Windows on Minnesota

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Valentine's Day at WINDOWS on Minnesota on the 50th floor of the IDS Building. Indulge your friends and family with breathtaking views of the Twin Cities from the IDS Tower.

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3.8
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4.3
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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Went for the 5 course Valentines dinner. When we were first seated our waitress was very nice and was quick to clear our plates and bring the next course. After the 3rd course she completely disappeared and still hadn’t asked us what wine we wanted for the free bottle we we’re supposed to get. She eventually came back and got our wine while others had already had theirs from the first course. The man who had seated us ended up taking our plates and a busser brought us our next dishes. We saw her helping other tables but never came back to ours the rest of the night and random people brought our new dishes and clear our plates. Our table was cleared of our final dish without a word of thanking us for coming or anything. We ended up just getting up and leaving after 20 minutes of no one saying anything to us. As we we’re walking out the hosts standing up front gave us quick glances but didn’t say anything to us. A simple good bye would have been nice, especially because they didn’t look busy and we had spent so much for this experience.

The beginning was phenomenal and had a great view unfortunately the staff near the end we’re fairly rude and gave a bad taste to the end of the night.

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vipShanghai
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Way overpriced for what you are getting.
Fixed menu and clearly prepared way in advance as well.

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ScottE
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience, the food, the service, the view! Hard to beat.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very good food and lots of choices for the thanksgiving buffet . Staff was slow to come to our table, but overall good experience. Beautiful location.

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MSull
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Not quite was I was expecting. The food was good with the exception of the desserts. The views were fun. The service was subpar. First we were seated and told there were no tables for five by the window while we observed an empty table by the window throughout the time of our visit. The table wasn’t cleared and another server left a dirty table and bus tray on the table beside us for the duration of our stay. Our server stopped by after a wait if 5-10 and then stopped only once so we never ordered drinks. I’m assuming this is a great event venue but not so much for Thanksgiving brunch. The coat check guy was fabulous!

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JuliaW
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect and we loved sitting next to the window! What great views we had. The food was the best restaurant Thanksgiving dinner we’ve had. Loved the music and the beautiful room. All service people so nice and helpful. I have a feeling we will be back! Thank-you!

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AnnR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent experience at the Thanksgiving buffet at Windows on Minnesota. We were greeted warmly and immediately by Sandy. Our table was ready immediately, with no waiting. Our server (Summer) was helpful and attentive without being overbearing. The food was out of this world - delicious, beautifully presented, with exquisite flavors. To a person, everyone thanked us for coming and wished us a happy holiday. This experience exceeded our expectations. And of course - that view!

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MarkK
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food.
Wonderful, attentive service.
Views and ambience to die for!
A very way to spend Thanksgiving!

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Michael
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Thanksgiving buffet with a nice selection of food options. Wait staff was very attentive but not intrusive. The views of the city were great and it was a QUIET and pleasant environment for dining and intimate conversation. We will go each year for this celebration.

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ChrisB
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Our 1st experience was at the bar where they did not have correct cocktail glasses and wiped out shaker with dirty rag. Most of the food was room temp or cold. Worried about illness at $450.00 for 6 guests, so not worth it!

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BarbaraH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best buffet ever. It has now been a tradition for 10 years!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Thanksgiving experience!!

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shanlees
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family has long loved the Windows of MN. Please note that the price includes tax, tip and all inclusive drinks. The quality of the food was great and they did a great job noting what was GF, Vegan and DF. I wished they would have had a few more options for those, but I was only one of 8 that needed it. The food was of high quality, fun variety. The only disappointing thing to my family was there was no pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving or cranberries. Other than that you could find many awesome choices. The stuffing was the table's most favorite and shrimp. The set up is perfect for privacy and felt like your family had their own meal without the cooking or cleanup. We had great conversations. Definitely will go again!

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AshwakH
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall5food5service2ambience5

We had a great time and it was overall a great experience. I reserved for 9 people and two kids and the table was prepared for only 7 adults and the server instructed us to pull the chair from another table. We had to wait for about 10 minutes for children highchair. And overall the staff was very slow with the drinks and tried to charge us extra for drinks she never served us.
But the buffet staff was amazing and friendly and explained well to us.

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vipSwole23
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I wish Windows on MN was open to the public all the time. Had Mother’s Day Brunch here (only open on special occasions), and it featured an amazing view from the 50th Floor of the IDS and multiple buffets with a very high class atmosphere.

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chadn
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Off putting from the get go.

The greeter was checking paperwork and seemed to be confused about seating we waited 5 to 10 min while he dinked around. Once he took our name / found our reservation he sent us to be seated. Our seats were taken and we had to wait back in the lobby. It took another 10-15 min to get seated.We tried to get a drink at the bar while we waited but they said they could not serve us. We would have to wait for a server once we got seated. Live jazz was cool in the lobby however the sound system in the dinning area only picked up the base player. It sounded bad. The set up seemed like kind of a numbers game, see how many cattle you could get to the feed and move them on out. It was not a place to relax and enjoy the moment. None of us even tried to wait in the long line for eggs/ omelets. Maybe they were supper good.
Special Mother's Day occasion was tainted.

Tip was included on our bill so we had no way to express our aggravation. Kind of a jerk move to include a tip on the bill, and it was a buffet.

The good?

The guy cutting roast beef was super nice.

Views were good.

Looks like it would be a nice event center if you had a good crew working.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very nice for Mothers Day brunch. Service was slow & servers seemed disorganized. Food was ver good, only recommendation is if you are serving Belgian Waffles you may want to have more than 1 waffle iron assigned to the area. Other than that problem we had a very pleasurable meal. Desserts were very good.

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vipJsjs
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went for Mother’s Day brunch, buffet was very good. There were a lot of choices, and all tasted great. Live jazz music was nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Mother’s day

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JudyJ
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was awful. They didn’t clean up the buffet line, there was spilled food everywhere. The serving spoons were not switched out, so they were caked with food. We had a bus station right next to our table that was never cleared.

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123J
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall2food1service2ambience5

We attended the Easter Day Brunch - we had reservations, but when we arrived we were told that they would "try to find us a table." I had previously received an email and phone call reminding me of my reservation, so do not understand why they didn't have a table for us.

The breakfast food was mediocre at best. They ran out of bacon and, after a while, partially re-filled it with burnt bacon. The eggs had a chalky taste, as did the risotto. They didn't seem to be able to keep up with refilling the food trays.

At the dessert table, there were to be a number of cheesecakes and a carrot cake, but this was fairly picked over as well. I waited for a cheesecake, and it was still frozen so it tasted like ice cream.

Overall, we were very disappointed - from the time we arrived and they didn't have a table to us and through out the meal. The only good note was that the server at our table was hospitable and friendly - and the view was wonderful.

We have gone to Windows on Minnesota many times in the past, including for Easter and Mother's Day. I'm guessing that the restaurant has new management. We will not return. For $39/each, we left less than full.

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SteveB
Fargo
7 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We were here for the Easter Brunch Buffet, so I can't comment on the full menu or a normal dining experience. The most striking thing about Windows Over Minnesota is of course the incredible view from the floor to ceiling windows that make up most of the walls. Everything I sampled at the Easter Brunch was excellent with the exception of the mushroom risotto, which I thought was bland and little too sticky. The live jazz ensemble made the dining more festive, but was not too loud for easy conversation. I would have to say the table service was quite slow, but this was a buffet, so I can't judge what it might be otherwise. I thought the price was fairly reasonable ($39 per person, including tip) as far as upscale holiday buffets go. Several other places I checked into were in the $50-60 range.

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Blue555
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall4food2service4ambience5

Because the brunch buffet entrees were offered in large, self-serve containers, the temperature of many were cool, not hot.

Also, as a vegetarian who is allergic to foods in the onion family, there were few entree options for me, leaving me to eat just cold vegetables, cheese, and pastries. Meat-eaters had many options.

The views from the top of the IDS Building, however, made the visit worthwhile.

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AudieH
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall3food3service1ambience3

I would have given service a zero star. We 3 couples were charged a mandatory 20% gratuity. Our drinks were wrong, we bussed our own tables and we were never offered more water.

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MrMrsTLB
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Perfect Easter brunch. We've been to Windows on Minnesota many times for Thanksgiving buffet, but this brunch was a first. It was lavish and delicious and the ambiance is elegant with awe-inspiring views. The service was a bit wanting, but we loved the incredible range of choices from breakfast to salads and charcuterie to hot dinner options including ham, lamb, and roast beef. The desserts were excellent as well.

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Verna
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fabulous venue for Easter Sunday brunch. The view was spectacular, the assortment and great variety of dishes allowed even the most fussy eater to find plenty of food to enjoy. Lots of fruits and vegetable dishes, desserts were yummy. The staff were particularly friendly, warm, helpful and genuinely glad to help make the experience great for our group. This was a particularly fun venue for the little kids who all got their faces beautifully painted by a talented young woman. Live music by a good jazz combo added to this delightful time.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter brunch was made to be a memorable experience mainly because of the service, food, all the staff and ambiance of the venue!

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MarthaC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish this restaurant was open in the evenings for dinner! The food was outstanding, the service wonderful and the servers were cheerful. The views, though it is still not quite spring were great. I want to go back. We were there for Easter brunch and will return for Mother's Day.

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