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“Elegance on the Prairie”

Minervas Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #4 of 80 Restaurants in Aberdeen
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Elegance on the South Dakota Prairie! You'll find Minervas located inside the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Aberdeen, where you'll enjoy a comfortably elegant atmosphere and an inspired menu. Guests look forward to our hand-cut, in-house aged steaks, fresh seafood, chops, classic pasta dishes, the freshest salads, and house-made desserts.
Reviewed March 30, 2012

We lived in Aberdeen a number of years ago, and the arrival of Minerva's was a welcome addition to the dining scene. We ate there frequently and were impressed by the consistent high quality of the food and service.
After nearly five years away from Aberdeen we returned and were thrilled to see that the same high standards are still being maintained. The stylish, dark wood decor looked as fresh as the day it opened. We had only salads, but they were perfect.
Minerva's is an outpost of the orginal Minerva's in Sioux Falls. It is similar, but not a copy. One of the common characteristics is a high level of staff training, which makes for a pleasant dining experience.
Here's a tip. Try the house merlot. It is excellent.

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Thank JandJ67
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Reviewed March 16, 2012

First visit: Mid-afternoon. Told to sit in the bar area and a server would be right with us as the dining room was apparently closed (at 3:30pm?). Fifteen minutes later, no server. We walked out.

Second visit: Sunday evening. We stand at the host station, waiting to be seated. A server walks by twice, making eye contact, but not approaching us. The restaurant appears to be open, but just to make sure, we inquire at the hotel's front desk. We are told only the bar is open. Considering the rude disregard on the part of the server and past experience, we leave.

Third visit: We are seated(!) The server never smiles. He delivers the drinks and appetizers. The food we order is average and bland, served at room temperature. The server does no two-bite, two-minute check. The server is inattentive to our drinks. He seems snobbish, elusive. We get the feeling he thinks we won't tip. We do. We tip graciously. More than 20%. Just to prove him wrong. But we never visit again. Honestly, why should we?

Minerva's should take note that: 1. They are not a five-star restaurant, 2. Classy does not equal snobbish, 3. Their food is nothing special, 4. Their atmosphere is a step below Applebee's.

Seriously, get a grip. Add service, learn to cook, and stir, and you will have something.

Thank JeremySouthDakota
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Reviewed February 26, 2012

This restaurant is way too noisy (it reminded us of a Texas Roadhouse) and I thought the prices were a little high. The food was okay but we could not enjoy it because of the noise of the in-house sound system. Also, they do NOT serve a breakfast even though they are right next door to the motel we stay at.

Thank richgrec
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Reviewed February 21, 2012

We had visitors to Aberdeen and took them to Minerva's for dinner. I was disappointed that my "Death By Chocolate" was no longer on the menu. Otherwise, excellent food and service.

Thank mary k
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

Wonderful atmosphere. Only had 1 bad experience and that was the Service. Food and Service has always been great for me (with the exception of 1 time for the service). Food is wonderful. Downfall: Menu doesn't change around much.

Thank sdsnowbunny
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