The Smack Shack

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$31 to $50
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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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SB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was great. The only issue we had was the table we sat at had a booth back. The next table was right next to us which the hostess tried to seat 3 couples and they refused. It was really tight and we would have been on top of each other. The place was busy but if they would have sat somewhere there, we would have left.

V
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The Smack Shack is so good! My wife and I have now dined here twice, with the most recent being a Sunday afternoon at 4pm. Brunch ends at 3 and dinner starts at 5 so we were in that weird in-between time, so not everything is available. We were both fine with that, because the items we wanted were available-just a word to the wise for people dining here on Sundays.

Our service was not the greatest, as it took our server a fairly long amount of time between each time he visited our table, especially between greeting us and the time we wanted to order.

The food was amazing all around. For starters, we ordered the crab cakes and corn bread. They were both extremely good. The crab cakes were full of crab with just the bare minimum of binder and the corn/bacon sauce that they are served with is great in its own right. The corn bread was also very good, striking a good balance between sweet and spicy.

For dinner, I ordered the Connecticut style lobster roll. It is truly out of this world. The lobster is so flavorful and the bun that it comes in is just as good-nicely toasted, very buttery, just lovely. My wife, who is not a seafood lover, ordered the Lobster Lucy, lobster on the side (which I gladly ate). She said it was very good as well, with the beef flavor especially coming through. We appreciate them making some concessions for someone who isn't necessarily into the whole seafood scene.

Overall, this trip was fantastic and we will certainly be back when the occasion arises!

J
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were fantastic! Two of our party had the two different lobster rolls, which were absolutely deliciou!. They have fun drink options. The place is set up like warehouse chic and done well. They do a nice job of keeping the dining separate from the bar crowd, which looked very up-tempo and exciting.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my girlfriend ate here on 2-15-2020 for our Valentine's day dinner. It was our first time eating here and we can both tell you that our experience at Smack Shack far exceeded our expectations. Our server was so nice and allowed us to take our time with the menu and didn't rush us. She told us what her favorite items were on the menu and what goes good with certain foods. I had the Jambalaya which was absolutely delicious and my girlfriend had the Massachusetts Scallops and she LOVED it. We can definitely say that we'll be back here in the near future. Thank you so much Smack Shack for a wonderful experience.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Unique

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Best lobster bisque I have ever had. I would have a thermos full every day for lunch

PK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing seafood, drinks, and amazing service! The servers always outdo themselves and are SO knowledgeable on all things seafood!

HT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our server was not overly attentive, but the food made up for it!

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Food was good but it was lukewarm.

AG
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Out for Valentines Day had a couple of drinks and an appetizer and two entrees split a dessert service was outstanding food was great, we’ll be back

M
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were at the Smack Shack on Valentine’s Day and needed to be at the Fillmore by 7:00. Our server, Michelle, was simply amazing! She made sure our food was out quickly. One of the dishes was too spicy and she went out of her way to help alleviate the heat in the dish. The manager came over and said she would replace it but we didn’t have time. They took the item off the bill and gave my daughter some delicious clam chowder. The rest of the food was so tasty. Love this place and can’t wait to come back. Thank you Michelle! You are the best.

N
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great and service was ok. It was also pretty clear our server was a smoker and took a smoke break between taking our drink order and bringing them to the table. Nothing against smokers but I’m not trying to smell that during my dining experience.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Requested sauce on the side, when my food came out it was smothered. I tried to send it back and the waiter didn’t even acknowledge the issue. He brought me a side dish instead of replacing my dish. My steak was overcooked. Overall very disappointed.

RD
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love the Smack Shack! Such a great place with wonderful food. Our waitress was perfect. It’s pricey but we enjoy going a coupe of times each year.

RW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Smack Shack was an excellent experience overall. The food was amazing and the staff were very knowledgable and the service was great. We will definitely be back!

SJ
Kansas City
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Food was excellent but the service was horrible. Our waitress disappeared several times. We finished our appetizer before the waitress came back to take our main orders and collect the menus. We had to wait way to long for drinks and our tab.

MM
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was Chele and she was awesome! She made great recommendations on food and drinks - we loved them all. We both agreed that we would order the crab legs (me) and the 3 lb lobster (hubby) again.

JD
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

While the food was delicious and the service wonderful, the noise level here, on this particular Saturday, was through the roof. We had a party of 7 of us and everyone had a hard time hearing one another across the table. Must be the acoustics (or lack thereof). Anyway, overall a nice, tasty dinner.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My wife’s bday and no recognition 😞

MN
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Getting together with friends

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food!! Seafood is fresh and yummy!

KH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saw it on DDD. Shelly is the best server. We had a great time.

R
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nick was a fantastic server.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience2

Good service, but unfortunately my friend and I both were sick that same night from bad seafood we ate there. Such a shame.

L
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

BK
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience highly recommend Our waitress was fantastic

CE
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We went there for dinner with our 9 year old daughter. Our server told us they'd won awards for their lobster, so me and my husband ordered whole lobsters; he added a king crab meal too. The lobster was not very good. I think it was cooked okay, but there wasn't any flavor to it. The king crab legs were fantastic, but just a touch over-cooked. We had a bill that was over $300 with tip and were pretty bummed that the lobster was so "meh".

JB
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just had an executive recognition luncheon at The Smack Shack. The combination of the menu, service, and food quality surpassed our high expectations for this luncheon. Each of us loved our meal and will return.

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There should be some way to add to the homepage about parking restrictions and using the valet service. Could have saved me a lot of $ for my stupidity!! Not Smack Shacks problem to educate all customers but may help in the future. Loved the place!!

AW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always. Great service and food gladly go back anytime and bring others

MK
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was so friendly and our server was Excellent! The food was fantastic we will definitely be back. Thank you!

m
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server was fantastic and made us feel very welcome

OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancée and I were there for the first time to celebrate her birthday. We picked a couple of things to share and the server asked if we would like to split the dishes and served on separate plates. Maybe we haven’t been out that much, but that was the first time we were ever asked that. That sort of attention and service impressed us. And of course the food was excellent as well. Thank you for making our special birthday meal such a treat!

n
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The experience was nice.
I think the price point of the food wasn’t reflective of the “wow” factor.
Moscow Mules, I heard from others in my party, we’re great but I had to send back my Old Fashioned, two of my three, to be remade. Once remade - they were really good.
The service was excellent.

O
Minneapolis
30 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The lunch was nice but not great. The service was mediocre at best. The lobster rolls were good :we ordered both styles plus lobster Mac & cheese and fried green tomatoes. The rolls were very tasty but over priced. The fried green tomatoes were tasteless and overcooked. The Mac & cheese was meh. We each had one cocktail a piece they were very good.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was my second time here and food was just as amazing as the first. My family had not been before and I’ve got them hooked now as well. The Halibut is to die for as well as the salmon, and crab. We have also tried most of the side dishes and all were delicious (my personal favorite is the spicy cornbread). The waitstaff is fun and knowledgeable about all of the food and pairings. We had Nick this evening and he was lovely! Will absolutely be back.
-the desserts are also spectacular, but the doughnut holes were out of this world!

OT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place does not disappoint!! Great service and great food!!

AA
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caitlin was amazing and so helpful and wonderful.

Food was delish, and it was a really great experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve

F
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our New Year’s Eve tradition and it is always excellent. The oysters on the half shell are a real treat, the cocktails are BBC always expertly made, and the cioppino is always delicious. We love this place.