Best Service in Minneapolis

Where hospitality shines
July 21, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Warm hospitality, personal touches, impeccable service — these Zagat top-rated restaurants offer unforgettable experiences. 

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.
Downtown · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.6

Generations of carnivores "continue to return" to this "one-of-a-kind" Downtown Minneapolis chophouse where "tenured" waiters deliver "magnificent" cuts of beef (such as the famed "Silver Butter Knife steak" ) to "movers and shakers" in stylish, David Shea–designed digs; a few remark they "love everything but the price" , but lifers affirm it's "worth every butter-knife cent" for a taste of the "real" deal.
Manny's Steakhouse
Downtown · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.6

"A steak man's steakhouse" , this "high-rolling" Downtown locale in the W Hotel "hits the spot when you need a bludgeon of beef" , greeting you with a "meat cart" that lets you "pick your favorite cut" , "massive" sides and "stiff" drinks in an "old-time dinner club" atmosphere; rounded out with a "phenomenal" wine list and "service par excellence" , it all adds up to an "A+ meal" that's a "fantastic splurge" "so if you have $$$$ or an expense account, go for it!"
The Capital Grille
Seafood · Downtown · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

"Exemplary" steak and "all the trimmings" (plus a "great wine list" ) come with "impeccable" service at this "trusted" Downtown chain with a "luxurious feel" ; sure, you "pay for the quality" , but it's "tops" for a "group on business" or a "tête-à-tête with someone special."
Sanctuary Restaurant
French · Downtown · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

"Exceptionally well-prepared and well-presented" American cuisine that is "eclectic, inventive and beautiful" is brought to you by "knowledgeable" servers at this "delightful" upscale Downtown Minneapolis landmark; the "cozy" space within the "beautiful building" makes it ideal for "special romantic occasions" or a "fabulous pre-theater experience."
Lake Elmo Inn
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.5

The word's out on this "hidden secret" in Lake Elmo (an "agricultural community" on the east side of St. Paul) providing a "first-class" , "traditional" yet creative American menu in a "really quaint" setting; service that's "unobtrusive but intuitive" draws returnees for "special occasions" , and while it's on the "pricey" side, weekly specials appeal to the "budget-conscious" ; P.S. the "fab Sunday brunch with bottomless champagne" is the "best deal."
Brunch · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

Like “boulevard cafes in Paris” , this “stylish” Downtown St. Paul brasserie proffers “extraordinary” French-American fare “without pretense” alongside an “extensive wine list” ; the “beautiful” , “inviting” setting, with its oyster bar, “pleasant” patio and “excellent” staff, is a “favorite for special occasions” and “pre-theater dinners.”
Joan's in the Park
American · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.5

“Lovely" , “beautifully presented” food is the hallmark of this upscale Highland Park New American, where much of what's on the “fantastic” menu is organic and locally sourced; while the “small” , white-tablecloth dining room doesn’t earn raves, fans say the “kitchen talent” (and “outstanding” service) will leave you “with a smile.”