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“Broders is the best Italian in Minneapolis!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Broders' Southside Pasta Bar

Broders' Southside Pasta Bar
5000 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419-1035
612-925-9202
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Ranked #13 of 1,551 restaurants in Minneapolis
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
minneapolis
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92 reviews 92 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Broders is the best Italian in Minneapolis!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Broders is always a great meal. Nothing on the menu is bad and they are constantly switching it up. The pasta is amazing and their seasonal menu items are always something special. Make sure to go early or there will be a long wait, it's totally worth it.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“One of the best places in the Twin Cities!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the area. Our meals were fantastic! Well worth the wait, and well worth going out of your way for.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

This is one of those restaurants which I would believe most of us hardly ever go to unless we are feeling financially flush or we need a real pasta fix. Let's start out with some negatives... First off, you have to be lucky and/or determined to get in, because you undoubtedly will have to wait a long time... I'm talking 30-90 minutes... and on most days you aren't going to fit inside the place while you are waiting so think about that when inclement weather is present. Secondly, the prices can be off-putting... especially when you receive your glass of wine or bowl of pasta and see how little you are getting. Thirdly, you are going to be packed in tightly while you eat (the fact that they still have a coat check at the tiny bar booth is an indication as to how much space you will have when you are sitting). And lastly, the service is generally alright but you probably won't get much attention, and pretty much everyone who works there has a look on their face which makes you feel like you showed up 1 minute before closing time. OK, so much for the downsides... as I started out saying, if you need a "real" pasta fix, this is still the place to go. By that I mean fresh ingredients, home-made pastas cooked perfectly, sauces which will haunt you, meatballs that will make you cry, and an unfailingly honest Caesar salad. Oh, and the large salads definitely feed 2-4 people depending how much salad you want with your pasta. They have an ever-changing menu, along with seasonal specialties. Plus you simply cannot create pasta dishes at home that have similar delicacies contained within nor the interminglings of flavors. And I also suppose it is hard to find many restaurants in the cities here that provide pasta dishes at the level this place does... but that being said, if you are looking for simple spaghetti and meatballs that fill you up and satisfy you as comfort food does, this is probably not the place to go. Then again, if you want to feel like an addict for days after you leave, worried you might be addicted to pasta, then by all means join the throngs of similarly-affected people and make sure at one member of your party tries one of the day's specials (or maybe just order it for the table, if you have the extra cash, since it may not be enough for you once everyone tastes it).

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Albany, New York
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Worth the Wait!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

on a Wednesday night, the wait was 90 mins for this tiny little gem. We didn't really seem to mind, as we grabbed a glass of great wine and sat outside, enjoying the evening. Once inside, we were seated at the bar -- right in plain view of the kitchen, where we got to watch the magic happening as meal after meal was created. We started with simple fare of olives and fresh bread, which were spectacular. The specials and the regular menu make selecting a main course difficult because I wanted one of everything! I chose a fantastic pasta dish with steak and asparagus with a garlic wine sauce, which was over the top amazing. I know some people may be put off by the wait and the crowd, but in the end, this little gem is well worth it. Loved it!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Roanoke, Texas, United States
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“AMAZING Meal!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

The stuffed fried olives were little bits of salty heaven--and the pasta was one of the best dishes I have ever had.

Visited September 2013
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