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The sunny dining room at Spoon and stable is filled with muted beige and white tones. In the foreground are large, circular dark wood tables with chairs and in the background an edge of the white bar is visible. On the wall is a large rough-hewn piece of wood lined with spoons. It’s a bit of an inside joke that Kaysen was known for stealing spoons whenever he dined somewhere that had utensils he admired.
There are a few coveted reservations available at Spoon & Stable
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9 Usually Impossible Restaurant Reservations to Snag Sunday

When everyone else is watching football, use this opportunity to dine well

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There are a few coveted reservations available at Spoon & Stable
| Photo courtesy Spoon & Stable

This week has been an insane rush of people everywhere from flinging themselves down a zip line over the Mississippi River to roaming the Super Bowl Live space to haunting St. Paul in hopes of a Justin Timberlake sighting. Thanks to the Super Bowl, the city is flooding with people experiencing everything Minneapolis has to offer - including our exceptional collection of restaurants. For people who don’t prioritize football game time might provides a convenient time to sneak into usually busy restaurants. These are the best places to sneak in for a fine meal while everyone else is distracted by sports ball.

Restaurants are listed in geographical order from West to East.

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1. Martina

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4312 S Upton Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55410
(612) 922-9913
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At the newly opened Martina, chef Daniel del Prado brings his Argentinian roots and Spanish/Italian heritage to the Linden Hills. Minneapolis reaps the benefits of his creative genius, with a focus on seafood in his dishes. Try the lobster carbonara for brunch.

Lobster spaghetti at Martina
Lobster pasta
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2. Tilia

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2726 W 43rd St
Minneapolis, MN 55410
(612) 354-2806
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Steven Brown’s nationally acclaimed Tilia’s alluring plates include what have been called the city’s best meatballs, but there is much more to explore around the menu. Ask the server about wine not listed on the menu, if there are wine nerds among your group who revel in a special bottle. The room is the quintessential neighborhood bistro that still draws long lines of people at peak dining hours.

The gem of Linden Hills

3. 112 Eatery

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112 N 3rd St
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 343-7696
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112 Eatery boasts an impressive menu from James Beard Award winning chef and owner Isaac Becker including foie gras meatballs, a legendary burger, frogs legs and more. The extensive wine menu draws a sophisticated crowd to the comfortable room that makes it hard to get a reservation.

The most popular restaurant in the Warehouse District
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4. Spoon and Stable

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211 N 1st St
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 224-9850
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Often a draw for visiting celebrities, chefs and the Dali Lama, international culinary star Gavin Kaysen’s first restaurant in the North Loop has been the hardest to snag reservation in town since before it even opened. Although reservations are still tight Super Bowl Sunday, there are some available and the bar is always first come first served.

Gavin Kaysen outside his kitchen. Photo by Katie Cannon
Gavin Kaysen
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5. Red Cow North Loop

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208 N 1st Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 238-0050
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The restaurant’s appropriate cow print hints at what is about to show up on the plate. Red Cow’s unique variety of burgers are sure to satisfy - with one burger’s patty being 40% bacon, and their Breakfast Burger topped with peanut butter. Make sure to grab a beer with your burger from their extensive beer selections as well.

An ideal game day destination
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6. Young Joni

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165 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 345-5719
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Young Joni would be easier to get into if every other national publication wasn’t declaring it the Best Of since it first opened in late 2016. Ann Kim’s upscale pizzeria serves up a mix of wood fired dishes and the charred crusty pizzas. Don’t forget there is also the exclusive back bar/speakeasy that keeps seating to a minimum and serves a limited food menu with stellar cocktails.

Perfect timing to snag a Young Joni seat
The Restaurant Project/Young Joni

7. Hai Hai

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2121 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 223-8640
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The new Southeast Asian street food restaurant from Hola Arepa’s owners Birk Grudem and Christina Nguyen has been popular from the moment the doors opened in Northeast. A tropical vibe, affordable prices and flavor bombs of food have had everyone clamoring for a seat inside.

Who wouldn’t want to hang out here?
Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

8. Restaurant Alma

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528 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-4909
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It’s a cafe, botique hotel and one of the most continually packed restaurants in Minneapolis. The best seats in the house might be at the bar, where the wines poured are eclectic and elegant. The built-your-own tasting menu is an ever-evolving culinary adventure from James Beard Award winning chef and owner Alex Roberts.

Lucky is the butt that lands at the bar
Katie Cannon/Eater Twin Cities

9. Saint Dinette

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261 5th St E
St Paul, MN 55101
(651) 800-1415
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Although it’s characterized as a French bistro, Saint Dinette serves food with influences from wherever the Mississippi River touches. That means dish inspiration comes from New Orleans, Mexico, the Midwest, and everything in between. A must-order at every visit is the sublime cheeseburger.

That burger
Joy Summers/Eater Twin Cities

1. Martina

4312 S Upton Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55410
Lobster spaghetti at Martina
Lobster pasta
Kevin Kramer /Eater Twin Cities

At the newly opened Martina, chef Daniel del Prado brings his Argentinian roots and Spanish/Italian heritage to the Linden Hills. Minneapolis reaps the benefits of his creative genius, with a focus on seafood in his dishes. Try the lobster carbonara for brunch.

4312 S Upton Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55410

2. Tilia

2726 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410
The gem of Linden Hills

Steven Brown’s nationally acclaimed Tilia’s alluring plates include what have been called the city’s best meatballs, but there is much more to explore around the menu. Ask the server about wine not listed on the menu, if there are wine nerds among your group who revel in a special bottle. The room is the quintessential neighborhood bistro that still draws long lines of people at peak dining hours.

2726 W 43rd St
Minneapolis, MN 55410

3. 112 Eatery

112 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
The most popular restaurant in the Warehouse District
112 Eatery/Website

112 Eatery boasts an impressive menu from James Beard Award winning chef and owner Isaac Becker including foie gras meatballs, a legendary burger, frogs legs and more. The extensive wine menu draws a sophisticated crowd to the comfortable room that makes it hard to get a reservation.

112 N 3rd St
Minneapolis, MN 55401

4. Spoon and Stable

211 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Gavin Kaysen outside his kitchen. Photo by Katie Cannon
Gavin Kaysen
Katie Cannon/Eater Twin Cities

Often a draw for visiting celebrities, chefs and the Dali Lama, international culinary star Gavin Kaysen’s first restaurant in the North Loop has been the hardest to snag reservation in town since before it even opened. Although reservations are still tight Super Bowl Sunday, there are some available and the bar is always first come first served.

211 N 1st St
Minneapolis, MN 55401

5. Red Cow North Loop

208 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
An ideal game day destination
Katie Cannon / Eater Twin Cities

The restaurant’s appropriate cow print hints at what is about to show up on the plate. Red Cow’s unique variety of burgers are sure to satisfy - with one burger’s patty being 40% bacon, and their Breakfast Burger topped with peanut butter. Make sure to grab a beer with your burger from their extensive beer selections as well.

208 N 1st Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401

6. Young Joni

165 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Perfect timing to snag a Young Joni seat
The Restaurant Project/Young Joni

Young Joni would be easier to get into if every other national publication wasn’t declaring it the Best Of since it first opened in late 2016. Ann Kim’s upscale pizzeria serves up a mix of wood fired dishes and the charred crusty pizzas. Don’t forget there is also the exclusive back bar/speakeasy that keeps seating to a minimum and serves a limited food menu with stellar cocktails.

165 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

7. Hai Hai

2121 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Who wouldn’t want to hang out here?
Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

The new Southeast Asian street food restaurant from Hola Arepa’s owners Birk Grudem and Christina Nguyen has been popular from the moment the doors opened in Northeast. A tropical vibe, affordable prices and flavor bombs of food have had everyone clamoring for a seat inside.

2121 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

8. Restaurant Alma

528 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Lucky is the butt that lands at the bar
Katie Cannon/Eater Twin Cities

It’s a cafe, botique hotel and one of the most continually packed restaurants in Minneapolis. The best seats in the house might be at the bar, where the wines poured are eclectic and elegant. The built-your-own tasting menu is an ever-evolving culinary adventure from James Beard Award winning chef and owner Alex Roberts.

528 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

9. Saint Dinette

261 5th St E, St Paul, MN 55101
That burger
Joy Summers/Eater Twin Cities

Although it’s characterized as a French bistro, Saint Dinette serves food with influences from wherever the Mississippi River touches. That means dish inspiration comes from New Orleans, Mexico, the Midwest, and everything in between. A must-order at every visit is the sublime cheeseburger.

261 5th St E
St Paul, MN 55101

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