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Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

1010 Nicollett Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (Downtown)
(612) 332-1010
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Ranked #28 of 1,585 restaurants in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $20 - $40
Sun 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Sat 4:00 pm - 1:00 am
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: 10th Street
Description: Entering its third decade, the Dakota has long been a favorite of jazz legends as well as patrons who savor the best of both art forms, the virtuosity of kitchen and bandstand. You can eat in the dining room and enjoy music second-hand from the adjacent club room; but you can also enjoy the music in the intimate club while making selections from either the bar or dining room menu—the best of both worlds. Patrons must note that online reservations through OpenTable apply to the dining room only. For show information and club reservations please call.
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192 reviews from our community

80% Recommend
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English first
Thunder Bay, Canada
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My husband and I went to dinner at Dakota, during our weekend stay in Minneapolis! They had a great live band doing Aretha Franklin, that started around 9PM. We had reservations, and did not have to pay the cover, as we arrived earlier for dinner, but after a certain time, it was $15/person. (I'm not sure if this varies from... More

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Richmond, Virginia
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Dakota's usually features a Jazz performer during dinner and we were there on a night when there was no cover. They had a limited menu but everything we had was really good. The performer was also very good, In summary we had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

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Wichita, KS
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Recommended to us by a friend. Went there for the band that was playing that night. Wow! Great food. We had so much fun! Service was excellent!

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Dubuque, Iowa
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Strolled the mall and stopped in on our way back to our hotel for dinner. Enjoyed the music outside. Lovely menu that offered items nice for my Teen & Tween children to choose from.

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I really love the music and the calendar of the events .. The really bring unique talented musicians .... But the problem for me with this place is FOOD !!!!! I am not liking the menu they have .. Not many choices of dishes .... But everything else is really good

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Dakota is a first rate live jazz club and restaurant with name performers and an inventive seasonal menu. My wife and I dined here prior to the Minnesota Orchestra Gershwin and Bernstein concert at nearby Orchestra Hall. The dinner menu is quite nice, and the service was attentive. I had the grilled rainbow trout, along with a piping hot soup... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

While on a business trip, I decided to go into the Dakota on a whim. I got an evening of very good food and great entertainment. But don't eat and run. The best part of the evening was a group called Divina and the Vagabonds. They play Dixieland jazz like no one you've heard. The lead has a voice very... More

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New York City, New York
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55 reviews 55 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Following the Twins game, my friend and I headed over to the Dakota for an early dinner. It had a great "jazzy" decor and I like how the menu was presented (in a "record"). The plate portions were just enough so that one could get through an appetizer, entree and dessert if they chose to. My friend and I started... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We enjoyed a great evening of jazz and blues at the Dakota. We made reservations for dinner and show by telephone the day we attended. However, we were out-of-towners and were given a terrible table. Once we were seated, we requested a better table, and they gave us one in the balcony! The food and drinks were good, but the... More

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Greenwich, CT, United States
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

I had a terrific meal while listening to three hours of great rockabilly music played by Pat Donahue & the Prairie All-stars. They play every Monday at the Dakota. The chef has some very creative dishes including the Spring pea panna cotta and the Lemon Icebox Pie (not your grandmother's pie).

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