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The Smack Shack, Minneapolis, MN

The Smack Shack

4.7
4.7
1467 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Shellfish

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (612) 259-7288

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / North Loop

  • Cross street

    N 6th Ave

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,467 people are saying

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Minneapolis - St. Paul

    Seafood

  • Twin Cities / Minneapolis

    Innovative

  • Twin Cities / Minneapolis

    Great for outdoor dining

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  1. SD

    StephanieD

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I took one of my admin from work there, who is such a superstar, and we had a five star experience at a very chill location. Everything about the night was great, including the food and the service. Drinks were also superb!
  2. JW

    JeffW

    Minneapolis

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It's always great. This time was no exception.
  3. MK

    MKRPh

    Minneapolis

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great place for a special event, awesome food. Pricey but worth it for a special occasion.
  4. T

    Tera

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Nic, really was the best part of our night! He was wonderful, and we will be back in hopes of seeing him again. The food was also good!
  5. E

    Enjoyable

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I was pleased with the meal. But the server definitely could have at least mentioned what the market price was on the king crab. Our meal for two people was $361 before we left our $75 tip. I was absolutely shocked when I saw the price of our bill. Aside from that super shocking surprise. Food and service was pretty good.
  6. GK

    GeorgiaK

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! We had the best night out, group of 4 girls, best food, best service.
  7. KD

    KDNgj86

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food was good and abundant; could easily share some dishes, especially jambalaya. Upstairs was pretty noisy, so sometimes hard to hear my dinner partner.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great seafood in an upscale casual environment.
  9. AS

    ASmith

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was great and food was good. However, we felt the food was overpriced. The price of the lobster guacamole was more expensive than some of the sides and starters we’ve gotten at quality steakhouses. It would be fine if the size of the lobster guac was larger, but you barely get any chips and maybe only 2 tiny lobster pieces on top of the guac.
  10. CW

    CharlieW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    This place is well worth the drive. Excellent food and great service
  11. C

    Courtney

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food like always!
  12. g

    gregs

    Minneapolis

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best hot lobster roll in the Twin Cities
  13. MI

    MarkandIvy

    Minneapolis

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great casual seafood and service. We enjoyed lunch, thanks.
  14. J

    Jefe

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Bouillabaisse was excellent. Stuffed salmon was pretty good.
  15. OM

    OzzieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good food and a good time! Service was great!
  16. AA

    ArielleA

    Tallahassee

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lobster for days
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very nice and our favorite tradition! Our crab legs were not as good as usual, but the service was fabulous and we very much enjoyed the evening.
  18. s

    sharonm

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wedding weekend, had Sunday brunch with the Bride and Groom and also celebrating aBirthday. Our server was amazing, accommodated one person leaving to catch a plane, another coming late. Food and Bloody Mary’s were EXCEPTIONAL! A favorite place when we are in Minneapolis.
  19. RA

    RoyA

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Love this place. The atmosphere is fantastic. Service was great.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious. Good size portions, good food and service.
  21. S

    Shannon

    Minneapolis

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Love the variety of menu options. Service was fantastic.
  22. LZ

    LaurieZ

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We went for lunch for the restaurant week to Smack Shake. We enjoyed the food and the value. Our server was excellent.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Lobster Roll was very good and a nice portion size. The Cajun fries that it came with where nothing special and didn’t really have a flavor. The grilled shrimp bruschetta was delicious and had tons of flavor. The shrimp Po’Boy was good and had a nice spice level.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visit the Vikings
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience5
    Our waiter forgot about us after a big group came in…. didn’t get to eat this time after waiting over an hour when our order was taken, but a host there accommodated the issue, I would had rather had dinner though being my partner never been there before, I’ve been here many times and this has never happened so the waiter definitely dropped the ball like he was in outer space somewhere or didn’t care to serve us! The waiter didn’t answer a question about the menu correctly and was rushing like he had more important things to do
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Went to dinner with another couple (4 total). All of us ordered the lobster boil with a dozen oysters and each of us had a salad. The lobster boil and oysters came within five minutes of getting a salad. Looking back on it I should’ve just said take it back. But didn’t want to cause a scene. Lobster was very tough. Usually I like this restaurant, but I think they really messed up on this one. I’ll go back, but will definitely be more assertive if they miss the boat on timing again
  27. MA

    MelATL

    Atlanta

    85 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Love the lobster guacamole and shrimp bruschetta. We had excellent service and being on patio with heater was great.
  28. T

    Tracy

    Minneapolis

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    "Dylan" was amazing! Very personable and professional
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great for and friendly staff!
  30. LJ

    LindaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We loved our lunch!!! And the service was amazing!!!
  31. A

    Arayb

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    This is one of our favorite places to go on date night. Nick, our server was very charming and very accommodating.
  32. JH

    JimH

    Minneapolis

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We like everything about the snack shack, especially the covered patio and the fact that it has heaters! It was a slightly school day and the heaters were turned on to make it comfortable for us. The staff was very helpful and allowed us to sit for an extended period of time while we caught up. The only problem for us was the rumbling of trucks that passed by in this urban environment. However, overall, it was a lot of fun.
  33. R

    Reptar

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food and good service. Fun atmosphere and good location. Will be back.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Got a boil and the potatoes were undercooked and everything tasted bland
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service! Fun and vibrant atmosphere.
  36. AA

    ArielleA

    Tallahassee

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    When we were recommended this place I had no idea how good it actually was. This restaurant took me to east coast with all the seafood and the Lobster!!!! Service was great. Waiter was super funny.
  37. J

    Jolie

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Fun night out for son’s birthday, nice patio and great service. Expensive meal but I would go back
  38. AB

    AnnaBritta

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was as tasty as it was beautiful! We will be back for sure!
  39. J

    Johanna

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always fresh and delicious seafood. Love the peel n eat shrimp and the raw oysters. Clam chowder is some of the best in town. Gus, our server, was friendly and patient and fun!
  40. w

    windigo

    Minneapolis

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience2
    Excellent food. Horrible service. Waited 40 minutes for order to be delivered.

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
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Smack Shack does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. The Smack Shack also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (612) 259-7288.

The Smack Shack is rated 4.7 stars by 1467 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 37 times today
Google Map for The Smack Shack

603 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Additional information

  • Cross street

    N 6th Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / North Loop

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Shellfish

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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