Nolo's Kitchen & Bar

4.6
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405 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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C
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience2

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

BL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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

CA
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
17 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.

D
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food is outstanding! Service is usually food but last viisit server was very inattentive, didn't listen and got ordee wrong, and didn't check on our table. Usually swrvice is great - ao that was not the norm. Great restaurant!

KA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

a
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We loved our first experience at Nolo's. We were looking for someplace to eat on a busy downtown night and it was fabulous that they take reservations. The food was outstanding. Highly recommend the dry rub wings and cheeseburger. The food delivery and our server were terrific, the only reason I did not rate 5 stars was because the bar was quite slow in getting out our drink orders. Definitely a great place. We will be back!

HM
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food at affordable prices. Second visit more to come.

DH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nothing to write home about. It was very casual - like hoodie or flannel and jeans - definitely not a fancy restaurant. We were in there on a Saturday evening at 5:00 p.m. and it felt like a sports bar smashed in the middle of a trendy restaurant. Every seat at the bar was full with people standing around. I did appreciate that the TV's aren't completely visible to the main eating area. The food was good and appreciated that they split the salad with a nice portion and good presentation. The service was the worst part. I had to ask for water both times my glass was empty and was never asked if I wanted a second glass of wine (which just made my bill cheaper). They don't have much for entrees on the menu (a total of 3 options) and the rest are burgers, pasta & pizza. I had the lamb burger which was "just" a burger. It was also messy to eat. Not a ton of flavor either and my partner had the cheeseburger with a similar review. We both said that we've had better burgers elsewhere despite the critics rating their burger to be good. We placed our burgers in the top 20 for best burgers in Saint Paul/Minneapolis, but it's definitely not in our top 15. Overall, it was nice, enjoyable, affordable and good food. Wine list isn't a wow and the all the managers/staff seemed to stand in the back like it was a staff retreat.

h
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved this place! Have never seen it before but can’t wait to go back

F
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

BU
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

OT
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent!

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C
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall2food5service1ambience3

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

MM
Minneapolis
55 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

CL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bottomless Mimosas. Enough said!

MC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was wonderful and the food and drinks were great

s
Minneapolis
59 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good food good drinks good service
North loop crowd

B
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. The Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower was exceptional.

SK
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service4ambience3

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
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall3food5service3ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
137 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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