2229 E 35th St, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5540744.939400 -93.240100
why? – I never write reviews but feel morally compelled to share with the world my experience at the Chatterbox to prevent future suffering.
Service: we were seated by a relatively friendly guy who immediately took our drink order- so far so good. guy leaves and proceeds to walk aimlessly around the nearly empty restaurant. ten minutes pass with no drinks and we are greeted by a different dude who tells us he's "terrible at his job". no big deal. guy takes our order and we are soon greeted by two other employees for no apparent reason. food is delivered by yet another employee who doesn't have my salad. I inform him of this and he says, "really?" salad is delivered by guy who is terrible at his job and he says, "I suck"
food: I ordered the grilled cheese with tomato dill soup. I don't understand how anyone can mess up a grilled cheese (was the first meal I learned how to prepare myself) but the chatterbox did it brilliantly. the focaccia bread was soft, as in not grilled, and the cheese is sort of melted. it was as if they put crappy colby cheese in between two pieces of bread and microwaved it. The soup was cold (I am well under 65 years old)and there was so much dill dumped in that I had to chew it.
atmosphere: Steve Miller's 'The Joker' was playing, mocking and laughing at me
do not eat the food here, don't let your children eat the food. please stay away
If it wasn't for the food... – Ok, the purpose of this review is to somehow get the people who run the Chatterbox to change their menu! I live within walking distance of the Highland location. I want to love the Chatterbox. I want to WANT to go to the Chatterbox. But I don't. Why? The food! After giving it a shot many, many times I have had enough. It all tastes the same. The menu looks great but after few visits you'll wise up. Not sure what it is - some herb or spice they put in everything or what. But every dish has the same overriding flavor. It's great for drinks after you've had a bite somewhere else. But I walk past it thinking I wish I could enjoy a meal with my beer. And I'm not the only one in the hood that thinks this. The consensus is overwhelming. I'm not sure about the food at the other locations but hopefully it's not as bad as Highland Chatterbox.
Best Neighborhood Bar in Town – I've been to Chatterbox almost every week for the past four months. After having been to Chatterbox, my friends and I can't go to any other bar. The atmosphere is so relaxed; great place to talk, drink, and play Boggle. They brew their own beer and make their own great tasting sodas (ask for a Pepsi and they give you their version of it.) My brother's favorite is an easy lager though a Belgian white is good as well. Fries come with an array of different sauces. The staff is great; making us feel like regulars after the second or third week of going. This place is just the best hang out spot; so much that we can't go anywhere else.
One of the "Best bars in America" – The Chatterbox get's voted "Best Bar and Grill " every year!! They were named One of the best Bars in America and one of "America's Top 25 Best kept Secrets". They get this by being unique, consistent and good at what they do. The staff is very friendly and colorful. The food is gourmet bar food made on from scratch breads and mind blowingly flavorful sauces. The grill cheese is made on handmade foccacia, with cilantro pumpkinseed pesto, fresh tomatoes, stringy smoked cheeses and is great when they have the fresh tomato dill soup!!!! Mmmmmm... I can't speak for the other comments, I am sure that the staff is human and a new cook can happen, but year over year they get awards for being consistently good!
Awesome – OK...we are old and yeah, our kids that took us there were young. Oh, yeah, a great time was had by all!.. All of us had great food...too much of it, had to take some of it home! The drinks were excellent and we had the best service. Great people work in there. Oh, and if nothing else you HAVE to order the onion rings. I have never had onion rings like that. I couldn't get the recipe but will continue to search for it...I have to have more of them.....wish I didn't have to drive 400 miles to get them! Cute atmosphere...have to agree with the other reviewer...kinda like grandma's basement...or the basement we all had in the 70's! Uh, if you happened to be around in the 70's that is. Been there done that...had a great time...just check it out and have a good time! Would go again!
Good, but could be better – I was excited to find a new place to live close to a great looking little pub. Walking in, the place looks great, with a clientele neighborhood folk, aging punk rockers and young hipsters. Service is generally good, but there are a few staffers that are not people-people. (Rude or cool? There is a fine line.) Good for a few beers and good people watching. If the kitchen did not try as hard, the food would be better. Avoid the fried foods, they tend to be drenched.
Don't bother – My first time to the Chatterbox in South Minneapolis was a great experience. I loved the fun atmosphere and hole-in-the-wall ambiance. Food was decent with a good selection of micro-brews. I had blown off the bad customer service, thinking it was just our server maybe having a bad night. I have since been there 4 or 5 times, and have had ridiculously horrible service every single time. Bar staff is snotty and service is slow. I have vowed to never return again....
Fun and relaxed. – I've been to the chatterbox only a handful of times. The first time I went I thought it was the coolest bar around. They have fun games that you can play at your table, like Trivial Pursuit, or you can play old school video games. They have a variety of microbrews, which I've never been disappointed by. Their adult grilled cheese was amazing. The lighting and decor is really cool. But the last time I went, my grilled cheese was so disappointing I haven't been back since. The bread was horribly hard and stale, there was practically no cheese, and the fries were like the crumbs from the bottom of the bag. Plus, I had raved about how great the grilled cheese was to my friends, that they all ordered the same thing and were equally disappointed. Maybe it was the cooks first day, or maybe he/she was just having a bad day, but I was mad at the horrible food. It only happened once, so if you're thinking about checking it out, I'd say do it. Just hope you don't get whoever that cook was.
A Great Place to Relax with Friends – The Chatterbox is really cool: the retro pictures, lamps, and sofas make it look like your Grandma's basement (in a good way) and there are plenty of board games, Atari, and Nintendo games to rent and play while you eat your dinner. The atmoshphere is chill, the service is friendly, but not all of their menu items are so great. Beware the mac n cheese and ceasar salads; they're not as tasty as the menu description may lead you to believe. The chocolate fondue is amazing.
not impressed – my friends and i went to the chatterbox one evening for some late night grub. we were told they had great food. we all agreed the food was less than mediocre and the service was poor. i, along with one of my pals, ordered the "perfect grilled cheese." it was perfect if you have never had a grilled cheese before and didn't know that the cheese is to be the focus of the sandwich, not the bread. there was hardly any cheese on it! also, the server had attitude and seemed annoyed that we were even there. at some point during our meal, he must have been cut, but didn't come by to even tell us....our table was just handed over to someone else. and as someone who waits tables, i think it's a basic curteousy to update them with a change in personnel...and not too difficult either. all in all, i won't be heading back to the chatterbox any time soon...if even at all.
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