We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

“Neighborhood atmosphere, excellent Italian food! Our favorite restaurant in Minneapolis” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Broders’ Pasta Bar

Broders’ Pasta Bar
Ranked #17 of 1,784 Restaurants in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Located across the street from our original deli, Broders' Cucina Italiana, Broders' Pasta Bar has taken the art of fresh pasta one step further. While the Cucina sells pasta to customers who want to cook at home, the pasta bar was designed to delight our customers with pasta cooked the way it is meant to be. Each of the 22 or so pasta and risotto on the menu are cooked to order and served steaming hot. Those seated at the bar get the best view of our pasta chefs cooking their dish, which is always 'al dente' and carefully tossed. This is not a pasta restaurant that ladles on white or red sauce nor is it a chain. Each dish gets an individual sauté of the highest quality fresh ingredients. Great care is taken in the daily production of our fine egg pasta which is also sold to cook at home in our deli across the street. Our menu changes seasonally and there are always daily specials. Many of our customers love to order our pasta for takeout. One caution though - the best takeout pastas are those with macaroni pasta we import from Italy (penne, spaghetti, rigatoni, etc) rather than our homemade egg noodles which should be eaten as close to cooking time as possible. Though the emphasis is on quality food, you will enjoy the charming atmosphere and neighborhood feel of the restaurant and, in summer months, the wine and antipasto bar on our patio. We look forward to welcoming you for dinner.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level Contributor
192 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Neighborhood atmosphere, excellent Italian food! Our favorite restaurant in Minneapolis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

Broders is a family run neighborhood Italian restaurant that has been our favorite restaurant for the past 10 years. We LOVE this place! This is not a spaghetti, pizza type of Italian restaurant. Menu is seasonal and prepared to perfection. Menu items change frequently; there is always a 'daily special' . Many entrees include various types of ravioli, gnocchi, risotto. The combinations of flavors they put into an entree is excellent. Last night I had butternut squash ravioli, which is a fall favorite of mine there. Not a large wine selection, but good wines to choose from. Some local beers, but none on tap.
They do not take reservations. The restaurant is small. We find that going before 5:30 we rarely have a wait. You can call an hour ahead to put your name on the waiting list. Definitely worth the wait. They cannot accommodate large groups due to the size. Not a place to go if you are having 10 relatives tag along! If there are just the two of us, we like to request seats at the pasta bar. It has a comfortable feeling and frequently you find you are engaging in a conversation with someone sitting next to you. Parking can be tricky. They have a small lot, but you probably will need to park on the street and walk a bit. Across the street is Broder's deli, which has pizza slices, lasagna, salads, etc
Outdoor seating in appropriate seating. Also a recently opened wine bar across the street which we have not yet tried..

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
Helpful?
Thank LAHLH
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

295 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    203
    64
    21
    3
    4
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
minneapolis
Level Contributor
131 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Broders is the best Italian in Minneapolis!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Broders is always a great meal. Nothing on the menu is bad and they are constantly switching it up. The pasta is amazing and their seasonal menu items are always something special. Make sure to go early or there will be a long wait, it's totally worth it.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
Helpful?
Thank ihavethetravelbug_7
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level Contributor
14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“One of the best places in the Twin Cities!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the area. Our meals were fantastic! Well worth the wait, and well worth going out of your way for.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
Helpful?
Thank Tpeters747
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level Contributor
28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

This is one of those restaurants which I would believe most of us hardly ever go to unless we are feeling financially flush or we need a real pasta fix. Let's start out with some negatives... First off, you have to be lucky and/or determined to get in, because you undoubtedly will have to wait a long time... I'm talking 30-90 minutes... and on most days you aren't going to fit inside the place while you are waiting so think about that when inclement weather is present. Secondly, the prices can be off-putting... especially when you receive your glass of wine or bowl of pasta and see how little you are getting. Thirdly, you are going to be packed in tightly while you eat (the fact that they still have a coat check at the tiny bar booth is an indication as to how much space you will have when you are sitting). And lastly, the service is generally alright but you probably won't get much attention, and pretty much everyone who works there has a look on their face which makes you feel like you showed up 1 minute before closing time. OK, so much for the downsides... as I started out saying, if you need a "real" pasta fix, this is still the place to go. By that I mean fresh ingredients, home-made pastas cooked perfectly, sauces which will haunt you, meatballs that will make you cry, and an unfailingly honest Caesar salad. Oh, and the large salads definitely feed 2-4 people depending how much salad you want with your pasta. They have an ever-changing menu, along with seasonal specialties. Plus you simply cannot create pasta dishes at home that have similar delicacies contained within nor the interminglings of flavors. And I also suppose it is hard to find many restaurants in the cities here that provide pasta dishes at the level this place does... but that being said, if you are looking for simple spaghetti and meatballs that fill you up and satisfy you as comfort food does, this is probably not the place to go. Then again, if you want to feel like an addict for days after you leave, worried you might be addicted to pasta, then by all means join the throngs of similarly-affected people and make sure at one member of your party tries one of the day's specials (or maybe just order it for the table, if you have the extra cash, since it may not be enough for you once everyone tastes it).

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
Helpful?
2 Thank AdventuringFour
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Greenville, South Carolina
Level Contributor
106 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Worth the Wait!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

on a Wednesday night, the wait was 90 mins for this tiny little gem. We didn't really seem to mind, as we grabbed a glass of great wine and sat outside, enjoying the evening. Once inside, we were seated at the bar -- right in plain view of the kitchen, where we got to watch the magic happening as meal after meal was created. We started with simple fare of olives and fresh bread, which were spectacular. The specials and the regular menu make selecting a main course difficult because I wanted one of everything! I chose a fantastic pasta dish with steak and asparagus with a garlic wine sauce, which was over the top amazing. I know some people may be put off by the wait and the crowd, but in the end, this little gem is well worth it. Loved it!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
Helpful?
Thank MRL217
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Broders’ Pasta Bar also viewed

 
Minneapolis, MN
 

Been to Broders’ Pasta Bar? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing