Nolo's Kitchen & Bar

4.6
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452 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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vipkristinec
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just excellent ❤️

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olivian
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We celebrated a birthday with Nolos brunch. Drinks and food were excellent but they were slow to come out and it took about 2.5 hours drinks to checks.

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CateB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Food and service were excellent. The overcrowded table behind us of a group overindulged in the $20 endless mimosas was very annoying!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

I had high expectations and was a little disappointed. I went with my partner for his birthday and the server didn’t acknowledge his birthday at all, even when she checked his ID for a drink. I ordered the shrimp fettuccine pasta and the pasta was firm and chewy.

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2thfari
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We definitely will go back.

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BetteP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. Great selections on their happy hour menu, so it was a good value.

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LoriS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was delicious! Server a bit slow and not super friendly or energetic

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DrewW
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience4

I would recommend to friends yes. But I would say sit on the other side. The noise level was quite atrocious. Food was phenomenal though. Only thing I wish I could change would be the noise level. But I know begged a can’t be choosers. Was a fun date night just wish I could have heard her:)

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MarkS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Nice ambience.

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Golfyq
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Great environment. Was not too noisy.

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AleshaK
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience2

I really enjoyed my time at Nolos. The food was really great, it was in a fabulous area, and I enjoyed my service. The problem was it was so loud in the dining area. The noise from the bar was overflowing into the dining area and was almost unbearable. I could not hear the individual I was with who is sitting across from me.

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EatingWellintheUSA
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed the cozy booth and the openness of the restaurant. The burrata was different and delicious. We both ate pasta. The shrimp fettucine and the crab bucatini were both fabulous, and enough food to provide lunch the next day. Service was attentive and friendly. Nice find!

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EdwardG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

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MatthewV
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
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.

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RebeccaS
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
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.

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LaurenJ
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, bottomless mosas were 🔥🔥🔥

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vipMichaelM
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.

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MegJ
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!

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JulieC
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.

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Fooz
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.

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ConnorS
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!

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vipAVDH
Minneapolis
49 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

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TJDEP
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 s