Normandy Kitchen

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$30 and under
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French
Classic. Comfortable. Timeless. The Normandy Kitchen and Bar has been a favored eatery in downtown Minneapolis since opening here in 1941. We've just completed a major renovation that includes an expansion of our bar and a sidewalk café,

The Normandy Kitchen and Bar (www.normandykitchen.com) is an "upscale -casual" restaurant. We serve the timeless food and classic cocktails you've always known and loved. The Normandy Bar is a busy, street level bar on the corner of South 8th Street and 4th Avenue in Minneapolis.
We feature a "scratch kitchen", a great bar featuring the finest spirits, a list of craft-style classic cocktails and a smart wine list. In addition, the Normandy Kitchen provides all food and beverage service within the Normandy Hotel, including room service, private dining and banquet service.
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E
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great ambiance, wonderful food, relaxing environment!

SD
Minneapolis
39 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great breakfast! Cozy spot to grab a bite. It was very busy because of a Vikings game but the service was still excellent. Moderate prices for downtown also.

BW
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food quality was excellent, with much attention to the preparation. Service also second-to-none. This place was a surprise find in downtown Minneapolis! Will be back!

JC
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A great find in downtown Minneapolis. Excellent food, nice wine list and friendly service.

o
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Haven't been there for a few years; was wondering how my hubby would like the place as it's not very fancy and I wanted to take him someplace on Thanksgiving (we were visiting Minnie) that not only had great food but was also nice .. well I was surprised. Updated on the restaurant side! Very, very, very nice .. and as always, the food and the service is always spot on. And their charcuterie boards is pretty much beyond compare .. and the 2 way duck with farro rissotto was pretty damn special. This place is better than ever!

KK
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Exceptional service! Will absolutely return!

B
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

This was the 4th year in a row spending Thanksgiving with our daughter in the cities.
The first 2 years was great food and good times. Last year we noticed it fell off a little bit. This was our last year so why stop when you think you have a good thing going.
This year we left hungry. Great food but small portion sizes. It’s almost like our tray was set up for 2 people not 3. Didn’t get pie even though the menu states that there is pie on the Dessert Platter. Compliments to the chief, the food as always is very good but just not enough to feed 3 people especially at $34.50 per person served family style. Our server didn’t even know that we had been served our meal. She had to come ask when we were all done. The same with the deserts. I asked for a refill of my Diet Coke. That was brought by the bus person after we were done with dinner. We are glad our daughter will be graduating in May so we can get back to having Thanksgiving at home. It’s to bad that it ended on a bad note after the first years being fun and festive. Maybe we shouldn’t have told the server we were from Wisconsin!

LJ
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere and attentive staff. Will come back for other meals.

OT
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful service by Sammy! Delicious Thanksgiving dinner.

SA
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for Thanksgiving and it was great. Everything from the ambiance, our server, to the food was excellent. We usually try new places every year for Thanksgiving, but I think we've found a restaurant that will be a new tradition.

DH
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My dinner was excellent. I would highly recommend!

SH
Omaha
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Normandy Kitchen was very quiet in the actual dining room on the Saturday night we visited as there was nothing going on downtown. I was concerned that this was due to the food quality, but I was so wrong! We started with Salmon Deviled Eggs and Pate which were both delicious. I had the Sea Bass fish special, which was one of the best fish dishes I have ever had. We will come back next time we visit. The service and recommendations were top rate. Super place and fabulous food!

JY
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. The room was quite and waiter was very professional.

OT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the Normandy Kitchen was excellent. You can’t ask for a better or more pleasant meal, service, or space in downtown Minneapolis for the price.

n
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a wonderful meal. If I lived there I would be there often.

SL
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Pre-vikings game celebration. If you enjoy popovers, this is the place to get one.

T
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The restaurant was quiet. We were in a separate room from the Viking fans in the bar. The food was outstanding. My Normandy cocktail was a real treat. We had to order the pop overs given their association with the restaurant. The pan seared duck was properly cooked and very moist. The sauce was delicious. Our friend marveled over the wild mushroom risotto. I am not a big fan of chocolate deserts. However, I did sample the chocolate mousse and loved it. I cannot imagine a better chocolate mousse and intend to order it the next time we return which will be soon. I am very fond of Normandy cuisine and this restaurant does a great job offering and preparing such dishes.

RB
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Normandy Kitchen, not only for the great food but also for the fantastic live music. Saturday night was a lively scene--busy restaurant and packed bar with an incredible singer/band doing jazz, covers of classics and blues. Service is sharp, cocktails perfect. Always pleased with our food. I got more lovely mussels than I could comfortably eat and my husband's beef entree was superb. Old school ambiance, but all kinds of customers--not just oldies!

MB
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We came to celebrate our wedding anniversary last week. The Duck Two Ways was AMAZING! The risotto was melting in your mouth kind of way. We’ll definitely be back!

GS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We went to try their popovers. You have to pay $3 for it and the butter. It was good. The rest of the meal was not very good. The half chicken was so small and the leg part tough. The dessert looked better than it tasted.

QU
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Still a classic in Minneapolis. Fresh food, well prepared with friendly service.

RW
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous cuisine, authentic French recipe format.
Taste and flavor most enjoyed.
Wine list is small but adfequate selection
Generous portions.
Superb service and ambiance.

Definitely a "Classic" locale, with memorable
and worthwhile dining experience.

S
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A bit pricey but you get what you pay for. We ate it all

PB
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The hanger steak and pork tenderloin were both delicious. We ordered some summer cocktail specials- also delicious! Our greeter, bus boy and waiter were okay but not overly attentive or polished.

c
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice to see Chef Patrick Atanalian cooking in the kitchen.

JP
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We went there based on a positive review in the Minneapolis paper so we had high expectations. I'd say the food turned out to be pretty average. Everything was competent, just nothing too special.

BS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The french food was just wonderful!! Keep up the good work! The music on Jazz Tuesday was just right. We look forward to coming back again! Keep the faith during the difficult road construction period - Thanks much!!

TM
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The new tasting menu was a huge success for our night out! Chef Patrick nailed it wonderfully. The live music was an unexpected bonus as well. The entire experience was just wonderful!

BW
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Chef Patrick was exceptional. The ambience was pleasant and everyone ws friendly. Highly recommended.

CH
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food at a great price. Very friendly and engaging staff. We had a wonderful time dining at the Normandy Kitchen.

TE
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Modestly French, with a few hard to find dishes (beef marrow, which was outstanding; and seared duck breasts). A bit of a find actually if you're interested in French cuisine.

M
Minneapolis
76 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We came to the Normandy kitchen for my mother‘s 79th birthday. Three generations were in our party and everybody had a time. It was a relaxing environment with good service and good food.

j
Minneapolis
38 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

So happy Patrick went there! Fabulous chef made wonderful changes to the menu.

G
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Almost worth going just for the popovers. Well crafted cocktails. California Sea Bass was excellent.

JF
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved! I read the review in the star tribune but didn’t put it together the great restaurant inside the hotel I’d driven by many years and years. The frisée lardon, magnificent and would love a bernaise bowl with the fries. Yum!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Live music, good food, good service

J
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very pleasantly surprised to enjoy Chef Patrick’s delicious food. Would highly recommend !!

j
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience. Just what we were looking for.

S
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My family and I had an excellent meal here. We were seated right away and the service was outstanding all night. We started with the crab cake which my husband pronounced as one of the best in the metro area. Both my daughter and husband had the fresh fish - sea bass - and I ordered scallops. My daughter's friend had the Henry the VIII burger. We all enjoyed our entrees. I loved the whipped parsnip puree and the scallops were cooked perfectly. The chef came out and talked to us, too, which is always fun! Great evening.

A
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service and delicious food, as usually. Was a little disappointed to see that the Walleye Sandwich was removed from the menu. It was my favorite.