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, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Skywater Ratings and Reviews
When I arrived, the African-American you ...
When I arrived, the African-American young lady informed me that I couldn't have made any reservations because they were closed to reservations, at the time. She proceeded to tell me that she would still sit me but I'd have to wait for her to clean a table. She walked me over to a dirty table and I waited for her to come back with a towel, instead she brought out another table's drinks. I thought she was walking back to get the towel, this time, but instead she started doing something else. I walked over to her and told her, "Excuse me, I am leaving." Poor customer service.
This place use to be so good but no long ...
This place use to be so good but no longer. Menu is boring and food is passable but I like to go out and have good food, not just passable. THis is so convenient to Orchestra Hall that I wish it were better, but doubt that I will go again. Would rather walk outside and get better food
As usual, the food was tasty and the ser ...
As usual, the food was tasty and the service efficient. Special requests were granted with a smile. Our coffee cups were kept full and hot. We enjoy beginning our night out to the Minnesota Orchestra concerts at Skywater - always a treat!
Orchestra Hall is across the street from ...
Orchestra Hall is across the street from the Hilton, and dining options in this vicinity have become very scarce due to the closing of several high-end restaurants. We were going to Orchestra Hall that night and thought that we would try the Skywater as an alternative to these favorite closed restaurants.
The restaurant was adequate. But to be honest I really expected much more from the only dinner venue at the Hilton--one of the largest hotels in Minneapolis. We don't require much, but the room in which we were seated looked like a low-level bistro. No tablecloths, and minimal setup. The room was also badly understaffed. Our poor server was racing around looking stressed and harried all the time. The menu was very limited, and aside from a couple of steaks and a short rib plate, could have been in any brew pub. There were no signature items on the menu, no specials, absolutely nothing that would make the menu stand out. Aside from the few actual dinner items there were burgers and pizza--again, "any brew pub" fare. That said, the food was fine, though not outstanding. We did appreciate a la carte sides of well-prepared broccolini and roasted carrots.
The restaurant was adjacent to a bar area, which made everything extremely noisy. This made the dining experience much less pleasurable.
The Hilton is missing a big bet here. Especially for patrons of Orchestra Hall, the Target Center, and the Convention Center, this restaurant or something evolved from it could easily be the go-to place in the area, given the lack of other good options.
Went with 3 others. Two of us shared a ...
Went with 3 others. Two of us shared a salad and Pizza and it was plenty of food. We were on our way to a concert but it was also a Vikings home game so the noise level from the bar was VERY loud. Only a small portion of the dining room was open so we could not get Carey far away from bar. Our server was wonderful wish I could remember his name
Despite reservation, no table reserved f ...
Despite reservation, no table reserved for us. This lift us seated in the bar section. This is the second time this has happened. Why then should I bother making a reservation if not honored?
I was visiting Minneapolis with my daugh ...
I was visiting Minneapolis with my daughter (pastry chef) and thought that this restaurant sounded fun and a little upscale. Wow, was I wrong. The menu was very limited and definitely not upscale. My daughter ordered her sandwich with the meat to be medium-rare. There was basically no pink in the meat. My pork chop came with couscous, which is a basically a tiny pellet of pasta. The couscous was still crunchy, which would imply that it wasn't cooked. We were very disappointed by the food and went elsewhere for dessert.
Enjoyable, friendly service by all we me ...
Enjoyable, friendly service by all we met, food was very much to our liking and I would recommend the the meat and cheese plater for any occasion. This would be a good experience for family and friends. Can't wait to come back to try more dishes and beer choices.
If you are interested in going out for a good time try this place. Try their appatisers and the desert was so tasty, I had the chocolate multon cake.
We saw a waiter 30 minutes after being s ...
We saw a waiter 30 minutes after being seated.We had Orchestra Hall tickets so put us in a bind . The food arrived 30 minutes after ordering and they ran out of soup so we each had half a bowl. We were not charged for the "meal". Basically this was not Hilton quality. They need a larger wait staff and better kitchen management to return the restaurant back to their original status. This was a Tues. night, not a weekend.
We ended up leaving without eating. It's ...
We ended up leaving without eating. It's really just the breakfast spot at the hotel that they open for dinner. Not really a restaurant with any ambiance at all. We were literally the only table there at prime dinner time.
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.
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