The Bad Waitress Northeast

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The Bad Waitress Northeast is a high-vibe restaurant in a beautifully-rehabbed building in historic NE Minneapolis. We are focused on working with local purveyors and serving organic to ensure the freshness and high quality that we demand in the food we serve.
Our relationships at The Bad Waitress Northeast - guest, staff and supplier - create a congruence of ideas, instill a philosophy of food ethics and support other local businesses in our joint effort to create a network of sustainability and vitality.
Attentive to the unique qualities of the neighborhood, as with our Eat Street sibling, we’ve matured from our beginnings – with a full bar, full table-service and unique dinner and brunch menus. Try the chicken and waffle, the breakfast burrito or the beet tartare. We have plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
The Bad Waitress Northeast is here to provide an irresistible experience that will draw you in and keep you coming time after time.
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Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The space is great and the service was friendly. The menu selections all sounded great. The coffee drinks were delicious. Unfortunately, we waited an hour for our food. When we got it, it was very disappointing. One omelette was very salty. The other omelette was over cooked. The breakfast potatoes were extremely greasy. I would not recommend this to anyone.

BD
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

This was my and my friend's first visit to the NE location. Great space and the hosts were awesome and most helpful. While it was a busy brunch, we waited 45 minutes to an hour for our food to arrive, and it was still incomplete. A side of bacon and glass of OJ arrived 20 and 25 minutes respectively after we got our meals.
Think the server may have forgot to put the ticket in as other groups around us who were seated after us got their food way before we did. The server was nice but seemed pretty overwhelmed.

JM
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

This restaurant lives up to its name. The service was not good at all. The food would have been very good if they would have served it hot.

The Bad Waitress Northeast
Responded on September 23, 2019

Hello Jean, Thanks for coming and I'm sorry your visit was disappointing. The food absolutely should be served while hot - that was a miscue on our part. If there's anything else you'd like to relay please contact me at andy@thebadwaitress.co m - I'm interested to hear what we can improve. Thank you.

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J
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The bottomless mimosas for $14 during Saturday - Sunday brunch is a great deal. The mimosas are large and they add plenty of champagne. The menu is fun but our food was nothing special, and we spent a lot of money for breakfast for two.

The Bad Waitress Northeast
Responded on September 16, 2019

Hello Jules, Thank you for coming and for your comments - I'm pleased you enjoyed your experience for the most part and we hope to see you again soon. If there is anything specific we could do to improve your experience please let me know at andy@thebadwaitress.c om. Thanks again!

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SM
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The issue in this review was tied to the menu represented on OpenTable wasn't for this restaurant. In fact, the menu on OT had interesting "foodie" preparations and the actual is a pretty simple burger/bar menu. The server thought it could be confusion with an associated restaurant in Uptown.

With all the interesting restaurants in the area, we left and did a walk-in nearby.

On the positive, we were greeted immediately and the ambiance was nice. There was only one other table seated so noise level was low. We had hoped to site outside, but that seating is right on a busy street corner so it seemed like it would be difficult to chat. Server was friendly and understanding of our choice to leave.

The Bad Waitress Northeast
Responded on September 16, 2019

Hello Steve, Thanks for stopping in and I'll dig in with OpenTable to see what the issue is with the menu. This sounds very odd and I'm sorry for any inconvenience. Except for rush hour times, the patio is actually pretty calm in terms of noise level, and it is not difficult to have a conversation out there. Thanks again.

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CC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The menu isn’t substantive, but there’s enough variety that’s inclusive of specialty dietary needs. The food portions are large and despite the name the staff are friendly and very helpful.

The overall vibe and energy of The Bad Waitress is chill, a great place to catch up with friends!

The Bad Waitress Northeast
Responded on September 16, 2019

Hello Chesay, Thank you for coming and for your comments - I'm pleased you enjoyed your experience and we hope to see you again soon. Thanks again!

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KG
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were both excellent. Really the only problem was that the music was too loud. It was brunch, and people go to brunch to talk to each other. I had trouble hearing what my friend was saying the whole time, so that was kind of a bummer. Overall, though, I really like this place! Will probably go back.

The Bad Waitress Northeast
Responded on September 16, 2019

Hello, Thank you for coming and for your comments - I'm pleased you enjoyed your experience and we look forward to seeing you again soon. As to the music, everyone has a different preferred volume level, however please ask to adjust if it is interfering with your enjoyment - we can do that. Thanks again!

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

More of a breakfast and lunch spot. I was expecting to see more dinner choices on the menu so I was a little disappointed. That said I loved all the vegan options and creative veggie combinations.

The Bad Waitress Northeast
Responded on September 16, 2019

Hello, Thank you for coming and for your comments. We had an entirely separate dinner menu at one point and the overwhelming feedback was "bring the all-day menu back." We do offer a fairly broad number of sandwiches and burgers, as well as salads, however you are correct in that we do not have a dinner-only section. Something to consider rather than an entire dinner-only menu. Thanks, and we hope to see you again soon.

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

Food was good but pretty standard fare for breakfast. Nothing special about the avocado toast or cheese omelet. Pleasant place.

The Bad Waitress Northeast
Responded on September 16, 2019

Hello Lawrence, Thank you for coming in. Interestingly, we get rave reviews from many on the avocado toast. If there's anything in particular we could improve I'm very interested to hear from you. Please let me know at andy@thebadwaitress.c om. We do hope to see you again. Thank you.

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LP
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Our server was also bartending so service was very slow. Food was ok. One restroom was out of order and other was out of hand soap. Not a great experience but cute place in great location.

The Bad Waitress Northeast
Responded on September 16, 2019

Hello Laurie, Thank you for coming and I'm sorry that aspects of your visit were disappointing. We do have a section the bartender covers however if things are at their busiest we have other servers who migrate over to ensure service does not back up. If that didn't happen in your case, I apologize. The restroom situation is just unacceptable and we've reinforced the need to have everything stocked and running as it should. I hope you'll consider another try. Thank you.

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d
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The strawberry sauce was amazing!
We were seated promptly and our waitress was spot on

The Bad Waitress Northeast
Responded on September 16, 2019

Hello, Thank you for coming and for your comments - I'm pleased you enjoyed your experience and we hope to see you again soon. Thanks again!

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

Great food and excellent staff

The Bad Waitress Northeast
Responded on September 16, 2019

Hello Robert, Thank you for coming and for your comments - I'm pleased you enjoyed your experience and we hope to see you again soon. Thanks again!

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S
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so good and the space was welcoming! Loved it! Will definitely be back

The Bad Waitress Northeast
Responded on September 16, 2019

Hello Samantha, Thank you for coming and for your comments - I'm pleased you enjoyed your experience and we hope to see you again soon. Thanks again!

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JL
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fun atmosphere, great food, reasonable prices and excellent location!

The Bad Waitress Northeast
Responded on July 22, 2019

Hello Jutzie, Thank you for coming and for your comments - I'm pleased you enjoyed your experience and we hope to see you again soon. Thanks again!

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s
Minneapolis
136 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

They forgot to put the cheese in my egg scramble and claimed they did even though I could not see it or taste it. After getting that response, I kept other comments to myself. The spinach was heavy on the stems, rather than leaves. The hashbrowns were undercooked after I ordered them extra crispy. Not sure if the kitchen staff was having a bad day. The others at the table has no issues but none thought the food was memorable.

The Bad Waitress Northeast
Responded on July 22, 2019

Hello Sue, Thank you for coming and I'm sorry that your experience was sub-par. This cheese issue sounds as though it could have been very simple to correct/handle and we just blew it. The kitchen has a couple of new team members so perhaps that explains a couple of the misses. I've circled back with both service and kitchen managers and they'll tighten up on these issues. Should you be inclined to give us another try, I'm confident you'll be pleased. Thanks again.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The service was alright but the food was a let down. I ordered the Bad Benedict and it was indead 'bad'. Egg was poached finely, but the prosciutto smelt quite bad, wished they could put some rosemary in there. Hollandaise sauce was too buttery and muggy. Affogatto was weird. By the time they brought that out, the ice cream already melted all, and it looked like a milk shake.

The Bad Waitress Northeast
Responded on July 17, 2019

Hello, Thank you for coming and I'm sorry your meal was disappointing. I've discussed your comments with both kitchen and service teams. We only use the freshest ingredients and prosciutto is a very durable item, as you likely know, so that one is unusual. Please contact me at andy@thebadwaitress.c om and I hope to discuss how we might earn your consideration of another visit. Thank you.

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DS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was very good, however, overpriced for portion sizes. My bloody mary was very unflavorful, and at $11 a bloody, I would expect more than a cucumber slice as a garnish. My friend ordered the bottomless mimosas and it appeared we were annoying when he asked for another mimosa. The server was friendly, just not very attentive. Overall I thought the food was great, but the lack of service, over-priced items and no air conditioning made it an uncomfortable dining experience.

The Bad Waitress Northeast
Responded on July 22, 2019

Hello Devin, Thanks for coming. I'm sorry that there were disappointing aspects of your experience. I've discussed your comments with our management team - lack of attentiveness is not acceptable nor is giving the impression that we are put out when responding to a guest's request. We do our best to manage costs and maintain appropriate pricing. We're in the middle of the pack as far as competitors in the area go. When the air goes down, we try to get it up ASAP. Thanks again.

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R
Montana
15 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just up from St Anthony Main area. Food was good. Atmosphere was fun and cute.

The Bad Waitress Northeast
Responded on July 22, 2019

Hello, Thank you for coming and for your comments - I'm pleased you enjoyed your experience and we hope to see you again soon. Thanks again!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, friendly staff. Food did take some time getting to us but when it did it was excellent and

The Bad Waitress Northeast
Responded on July 22, 2019

Hello, Thanks for coming and for your comments. We will circle back and make sure things are moving along appropriately - some newer kitchen team members are getting up to speed. We hope to see you again soon. Thanks again.

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SE
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was the best! She quickly and efficiently moved our party of three out of the rain and inside to the counter where hot tea awaited! No rushing us to order or to leave. I luxuriated in spending time with my sons in an unhurried and quiet space while eating good food

u
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The space is wonderful: open and welcoming. The service is the antithesis of the restaurant's name, with our wait person truly attentive to our dining experience. The menu has a great repertoire of items, something that met the omnivore and herbivore desires.. fresh, great all around.

G
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to have brunch before Pride!! Glad I found it!

K
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I go there for the food. Service is hit or miss. This time: miss. My server was never to be seen again until the check came. The table next to me server was at their table countless times.

DG
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was excellent! Great value. Coctail was good! Service was good. Seems like it would be a great breakfast place. They serve breakfast all day. We had the Bad, Bad Benidict and it was AWESOME! Also had the GBLT too and again, it was terrific!

LH
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Met a friend for lunch. Plenty of good seating, lots of open tables. Service was a TITCH slow. Biggest problem: my friend's Southwest salad had the whitest iceberg lettuce I've ever seen and about 2 oz of chicken. My burger was excellent, but his was quite disappointing. I'll try again...maybe.

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went in for Father’s Day has best waitress( she was from Idaho) absolutely the best

GH
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place would go again

S
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Was great!!! Thanks much!

K
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Experience was FANTASTIC! Service was phenomenal and food was great! Will definitely be coming back.

NH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Pro-tip: make a reservation even if it's right before you go (especially if you're going for brunch on a weekend!) The food was great, came out quickly, and cost-wise was on par with other local brunch places. There was a mix-up with one of the meals at our table, but our server came out with a replacement very quickly. Overall, it's a cute location and somewhere I'll definitely come again.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, great service, love the ambiance. Great for a girls day brunch!

J
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was awesome and our food was delicious!

SP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Server was very friendly. Hostess was very unpleasant though, which is why I only gave 3/5 stars. Would come back for the food.

f
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was great but there were not enough staff so we ended up waiting way too long for drinks. Bummer because the atmosphere was great.

B
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent drinks - a bit high priced but yummy! Wait staff was wonderful.

b
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

A bad mothers day there.
Wanted us to seat outside.
The had seven empty tables. They finally put at a table for TEN. Why?
They were booked tables. No way, the place was empty when we left and yet those tables
were not filled.
We needed to ask for water and it took ten minutes to get a server. Then he came and was pushing us to
order our food ASAP.

MD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Loved our waitress. We had a party of 10 and she was very accommodating and understanding. We brought our own cake and they were happy to provide plates and a knife to cut it. Food wasn't as good as the review led me to believe but not too bad. The ambiance was great though and we all had a great time.

J
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rosie is the best!!

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

Great food and service!

PH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Glad I found it!! I have since told many others they should try it.

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