Best Restaurants in Minneapolis

Tops in the Twin Cities
July 21, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Zagat’s top-rated restaurants in the Twin Cities, from longtime favorites to new classics, from finger-food casual to white tablecloths. 

Travail Kitchen and Amusements
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.5

The "stellar" , "must-do" tasting menu takes you on a "fascinating" "culinary journey" (touching the "outer edge of molecular gastronomy" ) at this "unexpected" Robbinsdale New American with a ticketed reservations system; "efficient, personalized" service and shared tables add to the "über-cool" vibe.
112 Eatery
Downtown · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.5

"Eat where the chefs eat" at this "self-assured" Downtown New American by Isaac Becker delivering "pitch-perfect flavor combinations" (including "terrific takes on comfort-food favorites" ) in a "casual" , "convivial" atmosphere with "excellent" service; it's a "tough reservation" , but "lucky" diners love that there's a "price point for everyone with top-notch food at every tier" – plus it's "open late."
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.
Bar La Grassa
North Loop · $$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

“Consistently outstanding” Italian fare with “a modern twist” draws a “hip” clientele to this “energetic” Warehouse District “'in' spot” from chef Isaac Becker (112 Eatery), whose forte is “new-fangled” housemade pastas; “informative” staffers oversee a “huge” , “classy” space that’s “trendily” “loud” – and (of course) “hard to get into.”
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!"