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Thirty Bales, Hopkins, MN

Thirty Bales

4.5
4.5
804 Reviews
$30 and under
American

Thirty Bales is a celebration of everything Midwestern cuisine has to offer. We're an upbeat neighborhood restaurant bringing together bright personalities, bold recipes, clean ingredients and craft spirits and playing with the flavors that make the Midwest a place unlike any other.

If you're curious about our name, it comes from the legend of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. As the story goes, Babe had an appetite as big as Bunyan himself and is rumored to have eaten 30 bales of hay a day.

Like our restaurant's big blue spirit animal, we're a pack of people that lives to eat and drink. We're endlessly in love with the Midwest and its connection to seasonal ingredients grown close to home. It's what inspires our menu and our team. And it's what inspires us as we tell our own story with the flavors and spirits of the Midwest.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–9:30 pm Sat 10:00 am–9:30 pm Sun 10:00 am–8:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (952) 930-0369
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    Hopkins
  • Cross street
    11th Avenue South and Mainstreet, Hopkins
  • Parking details
    Parking in free Public Ramp across the street.
  • Public transit
    Bus routes 12, 612, 664, 670 stop at the corner of 11th Ave S and Mainstreet, directly in front of Thirty Bales.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 804 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

804 Reviews
  1. AnnaBanana

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Molly was a GREAT server. My friend is a chef and has restaurant industry experience so I almost never enjoy eating out with them. ;) BUT, when they said they wanted to go out for their birthday dinner, it was a no-brainer to choose Thirty Bales. They loved the pork chop on bone AND the risotto AND the bourbon cheesecake. Whew!!! For me, the short rib pot pie and apple crisp were their usual deliciousness. Oh, that Tiny Feet coffee <3 Thank you, Thirty Bales for always providing me with a great place to take all friends, picky foodies, just want a great experience, love locally sourced food. I'm not saying I moved to Hopkins because of Thirty Bales, but I will say that it's on my list of "why I love living here" list. <3

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  2. MyFoodieFam

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nothing spectacular here. Food was bland. Our server was friendly and attentive. Value for what get is poor.

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  3. Emma

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first visit was great: delicious, local food/drinks and a nice atmosphere!

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  4. PeterA

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was outstanding and the food was great!!

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  5. DavidB

    Minneapolis

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Thirty Bales is a neighborhood eatery that has good food, service and prices. The ambience is neither luxurious nor severe, simply comfortable. Service was attentive but not overbearing. All in all diner was enjoyable and tasty.

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  6. SheriB

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Server was helpful, attentive and sweet. Cauliflower tacos were delicious! Everyone in my group enjoyed their food.

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  7. PaulS

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very pleasant experience! The waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable about the various food selections.

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  8. nance

    Minneapolis

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was gourmet level, service very welcoming. Greeted us in a special way.

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  9. Mary

    Minneapolis

    67 reviews

    3.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We have dined at Thirty Bales many times. Unfortunately, our most recent experience was a disappointment. The service was fine, as was the vibe. We had three entrees - the short rib pot pie was good, the short rib lasagna should have been warmer and the cauliflower tacos were not good at all. I've ordered these tacos before and liked them, but the ones I got in latest visit hardly had any cauliflower at all. The onion was totally overwhelming and I am not even sure what the onion was in because it is not even mentioned in the item description. It basically tasted like I was eating very strong onion tacos.

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  10. VictoriaW

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stopped in with a friend for a midweek lunch. Staff was very friendly and attentive. There were several menu items that appealed but we both ended up with the wild rice soup. It was delicious! Not the thick version you see most often - it was a lighter offering with loads of veggies and great broth. Will definitely be coming back again to try other things. Great place if you want a nice meal where you can have a conversation without loud music.

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  11. Gmdavila4713

    Minneapolis

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our new favorite spot! The food is excellent and fresh. The service is wonderful and the wine list is thoughtfully curated. Get the bread pudding for dessert! It’s decadent!

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  12. paulblom

    Minneapolis

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As ALWAYS, the food was wonderful....nothing like the Bougie Bennie!!! And, Martha, Martha, Martha....its always fun catching up with Martha. Everyone at Thirty Bales is great, but Martha served us on our very first visit and we had so much fun we always request to be in her section. We also always try to bring friends who haven't been before and they are always impressed....yesterday was no exception!!! Keep it up!!!

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  13. AndrewC

    Greater Boston

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dining experience in West Minneapolis…Mary Beth our waitress was amazing, all of her recommendations were spot on. Try dishes from across the menu: devilish eggs, Caesar salad, short rib lasagna, pickerel rice bowl, and the deserts are amazing….carrot cake and apple crumble. Will definitely dine again, A++ across the board.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food tasted decent, but everything was way too much something….except for the rosemary mock tail, which was lacking rosemary. Wedge salad was waaaay over dressed. The bread for the chicken BLT was super soggy (perhaps with butter for toasting?), and the pasta was swimming in the bolognese sauce. The flourless cake desert was tasty, but honestly didn’t need mouse AND ice cream AND whipped cream. Happy there were GF options across the menu.

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  15. JaydeeL

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mary Beth is an amazing server. She is knowledgeable and conscientious about giving her customers the best service. The food is the best!

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  16. TPofMN

    Minneapolis

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Tidy little brunch menu with a variety of favorites with some 30 bales twists. Enjoy dining here

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  17. Karent

    Minneapolis

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We started out with the brussels sprouts, which were really good… Especially the outstanding sauce! Food was good, if a bit overpriced. Server very friendly and helpful with food suggestions. Overall a did experience

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  18. DavidK

    Minneapolis

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely diner with an exceptional and attentive server. Our food was devoured and the only clink would be the walleye Sammy’s were good but meh….no tartar sauce. The booths were nice but the seats are a bit firm. We love 30 Bales and will be back. In a booth! No worries.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We come here regularly and it's always good. Marybeth takes great care of us and is very knowledgeable of the menu. My husband had the cavatappi special and loved it. I had the beet salad which was great. The chicken drumsticks are full size and always delicious and good for leftovers. Nice atmosphere and plenty of parking in the ramp across the street.

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  20. MichaelM

    Minneapolis

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff was tremendous, very attentive, and the food was creative and delicious.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambience, the food is fresh and SUPER good (get the bread pudding. Just do it.) ask Adam, the best bartender, for a drink, and he’ll hit it on the head the first time. Will be back for sure!

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  22. deborah

    Minneapolis

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoy going to Thirty Bales before concerts at the Hopkins Art Center. However our meals lack flavor..not savory. Last night two of us had a pasta special..spinach & cheese sauce w/sausage.sausage tasted like hamburger, heavy on garlic , but bland. Our service was very good. We may give it one more try.

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  23. MarianR

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A fine place to dine! I come here often with friends.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great! Food was delicious and service prompt and friendly. Great lunch!

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  25. KayM

    Minneapolis

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice spacious restaurant with nearby parking. Food was good. Loved the warm apple crisp with ice cream

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  26. PenPals

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Reliably excellent entrees, cocktails and wine. Service friendly and knowledgeable. Thank you.

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  27. MNgirl

    Minneapolis

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I would definitely eat here again. It was a bar experience, the staff was friendly and outgoing. Food was good.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was average. Service was poor. Our server would forget our orders, take a long time to bring our drinks and made mistakes all night. When we spoke to the manager, she simply stated they were short-staffed and exhibited a poor, defeatist attitude. I might give them another chance but it was an unfortunate experience.

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  29. TIMF

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place for a relaxed meal. Quiet atmosphere for conversations.

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  30. SueT

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The avacado toast was AMAZING! Just the right amount of heat... perfect!

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  31. JulieC

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service very nice local food. A good spot for friends to gather

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  32. paulblom

    Minneapolis

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Martha wasn't working, but Molly was super-fantastic and took great care of us in Martha's lieu! :) We brought another batch of friends that had never been to Thirty Bales and they were duly impressed with every aspect (except the lack of Diet Mt Dew syrup) :) Thanks for another delightful brunch experience!!!!!

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  33. Disappointed

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Reservations at 5:45 - wait staff took drink and appetizer order and then didn't return for over 30 min to take our meal order. Took almost 1 hour to receive our food and one entree was incorrect - waitress said she was going to talk to her manager several times regarding the issue and never did. We have theater tickets across the street for a show that started at 8:00. We waited for the check - at 7:38 she came with the check (no compensation for the incorrect entree) - we had asked for separate checks and she said she was going to do that now - at 7:50 some of us left to pickup theater tickets at will call and 2 members of our party stayed to take care of the bill. Finally ending up splitting it 3 ways and they got to the theater at 7:57, just minutes before the performance was to start. VERY DISAPPOINTING!

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  34. Lenonmaplerd

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Your of a couple menus items but it was Sunday night and they are closed on Mondays.

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  35. SueT

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing... as usual. Amazing food. Outstanding, attentive staff, beautiful casual atmosphere. The carrot cake is the perfect ending to an outstanding experience, but it is huge... perfect for sharing. My favorite go-to restaurant.

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  36. Karo

    Minneapolis

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Short rib lasagna was fabulous! Would have preferred a smaller piece with maybe a pice of garlic bread or a few greens versus just a chunk of lasagna on the plate, delicious as it was! Shared apple crisp was yummy. Lovely wine selection. Service a bit neglectful-2 women at an itty bitty table tend to get ignored I guess but we tend to tip well when we’re treated well.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Thirty Bales is nice, consistent and well located for our purposes. I would prefer a bit less noise.

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  38. Gretchen

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent excellent food and good service. Surprised this place wasn’t busier for a Saturday night.

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  39. Manolin

    Minneapolis

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the pork chop and the spare rib pot pie, both delicious. Staff friendly and helpful, space modern without being too much. Exceeded our expectations!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We love your restaurant and the food never disappoints.We frequently dine with you as it is a conveniently located close to where our 94 years Young Mom lives, also a easy access to you as she uses a walker. I was disappointed this time as my favorite Boujee Bene was cold. I know I should of asked for a warm up but it was a very busy morning & our waiter was swamped. It's so gorgeously presented and I had to dive in! Thank you

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Thirty Bales offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (952) 930-0369.

Thirty Bales is rated 4.5 stars by 804 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Thirty Bales

1106 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343

Additional information

  • Cross street
    11th Avenue South and Mainstreet, Hopkins
  • Neighborhood
    Hopkins
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–9:30 pm Sat 10:00 am–9:30 pm Sun 10:00 am–8:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Parking in free Public Ramp across the street.
  • Public transit
    Bus routes 12, 612, 664, 670 stop at the corner of 11th Ave S and Mainstreet, directly in front of Thirty Bales.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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