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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Minneapolis - St. Paul

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Minneapolis - St. Paul? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Thai Pop restaurant
4.9
4.9 (603)
$31 to $50
Thai
Rochester
About the restaurant
Bringing the past to the present, Thailand to Minnesota, and the passion for good food and drinks to you.
Top review
JLReinschmidtvip
Dined 3 days ago
What a great experience-fun flavors/riffs on traditional Thai food really hit the mark and were those cocktails great or what (and they so enhanced the food experience)!? Our server was lovely/attentive and the house staff were impressive. The setting was fantastic. When we are in Rochester again you can bet we won’t miss this gem.
A photo of Lake Avenue Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (272)
$31 to $50
Global, International
Duluth
About the restaurant
Lake Avenue Restaurant & Bar in Duluth, Minnesota has been around since 1991, back when Canal Park was better known as an industrial harbor rather than a tourist location. The interior at Lake Avenue Restaurant & Bar has a cozy feel to it, thanks in large part to the reclaimed lumber used for the tables, booths and bar as well as thriving plants. When the weather is nice, you can dine on our deck, furnished with Loll patio furniture made locally.
We are a small restaurant, limited to 15 tables and 70 seats indoors. Because of this we are not able to accommodate groups larger than 8 people. If your party is larger than 8 people, please understand that your group may be split at separate tables, potentially not near each other. Please call us to discuss accommodating your large group events.
Due to the invariability of Duluth weather, our deck is non-reservable (with or without dogs) and subject to be closed without much notice. We seat the patio on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Top review
KariBvip
Dined 3 days ago
I expected something more outstanding for the price. Nothing really wrong with it but the ambiance, the food and the service were good but nothing special. The schizophrenic menu indicated a lack of focus and refinement. Short wine list.
A photo of Bleu Duck Kitchen restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1172)
$31 to $50
American
Rochester
About the restaurant
Our Chef’s take inspiration from Billy Madison who drew a blue duck because he had never seen one before, and he wanted to see a blue duck! Well, since our chefs love classic Adam Sandler humor and innovative cooking, we thought that Bleu Duck was the perfect name to showcase our fun environment and staff as well as our unique and creative menu. Just like Billy, we like to try things that you’ve never seen before! 
 
Bleu Duck Kitchen and Oyster Bar is a full service restaurant that provides a fun and welcoming atmosphere where white linens meet a casual feel to create the new concept of “fun-dining”. Co-Owners Erik Kleven and Jennifer Lester regard each customer as a welcomed friend, and aim to provide them with an experience that is both personal and unique every time they visit.

Top review
alliebgoodvip
Dined 5 days ago
Creative, innovative food; attentive, personalized service; date night is a great night to try Bleu Duck.
A photo of Hell's Kitchen Minneapolis restaurant
4.6
4.6 (5407)
$30 and under
American
Downtown / North Loop
About the restaurant
Comfort food with an upscale twist...

In the heart of downtown Minneapolis, appropriately located in a beautiful underground space, you'll discover Hell's Kitchen, an employee-owned restaurant known for its damn good food. Join us for breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks Tuesday through Sunday, and enjoy REAL comfort food made by chefs who care, described by food writers as "unique but not fancy; interesting but not fussy". Almost everything is made from scratch, from our award-winning peanut butter to our unique dips and dressings, winning us over 67 "best" awards as well as accolades in Gourmet Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Midwest Living, and other national magazines. And bring the kids along... you should see the cheeky notes they write to us!

"Rather than rave on, let us just say if you're in Minnesota and want to wow your tastebuds, go to Hell's Kitchen. It is inspired and inspiring." (Jane & Michael Stern, NPR)

Top review
SteveS
Dined 2 days ago
Great food and service with a nice menu that has plenty of variety. One of our favorite pre-orchestra dining spots.
A photo of Dong Hae Korean Grill and Sushi restaurant
4.6
4.6 (153)
$30 and under
Korean
Downtown / North Loop
About the restaurant
Dong Hae Korean Grill and Sushi, in Minneapolis, serves up a huge menu of authentic Korean and Japanese dishes. Using classic recipes along with fresh ingredients and making everything to order, we can guarantee no matter what you order you'll enjoy it.



The signature menu is Korean bbq, we have grill on the tables, so you guys can grill by yourself and all the servers are happy to help. It comes with lettuce wrap, salad, chef special dipping sauce, side dishes, and rice.


We offer AYCE sushi and Korean all day long, including 31 Korean traditional dishes, 23 different specialty rolls, 13 nigiris and 6 sashimis. Don't forget to grab Korean popsicle for dessert.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Food and the experience of grilling your food is awesome! However I felt like being rushed to order, and almost done with my plate when server started taking away the plates, and including the side dishes.
A photo of Crasqui restaurant
4.6
4.6 (16)
$50 and over
Venezuelan
Saint Paul
About the restaurant
Crasqui is a lively Venezuelan restaurant in Saint Paul. Recipes are inspired in our chef-owner childhood, family and friends in her home-country Venezuela. For us Crasqui is more than just a restaurant—it’s a vessel for memories, dreams, flavors, and connections. We will keep infusing our passion, dedication and love into every dish to make every guest experience memorable.
Top review
RichardM
Dined 3 days ago
Crasqui's menu is diverse and everything we ordered was delicious; I recommend the octopus app and cocotero dessert highly. A fair sampling of food crafted for allergies/intolerances, which is nice to see. Cocktails are carefully curated and flavors complement both the ambience and menu flavors. Our server was incredible; very personable, knowledgeable and happy to help. They seemed legitimately happy to be there, which speaks to management/ownership.
A photo of The Melting Pot - Minneapolis restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2821)
$31 to $50
Fondue
Downtown / North Loop
About the restaurant
Bring your big appetite to the big city. In downtown Minneapolis, The Melting Pot is your quintessential fine-dining restaurant. Start with freshly made salads and handcrafted dressings before you skewer succulent strips of steak, and finish the smorgasbord with our famous chocolate fondue. Desserts rank high here, and just like the complex taste of our entrées, there’s something to be said of our artisan cheeses and luscious chocolates. But in our cozy corner of dessert paradise, we’re more than just a classy addition to Minnesota’s culinary scene. We are casual and approachable, which makes us an excellent choice for reconnecting with long-lost friends, updating loved ones about your life, or simply breaking the ice on a romantic date.
Top review
Cara
Dined 2 days ago
The food was outstanding as usual. I loved the new additions to the menu.
A photo of Tavola Italian Kitchen & Bar at Elliot Park Hotel restaurant
4.1
4.1 (425)
$31 to $50
Italian
Downtown / North Loop
About the restaurant
Conveniently located in the heart of historic Elliot Park, near U.S. Bank Stadium, Tavola is the place where new friends become family over a shared meal. At the center of Tavola, you'll find the pride of our kitchen, a statuesque wood-fired oven.
Top review
RebeccaL
Dined on May 7, 2024
Our server, Bart, was one of the best servers I’ve ever had. The service was exemplary and the food was amazing!
A photo of Cadillac Ranch All American Bar & Grill - Mall of America restaurant
3.9
3.9 (342)
$30 and under
American
Bloomington
About the restaurant
Cadillac Ranch is an eclectic mix of great food, great service, and a fun and entertaining experience. We feature a made from scratch menu with a wide variety of steaks, burgers, seafood, pasta, salads and outstanding flatbreads. Couple that with multiple bars, a mechanical bull, and a rock ’n roll inspired décor that will keep you coming back for more. Cadillac Ranch creates a fun, comfortably social atmosphere, delivers great service and well mixed drinks along with a large selection of beers.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 29, 2024
Food was delicious. Server was good. Drinks were a bit off, but still good. Bathroom was gross.
A photo of Rainforest Cafe - Mall Of America restaurant
3.9
3.9 (1294)
$31 to $50
American
Bloomington
About the restaurant
You don’t have to travel far to dine in a tropical rainforest, It’s a safari for the senses. Our menu contains an array of delicious items and tropical treats you’re sure to go WILD for. End your journey with the out-of-this-world VOLCANO dessert.
Discover the rainforest, complete with cascading waterfalls, tropical rainstorms, trumpeting elephants and entertaining gorillas. It’s not just another meal; it’s an adventure! Don’t forget to take a journey through our Retail Village.
CAUTION: Flashing lights and thunder sounds inside restaurant. May cause discomfort and/ or seizures for those with photosensitive epilepsy.

Top review
BrandonB
Dined 2 days ago
Overall we had a good time. The kids especially liked the animatronics and jungle decor. Service was mostly adequate but the server complained about being understaffed. While I can sympathize, it’s not my fault that the restaurant chooses to skimp on staffing. Food quality was OK, but not great. Ribs were good but a little dry. Steak was cooked as ordered, but had lots of charred bits of other food, suggesting the grill is not being cleaned between orders. Not a bad experience, and definitely worth going. If we go to MOA again then we’ll almost certainly come back.
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