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Minneapolis restaurant recommendations

Looking for a bite to eat while you're in town for Confab? Minneapolis has options to suit every budget and taste. Here is a selection of our favorites, all within easy distance of the conference hotel.

Brit’s Pub
1110 Nicollet Mall
3-minute walk from hotel
English pub
Stately pub for hearty English fare and a pint. If it’s nice out, grab a spot on the patio (and maybe sneak in a round of lawn bowling). If not, cozy up to the fireplace inside and catch European sports on TV.

Lotus Restaurant
113 W Grant St
4-minute walk from hotel
Vietnamese take-out
Quick and casual, this local favorite serves some of the best Vietnamese food in town. Order at the counter and eat in the small dining room or take it to go and enjoy al fresco in nearby Loring Park.

Dakota Jazz Club
1010 Nicollet Mall
4-minute walk from hotel
Intimate fine dining with live music
A Minneapolis institution (and Confab fan favorite), the Dakota’s menu changes as often as their music lineup. Grab a booth and enjoy some new American cuisine, signature cocktails, and sweet, sweet tunes.
Check website for music calendar

Dancing Ganesha
110 Harmon Place
5-minute walk from hotel
Contemporary Indian
Swanky yet comfortable atmosphere with some of the best Indian food in town and great service. Expect an expansive menu with several vegetarian options and plates for sharing, plus a full bar.

The Local
931 Nicollet Mall
6-minute walk from hotel
Irish pub
A favorite for both after-work and late-night happy hour, The Local specializes in comforting Irish fare and drafts. Try the Big Ginger if you’re a whiskey fan. Extensive gluten-free menu, too.

925 Nicollet Mall
6-minute walk from hotel
Latin cuisine
If you’re in the mood for a margarita or some made-to-order guacamole, Barrio is a good bet. Lots of gluten-free options, plus tacos and tapas perfect for sharing with new friends.

Butcher & The Boar
1121 Hennepin Ave
8-minute walk from hotel
Meat, beer, bourbon
Meat lovers, rejoice! This Instagram-worthy eatery is known for their sausage dishes and extensive bourbon list. Check out the back patio/beer garden for a more budget-friendly version of the menu.

Hen House Eatery
114 S 8th St
11-minute walk from hotel
Diner-style comfort food
Cute and casual diner for all-day breakfast and lighter meal options like soups, salads, and sandwiches. Treat yourself to something from the bakery, if you fancy. (Did someone say CAKE?)

HopCat Minneapolis
435 Nicollet Mall
13-minute walk from hotel
Sports bar
Downtown happy-hour and late-night haunt with ample sidewalk seating and elevated sports bar fare including pizza, burgers, and apps, plus a Minnesota-centric beer list. Get the Crack Fries. Trust us.

Bachelor Farmer
50 N 2ndAve
25-minute walk or 15-min car/bus ride from hotel
Nordic-inspired fine dining
A Minneapolis institution. Head to the main restaurant for elegant Nordic-inspired dishes, the front cafe for an Instagrammable coffee, or the “secret” basement bar for a night cap. (Look for the purple door.)

Wilde Café & Spirits
65 SE Main St
30-minute walk, 18-min bus, or 10-min car ride from hotel
Eclectic café and gelato
If you’re looking to trek outside the downtown area, head across the river for creative comfort food and one of the prettiest patio views in town. (Named for Oscar Wilde, so expect delightful Victorian décor.)

750 South 2ndSt
30-minute walk, 20-min bus, or 10-min car ride from hotel
Contemporary natural cuisine
Elegant dining with a sustainably-sourced menu, including several vegetarian and vegan options. Stop by the Guthrie Theater right next door for a lovely view from the Endless Bridge or Amber Room.

Also nearby for quick bites:

  • Chipotle
  • Five Guys
  • Coffee & Bagels
  • Potbelly Sandwich Shop
  • Davanni’s Pizza
  • Starbucks
  • Subway
  • Panera
  • Arby’s

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