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Blue Nile Restaurant

2027 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404-2245
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Ranked #415 of 1,596 Restaurants in Minneapolis
Price range: $0 - $30
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
Cuisines: African, Ethiopian, Middle Eastern
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Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating
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English first
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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90 reviews 90 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

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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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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26 reviews 26 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
13 helpful votes 13 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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San Diego, California
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73 reviews 73 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Blue Nile was a great place to try a unique kind of food in the Twin Cities. We had a sampler platter that came with about 8 different types of food. I highly recommend it if you are not familiar the restaurant or Ethiopian food. The restaurant itself was quite old and the booth we sat in was extremely uncomfortable.... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

I was actually quite excited to go to this restaurant, because I've heard many good things about it. Upon entering, the place was actually almost silent and only about three tables were occupied (not including the bar). The layout was also a bit confusing- take the hall to the end where you see a large dining room. The menu was... More 

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Additional Information about Blue Nile Restaurant

Address: 2027 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404-2245
Phone Number: 612-338-3000
Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis
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
Average Prices: USD 0 - 30
Cuisine: African, Ethiopian, Middle Eastern

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