600 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5540344.979658 -93.274890
Neighborhoods: Central, Warehouse District
What a mess! Skip this restaurant for sure!! – I can’t believe this place is still in business!
We went to the NBA City restaurant ONLY because it was the only place taking a reservation on a Friday night and I was dining with two 12-year-olds. We were planning a night out in downtown before the Britney Spears concert and while I would have much more preferred even Champps (not really), waiting in the bar for a table just wasn’t going to work that night.
NBA City was a ghost town. We were there on a Friday night from about 5:00-7:00pm and we were one table of maybe 8-10 in the whole place with diners. There were a couple of people at the bar (literally two), but overall the place was dead.
Our server was annoying and steered us away from MANY entrees that she claimed weren’t great. Hello? Red flag!! I appreciated her honesty, but in the end when she recommended their pizzas and the 12-year-olds just picked at it, I didn’t have to ask any other questions. The malt came out unblended and had to be taken back, and the chicken fingers (a signature item) were so hard, I couldn’t even bit into them. Not to mention, they were raw and very “pink” on the inside.
Overall, this was just a waste of money. And the place isn’t cheap due to it being located in the Target Center itself. Again, I would be surprised if this place made it through the summer. Thanks, but no thanks!
Meh.... – I went last Sat with someone who really raved about the food (though other friends said the food was not very good). Got the bruschetta salad with chicken - the chicken was kind of blah, the "salad" part was overdressed, and it was served "deconstructed" (not how it was described). The head chef seems to aspire to a trendier experience, but this is called NBA City, and is classified as a sports bar/restaurant.I was not really impressed...maybe if I had gotten the wings I would have had a better experience.
Former NBA City Employee's review of NBA city – NBA City's atmosphere is someplace I would be proud to take my family around. If you're with the pickiest of eaters (like my former fiancee), they have familiar food with a twist that even the pickiest of all eaters would enjoy. I would highly recommend their wings and their ever popular hamburgers. Even though I haven't eaten them before, my non-vegetarian friends LOVE their burgers and wings. One of the things I've eaten before, the Margherita pizza, has a thin, crisp crust and the sauce is a tangy marinara with fresh tomatoes topping the fine mozzarella.
The eating experience is enhanced by their amenities. There's high speed wifi so you can surf the web while snacking on your succulent and juicy wings and television screens showing many games of importance (Yes, Timberwolves fans, that includes even Nuggets games) and even English Premiership soccer, Australian Football League and Rugby Union and Rugby League games from all over the world.
It's as much fun to work there (Hey Jeff, how's it going!?) as it is to eat there. The vegetarian selection, even though is small, has a good selection of salads and pastas. That's important if you're a vegetarian (like me), you wouldn't feel left out like you do at other restaurants.
I've moved on in life to bigger and better things in life, so that's why I don't work at NBA City anymore, but I will always miss working there. However, I can always come back to eat!
Bad place to go out to – I really don't understand why an NBA Rest is in MN when this is clearly NOT a basketball state. The employee's are not knowledgable about the game, service was pretty poor, food is expensive not to mention the parking. The Restaurant is empty minus a few times when big games are on but it's not a fun atmosphere. The worst part is how can you watch a playoff game WITHOUT big screen t.v's. When yout sit you have to move around and position yourself to see a t.v. Those little itty bitty t.v.'s they plaster on the wall can barely be seen. The crew is not friendly..this is a sporting environment it's supposed to be Fun, Loud, Crazy!! When i call for information about possible parties no one knows anything and they tell me to call back in the morning lol.
Great place to watch the games/ close to the center stage! Good food and people! – Hi, my wife and I came in on 10/21/07 with our kids to watch the Hannah Montana concert! We had a blast. The food was great the service was great. They definitely seemed prepared to handle a big crowd! We had a very friendly server named Jody! The only downside was there seemed to be alot of Bears fans in the house! Although, more than adequate choices for us to see what we wanted to see on tv! There seemed to be managers on the floor, one specific very accommodating gentleman was I believed named Dan, short hair and very concerned with our satisfaction! They even have a little shop and a place to take 3d photos with yourself in the picture! My son loved that aspect!. I do believe this would be a fun place to go even outside of a big concert day! Thanks! Rich. B
Bad experience – My family and I went to NBA city for dinner. The restuarnt was empy there we were the only people in there. My husband and I were going to have a glass of wine for happy hour because it was advetised form 5-8pm . It was 6pm and we were told there was no happy hour we asked a few questions but never really understood why. After that deal our service was slow and thwe food took 20 min I could see why we were the only customers. when our food finally came there was no appology or concern shown by the server. When we got the food it was less then expected very bland and dry. I would not recommen this experience to anyone
BEST HAPPY HOUR IN TOWN, 45 PLAZMA SCREEN WITH ANY GAME YOU DESIRE – Nba city is a great after work or to watch a game. They have 2 FOR 1' S EVERYDAY AND HALF PRICE APPS. The food is great the and on game nights this is the place to be. We had a work party threre and they have a nice VIP area with it's own bar And the bartenders are HOTT .. THIS IS A MUST SEE SPOTT..
The atmosphere at NBA City is amazing, myself and friends attended the bar on a game night and it was packed and electric. We had the privelage of having Jim as our bartender. Jim is very funny and played off our comments and the other bartender very well. It didn't hurt that he is very hot and has great arms we found ourselves staring a lot and talking about him often. I will be at NBA City every time i go downtown and if Jim is working i will stay all night. This bar is that fun and Jim is that good and great to look at. Ask for Jims special drink it is one of the best shots i have had. WE LOVE JIM
Awsome Bartender! – My friends and I just discovered NBA City. We love it! Great atmosphere even if you are not into sports. We sat at the bar and had a good time with Jim, the friendly bartender. NBA City is a great place to start a night on the town or just stay there for terrific service and a great time. Make sure to look up Jim, he will take good care of you!
BEST HAPPY HOUR IN THE TWIN CITIES -HANDS DOWN – Best kept secret in downtown Minneapolis is NBA City! Recently opened as "NBA City" in March, this restraurant/bar offers the best happy hour downtown. Including ALL liquor from 5 to 8pm and 10-12pm 2 for 1! (The hh is 7days a week but NOT on nights where there are events in the T-Center.. Wolves games, concerts etc.) Not to forget on Sundays 2$ tap beer and 2$ bloody mary's all day for sunday football. Extremely clean, bright atmosphere, surrounded by at LEAST 25 flat screen tv's. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR AN EXTRODINARY NIGHT OUT>> go to NBA City on a game night. Doors from the bar into the T-center are left open for your viewing pleasure of the target center floor during the game WATCH THE T-WOLVES LIVE WITHOUT PAYING FOR A TICKET!! Great food, amazing desserts, and even better pizza with 1/2 off apps included in the HH. Experienced great bar staff genuwine and outgoing, my friends and I loved Danielle as our bartender. After dinner, playing the NBA 3-point shoot out is a must ! Not to mention NBA City is a great place for people watching with wolves as frequent customers in their personal VIP.
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