The News Room

4.2
817 reviews
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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 & Target Field, The Orpheum, Pantages and State Theaters.
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PP
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so good. Thank you to the servers.

AH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was good, but our service was pretty bad. We went on a Saturday evening, so I'm sure they were busy, but our server never even checked on us. He was incredibly slow and not friendly or helpful at all. He took our order and brought us our check but that's about it. We won't go back.

RM
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome meal as always! Service was great. One of our go-to places when we come into the cities

R
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I had the braised spare rib with risotto. Meat was very fatty and tough. Told our waiter Chester about it and he very quickly took it off the bill. Had a flatbread for an appetizer and it was very good. Based on how they handled this I would go back and try something else.

SC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and a good ambiance. Our waiter was a bit talkative but we generally enjoyed the dining experience

MW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Server wasn’t the friendliest, our food was half way gone before he checked on us. Which to me is unacceptable when you didn’t bring our food out to us. As the server you should check within 5 minutes. I think the food is over priced. I asked for a side of ranch to go with my calamari. Got the. I’ll and was charged 75 cents. Had I known there was going to be a charge I wouldn’t of asked for it. The atmosphere was nice, we sat outside and got to people watch downtown. The first time I went to The News Room it was much better!

JA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A group of us visited on a Friday night and we sat outside....such a great patio. The food was amazing as was our server! Overall a great place to eat if in the downtown area!

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Table was ready early. Separate checks without asking for all 16 of us! Great experience even with such a large group. Thank you!

JP
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time with our College son and his friends. Our waiter was awesome but I can not remember his name. We always our time at the News Room.

L
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

They have a new brunch menu which had some good items on. Asked if the Benedict flight could be vegetarian. They said yes then served one with a bacon waffle. Then a series of silly events occurred when we asked for a replacement. First they brought just a pain English muffin. When we complained they next brought a poached egg with a sauce over it - I guess it was make your own benefit time!

The omelets and the Mediterranean breakfast were great!

M
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The News Room is fantastic!! The food was the best I've had in Minneapolis! Great presentation, flavor, everything was terrific!! The service was impeccable - very knowledgable wait staff. Everyone must go!

JR
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The ambiance was the best! I brought friends from out of town for Saturday brunch and everyone loved the food! All of the décor was fun, and it the location was ideal for them as they were staying downtown and went to a concert at the Target Center the night before. Highly recommend!

SC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food choices on the menu is amazing. I haven't had a meal from there that I have not loved yet! I don't believe there's anything on the menu that you would not be satisfied eating.

B
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was great, the ambiance was fantastic and the food was great. Would recommend to anyone visiting Minneapolis.

FN
Minneapolis
62 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We made the decision to eat outside which was probably not the best choice as there was a Lutheran convention in town and people were constantly streaming by our table. But that was on us. Other wise the service was good though I would have appreciated a chance to enjoy our appetizers before the entree came.

S
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We always enjoy the food we order at News Room but have an issue with how long it takes to eat lunch there. Most business lunch hours are only an hour and several times now we have been scrambling to get our meal eaten in time because it takes so long for the food to come. We have learned to ask for our tab to come with the food so we can get settled up before we eat but that is always disruptive to our meal. Just wish you could speed things up a bit at lunch!

s
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drinks and food! Fun atmosphere! Great location too!

RL
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. We live in Southern California, but last time we were in Minneapolis, we visited The News Room and loved it. Now that we are back (both times for conferences), we were excited to go back to visit.

DS
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great spot with historical significance. We had two pasta dishes and would give both high marks.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food outstanding service ! Highly recommend the Brie cheese curd !

KT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

They were running behind on food by 45 min, which was not great but they at least told us when we were being seated. However, they informed us there was an “accident” so one people in our 8 person group didn’t get their food until 30 min later, after we were all done. Very annoying and not one compensation and charged full price for that meal. Pretty bad in my opinion. Food was okay, service was okay.

RD
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Service was terrible and we ate somewhere else went and ate at ROHO across the street

j
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food and drink selections were great. The wait staff seemed to be a little thin and over worked.

A
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service! A great spot for lunch and we do go there often.

JD
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We ordered the cauliflower bake for an appetizer. The tomato sauce base was unusual, I thought it would be more of a cream based. The tomato sauce was too strong for the vegetables. I ordered the salmon with noodles tomatoes zucchini and capers. The menu did NOT say anything about having onions in it but it was loaded with onions. Had I known that I would have asked for the dish without onions. My sister-in-law ordered the beef lasagna. It used the same strong tomato sauce as a base and again it was a little strong for the dish.

TE
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I love going to The News Room for our celebrations. The food is excellent, great drink list, outstanding service, and a lot of TVs to watch the Twins win!!

CP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two of my friends and I had a show and decided to eat here. We had an amazing experience. The waiter was great and had good recommendations. We had a couple specialty martinis which were great. We had the Brie bites appetizer served with blueberry ketchup which we liked. One of us had the tenderloin, scallop carbonara and Cobb salad and we all were satisfied by the quality and taste. We’d go again!

s
Minneapolis
35 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Yes, it was good. A little spendy but big portions. Service was pretty good!

T
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were in Minneapolis on business and someone recommended this place. Really underwhelming, and pricy for Minneapolis. We had the scallop and pasta dish, which had zero flavor. I added salt and pepper, which I never do, and still couldn't eat half. Steak and gnocchi were also overcooked and without flavor, despite Worcestershire in the name. The barrel-aged Manhattan was mediocre, too sweet. We didn't try the Brie curds, because they were deep-fried and that wasn't the curds we were in the mood for. Service was half-way attentive, but not interested in our experience or us being there. Probably wouldn't return.

DA
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We sat on the patio, which ended up being very noisy with the bus line passing every few minutes. The food and service were excellent.

OT
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 5

Food was awful, inedible and bland.

PT
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! We were there for Mother's Day - and they accommodated out group of 7 no problem. Will be back!

SE
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. We came for Mother's Day with a party of 8 which was not problem at all. Service was a bit slow but it didn't affect our good time.

DO
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

We were delayed en route to dinner and arrived with less time than we would have liked. We were seated around 6:45 and told our server that we were running late and would need to finish in time to get to an 8:00 show. One of our party had limited mobility and so we were hoping to finish in under an hour. He was very understanding and suggested menu items we could order that didn't take long to prepare. We placed our order immediately after being seated and drinks and a salad quickly arrived at our table.

We then proceeded to sit for another 40 minutes with absolutely no contact. We became very stressed about our timeline and when our server finally came out and placed bread on our table around 7:35 we said we were simply not going to have time to eat. He said he would go see if he could cancel our order. We decided we had to just leave. I have literally never done this before, but we walked out without eating. I left some money on the table for what we had consumed, and realize it was very tasteless for us to walk out on him, but after 45 minutes of anxiety, the last thing I wanted was to rush through some food and then be late for our concert.

I know our late arrival was not their fault, but the restaurant did not seem busy at all and the lack of communication led to a situation where we felt misled about their ability to serve us.

On the way out, we talked to another group that was leaving and they complained that their food was very slow to arrive, and also cold, which made us feel a little better about abandoning our meal.

All in all, a poor experience. We only went here because The Local was too busy, and will not return again.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Waited close to an hour for food. Asked wait person twice to check on it. When it finally arrived, it was cold. Asked to speak to manager; he offered to “heat it up” (steak). Very expensive for what was served. Will definitely not go back.

MF
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for any occasion or meetup. Food was really good and was all fresh. Salmon was wild caught Atlantic and both dishes from people at our table were delicious. Pasta tasted like they got it from a pasta maker (homemade) and not out of a box! Only drawback was that I ordered the pasta dish that had salmon and while I could see the salmon pieces, I felt there could have been a few more ounces in the dish. Appetizer of fried Brie with blueberry ketchup was very unique and tasted very good. Something different from the same old thing! Service was great as well. Price point was good and not overly priced. We’d go back there.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Not impressed food took 1.5 hours and it was cold

j
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Loved the atmosphere, our group ate outside before a big name concert so, the wait for food and drinks was probably a little longer than normal but it was phenomenal food and drinks!

AJ
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Streetside patio is noisy but great location and perfect for a cocktail in the sun. We loved the drinks!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, friendly and fast service! Wouldn’t change a thing!

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