Best Restaurants in Minneapolis

Tops in the Twin Cities
July 21, 2016
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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
Gastropub · $$$
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
American · 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
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.
Bar La Grassa
Italian · 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
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!