The News Room

4.4
912 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 912 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MicheleH
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were very safe and followed covid rules. The food was wonderful and so was the service. It was nice to go out to a safe restaurant.

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MarcM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Musical ambiance, but not overpowering. We couldn’t hear the other tables and we could hear each other talk. That’s what you want.

I had the lasagna and both specialty cocktail old fashioned’s.

The Mrs. had the steak gnocchi both and the raspberry mojito and the fall sangria.

Great drinks. Better food. Wild decor. Worth the money. Wish we weren’t locked down again so I could try more of the menu.

Also, the bar is a boat.

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vipFredD
Phoenix
131 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Stopped in for lunch and had a couple of appetizers from the menu and a very dry cider. The food was good and the cider was different and not undrinkable. The decor was interesting and the staff was great. If your in the area, check it out.

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vipWinstonM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The ambience was that of a mortuary, it took long for us to get any service and we did the cheese curds were disgusting and not to be harsh but they tasted like bile.

I asked for the check for the flat sodas and the vile cheese curds and we left and went somewhere else. Murray’s which was fantastic

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vipDavin8
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and service phenomenal. Like how they took temperature upon entering and practiced safe spacing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always. Only one left standing downtown. They deserve our support.

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dola
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Kevin was nice, lots of TVs with football games, fun decor, good food.

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Ashley
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Our food and drinks were great! However the service was on the slower side. Took about 5-7 minutes for a server to even greet us. She also took a long time to come back for our order, but after we got our order she stopped by a couple more times. Great food and value, subpar service though this time around.

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vipcookie
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is so underrated... the food is excellent and the service is great. Try the carbonara pasta, the best I have ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Server was extremely pleasant, food for Saturday brunch was extremely tasty and great value. I half expected thr staff to wear costumes from Newsies as a theme restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! It was a great experience for brunch.

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AnitaM
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service and food were great. Downtown Minneapolis very quiet and quite empty... hard to see.

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vipGarcia
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very attentive staff. Distancing from other guests was comforting. Food was good as usual. Great variety of meals.

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MJH1
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service were good.
Due to The Times of Covid, the atmosphere was super quiet and very subdued. Would like to see more ambiance to make it not feel like you could hear a pin drop.

MB
MikeB
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

With Covid it was quiet, but I had a tasty sandwich and felt safe. There really want many people inside, only a few tables occupied.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome dining experience ! Split the turkey burger 4 ways as an app and loved the idea !

MM
MrandMrsG
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice to have a restaurant open at this time. Dessert was so yummy!

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HannahP
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the ambience! The food was fantastic and the patrons were spaced out well.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the News Room, always!!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

My roommate and I came for brunch, the breakfast menu was much smaller than advertised. The food was decent. Things are obviously different due to covid.

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will definitely be back again! We went with some friends and everyone was super satisfied with their food choices.

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vipNancyL
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Was a little disappointed there was no happy hour.

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vipWilliamB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The News Room has a great vibe - excellent music, interesting decor (love the bar which is basically a ship with rigging that the bartenders climb to reach the liquor bottles). The food offerings were eclectic and interesting and the food quality first rate. Most of all the staff were very friendly and welcoming. Great place.

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Linda123
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The Newsroom needs to improve the quality of their food. It definitely was not worth the high prices. I ordered a chicken sandwich that was listed as a seasoned grilled chicken breast. The chicken was not seasoned and no flavor to it and it seemed like the chicken was cooked in the microwave. My friend ordered the ceaser salad and asked if she could have grilled chicken on it. The same thing for her the chicken was not good.

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Tracy
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Overall, The NewsRoom has great food and amazing drinks. Recommend dining outside

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RichR
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was great, but food came slow and I didn't receive everything I ordered.

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AnthonyA
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loving sitting outside here! Our waiter was so kind!

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JaniceO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening. Would have gone to The Local but they were closed. Food was outstanding. (Tortellini and chicken panini with Brie cheese bites as an app). and service was great. I’ll be back even after the Local opens.

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AllisonT
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I understand that taps have been sitting for 3 months but I don't appreciate the flakes that were in the beer. The waitress explained it away and I understand but still don't accept. Flush out your tubes or do what you can to prevent setement .

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Pditty
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Didn’t eat, just drank and sat on the patio. Thank you for being open when nobody else was! We had fun.

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DebraK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved the new vegan risotto. I’ll definitely recommend that.

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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!

JS
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
17 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
11 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

yummy food :-) great service

FAQs

The News Room offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (612) 343-0073.

The News Room is rated 4.4 stars by 912 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.