Heading to a Twins game on an empty stomach and would like to dine before the game? Or do you expect to be hungry after an amazing victory from the Twinkies? Either way, here are some great restaurants near Target Field.
901 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Everything from the chic dining tables to the gorgeous open windows makes D’Amico Kitchen a classy night out downtown. With Chef John Occhiato behind the wheel of the kitchen, Italian-inspired contemporary dishes from the simple to the elegant are infused with rich flavors and bold tones for any taste bud. Open for breakfast, brunch on the weekends and lunch and dinner, there’s no limit of possibilities. Want a preview before you dine? Check out the live camera of the kitchen for the dinner rush on their website.
80 South Ninth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Visit the one place in town where being told to go to hell is actually a compliment. Appropriately located in a basement, fiery red walls and dark lighting may make you feel like you’re in the devil’s lair, but the flavors of the simple, yet sinfully good food are far from hellish. Located in the heart of downtown, Hell’s Kitchen is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Or saddle up to the bar to enjoy a few cocktails during happy hour any night of the week — and all night long on Sundays.
Looking for a spot for late night happy hour or perhaps a nice dinner for two? Solera brings all these elements together, offering a tapas bar and lounge with traditional small tastes from Spain or classic paella made with everything from braised lamb to chorizo and shellfish. Can’t decide on just one? Try the Tapas tasting menu and allow the chef to create a variety of eight different plates, both new and traditional. Or ditch the food and head up to the roof for drinks at the outdoor bar that overlooks the bright lights of the big city. Solera opens at 5 p.m. Sunday through Saturday.
The Loon Café
The owner of this cafe identifies the place as a “baseball bar” where Twins players and officials frequent. With a great location close to the new stadium, the bar is a perfect place for fans to come before or after the games.
Known for its sushi and steak, Seven is located just a couple blocks away from Target Field. The restaurant says it has the largest outdoor video screen in the Twin Cities on its rooftop skybar and will be offering specials for Twins fans.
If you’re in the mood for pizza, but want to try a local favorite, instead of the plain, old boring staples, Pizza Luce is the place to be. Offering a mix of classic ‘za with a few local creations, Pizza Luce has a goal of bringing the most creative and delicious pizza in a fun environment. The award-winning pizza place, with five different locations — the first being in downtown Minneapolis — is open for brunch on the weekends or delivery until the wee hours of the night.
Whether it’s specialty rolls you’re after or the freshest pieces of nigiri or sashimi, Nami’s expansive sushi menu is sure to offer what you’re looking for. Combining fresh sushi with traditional entrees and delicious appetizers, Nami is a great spot for local sushi. Located in the trendy Warehouse District, Nami offers a great selection of Japanese cuisine with sushi made right before your eyes.
Fogo de Chao
It’s been coined the meat eater’s dream. Fogo de Chao is the spot for freshly cut, perfectly prepared beef and steak. Featuring 15 cuts of meat from pork loin to filet mignon, servers at Fogo de Chao bring the food to you, slicing off tender cuts right on to your plate. Guests simply sit back, flip a card to green for more or red to stop and eat until they simply can’t take another bite.
A James Beard Award winner, 112 Eatery has quickly become a favorite to many local diners. It’s been voted one of the best restaurants for late-night dining, serving a full menu until midnight Monday through Thursday and 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The menu features a large selection of options, from lamb sugo to lobster with sweet potato and grits.
Murray’s Restaurant is not only a true Minneapolis dining establishment but a historical one. Murray’s opened its doors in 1946 at the downtown location and has kept things both classic and to its high-quality standards. Known for their famous Silver Butter Knife Steak for two, this restaurant and cocktail lounge has become a tradition for locals. Murray’s features a number of specials each week.