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The Smack Shack Bloomington

4.5
4.5
328 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood

Casual, coastal restaurant in the North Loop. Reservations taken for dining room only, patio seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Please check in with hosts upon arrival for patio seating.

Although named for the boats used to catch lobster, Smack Shack was launched as a food truck in 2010 serving lobster rolls from a land-locked downtown Minneapolis parking lot. Owner Josh Thoma had a great recipe and a belief that appetite for fresh lobster in the Twin Cities was as strong as any coastal city.

Smack Shack is committed to serving sustainable seafood and is a current partner in the Minnesota Zoo’s Fish Smart program. Sustainable seafood is wild caught or farm raised seafood that has established practices to ensure the long term growth and thriving populations of seafood with limited harm to the environment.

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Booked 47 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Shellfish, American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (952) 333-7722

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

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What 328 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Minneapolis - St. Paul

    Seafood

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  1. l

    lovesfood27

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    Waited 20 minutes to be seated after arriving for a 715 Rez. Server was personable and pleasant, food runners were happy and helpful. Service was just VERY slow.

  2. TS

    TheStraightDope

    Minneapolis

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Shrimp bucket and fish and chips excellent. Lobster in the roll a little dry and not very flavorful. The bun is not at all interesting.

  3. S

    Steve

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    Steak was not cooked right and needed be be cooked more.

  4. SH

    SHERRY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Enjoyed the meal. Had salmon and friend had the lobster roll. Service was great. Went at noon with a reservation, got seated right away. Overall great experience.

  5. RA

    RAST

    Minneapolis

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our second visit with more to come. Great lobster roll!!

  6. PL

    PattyLou

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Reservation for 5:30 on Sun, great time. Fast, very friendly service, food was wonderful for all dishes. Definitely returning again soon.

  7. D

    Disappointed6

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    The food and drinks were delicious, service was great, but it was a bit pricey and noisy. They should really rethink turning the music down so people don't have to yell to have a conversation.

  8. JH

    JennaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect place for a date night or causal get-together. Fairly large menu with something for every seafood lover and a few non-seafood options. It may seem like the prices are a bit high, but the quality of the food is extremely high, definitely get your money's worth, as each dish was crammed full of choice seafood. Service was exceptional, attentive but not intrusive. I took my husband out for his birthday and we brought our 9-month-old and there wasn't any problem. Highly recommend!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Service was excellent Portions sizes mussels was very good Lobster roll was good, portion was about 2oz for $27.00 not worth it. Lknow what lobster meat cost.. Music sucks for ambience. Your not a sports bar.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Fantastic service at the Bloomington location!

  11. k

    ktinpink

    Minneapolis

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our service was incredible - super friendly wait staff! I had the featured lobster roll of the week and it was delightful. As a person who's picky about french fries, I really enjoyed these and the seasoning was perfect. My drink (cucumber gin) was also excellent. I'll be back!

  12. S

    Suzy

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience5

    I made a reservation for my daughter’s birthday. She has visited the North Loop location several times, and it was a favorite spot for her. I had looked at the menu beforehand, so I was aware of the prices. The portions were small ( the crab cakes), but the food was good, however, it was prepared differently than at your other location ( my daughter has taken pictures of the crab cakes and stuffed salmon she ordered at the North Loop location, and this was significantly smaller and differently prepared). Our server was seen in very small increments, we had to ask to order, remind her of our drink order, ask for the check, and then wait for her to run the card. I left a 15% cash tip, but I will not be returning.

  13. BS

    BrianS

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely amazing experience overall, our server was amazing and the food was out of this world. Highly recommend the lobster roll, the mussels and crabcakes.

  14. JQ

    JohnQ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service. Had the Lobster Roll, Connecticut so good.

  15. SS

    SteveS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing! Smack Shack is now my #1 restaurant!

  16. J

    Julia

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Went there for a friend's birthday and it was great!

  17. BE

    BEJ1

    Minneapolis

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Patio is nicer than expected, considering the location on a busy corner. Music is too loud. Soup of the day was hearty and ample. Lobster Mac and Cheese is forgettable. Service was excellent and attentive.

  18. RF

    RoubaixFoodie

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The seafood pappardelle excellent, the closest thing I've had in the Twin Cities to San Francisco Cioppino. Service was outstanding as well.

  19. k

    kramcraft

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time there. Was great!

  20. b

    bookerh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food. The service was great. The prices were reasonable.

  21. J

    Jipatro

    Minneapolis

    61 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4

    I've been here 3 times, and really enjoyed it the first 2 times. Last night I thought the food was disappointing. The lobster sandwich was tasteless, and although my friend liked the ceviche, it had a lot of hot pepper in it that left her coughing.

  22. SQ

    SueQ

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3

    Food is overpriced for small portions. More bread than anything.

  23. GJ

    GregJ

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3

    Service was great. Food was good and value just ok. Music was a little to loud for a sit down.

  24. M

    Murray

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Lousy value for ok seafood do not plan on visiting again

  25. BG

    BigG

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    Went two weeks ago and it was great. Went yesterday for Mother’s Day and it was a completely different experience.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    The overall experience was great. The lobster rolls are very expensive for what you get. I would try alternatives upon our return.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day

  28. H

    Hayley

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    Service was very slow and inattentive. Recd drinks after our appetizer and kids meals. The sides with boil came after we finished the boil.

  29. TW

    TradeWinds

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5

    Everyone was great, including the server. However, they never came around to check up on more drinks, etc. There are no carb options such as bread or rice offered with the main fish meals. You have to ask for it and then it's too late.

  30. PL

    PhilipL

    Minneapolis

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Smack Shack delivers a very good dining experience. The ambience is causal but not “Sports Bar”. The service was near perfect. The food was very good. We love oysters and Smack Shack hada decent variety of East and west coast oysters. They were very fresh and delicious. The lobster roll is the pop star of the menu but there are many options from apps to main courses of fish, seafood and meat. It’s not cheap but it is reasonable for fresh seafood in the Midwest. Go, now.

  31. ML

    MaryL

    Unspecified

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    I’m from Boston, and your lobstah rolls are fantastic!

  32. r

    retiredlady

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great seafood and service. The crab cakes are remarkable!! Loved the Lobster roll.

  33. W

    Wrightones

    New England

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2

    Totally underwhelmed at the food and atmosphere at this restaurant. The food was bland and I couldn't see anything on the menu that would make this place somewhere that I would want to return to. Service was mediocre.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service

  35. DB

    DavidB

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our first go at the Bloomington Location in early March... Not so good. We tried again and had Lunch Sunday 05/01/2022 and it was great, the Lobster sandwich was perfect, Red Beans and rice still need some work but over all it was really good, service was outstanding. did not have the new brunch menu bout looked really good also.

  36. AC

    AnnC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3

    I was so excited to go here as I had never been before. Service was slow, food was a let down and bill was not correct. We had to leave quickly for an event as the service was slow. Everything on the menu was overpriced. Crab cakes were mushy and very expensive. Continental lobster sandwich terrible... it was fishy tasting and basically the leftover pieces of the lobster. My husband compared his fish and chips with cold fried to a fast food restaurant. Our waitress was very pleasant and had a nice smile. Most of what attributed to our experience was out of her control.

  37. AL

    AnneL

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything from the service (Jess was our server) to the food was amazing. Will be back.

  38. KH

    KelliH

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3

    Terrible from the start. Had reservations and was asked if we’d be done in an hour because our table was needed for another party. Waitress took our order and never saw her again until the bill came. We asked her to separate the bills and she split them evenly instead. Food was just ok - not much flavor - definitely not worth the high prices. Won’t be going back.

  39. HA

    HindaA

    Minneapolis

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great service! We were seated promptly and the staff was welcoming and friendly.

  40. N

    Nicole

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Peel & eat shrimp served warm was delicious! My daughter was thrilled she was shown a lobster!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Smack Shack Bloomington offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (952) 333-7722.

The Smack Shack Bloomington is rated 4.5 stars by 328 OpenTable diners.

The Smack Shack Bloomington does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 47 times today
Google Map for The Smack Shack Bloomington

3801 Minnesota Dr Minneapolis, MN 55435-5861

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Bloomington

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Shellfish, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Takeout

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