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The Craftsman Restaurant and Bar

4300 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406-2301
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Ranked #117 of 1,587 Restaurants in Minneapolis
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Price range: $21 - $30
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Asian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 43rd Avenue
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English first
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We were in around 7 on a Wednesday night. It wasn't very busy, but service was a little pokey. We had the Bibb salad, the smoked feta dressing was very good. For entrees, my partner had the grilled porkchop with mashed potatoes. I had the beef burger with blue-cheese aioli and bacon and fries. The blue cheese aioli was good,... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I had heard about this restaurant for quite a while and had put off going to it because it was known to be moderately priced, and I was saving special occasions for the restaurants I knew. After having my first meal at this restaurant last night, I clearly see what a poor strategy I had employed and that my failure... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I really like the Craftsman. Not too expensive for a "I don't feel like cooking tonight" outing, but nice enough for a special evening. Food adventurous to a point, but not so out there that you don't know what you are eating. Good beers, modest wine list with good choices in all categories. Service usually, good, although it can vary... More

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Flemington, New Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I went to Craftsman anticipating a good dining experience, but it turned out to be a fantastic experience! I started with a bibb lettuce, dill, cucumber salad with a light buttermilk dressing--so delicious! For my entree I had a special salmon over summer vegetables--cooked to perfection and just so flavorful. Bread also delicious! I wasn't going to have dessert but... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I took my Fraulein to the Craftsman to celebrate a recent promotion. We were seated outside on the vine-framed patio on a perfect spring evening. The Dark and Stormy and Craftsman Manhattan cocktails were perfect accompaniments to the Artisan Cheese Plate, an assortment of tasty breads and crackers, flavorful cheeses and tangy chutneys and jellies. The Craftsman Rueben was so... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Went to the Craftsman last night and it was amazing. Jenean was our server, she was charming, knowledgeable and paced our meal perfectly! We split the charcuterie plate which was wonderful! The favorites on it were the duck pate’ and the pork rillette. I would come back and just eat this as an entrée with some side veggies ! For... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

My husband and I have been here twice for brunch. The food was Fantastic! The best tasting eggs I've ever had, the orange juice was delicious! My husband said the coffee was great! Portions are Huge and you will stay satisfied the rest of the day, not too full! Make sure you show up before 10am on Sunday, we were... More

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51 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Recently visited The Craftsman for the first time and really enjoyed our experience. Went with my family for a birthday celebration and we were all very happy with our meals. We started with the humus plate and it featured a generous portion of humus with fresh vegetables and flatbread crackers - very nummy. We each had different entrees - oven... More

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Hudson, WI
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63 reviews 63 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

The duck confit was wonderful however it was supposed include a side of couscous - my dish was anci de pepe, not couscous without any explanation. That was OK, I like anci however it was only lukewarm and had it not been our wedding anniversary and we were enjoying ourselves I would have sent it back for re-warming - and... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

My wife and I and our children and grandchildren, 17 in all, including 5 under 3, had a wonderful meal at the craftsman. The staff was prepared for us and showed exceptional dexterity in accommodating all the needs that such a varied group had. For instance theymwaited to see who needed big glasses and who needed small ones for water.... More

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