509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5541344.990302 -93.253629
11am-2am Monday-Friday, 9am-2am Saturday & Sunday
Neighborhoods: University, Nicollet Island
Gem of a restaurant! – I eat at Red Stag regularly and I'm happy to say it keeps getting better. Both the bar and kitchen continue to pump out fresh seasonal menus. There is something new everytime we stop in. After reading some of the reviews here I assume some people expect an old school dark place w/ grey food. You'll not find that here...thank god!
Over priced - uninspired – Comfortable casual atmosphere - but the food I had will not get me back for some time. I had the Elk medallions with cauliflower potato zucchini puree with truffle sauce. Small portions. Meat was tough. Truffle sauce? Maybe; caught a whiff of truffle on first taste - but nothing like true truffle sauce. At $31.00 one expects flavor and quality that makes an impression - but it wasn't just wasn't there - So, I won't be either. Disappointing.
In a word...fabulous! – Loved it all-the ambience, the service, the food, the drinks (hamm's in a can?! what's not to love?).
After dining at two other new restaurants in prior weeks (Porter and Frye, R Norman) this was by far our best experience!
Not so much – I am sure there is a segment of the population that enjoys this particular genre of food. I question if it is a big enough population to keep the restaurant open.
We were greeted by a friendly woman, seated, and proceeded to wait for a server. It seemed a little busy so we continued to wait. It seemed as if the servers had tables all over the restaurant as opposed to each having a designated section. Let me tell you from experience that THIS never works. Also I don't know why establishments don't have busboys, 1 or 2 who can water, reset, clear plates, etc. They are well worth the $$ and it frees the hostess and servers up to take care of the customers. Plus you go on with less servers depending on how many bussers you have. Easy fix!
Overall not too much exciting about the food, pork chop was fine nothing I can't do, chicken was moist but was it aalspice on the skin??,liver ok but....over priced for what it was and how it was prepared. I don't really see what grits and Wisconsin supper clubs have to do with one another but hey.
Dessert was wonderful though. Particularily the strawberry rhubarb pie. Excellant crust!
As with all restaurants that open I think you need to have a good consistant product priced right and a knowledgeable capable staff to bring the customer back.
Look at Heidi's Stuart Woodman, he tried to make Levain and 5 into desireable restaurants but he was pushy and horribly overpriced, but now has very few entree's over 20.00 The food is steller and affordable.
In addition to my rants, the chef should never, never run the front of the house, it doesn't work. Too much ego involved.
I think if Red Stag makes it past a year it will be the bar that carries it (example Cafe Maude) or they change chefs.
Elegant, organic and local North Country fare served in a beautiful modern supper club atmosphere. – In Short
The North Country gets a high-class makeover in this contemporary spin on old-school supper clubs. The latest venture from restaurateur Kim Bartmann of Bryant Lake Bowl and Barbette, Red Stag is like those vegetarian-friendly restaurants' meat-loving, football-playing big brother. Here, ceiling rafters and wood tables are as thick and hearty as the array of steaks on offer. Bartmann and chef William Baskin go beyond traditional feel-good food to offer up locally grown, organic goods that every eater can take comfort in.
You'll never leave hungry: Plates here overflow with local and organic foods.
The service here is spotty. Long waits, inconsistent food and a pretty package that doesn't always offer the real goods inside have been the norm so far.
Dude! Burned Flatbread – We dined at The Red Stag last night. It was full when we got there. The hostess told us it would be about a half hour wait and encouraged us to take a seat at the bar and have an appetizer and a drink while we waited. We were immediately greeted by a friendly bartender, we ordered drinks but wanted to wait to snack until we got our table. Our only complaint with our bartender was that he called us and the people around him "dude" a lot, and I mean A LOT! We were seated after 20 minutes and ordered the daly flatbread immediately. It was lacking toppings and literally burned around the edges, I was surprised the kitchen would let something go out that looked that bad. The table next to ours ordered the flatbread as well and theirs was also burned around the edges. DInner was great, we had the red deer stroganoff and the sunday special. Excellent portions and delicious food. Our server seemed a bit harried and distracted but others seemed to be helping him out and we did get everything we needed without having to ask. The hostess brought us our dinner, got us another round of drinks, cleared our plates for us and dropped off our check. Everyone really seemed to be working well as a team. The restaurant was full when we arrived and full when we left. We were encouraged to stop back for brunch service and we definitely will!
Great new hangout in NE Mpls! – I can't believe that you expected a traditional supper club. All of the press and info I have read says Kim Bartmann wanted to do her own take on the supper club in WI she loved going to . She never said she wanted to duplicate it! The cities are all about this kind of food. I had the ravioli and the duck was cooked to perfection. All of the flavors worked wonderfully together. The triple cooked fries were a nice surprise. Crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside. One of my friends had the pork chops. They were juicy and we loved the grits. The service was friendly and all questions asked were answered with sincerity. The wine list is long and there were a lot of choices for beer as well. I found the space to be charming and the noise level wasn't unlike other restaurants I frequent. It resonated of people enoying themselves and having fun. We will definitely be back!
I would only go if I was looking for noise and poor service – I went here for a welcome home party for a friend, we were sat at a large table in the corner. It was so unbelievably loud that I couldn't hear the person across from me. It's just one large open room, so the noise really travels.
The menu was NOT vegetarian friendly as stated, if you are a vegetarian you will probably be disgusted. The menu left so much to be desired, nothing from a typical supper club and nothing from a finer dining restaurant. Just a really obscure menu.
The service was terrible. She seemed to come by whenever. We ordered drinks that never came, so we went to the bar to go and get them. It took 15 minutes from the time we asked for the check to when we actually got it, and another 10 for her to take the payment.
You will never see me or my friends in this restaurant again
Bummer – Attempted to go there for Sunday brunch. Sat at the bar. Ordered a drink and and told her we wanted to order food. We finished our beers before the bartender checked with us about ordering food. She was around the whole time, cleaning dirty dishes, checking in with other customers and providing drinks for the server's customers. She only asked about food when we were so fed up that we were ready to leave. Really wanted to like the place, but come on.
NOT a real supper club!!! – I'm from Wisconsin and this is not a real supper club! They really should change the name because it is very misleading. I checked out the website and expected your basic steak, potato and ice berg lettuce salad. I decided to try out the restaurant anyways. Hmmm, not so good. They seem to try "different" combinations of ingredients that just don't compliment each other. I do dine at other upscale restaurants, so don't think I'm a hick without taste.
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