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Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

1010 Nicollett Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (Downtown)
(612) 332-1010
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Ranked #54 of 1,586 Restaurants in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $20 - $40
Sun 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Thu 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat 5:00 pm - 2:00 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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English first
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Top Contributor
139 reviews 139 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Have had many nice experiences at Dakota; this was even better than others. Prompt, courteous and unobtrusive service (whoever waited on us at table 238 on Sept 11 should get some praise), with some subtle wine recommendations. The rainbow trout was the best I've had in decades; with some light smoky overtones. Really like the idea of being able to... More

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108 reviews 108 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We had tickets to see a 'headliner' so we decided to go early for dinner. Wow - totally underwhelmed. The $28 pork tenderloin main course had two small medallions of pork, lentils, carrots and a bit of sweet potato puree - really? $28?? Almost sent it back to ask if it was a starter. Mussels - $14 for a bowl... More

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Wonderful Boulder Colorado
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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Ok, so it was a Tuesday night and not much was happening anywhere in town.... yet... a neat little jazz band was on staff and floating riffs around the venue to the delight o the small but engaged crowd. Service was fine and the music was A1 with drinks nice as well... The setting could be a bit more smokey,... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The Dakota Jazz Club is a really cool, swanky little place that's some what disguised on Nicollet Avenue in Downtown MPLS. I went there for the first time for a show and it was amazing! The atmosphere was great, and the staff was fabulous. The one draw back is that there aren't a ton of food options, and not a... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

My wife and I love live music, but far too often the food is overpriced and just this side of serviceable. Dakota is a pleasant exception. Probably the premier jazz venue in the Twin Cities, we go there for the music. The food, however, would stand on its own. On a recent visit, we shared mussels and fries - the... More

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Houston, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I can not rant about this place enough!! I did a little research to find musics venues near my hotel (Hyatt).The website gave links to the artist's music and videos. I excitedly planned to see Davina and the Vagabonds. The website said the cover charge was $15 but I could not reserve a ticket/seat online and I couldn't figure out... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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148 reviews 148 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

My wife and I went on a beautiful Monday night to this "jazz" club and restaurant and were terribly disappointed. First, the live entertainment was folk and not very good folk. Thankfully we didn't pay the cover to sit in the live room but opted for the restaurant. There was only one other table with customers but it took a... More

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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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
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 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
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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