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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Minneapolis - St. Paul

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots 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 (593)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Came here for my birthday and everything was outstanding, great service absolutely amazing food and super cool vibe to the place in general. Could not ask for a better birthday dinner and desserts were next level! Whatever the French toast dessert was and the strawberry with I wanna say frozen shaved coconut milk? Idk what it was but I’ll be back to get it again!
A photo of Hazelwood Bloomington restaurant
4.8
4.8 (5706)
$30 and under
American
Bloomington
About the restaurant
Welcome to Hazelwood Food and Drink in Bloomington.
A modern New American restaurant serving modern comfort food with a family feel in a bright and contemporary interior with a scratch kitchen that offers wonderful dishes from our rotisserie and wood burning pizza oven, everyone is sure to find a new favorite!
We are open 7 days a week with our signature brunch offered on Saturday and Sunday. Hazelwood is the perfect spot for your work meeting, date night, or family outing!

We would love to take care of you.

On the go, call us at 952.222.4000 for take-out or curbside.

Online reservations and take-out orders available at hazelwoodfoodanddrink.com




Top review
Missy
Dined 2 days ago
The food is always delicious and service is always great!
A photo of Norseman Distillery restaurant
4.8
4.8 (12)
$30 and under
Distillery
Northeast Minneapolis
About the restaurant
Distillery with a craft cocktail bar, tours, and classes. Industrial chic setting.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 24, 2024
Wonderful food and great waiter. Enjoyed our 1st experience there. Waiter made non alcoholic beverage for me and very appreciative!! Great recommendations by waiter. Nancy
A photo of Hell's Kitchen Minneapolis restaurant
4.6
4.6 (5352)
$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
RickM
Dined 4 days ago
This restaurant is fun. Great ambience, decent food, interesting menu, wonderful staff and excellent service.
A photo of Nolo's Kitchen & Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1046)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Downtown / North Loop
About the restaurant
Two Minneapolis restaurateurs and one of the region’s top chefs are transforming the historic Gardner Hardware Building at 515 Washington Avenue North in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis The team consists of Marty Collins, Brett Johnson and Peter Hoff, each native Minnesotans with extensive industry experience. Marty owns McCoy’s Public House and several restaurants in Kansas City, Missouri. Brett and his family have owned and operated The Hilltop Restaurant for the past 40 years. Pete, the head chef, brings his most recent culinary experience and creativity from California to NOLO’s and The Basement Bar. His culinary vision and passion for local ingredients will help create the new modern comfort food. The team shares a passion for the restaurant and bar industry and sees an opportunity to fill gaps in the market in the North Loop.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Good food, great service, pretty loud. Seabass was superb
A photo of The Smack Shack Bloomington restaurant
4.6
4.6 (870)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Bloomington
About the restaurant
Casual, coastal restaurant in Bloomington. Reservations are taken for the dining room only, patio seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please check in with hosts upon arrival for patio seating.

Although named for the boats used to catch lobster, Smack Shack was launched as a food truck in 2010 serving lobster rolls from a land-locked downtown Minneapolis parking lot. Owner Josh Thoma had a great recipe and a belief that the appetite for fresh lobster in the Twin Cities was as strong as in any coastal city.

Smack Shack is committed to serving sustainable seafood and is a partner in the Minnesota Zoo’s Fish Smart program. Sustainable seafood is wild-caught or farm-raised seafood that has established practices to ensure the long-term growth and thriving populations of seafood with limited harm to the environment.

Group reservations and private dining available.

One of MSP's top 50 restaurants in 2022! Featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Great experience as always! Pleasant service, great food!
A photo of Icehouse restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1416)
$30 and under
American
Whittier
About the restaurant
Live Music Restaurant - A stomping ground for those who share our appreciation for a comfortable place to have a drink, healthy, quality food made from scratch and the cast of fine musicians who call MN home.
Top review
Rinshira
Dined 3 days ago
Went to Icehouse specifically to see the band playing at brunch - Red Hot Django Peppers - who I enjoy hearing & seeing live. The venue had been updated since the last time we were there, no more bar at the back wall of the dining space. Our food was nicely presented and came soon after ordering. Place was not very crowded, but it isn't a huge space anyway. As vegetarians, I found a more limited selection to choose from, but enjoyed the housemade veggie burger and the breakfast sandwich plate.
A photo of The Loop Bar + Restaurant - West End restaurant
4.5
4.5 (586)
$30 and under
American
St. Louis Park
About the restaurant
LOCAL.FUN.FRESH
At The Loop West End we are privately owned, and offer the highest quality products grown right here in Minnesota. We have a high energy, upbeat environment with many TV's to watch any game you desire and a DJ every Friday and Saturday night starting at 10pm. Come check out our awesome Happy Hours Sunday through Friday or our fabulous brunch served every Saturday and Sunday.

Patio dining is first come first serve. We will do our best to accommodate a patio request if you leave a note in your reservation, but we do not hold the tables.

Top review
Marissavip
Dined 5 days ago
Great service and appetizers! But the creme brûlée needs to change. It was cold and we were told they browned the sugar before serving but ours had not been. Solid and cold and whipped cream on top? Everything was great but this dessert ending was disappointing and we had to return it as it wasn’t edible to those who know a good crème brûlée!
A photo of Smoak BBQ - Rochester restaurant
4.5
4.5 (129)
$30 and under
Barbecue
Rochester
About the restaurant
SMOAK mixes a modern and casual ambiance with traditional Texas-style BBQ. We want our BBQ to be the ultimate comfort food – flavorful and memorable. Our open dining room features spacious farm tables for large parties, a beautiful bar with smoked handcrafted cocktails, and vast windows and garage doors. SMOAK also features a beautiful patio with a large pergola, string lights, and outdoor bar seating – the perfect spot to relax during those warm summer months.
Top review
gammimc
Dined on Mar 5, 2024
Food was really good, and our server was very helpful in explaining our choices and options. Will visit again!
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