Parking in downtown Minneapolis can be aggravating, particularly on the weekends. Oftentimes the same blocks are circled multiple times in the search for an open street spot and surface lots and parking ramps can charge exorbitant rates. Oft-overlooked is the option of valet parking, which is offered by several downtown Minneapolis venues. If your plans include a late-night get together with a date or a group of friends, these downtown eateries offer convenient valet parking so that you can enjoy your visit without the hassle of remembering to run out and feed the meter.

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Seven: Steakhouse, Sushi Ultralounge, and Skybar
700 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 238-7770

Seven is one of those fantastic downtown destinations that has it all – great food, excellent service, and a rooftop patio with an amazing view of downtown Minneapolis. And with three fabulous levels, each designed with their clientele in mind, Seven has the space to accommodate large social events while also maintaining a feeling of intimacy perfect for a highly anticipated date. Complimentary valet parking is available from 6 – 9 p.m., 7 days a week (with purchase of a dinner entree) which is a considerate accommodation for hungry patrons. A great late-night destination, Seven transforms into a chic, energetic venue as the wee morning hours approach. Take advantage of the valet service outside of dinner hours for $10.

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Solera Cocina de Espana
900 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis MN 55403
(612) 338-0062

Solera is a tapas bar and restaurant that offers authentic Spanish cuisine in “small plate” format to encourage guests to sample a variety of their unique offerings. Solera is an ideal event location, perfect for hosting an upcoming celebration. With several rooms to choose from, each possessing a distinct personality ranging from intimate to vibrant and dramatic, you can rest assured that a desired ambience will set the appropriate tone for your personal gathering. Open until midnight most nights of the week, Solera is a great place to grab a nightcap cocktail. Highly recommended is the rooftop patio, which bustles with activity on the weekends. And with a valet service available for $8 during business hours, hassle-free parking won’t break the bank.

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Cafe and Bar Lurcat
1624 Harmon Pl
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 486-5500

Conveniently located in the Loring Park neighborhood near downtown Minneapolis, this popular bar/restaurant is known to attract quite the crowd on weekends. Cafe and Bar Lurcat offers its patrons what it refers to as “sophisticated comfort food,” with a distinct menu designed for each space. When the restaurant (cafe) side of the Lurcat closes for the evening, the bar side remains open late on the weekends to keep the good times rolling. Locals rave about the bar ambience, which is best described as upscale, yet casual. Reservations are highly recommended on the weekends, especially if you hope to snag a spot that affords a coveted view outside while you dine. Take advantage of the convenient valet service for $8 (service begins around 4 p.m. daily).

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The Loop
606 Washington Av. N
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 340-0010

Restaurant by day, The Loop turns into a happening hotspot by night, especially on the weekends when DJs and dancing dominate the space. A younger, eclectic mix typically packs Minneapolis’s largest 360-degree bar each weekend, creating a vibrant, if at times overly crowded, atmosphere. With its proximity to Target Field, this is often a popular pre-or-post game destination, or simply a good venue to catch the game on one of their many flat screen TVs. While valet service is unavailable during the week, you can roll up in style for the nightlife and take advantage of the service on weekends beginning at around 9 p.m.

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831 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 333-7000

An upscale Italian eatery minus the pretentiousness, Zelo is known for serving up some fine Italian food. While the cost of an entree may deter most from making this a regular dining spot, the reasonably priced 4-5-6 attitude adjustment hour and late night offerings (which include a selection of wood fired pizzas) hit the spot while keeping money in your pocket. Zelo’s historical architecture coupled with its funky decor combine to create a truly unique bar ambiance. Open until midnight during the week and until 1 a.m. on the weekends, Zelo is a great place to snag a late evening meal and stay for drinks afterwards. Valet parking is available beginning at 6 p.m. until close for $9.

A Minnesota native that was born and raised Up North, Minneapolis is where Christina Kalinowski currently calls home. She went to graduate school, survived, and has a Masters Degree in Sociology from Purdue University. Christina loves to read, write, and explore the city. She enjoys writing about unique events, of which (thankfully!) there is no shortage of in Minnesota. Her work can be found at