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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Twin Cities / Minneapolis

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Twin Cities / Minneapolis? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of The Smack Shack restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1684)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Downtown / North Loop
About the restaurant
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.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
We had an amazing Father’s Day dinner on the patio. Service was great and the food was amazing. We’ll definetly come back to celebrate again.
A photo of 801 Fish - Minneapolis restaurant
4.8
4.8 (156)
$50 and over
Seafood
Downtown / Mill District
About the restaurant
When you walk through the doors of 801 Fish you’ll find an elite restaurant offering fresh, refined seafood, exemplary service, an award-winning wine list, and luxurious decor. The freshest concept to the 801 Restaurant Group Portfolio, 801 Fish offers pristine finned fish and crustaceans from the oceans of the world served in our restaurant in St. Louis, Missouri, and Denver, Colorado. Fresh fish, crustaceans, and oysters are delivered to the restaurants daily to guarantee delicious, refreshing and pure cookery. We can promise that our seafood is always served fresh, transported directly from the dock to your table; so fresh, if you closed your eyes you’d feel as though you were eating at a table right on the coast.
Top review
Cindyvip
Dined 1 day ago
Wonderful lunch. Super fresh fish. The halibut was outstanding.
A photo of Dong Hae Korean Grill and Sushi restaurant
4.6
4.6 (156)
$30 and under
Korean
Downtown / North Loop
About the restaurant
Dong Hae Korean Grill and Sushi, in Minneapolis, serves up a huge menu of authentic Korean and Japanese dishes. Using classic recipes along with fresh ingredients and making everything to order, we can guarantee no matter what you order you'll enjoy it.



The signature menu is Korean bbq, we have grill on the tables, so you guys can grill by yourself and all the servers are happy to help. It comes with lettuce wrap, salad, chef special dipping sauce, side dishes, and rice.


We offer AYCE sushi and Korean all day long, including 31 Korean traditional dishes, 23 different specialty rolls, 13 nigiris and 6 sashimis. Don't forget to grab Korean popsicle for dessert.

Top review
Birdervip
Dined 5 days ago
Our first time there. We have never had better Korean food. The sashimi was fresh and served beautifully; the variety and taste of the pickled veggies was great; the seafood bimiinbop terrific. The service was attentive and pleasant. We are drop the SF Bay area and this was fantastic.
A photo of Hell's Kitchen Minneapolis restaurant
4.5
4.5 (5434)
$30 and under
American
Downtown / North Loop
About the restaurant
Comfort food with an upscale twist...

In the heart of downtown Minneapolis, appropriately located in a beautiful underground space, you'll discover Hell's Kitchen, an employee-owned restaurant known for its damn good food. Join us for breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks Tuesday through Sunday, and enjoy REAL comfort food made by chefs who care, described by food writers as "unique but not fancy; interesting but not fussy". Almost everything is made from scratch, from our award-winning peanut butter to our unique dips and dressings, winning us over 67 "best" awards as well as accolades in Gourmet Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Midwest Living, and other national magazines. And bring the kids along... you should see the cheeky notes they write to us!

"Rather than rave on, let us just say if you're in Minnesota and want to wow your tastebuds, go to Hell's Kitchen. It is inspired and inspiring." (Jane & Michael Stern, NPR)
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Good food at a good price. Locally owned by its employees
A photo of Zhora Darling restaurant
4.5
4.5 (63)
$30 and under
American
Northeast Minneapolis
About the restaurant
A beautiful, dimly lit Bladerunner inspired interior

Food by Five Leaves in Brooklyn, NY:

American fare with an Australian twist including:
• 5 Leaves Burger w/egg, pickled beets and pineapple
•Lamb Shepherds Pie
•Ricotta Pancakes w/honeycomb butter and berries
•Moroccan Scramble

Brunch Sat-Sun —10am-4pm
Dinner daily — 4pm-10pm
Bar + Anytime menu — Open - 1:00am

2 Pool Tables!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 27, 2024
We had brunch and it was exceptional. The ricotta pancakes and Norwegian salmon dishes were so tasty and generous portions. The cocktails were also so good. The staff were friendly and informative. We are looking forward to having dinner and experiencing entertainment in the new space next. Highly recommend checking them out.
A photo of FireLake Grill House Mall of America restaurant
4.3
4.3 (880)
$31 to $50
American
Bloomington
About the restaurant
Enjoy farm-to-table dining in the heart of the city at the highly acclaimed FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar, located in Radisson Blu Mall of America. Voted one of the best restaurants in Mall of America. Each dish is prepared with local, Midwestern ingredients from Twin Cities-based food artisans like Red Table Meat Co. and Stickney Hill Dairy. Our culture is deeply rooted in the flavors and service of the north. From a two-person date night to a 100-person special event, we have you covered. Our private dining spaces are perfect for holiday parties, corporate meetings, wedding rehearsals, baby showers, birthday parties, and friend/family gatherings. We are open 365 days of the year, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Thanksgiving, and New Years. Whether you are from out of town or from down the street come experience a taste of Minnesota at FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar.

*Covered Parking Garage with Validated Parking when dining in FireLake.
*Valet Parking Offered.

Top review
KarenGvip
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
Great food and great service was provided by Trevor! We ate breakfast 2x and dinner 1x at FireLake while in Minneapolis. Very convenient to the MOA as well.
A photo of Cedar + Stone, Urban Table restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1313)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Bloomington
About the restaurant
Open for Brunch on Saturday & Sunday from 6:30am to 3pm

Inspired by a fusion of culinary cultures, Minnesota’s natural surroundings and relationships with farmers within 200 miles, Cedar + Stone creates a vibrant dining experience that is not only fresh, delicious and unique, but true to its local roots. Relish in a dynamic farm to table Minneapolis experience.
Top review
JoAnn
Dined on Jun 10, 2024
The food was excellent. Fresh and tasteful. Beautiful places. Service was excellent.
A photo of Cadillac Ranch All American Bar & Grill - Mall of America restaurant
4.2
4.2 (343)
$30 and under
American
Bloomington
About the restaurant
Cadillac Ranch is an eclectic mix of great food, great service, and a fun and entertaining experience. We feature a made from scratch menu with a wide variety of steaks, burgers, seafood, pasta, salads and outstanding flatbreads. Couple that with multiple bars, a mechanical bull, and a rock ’n roll inspired décor that will keep you coming back for more. Cadillac Ranch creates a fun, comfortably social atmosphere, delivers great service and well mixed drinks along with a large selection of beers.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
Great service but our waitress disappeared while we were waiting to ask for the check. Greta food, big portions! Loved the TVs and bull riding!
A photo of Woolley's Kitchen & Bar restaurant
4.2
4.2 (1131)
$30 and under
Unspecified
Bloomington
About the restaurant
Woolley's has been known as the best steakhouse in the South Metro for over 20 years. We offer our guests a first class dining experience. Our 150 seat dining room overlooks running brooks and the tropical hotel atrium creating a dining atmosphere like no other.Lunch is served Monday-Friday 11am- 2pm Happy HourMonday-Friday 4pm-6pm
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 24, 2024
Didn’t expect such a good establishment in a hotel lobby! Loud during the Managers happy hour, but great to see the restaurant well traveled. Good food, (Brussels sprouts…meh), and good beer / cocktail selection.
A photo of Rainforest Cafe - Mall Of America restaurant
3.8
3.8 (1310)
$31 to $50
American
Bloomington
About the restaurant
You don’t have to travel far to dine in a tropical rainforest, It’s a safari for the senses. Our menu contains an array of delicious items and tropical treats you’re sure to go WILD for. End your journey with the out-of-this-world VOLCANO dessert.
Discover the rainforest, complete with cascading waterfalls, tropical rainstorms, trumpeting elephants and entertaining gorillas. It’s not just another meal; it’s an adventure! Don’t forget to take a journey through our Retail Village.
CAUTION: Flashing lights and thunder sounds inside restaurant. May cause discomfort and/ or seizures for those with photosensitive epilepsy.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Amazing experience for my teenage daughter and me! It brought back great memories and allowed for great fun while enjoying tasty food and drink. Our waiter went above and beyond to make sure our experience was exceptional. Thank you so much!
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