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Where to wander for the best in eating near the MCC
Photo Courtesy of Meet Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Convention Center

Where to Eat Near the Minneapolis Convention Center

The best in eating and drinking that’s walking distance on the street and in the skyways

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Where to wander for the best in eating near the MCC
| Photo Courtesy of Meet Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Convention Center

Most seasons in Minneapolis are beautiful. There’s the verdant green of summer and all the other ones that are easily viewed from our skyway system connecting most of downtown in an ariel glass pathway that means while visiting, it’s easy to stay out of the elements. The Convention Center is connected, although it’s a bit of a winding hike. The good news is that at the end of these journeys, there are plenty of places in downtown Minneapolis to explore for great food and world class drinks. Here are the best bets, walking distance from the Convention Center.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. P.S. Steak

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510 Groveland Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 886-1620
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A quick Uber/Lyft ride away is the most elegant restaurant in Minneapolis, an a perfect spot to grab an impressive steak dinner. At the base of an historic building that houses high-end condos is an opulent dining room with a menu and beverage that are the best in expense account dining.

Outside walk.

One of two dining rooms available
Lucy Hawthorne/Eater Twin Cities

2. Lotus Restaurant

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113 W Grant St
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 870-1218
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A longtime favorite for takeaway Vietnamese fare with legendary eggrolls.

Outside walk.

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3. Butcher & The Boar

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1121 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 238-8888
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This beer and bourbon meat paradise has been packed since it opened several years ago. Vie for bar space inside, try and snag a reservation or dip into the year-round beer garden out back. Inside massive pork chops are smoked, while outside brats and sausages pair perfectly with the beer selections.

A tray with a big sandwich and fries on top of a barrel in front of an Adam Turman mural that was the side of Butcher and the Boar. The mural shows yellow flowers and barrels
Snacks out on the patio or a decadent, higher end full dinner inside
Butcher and the Boar [Official]

4. Lakes & Legends Brewing Company

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1368 Lasalle Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 999-6020
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This slick brewery is a favorite of Minneapolis beer aficionados. Have a hang with a beer flight and a round of hammerschlagen. There’s no food made on site, but food trucks make a regular appearance.

Outside walk.

5. The Nicollet Diner

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1428 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 399-6258
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A 24 hour diner with classy griddled and fried food along with malts and some boozy options.

Outside walk.

6. Sushi Train

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1200 Nicollet Mall Suite C3
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 259-8488
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Grab a plate from the rotating ones available on the little train rolling through the restaurant. Incredibly fresh, satisfying sushi are available for lunch and dinner.

Outside walk.

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7. Brit's Pub

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1110 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 332-3908
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An English-style pub with fantastic rooftop bocce ball court and plenty of nooks and crannies for a pint and a plate of hearty bar fare.

Outside walk.

8. Devil's Advocate

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1070 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 354-7735
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A cozy bar/restaurant right on Nicollet Avenue with a pretty fireplace for cool evenings and sidewalk seats when the weather cooperates. Open for lunch and dinner with a menu full of pizza, pasta, and a few sandwiches. DA is best known for a wide selection of great beer.

Outside walk.

9. Zelo

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831 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 333-7000
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A polished pasta restaurant with an attached bar. Sleek style and classic Italian fare that’s a continually popular downtown lunch and happy hour stop.

Accessible by skyway.

10. Monello

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1115 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 353-6207
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Monello is an ideal spot for an elegant dinner from executive chef Mike DeCamp. The restaurant has a way with pasta and no matter what the meal, it should always include a dish of the freshly-made noodles and a liquid pairing from the impressive wine list.

Accessible by skyway.

Fresh pasta at Monello
Always, always get the pasta
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11. Hell's Kitchen Inc.

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80 S 9th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 332-4700
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An institution of downtown dining, Hell’s Kitchen is known for its incredible breakfast with dishes like the sausage bread, lemon ricotta pancakes and outstanding homemade peanut butter, that’s available to purchase by the jar. The Ralph Steadman art and gothic style leads from breakfast right on through lunch and into a pleasant setting for happy hour or drinks after a long day of meeting.

Accessible by skyway.

The exterior of Hell’s Kitchen
Begin with breakfast
Hell’s Kitchen [Official]

12. Manny's Steakhouse

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825 S Marquette Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 339-9900
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A masculine old-school steak house with massive cuts of beef with polished service at the base of a hotel.

Accessible by skyway.

13. Cafe Patteen

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920 2nd Ave S #295
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 371-0262
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A rare standalone, independent coffee shop just a quick skyway jaunt away. Patteen also serves quiche and baked goods made inside this tiny slip of a shop.

Skyway accessible.

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14. Hot Indian

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801 S Marquette Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55402

What began as a food truck has become a massively popular lunch stop in the skyway. Hot Indian is known for it’s Indian burritos, stuffed with your choice of meat or vegetarian options, wrapped in naan and the irresistibly crispy, spiced fries.

Skyway accessible.

Two wraps with naan, meats, and veggies Hot Indian Food / Website

1. P.S. Steak

510 Groveland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
One of two dining rooms available
Lucy Hawthorne/Eater Twin Cities

A quick Uber/Lyft ride away is the most elegant restaurant in Minneapolis, an a perfect spot to grab an impressive steak dinner. At the base of an historic building that houses high-end condos is an opulent dining room with a menu and beverage that are the best in expense account dining.

Outside walk.

510 Groveland Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

2. Lotus Restaurant

113 W Grant St, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Lotus / Facebook

A longtime favorite for takeaway Vietnamese fare with legendary eggrolls.

Outside walk.

113 W Grant St
Minneapolis, MN 55403

3. Butcher & The Boar

1121 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
A tray with a big sandwich and fries on top of a barrel in front of an Adam Turman mural that was the side of Butcher and the Boar. The mural shows yellow flowers and barrels
Snacks out on the patio or a decadent, higher end full dinner inside
Butcher and the Boar [Official]

This beer and bourbon meat paradise has been packed since it opened several years ago. Vie for bar space inside, try and snag a reservation or dip into the year-round beer garden out back. Inside massive pork chops are smoked, while outside brats and sausages pair perfectly with the beer selections.

1121 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

4. Lakes & Legends Brewing Company

1368 Lasalle Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

This slick brewery is a favorite of Minneapolis beer aficionados. Have a hang with a beer flight and a round of hammerschlagen. There’s no food made on site, but food trucks make a regular appearance.

Outside walk.

1368 Lasalle Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

5. The Nicollet Diner

1428 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

A 24 hour diner with classy griddled and fried food along with malts and some boozy options.

Outside walk.

1428 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

6. Sushi Train

1200 Nicollet Mall Suite C3, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Sushi Train/Facebook

Grab a plate from the rotating ones available on the little train rolling through the restaurant. Incredibly fresh, satisfying sushi are available for lunch and dinner.

Outside walk.

1200 Nicollet Mall Suite C3
Minneapolis, MN 55403

7. Brit's Pub

1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

An English-style pub with fantastic rooftop bocce ball court and plenty of nooks and crannies for a pint and a plate of hearty bar fare.

Outside walk.

1110 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

8. Devil's Advocate

1070 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

A cozy bar/restaurant right on Nicollet Avenue with a pretty fireplace for cool evenings and sidewalk seats when the weather cooperates. Open for lunch and dinner with a menu full of pizza, pasta, and a few sandwiches. DA is best known for a wide selection of great beer.

Outside walk.

1070 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

9. Zelo

831 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402

A polished pasta restaurant with an attached bar. Sleek style and classic Italian fare that’s a continually popular downtown lunch and happy hour stop.

Accessible by skyway.

831 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402

10. Monello

1115 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Fresh pasta at Monello
Always, always get the pasta
Monello/Facebook

Monello is an ideal spot for an elegant dinner from executive chef Mike DeCamp. The restaurant has a way with pasta and no matter what the meal, it should always include a dish of the freshly-made noodles and a liquid pairing from the impressive wine list.

Accessible by skyway.

1115 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403

11. Hell's Kitchen Inc.

80 S 9th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402
The exterior of Hell’s Kitchen
Begin with breakfast
Hell’s Kitchen [Official]

An institution of downtown dining, Hell’s Kitchen is known for its incredible breakfast with dishes like the sausage bread, lemon ricotta pancakes and outstanding homemade peanut butter, that’s available to purchase by the jar. The Ralph Steadman art and gothic style leads from breakfast right on through lunch and into a pleasant setting for happy hour or drinks after a long day of meeting.

Accessible by skyway.

80 S 9th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402

12. Manny's Steakhouse

825 S Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402

A masculine old-school steak house with massive cuts of beef with polished service at the base of a hotel.

Accessible by skyway.

825 S Marquette Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55402

13. Cafe Patteen

920 2nd Ave S #295, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Cafe Patteen/Facebook

A rare standalone, independent coffee shop just a quick skyway jaunt away. Patteen also serves quiche and baked goods made inside this tiny slip of a shop.

Skyway accessible.

920 2nd Ave S #295
Minneapolis, MN 55402

14. Hot Indian

801 S Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Two wraps with naan, meats, and veggies Hot Indian Food / Website

What began as a food truck has become a massively popular lunch stop in the skyway. Hot Indian is known for it’s Indian burritos, stuffed with your choice of meat or vegetarian options, wrapped in naan and the irresistibly crispy, spiced fries.

Skyway accessible.

801 S Marquette Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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