Best American Restaurants in Minneapolis

July 21, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Restaurants in Minneapolis that refine and reinvent the classics.

Café and Bar Lurcat
American · 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
American · 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.
Piccolo
American · 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
Barbecue · 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.