The Smack Shack

4.7
1115 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1115 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Jens
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall the food was very tasty. One order though did not seem to match the description on the menu. The place was VERY load, it was nearly impossible to have a conversation at our table.

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vipFoodGourmand
Minneapolis
98 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Haven't been the Shack since the pandemic hit. Was good to be back. Food was good, though the menu was a bit different from the one on the web site. All food was delivered piping hot, which was great. Our server, Chele, was amazing. Great energy, quick with recommendations, very observant (one of the dishes came out without bacon bits, which she promptly corrected), attentive, without hovering, and always listening.

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MarshaM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Server was great! Took long time for food to come though.

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GaryP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Our group of 4 enjoyed it immensely. None of us had been there before. I'm sure we'll be back.

SJ
SharonJ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time. Not disappointed. Food as good as we expected

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PatrickT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on the patio outside in the shade and had a great time. Staff were great and the food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Food was kinda of bland I had the shrimp boil.

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paul
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Outdoor seating was very nice but a little loud with some cars racing on Washington Avenue. Food usually very good, but this time the lobster in the Connecticut roll was overcooked.

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MeganS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent seafood and fun atmosphere. Got the peel and eat shrimp, which was a great size for two. Loved the Po' Boy sandwich. Will definitely be back.

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TishaP
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thought the food was amazing! And the specialty drinks were so good too. It was a spendy bill but worth it for the occasion we were there for. We’ll go back!

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Jenna
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Expensive but worth the splurge! Loved my experience

MB
MelanieB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my birthday and our server Nick was incredible. The food as always was mouthwatering!!! We will be back for sure!

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ArthurW
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was awesome as always. Never a bad experience ever when I’ve been here. Glad you made through the pandemic.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience4

When we asked a question about our meal once it arrived, our waitress immediately became defensive and rude, “that’s what you ordered”. We weren’t asking for a refund, or a anything to be changed, just a question. We had misread the menu destination and that’s on us.

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vipfrequentdiner
Minneapolis
192 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really great environment and the service was first class. The food is really good (not spectacular - but really good) and we will definitely go back. The peel and eat shrimp and 2 lbs lobster were standouts; each was excellent. The bouillabaisse was more average, and the sides were hit and miss. We stayed for desert and were glad we did - the key lime pie is amazing and the flourless chocolate and ice cream was a hit. All in all, a really enjoyable evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Service was slow and borderline in attentive

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JessicaH
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great service, definitely something I could only do a few times a year but I loved it.

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ReneeP
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, knowledgable staff. Love this restaurant.

MD
MonicaD
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love this place. My husband and I had our first date at Smack Shack we come once a month because we love it so much

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KathleenF
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in the patio and had a wonderful lunch (lobster Cobb salad and spring peas with scallops) with fantastic friendly service from Angie!

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PatB
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The hostess was very organized, engaging and accommodating. Our waiter was as well.
I appreciated the choice to eat inside or outside. It was still surprisingly loud on the patio.
Three of our entrees were as expected. The fish and chips choice was crispy on the outside, and doughy on the inside. The pieces smelled like old/not fresh oil.
The lobster roll was good, but I got the impression flavored oil was used instead of butter.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really awesome food. We were in town from SF- I am a Minne native, my partner is from SF. Food was outstanding! Trisha our waitress was amazing! We sat outdoors. It was a covered awning with heating from above. A sultry perfect. It was even raining and we did not get wet and were not bothered at all.

We had the passion fruit and tequila drink - so amazing
We are:
Shrimp po boy
Friend chicken meal
Crab cakes
EVERYTHING WAS SOOOOOOOO GOOD!!!!!!

Thanks for making our date night great!

JR
JessicaR
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! We had the seafood boil with crab legs and peel and eat shrimp and the fried green tomato appetizers. Everything was absolutely delicious and our group really enjoyed the evening.

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Pharty
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great to sit on the covered patio out of the sun. Fresh air and good food. A lunch choice for sure

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vipKarenK
Minneapolis
113 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Connecticut warm lobster roll and fries. Good variety of drinks. Service is consistently very good. Fun to sit on the large patio.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Smack Shack! We come here everytime I’m here for work...gotta play a lil too!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I got my libster roll "fix"! So delicious.

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ChristyK
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience2

I feel it was too cold to have the big doors open. Both me and my dinner companion were cold. However, I understand that is a matter of perspective. Food and service were outstanding.

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DestinyC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love the vibes! The food is amazing! I highly recommend!

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vipPFergus
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We don’t go into the city very often for dinning. Parking is a significant challenge in this area. Food and service was good, but expect loud inner city traffic noise. Oh, and I don’t much like being told to pay mandated compensation. In the end these items validate the reason we don’t come into the city for dining

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love Smack Shack! Our server was very knowledgeable about different menu items and made us feel well taken care of. The food was amazing as always, but the service was memorable.

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Sallyw
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best lobster roll in the state, perfect amount of melted butter, very good bread. Seasoned fries are the best. Love sitting on the porch! Such a fun place. Classic motown music playing, perfectly enjoyable evening. Can wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, food and fellowship!

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NikolW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The Connecticut sammie , the lobster was over cooked. Overall good food!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food it was so good and the environment is lively and nice beautiful set up with outdoor dining I’ll be back

OT
OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was celebrating Mother’s Day. It was perfect.

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GailB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Beware that if you make a 3 o’clock reservation at the Smack shack on Mother’s Day that their brunch menu ends at 3 PM and their dinner menu does not begin until 445. Very frustrating to discover this when we arrived there.
literally not much to choose from except a couple appetizers and sandwiches. This was not included anywhere when we made the reservation. We have always loved the smack shack but this has certainly soured our desire to return there

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vipJenniferO
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

My experience on Mother's Day wasn't the experience I have had in the past at Smack Shack. We asked for a special order for our son. We weren't told they couldn't do it until they arrived at the table with our food. Very disappointed in how it was handled. Then when escalated to the manager, they were able to fulfill our non-complex request. Also, there was a shell in my sandwich.

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iant
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster roll is quite good, I chose Connecticut style but my friend chose the other. Both were great.

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vipFrida
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for a great experience! The food, drinks and service was impeccable! My guests and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Smack Shack using the Order Online button. The Smack Shack also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (612) 259-7288.

The Smack Shack is rated 4.7 stars by 1115 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.