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2940 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408-2110 (Lake)
On the MTC #4, #21 and #53.
612-821-6262
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12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Dining
Bar scene

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Visitor rating
  • 17
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Loved the food & server - not so much the drinks.

My boyfriend and I were looking for a restaurant that served good ramen, and a friend suggested Moto-I. We went during a weeknight happy hour. The restaurant has a nice atmosphere for a date night. I wish I could remember the name of our server, she was friendly in refreshingly genuine way. BF had... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 8, 2015
TripsyFang
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Bar scene
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

My boyfriend and I were looking for a restaurant that served good ramen, and a friend suggested Moto-I. We went during a weeknight happy hour. The restaurant has a nice atmosphere for a date night. I wish I could remember the name of our server, she was friendly in refreshingly genuine way. BF had the Classic Ramen - we both... More 

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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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54 reviews 54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We went here for my 30th Birthday party. I really wanted ramen so we thought we would give this place a try. Comparing to real Japanese Ramen this place was okay. Opinion is soley based on the Classic Ramen, which is a pork broth with shredded pork, pork belly, and slightly poached egg to finish off. The meat and noodles... More 

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Dallas
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505 reviews 505 reviews
261 restaurant reviews
262 helpful votes 262 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We stopped here for a few drinks & shared a couple appetizers with the table. The food was good (we tried the Rangoons and the Tokyo fries (which were our favorite) , and the service was friendly. There is meter parking on the street, if you can't find an open meter I"m not sure where you'd park.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Really liked the food and staff , we did several small plates and shared. The whole group loved everything we tried. Maybe next time someone else will drive and I'll try the saki they make on site!😄 Pretty cool!

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Bloomington, Minnesota, United States
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The ramen at moto-i is so wonderful! I had the maitake and my partner had the classic pork ramen. Both were excellent. Awesome broth flavor - it will randomly creep into my thoughts without reason - that's when you know you've had a great meal!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Moto-i has a great rooftop patio, cool interesting food but the real draw is the saki. They make it themselves and the saki flights are the way to go. I love showing this place off to out-of-towners as it is unique to Minneapolis.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I love this patio, any time of day. It is especially nice at sunset with the view of downtown. I always get a Rising Sun, delicious and refreshing. Good appetizer options and beer selection. Staff is fairly attentive but it gets packed.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Top Contributor
186 reviews 186 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Good rooftop setup. Less "bros" than most rooftops in Uptown, which is nice. They do have bomb food here, and Moto-I also makes their own Sake, which i believe is unique in that it's the only sake distillery in the US. Anyways, great rooftop, decent beer list, but not great.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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160 reviews 160 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Nice and cozy with two levels and a third level rooftop patio with views of downtown. Plenty of seats at the bar, tables and chairs or comfy couches and chairs. Friendly service and fantastic happy hour small plates and saki. Great menu with lots of unique items. Try the tofu lettuce wraps or the pork belly! Looking for an excuse... More 

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Looking for rooftop experience not downtown nor Uptown. Roof top bar opened at 2:20PM, quirky...I like quirky. Arrived early sat a bar, bar chair height a bit too high, had problem getting into chair, usually have problems getting out but getting in? Problem #1 Ordered The a Problem Solver absolutely tasteless. Problem #2. Went upstairs to roof top bar nice... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2940 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408-2110
    (Lake)
  • Public Transportation: On the MTC #4, #21 and #53.
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis
  • Phone Number: 612-821-6262

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Japanese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?