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Where to Eat and Drink in Minneapolis’ Ever-Changing Uptown Neighborhood

Find the best tacos, cinnamon rolls, and cocktails in the 55408

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Behind the bar at Prieto.

Now best known as the neighborhood most likely to name-check Prince, Uptown was once the beating heart of a vibrant Minneapolis arts scene. While the neighborhood has decidedly been transformed by rapid commercial and retail expansion, Uptown remains densely packed with restaurants, bakeries, and bars that are well-worth the visit.

Restaurants are listed by location from west to east.

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Barbette

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A Lake Street fixture, Barbette is an ideal stop for crisp-edged waffles and beautiful composed salads. On the weekend, drop in next door at their newly opened bar Trapeze, an ideal stop for reasonably priced bubbles.

Those mussels and frites
Devon Cox / Barbette

Lake & Irving Restaurant & Bar

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Lake & Irving has all the charm of a neighborhood pub with a fantastic beer selection and a host of killer cocktails. The restaurant has built a rock-solid reputation on a fantastic fried chicken sandwich, but the restaurant also does fancy date night fare with aplomb.

The rare neighborhood hang that’s perfect for beers with buds or an intimate date night
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Isles Bun & Coffee

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Every mornings —weekday or weekend—the line is always out the door at this Uptown bakery and cafe. While their bakery case houses everything from crisp, sugar-studded scones to impossibly chewy coconut macaroons, the biggest draw at Isles are the “puppy-dog tails”: cinnamon-sugar braided into stretchy, vanilla-scented brioche and drenched in cream cheese frosting.

The best kind of decadence
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Origami Restaurant

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Ground zero for serious sushi and the best selection of Japanese whiskies in the area. Daytime-only bento boxes are the perfect lunch for Uptown office workers, with an array of dumplings, sashimi, soy-braised salmon, and more available for selection.

Some of the best sushi in Minneapolis is in Uptown
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Mucci’s

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Housed in Meyvn’s old space on the corner of Lake and Bryant, the newly open Minneapolis outpost of Mucci’s is bringing new twists (and a new wood-burning oven) to the Montanara-style pizzas served at the St. Paul original. Also new to the menu are a selection of gorgeous cocktails and a liquor list packed with local distilleries.

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CC Club

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It’s been a very long time since the Replacements or Husker Du could be spotted holding down a barstool at an Uptown watering hole, but thank goodness some of the beloved dives where they might have done so still remain. The CC still maintains all of its gritty charms including strong and cheap lowballs, and a stacked jukebox for remembering the glory days.

A dark bar that’s positively crowded with bottles of booze
One of the greats in a city of good dive bars
Katie Cannon / Eater Twin Cities

World Street Kitchen

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Chef Sameh Wadi owns and operates World Street Kitchen, where his penchant for street food from around the world is on full display. A reliable late night eats in Uptown, and the YumYum Rice Bowl has to be a bonafide Minnesota classic dish.

Yum Yum bowl at World Street Kitchen.
World Street Kitchen

Nightingale

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When it’s time to get elegant, bounce directly across the street from the CC over to Nightingale, where Carrie McCabe Johnston and Jasha Johnston run one of the nicest mom and pop restaurants in town. Locals love it for its mix of high and low cooking (cheeseburgers to pistachio-zucchini bruschetta,) DJ brunches, and come-as-you-are attitude.

Fries and housemade aioli.
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Prieto Taqueria Bar

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At Chef Alejandro Castillon’s new Uptown venture, happy hour is the place to be. With $4 chabela margaritas, $3 tacos and $2 chips + house salsas, there’s no way to go wrong. From the full menu, make sure to get an order of the air tacos: corn tortillas filled with deeply savory refried beans, served three to an order and fresh from the fryer, piled high with avocado salsa and pico de gallo.

Ceviche and avocado salsa.
Lucy Hawthorne/Eater Twin Cities

India Palace Uptown

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Tucked into the corner of an unassuming strip mall along Hennepin Ave, India Palace opens up into a roomy dining room, full of natural light streaming in from the east-facing windows. On weekdays the lunch buffet is a hands-down must, with unlimited access to platters of pliant naan, fragrant vegetarian and chicken biryanis, and a rotating selection of items from the tandoor.

India Palace
Dinner for two.
India Palace Uptown

The Lynhall

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Always bustling, the Lynhall offers a rotating selection of pastries, salads, sandwiches and brunch fare all day. At any given time, locals can be found sipping artisan lattes and doing work at one of the long farmhouse tables, chatting over croissants in the bright window booths facing Lyndale, or meeting for the popular weekend “brunch bundle.”

A cup of coffee and a dessert
grab a latte at the Lynhall.
Photo courtesy of The Lynhall

Egg and I

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A Twin Cities institution with locations on either side of the river, the Egg & I serves reliable diner classics with a spin. Order tender, eggy slices of french toast, freshly fried breakfast potatoes draped with melted cheddar, or one of the “Biggest Cakes in Town”: buttermilk, buckwheat, or sourdough pancakes stuffed with berries and toasted walnuts.

A service counter at a diner
Counter service at the Egg & I.
Photo by Charlie Sarano.

Burch Steak

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Right at the northernmost edge of Uptown, Isaac Becker’s Burch Steak offers options for every kind of celebration dinner: classic fine dining in the warmly lit first floor space, and a buzzy basement pizza bar downstairs. Though steak dominates the menu, the sleeper hit is the dumpling section: semolina fried in brown butter, potato pierogi dusted with poppyseeds, and so many more.

Burch Steak dining room.
Burch Steak.

Barbette

Those mussels and frites
Devon Cox / Barbette

A Lake Street fixture, Barbette is an ideal stop for crisp-edged waffles and beautiful composed salads. On the weekend, drop in next door at their newly opened bar Trapeze, an ideal stop for reasonably priced bubbles.

Those mussels and frites
Devon Cox / Barbette

Lake & Irving Restaurant & Bar

The rare neighborhood hang that’s perfect for beers with buds or an intimate date night
Lake & Irving/Facebook

Lake & Irving has all the charm of a neighborhood pub with a fantastic beer selection and a host of killer cocktails. The restaurant has built a rock-solid reputation on a fantastic fried chicken sandwich, but the restaurant also does fancy date night fare with aplomb.

The rare neighborhood hang that’s perfect for beers with buds or an intimate date night
Lake & Irving/Facebook

Isles Bun & Coffee

The best kind of decadence
Isles Bun/Website

Every mornings —weekday or weekend—the line is always out the door at this Uptown bakery and cafe. While their bakery case houses everything from crisp, sugar-studded scones to impossibly chewy coconut macaroons, the biggest draw at Isles are the “puppy-dog tails”: cinnamon-sugar braided into stretchy, vanilla-scented brioche and drenched in cream cheese frosting.

The best kind of decadence
Isles Bun/Website

Origami Restaurant

Some of the best sushi in Minneapolis is in Uptown
Origami/Facebook

Ground zero for serious sushi and the best selection of Japanese whiskies in the area. Daytime-only bento boxes are the perfect lunch for Uptown office workers, with an array of dumplings, sashimi, soy-braised salmon, and more available for selection.

Some of the best sushi in Minneapolis is in Uptown
Origami/Facebook

Mucci’s

An empty dining room Jes Lahay/Eater Twin Cities

Housed in Meyvn’s old space on the corner of Lake and Bryant, the newly open Minneapolis outpost of Mucci’s is bringing new twists (and a new wood-burning oven) to the Montanara-style pizzas served at the St. Paul original. Also new to the menu are a selection of gorgeous cocktails and a liquor list packed with local distilleries.

An empty dining room Jes Lahay/Eater Twin Cities

CC Club

A dark bar that’s positively crowded with bottles of booze
One of the greats in a city of good dive bars
Katie Cannon / Eater Twin Cities

It’s been a very long time since the Replacements or Husker Du could be spotted holding down a barstool at an Uptown watering hole, but thank goodness some of the beloved dives where they might have done so still remain. The CC still maintains all of its gritty charms including strong and cheap lowballs, and a stacked jukebox for remembering the glory days.

A dark bar that’s positively crowded with bottles of booze
One of the greats in a city of good dive bars
Katie Cannon / Eater Twin Cities

World Street Kitchen

Yum Yum bowl at World Street Kitchen.
World Street Kitchen

Chef Sameh Wadi owns and operates World Street Kitchen, where his penchant for street food from around the world is on full display. A reliable late night eats in Uptown, and the YumYum Rice Bowl has to be a bonafide Minnesota classic dish.

Yum Yum bowl at World Street Kitchen.
World Street Kitchen

Nightingale

Fries and housemade aioli.
Twin Cities Eater

When it’s time to get elegant, bounce directly across the street from the CC over to Nightingale, where Carrie McCabe Johnston and Jasha Johnston run one of the nicest mom and pop restaurants in town. Locals love it for its mix of high and low cooking (cheeseburgers to pistachio-zucchini bruschetta,) DJ brunches, and come-as-you-are attitude.

Fries and housemade aioli.
Twin Cities Eater

Prieto Taqueria Bar

Ceviche and avocado salsa.
Lucy Hawthorne/Eater Twin Cities

At Chef Alejandro Castillon’s new Uptown venture, happy hour is the place to be. With $4 chabela margaritas, $3 tacos and $2 chips + house salsas, there’s no way to go wrong. From the full menu, make sure to get an order of the air tacos: corn tortillas filled with deeply savory refried beans, served three to an order and fresh from the fryer, piled high with avocado salsa and pico de gallo.

Ceviche and avocado salsa.
Lucy Hawthorne/Eater Twin Cities

India Palace Uptown

India Palace
Dinner for two.
India Palace Uptown

Tucked into the corner of an unassuming strip mall along Hennepin Ave, India Palace opens up into a roomy dining room, full of natural light streaming in from the east-facing windows. On weekdays the lunch buffet is a hands-down must, with unlimited access to platters of pliant naan, fragrant vegetarian and chicken biryanis, and a rotating selection of items from the tandoor.

India Palace
Dinner for two.
India Palace Uptown

The Lynhall

A cup of coffee and a dessert
grab a latte at the Lynhall.
Photo courtesy of The Lynhall

Always bustling, the Lynhall offers a rotating selection of pastries, salads, sandwiches and brunch fare all day. At any given time, locals can be found sipping artisan lattes and doing work at one of the long farmhouse tables, chatting over croissants in the bright window booths facing Lyndale, or meeting for the popular weekend “brunch bundle.”

A cup of coffee and a dessert
grab a latte at the Lynhall.
Photo courtesy of The Lynhall

Egg and I

A service counter at a diner
Counter service at the Egg & I.
Photo by Charlie Sarano.

A Twin Cities institution with locations on either side of the river, the Egg & I serves reliable diner classics with a spin. Order tender, eggy slices of french toast, freshly fried breakfast potatoes draped with melted cheddar, or one of the “Biggest Cakes in Town”: buttermilk, buckwheat, or sourdough pancakes stuffed with berries and toasted walnuts.

A service counter at a diner
Counter service at the Egg & I.
Photo by Charlie Sarano.

Burch Steak

Burch Steak dining room.
Burch Steak.

Right at the northernmost edge of Uptown, Isaac Becker’s Burch Steak offers options for every kind of celebration dinner: classic fine dining in the warmly lit first floor space, and a buzzy basement pizza bar downstairs. Though steak dominates the menu, the sleeper hit is the dumpling section: semolina fried in brown butter, potato pierogi dusted with poppyseeds, and so many more.

Burch Steak dining room.
Burch Steak.

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