About Chino Latino
Serving street food from the hot zones in both small and large portions for sharing, Chino Latino ignites fireworks of flavor in Uptown's most spectacular bar and distinctive dining rooms.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Global, International, Latin / Spanish, Asian
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 2:00am
West Lake Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking available after 5:15pm for $8. (cash only)
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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No one refuses an invitation to Chino Latino. Beyond the wildly flavorful menu, daring cocktails and dazzling décor, parties of up to 80 can now enjoy the sexy new private Party Room. The Party Room offers guests a sophisticated private event space right in the heart of Uptown.
Chino Latino Ratings and Reviews
We go there all the time but usually for drinks and bar crew is great and always provides super service. Last weekend group of 8 friends went and our server was bit rude. On top of that, they brought food randomly when they really should serve all entrees to the group together. That's the purpose of having dinner together. 2 couples order same dinner items and they arrived to our table 20 mins apart. Doesn't make sense and mgr was not very helpful when we complained.
This place has stood the test of time. The food and service were excellent. The 45 minute wait with reservations was not. Then once seated they had put two of our party at another table. We squished and made it work and did not let that distract from our fun.
Went to visit my niece for the weekend and decided to try Chino Latino based on friends recommendations. It was packed when we got there for our 8:15 reservation on a Friday night. It was hard to find a place to stand while we waited for our table but we finally made it up to the bar and were able to find a spot and order some drinks. The bartender was very friendly and made some great drinks but it took us over 45 minutes to be seated at our table. This is much longer than I've ever waited at any restaurant when having a reservation. Once seated our server was very helpful. My daughter is vegan and so was our waitress so she told her what she could have on the menu. The atmosphere was very fun and there were lots of parties going on. Definitely a fun place to go for a special occasion. The food was very good but honestly not so over the top that I can't wait to go back.
I had the most horrible experience here. Our waitress continued to skip over our table while she continuously checked on others. We spoke with THREE managers voicing our concerns. Only one with long blonde hair was very sweet and attentive. The male with the gauges was a horrible manager and didn’t work to diffuse the situation but instead wanted to instigate an argument with us. I hope this was not a race issue however I can’t help but believe it might have been. The way the male manager acted when I was explaining the situation was completely inappropriate. When my white friend explained the situation he made eye contact and leaned in to listen to her concerns. Why does it take a while woman for the manager to suddenly find a heart? I called the restaurant the next day and asked to speak with someone higher up. They alerted me that they have a general manager and she would be giving me a call once she arrives. She never called me back. I will continue to call and call and CALL each day until I speak with someone. No one ever deserves to be disrespected the way I was on my own birthday. No one ever deserves to be treated as invisible. If there’s one positive, this incident reminded me of how important it is to continue to my Education as a law student. I’m sure if they knew the occupations of the people sitting at this table, we would’ve been treated COMPLETELY different. For a restaurant that sells food from a different culture they lack cultural competency and that is absolutely disgraceful to say the least.
Went here for my 26th birthday with friends. Our waitress was so friendly and made our experience so enjoyable! We live in Uptown, but when you are dining in at Chino Latino, you feel like you are somewhere else. Amazing food and fun drinks! Highly suggest!
I have been to Chino Latino many times in the past when visiting Minneapolis. I have always loved the food and ambiance for occasions with groups of friends. This last weekend, I went with a group of friends and were sat downstairs. Our service was so slow and items served awkwardly. My boyfriend and I went to get a drink at the upstairs bar after dinner because the cocktail service was so slow during dinner and the bartender upstairs was so rude to us. My boyfriend asked for an old fashioned sour and she didn't know what it was and instead of asking what it was or trying to figure it out in any way, she made fun of him for asking for this unheard of drink and deciding she would just make him a whiskey sour... It was shocking.
Service was great and the food was amazing. Our waitress informed us of the suggested order sizes for 2 people. She suggested 1 small and 1 large plate and it was the perfect amount of food. I thought the 2 person tables could have been spaced further apart for better intimate dining. But other than that, it was an awesome experience!
It's been several years since I visited this restaurant and the bar scene on weekends seems as lively as ever. Our server was attentive and the food arrivals were timely and well-paced. The food quality was so-so and I was disappointed in the limited vegetarian options. Upstairs it's very loud and the crowd was a majority of large groups celebrating events. I can recommend CL's cocktails and it's fun for people-watching but definitely not a foodie outing.
For a long time Chino Latino was my favorite restaurant, but this most recent experience was sub-par. The Korean Bulgolgi Lettuce Wraps were still good, as was the (off-the-menu) fried rice with guacamole. Drinks were good too. But our mushroom quesadilla was disappointing; it had no flavor and we had to put sauce from our other dish on it. Also, I was looking forward to a deep fried Snickers and for some reason they've taken that off the menu.
Prices are still on the high side, but there are more vacant seats than in the past so it's a bit quieter than it used to be.
We had a great experience. We love the variety of menu options. As a larger group we shared, family style and everyone was satisfied. They made the birthday girl feel special with customized menus and a sparkler in her drink. It was very loud where we were sitting, making it difficult to talk accross the table.
We have dined at Chino many times. The upstairs has better lighting, which we like. We typically come with a large group, so we make our share of noise, but the restaurant even with a small group is loud. Noise and darkness can be a turnoff. Suggesting upstairs for lighting would be a plus
What a fun and delicious meal! We had a party of seven, so we were able to share lots of family style dishes. The Chinese 5 Spice Spare Ribs were deliciously sweet and tangy. The Dragon Lady's Fried Rice with BBQ Pork was the best I've ever tasted. Chiang Mai Fried Chicken was delicious. Phuket Noodles were super yummy. I found the Senegalese Peanut Curry to be too spicy, but everyone else enjoyed it. We can't wait to go back!
The Screaming Steamed Mussels are amazing! We should have gotten just that. One order is plenty for two people to share for a meal. We also got the naan to go with it, which was necessary to be able to enjoy all of the delicious broth. Also, the drinks are really great and usually quite strong.
Great mojitos. They used actual mint and tasted great. The steamed pork belly buns are a great starter for two. We had the seafood paella as our main course. It had great flavor and spice. It didn't seem like a true paella (e.g. there wasn't a socarrat crust that I could detect) but the flavor and the good amount of seafood more than made up for it.
My daughter chose Chino Latino for her 24th birthday dinner and there were 7 of us. I knew right when I walked in I would never be back. The noise level is obnoxious. Thankfully we were seated in a booth in a small room off of the main floor so the new use was reduced and we could carry on a conversation. The food wasn't great but it wasn't bad however it is over priced.
Chino Latino is always a good time! I like how they let you personalize your menus - ex. "Happy Birthday Sarah!" or anything like that. Music is usually good but not overbearing. The vibe is trendy and upbeat. If you're with a couple other people who like sushi, go for the BIG plates of sushi! Not only does the food taste great, it's presented well, too.
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