Young Joni

4.7
786 reviews
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Young Joni is an evolving organic vision of the warm, life-providing hearth, the sustaining power of human dialogue, and feeling nourished and connected by sharing plates and celebrating—whether it’s an anniversary, a birthday, or any other day. It’s a place made for slowing down, feeling special, and savoring the extraordinary experience of living.

Our menu is a reflection of American food as owner and chef Ann Kim sees America today—a continuing conversation between cultures, underpinned by a common enjoyment of quality ingredients cooked simply and served in ways that promote sharing and a sense of fun.

Reservations are available for only a portion of our seats. If you are unable to obtain a reservation, we encourage you to walk in. Our hosts will estimate the approximate wait when you arrive.

We look forward to serving you.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Pizzeria, Tapas / Small Plates, Asian
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Hours of operation
Monday -- 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Tuesday - Thursday -- 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday -- 4:00pm - 12:00am
Saturday -- 12:00pm - 12:00am
Sunday -- 12:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(612) 345-5719
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Shaughnessy
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Cross street
2nd Street
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
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SF
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Reviewed on October 15, 2018
Overall 1food service ambience

Great businesses recognize it’s all about people. No matter your line of work, whether you’re an electrician, doctor, dentist, attorney or a manager at a restaurant, you are working with and for people. Treating people with kindness and respect is equally as fundamental to your success as what you’re selling.

When it comes to food, there has always been something wonderfully cohesive about experiencing food with good people. Conversely, when the people serving you in a restaurant lack honest compassion and attentiveness, even the best of food can taste unpleasant.

This past Saturday six of us 50-something professionals set out to have an enjoyable night of food and friends. We started at Travail Kitchen and Amusements (delightful!) We then decided to go on an impromptu pizza (not pub) crawl in the local area. Pig Ate My Pizza (perfect!); Pyscho Suzi’s (wonderful!), and then … Young Joni.

We arrived at Young Joni at 10:30pm. Closing time is 12:00pm. We entered and were pleased to see the restaurant was only 25% full. Yes! No waiting! We are in! This night is going famously! Well, it was. But now, there is a bad apple who is going to ruin the bunch (our night). Read on.

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Dan’s first explanation as to why they were treating us with uncaring brashness? “You said you only wanted to come in for drinks.” First of all, that’s not correct. More importantly, YOU JUST TOLD A PATRON THEIR ORDER ISN’T WORTHY OF BEING SERVED!?! (I told you he would confirm our theory as true!)
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It’s truly unfortunate this bad apple was able to ruin the bunch (our special evening). Sadly, given the ownerships hiring practices, I cannot recommend Young Joni as an establishment worthy of your time and money.

Owner Ann Kim ~ Corporate advice: Employ the Fish Philosophy in your culture. Your service will then meet and exceed your food.

T
Minneapolis
1 review
Reviewed on October 2, 2018
Overall 1food service ambience

If you are thinking of going here with a big party, don't bother. I called to try to get a reservation for 12 and they don't do that for big groups. I called that morning to check availability and they said show up and see. We got there and they wouldn't seat partial groups. Server had no desire to help us out at all. So we left. Thanks for wasting our time Young Joni.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, looking forward to going back.

SG
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my daughter’s graduation! Was a great place for the festivities! All kids loved the photo booth! The food was excellent and great for sharing! I think our favorites was the Korean barbeque and amatriaciana pizzas (we ordered seconds) and the cauliflower! So good!

PK
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect meal! It started with the perfect server and was followed by the delicious meal, timing was impeccable.

OT
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrated our sins’s college graduation with three generations. Amazing food, flavors and service. A perfect evening for celebration of family accomplishment and love.

CS
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day
First Time
Loved everything about YJ! Great vibe with music, people and setting! Only drawback was the distance from our house to YJ! 40 mins away!

KB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love this place
Fantastic in every way
Noisy

EW
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing, amazing, amazing and worth the wait! Everything from the appetizers to dessert was perfection. Great ambiance - I'll be back!

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! We had the Korean BBQ pizza and the Clam Pizza. Both were very, very, very good! The Korean BBQ had a heaping portion of arugula on it, which really enhanced the flavor of the bbq. The peppery flavor made it sooo much better. The clam pizza was not what I was expecting. It was a garlic and sweet tasting clam pizza. Some might misread this as a weird flavor but it is remarkable! A must try. The vanilla ice cream with olive oil I was skeptical of and was proven correct, IMO. My wife loved it and thought it enhanced the vanilla flavor. I thought the olive oil enhanced the salty flavor of the ice cream, which I usually like, but didn’t go well with vanilla.

DW
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a fabulous evening of great food!! Everything was perfect and we will be back soon(or as soon as we can get a reservation) haha

SK
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Wait staff were great. Food was solid. Atmosphere was attractive. Very solid.

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We love the cauliflower and will likely order it every time. We tried the Japanese sweet potatoes, and while it was unique, the flavors were a little imbalanced. The potatoes were substantial and cooked to perfection, but they were topped with just a few too many fish flakes. The smell reminded me of my childhood, feeding our family fish.
We also recommend the pizza. This time, we tried the Amatriciana. It was tasty. My only qualm was the ingredients were chopped to finely to really differentiate or appreciate each for what they were.
To end, the soft serve is always delightful. This time we tried it with olive oil and sea salt. Yum.

OT
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic pork belly and clams!

H
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was just perfect. We had the cauliflower appetizer and it was delicious! We enjoyed a pizza and it might have been the best pizza I’ve ever had.

B
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing unique dishes - the cauliflower is a must. Just wish it wasn’t so hard to get reservations

KE
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food in town. Interesting, tasty, fresh, special!

JG
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, delicious food, and a creative atmosphere.

s
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great night with friends. Birthday. Really tasty food (pizza and kale salad). Good service. Had a super time. Would recommend and also return soon.

SM
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pizzas and beer! Also Korean beef barbecue! Tables have large box supporting them and it hits your knees! Opt for table around outside edge without box!

o
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the food and atmosphere here. Will definitely be back many more times!

M
Minneapolis
38 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, consistently amazing. It is honestly worth waiting a few months to get in. Everything is so good, including the drinks.

J
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner for 10. Great food, drinks and service! Fun photo booth pic!

R
Minneapolis
44 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The cauliflower is amazing. I have it every time!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food. Pizza was excellent.

A
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heard this was good, and it truly is! Enjoyed several appetizers and a couple delicious pizzas. Fun to share plates. I recommend getting a reservation. Staff was awesome.

MN
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaurant for over a year now! Everything is delicious. Can’t go wrong with anything

JR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in the Twin Cities!

PE
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had curried cauliflower, pork belly, Basque pizza, and Korean BBQ pizza. My favorite was the cauliflower. As an Asian food enthusiast, I was a little disappointed with the pork belly and Korean BBQ. I like this restaurant for its creative food and cocktails. A nice, casual night out.

OT
Minneapolis
39 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food is exceptional especially the roasted vegetables but so loud. It seems to be the way things are in trendy restaurants. Would return for the food. Wish there were a few more choices in red wines by the glass.

DW
Naples
17 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We try to visit as much as we can...love this place...perfect feel and perfect food...all in all a wonderful experience...

c
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best pizza and back bar in town! Our favorite spot for incredible food and ambiance!

G
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pizza wonderful, especially La Parisienne, the beet salad is wonderful, I would go just for that, which I did. Our server was excellent. Just a special place👍👍

D
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We asked our server to order for us. We gave her a few restriction and she surprised us with each entree. It was a really fun way to experience a new restaurant where everything on the menu looked so yummy. Everything was delicious!

OT
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Young Joni has a beautiful design and decor, welcoming and comfortable, yet elegant. R staff are very attentive and the food is creative. Loved it.

SS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

What an amazing space with excellent food and cocktails. Cannot wait to return.

SB
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Young Joni is a bit expensive, but I also feel like it's worth it. I've been twice now and enjoyed everything we have had.

LN
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cocktails are delicious. For food you must try the Japanese potato, cauliflower, confit mushrooms, & the pepe pizza!

H
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Pizza is awesome, very nice cocktails, and excellent service

BD
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Young Joni for my boyfriend's birthday and it was amazing. Our spot was ready right at the reservation time and we were seated at the bar right in front of where the chefs were making some of the dishes. It was fun and added to the experience. Our waiter suggested a great bottle of wine which we enjoyed, and the Korean BBQ pizza was wonderful! Will definitely be back to Young Joni.

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