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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.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Contact Lindsay Kunz
Island Room or St. Anthony Event Spaces
-Newly Remodeled, Hardwood flooring
-An outdoor Private Garden Patio
-Space for 10-120 guests seated and up to 200 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 Event Spaces. The Private Dining Room can accommodate up to 10 guests, the Captain's Room up to 16, and the Fireside Lounge up to 24. The Island room can fit 50 seated, 70 for cocktails. The St. Anthony room can fit 120 seated. Our events floor can accommodate nearly 200 people for a cocktail reception.
Private Party Contact:
Lindsay Kunz: (612) 331-1800 ext. 3
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, 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 email@example.com or by phone 612-331-1800 ext. 7.
Nicollet Island Inn Ratings and Reviews
After reading all the great reviews, we were sadly disappointed. We were seated for our easter brunch at 1pm. It was nearly an hour later before we received our soup and salad. This was a four course fixed price meal. It took nearly two hours for our meal. We sat for a long time between courses with just ice water and our empty plates. The portions were quite small and the food itsself was mediocre. Nothing special. The staff were all very gracious and polite. Our server kept blaming the kitchen for the wait, however other tables around us seemed to be moving on to entree and dessert while we sat. Seemed like chaos to me, just a bad experience all around.
Our family had Easter Brunch and the service was excellent the 5 course was very very good.
I had eggs Benedict carrot ginger soup and the meatballs and desert was chocolate mouse everything was the best. I would go back again for lunch or diner, the view from our table was fantastic over looking the Mississippi River the whole family will be back.
On a whim we changed our Open Table reservation from a favorite dining spot to try Nicollet Island Inn. We were not disappointed. The service, the ambiance and the food was outstanding. Our server was a gentleman named Joe and he was fabulous! He made great recommendations, he was attentive and overall, just a really nice guy.
This was a lovely location for a date with the man who is my best friend and husband of 34 years! We enjoyed a quiet table, pleasant glass of wine and a delicious meal. We especially enjoyed the French onion soup & the wonderful apple cider brined roasted chicken. Our server was attentive and helpful but allowed us time to enjoy our evening out.
We loved the ambiance and nostalgic decor. Our server James was wonderful and made sure we enjoyed our meal, making suggestions and being very attentive.
I had ordered a floral bouquet for the table for my friend's birthday. It was beautiful and was waiting for us when we arrived.
We were given a table by the window and the people watching was great!
Portions were small so take your guys to an evening meal.
A very special Sunday brunch and we will be back again.
The food was fantastic (we had the 5 course tasting menu for brunch and our 3 year old had the 3 course kids' brunch). Our kind and attentive waiter was solicitous and wonderful. He saw my daughter tasting my soup course and brought out a mini bowl of siup of her own at no charge. He was so experienced and made our brunch a great time. I'm thinking this would be a great Sunday after church ritual.
The setting and appointments of the restaurant are lovely. The view of the river is beautiful. Though you are in the city you feel like you have left all its hustle and bustle behind.
We opted for the tasting menu. Sadly, we were disappointed in the food. the best part was the first course: Lobster Bruschetta. The Chocolate Mouse was not bad either. However, the three other courses were unremarkable.
The manager and waitstaff at Nicollet Island Inn are very knowledgable, professional and hospitable. We had a celebratory wedding anniversary dinner there over the weekend and they made us feel very special. If duck is on the menu when you visit, get it! You won't be sorry...such a decadent and delicious preparation; each bite was a moment to savor! And if you like a slightly sweet specialty cocktail after dinner, try "The Golden Spike"....heavenly!
My sister and I took my mom here recently to celebrate her 87th birthday. A request when I made a reservation for a special table that was quiet was honored. The ambiance and food was perfect, and Mom continues to talk about the place.
I was disappointed that the Inn no longer fusses a bit, as it did as recently as a year ago, with champagne and a dessert. (That is available now if you sign up for it for your own birthday.)
Our server was polite and pleasant but not attentive as we expected from past dining experiences there.
The host was very accommodating and even checked in with us while we enjoyed our meal.
Really feel like they care about your experience as soon as you walk through the door. Great friendly service, wonderful tasting menu. Really enjoyed watching the river through the window. Will always come back here when I'm looking for a great meal and ambience.
The food and service does not disappoint! The city view is beautiful and the old charm ambiance is very relaxing. The french onion soup was traditional with a twist, the medium steak was extremely tender and flavorful. The recommended wine pairing went very well with the meal and the Sebastian Joe's ice cream was the perfect end to a perfect meal. Everything was wonderful. We will definitely be back!
Wonderful Sunday brunch! Our server was fantastic - wonderful sense of humor, both noticed and anticipated our needs, and was incredibly patient with us older ladies brunching :)
Three course tasting menu is a delight - beautiful preparation, wonderful flavors and textures. Great coffee, very reasonably priced glasses of sparkling wine and mimosas. Plus, the front desk staff is always happy to accommodate our special requests and needs.
We have always had a special time at Nicollet Island Inn. The food we had last night was especially delicious, particularly the mushroom wild rice soup. Our server was very attentive also. It was an incredibly romantic evening that I know I'll remember for a long time.
We've been here a few times and had nothing but the best! This Valentines menu seemed lack luster and not what's it been in the past. Did you switch chefs?? I don't feel like what we had this time was worth the $200+ tab. Our server was very nice and accommodating. We will be back again I'm sure, but this visit just wasn't anything to write home about..
Celebrated Valentines Day with my wife at the Nicollet Island Inn and they did not fail to deliver. We have always enjoyed the inn from the first time we dined there. The ambiance is perfect for any special occasion. Although slightly on the pricer side the food here never disappoints. Everything from the appetizers to the desserts are prepared with care and are delicious every time.
Booking over a month in advance for Valentine's day dinner with Nicollet Island Inn's restaurant, my significant other and I were excited to try their famous lobster and crab cakes listed on the dinner menu and so many of the reviews we read from the internet.
Evening of, we pulled up to the valet 10 minutes prior to our reservation time, checked in and waited in their classy but small waiting area. 20 minutes pass before the hostess directs us to the small, awkwardly shaped 'L' booth located right next to the kitchen doors, worst seat in the house.
Sitting down, our waitstaff comes over, fills the water glasses and deposits a single, thin card on the table before us -- a 'special' set menu that not only doesn't list options of anything we intended to order, but had arguably some of the lowest-rent items available on their regular menu. I politely and quietly ask our waitress if I could have a copy of the regular menu because although a set menu is not that uncommon on valentine's day, often the regular full menu is available upon request -- She states that that is not an option tonight. After awkwardly lingering for a few seconds, she says she'll come back in a minute. I discuss with my S/O whether or not she wants to deal with not only the set menu which eliminated all of our craving pics, but also the worst table in the house to which she replies absolutely not. Before we say another word or have time to inform our waitress that we will be dining elsewhere, she rudely walks past, stopping briefly to as 'So, are you sayin' or goin''. That was the final nail in their coffin. We had made no gesture or vocal request / hint at leaving the restaurant prior to this.
We promptly stood up from our table, retrieved our car from the prompt and courteous valet and headed downtown for better.
As much as we want to go back and get our favorites, this experience has fouled our view of this restaurant so much so that I don't think we'll be back for any reason moving forward.
Beautiful venue for a post theater early dinner! Bar was lovely - wine choice from Bartender was delicious! Opted for a 3 course light dinner and it was delicious - prepared creatively and served exquisitely. Lovely, quiet, friendly place - we enjoyed the one on one service!
The Nicollet Island Inn is one of the finest restaurants in the Twin Cities, in an urban area with fantastic dining options. The restaurant is elegant, quiet and has impeccable service. But the Sunday Brunch is something else! It gets an A++. A five-course breakfast is beyond elegant, with some of the finest food ever. My European visitor was astonished at this meal, declaring that it was one of the best he had ever eaten.
The first time I've ever been disappointed at the NII. Brunch. Pastry basket was uninspiring. Pork tenderloin had a dried out crusty exterior. The ham hock turned out to be minced and mixed with the beluga lentils. The green apple chutney was a schmear on the plate — I would have liked it on the side and about 3 times as much. The egg benedict was very good. The egg was perfectly poached—a mean feat to do well, I think, and they did! I would have liked more lemon in the hollandaise. At $23 per person, the price was reasonable enough.
As always, the service was excellent.
We always enjoy dining at the Nicollet Island Inn. In the past the food and service has always been superior. We were a bit disappointed on our last visit. We were there for Sunday brunch and seemed to have a inattentive waiter. We had to ask a service person passing by for the pastry basket after a long wait and then when our food arrived one entree was cold. When the waiter finally checked back and was told he whisked the plate away and it was returned to our table after having been put on another plate and only a bit warmer than when it first arrived. This was the first time we have had a negative experience after many excellent meals at the inn. We will return in the future, but maybe not for Sunday brunch.
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