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9 Hotel Restaurants That Actually Serve Good Food

The best places to stay and dine in downtown Minneapolis

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As the days count down to the NCAA Final Four at U.S. Bank Stadium, hotels and restaurants across the metro area are warming up for their own defensive set: hosting the crowds of fans expected to descend upon downtown Minneapolis for the festivities on the first weekend of April.

Whether a first-time visitor or a local fan staying downtown for the weekend, it’s easier than ever to find places to stay and dine in the Twin Cities. Gone are the days of stale muffins and cold room service: with sleek new spaces and revamped menus, these places are redefining what it means to be a hotel restaurant.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mercy Bar & Dining Room

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901 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 252-7000
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With creative small plates and an unbeatable wine list a mile long, Mercy Bar & Dining is a major perk to staying at the swank Le Méridien hotel in downtown Minneapolis. During the winter, cozy up at the bar with a drink during happy hour and get the Old School Cheeeseburger: laden with a house “special sauce,” molten gouda, and all the fixings.

The light-filled dining room with a view of bustling downtown Minneapolis
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2. Cosmos Restaurant

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601 N 1st Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 677-1100
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Located on the fourth floor of the Loews Hotel, this sleek, modern restaurant offers beautiful views of the Minneapolis skyline, including U.S. Bank Stadium. Vegan and vegetarian visitors will find a wealth of options here, with meat and cheese alternatives sourced from the country’s first vegan butcher shop, The Herbivorous Butcher. Late night diners can also find small bites and creative cocktails at the hotel bar, Relevé.

A warmly lit dining area with floor-to-ceiling windows
The main dining area in Cosmos.
Loews Minneapolis Hotel

3. FireLake Grill House and Cocktail Bar

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31 S 7th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 216-3473
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With a fresh, local, sustainable, motto that’s visible from appetizer to dessert, this l restaurant is the place to experience creative takes on Minnesota classics. Housed lobbyside at the Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown, FireLake showcases the work of local farmers and fisheries—like crisp walleye fritters with a jalapeno tarter sauce, or Peterson Farms prime rib served over a rotating selection of locally sourced vegetables.

Interior of Firelake Grill House + Cocktail Bar
Locally sourced, creative takes on New American fare
Firelake

4. Monello

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1115 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 353-6207
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At the Hotel Ivy, located near the Minneapolis Convention Center, presentation is everything and Monello is no exception.  In this modern, bright space, hotel guests can find coastal Italian fare just an elevator ride away. Order one of the fresh pastas, and don’t skip the dessert menu: laden with classics like a decadent chocolate pudding and silken quenelles of seasonal gelato. There’s also a destination-worthy gothic cocktail bar in the basement called Constantine.

Grab a seat inside Monello for your holiday meal.
A fantastic restaurant that just happens to be attached to a hotel
The Hotel Ivy

5. Tullibee

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300 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(651) 468-0600
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Stay and dine a few blocks away from the hustle and bustle of downtown—sprawled across the ground level in the North Loop’s Hewing Hotel, the burnished wood, crackling fireplaces, and low-slung couches of Tulibee’s dining space echo the “upscale Scandinavian-inspired” dishes found on the menu. The best choices here are dishes that come from the spectacular wood fire grill situated in the center of the kitchen: wood-fired trout, dry-aged steak, roasted squash soup.

The wood-everywhere dining room
Rough hewn wood is big at the Hewing Hotel
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6. Manny's Steakhouse

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825 S Marquette Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 339-9900
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Just off the side of the W Hotel, this longtime Minneapolis steakhouse offers staples done simply and well, from appetizers all the way to dessert: freshly cut fries tossed in truffled sea salt; wedge and caesar salads; dry-aged, center-cut beef; and bread pudding drenched in whiskey caramel and served with vanilla-flecked cream.

View of Manny’s entrance and bar with a giant bull painting that is unquestionably male
Manny’s is serving on Thursday.
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7. The Six15 Room

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615 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 288-8888
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Housed in the Grand Hotel, mere steps away from U.S. Bank Stadium, this swanky cocktail lounge is the place to be for happy hour drinks and small plates. Grab a drink and get a duo of beef sliders or share the impressive charcuterie board.

Swanky
Grand Hotel [Official]

8. Tavola Italian Kitchen + Bar

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823 S 5th Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 389-2299
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This Tuscan eatery may be located four blocks away from U.S. Bank Stadium, but its floor-to-ceiling windows and hearth-centric menu can turn even the most hectic downtown weekend into a lazy sunlit meal in the Italian countryside. Situated in the recently opened boutique hotel, Elliot Park, the all-day menu showcases the work of a wood-burning stove, where the restaurant makes gorgeously chewy, fragrant breads and pizzas.

Open air space
Dreamy floor-to-ceiling windows filter sunlight into the main dining space at Tavola.
Tavola Italian Kitchen + Bar

9. Alma Hotel

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528 University Ave SE # 2
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-4909
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Restaurant Alma is one of the most decorated restaurants in the entire city, with chef/owner Alex Roberts a recipient of the James Beard Award for Best Chef Midwest. Staying in the distinctly Scandinavian styled rooms makes it easy to pop down to the restaurant for a bite or world-class glass of wine. Or, order breakfast in, each room comes with fresh pastries from the downstairs delivered to the door in the morning.

The exterior of Alma’s restaurants and hotel
Changes are coming - for real this time.
Hotel Alma/Official

1. Mercy Bar & Dining Room

901 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
The light-filled dining room with a view of bustling downtown Minneapolis
Mercy/Facebook

With creative small plates and an unbeatable wine list a mile long, Mercy Bar & Dining is a major perk to staying at the swank Le Méridien hotel in downtown Minneapolis. During the winter, cozy up at the bar with a drink during happy hour and get the Old School Cheeeseburger: laden with a house “special sauce,” molten gouda, and all the fixings.

901 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

2. Cosmos Restaurant

601 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
A warmly lit dining area with floor-to-ceiling windows
The main dining area in Cosmos.
Loews Minneapolis Hotel

Located on the fourth floor of the Loews Hotel, this sleek, modern restaurant offers beautiful views of the Minneapolis skyline, including U.S. Bank Stadium. Vegan and vegetarian visitors will find a wealth of options here, with meat and cheese alternatives sourced from the country’s first vegan butcher shop, The Herbivorous Butcher. Late night diners can also find small bites and creative cocktails at the hotel bar, Relevé.

601 N 1st Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

3. FireLake Grill House and Cocktail Bar

31 S 7th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Interior of Firelake Grill House + Cocktail Bar
Locally sourced, creative takes on New American fare
Firelake

With a fresh, local, sustainable, motto that’s visible from appetizer to dessert, this l restaurant is the place to experience creative takes on Minnesota classics. Housed lobbyside at the Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown, FireLake showcases the work of local farmers and fisheries—like crisp walleye fritters with a jalapeno tarter sauce, or Peterson Farms prime rib served over a rotating selection of locally sourced vegetables.

31 S 7th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402

4. Monello

1115 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Grab a seat inside Monello for your holiday meal.
A fantastic restaurant that just happens to be attached to a hotel
The Hotel Ivy

At the Hotel Ivy, located near the Minneapolis Convention Center, presentation is everything and Monello is no exception.  In this modern, bright space, hotel guests can find coastal Italian fare just an elevator ride away. Order one of the fresh pastas, and don’t skip the dessert menu: laden with classics like a decadent chocolate pudding and silken quenelles of seasonal gelato. There’s also a destination-worthy gothic cocktail bar in the basement called Constantine.

1115 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403

5. Tullibee

300 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
The wood-everywhere dining room
Rough hewn wood is big at the Hewing Hotel
Tullibee [Official]

Stay and dine a few blocks away from the hustle and bustle of downtown—sprawled across the ground level in the North Loop’s Hewing Hotel, the burnished wood, crackling fireplaces, and low-slung couches of Tulibee’s dining space echo the “upscale Scandinavian-inspired” dishes found on the menu. The best choices here are dishes that come from the spectacular wood fire grill situated in the center of the kitchen: wood-fired trout, dry-aged steak, roasted squash soup.

300 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401

6. Manny's Steakhouse

825 S Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402
View of Manny’s entrance and bar with a giant bull painting that is unquestionably male
Manny’s is serving on Thursday.
Manny’s/Facebook

Just off the side of the W Hotel, this longtime Minneapolis steakhouse offers staples done simply and well, from appetizers all the way to dessert: freshly cut fries tossed in truffled sea salt; wedge and caesar salads; dry-aged, center-cut beef; and bread pudding drenched in whiskey caramel and served with vanilla-flecked cream.

825 S Marquette Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55402

7. The Six15 Room

615 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Swanky
Grand Hotel [Official]

Housed in the Grand Hotel, mere steps away from U.S. Bank Stadium, this swanky cocktail lounge is the place to be for happy hour drinks and small plates. Grab a drink and get a duo of beef sliders or share the impressive charcuterie board.

615 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55402

8. Tavola Italian Kitchen + Bar

823 S 5th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Open air space
Dreamy floor-to-ceiling windows filter sunlight into the main dining space at Tavola.
Tavola Italian Kitchen + Bar

This Tuscan eatery may be located four blocks away from U.S. Bank Stadium, but its floor-to-ceiling windows and hearth-centric menu can turn even the most hectic downtown weekend into a lazy sunlit meal in the Italian countryside. Situated in the recently opened boutique hotel, Elliot Park, the all-day menu showcases the work of a wood-burning stove, where the restaurant makes gorgeously chewy, fragrant breads and pizzas.

823 S 5th Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

9. Alma Hotel

528 University Ave SE # 2, Minneapolis, MN 55414
The exterior of Alma’s restaurants and hotel
Changes are coming - for real this time.
Hotel Alma/Official

Restaurant Alma is one of the most decorated restaurants in the entire city, with chef/owner Alex Roberts a recipient of the James Beard Award for Best Chef Midwest. Staying in the distinctly Scandinavian styled rooms makes it easy to pop down to the restaurant for a bite or world-class glass of wine. Or, order breakfast in, each room comes with fresh pastries from the downstairs delivered to the door in the morning.

528 University Ave SE # 2
Minneapolis, MN 55414

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