Smith & Porter

4.3
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$30 and under
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American

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Pre/post Theatre
Casual

Modern American Kitchen featuring a seasonally rotating menu.
Full bar with craft cocktails, local craft beers and a broad wine list.

Open daily for dinner from 4:00pm-8:00pm on the Patio ONLY, weather permitting!

Please conduct a body temperature self-check the day of of your reservation. If you do not feel well or have any symptoms compatible with COVID-19, please stay home.

Check out the menu at www.smith-porter.com.

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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.2
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4.2
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4.1
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AaronC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am so glad to be back in my happy place with Brevin, Chris and Vanessa!

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CynthiaO
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice variety of offerings, including wine and cocktails. Server was very friendly and attentive. Several good vegetarian choices.

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Roger
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time here. Friends from out of town joined us so we were wanting a restaurant that was quiet, had good food and good service. We were impressed and so were our guests. We all loved it and will be back. They came in from out of state to attend the Guthrie Theater production and asked that the next time they come to Minneapolis that we again eat here at the Smith & Porter.

Smith & Porter
Responded on March 8, 2020

Hi Roger, Thank you for your wonderful review. We are pleased to hear that you and your guests were impressed and that you will be joining us for your next theater night. Hopefully the weather stays nice and the next time you join us the patio will be open. Have a great week, The Smith & Porter Team

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Bounds
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant had very good food and noise level was such that you could really have a great visit with companions.

Smith & Porter
Responded on March 8, 2020

Hi Bounds, Thank you for your review. We are very pleased to hear you enjoyed the food and that you had a great visit with your companions. We hope to see you again for your next night on the town. Regards, The Smith & Porter Team

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We tried the Restaurant Week 2020 menu and both flavor and cool level were just ok. Maybe the regular menu would have been better.

Smith & Porter
Responded on March 8, 2020

Hello, Thank you for your review. I would love to see how we could improve the flavor and cool level. If you have a chance, you can reach me by email or phone at vanessacortez@abiitan.org or 612-249-5503. Sincerely, Vanessa Cortez GM Smith & Porter

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vipAnneLouise
Minneapolis
24 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friday, 2/28/2020, was my second visit to Smith and Porter within a month. It’s a gem and perfect pre-Guthrie dining location. During both visits the service was attentive and welcoming. The servers are well versed on the wine list and make recommendations to complement the meal. The menu is fresh, locally sourced and offers a quality meat, poultry, and fish options. The petite fillet was mouthwatering, and the potatoes and carrots delicious! Parking is easy, as there is a metered lot outside the restaurant. I would highly recommend Smith & Porter. Going during Restaurant Week offered a 3 course meal for $25.00, an incredible value. This is my new favorite spot in the Mill District! I’m eager to try Porter Café.

Smith & Porter
Responded on March 8, 2020

Hi AnneLouise, Thank you for your stellar review. I love that you enjoyed our locally sourced menu. It means a lot to us to get in quality fresh ingredients. We will be adding so new additions to the wine menu this spring in addition to a seasonal change in ingredients. Please stop in and let us know what you think! Sincerely, Vanessa Cortez GM Smith & Porter

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vipVivianM
Minneapolis
25 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a perfect restaurant for a pre-Guthrie dinner! Wonderful food, great service and a charming ambiance. We’ll be back

Smith & Porter
Responded on March 8, 2020

Hi Vivian, Thank you for your review. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed your pre-Guthrie dinner. I will be sure to share your review with the staff. Sincerely, Vanessa Cortez GM Smith & Porter

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, attentive and friendly staff, very nice atmosphere

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DanielG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time at the restaurant, definitely it will not be our last. Very good food, very creative, excellent staff, great location for the Guthrie.

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vipPaulD
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Smith & Porter is a bit of an undiscovered gem. It has good food with friendly servers in a nice atmosphere. I keep coming back and have never been disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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vipTamken2
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It wasn’t very busy at all. But we had excellent service and excellent food. We had been at a concert across the street at MacPhail. We will definitely be back.

Smith & Porter
Responded on February 20, 2020

Hi Tamken2, Thank you for your recent review. We are pleased to hear that everything was excellent. We cannot wait for you to visit us again during your next Mill City District outing. Thanks again, The Smith & Porter Team

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Racquetman
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Valentines Day fixed price menu was really good. Please continue that for the future special days too...

Smith & Porter
Responded on February 20, 2020

Dear Raquetman, Thank you for your recent review. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed the Valentine's menu. We will make sure to have similar specials on our menu going forward! Thanks again, The Smith & Porter Team

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vipJoeK
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience5

Overall, we won't go back. The atmosphere was very cozy and nice by the fireplace.

FOOD
The food was mediocre at best and for the prices, there are many other much better options in the city. There was some flavor, but the steak was not cooked properly and the scallops were extremely gritty. The steak was listed as a ribeye, but, there is no way this was a normal ribeye at all. There was no marbling in the piece of meat at all. From time of order to receiving our food was almost 30 minutes and as noted, there were not many people there.

DRINKS
The smoked old-fashioned is nothing like many others we have had. It tasted like smoke from a bad piece of wood over whiskey. The old-fashioned itself lacked any flavor. It was not busy despite being Valentine's Day.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
We felt it could have been best described as a typical room service meal. Upon our departure, we looked up the facility attached to the restaurant to learn it was a long term/memory care facility. Not to our surprise, they list this restaurant as their room service option. This is exactly how it felt overall. Had we known this prior, we probably would have thought twice about trying this restaurant out.

There are many many other options in the city that provide great food, incredible drinks at or below this price point.

Smith & Porter
Responded on February 17, 2020

Dear DisappointedInMpls, Thank you for your review. I am very sorry to hear that your recent visit was mediocre. We source in excellent local products, so it saddens me to hear you did not enjoy the ribeye medallion or scallops. We pride ourselves on being an amenity to the building above us and do offer room service to the residents of Abiitan. We'd love the opportunity to make it right for your next visit. Please feel free to reach me at 612-249-5503. Sincerely, Vanessa Cortez GM

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MichaelR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time, so I didn’t know what to expect. It exceeded expectations; very simple, small, but just what was needed!

Smith & Porter
Responded on February 17, 2020

Dear MichaelR, Thank you so much for your recent review. As a first time guest, we are thrilled to hear we exceeded your expectations. We do hope you join us again for your next celebration or night on the town. Sincerely, The Smith & Porter Team

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vipVivianM
Minneapolis
26 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely Valentines dinner complete with white table cloth, rose petals and special menu. We will be back!

Smith & Porter
Responded on February 17, 2020

Dear VivianM, Thank you for recent review. I am very happy to hear you had a lovely Valentine's dinner with us. We cannot wait for you to try us again. We have a great happy hour M-F from 4:00pm-6:00pm if you're interested :) Sincerely, The Smith & Porter Team

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came in during a busy Valentines dinner. Gorgeous restaurant decorated with flowers and candles, it had wonderful ambience. Had the special ribeye medallion and scallops meal which was delicious! The only thing I didnt love was the dessert, was just okay. Service was lovely and everything came out perfectly timed for a busy evening. Will definitely be back!!

Smith & Porter
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you recent review! We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed such a special day at our restaurant. We hope to see you for future visits. Sincerely, The Smith & Porter Team

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JulianM
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

For a downtown restaurant, this was a great place to find. Great food , service and pleasant ambiance with very reasonable prices. Will go again.

Smith & Porter
Responded on February 17, 2020

Dear JulianM, Thank you for your recent review. We are so happy you found us and had such a pleasant experience. We hope you join us again, perhaps for our wonderful happy hour!?! Sincerely, The Smith & Porter Team

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Bswan
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice waitress. Steak was cooked the way I wanted it. Could hear everyone at my table speak without raising our voices. Overall a good experience.

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vipLateNightDiner
Minneapolis
84 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Menu options are very diverse, so pleasing a crowd is easy. We enjoyed dinner before a show at the Guthrie. Delicious beet salad, generous portions of chicken piccata and a nice wine selection. Our server was busy, but very helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Very odd experience. Beautiful place. Comfortable seating. Place was completely empty on a Saturday night. Menu is a little off the beaten path. Like normal American cuisine but slightly different. Drinks were okay. Food was okay. Nothing offensive or super off-putting but probably won't go back if I'm being honest.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Not busy restaurant. Generally quick service. Good range of choices. Accommodating for allergies.

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vipOddie
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was our first time here. Drinks were delicious and food was delicious as well. Will definitely go back. Salmon, pork chops, steak and Brussels Sprouts all delicious.

Smith & Porter
Responded on January 6, 2020

Hi Oddie, Thank you for your review. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed your food and cocktails. We do hope to see you again in the New Year. Regards, The Smith & Porter Team

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Pilar
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely setting, warm and cozy - pleasant, friendly service

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vipStan
Minneapolis
69 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality of food and price were just right. Delightful for conversation. Lovely place.

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vipJulia214
Minneapolis
56 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As before we can only emphasize how much we like being spoiled by our wonderful staff at Smith and Porter. It is nice to be spoiled, it truly is. Thank you all at S&P.

Smith & Porter
Responded on December 21, 2019

Hi Julia, Thank you for your review and for your kind words. We appreciate your continued support! Wishing you a wonderful holiday season. Sincerely, The Smith & Porter Team

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Emily
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible food and atmosphere. My salad had an undercooked egg and the chicken was fast food grade quality. Would definitely avoid this spot.

Smith & Porter
Responded on December 20, 2019

Hi Emily, Thank you for your recent feedback. I am sorry you didn't enjoy the poached egg on the Caesar Salad or the chicken. I would love the opportunity to make it right for you. If you have time, I can be reached at 612-249-5503. Sincerely, Vanessa Cortez General Manager

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JoeT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Half priced bottles of wine on Sunday, that was a pleasant surprise! The brussel sprouts were great! The salmon was also very good but it comes in a paper wrap that I could have done without.

Smith & Porter
Responded on December 21, 2019

Hi Joe, Thank you for your review. I am glad to hear you enjoyed half priced wine on Sunday and the brussels. We hope to see you again. Sincerely, The Smith & Porter Team

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MaryH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very different, delicious Caesar salad, and outstanding chicken noodle soup.

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GerardW
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It's a really nice place and the food was good, but I wouldn't say it was anything outstanding considering the price of things. I live in the Rochester area and can get outstanding food here for a much lesser price. I would just say I was slightly disappointed.

Smith & Porter
Responded on December 21, 2019

Hi Gerard, Thank you for your review and feedback. I am sorry to hear you were disappointed with the food and the price point. I know prices in Minneapolis are considerably greater than in Rochester. Hopefully, next time you're in town you will join us again, we do have some excellent happy hour specials! Sincerely, The Smith & Porter Team

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MeghanH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was really quite delicious, but the restaurant should plan on weekends when the Guthrie theatre is just up the street, to have enough kitchen staff for the crowd and time constraints around pre-show times. We waited 40 minutes for dinner and were rushed. But as I said, a nice meal, food wise. Staff were pleasant and apologetic.

Smith & Porter
Responded on December 21, 2019

Hi Meghan, Thank you so much for your review. I am sorry to hear that you were rushed because food took too long. I would love the opportunity to discuss this and make it right for you. If you have the time, I can be reached at 612-249-5503. Sincerely, Vanessa Cortez General Manager

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ZachG
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great place for date night. Moderately to high prices options but they were great!

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vipAndrea
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went to Smith and Porter on a Sunday evening before attending a show at the Guthrie Theater. The locations was perfect for a pre-show dinner as it was about a 4 block walk. The food was amazing with a lot of variety. The service was just a little slow, but our server did have two large tables (8 people each) so she was very busy. I would definitely recommend!

Smith & Porter
Responded on December 21, 2019

Hi Andrea, Thank you so much for your review. We are pleased to hear that the food was amazing. I do apologize about your service being on the slower side. We have beefed up staffing during this busy holiday season to ensure this doesn't happen again in the future. Wishing you all the best, The Smith & Porter Team

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vipAngelaW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our server was wonderful! Very attentive and accomod

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vipCheH
Minneapolis
50 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time visit. Liked the variety of menu choices. Gnocchi was excellent. Our server was helpful and friendly.

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FoodLover
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Food took forever to come out. Server apologized often for this. When the food finally arrived the steak was severely overcooked and the pork chop red/raw. Needless to say we made our way to another restaurant instead of RE-ordering. Wine selection would have been better had they only carried box wines. Manager did remove the food charges due to the wild fluctuations in meat preparation. Would not revisit this restaurant at any cost.

Smith & Porter
Responded on November 24, 2019

Hi Food Lover, Thank you for your review. I do apologize for the incorrect and inadequate meat temperatures. We will revisit training methods on the line to ensure this does not happen in the future. I am also sorry to hear you did not enjoy the wine selections. We would love to know what selections you would have prefered to see on the list, perhaps there are some we can add in the future. Thanks again for your feedback, The Smith & Porter Team

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AmyB
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the atmosphere was lovely.

Smith & Porter
Responded on November 24, 2019

Hi Amy, Thank you for visiting us last week and for your kind review! We do hope to see you again in the future. Happy Holidays! The Smith & Porter Team

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MelanieW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! Service was good and timely.. Enjoy the sesting arrangement..

Smith & Porter
Responded on November 14, 2019

Hi Melanie, Thank you so much for dining with us and for your awesome review! We do hope to see you again next time you are in the Mill City area. Have a wonderful weekend, The Smith & Porter Team

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and very affordable! Will be back!

Smith & Porter
Responded on November 9, 2019

Hello, Just wanted to thank you for your patronage and for your awesome review. We look forward to your next visit. Thanks again, The Smith & Porter Team

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Mary
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all had trouble deciding what to eat because there were so many inviting choices, and we were all pleased with out selections and generous portions.

Smith & Porter
Responded on November 14, 2019

Hi Mary, Thank you so much for choosing us this past weekend. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed your selections. We do hope you come back to try some of our new winter selections that will be arriving next week. Thanks again, The Smith & Porter Team

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