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Loring Pasta Bar

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$$$
University / Dinkytown
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327 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414-2003
612-378-4849
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
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: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 69
    Excellent
  • 72
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
great environment

I loved the ambiance of this restaurant. It really stands apart from other locations with it's unique charm and character. The food was excellent and the portions were perfect. If you are expecting to take home left overs this isn't the place for you. But if you want to have a great dinner with an... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 17, 2015
Lisa P
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was in town visiting a friend for a weekend and we happened upon Loring. As college students we were looking for a good deal, which we got, but what we also got was a wonderful experience. A fiction writer named James frequents the bar, and we had an unexpectedly insightful conversation about life. The bartenders were also so kind.... More 

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Thank tessalexandra
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

First time here. Loved the environment and atmosphere, and admired the live plants and trees they keep indoors. The food wasn't great. Unappetizing in appearance and portion and quality of food wasn't equal to the price. My meal was made with gluten free, overcooked macaroni noodles in place of a restaurant quality, flavored noodle. It was a meal that I... More 

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Thank GlutenFreeGirl823
St. Paul, MN
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I used to love Loring Pasta Bar - great ambience, incredible decorations/plants, awesome live music, and centrally located to the Varsity Theatre and University of Minnesota (Minneapolis campus). That said, I just recently visited before a concert at the Varsity and was a bit disappointed with my pasta - they used to be spot on, so not sure if anything... More 

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Thank Jae L
Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

I have loved this place since it opened. It used to be Gray's Drugstore when I sent to the U of M and, at one point, Bob Dylan lived above it. It was renovated and is unlike any other place; big open space with seating upstairs looking over the first floor. Quirky bathrooms - hard to explain, but worth the... More 

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Thank aprilgrande
Stillwater, Minnesota
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Eclectic menu with great food. Wonderful wine selection. Staff is great, pleasant, attentive. I've tried everything on the menu & have not been disappointed. Love bringing out-of-town guest to the Loring.

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Thank Sandy7191980
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

I loved the ambiance of this restaurant. It really stands apart from other locations with it's unique charm and character. The food was excellent and the portions were perfect. If you are expecting to take home left overs this isn't the place for you. But if you want to have a great dinner with an experience then you must give... More 

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Thank Lisa P
Rochester, New York
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

We sat outside as the noise level was too high for conversation. I was a bit disappointed as the pasta dishes on the new menu were limited. Overall the service was consistent, the food hot and tasty.

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Thank Trilady76
Wisconsin
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

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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Thank David P
schwenksville,pa
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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Thank shelleybeen
Shorewood, Minnesota
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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