95 Merriam St, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5540144.985974 -93.260843
Neighborhoods: University, Nicollet Island
Best Food! Best Service! Best wine selection! Most Romantic! – I have been to the Inn many many times and have not been disappointed once! By many I mean at least once a month. The location is absolutely beautiful. The service has always been prompt and friendly. The food is absolutely amazing! There has never been a dish with no flavor. Everything that I have ordered has had such amazing flavor that I am almost speechless everytime! I have had the chef come out and great our table and I've seen him at other tables. Its nice to see the man behind this great place. The new owners have done a lot of great things with the place also. Its hard to imagine anyone not liking the Inn. It is my favorite in the twin cities by far. Very romantic and the food is to die for.
New owners clueless, avoid for special occasions! – Went for Valentine's Day dinner, but was not advised when we made reservations that only a $79 per person set menu would be available. Sadly, the menu did not appeal to us, and we told the server this. The owner came over, and his response was, "the staff was instructed to tell everybody making reservations about the special menu." He offered no apology and did not offer any assistance, such as getting us alternate entrees. It was too late to go somewhere else since it was Valentine's Day, so we stayed and split an entree. The portions were unbelievably small and the food was horrible. The owner stopped by later to see how we liked the live music, and seemed oblivious to the fact that we had barely touched the one entree that we had ordered.
We were appalled to notice they set up extra tables in a hallway to accomodate the extra demand for tables-- I can't imagine spending that price to sit there!
Prior to this we'd been to Nicollet Island Inn several times and enjoyed it. We will, however, never return.
A Night to Remember – I came with a party of 6 and arrived 45 minutes early (our own fault) fully expecting to sit at the bar for that time.
The host bent over backwards for us, getting us a table early.
The waiter eloquently described everything on the menu we were curious about, making suggestions and cracking jokes.
The food came and everything was wonderful!!! The salads, crab cakes, and all of our steaks were perfect. The bacon wrapped tenderloin was like butter. The little silver dessert platter was amazing.
Never once did we feel rushed during our 2.5 hour feast.
I would highly recommend this place to anyone for a special occasion.
What an experience – My husband took me here (after three years of begging) for my 30th birthday, and it was well worth the wait. What a true dining experience. The food - was too good to adequately be described. We started off with the scallops - and I feel now that I know what scallops should taste like. We each then had a salad - both of which were creative and extremely flavorfull. For our main dishes I had the bacon wrapped beef tenderloin, which literally was like butter - and my husband had the special of the night - char. Both of us ranted and raved through the whole dinner. The owner came and offered us a glass of champagne on him, at the same time our waiter was coming with his own for us. We shared an unbelievable bottle of wine, and our dessert was on the house - for no reason. The waiter was gracious and knowledgeable without being overbearing.
Our overall bill about made my heart stop - but we expected it. We went all out for the occassion, but commented on the fact that had we been more conscious about what we were ordering you could have a night out there without a final heart stopping bill. I cannot wait for the next occassion I can come up with that will be worthy of another date at the Nicollet Island Inn
WOW!! – WOW! WOW! WOW! THE BEST EXPERIENCE! WE HAD THE BEST FOOD THE BEST ROOM THE BEST OF EVERYTHING IT WAS JUST GREAT!
Lovely brunch, but how about some more options? – Mandatory-course brunch (pricey) with limited selection, although all excuted very well. Atmosphere is the true winner of brunch. Would be nice to be able to order off of an ala carte menu for brunch as well, in case you didn't want to have a multi-course brunch.
what a spot in the city – food good, love the patio and selection on menu. Great parking and location. Service was great also. I would go back again and again. A great place for the holidays and to stay the night if your alone and want a special treat or just to be romantic together
Romantic weekend get-away! – Romantic setting with delicious food! Staff is well trained and courteous. Excellent location for private walks along the river.
Romantic and serene, this historic restaurant captivates with its cozy atmosphere, Mississippi River view and creative heartland cuisine. – In Short
Fireplaces and comfy sitting areas, complete with love seats, inspire conversations before or after dinner. With flickering candlelight and linens, the dining room has an understated elegance and charm, and the river provides a dramatic background. Heartland favorites like pork, duck and prime fillets of beef are the mainstays, razzle-dazzled by accompaniments and sauces. This a popular date spot on weekends, but a more relaxed crowd comes for the popular Sunday brunch.
Another Great Anniversary Dinner! – My husband and I just celebrated our third anniversary at the Nicollet Island Inn, which has become our tradition and a meal that we look forward to. We had a great dinner and an overall great time. The host was friendly and quickly observed that we were celebrating our anniversary. After a glass of wine in the bar, we were seated at a great window table. My husband and I shared a special dinner for two, which was the perfect meal to share and included beef tenderloin and lobster. Our waiter even brought our dessert with a candle in it! The Inn has become a very special place for us and we always have a great time. We know that we can look forward to a great dinner in a romantic setting, and I would definitely recommend it for special occasions.
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