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
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.
Steakhouse · 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
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.”