About Nicollet Island Inn
The Nicollet Island Inn has stood witness to over a century of change on the shores of the Mississippi River. The Inn is consistently named the most romantic restaurant in the area and its river views have been voted some of the best in the city. An immediately recognizable Minneapolis landmark, the Inn offers world-class cuisine created by Executive Chef Noah Balow , whose innovative and constantly updated menu includes a variety of seafood, steaks and gourmet specialty dishes. Our wine menu has been chosen specifically to compliment the food and highlight producers from the world's leading wine regions.
Nic's bar, just off the main dining room, is a casual, old-world tavern and the patio offers stunning views of the Minneapolis skyline. The Inn is a convenient, comfortable destination for breakfast or lunch meetings while the 3 or 5-course Sunday Brunch is the perfect weekend indulgence.
American, Contemporary French, Mediterranean
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:00am
Saturday: 7:00am - 11:00am
Sunday Brunch: 9:30am - 1:30pm
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday Dinner: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Contact Lindsay Kunz 612-331-1800x3
Island or St. Anthony Banquet rooms
-An outdoor patio with two-tiered walkout garden
-Small meeting space available for up to 24 people
-State-of-art A/V equipment for any occasion
-Space for 10-100 guests seated and up to 150 for a reception
-Free wireless Internet access
Our professional staff provides attentive service combined with excellent cuisine to create a productive and memorable event.
Please visit our website for more information: www.nicolletislandinn.com/specialevents.html
Complimentary parking for guests of the Nicollet Island Inn.
Private Party Facilities:
Nicollet Island Inn has three private/semi-private dining rooms and 2 banquet rooms. The Private Dining Room can accommodate up to 8 guests, the Captain's Room up to 13, and the Fireside Lounge up to 24. The Island room can fit 50 seated, 70 for cocktails. The St. Anthony room can fit 100 seated.
Private Party Contact:
Lindsay Kunz: 6123311800x3
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We have multiple private dining options for groups of 6-24 guests in either our Private Dining Room, Captain's Room, or Fireside Lounge. Whether it's a meeting, family celebration, or corporate dinner, our experienced staff can create a menu to meet virtually any need. For more information please contact Ryan via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 612-331-1800 ext. 7.
Nicollet Island Inn Ratings and Reviews
I've heard it has a wonderful brunch, an ...
I've heard it has a wonderful brunch, and while there were high points, there were low points. I had to request the first course--assorted basket of pastries--when the server brought the second course, because he forgot it. I was expecting something wonderful and found the pastries pedestrian -- 2 mini croissants, a very dried-out, tasteless half-slice of mystery fruit bread and a mini blueberry muffin reminiscent of Country Inn & Suit's breakfast buffet. My husband and daughter grabbed the croissants. The server did ask if we wanted more after the second course but, why bother. The Nic Benedict eggs were delicious, as was the slice of quiche (wished there was a bit more on the plate) but the salad greens with the quiche didn't inspire (add a few fresh blueberries, diced strawberry, apple or pear depending on the season to give interest and color). Scallops was a misnomer on the menu for the third course--technically it's scallop--a bit over one inch in diameter. It was tasty and well prepared but appetizer sized. Looking back, they could have made the experience so much better by either knocking the basket of pastries out-of-the-park (go to Cupcake in Eagan and sample theirs for ideas) or serving more than 1 scallop. Will not be returning.
Went for brunch on Father's Day which we ...
Went for brunch on Father's Day which we do almost every year. The 3-course brunch is plenty filling and the 5-course is more than we can eat. We had the eggs benedict, quiche, flank steak and scallops as part of the 3-course. All were excellent. The only thing we noticed is that over the past couple of years the complimentary mimosas have disappeared. That was always a nice touch and made it somewhat more special than some places.
One of our favorite stops in Minneapolis ...
One of our favorite stops in Minneapolis.
An excellent experience as always! It is ...
An excellent experience as always! It is my "go to" for most important occasions.
This restaurant is always an excellent e ...
This restaurant is always an excellent experience. Whether for business or pleasure it is my favorite Twin Cities "go to".
Highly recommend this fine restaurant. F ...
Highly recommend this fine restaurant. First-rate service in a wonderful atmosphere. Walleye dinners were delicious. Mushroom gnocchi is ideal to share as an appetizer. Chocolate mousse is mouth-watering. We will return - often.
For us, we sought out the restaurant bec ...
For us, we sought out the restaurant because it is close to DeLaSalle high school, that my husband attended. I loved the food and the environment. The wait staff was very accommodating and everyone was friendly and welcoming. The neighborhood is walkable next to the river and it was special to revisit his school.
The food is always good at Nicollet Isla ...
The food is always good at Nicollet Island Inn - I had the Walleye and it is excellent. My husband had the pork tenderloin and loved it. The service is friendly, staff is knowledgeable and not overbearing. The atmosphere is pleasant, relaxing, and it is fun to see the horse drawn carriages pass by. I highly recommend this place.
the dining room is located in an historic inn on an island! minutes from downtown Minneapolis! Every table has a beautiful view, the service is wonderful and the food is always memorable. We arrived a few minutes before our reservation, so we had a glass of wine in the bar - a quiet, cozy, friendly spot.
Romantic Night Out
We stayed at the Nicollet Island Inn for our anniversary and had dinner there as well. The staff was friendly and attentive. The wine list was very good. We both had fish with two totally different preparations and both were fantastic. The meal and the wine were moderately priced. Had a wonderful time.
Family birthday dinner
Took my husband out to dinner, but made it a family night with my 2.5 year old. That was risky... had he acted up, it might have been a terrible experience full of evil eyes from the other patrons/staff. I definitely wouldn't say this place was great for kids, but the waiter made sure to bring out juice and fruit right away, and was very quick with his meal. Because of that, and some crayons and paper, my son remained entertained and wasn't a disruption. Overall, a nice night, but don't be like me... leave the little ones at home unless they will be asleep or are reliably well-behaved.
The food was excellent, as were the drinks. Service was quick and friendly. Would highly recommend.
A Minneapolis Must
If you are a visitor to Minneapolis, or a resident you must stop in at the Nicollet Island Inn for a meal. I think it is the most quaint and romantic restaurant around town. But don't just save it for that. My friends and I love going for breakfast or lunch. The food is delicious and service is always friendly. Have a delicious meal, enjoy the beautiful building, then go for a walk along the river. What could be better than that!
Enjoyed a wonderful time with my parents ...
Enjoyed a wonderful time with my parents, wife and daughers and so, so appreicate their willingness to work with us as a party of 6. Thank you! Loved our waiter and the received the royal treatment. Food was excellent! Could not have asked for a nicer morning. Very special place!
Excellent once again
Nicollet Island Inn is one of our favorite places. We consistently get a good meal there. This time, my husband enjoyed one of their nightly specials. I had the Filet Mignon. We both agreed that the whole meal was just excellent. A special shout-out for the Brie Fondue that comes with the Filet. Yum.
What a beautiful location and lovely ambience!
The food was very good, fresh, hand-made. We were there as first-time guests to celebrate my son's birthday and it was a great choice. Our server was exceptional and very attentive. Our table ordered several different dishes including starters and desserts. I would definitely recommend this as a great place to dine for a special occasion.
A nice restaurant with a beautiful ambia ...
A nice restaurant with a beautiful ambiance, great wine list and good food selection.
Mother's Day at Nicollet Island Inn
The service (Erin) and ambiance are great. It's easy to get to and easy to park, without any of the congestion and aggravation of going into the heart of downtown. The setting is very nice, right on the river with St. Anthony Main just a short walk to the other side of a quaint, old bridge. The food is always well prepared and nicely presented, but too sophisticated for my taste, tending toward the "feminine." However, my wife really likes it, so it's always a good choice for Mother's Day.
Was the perfect location for Mothers Day Brunch!
I took my family out to The Nicollet Island Inn for a perfect Mother's Day Brunch. The food is superb and the service is spot on. The ambiance was perfect for the occasion! Warning you will need to book a few months in advance, and it is quiet high-end. This was an absolutely lovely dining experience!
Wonderful experience! Loved everything ...
Wonderful experience! Loved everything about this place. The 3 course brunch was the perfect way to start the day.
Sunch brunch at Nicollet Island Inn
Sunday brunch at thNicollet Island Inn was fabulous! I had a Mimosa and ordered the five course tasting which included a basket of pastries, Nic’s Benedict (Poached Eggs with Hollandaise and House-Smoked Salmon), Strawberry Salad, Scallops with Pea Risotto, Mint, Pea Tendrils and finished off brunch with the Chocolate Mousse, fresh berries and hazelnut crumble. The food was a perfect size portion for me. Our table was next to the window with a great view of the river. The Nicollet Island Inn Restaurant was quiet and I enjoyed our table conversation without shouting. The service was outstanding with our server being attentive but not intrusive. I will definitely go again to Sunday brunch!
Perfect atmosphere for special occasions.
Fine dining in a beautiful setting. The location is awesome and the staff are friendly, knowledgeable and professional. The pork tenderloin and spätzle were delicious as was the strip steak my husband ordered. It is a bit pricey but the ambiance makes it worthwhile. A great restaurant to celebrate a special occasion.
The lamb and walleye were amazing!
The lamb and walleye were amazing!
Great place for a wedding reception and your anniversary dinners from that moment forward. Great place, food, and service.
Fine dining with Great food, charming and comfortable surroundings and fantastic service. Very good dinner selections, perfectly prepared and served by very attentive wait staff in clean and friendly area with great views. Will be back again.
A New Favorite
I would highly recommend this place. The mussels, steak tartare, mushroom gnocchi, and burger are all must-haves!
My husband and I had a lovely time. The ...
My husband and I had a lovely time. The food was excellent. The pricing was good for fine dining. The service was fast, respectful, and spot on. The restaurant is lovely and the setting is great. It had been a while since we have been there but we both agreed we need to come more often.
Nicollet Island excellence
We bring out of town guests to The Nicollet Island Inn at every opportunity. Great venue and great people combined with great food and wine.
My experience was just lovely. It was S ...
My experience was just lovely. It was Saturday, 7PM and the restaurant wasn't crowded. Even with it being April, the view of the Mississippi was nice. The mussels were tasty, the flank steak was done just right. I enjoyed reading about the history of the Inn. Overall, a really enjoyable experience.
Everything about our visit to the Nicollet Island Inn was great. The food was wonderful, the server was very attentive and helpful, and the ambience was lovely. There was a special touch which was not expected. My friend and I were there to celebrate her 60th birthday, and when our shared dessert was served, there was a lit candle in it, plus we each got a glass of champagne. A very memorable evening at a charming location.
What a beautiful place!
We had a wonderful experience here on the extremely special occasion of my first meeting with my birthdaughter after 26 years. My sister had called ahead to (somehow) impress upon the wait staff and manager that this was a super special night for me, and the staff could not have been more understanding (took us a very long time to get around to ordering!), patient, kind, and gracious. I believe our server's name may have been Erin (?) (I wish I could remember for sure!), and she was just extremely good to us. The experience really could not have been any better, in any way at all! (I did not pay the bill, so I don't know the "value," but I would have paid any amount at all to have such a wonderful, relaxing meal in such a beautiful environment -- so nice that it perfectly matched the immensity of the occasion for me! Thank you ever so much to the Nicollet Island Inn Restaurant for making this very special night for us even more wonderful. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
We count on Nicollet Island Inn for spec ...
We count on Nicollet Island Inn for special occasions but our lunch was an overpriced disappointment. Service was polite, ambience was nice, squash soup was very tasty, but all four entrees were cold. Grilled cheese was mediocre, and special of the day (Swedish meatballs and potato salad) was not as good as I could make myself at home - meatballs dry and tough (microwaved Simek's would be better), and potato salad tasted like it came out of a plastic container. At those prices for such a mediocre meal, we won't be back any time soon.
Old school ambiance
What a lovely venue for a special Occasion. We especially enjoyed the filet mignon. The prices are pretty steep but mostly the food is very nicely done. The crab cake was the only disappointment.
Lovely as always!
Best place for a long lunch with best friend. Great service.
Adorable with a great view!
What an adorable little restaurant. I am so happy a friend suggested the location.
Great views and atmosphere as always
I love to dine at Nicollet Island Inn. This is a standard for us to celebrate special occasions. The location is wonderful and service is always excellent. The food is very good as well. Great for special occasions in the evenings and also great meeting get together with friends for brunch.
Wonderful ambiance, service and food!! W ...
Wonderful ambiance, service and food!! We had the mussels, wedge salad and chicken all were excellently prepared!!
While me and my wife go there on special occasions, the menu hasn't changed much over time. The whole, sparse menu is priced skyhigh and one always leaves hungry based on the main course alone. Non-alcoholic drink menu is not offered. Not a good value for the money. The outrageously loud 'after work' crowd gets old when you are trying to enjoy a quiet, fancy meal during the week. If you want a raging loud bar scene, I'd rather go to a non-pretentious bar . Fail to see what make's this place anything more than an overpriced hipster bar.
I can't wait to go back!
Everything about this place was right! I would order all the food again, everything we has was amazing. They also serve one of my favorites wines! Was a perfect date-night. Very romantic and feels special!
Great Food and Ambiance
We really enjoyed the food, the service, the attentiveness of the staff, how quiet the restaurant is compared with many of the modern high-ceiling spaces, which are so noisy. A particularly nice touch was the surprise of champagne for my friend, whose birthday we were celebrating. I also really like the old-world decor and ambiance, and the views from this restaurant. This is our third visit to this restaurant, and I hope to return again.
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