One of the city's top breakfast-brunch destinations, transforms to SWL in the evening and offers artisanal pizzas and brilliant daily food specials from People's Choice Award Winning Chef Michael Beck.
Many vegetarian and gluten free options are available, as well as entrees like Five Spiced 72 Hour Short Rib and the Duroc Pork Chop.
Kids eat Free on Sunday’s & Monday’s (with the purchase of one adult entree, sandwich or artisanal pizza, one kids menu item is free).
The HUB for GATHERING is at SWL (Sky Water Lounge), offering a $4 Happy Hour 4p-6p (Mon-Fri). Gathering and Indulging on Chef inspired sharing plates or a full menu of sandwiches and signature entrees.
Start your day the Hilton way with fresh, healthy and delicious offerings at the Hilton Buffet.
Gastro Pub, American, Pizzeria
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast 7 days: 6:00am (till Noon on Sunday) Lunch 7 Days: 11:00am Dinner 7 Days: 4p to Midnight Happy Hour: M-F 4p-6p
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
SWL features 14 HD Big Screens showing nostalgic music videos from the 80s, 90's and today. Plus, you can watch all of your favorite sporting events as well.
Weddings, Galas, Major Corporate Events,and intimate family gatherings, the Hilton Minneapolis and Skywater can tailor to any type of function.
The convenience of self parking in the hotel parking lot or the option of valet parking at hotel front entrance on Marquette Ave. Holiday Events typically offer complimentary SELF parking included in the price. Please check for details.
Five block walk to the Hiawatha line on 5th and Marquette.
Private Party Facilities:
Open to the Hilton Minneapolis Lobby, with seating 10 to 125 people in a semi-private setting.
Private Party Contact:
Private Event Coordinator: 8446624945
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Skywater Ratings and Reviews
The salad with watermelon and shrimp etc ...
The salad with watermelon and shrimp etc. has highly appreciated. The maitre'd was very welcoming and helpful. We had a good server but she had many people to help ...over
booked. The gazpacho was very good. We both thought the margaritas were too sweet, but enjoyed the creme brulee'
This was the worst experience we have ha ...
This was the worst experience we have had at Skywater in 3 years. Unfortunately we had friends with us. The steak frites on menu came out as a miserable grilled flank steak instead of steak tips which was uneatable with fries instead of the mashed potatoes and gravy as listed on menu. We were not informed of the substitution until it came, we tried it and sent it back. The fish tacos had only one piece of recognizable fish and were tasteless. Waiter was good and apolegetic. Eventually a substitute plate with a small beef tenderloin, asparagus and a crab cake were brought. These things are not even on the menu. We will have to try to find another restaurant good for limited mobility diners close to Orchestra Hall. Soup and sandwich that friend ordered was good (or at least they didn't complain!)
Longest Dinner Ever!!
We reserved a table at this restaurant because we were going to a performance at the Orchestra and we wanted to try something new. We got seated immediately, but after that the service was slow. We had a reservation at 5:45 and we did not leave until 6:30, which for the style/level of restaurant we were expecting to have an average hour long dinner. We probably didn't see our waiter for ten minutes at first, which is fine, the individual who sat us gave us waters. Our waiter then came and got our drink order and brought it back in good time. However, our waiter was basically never around, the restaurant was very open, but still nowhere in sight. We finally ordered food, it came, we ate, nobody came to check in. We wanted to order desserts, but still couldn't find our waiter, so we asked the individual seating people for help and to find our waiter. When he finally came back around we ordered our desserts, which seemed to take a long time as well to come out. The food was nothing exciting, but it was decent for the price. The desserts were pretty good too, but nothing could get over the fact that it took us almost two hours to eat at a restaurant that is maybe a step above a regular chain restaurant. We basically only saw our waiter the whole time about two or three times. I admit it was quite busy, but I would expect them to staff better on a Saturday night for downtown Minneapolis.
A FAMILY EVENT
An early supper, prior to a Minnesota Orchestra "Inside the Classics" presentation, brought the family together from Eden Prairie, Eagan and Bloomington. The menu had something for everyone including "gluten free". Pleasant staff, in particular the man at the entrance desk, made the evening go smoothly. Parking in the ramp linking the restaurant and orchestra hall made the entire evening effortless.
Look forward to meeting and eating again at the SKYWATER.
The service was terribly slow, the food ...
The service was terribly slow, the food mediocre, we were not given a detailed summary of charges, and we think we were over billed. We had to ask for our bill, and it took so long we had to leave quickly, as we had concert tickets. We won't go there again. Years ago it was our go to place every time, but since then the menu has been completely changed and the service had really gone downhill. We thought we'd give it another chance. Bad idea and bad experience.
We wanted to try a new place downtown bu ...
We wanted to try a new place downtown but we might have found our new go-to restaurant. The bourbon bbq ribs were so tender, with a wonderful sauce. We loved the cocktails too, the strawberry basil lemonade was so fresh and fun. Can't wait to return.
First Time -- will probably go back!
We thought that the food was really good and the service was very good. The waitstaff was diligent in refilling water and coffee and cleared plates in a very timely fashion. We were there for Mother's Day Brunch and it wasn't overly crowded and they validated parking -- so that was a bonus. The cost for the brunch was a little high -- especially for young kids. The adult prices weren't so out of control -- but I think the kids could have been a slightly lower. Overall -- good experience and we'll probably go back!
Well, it's on the way back up.
We were disappointed when Skywater turned into a pizza place (albeit interestingly titled pizza), and we're happy to see it again offering a full menu. That said, they certainly have a long way to go to get back to our "go to" spot when we have Orchestra Hall tickets. The service was slow and inattentive (save for the very gracious host), the food served all at once and not in courses, and the creme brûlée more like vanilla pudding with a topping. But--we are cheering for them to improve, and will continue to try again, hoping that next time I can post a more positive review.
Every time we attend a concert at Orchestra Hall, we park at the Hilton Hotel ramp. We have been reluctant to dine at the Skywater because of the limited menu. Last Friday it was raining so we decided to see if the menu had improved. It hadn't. Although my wife was satisfied with her chili, I was quite disappointed in my chicken sandwich which tasted like rubber. We will continue to park at the Hilton, but until the menu is upgraded, we won't be returning to the Skywater.
Typical hotel restaurant
The seat of our booth had a large crack that was taped up. The light above us flickered as it heals on to its last breath. The ambiance was similar to a Perkins. We looked at the menu and realized for the prices they were trying to charge, we could go somewhere with the upscale feeling that matched their prices. We ended up leaving shortly after being seated.
Not what it used to be
We have dined at Skywater a number of times as it's close to Orchestra Hall. The food has always been excellent in the past and the service good. Unfortunately, this time things were not good. It was extremely loud due to what looked like a cowboy convention. Our waiter was doing his very best but they seemed to be short staffed and everything took forever. A table next to us - seated after we were - ordered, ate, paid the bill and left before our dinners were served. We had to ask where our dinners were. Apparently the kitchen "lost our ticket." Then we were told our steaks were done but the kitchen was waiting on the fries for one order. Ten minutes later our meals were finally served. My steak was ordered medium rare and my brother's medium well. My brother's came out medium and mine medium well. The waiter was so busy we couldn't catch his eye and in any case, we were running out of time. The food was very flavorful and moist even though over cooked. When the waiter was finally able to get back to us, he was very nice, professional and apologetic. While we didn't ask for it, he took our two steaks off the bill. He received a generous tip but there are a lot of training and management issues this restaurant needs to address before we will dine here again.
Had an advance reservation. Arrived when ...
Had an advance reservation. Arrived when restaurant was almost empty. Asked for a booth (there are MANY) and was told all of the booths were reserved.I questioned this but was told firmly that all booths were reserved. Was put at a small table off to the side. We were 2 women..is that why? Ordered a martini with olives on the side, It came with olives IN it. Asked for another and olives came wrapped in a napkin! I used to come here often and LOVED it. I doubt I will ever be back unless desperate. Very disappointing.
Skip this place
We chose this restaurant as it is close to Orchestra Hall. Never again. The food didn't even match what was on the menu. I ordered a turkey, portabello, avocado sandwich and was served a tasteless turkey burger with a smear of avocado spread. My table companion couldn't find the vegetables in her vegetable pasta dish. Maybe the pizza is okay but based on what we experienced I won't bother to find out.
So-so food and poor service
Skywater used to be a reliable spot for pre-orchestra dining, but looks like they have now have a limited menu featuring pizzas which sound good but don't deliver. The service doesn't deliver either. First, when we were seated my wife and I were told there were not enough menus for each of us to have one, which was strange since the place looked almost empty. Our server finally came over after we'd been sitting for 10 min. and after we asked some questions about the menu he disappeared again for another 15 minutes before taking our order. Our french porky-fig pizza came served on their herb wheat crust which tasted like a hard cracker out of a box and was overloaded with toppings that fell off while eating. Mac and cheese with bacon was better but not worth the price. All in all, there are much better places nearby. By the way, after the concert we went back to the lounge for some coffee and dessert while waiting for traffic to clear and after about 25 min waiting for someone to take our order we got up and left.
Sky water has great food, but service can vary each time you go. This particular visit to Skywater, was not the best of services. Our server was subpar at best. I will say that this particular time that we went, was probably one of the worst services we had received on this visit. Generally, Skywater does give great service to their patrons.
Thanksgiving? Not at this place.
My wife and I went there for Thanksgiving fully expecting a repeat of the Thanksgiving buffet I had there a few, maybe 5 or so years ago. Needless to say, we were VERY disappointed with both the food and service given to us and those tables around us.
The service was abysmal - 15 minutes to get our soup/starter order in. I even had to remind the waiter that perhaps we'd like a drink.
The soup eventually came after another 15-20 minutes along with our drinks and I guess the waiter went off to do some shopping because it was at least 30 minutes until we saw him again.
In the meantime, I had to go to the bar to get another drink ,which was yet another adventure in poor staffing - it took 15 minutes just to get a couple of beers and the bar was not crowded at all.
Eventually our salads came of which the Caprese salad was actually very tasty, the green salad was just that, a green salad.
Then the REAL waiting began. And more waiting. And waiting. We were there for a full hour and twenty minutes before the "main dish" eventually appeared - amazing since they had a very limited menu (it was a Thanksgiving menu) and our section was about 1/2 full.
While the "food" eventually materialized we discovered that the turkey and sweet potatoes were both dry (quite the feat to make sweet potatoes dry), the green bean casserole was something akin to "green beans with a can of cream-of-mushroom soup poured over them" and the whole mess was tepid at best. It was clear that this plate of "food" was under a heat lamp for at least 30 minutes - the edges of the turkey "slices" were already turning to jerky.
The main dish was basically inedible. I wouldn't have fed it to my dogs.
The table next to ours was having the same issues so I approached the host and asked if there was some sort of "kitchen issue" or if it was a "waitstaff" issue?
They eventually blamed the kitchen (really?!) Eventually the whole section was comped their meals, which was the right thing to do.
Restaurant does not have sufficient servers to cover large groups. Out of my group of 10, i did not receive my order, even after requesting it twice. I only ordered OJ and the continental breakfast. After finally receiving warm juice, I was told I had to go to the buffet, which was never stated when I gave my order. So, low marks for poor service.
Great food & great service!
The staff was great! Ileana was our server and she took exceptional care of us. Jonathan wasn't our server but he also took great care of us, bringing additional items and refills and just checking on us. Thomas the host, also came over a number of times to make sure we were doing all right and to talk with us. Additionally, the food was amazing! Each of us raved about our particular dish and had to sample each other's food! We will definitely be coming back!
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