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Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

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1010 Nicollett Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (10th Street)
(612) 332-1010
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 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
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Entering its third decade, the Dakota has long been a favorite of jazz...
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 108
    Excellent
  • 69
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Lovely place to enjoy a good live jazz band and have a drink or two, maybe tree

Lovely place to enjoy a good live jazz band and have a drink or two, I did order food from the menu. but the service was excellent, fast and friendly. I will definitely come back to try the food and enjoy another live jazz show.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Salvador S
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Lovely place to enjoy a good live jazz band and have a drink or two, I did order food from the menu. but the service was excellent, fast and friendly. I will definitely come back to try the food and enjoy another live jazz show.

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minnesota
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25 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We had a fabulous meal! Although the menu was small, everything we ordered was amazing! We even had someone with dietary restrictions, and they accomodated us with no problem! We are coming back next month to celebrate another birthday! It's a 6 hhour trip, so you know it was definitely delicious!

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

The Dakota is a destination for National and International Jazz acts. I have been in New York City chatting with band members that consider the Dakota the finest club in the country! While Jazz is what the Dakota has built its reputation on, Blues, Country, some rock and soul are all well represented throughout the year. Better local acts make... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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134 reviews 134 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Tucked away in an office tower on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis this is the place to go for jazz and all things that are music. Acts have included national artists from Pat Metheny, to Chic Corea, to Chares Lloyd, to Tower of Power, to local favorites like Nachito Herrera, Davina and the Vagabonds, and the Steele family. The food... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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33 reviews 33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We made reservations for a upstairs seating to see Sonny Knight and the Lakers (awesome!!) and we were pleased that we could see the stage so easily despite another couple at the table in front of us. The menu offers a variety of interesting choices and while some ingredients/combinations may sound unusual to people, we've never been unhappy with our... More 

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minnesota
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67 reviews 67 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Squash soup, house salad, scallops, and beef short ribs. All were fantastic which makes me believe you could order anything on the menu and not be disappointed. Salad was like none i have ever had. Brought us the wrong dessert, charged us for it, but it was very good. Did not give the perk to us for buying on Black... More 

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Minneapolis
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53 reviews 53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

The Dakota is an upscale restaurant and music club (mostly jazz but some variety) in downtown Minneapolis on Nicollet Mall. When my friend and I visited we were seated in the balcony right in front of the stage. Great seats! Cover charges vary from $12.00 to $30 or more depending on the band. They have great acts from the Bad... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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21 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This is an amazing venue for jazz. we went for New Year's to hear local legend Davina and the Vagabonds and were blown away by the intimate venue and the great music. We had a cheese plate and a pork terrine which was excellent and not too pricey. The drinks are good and reasonably priced; ask the server for recommendations.... More 

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Fridley, Minnesota
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We have been to the Dakota several times - and enjoy it every time. The music is above average, and the atmosphere is wonderful. Not all tables have a good "site line" - so, be careful when you buy tickets - check out the seating charts first. Wait staff is friendly. If you are in Minneapolis, it is worth the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We wanted to have dinner and a show for my husband's birthday. We saw Lisa Fischer for $55 per ticket but unknown to us we were seated with another couple at our table for four. We were not told this before the show. We had ordered dinner already. After the show was over ,we were basically told to get out... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1010 Nicollett Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
    (10th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: (612) 332-1010

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
4:00 pm - 1:00 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?