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Eight Indulgent Twin Cities’ Tasting Menus Worth Every Cent

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Though known for their tiny portions and hefty price tags, tasting menus are having their reputations revitalized across the Twin Cities. From casual, choose-your-own-adventure menus to three-hour, kaiseki-style dining, here are nine restaurants across the Twin Cities offering tasting menus worth the splurge (or the deal!).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Icehouse

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2528 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 276-6523
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Cloistered in the privacy of the chef’s bar with full view of the kitchen, Matthew Bickford’s tasting menu is one of the best deals in town. With two seatings daily and both a 10- and 5-course option, there are options for every kind of diner. From supple handmade pastas to decadent desserts, pull up a chair and leave dinner in Bickford’s capable hands.

An eye opener at Icehouse. Photo courtesy Icehouse Facebook page
An eye opener at Icehouse.

2. Joan's in the Park

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631 Snelling Ave S
St Paul, MN 55116
(651) 690-3297
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With a set of four to five options for each course, Joan’s In the Park offers a tasting menu built for those who’d like more control of their meal. Though the options rotate out seasonally, the menu always offers four courses and a dessert, with creative flourishes like a molasses-thick black olive caramel, or a kombu-cured scallop.

A carefully plated appetizer.
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3. Kaiseki Furukawa

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33 N 1st Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 338-1515
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Delicate knifework, impossibly fresh seafood, and the brilliant talents of chef Shige Furukawa are on full display at this reservation-only, 10-course kaiseki-style restaurant. The cerebral sibling of downstairs’ Kado No Mise, Kaiseki Furukawa showcases technique-heavy dishes ranging from pristine cuts of sashimi to jewel-like nigiri to clarified dashi and kombu broths.

Nigiri sampler.
Kado no Mise

4. Cosmos Restaurant

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601 N 1st Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 677-1100
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At this restaurant nestled in downtown Minneapolis’ Loews Hotel, chef Tim Fischer’s table is the place to dine. With a Chef’s Table tasting experience, dine at a table inside the bustling full-service kitchen, where Fischer features local and foraged ingredients in a series of creative, thoughtful off-menu dishes.

The dining room at Cosmos.
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5. Tenant Restaurant

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4300 Bryant Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 827-8111
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At this tiny, South Minneapolis gem in the space, the eight-seat counter opens its dinner-only service from Tuesday through Saturday. Meals for all diners are six courses, seasonally and locally sourced, and diet-sensitive—reservations book out well in advance.

A starter to kick off the meal.
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6. Demi

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212 N 2nd St Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 404-1123
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The latest venture from Gavin Kaysen, Demi’s 20-chair seatings are ticket- and reservation-only with reservations opening at noon on the first day of the month. With a focus on local and seasonal ingredients and an environs featuring locally sourced everything, from cutlery to music—the menu is a little unpredictable, a little experimental, and all the way Minnesotan.

Chefs in the kitchen.
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7. Meritage

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410 St Peter St
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 222-5670
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At this warm, charming French brasserie, chef-owner Russell Klein offers five- to nine-course tasting menus nightly, tracing the current seasonal menu on offer with a few bits of creative license. Wine pairings are available, and weekly rotating oysters often start off the meal.

A sunlit cocktail.
Photo courtesy Meritage

8. Alma

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528 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-4909
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At Restaurant Alma, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan tasting menus are always available upon request, with dishes just as playful, lovely, and thoughtful as their full-menu peers. Always save room for the dessert course, and make sure to pick up a croissant or two from Cafe Alma on the way out.

A hand behind the bar at Alma is pouring white wine into a line up of glasses
Wine pours at Alma.
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1. Icehouse

2528 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
An eye opener at Icehouse. Photo courtesy Icehouse Facebook page
An eye opener at Icehouse.

Cloistered in the privacy of the chef’s bar with full view of the kitchen, Matthew Bickford’s tasting menu is one of the best deals in town. With two seatings daily and both a 10- and 5-course option, there are options for every kind of diner. From supple handmade pastas to decadent desserts, pull up a chair and leave dinner in Bickford’s capable hands.

2528 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

2. Joan's in the Park

631 Snelling Ave S, St Paul, MN 55116
A carefully plated appetizer.
Joan’s in the Park/Facebook

With a set of four to five options for each course, Joan’s In the Park offers a tasting menu built for those who’d like more control of their meal. Though the options rotate out seasonally, the menu always offers four courses and a dessert, with creative flourishes like a molasses-thick black olive caramel, or a kombu-cured scallop.

631 Snelling Ave S
St Paul, MN 55116

3. Kaiseki Furukawa

33 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Nigiri sampler.
Kado no Mise

Delicate knifework, impossibly fresh seafood, and the brilliant talents of chef Shige Furukawa are on full display at this reservation-only, 10-course kaiseki-style restaurant. The cerebral sibling of downstairs’ Kado No Mise, Kaiseki Furukawa showcases technique-heavy dishes ranging from pristine cuts of sashimi to jewel-like nigiri to clarified dashi and kombu broths.

33 N 1st Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401

4. Cosmos Restaurant

601 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
The dining room at Cosmos.
Lowes Hotel [Official]

At this restaurant nestled in downtown Minneapolis’ Loews Hotel, chef Tim Fischer’s table is the place to dine. With a Chef’s Table tasting experience, dine at a table inside the bustling full-service kitchen, where Fischer features local and foraged ingredients in a series of creative, thoughtful off-menu dishes.

601 N 1st Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

5. Tenant Restaurant

4300 Bryant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409
A starter to kick off the meal.
Photo courtesy Tenant

At this tiny, South Minneapolis gem in the space, the eight-seat counter opens its dinner-only service from Tuesday through Saturday. Meals for all diners are six courses, seasonally and locally sourced, and diet-sensitive—reservations book out well in advance.

4300 Bryant Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55409

6. Demi

212 N 2nd St Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Chefs in the kitchen.
Demi [Official]

The latest venture from Gavin Kaysen, Demi’s 20-chair seatings are ticket- and reservation-only with reservations opening at noon on the first day of the month. With a focus on local and seasonal ingredients and an environs featuring locally sourced everything, from cutlery to music—the menu is a little unpredictable, a little experimental, and all the way Minnesotan.

212 N 2nd St Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55401

7. Meritage

410 St Peter St, St Paul, MN 55102
A sunlit cocktail.
Photo courtesy Meritage

At this warm, charming French brasserie, chef-owner Russell Klein offers five- to nine-course tasting menus nightly, tracing the current seasonal menu on offer with a few bits of creative license. Wine pairings are available, and weekly rotating oysters often start off the meal.

410 St Peter St
St Paul, MN 55102

8. Alma

528 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
A hand behind the bar at Alma is pouring white wine into a line up of glasses
Wine pours at Alma.
Restaurant Alma/Facebook

At Restaurant Alma, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan tasting menus are always available upon request, with dishes just as playful, lovely, and thoughtful as their full-menu peers. Always save room for the dessert course, and make sure to pick up a croissant or two from Cafe Alma on the way out.

528 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

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