80 S Ninth St, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5540244.974565 -93.272623
Mon. - Fri. 6:30am - 10pm;Sat. - Sun. CLOSED
Neighborhoods: Central, Downtown West
Don't go unless you're out of options with money to burn – Had our first and, likely, last dinner there last night. My husband drank coffee throughout dinner, and I ordered a gin (Hendricks) and tonic. It was served in a small, medium-tall glass and was mixed well. However, I would never have ordered it had I known it came with a $12.75 price tag. That is the most expensive gin and tonic I've ever had. We like to eat and both ordered apps. I had the lobster crab cakes, and they were fairly disappointing. The flavor was good, but the texture was too firm, to the point of chewy. There were two cakes served on a rather sloppy bed of greens and tomatoes with little flavor. My husband ordered mussels, and he thought they were very good. We skipped salads and focused on entrees and sides. The server highly recommended the bone-in filet, and because we were celebrating my husband's birthday, I splurged ($50) and ordered that. My husband ordered the beef tenderloin sandwich, which came with fries and coleslaw. For sides, we ordered the creamed corn, and I asked for a loaded baked potato. My husband's meal arrived and looked ok, except for the sandwich. The fries and coleslaw were fine, but the beef looked like nothing more than a compressed, perfectly round hamburger. It was cooked perfectly, but it was very thin (1/4 inch) and fairly flavorless. Plus, it came with a mound of non-descript cheese on top, all for $17. My filet was very flavorful, but for $50 it wasn't very big and the presentation was severely lacking ( a bowl of bearnaise sauce tossed on the side). The corn was very good, and you can't really screw up a baked potato unless you don't bake it. Our server was very attentive and friendly, and the only thing she missed was pouring my wine (they make a presentation of bringing the exactly-measured amount to the table) into the glasses that were meant for decor only. Total cost of dinner with my cocktail and two glasses of wine was $160 before tip--too much for the value.
Nothing Special – This place is really not what it's cracked up to be... I had not only one or two, but three bad experiences at this place in both the Blue Star Jazz side as well as the Steakhouse side. The food is hardly worth the money; I can easily name off three or four better places for steaks in the same neighborhood, and as they boast that they are the only restauarant downtown that serves prime beef, they should realize that they are lying and that anyone who believes them is new to town. One time that I was eating in the steakhouse with some friends, I realized that there was something in my salad that didn't seem right, and low and behold, there were a few bits of oyster shells that ended up from the cutting board into my wilted leafy greens. I tried to ask my server for a new salad and the poor girl didn't know what to do. She then went and asked her manager, to come to the table, and the Manager proceeded to blame me for putting something in my salad! The nerve of the guy! I could see that the entire time that I had been in the restaurant, the so called "manager" had been sititng at the bar chatting with the bar tender and was getting loaded! It was horribly disappointing and sort of embarssing! This place is definitely not worth the high prices, the really bad jazz, and the poor service.
Average food, poor service, expensive – When we made the 7:00pm reservation, our group of five was told that they usually waive the cover charge when we're seated that early, but they wouldn't. Drinks are expensive (over $8.00 for a martini, plus 94 cents sales tax). Our server told us that nothing comes with the entrees (except for the Tavern Food items). I ordered the half-rack or ribs and half-chicken combination ($24.00) and a salad on the side. The ribs came, but not the chicken, which I had to ask again for. It arrived a little later. The dinner came with cole slaw and fries; had I known that, I wouldn't have ordered the salad. The ribs were dry and had little meat on them; the chicken was fine. One of our party ordered a baked potato with her crab legs, but that never came. I ordered a brandy Godfather, and waited a long time to get it. The ice had melted quite a bit, so it's obvious it had been sitting and it didn't taste like any brandy Godfather I'd ever had. The jazz group was good, but so loud, that we couldn't talk at our table, and we were seated almost at the back of the room. We were there from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. I had the dinner noted above, three martinis and the Godfather, and a cup of coffee. My total bill including dinner, drinks, cover and tip was $95.00. I'm not adverse to paying for good food and a good experience, but this didn't qualify as either. I don't plan on returning.
Avoid on New Years Eve or any other special occasion - overpriced and poor service – For, New Years Eve, we specifically requested a booth to accommodate a pregnant woman in our party. On New Years Eve, we were told that since they only had 5 booths, they could not specifically make reservations for a booth. If we wanted one, we would have to stand around and wait for it. How considerate of them to make a pregnant woman stand around and wait for the reservation she made 4 weeks in advance.
In general, the customer service on the phone while trying to straighten out the issue (we spoke with Sharon) was down-right rude and presumptuous (when told that we had made the booth reservation to make a pregnant woman as comfortable as possible, Sharon said, "I don't know why a booth would help her. I have 20 nieces and nephews so I have been around a lot of pregnant women and that has never been MY experience!"). Ironically, one of the booths that sat open for over an hour had originally been occupied by friends or family of the young man working the sound board for the jazz show. I can't help but think that we got bumped so the friends or family of an employee could be more comfortable - all at the expense of a pregnant woman's comfort. How classy!
While the wait staff was attentive and accommodating, the bus staff was rude (spilling water every time they filled a water glass, reaching across people to clear plates from the next seat over, and taking cocktail and champagne glasses before they were empty). The food was decent, but too expensive for what you got. At over $120/pp you would expect your lamb or fillet to be cooked the way you request it - not a uniform 'medium' for all meats. We were very disappointed in that. And lastly, on top of our tab, we had to pay $20/pp for the jazz show - if you are paying that much for dinner, I would certainly expect the ambiance to be included.
Overall, it was a very bad experience and one that the restaurant managers did not seem to wish to make right.
Excellent Food and the Best Customer Service I have EVER received – From the second you walk into Rossi's you feel catered to.
Food: Our steaks were prepared to perfection. I highly recommend the Filet Mignon. The side dishs are served 'family style' and each one easily serves 3 people.
Price: For a two person dinner you are looking at a $100+ bill. It is worth every penny.
Service: What was so refreshing was the fact that you aren't going to find arrogant, self-important people working here. Everyone was very friendly and willing to go the extra mile to make sure that we were taken care of. Location and Parking: Unlike some downtown restaurants, Rossi's is really easy to find and there is a parking ramp right next door.
Note: If you are in the mood for a romantic evening ask for a booth. Looking for some entertainment after dinner? Head over to the Blue Star for live Jazz music, there isn't a bad seat in the house.
Walk down the Metro Building's long staircase into a club that exudes the vibe of a Chicago speakeasy. – In Short
Decor is casually elegant, with cozy tables draped in indigo-checkered linens. Photos of musical and pop-culture icons line the walls, and everything is cast in an intoxicating blue glow. For a small, out-of-the-way place, Blue Star draws an impressive lineup of performers like Harry Connick Jr. and the Rippingtons. The menu is a scaled-down, wallet-friendly version of the Rossi's menu with stone-baked pizzas and tangy sausage and shiitake pie. Ice-cold martini make for perfect nightcaps.
This is the place – I've taken many first dates to this club, and what an impression in made! Very romantice, great food and service, and not a bad seat in the house. And the music is always wondeful, no garage bands here! I can't wait to go back with my sweetheart.
Great Overall – Great atmosphere- fantastic service, food, music and value. I will definately be back here time and time again.
Hap Hap Happeist Hour this side of the river – You need to know 1 thing about Rossi's Steakhouse. It has the best food happy hour in Minneapolis, hands down. They have a $2-4-6 menu from 2-6 during the week. everything from mussells and 1/2 lb cheeseburgers, to pork chops and steak sandwhiches, to BBQ chicken and calamari. Cant be beat. Also great decor, old wood tabels and booths. Our server was great once we got one.
Go across the hall to the Blue Star room for the 2 for 1 drink specials till 8:00 pm
Best in town! – I have been to Rossi's a couple of times for dinner and several times for happy hour after work. I must say that the service has gotten better and better. Last time I was there I was greated by a really friendly and knowledgable bartender (which is very hard to find in Minneapolis). Happy hour prices are great, the food is always delicious and the decor and ambiance are by far my favorite in the metro area.
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