The Local West End

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Our doors welcome you into the old world. In contrast with reputations in the lore of the Irish, our food is a high priority. Fish & Chips, the classics and more than a few ringers for the worldly eaters. The craic is good. Come find a corner of the bar to lean up against, a snug to gather friends inside, or a lovely pub table to watch the world go by as you imbibe the finest pour.

The Local Irish Pub was founded on December 17th, 1997, and celebrates over two decades of enduring loyalty and adoration for its many offerings, from a beautiful bar featuring a hand-carved back bar, numerous nooks and crannies for exchanging secrets, and ample space for telling flat-out lies. Celebrate the highs and the lows in our private event spaces. The West End location is the 2nd location of this mini Irish Empire, opening in February of 2019.
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A100
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great food! Liked the semi-private booths. After seated by hostess waited long time but no server came. Had to go find someone to serve us. But after that server was attentive. On the expensive side for $15 burgers. Definitely would go back and recommend to others.

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johnh
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The member birthday special is awesome and our server (Lexi I believe) was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. The regular prices are creeping up there a bit. We did have a great time and will go back.

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TangoDeltaDelta
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent, almost too attentive, frequently stopping by asking if we needed anything. Food was very good, hot and fresh. The atmosphere for a weekday lunch was friendly and relatively quiet.

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vipSureshot
Minneapolis
42 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Surprisingly uncrowded on a summer Saturday evening at 7PM our party of six was seated at a long table directly under an air conditioning vent, not a good start, even on a summer evening. It was freezing. Service was prompt, and it was easy to carry on a conversation as there weren't many people at the nearby bar -it was quite- a nice surprise. But the food! I had corned beef and cabbage, a traditional Irish dish. The menu read Roasted Corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and carrots. The corned beef rather than in slices of brisket came in 1 inch chunks together with pieces of potato and carrots and a couple of thick slabs of cabbage. The dish had an overall oily consistency, and whatever they did to it you could barely taste that it was corned beef, the major clue though that it was was the color. The cabbage totally devoid of taste. Less typical of pub food was the ahi tuna salad said not to be very good, but one vegetarian loved the very burger (with cheese). We will not be back.

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KimA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Server seemed bored even though we were there on a Sunday and it wasn't busy. Food was very average. had the fish and chips which i thought was their specialty. was one piece of fish, fairly greasy. my tablemate had shep pie which was good. like the old world ambiance but expected more of the food from my old trips to the orig local. would probably come back for HH sometime but not spend that much for a mediocre dinner.

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viptruthmessanger
Minneapolis
40 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had wee burger great size for lunch. Great price.

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vipKleeB
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I was sad when I heard Cooper was changing, but decided I should give it the place as the Local a try. I was happy to find the menu was very similar, and that the ambiance only got better. The service was excellent. I'll be back!

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Sara
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Food was overpriced and mediocre. The service was great! Ok spot for happy hour but I would never eat there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Vincent Burger was one of the best burgers I've ever had. Also the booth seating was prime.

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SandraY
Naples
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

My meatloaf was not very hot, on the dry side. I did enjoy myself, server was cheerful, happy, friendly, knowledgeable. A little pricey.

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HappyBday66
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great staff and good vibe. The main bar is too noisy to "hear" the game so our party moved into the separate side room, which was much quieter, had regular tables and a larger flat-screen TV. Fabulous for families and older people. We'll be back for the soccer games.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
33 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we sat in one of the new cozy, sexy mini-booths! Fun!
Skinny Ginger is always fab, as were the fish and chips. A slab of cod the size of a shoebox!

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AnnM
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Waitress was very nice. Drinks were fine. Food was awful. Burgers were so greasy it was dripping grease. Veggie burger was very dry. Fries were plain with no seasoning. Salad was nothing but lettuce very exoensive for what it was. Spent al ost 100 dollars for three people and two drinks. Would not go back

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vipMNRed
Minneapolis
28 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Our server was outstanding. Great personality and service. The place was mostly empty on a Thursday night, which is concerning. The food was average at best. The beer was flat. The high top chairs are amazingly uncomfortable.

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MatthewG
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was a great place. Food was good and we really liked the enclosed booths.

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NancyC
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our own private booth and were able to have a conversation while enjoying the evening and ambience.

Loved it!

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vipCatherine330
Minneapolis
33 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Meeting a friend from France who was here for a college graduation. Everyone found a different beer to try and enjoy

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vipFran
Minneapolis
86 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love the Local. It is one of our favorite restaurants. They make a great omelet and the creamy hash browns the best. Oh, and we love the Wee Lunch!!!

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vipGregoryA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great Irish pub atmosphere; good pub-type food. Parking is tough during high traffic times.

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vipCatherine330
Minneapolis
33 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice Sunday lunch in a cute “snug”. Variety of beers; good menu options

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vipKellyB
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I like the Local downtown and I like the Local now in West End.

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vipfoodexpert
Minneapolis
92 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food good service good drinks will come back. Liked the decor 😃

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NatashaH
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Food has gone downhill since it switched from Cooper pub to the Local. Much more limited menu and we had to send one dish back (the macaroni and cheese) but nothing tasted as good as it used to be at Cooper Pub. We will not be eating here again.

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JanM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was absolutely wonderful. Our party had varied food items to eat and everyone agreed the food they had was absolutely great!! Service was attentive. We were very satisfied with The Local and will definitely go there again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Everything was great as always just felt a bit rushed near the end of the meal.

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5610121
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met friends to plan a trip. Our food was outstanding. Our server Emily was very personable and attentive. We could've used a slightly bigger table. All in all our experience was very positive.

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MariaJ
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love The Local, and all the Cara pubs. I just have one quibble about my recent visit: I ordered black tea, and it came in a little pot which provided a little over a mugful of tea (and I was delighted that the pot came with the teabag already in the water, and the water seems to have been actually boiling!). However, when he asked if I'd like more, I said yes, and he said a new teabag would mean an entire new tea purchase. As I don't reuse teabags (since I don't drink pathetic, flavorless, tea-less tea-- haha!), I sighed and said yes. Meanwhile, my guest who'd ordered coffee could have sat there drinking endless cups of it all day long without being charged again. She could've had an entire pot of it-- and that costs a lot more than a second teabag.

Teabags, even good ones, are not expensive. Wouldn't it make sense to just use another .14 teabag for the tea "refill," rather than irritating the tea drinker? That seems like a decision that hasn't been thought through-- and I even wonder if it's an actual policy of Cara Pubs, or an individual manager or even the server.

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vipSandy
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The glass-enclosed booths created a quiet and pleasant ambiance; the server was attentive; the food tasted good; and the price was reasonable.

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MarkM
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Menu was fairly limited. Server recommended the reuben. It was one of the best I’ve ever had.

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vipFran
Minneapolis
86 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Local is one of our favorite restaurants! We go frequently and are always pleased with the food, service and love the atmosphere. We especially like the Wee Menu! The choices are always good and just the right amount!!

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PamL
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Love this place. service was absolutely fun and amazing... the booths are super cool in private!
food was not as good as the first time we were there and it was not too terribly busy, but still ok. The steak and mushroom pie is the best!

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vipSally
Minneapolis
75 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I was at The Local for lunch with girlfriends and, for the most part, it was good. Our server Sara was great...very personable and helpful! The changes to the decor of the restaurant are very nice.
All the other ladies enjoyed their lunches, but mine was so-so. I got the corned been and cabbage and I liked the way it was served with the sauce, but the corned beef was surprisingly tasteless. I could not detect a single spice in the meat, and those pickling spices are what “makes” the corned beef!
I will definitely go back, but try something other than the corned beef next time.

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vipSteaklover
Minneapolis
47 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great - Irish with some very interesting & delish options. Service was absolutely wonderful - attentive and helpful. Had the poutine as an appetizer, which was great and the banana bread pudding dessert was too too good.

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Shorty
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were there on a Wednesday evening - it was crowded, but we had a reservation and they got us right in. The food was good - only bad thing was the wild rice in the roasted pear salad - too hard to chew. Otherwise - delicous!

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vipCatherine330
Minneapolis
33 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a space in a nice little “snug.” Great selection of Irish beers. Good special on local brew. The food was delicious and the space very comfortable

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LarryW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friendly neighborhood pub with great food and tap beers. The staff is fantastic! Our favorite place to hang out.

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LisaK
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and good food too! Will be back again!

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Nick
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience2

Not what it used to be. The bar and restaurant were both almost empty,

Quite s surprise!

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vipFranchisejones
Minneapolis
25 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service were great. Ruben, tomato soup, chicken shots appetizer were all wonderful. We were lucky to be in a cozy enclosed booth as there were some very noisy diners whooping it up nearby. But it's a bar, after all. Will return anyway.

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DianaS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere. I like they way they've remodeled it after transitioning from the Cooper. There seems to be way more seating. I love the booths by the window. Very cozy!

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The Local West End does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. The Local West End also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (952) 698-2000.

The Local West End is rated 4.4 stars by 1178 OpenTable diners.

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