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Loring Pasta Bar

327 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414-2003 (University / Dinkytown)
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Ranked #110 of 1,584 restaurants in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $30
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
Cuisines: American, Italian
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: University / Dinkytown
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74% Recommend
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English first
New York City, New York
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47 reviews 47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We had dinner here with friends who were at the university. It is located next to the University of Minnesota and seems to be a popular place. We all had pasta dishes: butternut squash and sage butter risotto, orecchiette with green beans and mushroom, fettuccine Carbonara and portobello mushroom ravioli. All were prepared well and were tasty. We did not... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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73 reviews 73 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Not a huge fan of the service. We did a lot of waiting, and the place was not very busy in my opinion. The food was very good. Cocktails were good too! When they were getting ready to start the salsa for the night, it was kind of a joke. The way our waitress handled approaching us was really off.... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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92 reviews 92 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I went here for lunch with a friend and sat outside as it was a great day. The food was good - solid and reasonably priced - and the service was pretty good. The best part is that the windows on the entire east side of the restaurant were open, bringing the outdoors in. It's one of the more pleasant... More

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St. Paul
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The food at The Loring Pasta Bar is excellent! The Margherita cracker crust pizza (appetizer) had a crisp crust and perfect texture to the tomatoes. The Seafood (with black ink) spaghetti had plenty of tasty seafood - clams, muscles, shrimp and scallops. The saffron cream sauce was perfect. The Cheese Tortellini Nuovi - complete with prosciutto and pine nuts in... More

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

The marinara was mostly water, the carbonara was just alfredo sauce. On the other hand, Beer was good and there was a really hot blond waitress.

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Statesboro, Georgia
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258 reviews 258 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The atmosphere at this place is great fun. The music was live, and added a jazzy feel. Service was a bit slow, but the food itself was delicious. The tuna was made exactly as requested, as were all the other meals. Food presentation was excellent. Dessert, as advertised, was fabulous. This was especially true about the chocolate cake. Oddly however,... More

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Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I had a good meal here: salmon and vegetables. This is a deliberately funky place that has its own charm. We ate outside which was fun. I did not have the past, but friends said it was good. I bet you'd like it! Try not to get a table on second floor because it's right over the grill and your... More

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White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Recently visited Loring Pasta Bar for the first time, with a friend of mine. First off, I was extremely impressed with the layout, decor, and overall atmosphere of the restaurant. If you are looking for a fun, unique place to dine, this is for you. The inside is French-y/Italian with large clocks and vintage Italian posters to compliment their checkered... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I didn't actually eat anything at this restaurant, but instead went to a black light salsa dance party. They hold salsa dancing here every Sunday night, and this was my first time, but I will certainly be back! The music was fantastic, there was plenty of space for dancing, and they draw a very large crowd so there are plenty... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014 via mobile

What a great venue! Multiple levels, dance floor with live music, open kitchen, and character galore! Prices are reasonable for the city, although portions are modest. Food quality was good, not great. Parking is a challenge in dinkytown. Had tango and samba music the night we were there. Very fun! Would go again for sure.

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