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Blue Nile Restaurant

2027 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404-2245 (University / Dinkytown)
612-338-3000
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Ranked #437 of 1,588 Restaurants in Minneapolis
Price range: $0 - $30
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
Cuisines: African, Ethiopian, Middle Eastern
Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating
Neighborhood: University / Dinkytown
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Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating
Neighborhood: University / Dinkytown
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Fort Madison, Iowa
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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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
5 helpful votes 5 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
18 helpful votes 18 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
46 helpful votes 46 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
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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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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

Was in Mpls overnight and wanted some good beer, so I searched on Ratebeer.com and found this place had a high score. It was easy to get to, had private parking and a dazzling exterior paint job. The address and parking lot are on one street, but the entry is around the corner. I was there early and there were... More

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Columbia, Missouri
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127 reviews 127 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

I went to the Blue Nile with a group of 12 people during a business trip to Minneapolis. The reviews for the Blue Nile were very encouraging and we always try to seek out something a little bit different when our meetings take us to bigger cities. Several members of the group already knew and loved Ethiopian food but nearly... More

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Lakeville, Minnesota
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339 reviews 339 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2011

Our Neice had just spent the summer in Ethiopia and wanted to have her family experience Ethiopian food so We took them to Blue Nile as we'd been there years ago and liked it. Our neice said the spices we very much as in Ethiopia but the dishes were more like stews in that there the meat is in bigger... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2009

The sampler platter for two is huge, filled with a variety of vegetarian and meat-based dishes. The injera is spongy and light. The dining room is huge, though you should opt for a table, as the seat backs of the booths seem to be cloth-covered radiators or the like. There is no traditional Ethiopian coffee service, unfortunately, and our server... More

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