THe Rabbit Hole | Minneapolis

Not too fancy, not too casual, someplace that allows conversation, but has ambiance … the criteria for finding just the right spot to have a business dinner can be daunting. The good news? Minneapolis has a burgeoning culinary scene, so whether you are looking for that traditional steakhouse atmosphere, something a bit rustic, or something with international influence, there is an ideal place where you can discuss your next business endeavor or finalize that deal. We’ve narrowed down the options to make selecting the right fit even easier.

Classic Vibes

If you or your client veer toward classic, want a “Mad Men” vibe of discussing business over a few martinis, or you just like really good steak, then Murray’s is the place to go. Located just two blocks from Loews Minneapolis Hotel, Murray’s has been serving “Silver Butter Knife” steaks and classic cocktails alongside family hospitality since 1946. Founded by Art and Marie Murray, the restaurant has been a mainstay in the Minneapolis food scene for over 70 years and is still family-run with the third generation helming the reins today. To start, try the Hickory Smoked Shrimp for a twist on a traditional Shrimp Cocktail (also a great choice!) or the Oysters Rockefeller for a classic appetizer. For the main course, you can’t go wrong with the Silver Butter Knife Steak for Two – the steak that won Murray’s the “Silver Butter Steak” award in 1951. It is a 28 oz. strip sirloin that is carved tableside. It will impress even the most discerning steak-lover.

Fine Casual Dining

If you are looking for a comfortable atmosphere that serves approachable, yet refined cuisine, then head to The Kenwood. Chef Don Saunders utilizes European techniques with regional ingredients to create a perfect balance of upscale cuisine that is at the same time casual. As Chef Don Saunders says,

“Our dishes are intentionally polarizing. They are approachable enough to please the casual diner and adventurous enough to freak out the hardcore foodies.”

Since the menu is based on what’s in season, it is constantly changing. If you want to impress clients, but want them to feel comfortable, The Kenwood is the place to go.

International Influence

Fancy something a bit more international? Husband-and-wife duo Thomas and Kat Kim bring their take on Korean by way of Los Angeles to Minneapolis via their restaurant The Rabbit Hole. It’s not like Korean food you would find in Korea, nor is it “Americanized” Korean food. This gastropub is distinctly Korean-American. Share the Van Damme Good Brussels – crispy Brussels sprouts tossed with bacon, caramelized onion, orange segments, mint, walnuts, and a parmesan & bacon vinaigrette, and the Carrot Snacks – tempura carrots tossed in buffalo date sauce served with a side of dill shisho ranch. For the main course, the Belly Up to This – roasted pork belly with an apricot date glaze, served with kimchi potato salad and slaw, or the Loco Moco Melt – kalbi meatloaf, onion, cheese, egg, and gravy on a bun served with house cut fries, won’t disappoint. Be sure to wash it all down with a bit of Sage Advice – sage spirit, lemon, cucumber, basil, and orange/coriander bitters. You may want to leave your tie at the hotel for this meal!

A Drink or Two

If you are looking for a quiet and cozy spot for a couple drinks, then head to Apothecary, located in the lobby of Loews Minneapolis Hotel. Impress your clients and colleagues with Apothecary’s Old Fashioned builder. Each person can select each element to create a one-of-a-kind and bespoke Old Fashioned. Start with the spirit and a “sweet” element such as demerara sugar or maple, add a dash of “bitter” like Angostura or orange, and finish with a “rinse” such as Campari or Copper & Kings Absinthe. For an added layer of depth, include a “fancy” element such as roasted pineapple or a Midwest muddle. Overwhelmed by the choices? Apothecary’s expert bartenders can guide guests through making the perfect Old Fashioned. Apothecary can even keep “Your Prescription” on file, so the next time you return, you can easily re-order your Old Fashioned creation.

What are your favorite restaurants in Minneapolis for business dinners? Do you prefer a classic locale, a trendy hotspot, or a neighborhood favorite?