Smith & Porter

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$30 and under
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Modern American Kitchen featuring a seasonally rotating menu. We offer gluten and vegetarian friendly dishes. Full bar with craft cocktails, local craft beers and a broad wine list.
Open daily for dinner at 4:00pm & weekend brunch from 10:00am- 2:00pm
Happy Hour 4:00pm-6:00pm Monday-Friday in the bar and the patio!
Located in the heart of the Mill City District in the Abiitan building. Conveniently situated to the Guthrie Theater, Stone Arch Bridge & McPhail. Nearby hotels include the Depot Renaissance and Residence Inn.
Interested in a private event? We offer private and semi-private spaces. Please inquire online at www.smith-porter.com.

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MH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

GW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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.

MH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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.

ZG
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

A
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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!

AW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our server was wonderful! Very attentive and accomod

CH
Minneapolis
49 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.

FL
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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AB
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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MW
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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OT
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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M
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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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food5service5ambience1

There was a photo shoot going on with the big flash tripods next to us. It was super obnoxious...not sure why management thought that was a good idea to do during regular business hours. There were flashes about every 30 seconds and a photographer that was distracting. Our waitress and food were amazing though!

Smith & Porter
Responded on November 10, 2019

Hello, Thank you for your feedback. We apologize about the photos, it was an unexpected addition to the afternoon unrelated to the restaurant. We try to accommodate everyone as best we can, we sincerely apologize that it put a damper on your experience. We would love the opportunity to make it up to you, if you could send us your information. Thanks again, The Smith & Porter Team

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LR
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In Minneapolis for business. Ate here 2 nights we liked it so much.

Smith & Porter
Responded on November 7, 2019

Hi Lisa, Thank you so much for your patronage and for your stellar review. We do hope you join us next time you are in town. If you are staying at the The Depot hotel across the street, you are entitled to a 15% discount! Thanks again, The Smith & Porter Team

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Even though our reservation was for 7:15, we apparently just missed a huge rush. It took some time for the waitstaff to regroup, so there was a bit of time that went by before our server showed up at the table. However, once she did, she was perky and fun. The food was delicious — a little inventive, but not too innovative that the pickier members of our party couldn’t find and enjoy a few selections.

LP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience5

The food quality did not match the price. The steak cut was not what he expected. the Halibut was dried out.

NC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The brunch menu touches on standards plus some interesting dishes not found elsewhere. The food was delicious, as were the Bloody Marys. $6 Bloodys! Great value.

J
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Open atmosphere with floor-to-ceiling windows. Our waitress was attentive. The walleye tots were scrumptious and the steak salad was hearty. A short walk to the Guthrie Theater, I recommend this spot for a pre-show dinner.

T
Minneapolis
151 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

BE
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

AL
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience4

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
140 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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
56 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall2food2service4ambience3

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
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

AB
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience2

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
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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.

p
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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