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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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place! Great selection of seafood dishes.They are not stingy with the lobster or shrimp either.

OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun server!

LH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Never disappointed. Noise level is always on the noisier side but it never bothers us. Just don’t expect a quiet atmosphere and everything will be great.

OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matt behind the bar was awesome. Food... excellent!!

MS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We both ordered cioppino - outstanding! Filling and flavorful. Great service and good wine. I even got a little birthday treat! Will be coming back!

NL
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been there many times — we live just a few blocks away. Always a good place to dine.

D
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our party of four chose four different entrees. The original lobster roll had more bread and less lobster than the original and frys were spicey. Cold lobster roll was better than the original one.
Lobster bisque, red potatoes were really good. Lobster was not thick and meaty . Key lime pie was great.
Manhattan was also good.

JV
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fun atmosphere with both outdoor and indoor seating. They offer a good craft beer selection and a creative seafood menu featuring their flagship lobster rolls. We also had some fresh oysters that were wonderfully fresh.

OT
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

This is the first time I have been disappointed having brunch. All of us remember when the food was great and service top notch. Not the case today. Will take pause before we return.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Nick was absolutely outstanding. Made the experience even better.

DB
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

No complaints at all, great food and great service. It is a bit expensive but they are in a very popular and busy location.

OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated three year anniversary with my husband. Food was terrific! So were the drinks. LOVE the Painkiller. We were seated upstairs, so conversation was more pleasant for a date night. Had a great time!

C
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was pretty good but there were fruit flys all over the place. I’ve been here a couple other times and never had this problem. They were really bad, swarming our wine and food the whole time.

d
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place to meet friends. Our server was amazing!

AQ
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place and I am never disappointed. The service is always top notch. The food is always incredible, especially the crab cakes appetizer - creamy with the perfect amount of heat.

DD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was outstanding and so was our service! Will definitely go back!

f
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was friendly and very efficient. The jambalaya was outstanding as were the Connecticut lobster rolls. Highly recommend giving Smack Shack a try.

d
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

I typically don’t like to write negative reviews! But it wasn’t the best experience for food or service! I food is just overly salty! And really not high quality for the $, service u can tell there is no happiness in their servers! I had one literally bump into me at the beginning of the night didn’t even apologize! No smiles on most servers and no sincerity ! I also found my server couldn’t recommend one good dish she would highly recommend that should have been a sign to leave

AB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was outstanding, bartender service not so much.

D
Minneapolis
39 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the ambience of this place, and the way it can be opened up to the outside in pleasant weather. We chose to sit at the bar and enjoyed chatting with the server there. She was a delight. Food was great, as always. LOVE the connecticut lobster roll!!!

S
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lobster roll was excellent, done perfectly, can't wait to go back for another one. Service was with a smile and excellent. Love this place.

F
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Our server was downright rude. She definitely had an attitude. Two of our party of 8 had the Lobster Nicoise Salad. Both of them thought their salad was way too salty. When the server was told about this, she stated that she enjoys very salty food. I have been to the Smack Shack many times. However, I do not think I will be back again.

L
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a nice evening celebrating a birthday with family. Dining room was a little loud so we sat on the patio.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant !!! I always love coming to Smack Shack:)

CR
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really a great experience overall!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Lobster roll was a bit overpriced at $22. Still delicious though!

OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Great service.

M
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place with a fun feel. A tad pricey but they have many options. Best oysters I’ve had in the Twin Cities!!

KS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Its LOUD (but that's what you get in an industrial-sheek vibe. Service was lovely, the woman waiting on us didn't miss a beat when my dad's jokes started and bantered right back like a pro. It was fun to watch, he had a great time and everyone enjoyed their dinner. Pineapple paloma was... well, not a paloma in my book but hey, tequila is tequila amiright!?

OT
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lobster Mac and Cheese and Jumbo Shrimp Bruschetta were wonderful. Service was friendly and excellent. We’d definitely go back!

CP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Slow service and they were out of one of their main dishes that several in our party wanted to order. Waitress did not know their drink availability but just refereed to the menu only.

JO
Dallas
72 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

There were 6 of us and the food and service were good. It was very loud in the restaurant, but we managed to converse. The parking situation is horrible.

KT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great suggestions on drinks and food. Sat near open garage door that felt like a hybrid indoor/outdoor experience on a lovely evening.

OT
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good, but the service we got was top notch. Very friendly and helpful.

PP
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place! Super friendly staff, great view from the upper level.. super cute waitress.. would go again!!

PR
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was absolutely outstanding!! Food; the tops.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service!

F
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was DELICIOUS!!!
The chilled lobster sandwich was stuffed with lobster. Worth the price!
Our server was very nice and very attentive.

g
Minneapolis
34 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food and drinks in a casual atmosphere. Be prepared for a lot of noise.

KF
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, interesting food and friendly, efficient service - we will be back!

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