Town Talk Diner and Gastropub

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$30 and under
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American
First opened in 1946 as a 15 seat neighborhood diner, the Town Talk has a wealth of history and charm. Now as a modern American eatery, this neighborhood gem has expanded to include a 50 seat dining room. The current Town Talk Diner and Gastropub (still in it's iconic Minneapolis location) thrives with a "Farm to Table" American cuisine. Driven by the seasonality of our climate and the sustainability of local farmers, the ever changing menu of chefs Kacey White and Charles Stotts pays nightly tribute to both the bounty of the midwest, and the people who farm it.

We are a modern American eatery set in a historic Twin Cities diner with a menu that is clean, refined, and approachable. Our beer list is local, our wine list is well rounded, our cocktails are meticulously crafted. Our cuisine is delicious, local and sustainable.

For clarity, we are NOT a traditional diner. Rather a modern American eatery that happens to be set in an iconic Minneapolis diner space.
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RC
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The pulled pork Eggs Benedict was incredible as was the BBQ brisket.

AF
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved my meal at Town Talk. Don't forget about this gem. It does not disappoint!! It was so much fun sitting belly up at the bar. Everything was fabulous. Very tasty.

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal here. We celebrated a birthday with 8 of us and everyone had a great time and good food. The corn bread was amazing. Service was perfect. I’d definite recommend this place to anyone. Nice smaller venue felt cozy

K
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very sweet server who was knowledgeable and helped us decide on a few dishes to share. Food was outstanding!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have not been here in a long time, it’s as good as we remember it

LB
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The butternut squash soup is definitely worth a trip to the Town Talk Diner. What a perfect winter dish to enjoy on a cold night! The salad we ordered and the burger were both great, too, and the service was excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just delicious brunch. My parents in there 70s could hear well. It was the best brunch I’ve had in East Minneapolis in a few years. Great Bloody Mary too.

e
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food in town hands down! I have been here multiple times and have never been disappointed.

DS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

This was our first visit and there were four of us. I had intentionally booked this restaurant based on a recommendation from an article listing quiet restaurants in the Twin Cities. We had a corner table and were able to converse without needing to shout over the din. We had a leisurely dinner and did not feel rushed at all which, again, was appreciated. The food was outstanding, and we all commented that the french fries that came with the hamburger were the best we had ever eaten! The grouper, chicken, and butternut squash soup were amazing, too. Our server gave us enough attention to meet our needs, but did not hover. Highlight was when the chef (can't remember his name) came out and chatted with us. We will definitely be back, and have already recommended it to others.

m
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had not been to TTD since the newest owners, Loved the soup, the Osso Buco was really good, cheese cake was incredible..service was nice, pleasant, we were pleasantly surprised. I hope people give it a try!

DH
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific experience. Cant wait to go again. Parking is easy.

DR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Town Talk is better than it's ever been! Check it out soon.

u
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Our dinner at Town Talk was very uneven, almost confusing. Primarily, the food is very good, which is what really matters. However, everything else was all over the place. The location is in a sketchy neighborhood, but we had no problems. On-street parking was available. We promptly got seated. The room was cold, both physically and in mood. They had oscillating heaters around the room to warm things up, but the one right next to us didn't seem to make much difference. Plus, that seemed cheap and maybe unsanitary. All seating is hard wood benches or chairs. Since the service is on the slow side it was two hours of discomfort seating wise. Our waitress was attentive, but it's obvious being in a service industry does not come naturally for her. Our interactions felt uncomfortable and stilted. There was only one bartender at 6:00 on a Saturday night, so drink orders took a long time. Our second martini came out maybe 30-45 minutes after it was ordered. The appetizers of gnocchi and fried green tomatoes were good, as were the popovers with honey butter. The chef delivered all our food and he had a great personality and made a positive impressions. When he brought out the pasta main course, $18, it was such a small portion he could tell we were shocked. About five minutes later he brought out another portion at no cost without us asking. That was professional and classy. The pasta tasted good. The osso buco was good and enough for two meals. The chicken was one breast with part of a wing for $23! It was juicy and delicious, but outrageously priced. There was cowboy caviar on the plate that only person at the table could handle due to the heat. There were no steaks or seafood on the menu. The desserts were delicious. Our final bill reflected a fine dining experience, not a gastro pub. With a few tweaks this would have been a great experience instead of a so-so one.

OT
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous!

G
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very happy to spend a great time with a great meal there. Our waiter was so kind and helpful and as we come from Germany I have never found a local meet and cooking from scratch style cuisine as this one.
We would love to come back some day and wish you all the best for your great team

MJ
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything! Food was outstanding! We will be back.

M
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really like this place for weekend brunch. Nice selection of breakfast dishes with a twist. Good service and ambiance in a neat neighborhood. I’ve eaten here multiple times for Sunday brunch and had very good luck with service and no waiting. Try the rolled omelet or the brisket hash and get your very own French press pot of coffee!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food from appetizers to dessert. Vanilla creme brûlée was amazing. Beer selection excellent with many local breweries on tap.

B
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried the corn bread and fried green tomatoes for appetizers which were awesome. The ribs and braised pork were excellent. Also enjoyed a jasmine gimlet, highly recommend! Our server Joann was terrific.

NB
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner at Town Talk Diner! Our waitress was attentive but never hovering. We were able to talk without feeling rushed. Will return again!

o
Minneapolis
38 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Town Talk is a gem of a restaurant. The food is consistently excellent, and this visit proved no exception. The osso buco was braised perfectly, falling off the bone and enough for a second meal. I love fried green tomatoes and was delighted to sample these delectable appetizers. Service was smooth and polished, and unobtrusive. Katie appeared at the table when appropriate and we never felt hovered over or neglected. She was knowledgeable about the menu and explained unfamiliar ingredients. As always, a superb experience from start to finish!

BL
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food was very salty and felt the kitchen was off tonight

KK
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service. Very impressed. Fried green tomatoes were excellent.

JM
Minneapolis
26 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

TTD&G is truly a gastropub in every sense of the word. Every time I pick an entree that would not be my usual, I am constantly amazed! I chose the stuffed agolotti pasta, it was velvety smooth, rich umami, and full of individual flavors sparking at just the right time. The chef makes a point to visit every table during the course of the night. My only concern is it is TOO loud to hear the waitstaff, let alone your dinning partner.

H
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely, cozy neighborhood spot with delicious food. If you want a step up from a more casual place, but don't feel like going too fancy-pants, this is your spot. Everything we had was fantastic. You won't feel rushed either. We will definitely be back.

LH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came up from Chicago with my picky 17 year old to visit colleges. I googled “farm to table best of Minneapolis” and loved the story of this “diner” from 1946 and the menu that was posted (changes daily). We went with the recs from the server and she was spot on. I had the osso bucco which was smokey, tender heaven. My daughter had “the best pasta I’ve ever had”. We go to great restaurants all over Chicago and if we lived in Minneapolis this would be a place we would frequent often.

JO
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It ended up being a great place for a date. The Retro bar and overall coziness made for a relaxing environment.

H
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The poblano corn soup was excessively salty. The vegetable rice bowl was very good and I would recommend it. The ribs were just ok, however, the presentation was very nice. We like the tangy coleslaw that came with ribs. Overall, too much $$ for quality of food.

M
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our second time at Town Talk, first was in the evening and we sat at the bar. Enjoyed the food and the service so much that we planned to return. This time we went for brunch on a Sunday. The brunch menu was refreshingly more inspired than your typical breakfast options. The fried green tomatoes with eggs was fantastic and the cornbread skillets with eggs or eggs benedict were delicious as well. The chef visited our table, the server was friendly and attentive, we felt well taken care of. We will be back!!

s
Minneapolis
25 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with a friend for brunch. The staff was very friendly and attentive.

LR
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Better than my expectations. Definitely will go back and spread the word!

J
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food, great friendly service, delicious drinks! The braised short ribs in hoisin sauce were amazing: tender and flavorful.

JJ
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we tried was delicious! 6 people had 5 different picks from the brunch menu and every single thing was solid gold. I had the TTD Benedict and it was AMAZING! The cinnamon rolls and fresh squeezed OJ were fantastic, as well. We will definitely go back soon.

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food - got to speak with one of the owners/chefs. So amazing to hear about food sourcing and the care they take with it. Incredible local gem!

JR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

As always, we were very pleased with both the cocktails and the food.

s
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique and outstanding food, sometimes served by the chef to your table. Definitely worth a visit or three. Menu changes fairly often but the website menu is kept up to date.

SS
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Friendly, attentive service. We will be back.

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there for brunch - it was FANTASTIC. Best hollandaise I’ve ever had in my TTD eggs Benedict. Cinnamon roll was fantastic with a lighter/fluffier version of cream cheese icing that was phenomenal. One of our party got the rolled omelette and it was amazing - made in a classic omelette style - levels above other regular breakfast places. Will definitely be back!

OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we visit Minneapolis we have to stop at
Town Talk Diner. Excellent food and friendly staff.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the better meals that we’ve had in a long time! Each bite was fantastic! If you’re looking for a great meal this place is it!

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