Best Restaurants

2022 Best Restaurants in Minneapolis

We’ve gathered the very best spots to chow down in Minneapolis, Minnesota. You can see our methodology here.

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1. Hell’s Kitchen

Hell's Kitchen

Try the: Huevos Rancheros “of the Gods”

Also honored in: 2021 Best Restaurants in Minneapolis

“Started by two renegade chefs (and their business-minded wives) with the desire to bring fresh, local, and creative breakfast and lunch to downtown Minneapolis, Hell’s Kitchen eventually expanded into our current underground lair where we now offer our great food, drinks, and entertainment in a cheeky environment morning, noon, and night. P.S. Don’t worry about the name… it’s just how we feel toiling in the hot kitchen while you enjoy your meal. And NO, we have nothing to do with Gordon Ramsay’s reality TV show of the same name. Our restaurant was slinging hash years before Ramsay’s show started!”

2. Bar La Grassa

Bar La Grassa

Try the: Soft Eggs and Lobster

“Acclaimed Italian eatery presenting pastas, small plates & a long wine list in a bustling space.”

3. 112 Eatery

112 Eatery

Try the: Tagliatelle with Foie Gras Meatballs

“Acclaimed spot offering an eclectic menu of elevated comfort fare for dinner & takeout.”

4. Surly Brewing

Surly Brewing

Try the: Hog Frites

Also honored in: 2021 Best Restaurants in Minneapolis

“It all started in Omar Ansari’s garage in 1994. He liked beer, felt it should be brewed a certain way, and had expectations of what defined good beer. The motivation for the big idea was the fact that Ansari, along with current (and soon to be) beer lovers were growing “surly” because they couldn’t find enough good beer. A space was procured in 2005, previously the home of his parents’ abrasives manufacturing business – the very building used by Omar’s Pakistani father and German mother to build their own business 40 years before. By the end of 2005, Ansari and then, head brewer, Todd Haug put the finishing touches on their big idea and all systems were finally ‘go’: Surly sold its first keg on February 2, 2006, and has never looked back. Surly is now served at bars, restaurants, and retail locations across Minnesota, Iowa, Chicago, Wisconsin, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota and now calls a $30 million Destination Brewery and Beer Hall home.”

5. Pizzeria Lola

Pizzeria Lola

Try the: Korean BBQ Pizza

Also honored in: 2021 Best Restaurants in Minneapolis

“A Korean immigrant, inspired by the pure love of food, joy, and her mother’s own delicious cooking, quits her day job, opens an artisan pizza pie place and names it after her dog. There’s no need to be overly patriotic here, but is there anything more American than that? Yep, sometimes dreams do come true.”

6. Red Cow

Red Cow

Try the: Double Barrel Burger

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“Red Cow was hatched the way a lot of great ideas are – around the kitchen table. As a family, Luke, Michael and Peter, would always talk about what kind of restaurant they would build together. With a shared love for a really good burger, the family decided on a “modern tavern” concept that would elevate burgers and beverages to something special. Stumped on a name, the family pitched ideas back and forth for weeks until one day Michael said, “how about ‘Red’ for the wine and ‘Cow’ for the burgers? Red Cow!”

With a concept and a name under their belts, They sought out a team to help create a menu of diverse and flavorful burgers. Red Cow’s signature burger is the 60/40. Made with 60% certified Angus beef and 40% ground bacon patty and topped with Wisconsin-aged cheddar, beer mustard and candied bacon – it’s definitely a ‘must.’ If you’re looking for something a little more outside the box, check out the Barcelona Burger. Topped with manchego, prosciutto, piquillo pepper and smoked pepper aioli, the Barcelona Burger raises the stakes in the burger game. Voted “Best Burger” by Mpls/St. Paul Magazine twice and ranked as one of the hottest burgers in North America by Eater, the menu at Red Cow has raised the bar on the burger game.”

7. Revival


Try the: Tennessee Hot Fried Chicken

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“Our original neighborhood spot in South Minneapolis where all your favorites originated, always feels like home.”

8. Smack Shack

Smack Shack

Try the: Connecticut Style Lobster Roll

Also honored in: 2021 Best Restaurants in Minneapolis

“Although named for the boats used to catch lobster, Smack Shack was launched as a food truck in 2010 serving lobster rolls from a land-locked downtown Minneapolis parking lot. Owner Josh Thoma had a great recipe and a belief that appetite for fresh lobster in the Twin Cities was as strong as any coastal city.”

9. Spoon and Stable

Spoon and Stable

Try the: Spaghetti Nero

Also honored in: 2021 Best Restaurants in Minneapolis

“Spoon and Stable is a restaurant located in what was once a horse stable, dating back to 1906, in the heart of the North Loop Neighborhood. It is the dream of Chef/Owner Gavin Kaysen, a James Beard award-winning chef to bring his talents back home to Minneapolis, where he grew up. The cuisine is focused on the seasonality of the Midwest, the roots of the local culture and technically inspired by the French cuisine for which Chef Kaysen is known.”

10. Brasa Rotisserie

Brasa Rotisserie

Try the: Rotisserie Chicken Plate

Also honored in: 2021 Best Restaurants in Minneapolis

“We serve nourishing food inspired by the traditional ingredients and flavors of the Southern U.S., Caribbean and Mexico. Our kitchen is supplied with many locally sourced products, 100% natural meats, eggs and dairy. We also feature organic ingredients, Fair Trade coffee & teas.”