1201 Harmon Pl, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5540344.973200 -93.279575
Neighborhoods: Central, Loring Park
Average...just average – My boyfriend and I were so psyched to try Tiburon after hearing so much about it. We made a reservation and were glad we did-even on a Sunday evening they were quite busy. There were several large parties dining that evening; however, we rarely saw our server. It was nearly an hour after we sat down before we saw our appetizer. Then it was another 30 minutes before we saw dinner. We don't like to be critical of service, so we looked around to see if our server was extremely busy, but he didn't appear to be serving many of the tables. The lighting was great--it constantly changes colors and is relaxing. The food was okay--our scallop appetizer was nothing to write home about and the entrees were tasty yet nothing special. Overall--an average dinner that lasted over 2.5 hours.
Prompt was not a reoccurring theme – I dined at Tiburon with 2 of my friends. We made reservations and were seated promptly. However, promptly was not a reoccurring theme for our dining experience. We were seated around 8:30 and didn't see our waiter until around 9:00! The person filling water had been to our table and dropped off some bread which was great. Two of us ordered Mojitos (awesome)! We hadn't ordered any appetizers or desserts and still were not able to leave the restaurant until 10:30 due to slow, poor service. We planned on getting a bottle of wine and dessert but opted not to because we knew it'd take another hour or so. I will say, the waiter was quick to drop the check off. The table next to ours had experienced the same difficulties and actually had to flag down a server. That's terrible!
Upscale Caribbean dining and dancing in a hip downtown location. – In Short
A serene sunset color scheme and 45-foot aquarium offer a relaxing ambiance to contract this hip, zesty menu. After-work hours see commuters unwinding before the drive and couples nestling near a waterfall with Jamaican jerk chicken and Caribbean seafood platters. As the week progresses, a younger scene comes for sangria and specialty drinks like the Shark Attack--Midori, coconut rum and pineapple juice. This crowd parties late on Fridays and Saturdays, while the salsa band plays.
hottie staff – if you sit at a table for more than 3 hours and there are only 2 of you and you are asked to move to the bar and offered a free round of drinks i dont think that is rude. Have you ever worked in a restaurant? there are other people that want to have dinner just like you! Servers make there minimum wage plus tips to live. Please show some respect to the people who give you service. The place is awesome. Very FUN! Staff is very friendly and fun. So remember dont be a dick and you will get some respect back!
Disappointed – Had 7:30 reservations last Satuday and showed up at 7:25 to be informed that they were running behind and the wait was about an hour. Sat at the bar and checked at front desk at 8:35 to be thanked since they had forgotten about us and were sitting the 7:45s. Sat down shortly after to be informed that they were out of crapes and jerk chicken, exactly what we wanted. Got served at about 9:20 and couldn't get out of there fast enough (9:40). Lousy service and limited selection ruined everything.
Fail to see the attraction – About all this place has going for it is the kitchen is open late - past 10:00 pm on the weeknights. Yes it has a big aquarium, but unless you've never seen one before it's hardly what could be called a main draw. Our waitress had the annoying habit of comment on everything we ordered, we did not ask her for suggestions and evidently our choices were not on her "A" list of things to eat or drink at Tiburon. The food was tasty, portions very generous, delivered promptly and at a hot temperature; but is a far cry from true Caribbean unless it's the Minnesotan version of Caribbean (kind of like how ketchup is Minnesotan for spicy). Hardly worth the hefty price tag.
Repeat Vistor – This restaurant has become our favorite repeat place... usually we try someplace new each time.
We love the varied menu, especially the everchanging chef's menu. We also love to sit in the booths to view the grass/light wall and the huge aquarium.
I love their mojitos, lobster tacos and the yummy honey butter that comes with the complimentary bread basket. We will be back... often.
Awesome Food, Great Salsa Band – A large group of friends checked out Tiburon on a Friday night and we had a wonderful time. Most of the group enjoyed seafood for entrees. The Mahi Mahi was outstanding, seafood crepes were unbelieveable. Those who had the filet with crab and bernaise were also very happy. After the meal we stayed to see the band Salsa de Soul. Very good salsa and a great crowd. A great night out!
Very creative, but irritating execution – Really great menu for food and drinks. The service was very quick, even a little too fast/urgent, perhaps because the restaurant wasn't that full, especially for a Saturday night. Seated immediately with no res. However, there are pitfalls designed to increase your tab. Specials seem to be the most expensive items, so ask prices before thinking they're better values. Appetizer was dramatically undercooked and the entree was overcooked. Final insult: asked for some extra black beans in the take home, was charged $5 and got no beans. Ow. The mule martini was good with ginger beer and rum - yum.
poor service, average food – Attractive ambience, but courses were served much too quickly. Had to ask waiter to slow down, but still had the impression we were being rushed although the restaurant was far from full. Overdone fish. We ordered a molten chocolate dessert and were told the chocolate interior would flow out of its cake container (had this a number of times at other places), but it was solid. Waiter tacked on to the ticket a dessert we neither ordered nor even mentioned. Would we return? Yes. One less than satisfactory experience isn't enough to write the place off.
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