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Loring Pasta Bar

Certificate of Excellence
University / Dinkytown
Italian, American, Pasta
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327 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414-2003
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11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • Food
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  • Value
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Fun little pasta place

The food was great. The staff friendly. Nice selection of family friendly options and the outside seating was perfect.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
Mia M
Duluth, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
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5 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This evening my wife, my 18-year-old son, and I ate at Loring Pasta Bar in Dinkytown near the University of Minnesota campus. We are from out of state, and were bringing our son to the U to begin his freshman year. We had eaten at the restaurant on two previous visits, and liked the funky ambience of the place. On... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We went knocking around Dinkytown and Loring had such a cool look to it we had to try it. An old pharmacy/malt shop, converted and redecorated to too keep the "vintage" look. The service was great, many servers, hosts & hostesses are around with easy smiles to accomadate any requests. There are alot of different rooms indoor and oudoor seating... More 

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Shorewood, Minnesota
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Over the course of about eight days, I dined at Loring Pasta Bar twice. During my first visit, I sat outside with several friends , including young teenagers. The sidewalk closest to the street is lined with beautiful tall flowering plants. One friend and I were seated during happy hour and shared several small plates. Our group grew as more... More 

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Duluth, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

The food was great. The staff friendly. Nice selection of family friendly options and the outside seating was perfect.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I had been wanting to come here for years, and was very disappointed when I finally came. The menu is small, with few options for varieties of eaters. The carbonara was some of the worst I've ever had. We had some good appetizers, and some people enjoyed their dishes, but the quality was very inconsistent. Will not be returning.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Visiting the area a friend took me there as the restaurant has lots of character. The intention is very unique and the was a live band that did not overpower the table side conversation. The mussels in a bourbon cream sauce was very good, highly recommended. A very fun evening.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

They had great food and menu choices plus a local band playing that was outstanding. The jazz pianist was a real pro!

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New Brighton, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

On most Tuesday nights you'll find my hubby & I dining & dancing at the Loring Pasta Bar. The menu offers delicious options and is changed frequently throughout the year. The chefs are accomplished & imaginative. The atmosphere is unique and fun! Reservations are recommended as it is a popular place for celebrating. We enjoy dancing to The Cafe Accordion... More 

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

So, I was told when going here to definitely check out the bathrooms- I did, they are so unique! Quirky and classy are the best way to describe the ambiance of this restaurant. The service is fabulous, attentive and friendly. The food is tasty! Not going to lie though... the decor and vibe of the place is what will draw... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Of all the restaurants, bars, fast food etc in Dinkytown near the University of Minnesota, the Loring is by far the best and most interesting. Great ambiance and whacky decor. with a versatile menu that include moderately priced pasta for the student crowd as well as upscale nightly specials. So it is also good close to the U. to bring... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 327 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414-2003
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis>  > University / Dinkytown
  • Neighborhood: University / Dinkytown
  • Phone Number: 612-378-4849

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, American, Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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