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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
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4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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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, Reservations

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  • 7
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
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  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Authentic Ethiopian Food in a dingy location

Probably one of the best restaurants in Minneapolis that serves authentic Ethiopian food. Despite the place being in a not so cozy locality, plus there is some constant smell around the place, but once you get your food, you will absolutely enjoy the taste, flavors they offer. Start with a sample... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
Sandy2104
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
Good for:
  • Romantic
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Probably one of the best restaurants in Minneapolis that serves authentic Ethiopian food. Despite the place being in a not so cozy locality, plus there is some constant smell around the place, but once you get your food, you will absolutely enjoy the taste, flavors they offer. Start with a sample platter, it will give you a good indication of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This restaurant has a lot of flaws. So does my sister. But she has an attitude, a sense of humour, a je-ne-sais-quoi that makes people want to be around her. This restaurant is like that. Sometimes it smells, sometimes you wonder who these people smoking in front of the restaurant are, but you always have a good time here. The... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 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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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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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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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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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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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 30
Cuisine: African, Middle Eastern, Ethiopian

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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?