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The Loon Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Warehouse District
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500 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55403-1601
+1 612-332-8342
11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
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New Orleans, United States
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My husband and I stopped for lunch on a Tuesday afternoon. We were greeted immediately and treated well. There was plenty of seating available so we had our pick of spots (window etc). This restaurant has a fun relaxed atmosphere and would be a comfortable place to enjoy a few drinks. We were there for lunch only though so didn't... More 

Thank Beth S
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41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love Minneapolis. I love pulled pork. Finding this place scratched both itches big time! The sandwich was huge..hot..super tasty! Fries were killer. Vibe was total Minnesota sports with flat screens showing all Minn sports. Waitstaff super good. All in all A HARMON KILLEBREW HOME RUN! GO!!

Thank rev123
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

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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621 reviews
452 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 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 11 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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481 reviews
249 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 245 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

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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, Delicatessen, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Local cuisine
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: +1 612-332-8342

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