Best Minneapolis, MN Restaurants

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    10. Fogo de Chão

    Steaks — Brazilian-style — make Fogo de Chão a hit. Featuring 12 cuts of beef as well as chicken, pork and sausage, all meats are expertly seasoned and slow-roasted on an open flame. Meals are...

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    9. Origami

    A hidden treasure tucked away in the Warehouse District, this Japanese eatery offers first-rate elegance in both food and ambiance. Sushi and sashimi are wonderfully fresh and expertly crafted, and yose-nabe, served...

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    8. 112 Eatery

    One of the best reasons you have for venturing into the Warehouse District, this cozy, award-winning kitchen, run by Chef Isaac Becker, applies youthful enthusiasm to the art of creative cookery. Featured main dishes...

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    7. Corner Table

    Corner Table places a premium on serving up dishes that incorporate locally-grown ingredients, particularly meat and produce from small, family-owned farms. Though the digs are snug, guests are made to feel right at...

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    6. Cosmos

    Keeping pace with the sleek, sexy aesthetics of the Graves 601 Hotel requires a restaurant designer's A-game, and that's just what happened when the plans were drawn up for Cosmos. Modern and cool, the space features...

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    5. Restaurant Alma

    An expansive tasting menu that changes almost daily and a bustling dining room made light and cheery with blond wood accents keep things lively and bustling at Alma. If it's fresh, organic, and seasonal, it's...

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    4. Solera

    A convenient before or after alternative for those catching a show on Hennepin Avenue, this sexy Spanish dining room offers full bar service and tapas late into the night. The menu's divided into two schools: the...

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    2. La Belle Vie

    Fresh flowers, fine crystal and china, and snow-white tablecloths define La Belle Vie, where the French and Mediterranean cuisine is as elegant and tasteful as the decor. A local newspaper once dubbed this...

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    1. Manny's Steakhouse

    This appealing steakhouse, reminiscent of an old-fashioned men's club, serves USDA-certified, dry-aged beef and does so in portions that are certain to demand a doggie bag. The menu changes daily but often features a...

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About Minneapolis, MN Restaurants

One of the first things you'll discover about the Minneapolis restaurant scene is that local chefs and restaurateurs place a lot of stock in the virtues of organic and locally-produced ingredients, from orchard-fresh produce to homegrown livestock. In fact, you might even say that, much like the BYOB is a defining component of Philadelphia's restaurant landscape, the farm-to-table concept is a primary contributor to the quality of Minneapolis' dining culture. Indeed, there are hundreds of certified organic farmers within an hour or so of town, and it's not uncommon to find your favorite chef snooping around Mill City Farmers Market, East Lyndale Avenue Market, or Nicollet Mall Market, on the prowl for the best the season has to offer. Though organic cookery and creative recipes are standards at restaurants in Minneapolis like Mission American Kitchen and JP American Bistro, other area restaurants like Solera (Spanish tapas), Fugaise (French), and Manny's (steaks) promise their own, distinctive experiences and are certainly worthy of the accolades and attention they've received.

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