Restaurants in Minneapolis

While the uninformed visitor might assume the Twin Cities have nothing to offer outside of stodgy Midwestern fare, but the Minneapolis restaurants scene is incredibly diverse. Between the city’s growing regional influence and an influx of immigrant communities, there’s more going on here than ever. Since an exhaustive list of the best restaurants in Minneapolis would go on for pages and pages, we’ll stick to just a couple of our favorites:

One of the most talked about contemporary restaurants in Minneapolis, 112 Eatery offers an eclectic array of dishes, all presented with a flair not typically associated with the Midwest. Executive chef/owner Isaac Becker won a coveted James Beard Award for his efforts here, and fans of both continental dining and the farm-to-table movement will find plenty to rave about.

For diners looking for an upscale but thoroughly American entry on the Minneapolis restaurants list, look no further than Restaurant Alma. Executive chef Alexander Roberts and his team focus on Midwestern-inspired fare that changes seasonally, working with the best locally sourced meat and produce to create a thoroughly unique dining experience. For game enthusiasts, Restaurant Alma is a must-visit!

Located in the Loring Park section of Downtown Minneapolis, the King and I Thai has been offering elegant and tasteful dining for over 20 years. Owner and chef Bou Haanpaa of Thailand lends the authentic touch to this Thai restaurant, which regarded as one of the best in the Twin Cities.

Owner and executive chef Scott Pampuch opened Corner Table in Southwest Minneapolis in 2004 with a commitment to local foods and family owned and operated suppliers. Today, Corner Table remains as devoted as ever to those values. The menu is seasonal, changing with the yields from the field.


Located at the crossing of Hennepin and Lake in Uptown Minneapolis, Chino Latino serves spicy "street food from the hot zones," from the jerk chicken skewers of Jamaica to the coconut shrimp curry of Thailand.

Located downtown in the Graves 601 hotel, the restaurant is known for its New American fare and award-winning wine list.

From the haute-homey menu to the quirky wine list, everything about this romantic and affordable 48-seat restaurant feels perfect and personal.

Mission American Kitchen & Bar is best known for its American comfort food, though its plush seating, floor-to-ceiling windows, and elegant plating make for a comfortable, stylish ambiance.

Joe's Garage, an American food joint across the street from Loring Park on Harmon Place, has the gritty design touches you might expect with that name: stainless steel accents, bare cement floors, and exterior brick walls that, in places, look blasted so the dining room windows offer a view of th

Located in the downtown theater district, Solera offers authentic Spanish fare from Mexico City-born chef Jorge Guzman. Patrons choose from a variety of dining spaces, including a lounge, a main dining room, and a tapas bar overlooking the kitchen.

Inside downtown Minneapolis’ ziggurat-inspired (1930) Ivy Tower, Porter & Frye offers a contemporary take on Midwestern fare. The Hotel Ivy’s upscale restaurant boasts exposed ductwork, dark wood furniture and curved booths accented with bright orange fabric.

Bradstreet Craftshouse Restaurant is very mindful of atmosphere and provides unique seating areas throughout the restaurant to suit different moods.

Barbette not only supports organic, sustainable agriculture, but also the community economy by showcasing local musicians.