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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AlexandraR
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food! Would always recommend this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was amazing! Nick was our server and I was grateful for it, extremely attentive and knowledgeable. The bar was playing relevant music and the the drinks were really good.

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Elizabeth
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food
Glad I had a reservation

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vipErikW
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Not the first time, and not the last time we'll dine at Smack Shack.

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Quasimodo
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service was friendly but a little slow. Food was very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
42 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Friday Fish Fry was "ok" - nothing to write home about. Thinking we'll try the Fush & Chips dinner next time and see if that's better.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really good and super fresh! It was a little on the pricey side but that was to be expected with fresh seafood. We had the nicest waitress! She was so accommodating and friendly!
Parking isn’t the easiest but for downtown Minneapolis that was not a surprise.

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vipFrequentDiner
Minneapolis
58 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Simple surroundings. Excellent fresh seafood.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always one of our go-tos for brunch!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere, attentive and friendly service, and some of the best food we have ever eaten! Must try the lobster bisque. We also had king crab grilled cheese (to DIE for) and my fiancé had the lobster burger and said it was the BEST burger he has ever eaten. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food and service.

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ChristinaS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you're thinking of going, just do it. Amazing food and our waiter was fantastic. They even let my kids pet the lobsters 😜.

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DemitaR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Waitress was very nice and polite.The food was good and cooked to perfection!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always very good, seems pricey for kids but it keeps them engaged and teaches them about cooking!

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Kat3
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and service was great. I ordered the stuffed salmon and it was amazing. I would highly recommend it.

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Lauren
Minneapolis
24 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, as usual. Food was delicious and service was attentive but not overbearing. We happened to be there during restaurant week and ordered off that menu, so my only complaint would be that our food actually came out a little too quickly and we weren't done with our apps before our main course arrived. Highly recommend!

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SandraM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Made reservation during Restaurant Week and it was perfect. The dinner menu was everything we wanted as m husband and I have different tastes - he had the jambalaya and I had the original lobster roll. Food was fresh and delicious. Dessert was perfect - just the right size. Our waitperson was attentive, but not pushy. It was a great way to celebrate our anniversary!

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DeniseE
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent service and delicious 😋 food. Attentive server

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Ffejfood
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very good night out, but service was a little weak:
- Bartender was very good
- Reception desk forgot to come get us when our table was ready, but were friendly

-Waiter seemed overwhelmed, not friendly and not attentive


Food was really good.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience2

I went for restaurant week and I was super excited! However the food was sub par. The lobster guacamole came out presented like it had came out of a ice cream scoop with 2 little pieces of lobster on it. The house sals was good but the po boy was falling apart and the bread was cold. The finale French silk “pie” was nothing but a sliver on the plate. Very disappointed. Not to mention I wasn’t even acknowledged when I came in they were to busy talking to each other and then left the hostess counter without saying nothing to me.

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Luv2dine
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my friends and I first time at Smack Shack. We had a great experience overall! We loved our waitress, she was personable, smiling and attentive. We loved the food - all delicious!

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SaraJ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my boyfriends birthday and it was fabulous, the service was amazing and the food was great! Very great experience!

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vipclosetcritic
Minneapolis
25 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casual, energetic, fun with a great seafood menu. California lobster roll is fabulous!

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BigJ
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seafood fresh and fun atmosphere! Would recommend to a friend

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HalH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Experience! We went there for Minneapolis restaurant week and we got an appetizer and entree (with a side) for $25. I have been there before with work friends and the food & service is always great. I highly recommend the lobster Mac!

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TravisP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiance and I love sea food. We have been many places in the twin cities and surrounding area, Smack Shack is by far the best. The food is amazing and the service is excellent. Noise level is a bit much, but is to be expected from such a popular place. 10/10 would recommend!!!!

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Bree
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Lobster guacamole and connecticut style lobster roll were devine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great brunch. The Bloody Mary bar is amazing.