The News Room

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$30 and under
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American

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The News Room offers an American eclectic menu in a warm comfortable environment.
Whether planning a casual gathering or a private dinner, The News Room offers a multiplicity of space to adapt easily to any event. Conveniently located on the Nicollet Mall strip in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, we are only steps away from many hotels, Orchestra Hall, and just a few blocks from The Target Center, The Orpheum, Pantages, and State Theaters.

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Marc
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I make a habit of hitting up the News Room for dinner at least every few months, because the menu is diverse and well-thought out.

It was interesting being there this week, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic: There were still a few folks coming in, but I've never been there when it was that quiet: The staff, as per usual, were very friendly. They explained that they were spacing the parties out throughout the restaurant to minimize risk to anyone. The drinks were great, the food was wonderful and perfectly prepared.

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SophisticatedDiner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great atmosphere and fun for a crowd! Would go again.

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vipMichelleN
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The News Room was great about accommodating our large group of 12 people. I made the reservation only one day prior and they were still able to take our large group.

Even with the group size, the service was great and the food came out quickly. I was impressed and it made a great impression on my team.
Thanks!

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JasonS
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience5

The staff was great, but I ordered a steak medium rare and had to send it back twice due to being overcooked. The second time it was worse than the first, with one side burned. I changed my order to the tortellini and it was good. The manager didn't charge for the meal, which was good.

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CBAABC
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was a little dark to read menu.
Service and food were good
Also appreciated that the restaurant called to confirm reservation.

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JamesC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good place to eat if you are doing something downtown Minneapolis. The food is good
The service is usually good. Usually not to busy.

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vipfrankg
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It is with a heavy heart that I post this 1 star review. First, I want to say that my wife and I are HUGE fans of the other restaurants by this group...The Turf Room, The Saddle Room and Hardware are all amazing places to eat with exceptional ambiance and service. We frequent the Saddle room. We find ourselves there at least 2-3 times per month. We have always been delighted each time we tried a new place from this group. The News Room was the exception. We arrived at 10pm on Friday night. The place was dead, which was alarming in and of itself. We were greeted after standing at the front for a minute or 2. Once we were taken to our table we both realized a foul smell. It smelled like dirty mop water. We waited a while for a server. I then watched the bartender climb on the floor to exit the bar...hands on the floor and all. When he came back to get behind thew bar again, he did it the same way...hands on the floor. Disgusting. Had I already not ordered drinks we would have left immediately. Although I didn't dare turn around as I did not want to watch the bartender make my drink with his filthy hands. Also, a "key" ingredient to the martinis from this restaurant group is some of the theatrics. The drinks are usually shaken vigorously table side and then pours right to the brim, forming a meniscus that warrants the consumer to lean forward and sip the 1st few drinks from the glass. The News Room also lacked in this department with a lackluster shaking performance and a drink that was not full by Turf Room or Saddle Room standards. Overall, it was a huge disappointment. We left with our bottle of wine and ate our dinner at a cleaner establishment that really seemed like they wanted and cared about our business.

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vipAlanG
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The meal was great and we love the ambiance there sitting at the bar! The steak was one of the more tender ones I have had and the meal was delicious as stated at the beginning!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

yummy food :-) great service

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keppy
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

All was good

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BethC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to The Newsroom for Valentines dinner. We had Kevin as our server and he was awesome! Our meal(s) were delicious. We had the Beet Salad (excellent) and the Meatloaf flight... all good. Such amazing pairings.

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DavidH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was great as always but the service was slower than normal. It certainly may have just been one of those nights, so I will certainly be back, but one strike is on the board.

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MichaelW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went there for an early dinner before the Valentine's Day rush hit. The ambiance is incredible as they sat us at a cozy table by the window where we could view the city bustle from the comfort of our personal nook. The wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable. We took every reccomendation that was given and we were never displeased. The Brie cheese curds with the blueberry compote were to die for! Cocktails were novel, crisp, and delicious. I highly recommend the peanut butter and jelly old fashion. The main courses were delightful. I had the Bouillabaisse over fresh polenta special and my significant other had the Reuben sandwich where the sauerkraut was made from, get this, fennel! Such an amazing meal was brought to a close by the delicious flavorings of the rootbeer cookies. We were amazed and completely satisfied with our experience. Definitely found our new favorite restaurant! If you want a classy delicious dinner that won't break the bank, with incredible ambiance and a spectacular wait staff, then The News Room is for you!

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GregS
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The sweet potato risotto with beef spare rib didn't seem to be prepared very well. The risotto was runny and the beef seemed overdone and small to me. The chocolate torte was a cold hunk and could have used some warming. The best part was the creamy ginger carrot soup. The server seemed in a rush.

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vipKBRB
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great spot for a pre-theater or sporting event dinner. Outstanding service. Food was great, served hot and was not overly salty. We'll be back,

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vipdawnwstar
Minneapolis
42 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Awesome place for late night dining! I had been staying in Minneapolis but left for a concert in St Paul. When I returned late to the hotel most places around were no longer serving food. I found the Newsroom and found it was serving food and not just burgers and bar food. I ordered the salmon dinner and it was fabulous. I also got a side of asparagus but the salmon already came with beans and potatos so I had way more food than I could begin to eat. It was all cooked well and had wonderful flavor. I will certainly be back during future stays.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We were really impressed by the menu and the food. The chef is really creative and talented. The restaurant has a casual vibe but the food was of fine dining level. What we didn’t like was that, although we were a couple with reservation, they placed us in the least quaint, noisiest room, with large group parties, tons of TVs and noise. The front and back rooms, which had plenty of tables available, would have been a much better experience. Still, we definitely recommend the place for grabbing dinner before going to MN Orchestra since it’s only a block away. Delicious food, easy to make a reservation, fair priced, and great service!

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msrie
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The restaurant was very quiet so we had a chance to have a good business discussion without shouting.

Food was good, wide variety for vegetarians and steak-lovers alike.

Service was very slow for so few customers in the restaurant

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Banjo
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drink selections. Great food. Great service. We've already decided that we will be going back again.

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RichardG
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and our waiter was just great. Very attentive and accommodating.

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GregoryP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, some of the best I’ve had! The Brie cures and coffee burger are incredible, as was our waiter.

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KymA
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service was excellent!
Great place to meet socially with friends or a quiet dinner with loved ones.

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ShannonB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second outing as a group and the food and staff were great! I have celiac and am so thankful to find a nice restaurant that is accommodating to my food needs. Great food and awesome staff!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Great service and excellent food.

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SaraV
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a large group of 15 for a business meal. Server was fantastic and everyone was extremely satisfied with their meal and dining experience. Will definitely recommend for any size group. Very fun atmosphere:)

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic. I had tortellini. More chicken than I expected. Sauce was excellent. Someone in my group ordered duck fried rice and it was delicious as well. Maple bacon old fashioned was a good choice for cold winter night. Great service from our attentive server. All around winner!

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EF85
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

An excellent option for downtown dining, with an expansive menu and cocktail list.

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vipFoodie
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I've found a new favorite place. The service was a bit slow--we were placed next to a party of about 8-10 who weren't quiet and were being served by our server, the noise level in general was a bit loud for our taste, and the bar was running slow, but the food was terrific!

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LizaB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Great gluten free options. Coffee burger is the best!

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vipPaulaF
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Disappointing. We had theater tickets for 8:00 PM. Made reservations for 6:15 which should have been plenty of time. Took more than an hour to get our food. Much too long and we cut it close for our 8:00 play.
Very busy. Our server was swamped. Still no reason to not check on us, ask to refill drinks, water, etc. we had to wave her down to ask for refills, to bring salt and pepper, to check on the long wait for our food and finally for the the check. We ordered a
flatbread, Caesar salad and burger.
When the bill came, we were charged for an entree salad rather than the side salad we thought we’d ordered. Flagged down the server and questioned her since the salad was several dollars more than expected. We didn’t realize there were 2 different Caesar salads on the menu. Instead of adjusting the bill, our server just shrugged, said we got what we had ordered and walked away.
Overall a disappointing dining experience.

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BobH
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Seated and waited 10 minutes and nobody acknowledged us. Our server did not know it was his table. Had to go to the check in desk to get service. Definitely short staffed. Gave our drink order and food order at the same time. Over 10 minutes to get our drinks and another 30 minutes before the food arrived.
They did comp our drinks.

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MasticatingInMpls
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The food was way overpriced for the quality. I paid $60 for a very tough 6-oz filet that had no flavor, 3 scallops that were meh, and potatoes that were salty enough to raise anyone's blood pressure by 10 points. That said, the ambiance was good, as was the service. If they got a halfway decent chef, this would be a stellar place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Acapulco
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved every part of this place. Drinks were generous and food was amazing

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Lynn
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Our food was not hot and thus unappealing. We needed to go to a show so did not have time to reorder

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vipToddB
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Don’t expect too much here. Waitress not willing to make dietary modifications for us and was all by the book. Read your newspaper menu and order at your own risk.

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foodietraining
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great spot for dinner prior to a show at the Orpheum. Short walk and service was awesome. Waitress was very attentive. Food was awesome.

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Aldix
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a good restaurant! There were some customers in the restaurant and it wasn’t so bad at all. Thanksgiving dinner was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Thanksgiving. Very enjoyable and will do this again.

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SareeR
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We went for Thanksgiving dinner. We were not impressed with the food. The food was cold and there was a strange spice to some of the side items. Overall, the place is nice and the service was good. We were not impressed by the food.

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DanM
Minneapolis
1 review