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The Loon Cafe

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$$ - $$$
Warehouse District
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500 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55403-1601
11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Every time we are in Minneapolis, we stop at the Loon. This year was no different. Felt nice when one of the servers recognized us from previous years. Not sure if that's good or bad. Like usual, the drinks were cold and the food was great. Fun atmosphere in the bar. Will always go back.

Thank Pumper10
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

On a pleasant summer Sunday afternoon, folks are leaving the Twins game... families walking by. Nice. Great selection of draft beers. Good food. My Reuben sandwich was a little light on sauerkraut, but otherwise, fine. Good fries. Good sauce. 7 high-top tables outside, on the east side of the building, so always shaded. In the afternoon. Umbrellas and awnings MIGHT... More 

Thank Barry S
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59 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

We had some time to kill and were a little hungry prior to a late dinner, so we asked about a nearby spot for lunch. The recommendation was Loon Cafe. So we hiked over and had the fish appetizer, house chili, house special soup. All were uniquely amazing and we would go back again. The setting was perfectly comfortable and... More 

Thank Tomwaite
Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
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602 reviews
437 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

Another shot in the dark and while it started out a success it quickly dropped to average. I had the hot chile which was good, spiced right needed more heat but it was fine. Then the walleye dinner which was a plateful of yumminess. It was a nice large piece of fish, good fries, and perfect coleslaw, my problem then... More 

Thank wkrupa
Orlando, Florida
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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

We had a booth in the bar area. My husband ordered the quesadilla that was very good, filled with lots of cheese and ingredients. I had the Minnesota Wild Rice soup and it was delicious. Our server was attentive and friendly. This cafe has been at this location for over 20 years. I think kids could eat in there during... More 

Thank Jane D
St Kilda
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65 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

Back in the 80's before it became a sports bar. My home away from home. Friends with bar staff and owners. Good food then, too.

Thank Steve P
Chicago, Illinois
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470 reviews
243 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 242 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

We selected the Loon Cafe for its location near Target Field where we were attending a Twins game. We paid for event parking across the street ($16), and walked over to the charming cafe/pub. Outside seating was taken, so we headed inside where we were told to select any table we liked. The building itself is lovely with high ceilings,... More 

Thank Babu2773
Grand Forks, North Dakota
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89 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Service was above average. Not busy after Twins game so very quiet. Food very average especially for prices of drinks. Bathrooms are down old wooden winding steps into basement. Weird.

Thank Lasershow
Becker, Minnesota
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325 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

The only thing holding this back from a top rating are the sketchy bathrooms. The food was very good including their broth-based chicken wild Rice soup. The value was excellent as I had the soup and their sandwich feature and it was under $10. Not a huge beer selection but enough to find a good one. For value and the... More 

Thank FamilyDad2013
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

Typical pub food, good selection. We always stop here before a Twins game. Good location near the light rail.

Thank Theresa B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Mexican, Steakhouse, Delicatessen, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 500 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55403-1601
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis>  > Warehouse District
  • Neighborhood: Warehouse District
  • Phone Number: 612-332-8342

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