The Smack Shack

4.7
950 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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 950 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The Smack Shack wasn’t great. I can only assume that the positive food reviews are only from the people who haven’t had better food elsewhere? The lobster Mac n cheese was not cheesy and bland. The other items were decent but not something we’d want to go back for. The service was pretty good. The drinks were watered down. We did like the ambiance of the restaurant but nothing really stood out that would make us want to return. This was a one and done for us.

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Twinsfan72
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It was so fun to be out downtown. The outdoor seating was so warm and comfortable, you should be able to sit out there all winter long. Best patio I have been on!

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Zvika
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice experience. Patio is nicely heated. Great outing in the winter.
Worth coming back any time.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service today 15 Nov. 2020 regretfully had only 1/4 of my expected # of table-touches to check on how everything tasted, my son needed soda refills and we all needed water. The lobster bisque is KICKASS and you should buy it. Anything from the “Boil” menu in the center of the menu is to die for. My daughter-in-law had the warm “Connecticut Style” lobster roll (sandwich) with fries—the fries don’t taste good with no flavor and only spicy spice. Overall, we all thought it was quite overpriced.

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vipSteve
Minneapolis
27 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The heated patio is amazing! It was 36 degrees and drizzling but we were warm enough to take off our coats. The Connecticut role and lobster Mac were outstanding, per usual.

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MrsMoof
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Took my nephew for a proper lobster meal. He loved it, including the bib! I had the scallops, which were great. I’m still thinking about the squash has and how to recreate it at home. Husband had the lobster sandwich; while tasty he felt like it was missing a seasoning component (maybe Old Bay?). We ordered the red velvet cake for dessert - I thought that it fell way short of expectations. My only disappointment this trip.
Smack Shack does a great job at ensuring guests are COVID safe. Would dine here again!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Overpriced.

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Micky
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have travel to quite a few cities and haven’t found any seafood this good. This time I had the lobster sandwich. Made with real lobster and ohhh so delicious. Fries had a great spice flavor. No catchup needed for me. A very nice lunch and or dinner spot. Been here about 4times and have never been disappointed.

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BrandyL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! The service was great, food is always great. Patio was warm even in November.

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GaryS
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and service, but also a special treat in being able to dine outside in nice weather.

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BriaW
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I went here for brunch and the brunch menu on open table IS NOT the same as in person. It’s way less items. I ended up ordering lunch which was good. The Beignets were FIRE tho! Must order those

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GretchenA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best lobster roll outside of Maine! Love the outdoor seating options too.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. They have great mix drink and tap beers!

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vipIris
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Appreciated outdoor seating. Server Nic was great.

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vipStan
Minneapolis
75 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Over the top wonderful. Perfectly prepared and tasty entrees, personal and excellent service and thanks for ordering up a summer day in November. Will be a lasting memorable experience.

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durranii
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for business lunches. Food options work for everyone.

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LisaJ
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great menu selections and the specials were terrific. Good beer and drink selection as well. It was chilly inside but other than that it was a fantastic dining experience

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vipCAROLYNO
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. Food was great and the new heaters on the porch were fantastic!

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JeffH
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Restaurant wasn't properly staffed - our waitress was busy and checked in much too infrequently (we tracked her down at point to get another round of drinks).

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CraigC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding,seating was immediate and we were there early and they were busy. Sarah out waitress was outstanding!!! I would give her 10 stars if I could. Wonderful evening!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

First time and will return. Sausage was the best I EVER had!!!!!

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DavidK
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Was excited to eat here but got lobster roll that was overdone, underseasoned, and rubbery. Bummer!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and we were able to sit outside to soak up an unexpected nice sunny day!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor COVID friendly set-up. Plenty of heaters keeping you toasty through the winter.

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JoeH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, great wine, great atmosphere, great COVID-safety-measures put in place. I love that I can still enjoy a nice meal in a restaurant during COVID in an environment that feels like it's proactively addressed safety measures. Thanks Smack Shack!

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Austin
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as always, you get exactly what you would expect and what you pay for. Service is extremely nice and knowledgeable of their menu!

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vipTEELOVE
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was so amazing and so was the food!

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TamiK
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the new patio heaters.

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Alice
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was very impressed with the COVID precautions and felt very safe. The food and service were as great as always!

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KaraT
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible, Server was the best I've ever had! His name was Nick. He was amazing! Love this place! They were also flexible when we were running late for our reservation. Drinks are amazing as well! Can't recommend enough.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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MichelleS
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We went for lunch and the food and service were excellent.

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Awest
Grand Rapids
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value for restaurant week. Food was fresh and delicious with big chunks of lobster.

Had a good view of staff from upper level. Thank you for using hand sanitizer regularly - we noticed! Great social distancing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was all great

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Blueiz47
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had not been to the Smack Shack prior, ordered the Original Lobster Roll, it was divine! Lots of lobster, the bread was toasted perfectly, highly recommend. My friend ordered the lobster mac'n'cheese and hers was amazing! Staff was super friendly and on top of everything, from refills of water and soda, not pushy, but there when you needed them. Spacing was nice, for as open as the place is, it wasn't overwhelmingly loud.

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ThomasD
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Always a great experience and amazing food. Service was just average this night, normally it is awesome

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RoseB
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

I’ve been eating at the Smack Shack for years. The last few times I’ve been I’ve been extremely disappointed. It was freezing cold in there, air coming through the glass window. I asked for ranch and wasn’t told there was bacon in the ranch. I can’t eat pork. The reisling that I ordered tasted extremely flat and nothing like a reisling, the lobster Mac was absolutely to rich it appears to be touch much cream idk. The jambalaya was chicken soup with sausage and shrimp extremely runny and not the consistency of jambalaya at all watered down. I hope you guys get it right.

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LennyK
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Really enjoyed our brunch here

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Went around lunch time. The food and service were meh. Lobster roll was underwhelming. Clam chowder was actually pretty good. Lobster bisque was RIIIIICH. Server didn’t seem like he wanted to be there (but it’s a Pandemic, give servers a break and tip better than you normally would, ya know?) Pretty overpriced but that’s COVID for ya- web menu and real-time menu didn’t match in prices. Reservation was honored about 10m late.

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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 950 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.