Thinking of where to find Minneapolis’ best local food scenes? Get off the beaten path and track down a tasty meal that only Minneapolis locals know about. There’s a great selection of dining options across the city, from modest international eateries to upscale steakhouses and cafes.

    Minneapolis cuisine has a reputation for being fresh, homegrown, delicious, and occasionally outrageous. Try the famed Juicy Lucy burger or head into a cafe where you can also catch a glimpse into the city's Nordic heritage. The 'Eat Street' thoroughfare is a foodie's dream with a diverse blend of global restaurants – a testament to the city’s diverse population. You’re in for a culinary treat with our guide to places locals love to eat in Minneapolis.


    FIKA Cafe

    Nordic-inspired fare inside a contemporary museum

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    FIKA Café, located inside the American Swedish Institute, honours the Nordic ties of the city. In Sweden, fika is a social concept where friends take a daily break to chat about life over coffee and baked goods.

    FIKA Cafe embodies this sentiment, earning many awards for its combination of ambience and delicious fare. Make sure to order the iconic Swedish meatballs and smorgasbord (open-faced sandwich) for the full experience. On Wednesdays, the cafe stays open till 8 pm, with a slew of happy hour specials attracting culture aficionados from around the city.

    Poloha: 2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407 USA

    Otevírací doba: Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday from 8.30 am to 5 pm, Wednesday from 8.30 am to 8 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm

    Telefon: +1 612-871-4907


    The 5-8 Club

    Home of the ‘original’ Juicy Lucy

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    The 5-8 Club specialises in Juicy Lucy, a cheese-stuffed burger that’s widely regarded as American comfort food at its finest. The actual origin of the famed burger is hotly contested between Matt’s Bar (a tourist magnet) and the 5-8 Club, though many locals consider the latter as its creator.

    Originally opened as a speakeasy during the Prohibition era, the 5-8 Club has evolved into a Minneapolis institution. The classic Juicy Lucy, oozing with cheese, is served on a freshly baked bun alongside a generous helping of coleslaw and fries. While waiting for your burger, make sure to order a portion of the substantial house-made jojos (loaded potato wedges). Open every day and located right by the airport, this is a stop for every traveller to the city.

    Poloha: 5800 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417 USA

    Otevírací doba: Daily from 11 am to 8 pm

    Telefon: +1 612-823-5858


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    Victor’s 1959 Cafe

    A little piece of Cuba in south Minneapolis

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    Victor’s 1959 Cafe offers a traditional Cuban dining experience in a high-energy, familial environment. The space is quirky, with Cuban culture radiating from the decor, as well as the sharpie scribbles of former patrons covering most of its tables and walls.

    Open daily for breakfast and lunch, their Cubano is a culinary treat you need to try – it was featured in the American reality TV series Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Dinner is only available from Tuesdays to Saturdays, bringing an electric Havana Nights aura to the place.

    Poloha: 3756 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409 USA

    Otevírací doba: Tuesday–Saturday from 8 am to 2.30 pm and from 4.30 pm to 9 pm, Sunday–Monday from 8 am to 2.30 pm

    Telefon: +1 612-827-8948


    Black Forest Inn

    Authentic German food in the heart of ‘Eat Street’

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    The Black Forest Inn takes patrons on a trip to Bavaria through their full menu of German comfort food. Located on Minneapolis’s food capital thoroughfare, ‘Eat Street’, the tavern is within a short walk from downtown.

    Locals flock to the inn almost every day of the week for its cosy atmosphere, warm staff, and fresh beer – best enjoyed on the outdoor patio on a hot summer day. Start your meal with the ham and sauerkraut balls before diving into the paprika schnitzel, a twist on the German classic. You can also stick to traditional dishes, such as the hefty Bratwurst dinner, followed by its house dessert – Black Forest torte.

    Poloha: 1 E 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404 USA

    Otevírací doba: Daily from 10.30 am to midnight

    Telefon: +1 612-872-0812



    Serving up classic Vietnamese fare in a modest setting

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    Quang is one of the city's most famous Vietnamese restaurants, located along Minneapolis' 'Eat Street'. A large influx of Vietnamese immigrants in the 1970s brought steaming bowls of pho (beef noodle soup) and banh mi (Vietnamese baguette) to the Minneapolis food scene.

    Make sure to order the legendary pho accompanied by a creamy Vietnamese egg coffee served over ice. Quang is closed on Tuesdays but open on all major holidays throughout the year. Visit on a weekend to enjoy special dishes, such as banh mi bo kho (red curry with beef and carrots) and banh cuon (steamed rice crepes).

    Poloha: 2719 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408 USA

    Otevírací doba: Monday and Wednesday–Friday from 11 am to 9 pm, Saturday from 10.30 am to 9 pm, Sunday from 10.30 am to 8:30 pm

    Telefon: +1 612-870-4739


    French Meadow Bakery & Bluestem Bar

    A local pioneer for farm-to-table cuisine

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    The French Meadow Bakery & Bluestem Bar is a local favourite for a top-notch Sunday brunch in Minneapolis. Founded in 1985 as the first-organically certified bakery in the USA, it has longstanding relationships with dozens of local farms, which supply the restaurant with fresh and organically grown products.

    The menu at French Meadow is dense, covering breakfast, soups, salads, rustic sandwiches, and plated entrees. Gluten-free and vegan offerings are also in abundance with patron favourites such as the huevos rancheros and avocado toast selling out regularly. A self-serve coffee station keeps the energy level high and conversation flowing. Situated in the Lowry Hill East neighbourhood, make sure to get here early on weekends to beat the crowds.

    Poloha: 2610 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408, USA

    Otevírací doba: Sunday–Thursday from 7 am to 9 pm, Friday–Saturday from 7 am to 10 pm

    Telefon: +1 612-870-7855


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    Pizza Luce

    Minneapolis’ best pizza by the slice

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    Pizza Luce has been humbly serving Minneapolis pizza-lovers for around 3 decades. With 9 establishments in and around the Twin Cities (Minneapolis–Saint Pau), it’s safe to say this former slice counter is a city icon.

    Its flagship downtown location, caddy-corner to Target Field, is where locals go for pizza before a Twins ballgame. With speciality names like Ruby Rae and Fire Breathing Dragon, you know creativity is part of its charm. Don't limit yourself to the pies, as its delectable parmigiana hoagies are just as good. The beer menu is robust, and everything is reasonably priced.

    Poloha: 119 N 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA

    Otevírací doba: Daily from 11 am to 2.30 am

    Telefon: +1 612-333-7359


    Butcher & The Boar

    An alternative to a traditional steakhouse

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    Butcher & The Boar is what you get when you blend a BBQ joint, a beer garden and upscale date-night spot. The allure of this establishment is its parallel functionality – couples can have romantic date-nights inside, while groups of friends enjoy a raucous night out at the massive outdoor patio.

    The menu centres around creative meat dishes, best eaten alongside a delectable selection of sides and bourbons. A visit to Butcher & The Boar is not complete without tasting the signature B&B foot-long hot dog – it’s topped with shoestring potatoes, a spicy 'chow-chow', and served on a brioche bun. Located on the western end of downtown, you can enjoy a walk around the beautiful Loring Pond.

    Poloha: 1121 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403 USA

    Otevírací doba: Monday and Wednesday–Friday from 11 am to 9 pm, Saturday from 10.30 am to 9 pm, Sunday from 10.30 am to 8.30 pm

    Telefon: +1 612-238-8888


    Hi-Lo Diner

    Where creative food meets old-school American diner

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    Hi-Lo Diner is modern and hip, yet traditional and classic all at the same time. The diner is actually an original 1957 Fodero Diner from Gibsonia that’s dropped along Lake Street in Minneapolis’ Longfellow neighbourhood.

    The menu is half standard diner fare, half ridiculous and zany eats – popular picks include the disco fries and fried chicken over doughnuts. This joint really starts to bump during afternoon rush hour. Boozy cocktails and local beers flow freely alongside the hearty comfort food. You can also stroll down the banks of the nearby Mississippi River after a meal at Hi-Lo to burn off those carb-heavy calories.

    Poloha: 4020 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 USA

    Otevírací doba: Thursday–Friday from 4 pm to 8 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm and from 4 pm to 8 pm, Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm

    Telefon: +1 612-353-6568


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    Bar La Grassa

    Minneapolis’ premiere date-night eatery

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    Bar La Grassa is a Minneapolis institution that is leading the culinary resurgence of the Warehouse District, north of downtown. Talk to locals about the best Italian restaurant in the city, and Bar La Grassa will be top of the list. Open every day at 5 pm, the service is exemplary, and waiters are well versed in pairing dishes with the Italian wines.

    The atmosphere is cosy and refined – ideal for a date-night where you want to impress. Most of the plates are made for sharing – classic Italian – and rich in flavour. Always start with an extensive antipasti plate followed by one of the signature pasta. End your meal with a slice of homemade cheesecake or tiramisu – you will not regret it. 

    Poloha: 800 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401 USA

    Otevírací doba: Sunday–Thursday from 5 pm to 10 pm, Friday–Saturday from 5 pm to midnight

    Telefon: +1 612-333-3837

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