Although not located near any ocean, Minnesota serves up some of the best seafood ever tasted. Many establishments seek out the freshest catches in the world to bring quality seafood to the Midwest. Several restaurants throughout the state are known for their creativity and promise to deliver the most delicious fish to local clientele. Check out any of these places for top-of-the-line seafood.
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
50 S. 6th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Located in downtown Minneapolis, The Oceanaire Seafood Room boasts high-quality service and fresh seafood daily. The menu is constantly changing to reflect the freshest options available to the Midwest market and each entree is prepared with the highest quality ingredients. Sustainably caught seafood that includes scallops, crabcakes, lobster and a large variety of fish make up the bulk of the specialties. A raw bar is also available for feasting on fresh oysters. An amazing wine list accompanies the menu to top off a perfect meal.
Sea Change Restaurant And Bar
806 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55415
The creation of one of the top chefs in the United States, Sea Change is an upscale seafood restaurant located in the Guthrie in downtown Minneapolis. Inspired by fresh fish and sustainable seafood, Sea Change combines creative cooking and artistic presentation with the best of the sea. The artistic nature of the venue can be seen in the architecture and decor as well, with stylized furniture and fixtures to contribute to the atmosphere. Enjoy fresh seafood as well as other delights in this amazing restaurant.
603 Washington Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Food truck phenom turned full-service restaurant, Smack Shack continues to be a Minnesota gem and a great place to hang out at the bar and eat fresh lobster. The menu is so creative – offering many lobster specialties including the lobster mac and cheese, lobster corn dog and the signature lobster roll. Other dishes of fresh fish and lobster dominate the menu as well as some non-seafood options for land lubbers. The happy hour menu features dollar oysters and fries for a fantastic deal.
224 W. Market
Bloomington, MN 55425
A best seafood list isn’t complete without mention of a fabulous place to get sushi. Nestled on the second level of the Mall of America, Tiger Sushi is a unique and modern venue to find fresh and delicious sushi as well as other seafood favorites. While the restaurant is small, it offers a cozy place to enjoy signature maki, nigiri and sashimi items as well as traditional Japanese fare such as tempura and miso soup. Enjoy your meal with high-quality sake or an artistic cocktail from the bar. It is definitely worth fighting the mall crowd for.
Mill Valley Kitchen
3906 Excelsior Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Mill Valley Kitchen offers some of the freshest and most delicious fish and seafood dishes in the state. Its signature entree, the miso-glazed seabass, features sustainably caught Chilean seabass served with healthy quinoa and a perfect miso glaze. For other amazing seafood options, try the Atlantic salmon, seared scallops or ahi tuna. The best part is that Mill Valley Kitchen uses all healthy cooking practices and provides nutrition facts for all of its entrees to keep diners informed and healthy.
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Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for eight years. She loves covering all things Minnesota and her work can be found on Examiner.com.