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Blue Nile Restaurant

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2027 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404-2245
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Mon 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tue 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wed 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thu - Sat 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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142 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Probably one of the best restaurants in Minneapolis that serves authentic Ethiopian food. Despite the place being in a not so cozy locality, plus there is some constant smell around the place, but once you get your food, you will absolutely enjoy the taste, flavors they offer. Start with a sample platter, it will give you a good indication of... More 

Thank Sandy2104
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This restaurant has a lot of flaws. So does my sister. But she has an attitude, a sense of humour, a je-ne-sais-quoi that makes people want to be around her. This restaurant is like that. Sometimes it smells, sometimes you wonder who these people smoking in front of the restaurant are, but you always have a good time here. The... More 

1 Thank Shweta K
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I really like the food here but the place has become run down over the years. When I first went here years ago I remember it looking pretty nice. They also have good beer on tap too which makes it a little better

Thank bshillin
Duluth, Minnesota
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94 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

A fun atmosphere with unique menu offerings (to me) made this a fun dining experience. I tried a spicy lamb dish which I enjoyed. The beer list was great, and the servers were really friendly and professional.

Thank Garner M
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45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

The food was delicious. I am still craving the meal I had. The service was friendly but slow. I would definitely go back. Just make sure to plan on being there for a while.

Thank Brittany7843
Northern Minnesota, USA
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142 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The menu has so many good looking choice, but if you want to try it all, go with the sampler platter to share. With two people, we still had leftovers. This is the best way to avoid deciding.

Thank L S
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I've heard that Ethiopians like another local restaurant, but I think this is a great place! The atmosphere is great and the food plentiful. Blue Nile has the little touches like hot towels and nice food presentation. As a vegetarian, I appreciate the many choices available. Wait staff has always been friendly and will explain anything you have a question... More 

Thank dianeh01
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

Don't let the look of the place deceive you. If you want something unusual and casual this is a great place to drink, eat and dance on the first Saturday on the month. You will be surround by Africans full of fun. Not for children after 8:30.

1 Thank Suzie E
Fort Madison, Iowa
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37 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The food was great. And the staff very helpful in selecting our food. We had 4 in our group. We got 2 of the samplers for 2. We had lots left over. It was very tasty. 2 of the group hadn't had Ethiopian food before and loved it. Decor is fine, building just needs some updating. Highly recommend it. Oh... More 

Thank John K
Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

My wife and I haven't been to the Blue Nile Restaurant in over a year but did stop there tonight. My wife and I are both vegetarians and this is the perfect place to taste spicy and flavorful meals. We ordered the Gosa Gosa C, the vegetarian combination plate for two. This is the same item we used to order... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
African, Ethiopian
Restaurant features
Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2027 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404-2245
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis
  • Phone Number: 612-338-3000

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