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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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Owatonna, Minnesota
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best places to mix bar with restaurant. Great food at fair prices and atmosphere to boost. Catch all your favorite games, on the many TV's or sit back and enjoy the vibe. A Neighborhood Bar atmosphere with a downtown Minneapolis location and crowd.

Thank Chad W
Lansing, Michigan
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122 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Met up with family members for drinks and a bite before the Vikings football game. Ordered the Pecos Red Chili "HOT" with warm Texas Toast. Great flavor and good heat, even though I would consider medium heat. The drinks were served promptly and stiff...Nice job! The great thing is when we were finished we jumped on the train and it... More 

Thank Preston B
New Orleans, United States
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016 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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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016 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 11 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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626 reviews
457 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 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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83 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 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

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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, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, 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?