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Blue Nile Restaurant

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African, Middle Eastern, Ethiopian
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2027 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404-2245
612-338-3000
Today
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tue 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wed 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thu - Sat 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating

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Visitor rating
  • 7
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Good food, atmosphere with character

A fun atmosphere with unique menu offerings (to me) made this a fun dining experience. I tried a spicy lamb dish which I enjoyed. The beer list was great, and the servers were really friendly and professional.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 11, 2015
Garner M
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Duluth, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Romantic
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27 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I really like the food here but the place has become run down over the years. When I first went here years ago I remember it looking pretty nice. They also have good beer on tap too which makes it a little better

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Duluth, Minnesota
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87 reviews 87 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

A fun atmosphere with unique menu offerings (to me) made this a fun dining experience. I tried a spicy lamb dish which I enjoyed. The beer list was great, and the servers were really friendly and professional.

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Wyoming
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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

The food was delicious. I am still craving the meal I had. The service was friendly but slow. I would definitely go back. Just make sure to plan on being there for a while.

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Northern Minnesota, USA
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109 reviews 109 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The menu has so many good looking choice, but if you want to try it all, go with the sampler platter to share. With two people, we still had leftovers. This is the best way to avoid deciding.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I've heard that Ethiopians like another local restaurant, but I think this is a great place! The atmosphere is great and the food plentiful. Blue Nile has the little touches like hot towels and nice food presentation. As a vegetarian, I appreciate the many choices available. Wait staff has always been friendly and will explain anything you have a question... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

Don't let the look of the place deceive you. If you want something unusual and casual this is a great place to drink, eat and dance on the first Saturday on the month. You will be surround by Africans full of fun. Not for children after 8:30.

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Fort Madison, Iowa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The food was great. And the staff very helpful in selecting our food. We had 4 in our group. We got 2 of the samplers for 2. We had lots left over. It was very tasty. 2 of the group hadn't had Ethiopian food before and loved it. Decor is fine, building just needs some updating. Highly recommend it. Oh... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

My wife and I haven't been to the Blue Nile Restaurant in over a year but did stop there tonight. My wife and I are both vegetarians and this is the perfect place to taste spicy and flavorful meals. We ordered the Gosa Gosa C, the vegetarian combination plate for two. This is the same item we used to order... More 

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

I went here once before last summer, enjoyed the food & brew and so, decided to return with two dear friends. this time was better as wit a group of three we were able to manage a mammoth tray of about a dozen and a half of different foods. We were each furnished with a super soft ethnic kind of... More 

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San Francisco, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

This food is awesome they give you a huge pancake to grab up the food with, and we loved it. i actually just came for a friends bday party for drinks but I was starving and ordered some food and liked it so much I came back to eat another few times. It's in a kinda sketch neighborhood and depending... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2027 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404-2245
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis
  • Phone Number: 612-338-3000

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30
  • Cuisine: African, Middle Eastern, Ethiopian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Friday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Saturday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am

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