Late Night Dinner in Minneapolis
Looking for a good restaurant that is open late. My flight is landing at 9:15pm on Friday night. I'm looking for a place for a good meal that serves past 10pm (since I probably won't be able to get anywhere downtown until that time). A good beer and wine list would be a plus. Also, I am looking for a place close to the airport for dinner on Saturday night. Thanks!
For late night dining and delicious food in downtown Minneapolis, the first two places that come to mind are 112 eatery and Bar La Grassa. Both have the same executive chef - 112 eatery is more "eclectic American", while Bar La Grassa is Italian (and has a lot of tasty pasta). Each serves their full menu until 1am on Friday nights. (www.112eatery.com and www.barlagrassa.com for menus, etc)
112 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Those were going to be my suggestions as well. On a Friday night, though, I think you would need a reservation at either. I think you could make a reservation in good conscience at either place knowing that if your flight is delayed somehow, your table will not go empty.
(Email or call ahead if you can't make it, of course.)
Do you think a reservation is necessary for a late night dinner? I'll be in Minneapolis this weekend and was thinking of trying 112 thanks to its rave reviews her! But, I figured I'd go late, probably no early than 11....
Also, can you eat at the bar at 112? I'm traveling alone, and I usually prefer eating at the bar to a table when I'm solo.
I am not sure about how full 112 is at 11 on a Saturday as I have not been then. The last time we went was ~9pm on a Wednesday. We would have had to wait 30-45 minutes if we wanted an actual table, but there were several seats at the bar (they actually have two small ones) so we ate there. The full menu is available at the bars and the bartender provided very nice service.
I often end up at Rinata for latenight dinners - they have a changing menu consisting mostly of pretty solid pastas (+ apps and pizzas and occasional non-pasta entrees). http://www.rinatarestaurant.com/
Barbette is also good and serves food until midnight. After 10 the menu is rather limited, but you could definitely cobble together a filling meal from what they've got. http://barbette.com/
The 112 is great, as suggested. I haven't been to Bar LaGrassa yet but would really like to go there...
If you found yourself wanting something casual, the Bulldog NE serves food until midnight. Or Buster's on 28th has burgers until 11.
401 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Buster's on 28th
4204 28th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406
2451 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405
Well for a large beer selection and pretty good food (not like a 112 or anything) you could cab in 5 minutes to Joe Sensors sports bar right off of 494 in Bloomington. I think it's full menu till 11PM and apps late. I always enjoy it! Finer dining, many places are usually open till 11PM on Friday.
I don't know much about beer, but Joe Senser's to me is no better or worse than any average sports bar anywhere around the country. You may as well go to TGI Friday's, Applebee's, Champps, etc. There won't be much dropoff in food quality.
Now that I think of it, I did try and order a "dark beer" at Senser's last time I was there. The options were pint of Guinness and larger glass of Guinness. I had the Guinness.