The News Room

4.4
931 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 931 people are saying
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DanB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Next time I would for sure sit inside, other than that it was just trying things out of my comfort zone. Service was impeccable though.

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OpenTableReviewer
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a group of 5, fun atmosphere, great food.

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BeverlyW
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our server was excellent - the food was wonderful and we especially loved the root beer cookies.

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BarbaraC
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Staff were very friendly. We enjoyed the brie curds with blueberry sauce. My watermelon salad was delicious. Outdoor seating area looks desolate with barren planters.

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AndreaJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service. Bit of noise from buses while sitting outside. They are doing a great job in a tough area to make dining as comfortable and welcoming as possible.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, fantastic strip steak with those mushrooms!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Love the Brie curds!

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Clarke1
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for lunch.
My family really enjoyed the drinks and the lasagna.

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SusanM
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great experience and food just too noisy inside. Would however recommend to friends!

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ShellyL
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It would have been nice to have a slightly quieter area to be - having an "energetic experience" isn't always desired. The hostess was very helpful, though, in finding us a table that worked.

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Susie
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

I went to lunch with a work colleague and after 40 minutes of waiting, we decided we better get our meals to go so we didn't miss our upcoming meetings. I flagged down the waiter and he just said "OK". He didn't seem to be concerned about the amount of time we were waiting or the fact that we couldn't enjoy our meal there. On top of that, I witnessed him ducking down under the bar in the center of the room and touching the floor with his hands multiple times. He typically sprayed his hands with a sanitizer after doing that, but I am not sure he did every time. The turkey sandwich I had was overcooked and very tough. I do not plan to go here again.

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JamesG
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were great! Reduced staff post pandemic meant the restaurant was not full. Reservations are recommended.

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vipDALFoodie
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoy my experience very much. I dined alone so that I can work and sat at a very quiet table near the bar. The atmosphere was beautiful

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Brian
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was bland, server seemed like he didn't care.

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AnnaM
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Cauliflower appetizer was different but, good.

My salmon pasta was so so. Salmon had no taste and the noodles were stuck together as if it had been sitting a while.

My sons chicken and waffles was poor. Chicken amped bad and had an odd color to parts of the meat.

My husband really liked his flat iron stake and sides however, it was over salted.

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RichR
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Great drinks! Great food! Loved it!

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BethM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I had let them know ahead of time that it was a birthday celebration, but it was never mentioned or acknowledged. Food was good, drinks were way overpriced. Server was friendly, but she forget things multiple times and we had to wait for our drinks for 20 minutes even though it was a slow night. Best part was the man who was bussing our table- very friendly, took the time to show my daughters around the restaurant and explain significance of items in the dining areas. He saved the experience

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve always enjoyed gong to the News Room. Great burgers normally, but I had the BBQ beef and my wife had the chicken panini. Both were excellent. Great sandwich place, although they have plenty of other things to enjoy.

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Hwill87
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal! We had a business team dinner and had a hard time finding a place that was open - we are so happy that the News Room was the place we chose. Food - incredible, service - incredible, ambience - incredible! We were so impressed with everything and will certainly be back once we are back in the office in September. Thank you, News Room!

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ChristopherT
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be downtown again. The almond-crusted chicken salad was superb. I'll be back for it again in a few weeks!

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vipJerryM
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu. Good ambiance.

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vipCanadaRules
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Wonderful staff but overpriced for the size of the portions. My burger was delicious however.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nothing more than “alright”. Food came late and wasn’t anything to write home about. Drinks were just “ok”, nothing noteworthy. The decorations were cool though.

BJ
BrittanyJ
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Server was kind of rude! Food was dry and cold. I ordered a pulled pork and it was really dry. First time at news room and was disappointed

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vipDDDD
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience1

We thought this restaurant would be more upscale, but it’s no more than a sports bar. The menu on Open Table is very out of date. We mentioned this to the waitress, who responded, “no one from Open Table ever checks with us.” So why not contact Open Table yourselves? Food was very expensive: two beers, an app, a Caesar salad with chicken and mac & cheese with chicken was $71 plus tip.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a very nice experience. Super comfortable and inviting. Service was great

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vipSalmon
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of my first excursions eating out post COVID. I chose The News Room partly because of their COVID protocols in place. Our food and service was great and we felt really safe.

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vipBethanyG
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Highly recommend the Brie bites for an appetizer!!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for Galentines! Pandemic friendly and amazing food

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MeganO
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

May be covid related - but the restaurant seemed to be understaffed.
For the price, the food was very mediocre.
NY Strip and Filet Mignon were average at best; I would have expected better quality cuts.
Sides were good, though were not warm enough when served.

NOT worth the $$

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Great service, waitress bent over backwards to accommodate my paleo date by asking kitchen questions on arguably the busiest restaurant night (Valentines weekend).

Few things were forgot on the kitchen end I’d have given 4 stars on food (we paid for mushrooms and didn’t get them).

Definitely on the pricey side of things we got 4 drinks, 2 entrees, and an appetizer, the bill was $250. As such I have to compare to every other spot I’d spend $125 per person on; Manny’s, Oceanside, Murray’s etc all offer better ambiance and food, and as such I think the value isn’t great here....

All that said I will be back because the service was so stellar.

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vipLukeyB27
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

TLDR: Okay food, terrible (slow & inattentive) service.

Had a reservation for 6:30pm on Saturday night. Called because we were actually running early and asked if we would be able to get in 15-30 minutes prior. Wasn't sure with COVID and didn't want to be stuck outside in -20 degree windchill. They said fine, but when we showed up they had bumped our reservation time 45 minutes earlier and almost didn't find us. Host seemed annoyed that we showed up right when we said we would but someone on their end bumped the rezo WAY up. We were sat and got waters pretty much right away but then waited a LONG time to get seen by a server. She was nice enough at first. We got a round of cocktails and an app. The food came out first - after a 20 minute wait - and then our drinks finally followed. My barrel-aged Manhattan was good but my wife's Strawberry Mule a fail: Too much ice, NOT in a copper mug, and not enough vodka. We had ordered our meal at that point, and our server had only come around once, about 2 seconds after the drinks were dropped, to check in on us. After that - we saw her once when I had to flag her down (TWICE - the first time she didn't hear me and walked right by) to get the check. The Fried Rice entree and the Fried Chicken Sandwhich were tasty, but based on the terrible service and WAY too long of a time to eat based on the type of food and experience we were having - we will not be back. Not for take out. Not ever.

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VladimirR
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good. Had a few drinks as well. Now I’m broke

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

$25 for a cup of rice, tiny bag of broccoli, and bite size pieces of chicken that maybe was two ounces. Unfortunate.

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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
138 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.

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 931 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.