The Best Restaurants in Northeast Minneapolis

Published: July 16, 2014

Whenever people come to Minnesota they wonder where the best places are to eat and have a good time.  Why not get out of the immediate area by the airport and try some of the best places in the city that have been around for generations?! Northeast Minneapolis provides many of the most well-known places in the state with great food, people, and atmospheres.

  1. Stanley's Bar Room Northeast

    This place has it all.  Try out the amazing brunch that goes until 2pm which includes $2 memosas and bloody mary's.  If it's the summertime, enjoy it out on the patio!  Missed Sunday Funday and want to squeeze in some fun time during the week?  Get in for their bingo nights and enjoy a sports game, appetizer (try the spinach dip), and a cold brew with your friends.  

    Throughout the year, Stanley's has beer festivals, one of which is called the Beer and Bacon Festival.  You heard that right, Beer and Bacon! They shut down about 4 blocks and you just walk around with your newly acquired beer glass, fill up with as much craft beers as you can fit in your belly, nibble on your pretzel necklace and enjoy bacon, all the bacon. Love football?  They have a large screening room set-up during football season so you can watch the Minnesota Vikings in all of their purple glory on the big screen, while enjoying one of the many craft beers carried by Stanley's.  Not sure which craft beer to try or would like to try a new one? Just ask the amazingly friendly and knowledgeable wait staff, they never steer you wrong!



  2. Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge

    Anytime you say, "We're going to Suzi's!", people automatically respond with, "Tator tots!".  Anytime you go here, that is a must order along with one of their famous tiki drinks, and don't forget to say you want the Rock Sauce.  If you loved your tiki drink mug, you can even buy one and there are many to choose from.  

    Boasting the biggest patio in Northeast Minneapolis, in the summertime you'll always find a place to sit outside, overlooking the river while you enjoy your tots and a tiki drink.  Not one for tator tots and cocktails? No worries.  The pizza here is mouth watering and they carry any drink, beer and craft beer you can think of, as well as a "Build Your Own" bloody mary bar during Sunday Brunch.

    Psycho Suzi's is also two levels, which means you can hang out downstairs on the patio, in the dining room, or at the bar, or you can go upstairs and hang out in the Shrunken Head Bar and listen to some music. And yes, there are shrunken heads (fake ones, we think), hanging out at the bar with you.

  3. Nye's Polonaise Room

    Nye's is an institution, having been around since the 1950's in a building that has been standing since the 1880's.  It is an establishment that gathers young and old from open until close.  When you walk into Nye's you literally step into a time-warp.  The decor reflects the exact time period it was established in with low lighting, dark wood paneling, candles at each table,red carpets, gold booths, a piano (with singer), and multi-colored low hanging light lamps.

    This is the place in Northeast to come for wine or a martini (actually, get both), a lounge atmosphere, and to devour as much of the delicious polish menu as you can.  While you eat, the piano player sings and very often takes requests for just about anything you want from "Don't Stop Believing" to "Danny Boy", and will even let you sing along with him! Quite often, the bar and restaurant patrons all join in and sing together, so don't be shy!  

    Don't forget to step into the "Polka Lounge", either. Grab a spot in the Polka Lounge bar, order a beer and try your hand at the polka!  Before you leave, jump into the photo booth with your friends and snap some memorable photos.

It's impossible to choose which of these places is the best in Northeast.  They all have a completely different charm of their own.  Decisions are made based upon whatever mood strikes you!  Or, don't decide at all, do all three in one day (or night), because you won't be disappointed by any of them!