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May 17, 2011 09:58 AM

Hell's Kitchen Music


My parents are coming to Minneapolis on Thursday and I was looking for a nice and easy place to take them on the first night. They will probably be jetlagged (7 hour time difference) so the food shouldnt be too complicated and I'm just looking for a nice atmosphere. They are staying in the Westin so something within walking distance would be great.

I never been to Hell's Kitchen but it seems to meet the food criteria and it is fairly close to the Westin. What I'm worried about is the live music that they have. I read in some reviews that it can be loud and I don't want to have to shout all night. So it would be great if anyone can give there opinion on this.

Other suggestions for restaurants are also welcome! I saw that Zelo is also close but that might be too fancy for the first night.


Hell's Kitchen
80 South 9th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

831 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402

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  1. We went there during their Sunday Gospel once. We were a larger group (about 6-7 people) and recovering from a late night. We found that the music took front stage instead of staying in the background.

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    1. re: forgottendreamr

      We actually ended up at Hell's Kitchen last night for dinner. We were seated in the front room, and I found the music very loud. We all had difficulty hearing each other. I am not sure if they seat in the back room at night, but I would request it if you don't want to hear the music.

      Hell's Kitchen
      80 South 9th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

    2. I wasn't aware that they had music at night...the only time I've encountered it is on Sunday morning.

      There are plenty of other walkable choices in that area, depending on the desired cuisine and budget. I like Vincent, Masa, and Dakota as other options.

      1070 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

      1. Thanks for the help so far. I checked the website and they have a CD release of some artist at Hells Kitchen that night so I'm not sure what that is going to be.

        Is there also music at Dakota? The menu looks good and is what we are looking for for the first night.

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        1. re: Nicccc

          The Dakota is also a jazz club but again, I'll have to claim ignorance on the noise level during a regular performance.

          The food is excellent (and very underrated), FWIW.

          1. re: Nicccc

            Dakota is absolutely your best choice...

            1. re: Foureyes137

              Count on the music at the Dakota being loud. It's a music venue that just happens to have good food to eat during a concert. Most tables are right around the stage, on two levels, and the amplification is, um, modern (i.e., LOUD). Besides, if you talk during the music, you'll annoy the people who paid to see the performance.

              How about the bar area at Vincent? It's casual and the food is great. It can get a bit noisy during happy hour, but not dramatically so (in my experience). The dining room is blissfully calm.

          2. The least complicated thing you could do would be to dine at BANK downstairs, and the atmosphere is what makes that place.

            A bit less fancy, but awesome, would be the Bradstreet Crafthouse, but only if your parents enjoy adult beverages.

            The music is pretty much front and center at the Dakota, though it's a Flamenco artist, so that should be pretty tame.

            1. Great suggestions everybody! We generally don't dislike music, but since we haven't seen each other for 5 months it would be nice to be able to have a nice conversation. More suggestions are always welcome since we have 4 days!

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              1. re: Nicccc

                Any time I go to Hell's Kitchen, I make a reservation and request the Fireplace Dining Room. I call that day to confirm it will be available, as sometimes they rent it out for private parties.

                They do not have live music every night, and then the noise isn't too bad, but I still wouldn't want to be in the Underground Dining Room near the stage because it is too crowded.

                Hell's Kitchen
                80 South 9th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402