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Best New Restaurants 2014

Tons of new talent and ideas are raising the bar on our already-happening local eating scene.

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601 Marquette Ave., Mpls., 612-333-4200

Grab and go soups and salads in the skyway, plus a convenience store-style array of local products and snacks. Don't miss the kombucha on tap. Continue Reading

$ | Deli, Veg-Friendly |


Macy's, 700 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-375-6936

Downtown Minneapolis's signature cafeteria/food court is as bright and white as heaven, and the fare is fresh, diverse, and a veritable bargain. Continue Reading

$ | American |

SkyWater Cuisine & Cocktails

Hilton, 1001 Marquette Ave., Mpls., 612-397-4927

Hilton's renovated lobby restaurant has local art and offers a spin on Midwestern cuisine, utilizing regional ingredients in some dishes. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Outdoor dining at Spoonriver


750 S. 2nd St., Mpls., 612-436-2236

Brenda Langton's modern eatery is a chic place to sip exotic cocktails and dine on creative, seasonal, locally raised, chef-driven fare within a stone's throw of the Guthrie Theater. Innovative flavors and a focus on nonmeat offerings are hallmarks here. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Veg-Friendly |

Salads from Sprout Salad Co. in downtown Minneapolis, MN

Sprout Salad Company

555 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-886-2723

Pick your ingredients and watch 'em chop and toss your salad for a fresh skyway lunch option. Continue Reading

$ | American |


Itasca Bldg., 708 N. 1st St., Mpls., 612-338-6393

Menu includes steak, salads, ribs, chicken, pastas, and seafood. Offers dinner-and-show packages with the Acme Comedy Co. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Taste of Thailand

11 S. 7th St., Mpls., 612-332-0082

Mountainous portions at reasonable prices. Specialties include spring rolls, pad Thai, and pra ram long song (spinach, red curry-coconut sauce, and peanuts with meat or seafood). Continue Reading

$$ | Thai |

Juicy buns at Tea House

Tea House Chinese Restaurant

330 S. 2nd Ave., skyway, Mpls., 612-343-2133

Ask for the special Sichuan menu—that's where all the good stuff is. Superb fish soup, cold Sichuan noodles, chung king spicy chicken, cucumbers in spicy sauce, and shredded pork in garlic sauce are all outstanding. Continue Reading

$ | Chinese |

The Bulldog

1111 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-339-0638

The Bulldogs are cool watering holes with great beer (sometimes a Belgian emphasis) and great kicked-up bar food. Each location has a similar menu but its own vibe. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Burgers |

The Burger Place

220 S. 6th St., Ste. 215, Mpls., 612-338-1213

A popular skyway spot for lunch burgers. Continue Reading

$ | Burgers |


The Capital Grille

LaSalle Plaza, 801 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-692-9000

The one chain steak house that can compete with food-focused restaurants for quality and creativity. Go for the Delmonico rib eye and wonderful creamed spinach. Continue Reading

$$$$ | Steak |

The Living Room

821 Marquette Ave., Mpls., 612-597-2413

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The Local

The Local

931 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-904-1000

The downtown crowd's authentic Irish pub offers a great array of ales and a menu of well-prepared American fare with an Irish twist. This hot after-work spot is worthy of all the buzz. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Irish |

The Loon Café

500 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-332-8342

This Warehouse District sports bar institution features six kinds of chili, as well as burgers, salads, sandwiches, barbecue, and Mexican items. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

The Loop

606 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-340-0010

Hungry drinkers at The Loop dine on brick-oven pizzas, grilled tofu in green curry sauce, Parmesan-crusted walleye, and the fat Loop burger with pesto and aioli. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

The Melting Pot

80 S. 9th St., Mpls., 612-338-9900

There's an all-fondue menu of four-course feasts, as well as other items, including filet mignon, shrimp, sirloin, lobster tails and a vegetarian option. Also cheese and chocolate fondues. Continue Reading

$$$$ | American |

The News Room

The News Room

990 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-343-0073

This newspaper-themed restaurant offers creative American fare: salads, sandwiches, pastas, and entrées. An upstairs wine bar offers small bites and wine flights Th-Su. Continue Reading

$$$ | American, Wine Bar |

The Oak Grill

Macy's, 700 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-375-2938

The Minneapolis flagship's signature dining room is known for its kindly service, paneling, wonderful popovers, and decades of great memories. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

50 S. 6th St., Mpls., 612-333-2277

Though the space isn't as cool or swank as it used to be, the fish is still flown-in fresh, the portions generous, and the crab cake the best in town. Happy hour has become a popular pastime. Continue Reading

$$$$ | Seafood |

Interior of Pourhouse restaurant in Minneapolis

The Pourhouse

10 S. 5th St., Mpls., 612-843-2555

The Lumber Exchange Building has this speakeasy-themed bar with multiple levels, a live music stage, secret rooms, and an American menu of typical bar fare. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

The Shout House

110 N. 5th St., Mpls., 612-337-6700

Dueling pianos take center stage every night at this raucous downtown bar where the drinks are big and the food basic tavern fare: pizza, burgers, wings and the like. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Toast Wine Bar & Café

Toast Wine Bar & Café

415 N. 1st St., Mpls., 612-333-4305

High design and a cool vibe are the hallmarks of this neighborhood wine bar. The seasonal menu is limited, but features thin-crust pizza, sandwiches, soups, and desserts. Continue Reading

$$ | Pizza, Wine Bar |



731 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-455-6690

The retractable glass roof restaurant has a playful modern American menu in place on its rooftop and a modern, evolving menu on the main level by Stewart Woodman. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Vincent A Restaurant

Vincent A Restaurant

1100 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-630-1189

Four-star fare at three-star prices in a warm, minimalist room. Vincent Francoual's cuisine has a southern French accent but is contemporary, seasonal, and inspirational. The bar offers traditional French bistro dishes and a worthy stuffed burger. Continue Reading

$$$$ | French |

Wasabi Fusion Restaurant

903 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., 612-339-6688

Though the menu proclaims fusion fare, there are more traditional items than not. Sushi rolls get a little creative under the chef's eye, and there's hibachi seating. Continue Reading

$$ | French, Japanese |