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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JY
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
22 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

T
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

RW
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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

PB
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice to see Chef Patrick Atanalian cooking in the kitchen.

JP
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

CH
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

G
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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

JF
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Live music, good food, good service

J
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

j
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience. Just what we were looking for.

S
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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
8 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

I was saddened by the experience, as my last couple of meals at the Normandy were very good. The French Onion Soup was very watered down, and the onions had almost no color. The popovers were overdone and dry, and the signature burger looked and tasted underwhelming.

A
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Dined here on a Friday night and the restaurant was only about half full. The food was outstanding, and very authentic. A high level of care and attention went into the preparation and detail of the presentation. Then we ate. The flavours were outstanding with all of the dishes revealing more than what was expected. The bone marrow was the highlight. It was soft and creamy and served traditionally over toasted bread to soak up all of the goodness. The portions were just right. The pork chop was cooked beautifully, leaving the pork tender and moist, but having a slight char and carmelization on the surface. The orange-infused mashed potato was brilliant, with just a hint of orange coming through and not overshadowing the other spices in the dish. We also had two salads as starters, which were dressed perfectly, not soggy but still bursting with flavour.

We were sat, as requested, in the back corner, so the service was great, but sometimes left waiting for drink refills. I don't fault the wait staff for this as there were no other patrons in the back room, but I could see how if the restaurant would be full, the service would be spot-on.

Can't wait to go back. Food was fairly priced for the quality and authenticity, ambiance was relaxed and casual, and service was overall pretty good. For French cuisine in Minneapolis, Normandy Kitchen pretty much nailed it.

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I am hopeful that the kinks will be worked out. The food is good but the restaurant is missing attention coordinating knowing when to deliver the food. We felt rushed and our waiter did not even notice that we had to send our enters back because we were still eating our starters. There did not appear to be a manager on the floor making sure the experience outside of the kitchen was not a distraction. Food good service a big miss

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely place - with a sense of history - yet foodie food and cocktails - for our anniversary!

j
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was so so. For the price it should have been better. Good thing I was mostly there for the live music.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful service. I definitely recommend the signature Normandy cocktail. Also, get the tart tatin, but order it halfway through your entree. They prepare it fresh, which takes a while, but is so worth it!!

DT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My mother and I had a late lunch/early dinner to celebrate Mother’s Day. Our service was impeccable. Food was very good and well presented. I enjoyed the Penicillin from the cocktail menu.

KB
Mississippi
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lucked into this place for dinner with a business colleague. Exceptional dinner and well within reason. Great staff that took time to talk with us and give menu insights. Understand the street construction may cause folks a second thought, don't let it! Will be back on my next trip thru the area!

p
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had dinner at the Normandy Kitchen specifically to listen to the music in the bar. The atmosphere was mellow and fun. I did not know what to expect from the food, but it was excellent, as were our cocktails. I enjoyed the feel it has from being an older establishment, but the food is up-to-date. We will definitely go back.

B
Minneapolis
26 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

If you like popovers then this has to be on your list of places to go for dinner.

GS
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The four of us were pleasantly surprised by everything at Normandy Kitchen. We were looking for French, it was advertised as being in the North Loop (which it's not), and none of us had heard of it or tried it, but we were late in making reservations and this was available. When we found out it was the restaurant at the Normandy Inn, we were initially skeptical and hesitant, but we kept the reservation, to our great delight. They've recently remodeled and the atmosphere is very warm, welcoming, and refined. We had the popovers, some cocktails, and charcuterie for starters. Everyone enjoyed the popovers and cocktails, but the charcuterie was probably the best surprise of the night. There was duck confit (a thigh and leg), salamis, hams, crackers, toasted bread, jam, mustard, olives and more...for $15. We loved it! We ordered the pork, chicken, and mushroom risotto for entrees, and none of us were disappointed at all. Again, very surprised with quality of food and service. The wine recommendations were spot on. We'll be back to a new, but way underrated, favorite in downtown Minneapolis. Great value too!

JW
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were hoping to enjoy a long, slow dinner to catch up. We got exactly what we came for. The server kept the pace for us.

Everything was cooked and paired perfectly. We shared a popover, oysters, bone marrow and frisée salad. We ordered duck and halibut for entrees.

It was a three hour meal, well worth it. I highly recommend!

TC
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

This was our second visit. In both instances the server had been poorly or never trained. Very polite and accommodating but was void of any training on the menu or how to serve.
The quality of food was spotty. Roasted chicken was excellent; beef bourginon had little evidence of beef. The desserts were outstanding in presentation and taste.

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