Best American Restaurants in Minneapolis

July 21, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Restaurants in Minneapolis that refine and reinvent the classics.

Café and Bar Lurcat
Loring Park · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.5

"Sophisticated fare in a sophisticated setting" sums up this New American "gem overlooking Loring Park" , where "huge windows" and a patio flaunt the "killer view" ; the "swank" vibe extends to the "clubby" bar, which serves "top-notch" small plates ( "you can't go wrong with the mini-burgers" ) to a "see-and-be-seen" clientele.
Restaurant Alma
Marcy-Holmes · $$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.6

Reopened after an extensive remodel, this “upscale” Marcy-Holmes “favorite” from “imaginative” locavore wiz Alex Roberts showcases “transcendent” New American dishes via seasonal prix fixe menus “beautifully paired” with “under-the-radar wines” and creative cocktails; an “excellent” team presides over the stylish, Scandinavian-inspired setting that’s suitable “for a special occasion" , complete with the option to stay overnight in boutique hotel rooms upstairs.
East Harriet · $$

Corner Table
American · Kingfield · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.5

Its “neighborhood” locale may be “unassuming” , but this Kingfield American “provides fantastic depth and variety of flavor” via “sophisticated” , seasonal fare that’s “beautifully served” and paired with a “novel wine selection” ; the compact space lends a “cozy” , “romantic” feel adding to an overall “enjoyable” experience.
Butcher & The Boar
American · Downtown · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.4

The "major meat hangover" is "absolutely worth it" say patrons at this Downtown "hot spot" offering a pithy American menu starring "exceptional" cuts from the open grill; it also shows its chops with an urban-ranch setting, a "backyard beer garden" and one of "the best bourbon selections" going.
Brasa Premium Rotisserie
Marcy-Holmes · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

"Delectable slow cooking" lends "rich flavor" to the rotisserie "soul food" at these "casual" , patio-equipped venues from chef Alex Roberts (Alma); service is "attentive without hovering" , so bring "a crowd" and discover "quality" fare that's "not much more expensive than fast food, but a hundred times better."