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Loring Pasta Bar

University / Dinkytown
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327 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414-2003
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Columbus, Ohio
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On a Tuesday night it was slow, so service was prompt. Nice atmosphere to talk. Plenty of options for group appetizers. I had the fish and chips, and the presentation was most creative. It was good. All companions liked their meals. If I am in Minneapolis again, I'll go there.

Thank kmessing
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had the carbonara for lunch ($16). This is an old drug store that used to have apartments on the second floor (one reputedly lived in by Bob Dylan). Nice place to stop for lunch.

Thank Pattipeg H
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Loring Pasta Bar was a great experience. The food was homemade Italian fare. It took a while to get the main course but it was well worth the wait. Also they feature live entertainment, the night we went was 1940's era music and dancing.

Thank Teresa V
St.Paul, Minnesota
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810 reviews
486 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 352 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place, near the University of Minnesota, provides an unusual setting for very good food. There are 3-5 levels on which to sit, often some live music being played, and good food. The menu is worth checking to make sure you like what they serve: salads, a variety of pasta dishes, and sandwiches. This is not a fast food restaurant... More 

Thank Seniordad
Santa Barbara, California
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For us Loring Pasta Bar is special because it offers dining and dancing to live music (or you can just listen): swing and ballroom on Tuesdays, salsa on Friday and Saturdays, tango on Sundays. We're Sunday folk. But the food is unusually good, and reasonable, too. Our favorites from the current menu are the seafood spaghetti (squid ink spaghetti), and... More 

Thank Mel S
St. Paul, MN
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First, the positives - this place has unique and lovely decor and the food is good for the most part. I don't recommend it for large groups however. A friend of mine organized a birthday dinner with ten people attending. According to her, she did ask if separate checks would be OK when she made the reservation and was told... More 

Thank bikerider57
Washngton, DC
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79 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It a beautiful evening, I sat outside and watch people watched. I could not have for nicer weather and the outside table on the sidewalk was every bit as nice as those cafe table in Paris ( and a lot less crowded. The seafood spaghetti very good: nice seasoned AND the seafood was NOT over cooked--tender shrimps and scallops. However... More 

Thank clrWashngton_DC
Story City
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a late lunch during the week, only about 3 other tables had customers. The food was very good, probably the best Naan bread pizza we have eaten. The inside of the building was beautiful - the decor is difficult to describe, but very enjoyable.

Thank Ludw1g
Minneapolis, MN
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33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago credit card Amex Card Member Review

I was there with some professor's and potential graduate students at the U. It is a perfect location. The menu is nice. Not too big and maybe a bit pricey for lunch, but the atmosphere and the location make up for the price. I had the BLT and there was bacon to spare. It was delicious.

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Cancun, Mexico
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57 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

I was a graduate student at UofM and this spot was one of my favorites in Dinkytown. Very good food (a little bit expensive but if you goo in Happy hour is great) and the service is good. What I like the most is the ambiance. I went to MSP for a few days in May 2016 for graduation and... More 

Thank Viviancita

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
Average prices
Italian, American
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 327 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414-2003
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis>  > University / Dinkytown
  • Neighborhood: University / Dinkytown
  • Phone Number: 612-378-4849

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