901 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5540344.976403 -93.276965
Neighborhoods: Central, Downtown West
Wonderful wedding anniversary – This was our first visit to Chamber's Kitchen - what a treat! We were celebrating our 11 year wedding anniversary and wanted to try dinner somewhere new. We mentioned that the dinner was for our wedding anniversary when we booked our reservation through Open Table. We arrived on a very rainy evening and the valet gentleman held umbrellas for us and guided us to the door. The hostess warmly greeted us and wished us a happy anniversary. (We had put notes like this on other Open Table reservations for special occasions, but they were never acknowledged.) We were put in the restaurant in the back. It was quiet and intimate. The decor is vary modern, but not cold. Our server was wonderful! Very helpful with suggestions. The food was spectacular and well paced. We especially enjoyed the egg rolls, ginger fried rice, salmon with mushrooms and rhubarb, bacon wrapped shrimp and banana cake. Who could have known that fried rice could be amazing! Our server and the other staff kept water constantly filled - a big plus! Our desserts even had happy anniversary written in chocolate on the plates. And we spent less for better food and service than other restaurants that we have frequented. We will definitely go back and recommend it to all of our friends.
WANNABE Central – I can't vouch for dinner, but for the bar scene, I must say I wasn't impressed. The bartenders took forever, literally 20 minutes, to get my friends and I drinks. The bar area on thr 5th floor is basically just a big white space with sleek, modern couches and tables scattered througout the space. The crowd there all seemed odd and wannabe cosmopolitans. I feel like Chambers is over the top, trying to hard to be "chic and modern." I don't think I would go back unless I was forced to. The atmosphere and people are a two thumbs down.
One of The Top Best Restaurants in Minneapolis – When I say its one of the top best restaurants in Minneapolis, I mean it. I just signed up on City Search just to let everyone know that they HAVE to go there, if you haven't already been!
As being a professional in the food industry, Chambers nailed down everything just right. My Mother and I started off with the Japanese Sashimi and Rice Cracker Crusted Tuna, which were both good, but would choose the sashimi over the Tuna. (Thought the coating was a little too heavy for Tuna). Very light though with seductive tastes.
For dinner, had the Stiped Bass Crusted in Spices and Duck a L'Orange. Both were simply prepared: Bass encrusted in spices that opened up the senses in a buttery arromatic broth, and the duck was very light in a simple orange reduction sauce with pear and ginger.
Dessert: To die for. I had the Passion Souffle and it honestly was the best souffle I have ever tasted. It was light and creamy with flavors of lime, lemon, grapefruit and passion fruit with a bitter sweet chocolate custard. It was heaven. Mom had the Banana cake and it was outstanding! Very moist and perfect balance of banana.
Please, do yourself a favor, spend the money, and check out Chambers on a Friday or Saturday night. Then go up to the 5th floor aftwerward and have a cocktail. Felt like I was in Chicago or NY. A very Non-Minneapolis experience. Hopefully this one will survive!
Great place for cocktails – After reading the editorial for the Chambers Kitchen I was really excited to go there for dinner. The restaurant is modern, sleek and urban. Good things - we were sitted immediately and the staff is very attentive. However, as far as the meal goes, the bread was stale (and this place has a pastry chef), appetizers okay and the entrees were average at best. After this experience if I were to go back it would be for cocktails only.
Not for me – If you like stark, cold atnosphere, this is the place. Food so so, but few sides and no salad available. I heard this is changing. Sevice good and prices average for upscale restaurant. I personally will not go again except to meet friends for a drink.
Absolutely FABULOUS! – The best food I've had in ages! My husband and I are still talking about the appetizers we had and comparing desserts! The quality of the food is definitely worth the price. And the portions are perfect -- no need to worry about being too full for dessert, and the desserts are just the right size to end a wonderful meal. Definitely have one of their signature cocktails -- Cucumber/mint martinis. I thought it sounded like a strange combination, but it was very tasty and refreshing. The service was outstanding. We had a long leisurely dinner, feeling no pressure to hurry up and move out. Our server explained every entree, down to the cooking process and herbs used! She also provided great advice that helped each of us decide which entree would best fit the mood we were in. No disappointments! Save time to visit all the bars - even to just people watch. The Ice Bar rocks~ never seen anything like it. The rooftop bar provides great views of downtown. And everywhere you look, there is fabulous art work -- not the usual 'hotel-style' artwork, but the real thing. A taste of upscale dining in downtown Minneapolis.
Treated Like Royalty – I recently treated my parents (from Rochester) to a night on the town in the "big city," for Christmas, so of course I took them to dinner at Chambers Kitchen! From the moment we arrived we were treated like royalty; the hosts and servers were so incredibly warm and prompt. I definitely recommend going the full nine-yards with each person ordering their own appetizer, entree, and dessert (that way you can sample a lot of the menu items!). The portions are just right so that you feel indulged, but not stuffed by the end of the meal. (Not to mention the desserts are the best I have ever had in my life!) We all chose our own courses, the Chicken Samosas, Rice-Cracker Crusted Tuna, and Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp for appetizers. I had the Roasted Chicken for dinner (my parents had the Sea Bass and the Halibut), and you would think that it would be impossible to make chicken anything special, but it was served with long beans and the most delicious broth. For dessert we had the lemon tart, cheesecake and chocolate cake, and it was a close race between the lemon & cheesecake, but the cheesecake was the best I have ever had; it was so light and combined with tangerine sorbet. I recommend making an early reservation and then going to a show afterwards, since Chambers is located right in the Theatre District. (We went to the Nutcracker at the State Theater after dinner)
Finally, A Mpls Restaurant Worthy of the Buzz! – My wife and I are recent transplants from NYC, so we know what Jean-Georges (and David Rockwell) can do. The food was excellent--we enjoyed the Goat Cheese Fondue (which is really more like a scrumptuous blintz) and Chicken Samosas (fresh!), the mixed green salad, Mahi-Mahi (tangy and lightly spicy) and Duck L'Orange (cooked to medium rare perfection), and finished with the Passion-Souflee with Chocolate Sorbet (along with an additional scoop of Green Apple Sorbet), and it was ALL worth ordering again and again. I also eyed the sirloin longingly, I must admit--for next time for me, for sure. One oddity and deficit, really--no side dishes! We gladly would have paid for seasoned or even plain rice and perhaps some Asian greens as accompaniments (only the sirloin gets honored with a starch), or more gladly would have seen them included in the dishes. The service was attentive and professional (ask for Michael--he does a great job steering you through the menu without being pushy), if sometimes a bit uneven (salads came too fast and wine too slow). Overall, Chambers Kitchen was by far the best meal we've had in MN, in the most visually appealing, genuinely comfortable (great chairs!), hippest, 'all-the-beautiful-people' nightspot in town. Don't miss the ice bar and fire pit in the winter, and be sure to check out all the art around the hotel and restaurant. We can't wait to go back.
Impressed! – I really like this place. I have only been for appetizers and drinks, but every time I have been very impressed. The apps were delicious. The service was great. Interesting art to wall around and look at. Dress your best or you?ll stick out in a bad way. I can?t wait to go back!
trendy social scene with great service – Hip and trendy social scene. The menu is pretty small and could use more options as far as entrees go. However, there was an amazing appetizer of fresh mozzarella and fig! The flavors were very unique and complementary. The staff was extremely friendly and accommodating. I would recommend this restaurant.
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