About Nicollet Island Inn
Minneapolis, MN 55401
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
$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
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.
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.
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.
Went for Lobster Fest. Hostess was spectacular and welcomed us as though she cared that we were there. Our waiter acted the entire time like it was an inconvenience to be waiting on us. We had prepaid for our 5 course meal. The main course of our meal (Lobster and Steak) was cold and probably the worst I've ever had. The lobster was juicy and would have been good if it would have been hot. But it wasn't even warm. The potato medallions were cold and hard and the broccoli was also cold. I probably would have said something to the waiter but she never came back to ask us how it was. All in all, for the $$ that we paid, it was a very unpleasant dining experience. Very sad about that because I'd never been there and we made our reservations over 6 weeks ago and were looking forward to celebrating the evening. The bus person that took our dirty dishes was so friendly and nice . Too bad our waiter didn't care as much about us as the bus person did.
We frequently visit for our anniversary dinner. The food is always good, the service is excellent, and the bar and wine list are quite good. But most of all the atmosphere and view is simply spectacular, especially in winter and after a recent snowfall. We will continue our tradition long into the future.
We spent our first Christmas Eve without family and decided to have dinner at the Nicollet Island Inn. It was an enjoyable evening, good food, good drinks and good service. We stayed there once, years ago, and would recommend it as a place to spend a night or two.
Puts you in the holiday spirit, the Inn is always a festive setting. Good and timely waiter was helpful. The salmon said was excellent with a nicely crusted piece of salmon, flavorful pomegranate dressing and salad extras. I requested a piece of bread to go with the salad and waiter provided a nice slice of French bread. The roast beef sandwich was on delicious French bread but was half grizzle or tough meat, French fries were tasty, warm and crispy. Dessert pana cotta with fresh nutmeg on top finished the meal with a great cup of coffee. It's a charming place to dine and always with the entertainment of what's happening in the neighborhood and on the river as the fox pranced along the shore line..
My wife and I went there on the coldest day since last winter, -10 F. We first encountered the valet who quickly took our car and helped us into the lobby. Warm and cozy we were greeted by the host who quickly brought to a table with a beautiful view of the frozen river. Hot coffee, a bloody Mary and the 5 course sampler meal followed in that order. Our waiter was friendly but not over attentive, the food was exceptional and the setting was so relaxing. We will definitely come back during warmer weather and enjoy a room and the Mississippi River.
This is one of those reviews that you hate to write because you don't want to give away a truly good secret, but at the same time, the establishment deserves the recommendation. So here's hoping that they suddenly do not become overwhelmed with business that it becomes impossible to book a table less than 3 months in advance! This is 5 stars all around - service, ambiance, meal, drinks. The view of the river (esp during a snowfall) beats the St. Paul Grille's view of Rice Park. A bit expensive, but certainly no more so than any other establishment of a similar dining level. The one suggestion I would make is to include more vegan/vegetarian options.
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