Smith & Porter

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Modern American Kitchen in the Heart of the Mill City District located in the Abiitan Building. Our chef prepares a rotating menu with weekly features, house made pasta, fresh fish, steaks, burgers, chicken, walleye tots, scallops, specials. Gluten friendly and vegetarian menus are available on request. Full bar with craft cocktails, local craft beers on tap and a full wine list. Happy Hour from 4-6 M-F in the bar and on the patio.
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T
Minneapolis
141 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

FANTASTIC food. Walleye tots are amazing. salmon and steak wonderful.

BE
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

An excellent date night spot! We would definitely come back again!

AL
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Ordered the beet salad which was tasteless. Several of us ordered the 8oz Petite Tender, which don't be fooled it is not a tenderloin and it was anything but tender. After a few minutes we were all looking at each other and chewing, chewing, chewing. Customers would prefer less rather than poor quality. 6 oz tenderloin would be a better way to skimp and keep everyone happy. The drinks and desserts were great.

KR
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We found your restaurant suggested as a place close to the Guthrie Theater where we were seeing a performance. We enjoyed every aspect of our experience. Katherine was an attentive, fun server and it is obvious that the new person shadowing her (Sam) will be as well. Salmon and steak dinners were thoroughly enjoyed. A fine dining experience!

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

we found the smith and porter very delightful . And would recommend it to other friends.

Smith & Porter
Responded on September 24, 2019

Barbara, we are so pleased that you find us to be a delight! We thank you for referring us, and wish for you to visit again and again! Diamone Allen AGM Smith & Porter

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T
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fantastic and reasonably priced. Service was great. Will be going back for sure

Smith & Porter
Responded on September 24, 2019

Thank you Travis! We look forward to you joining us again! Diamone Allen AGM Smith & Porter

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OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service from Sarah. Food was very good. Enjoyed the charcuterie appetizer

Smith & Porter
Responded on September 24, 2019

Sarah is indeed a treasure, and we thank you for taking the time to review us! Please visit us again & enjoy our cuisine and exceptional service! Diamone Allen AGM Smith & Porter

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s
Minneapolis
136 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Convenient location for attending the Guthrie. Took advantage of happy hour prices. Food was good but each dish could have used a bit more flavor.

Smith & Porter
Responded on September 3, 2019

We thank you for your review, and genuinely hold all suggestions to help us improve dear. Although saddened to hear that the flavor profile of your dishes did not meet your standards, we are always striving to improve ourselves in all areas and will certainly take this into consideration. Please rejoin us again in the future if you will, and allow us the opportunity to provide cuisine that I am most certain will delight. Diamone Allen AGM Smith & Porter

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J
Minneapolis
54 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

And they did it again: the evening was all we could have wished for. We had to celebrate something and a celebration it was, although we did eat little only. Our Burger was cooked to perfection, the Chicken and Mashed Potatoes were great, the gluten free Bourbon Crème Brûlée was lovely, the service was wonderful—what can I say. Thank you.

Smith & Porter
Responded on September 3, 2019

... And as well, we thank you Julia! It is a sheer delight to hear that we were able to provide a great experience to enhance your celebration! We look forward to your return! Diamone Allen AGM Smith & Porter

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DF
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great steak and salmon. Good drink menu......bartender is talented.

Smith & Porter
Responded on September 3, 2019

Truly splendid to hear that our cuisine, and as well service talent made for good dining! We look forward to you joining us again in the future! Diamone Allen AGM Smith & Porter

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

Sarah was a GREAT server for our table. We had a good time talking with her. Our food was delicious!

Smith & Porter
Responded on September 3, 2019

Thank you for your review Kelly! We are always pleased to hear such positive feedback! Please join us again soon! Diamone Allen AGM Smith & Porter

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KW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Our server was delightful, but my friend's medium well steak was served rare. The rum and diet coke cocktail I ordered on the happy hour menu was extremely strong so while that is a great value for one's money, I was unable to drink it. Finally, the beet salad was presented beautifully but left something to be desired. I was very underwhelmed by this experience.

OT
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fresh and very good. Service a bit slow for the amount of people that were in restaurant

AB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

We went here before a show at the Guthrie.
We we early, which was good because they only had two servers for a Sunday night. The food was ok . Our server did a great job,
considering he had half the restaurant to serve. Not sure if I would go there again.

DN
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A chef had called in sick so food was a little slow but understandable. Our waitress did her very best to get us served.

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

We really enjoyed the food. The service was exceptional. She made sure that we had plenty of time before the show at the Gutherie. I had the steak with mashed potatoes and everything was great. Someone else had the salmon and thought it was delicious. The fried chicken sandwich and the cheeseburger were also good.

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Waitress was nice but food took a long time to come out. Wife and I both had the filet, but it was under seasoned and not as tender as I’m used to filet being.

Atmosphere was good, laid back and quiet.

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

Quiet place with great service to celebrate my wife's birthday.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and even better service! Our waitress, Sarah, was fun, knowledgeable, and just lovely. She recommended excellent dishes, including the salmon, scallops, and walleye tots - all fantastic! This place is a hidden gem.

Smith & Porter
Responded on August 14, 2019

We thank you for your review & hope that you will rejoin us again!

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j
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were excellent as was the wine selection (1/2 price wines on Sunday night!). Unfortunately there was a loud group seated next to us.

Smith & Porter
Responded on August 14, 2019

Thank you for your your review of our food & wine! It is unfortunate that the group was a bit louder than you would have liked, however we thank you for your patience & that you made the most of your evening with us. Please join us again for what I am certain is to be a much finer evening! Diamone Allen AGM Smith & Porter

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BC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was slow, wait person's timing for our meal was way off. Food arrived lukewarm. Overpriced for quality and portion size. The place has potential but I wouldn't go back until I read some consistently positive reviews.

b
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there on a weeknight and dined out on the patio. The wait staff was amazing and very friendly but not intrusive. We had not been at Smith & Porter before but had read some good things on a blog.
The appetizer and entrées were fabulous! We expected a good experience but it truly was beyond our expectations. The manager his staff are the best!!

Smith & Porter
Responded on August 9, 2019

We are so very pleased that your experience was as delightful as you both truly are! Many congratulations to you again for your anniversary, and we truly look forward to your next visit with us! Diamone Allen AGM Smith & Porter

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

The service level of all staff was excellent but the fire grill experience wasn't great. Some dishes were simply awesome but others were completely over charred. But when we expressed disappointment with the market pasta, a manager quickly came over and comped 2 full meals for us and offered a free cocktail. This plus our excellent waitress saved the experience, and we would go back and recommend.

Smith & Porter
Responded on August 9, 2019

We are saddened by the fact that our cuisine did not live up to par, and are relieved to hear that the rest of your experience proved noteworthy. As you have the opportunity to rejoin us we truly encourage you to do so, as we would love to provide a stellar experience all around! Please do not hesitate to reach out and let me know when and if you are able. Regards, Diamone Allen AGM Smith & Porter 612.403.7048

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JS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The food was ok, nothing spectacular especially for the price.
Decor is beautiful and the staff is very professional and helpful.

Smith & Porter
Responded on August 9, 2019

Apologies that your experience did not live up to your standards. I would love to hear a bit more detail so that we may rectify things going forward. I will reach out to connect with you privately with hopes of a better understanding & resolve. Diamone Allen AGM Smith & Porter

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AC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was one of my first days of being out since knee surgery so my wife and I wanted a special night out. We decided on the Guthrie and Smith and Porter. It was truly a wonderful evening. The ambiance and service at Smith and Porter was warm and inviting. My wife loved the steak salad and I thought the chicken was the most flavorful I have ever had. I am still extolling your chefs find work.
We will be back time and again. You have a marvelous staff, a most hospitable environment, and an outstanding crew of chefs.
Thank you so much.
Arne H. Carlson

NA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Soup of day hardly had any substance. Beet salad good.

Smith & Porter
Responded on August 9, 2019

Nancy, We are indeed apologetic for the inconsistency that you experienced, and would like to thank you for your review. Please visit us again and allow us to provide excellence for you. Diamone Allen AGM Smith & Porter

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J
Minneapolis
55 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here so often, I am running out of words of praise. We love Smith and Porter, and recommend it for all occasions. So I’ll talk about the small but fine Happy Hour menu. Good prices, my fav is the Charcuterie Board.

Smith & Porter
Responded on August 9, 2019

Julia, We are so pleased that you frequently join us, and that you are so pleased with the service & cuisine that we bring to you! Thank you so very much for your beautiful words! We look forward to your next visit. Diamone Allen AGM Smith & Porter

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BP
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Burger and Poke bowl was great. The waitress was courteous

Smith & Porter
Responded on July 30, 2019

Thank you for your review!

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SS
New Orleans
71 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food ok. Service good. Feels & looks like a cafeteria. Host who seated us looked & acted like he was doing us a big favor taking us to our table & couldn’t care less if we ate there or not. If you want people to return to your restaurant, you have to make them feel welcome.

Smith & Porter
Responded on July 30, 2019

Our sincerest apologies to you for having provided an experience leaving you feeling this way, as it is never our intent, and we genuinely are honored to have all guests who choose to dine with us. I will be reaching out to you privately with the hopes of gathering a few more details so that we may ensure the best experiences possible going forward. Regards, Diamone Allen AGM Smith & Porter

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R
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful restaurant juxtaposed between the natural beauty of the river and manufactured urban brilliance with subtle acknowledgements to the railroad, Smith & Porter excels in every aspect of dining. Beautiful street side seating combined with an assortment of couch, table and booth seating inside create a simple elegance that sets the table for a simply exquisite dining experience. The staff is approachable yet professional at all levels as they present and deliver beautiful dishes prepared to perfection! How much did I LOVE this restaurant? I am traveling four hours a week later to bring my parents!

Smith & Porter
Responded on July 30, 2019

We thank you so much for your very kind words as we always strive to deliver our best! We truly look forward to you joining us again and having the opportunity to provide the hospitality that continues to bring you & many others back continually!

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BK
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pre Guthrie dinner.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The steak was good but everything else was meh. Had to ask for bread as all the tables around us had it. Waited 20 mins for a glass of wine. Has the ambiance of a hotel restaurant.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Not worth it. Service was super slow, food was overcooked and items were missing from our order; no attempt to make it right. We will not be back.

n
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was not overly busy but had enough of a crowd as to not frighten a person away. ;)

Happy hour drinks are reasonable. Decent selection. Of beers with variety of styles. Need a happy hour martini, Manhattan, and old fashioned. If it was there, I missed it.

Service was very good. No food orders had errors. Table did miss some place settings but it was addressed promptly.

There was a weird movie going on at the bar. Lol.... my crew thought that was funny.

Happy hour poke bowl is great!!!

Smith & Porter
Responded on July 20, 2019

Thank you for your review of your visit and your wonderful words! We truly appreciate suggestions & always strive to continue our growth in a direction that our guests look towards. We must admit that our selections were a bit different on the screens during that period, as we were finalizing construction and as a result very limited as to the options available on the tube. We do hope that you join us again, and thank you once more. Diamone Allen AGM Smith & Porter

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DB
Minneapolis
28 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Sorry to say, this return visit to S&P was not so good. The server was undoubtedly new at the job as he miscued several things, including the wine order, the pouring of the wine, the dumping of silverware on the table and etc. But the only real issue was that my guest ordered the steak: "rare, real rare." We all heard him say it and it was actually on the bill as Steak: Rare. However, the steak came somewhere more than medium, with barely a pink center. I was embarrassed before my guest as I had recommended this restaurant.

The restaurant did kindly substitute another sauvignon blanc for the one that was out of stock and only charged half price, which I thought was very classy.

Smith & Porter
Responded on July 9, 2019

Good day to you Dave. I would like to first thank you for joining us & returning! As sorry as you are to say how your last visit with us went, I am sorry as well to hear that things were not up to par. I will be reaching out to you privately to perhaps obtain a few more details in hopes of creating a solution for yourself, and so that we may provide our best experiences going forward. Best Regards, Diamone Allen AGM Smith & Porter.

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P
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The scallops are amazing

Smith & Porter
Responded on July 12, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! Please join us again! Diamone Allen AGM Smith & Porter

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A
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We made a reservation to celebrate our wedding anniversary with "some place new". The atmosphere was dress casual and comfortable, the food was delicious, and our waiter named Brevan was outstanding. He was personable, knowledgeable and made the experience a lot of fun. Will definitely dine here again

Smith & Porter
Responded on July 9, 2019

Thank you for your kind review! We look forward to you joining us again! Diamone Allen Smith & Porter AGM

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J
Minneapolis
55 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Although Smith and Porter is under reconstruction to be an even better place, they are doing a great job creating the usual welcoming ambience and service. Only two more weeks and the service will also be back to functioning smoothly.

As always the food was excellent, the staff does her and his best to excel as well, and it is worth going even now.

We are looking forward to the renovated Smith and Porter but are happy to report that it is wonderful now, too.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and dessert, very accommodating for food allergies

KL
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Great venue, great location, good service
Really bad food.