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Best Restaurants for Celebrating Derby Day in Minneapolis - St. Paul

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by OpenTable x Woodford Reserve
Updated April 08, 2021

To mark this year's Derby Day, OpenTable and Woodford Reserve have come together to bring you a list of restaurants offering Derby Day drink specials and celebratory dishes near you. Whether you are donning your finest Derby attire and heading to a local watering hole or planning a feast for the festivities at home, we've got the restaurant (and game day tipple) for you. CRAFTED CAREFULLY. DRINK RESPONSIBLY. Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Whiskey, 43.2%-45.2% Alc. by Vol., The Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles, KY. Woodford Reserve is a registered trademark. ©2021

A photo of Thirty Bales restaurant
4.5 (813)
$30 and under
About the restaurant

Thirty Bales is a celebration of everything Midwestern cuisine has to offer. We're an upbeat neighborhood restaurant bringing together bright personalities, bold recipes, clean ingredients and craft spirits and playing with the flavors that make the Midwest a place unlike any other.

If you're curious about our name, it comes from the legend of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. As the story goes, Babe had an appetite as big as Bunyan himself and is rumored to have eaten 30 bales of hay a day.

Like our restaurant's big blue spirit animal, we're a pack of people that lives to eat and drink. We're endlessly in love with the Midwest and its connection to seasonal ingredients grown close to home. It's what inspires our menu and our team. And it's what inspires us as we tell our own story with the flavors and spirits of the Midwest.

Top review
Dined on Apr 14, 2024
We have been for brunch and dinner. I personally like the variety on the dinner menu better but my daughter swears by the Sausage gravy and biscuits at brunch! Service is always top notch and parking is a breeze.
A photo of Gold Nugget Tavern & Grille restaurant
4.4 (636)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Welcome to Gold Nugget Tavern & Grille!

The Gold Nugget is home to the best burger in the Twin Cities and so say the people at the 2014 Twin Cities Burger Battle. We also feature handcrafted sandwiches, soups and salads, made from scratch in our kitchen. Our beer menu focused on local craft beers and outstanding national selections, we always have something new from our neighborhood brew masters.

Everyone in your family, on your team, or from you company can find something to please their palate. We also have a great kid’s menu and gluten-sensitive offerings.

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Dined on Apr 12, 2024
Great service, thank you. Good menu and nice ambiance
A photo of The Smack Shack restaurant
4.7 (1668)
$31 to $50
Downtown / North Loop
About the restaurant
Casual, coastal restaurant in the North Loop. Reservations taken for dining room only, patio seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Please check in with hosts upon arrival for patio seating.

Although named for the boats used to catch lobster, Smack Shack was launched as a food truck in 2010 serving lobster rolls from a land-locked downtown Minneapolis parking lot. Owner Josh Thoma had a great recipe and a belief that appetite for fresh lobster in the Twin Cities was as strong as any coastal city.

Smack Shack is committed to serving sustainable seafood and is a current partner in the Minnesota Zoo’s Fish Smart program. Sustainable seafood is wild caught or farm raised seafood that has established practices to ensure the long term growth and thriving populations of seafood with limited harm to the environment.

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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Apr 9, 2024
We came for dinner before a concert at the FineLine and we both enjoyed out meals. Sat on the patio under heat lamps on a lovely cool evening, and had a Smack Shack Special and a Shrimp Po'Boy which were both amazing - as was the cole slaw and brewski's! We'll be back again!
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4.8 (3275)
$31 to $50
Downtown / North Loop
About the restaurant
The Nicollet Island Inn has stood witness to over a century of change on the shores of the Mississippi River. The Inn is consistently named the most romantic restaurant in the area and its river views have been voted some of the best in the city. An immediately recognizable Minneapolis landmark, the Inn offers world-class cuisine created by Executive Chef Michael Rain , whose innovative and constantly updated menu includes a variety of seafood, steaks and gourmet specialty dishes. Our wine menu has been chosen specifically to compliment the food and highlight producers from the world's leading wine regions.

Nic's bar, just off the main dining room, is a casual, old-world tavern and the patio offers stunning views of the Minneapolis skyline. The Inn is a convenient, comfortable destination for breakfast or lunch meetings while the 3 or 5-course Sunday Brunch is the perfect weekend indulgence.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Totally wonderful experience. Highly recommend.
A photo of Nolo's Kitchen & Bar restaurant
4.6 (1045)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Downtown / North Loop
About the restaurant
Two Minneapolis restaurateurs and one of the region’s top chefs are transforming the historic Gardner Hardware Building at 515 Washington Avenue North in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis The team consists of Marty Collins, Brett Johnson and Peter Hoff, each native Minnesotans with extensive industry experience. Marty owns McCoy’s Public House and several restaurants in Kansas City, Missouri. Brett and his family have owned and operated The Hilltop Restaurant for the past 40 years. Pete, the head chef, brings his most recent culinary experience and creativity from California to NOLO’s and The Basement Bar. His culinary vision and passion for local ingredients will help create the new modern comfort food. The team shares a passion for the restaurant and bar industry and sees an opportunity to fill gaps in the market in the North Loop.
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Dined 1 day ago
Great service and food. Only drawback is noise level if you really want to have a conversation over dinner.
A photo of Baldamar restaurant
4.8 (6194)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
If you're going to take your name from a badass like the patron saint of blacksmiths, you better be able to back it up. Baldamar marks the turning point where we usher in the new standard for style, service and steak. It means the menu’s made with old-world craft at its core and modern day meat eaters in mind — with flavors forged in fire and folded into pure primal perfection. It’s where every steak is aged 40 days and 40 nights for a taste of biblical proportion, and where crazy-fresh seafood means it was caught during your morning commute. At the bar sits every spirit imaginable, and someone who isn’t afraid to use them. This is more than a new steakhouse. It’s a line in the sand. It’s not just where you celebrate special occasions. It’s where you create them.

*A 20% Service Fee is added to all groups of 9 or more.

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Dined 7 days ago
Fabulous service! The food is also very good. Top notch for a restaurant outside of a shopping mall.
A photo of Gianni's Steakhouse restaurant
4.8 (2419)
$31 to $50
Wayzata / Long Lake
About the restaurant
Prestigious 2014 Beef Backer award winner Gianni's Steakhouse is an upscale restaurant for all ages to enjoy. In addition to our hormone, antibiotic-free, USDA prime and local beef, Gianni's also offered chops, chicken & fresh seafood. Enjoy our famous tableside "spun" Caesar salad now safety crafted in our kitchen, potatoes papalette, grilled shrimp appetizers, and a first-class, internationally represented wine list. Invite your friends out tonight in our newly redecorated space. Gianni's has received the award of excellence from Wine Spectator for 2018 - 2023.
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Dined on Apr 10, 2024
I’m not sure where Gianni’s gets their lobster, but this was by far the best lobster I’ve ever had. Large healthy portion. Their porterhouse and NY strip were tender, juicy with a lot of flavor.
A photo of The Nicollet Diner restaurant
4.6 (93)
$30 and under
Downtown / Loring Park
About the restaurant
Visit our scratch kitchen, where you can enjoy breakfast anytime! We also serve fresh burgers, sandwiches, soup, salad, and ice cream 24/7 in our classic diner! We are the only 24-hour restaurant in downtown Minneapolis, serving top-quality ingredients for a hearty meal day or night. We are conveniently located on Nicollet Mall next to the Minneapolis Convention Center.
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Dined on Jul 30, 2022
Great breakfast. Very busy, service was a bit slow due to that but our server was still accommodating and friendly and took care of us. Love this place!
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