Best Restaurants in the Twin Cities

Punch Neapolitan Pizza 

Punch is the only pizza chain in America with the Naples, Italy seal of approval for quality pizza. And that is saying something. Many of the ingredients are shipped in from Italy. One interesting fact is that the founder of Caribou Coffee is a part-owner, and passionate advocate for this tasty brand. It's not uncommon to see lines out the door.

Ramen at Moto-I

You have never tasted a ramen like this. Try it for rooftop dining or to go.

Masu in Northeast

Masu boasts some tasty ramen, and great sushi too.

Rojo in West End

Many restaurants in West End are a must-taste. Rojo is a delicious Mexican flare, with a fun atmosphere.

Espresso at Bachelor Farmer, Rustica, Dogwood or Angry Catfish

Specialty coffeeshops in Minneapolis are more rare than some other major cities, but these shops do not disappoint. See our full list of best coffeeshops in the Twin Cities here.

Blueberry muffins at MayDay Cafe in South Mpls

Mayday Cafe has some great coffee, but most importantly it's bakery items, baked fresh daily, and it's fresh squeezed orange juice. Buy some to eat there, and take some home for the next day.

French style fresh breads & bakery at Rustica near Lake Calhoun

Buy a loaf of fresh baked rustic bread, or some delicious pastries (we recommend the blackberry current scone - like nothing you've ever tasted). Oh, and the cappuccinos are  incredible too.

Southern comfort & bonfire at Brasa in Northeast

A warm, lively atmosphere with southern comfort items. 

Free-range at Mill Valley Kitchen

A very classy joint, with health conscious choices.

Oysters at Smack Shack in Warehouse District

Best oysters in Minneapolis. Try their famous lobster roll while you're at it. One of the most fun atmosphere for indoor or outdoor seating in the city, nestled in the warehouse district (north loop). Smack Shack boasts a renown chef, and started as a food truck that was so wildly popular, it settled on a physical location by popular demand.

Tacos at Rusty Taco 

Rusty Taco is not your ordinary taco. Several locations throughout the Twin Cities, including Northeast Minneapolis, down the way from St. Anthony Main.

Juicy Lucy Burgers at The Blue Door

Best Juicy Lucy Burger options and taste in the Twin Cities. Only challenge is when there is a wait (which is often) you can't wait outside on the street, by order of the neighborhood.

Gastronomy at Travail 

There is no competition in the city for gastronomic creations that the team at travail comes up with. Experimenting with flavor and delight like no others.

Brazilian Steak at Fogo de Chao

The best steak house in the Twin Cities. You can pay more at Ruth Kris or Manny's (which are amazing too), but this steakhouse does Brazilian flavors like none other. Pro tip: head there for lunch for half the price.

Corn Pancakes at Maria's Cafe on Franklin

Quite the treat. Have to try it to understand. Order it with cojita cheese on top.

Pancakes & bacon at Original Pancake House

Although the atmospheres are not as fun as some other cities, OPH has several locations, and their breakfast is top notch.

Spicy avocado breakfast at Fat Nat's Eggs

Feels like a hole-in-the-wall, country diner, but is constantly packed with crowds and wait times (especially on the weekend). The reason for the lines, is that the food is just too good.

Hand Spun Ceaser Salad at Gianni's in Wayzata

Order the Gianni's Salad off the menu (it is the ceaser salad), and for an extra treat, add chicken. Grab a seat outdoors, and take a walk down the boardwalk for a relaxing day on the town, and visit the fun, little shops while you're at it.