able to finally order my second drink when we ordered dessert. But I had to cancel my second drink because it too so long and we had to get going.

G
Minneapolis
38 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was our first time at NOLO Kitchen. The service was wonderful and our server answered all our questions and gave great suggestions. My drink was crafted to perfection , a well balanced sweet summer drink. The food was good and a lot of nice options on a menu that didn’t overwhelm us.

s
Minneapolis
136 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Noticed their menu prices keep creeping up but I like the food and the atmosphere. I especially enjoy the deviled egg toast.

k
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Was with several pregnant women who asked about adapting some of the specialty cocktails to be non-alcoholic and was surprised to hear that:
1. they are almost all batched and not made to order, which is crazy considering the price.
2. they couldn’t or wouldn’t even try to make something festive and NA for my friends. Water it is, I guess...

Also, my fried chicken sandwich was either simply burnt or cooked in burnt oil.

The service and most food was “meh.” The one highlight was the dry-rubbed chicken wings.

MK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and atmosphere was amazing! My server, Ana, was busy yet attentive and personable, very friendly.

I
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Flatbread and ambiance was great. We had a tuna appetizer that was good. We will go back for burgers next time. My daughter ❤️ their brunch!

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

Good food. Liked the appetizer selections. The service was great. Everyone very friendly and welcoming!

TM
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere. Staff was acommodating to my need to keep switching tables due to my guest increase in numbers. I really appreciated that. The salmon I had was awesome. Can't wait to go back and try the breakfast rice.

S
Minneapolis
45 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The burgers are excellent! everyone also liked the fries and the filet appetizer.

k
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You loved it!! We'll be back. Brunch was fantastic. Ambiance was spot on and service was great!

RP
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was good, the crowd was loud and the service was slow & took over 2 hours from start to finish but in their defense, the restaurant was full. So if you have the time and patience, give it a try and get the lemon bar for dessert!

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Sarah is a great server!

KM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought our family here for dinner. It was great for kids and adults. The burgers were fantastic as was the pizza!

DS
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lexi our waiter was absolutely awesome! Food and drink were great as usual :)

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